Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I live here.

today before graycen's nap i read to her from "James and the Giant Peach." i love this story. now i am going to go and search on for that movie for a stocking stuffer for her. (oh yes, i am in such christmas mode and want to be done with shopping by the first of december. is this likely? no way. but i will try."


yesterday i had graycen's parent teacher conference. i am so proud of my little girl and i want to shout it from the roof tops! she's amazing. she is doing so well in school, grasping things so quickly that it is freaking her teacher out. we were in tears laughing so hard about how clever graycen is and the funny things she comes up with. her teacher's are so sweet and graycen has a really great bond with them. when we were in florida her teacher told me that she had had "graycen withdrawal." i mean, i love graycen, i think she's great. she's mine. but for her teacher to go on and on about her... well i was just grinning from ear to ear and as proud as a mother could be. 


i live here! i absolutely love new york. it is my favorite place in the whole world. and i get to live here. i can't believe jonathan and i have been so fortunate to make our nest here and settle in as mommy and daddy birds raising our chickling. it's pretty cool and we are so blessed. today is an absolutely beautiful fall day and i am loving it. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's A Princess to do?

Graycen is in a princess stage. she loves hearing the stories of a helpless woman needing a man to come in and rescue her and make the princess believe that now she is living a fairy tale. what is this teaching her? yikes, i hope this passes soon. but the dress up to go along with these stories are incredible. i watch her transform before my eyes due to a $12.00 wig and a lot of glitter. i surprise myself at how much i like it. she has a wonderful imagination and i get to go along for the ride. when my sister and i were younger we would make up these stories of an indian princess on an island. we would chew wild mint leaves and make daisy wreathes for our hair. we would stay in these characters for days. i get to relive some of that with graycen. she has this sort of beachy, hippie, fairy tale thing about her anyway, so i can't help but buy into it. 

"momma- i got my shoes from my fairy god mother."

"graycen, i got my shoes from"

"no mommy, you got those from your fairy god mother!!" (in a very angry voice.) yes, yes, i got them from my fairy god mother. and we live under a mushroom and there are giants that are going to crush us, and we'll have to eat green beans, lots and lots of green beans, and then we will be invisible. i guess you could say that i help out a little with her stories. 


on a different note. graycen has the preschool curse. a runny nose. yuck. nasty. gross. it's lasted since day two of school and i have yet to see it go away. i am about to name the snot that runs down her face because i feel we are so intimately acquainted. poor gray. she is now O B S E S S E D with wiping it. her nose is raw. all her jackets and sweaters are so rough on her precious little peach skin and it's breaking my heart. she feels fine and tells me it doesn't bother her. but oh, i know it does. the heat is turned as low as it can go before we freeze, she has her humidifier on in her room, and i am constantly shining up her face with aquafor. i don't know what else to do. do they make a puffs plus with aloe, lotion, and a tie to keep her hands behind her back? 


today before nap we ended with a lovely poem that graycen has grown fond of.

"Who Knows if the Moon's"

who knows if the moon's
a balloon, coming out of a keen city
in the sky- filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it, if they
should take me and take you into their balloon, 
why then 
we'd go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited, where

 Spring) and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves."
-e.e. cummings

Monday, October 20, 2008

pumpkins 101.

i just love fall. pumpkin flavored everything, the crisp air, comfy sweaters, pomegranates, pies, fires, snuggling, and the list goes on. when graycen and i flew in from florida last friday we got a real treat. we flew over the hudson valley peak week and the mountains looked like they were glowing. it was a sight i will never forget. it's really chilly here and we decided to have friends over and take advantage of the "fallness". we went to get pumpkins on saturday and came back to our house and cooked, drank red wine, and had the fire going. the guys watched sports, the ladies cooked, and the kids played. it was perfect. we have such dear friends and were so lucky to have spent the day with them. on sunday, we carved our pumpkin and took naps. later that night jonathan and i watched old woody allen movies by the fire. we spent the day in pajamas and i cooked muffins. it's good to be home and back into our routine. graycen went to school today and was so happy to be back helping her teachers and playing with her friends. after school i took her to the park where she played in the leaves and we watched the ducks on the pond. she's sleeping now and i am going to try and grab a few zzz's myself. 

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Sunshine State.

In a blink of an eye. that could sum up my life right now. we are already back from Florida. we spent the last two weeks there. it went by in a blink of an eye. graycen and i were blessed to spend some quality time with our family down south. we were also blessed to have amazing weather when we were there and the availability of my mom, aunts, sister, and grandmother. it was a week of powerful woman, filling my soul and spirit with the motherly, lovingly, godly ways they live, and graycen and i got to soak it all up. there is something about the idea of "it takes a village" that i grew fond of while i was there. it was so natural to be surrounded by so many women who are all on the same page as me... someone to take graycen to the bathroom, so i could keep talking to my sister. someone to keep swimming with her in the pool, so i could go shower. someone to give graycen a bath so i could call jonathan. if i could be granted another set of hands they would be the hands of someone in my family. thank you all for the endless amounts of help i got when i was visiting. this trip was healing, nostalgic, full circle, funny, sad, and a learning experience. while visiting, graycen discovered and mastered the art of the tantrum. by the third day i was wondering what had happened the the graycen i use to know. it was pretty easy to figure out. my tired threats were falling on deaf ears. my threats.... meant nothing. boy, is she smart. the first couple days of my trip we were at my sister's house. we went to disney world, where graycen met every princess from every fairy tale that was ever written. i myself was smitten when she was serenaded by the mad hatter. graycen had also requested that she dress as "snow white" and we took her to down town disney aka another place for parents to blow money faster than it can be made. we ate at rainforest cafe and walked around. all this time, i was snapping away, taking pictures left and right.... only to play around with my camera later that night and accidently delete them all. (insert: nervous breakdown.) okay, well after fixing my camera i braved taking pictures of the rest of our trip. it was absolutely lovely. i came away learning about my family, and strengthening relationships with them on a whole other level. there is no bond like the , "i totally understand how horrible you feel right now that your daughter is screaming in public and every one is looking at you like you shouldn't be allowed to have children" experience to bring you closer together. my family is beautiful. and i am so happy to have given birth to a daughter who will also learn so much from these women. mom, danielle, aunts, and gran. you are all incredible. i stand in awe. i miss florida. 

Monday, October 6, 2008

Jackson Pollock Clothing.

I've been running around like mad all morning packing for graycen and my trip to florida. have i told you that it will be for almost 2 weeks? it's starting to hit me that i am going on a very long vacation with my 2 and a half year old daughter... alone. what am i thinking? i will have lots, and lots, and lots of help when i get there. that is what i am thinking. jonathan is going to hold down the fort while i am basking in the sun, and eating out, and going to disney with gray. poor jonathan. he's such a great man. he tells me, "this is why i work so hard Allison, so that graycen and you can have this life." he makes me happy. man, i am going to miss him. well, in my crazy attempt to get packed for two people for two weeks, i managed to wash 2 loads of mine and graycen's laundry with a green crayola. all of our clothes came out looking like a jackson pollock painting. man, i am so glad that that was the load of all her "good" clothes. and i am sure glad i threw in a couple of my good things in there at the last second trying to save on time. well, i washed those loads two more times, and now i just have really, really clean looking jackson pollock clothes. gray, i always knew you would be a mini artist. now you have the clothes to match. this all seems so small compared to how much i am going to miss my dear, dear jonathan. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Weekend Update.

                       Graycen at rathbuns. yummy pumpkin pancakes to kick off the weekend.
                                                      playing in the leaves
                                                             yea, i kinda love him.
                                  the whole family. (hudson not shown... but he came with us!)
                                                       taking a break on the hayride.
                                                packed her suitcase and was ready to go!

We had such a lovely weekend at the lake. fall was all around us and we soaked it all up. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Just dreamy.

our day started out a little rough. i have been taking graycen to a certain play group since she was about 7 months old. recently she and i have not been as interested. i am finding that graycen is getting bored quite easily there. today it came to a head. she wanted out of there and was showing me every sign that i kept ignoring until i didn't. we up and left, and i promise you gray that that is the last time we go. unless it is raining, or snowing, or we haven't left the house in days. okay, so last time for a real long time. anyway, i felt so bad, that i took her to lunch at homespun food in beacon and then to the park down by the hudson river. it was perfect. we had a lovely, fun filled lunch where we were both giggling and eating until we were so stuffed, that i decided we would go to the park and run it off. this is my favorite park within a 30 mile radius. i just love this park, and so does graycen. we had so much fun. the sky was that over cast fall grey, and we ran amongst the leaves falling off the trees. we were surrounded by gold and yellow and it was perfect. we came home where i tucked graycen into her dark, cozy room for an afternoon nap. i curled up on the couch and was greeted by jonathan. it was such a treat. he never gets to come home early. we sat still, and at peace. sometimes it is just dreamy.
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