Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photo-A-Day: Chores

February 5th, 2012
These boys have always had a thing for cleaning.....which will hopefully only grow stronger in the coming years ;)

This morning, they were calling themselves, "Miss Jackie 1 and Miss Jackie #2."

Miss Jackie is an amazingly supportive friend who we met over two years ago when she was recommended as a house cleaner to help just after William was diagnosed.  She entered our home back then and remains in our hearts today, clearly as the boys show. 

~ our version of a two-foot powered floor polisher ~

Nicholas told me this day, "Mommy, you can pay me in those bill dollars, because I'm saving up all my monies for something really big."  This boy has it all figured out....and his window skills are not too shabby!

My busy boy!

Pennies & putty in PJ's

Today William insisted on putting on his "Nicky Elf pajamas" around noon, hours after he had been dressed for the day.  This boy sure likes his comfort clothes!

He thoroughly enjoyed digging through putty to find treasure coins. 

At one point, he tucked close to the blob of putty on the table and said ever so seriously, "time to cooperate putty!"  So priceless!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Photo-A-Day: Something You Love

Pure and simple,

I love being home....
being together...
all the silly moments...

 doing what bring us smiles....
seeing the boys content and pursuing their interests....
...and just being kids

...because that's what its all about.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Photo-A-Day: Tree

Now in our new house, it's been somewhat exciting to see what's popping up in the yard.  Truly, these beauties are very confused by our "winter" weather....

Photo-A-Day: Black & White

There's no doubt about it....William absolutely adores his Poppie.  Most mornings, he wakes and asks "Poppie coming today?"   The minute Poppie comes in the house, William directs, "You take off your coat Poppie."   He watches Poppie's every move and treasures all his time with him. 

He's also picked up on a few of Poppie's trademarks...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

"Today is gone. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.
Every day, from here to there
funny things are everywhere."

Imagine that my Nicholas was hesitant to even read Green Eggs and Ham this morning....I swear he knows all my tricks to get him to try a new food!  As we were beating up the green scrambled eggs, Nicholas offered the interest of green french toast - whoohoot!

We enjoyed a walk around the "big hill block" this morning and ended the day with the boys somehow conniving this safety line repair/rescue man set up. 

You just never know what to expect between William's dare-devil side matched with Nicholas' infinite creative play....
My favorite part was how Nicholas was sure to protect William's pump pack by hanging it on a cupboard knob.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Photo A Day #2 - Water

Last week, we welcomed new pets - the perfect type for a family like ours!

The boys have been working on naming each underwater creature.  So far, we have Crabby Crab, Sunshine, Snail ("just like Snail on Franklin!" according to Nicholas) and Deep Red.

We're still working on encouraging William to keep his sticky paws out of the water...busted, William

Picture A Day Challenge #1

I've longed for a way to get back into find the joy I once had in snapping pictures of my boys, not stress over the lighting issues of our new home and the never-ending mess that will surely be in the background of every picture.  Coming across the Picture-a-Day March Challenge will hopefully be the encouragement I need right about now to rejuvenate my passion and spirits.

So, without further ado, today's challenge topic couldn't be more perfect....

"Something that makes you happy"

William was recently hospitalized on February 25th (his two-year anniversary of TPN dependency) through the 28th.  Nicholas was absolutely crushed when I told him William had to go to the hospital that Saturday morning, as was I.  The urgency of William going to the hospital literally comes out of the blue, no warning....and we are all left to just deal.  For a 5-year-old who has been tragically affected just as much as William and I over the past 2+ years of the illness roller coaster, this is a lot to handle.

After begging to come with William and I, crying unconsolably in the fetal position of our play tent that had just been assembled in the family room that morning, repeating over and over again that he just doesn't like being away from Mommy....  And then there was the best 5-year-old's attempt to pursuade me that he will help me take care of William at the hospital. Nicholas eventually calmed down after many attempts by all the adults to redirect his attention  (he was thankfully consumed with making a combine harvester out of TPN delivery boxes with Grammy, pictures to soon come).

The next day, one excited Nicholas beamed through William's hospital room to hand-deliver a special get-well card he made for his little brother.  He exclaimed, "I made it especially for you, it's me and you holding hands, William!"

These two brothers have an amazing connection between them.  Nicholas can interpret William's language the best of anyone - they almost remind me of the special connection twins have.  Nicholas is always William's best medicine and Nicholas just adores and protects his brother in every way.  Their relationship brings me inspiration...and hope in the reality that authentic and enduring relationships really can exist.