Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Phase

We are new to spelling--

Generally he requests us to help him spell out the basics:


Yes, these are all dinosaurs.  More importantly, these are all pink dinosaurs.* **

*according to our book.

**Seriously, you can't make this shit up.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Birthday Boy

James is the big 3!  Suddenly he is very focused on being a big boy-- big boy cups, big boy boots and bigness in all things.  His language skills are doing great-- he can speak in long sentences and we are seeing improved logic every day.  It's just a delight to be around him.

Usually.  He is 3 after all.

I think about what 2 was for us-- at the start of 2 he was singing the abc's and the song would go on for several minutes because he would repeat and omit at his fancy-- at 3 he is starting to read-- sounding out small words and practicing the sounds songs make.

At 2 he was expanding his vocabulary with shapes and animals, at 3 he lets me know that the octogon says 'stop' and corrects me when I call a leopard a cougar.  (spots. . . . for those curious).

At 2 he was shy and affectionate only when he could sit still-- at 3 he is openly affectionate with a lot of people and routinely tells us "I love you"

We have done a video every year for him on his birthday-- the big thing I noticed this year was how much 'James' is in this video.  James helped pick out his favorite photos and his song.   The physical changes aren't  as apparent as they were in the first couple video's-- but you can see so much more personality.

James has always really enjoyed watching his videos and we have spent much of the last week watching ourselves age on the laptop.   It's pretty cute-- he now knows which pictures are Baby James and which pictures are Baby Deirdre.

We spent James' birthday in Seattle visiting Matt's brother and his cousins-- so we had a small party here with Matt's family prior to leaving and a party in Seattle-- yep, that means two pink cakes.*

Another benefit of 3-- repetition.  James was very clear about his desire for a pink cake.  No mistaking that request.  

Happy birthday little man.

* Here are James' first two videos-- it's amazing to see his journey so far!

**When I described what I wanted for the cake to the bakery guy he responded "I can see why you did a special order"  Apparently they don't readily stock pink football cakes.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

If I Close My Eyes, I Can Almost Smell Pain. (t)

Well, We finally got captain contractor to show up!    You can see in the first picture the status of our kitchen as of about 2 weeks ago . . . to what happened in the last week.  It's amazing what happens when you SHOW UP FOR WORK.   He made a comment about maybe having a couple small things to finish up next week-- I made a VERY DIRECT comment about him finishing this week--  2.5 half weeks AFTER he said he would and on his third revised date.    UGH. *

My attitude has improved dramatically the last couple days-- I am just super ready to go home!    In the interim, I am nesting for the holidays in different ways- doing a lot of online shopping and ordering my christmas cards!  


*Things feel so much better with caps.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Two Baths

We asked James if he wanted to take a bath with Deirdre.  His answer (in sequence).


Nope- Thanks

I don't take the baths with the everybody. 

Turns out we should listen to the kid-- I show you two perspectives of the same bath-- our first shared bath experience in the Fitz household


Not Joy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Movie Referrence

Have you seen the 80's movie  "The Money Pit".   Did you think it was funny?  Because I think life is resembling art on this one.

We are now 14 days past our planned completion and I am feeling like I am MORE than ready to be done with this nonsense.  The good news is that the house is starting to look like a house again.  It's amazing what dry wall can do for a girl.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


This is a little late but here is Pebbles strutting her stuff on Halloween. Interestingly enough, James took his first steps on Christmas... I guess my kids are just festive!

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Tale of Two Contractors

I am haunted by a comment I made here a few weeks ago about our home project- I believe I said something about how we decided to couple the projects to disrupt our life as little as possible.

Well friends, intention very rarely turns into reality.

We started with the basement team and they have been AWESOME.   In fact, we have asked if our general contractor wants to move in-- he is is here that much.  Just awesome customer service, pride in his work and committment to good communication.

Case in point, after we came back to the house after being gone for a couple days, he showed up at our door at 9:00 at night to make sure we got our internet hooked up ok.   So damn nice.  

He says that we need Cinemax to get him to move in, and we are thinking about it.

The other guy started his project on October 10 and has been there less than 1.5 days a week since.   Now a  note-- we don't really use our basement but we really do use our upstairs. I sent him a nice, but firm email on Friday saying something to the extent that would like to come home soon. . . . and have received no response.  UGH.

So, at the in-laws we continue to camp.  Thank God they are awesome.