Monday, April 12, 2010


My sister in law sent me this picture today. Three things stand out at me:
1. Gary looks 10 years younger (it was 3.5 years ago)
2. I look as tired as I felt. That was the longest night of my life.
3. That was when we became a family and it was oh so special. We had no idea what we were getting into. Seriously. No idea. I liked the idea of being a mom but didn't truly realize it was 24/7 for the rest of your life. Gary shed a tear on that day. That was the second time I've ever seen Gary cry and I haven't seen it since. He says that was the most beautiful I've ever been...when we had our kids. His eyes must've been blurry from the tears:)
I'm just off to football practice (in shorts!! I wore shorts all day, it was so nice!!) so this will be super brief. Football was awesome this weekend. I would say that I was functioning at about 75%..woohoo! I even ran in a TD.
(Just a picture of Kokes, he's so cute)
Kai has changed a bit in the last week. Besides talking like a robot and no longer into recycling, he has a bit more of an attitude. He says things like `Mommy, that wasn't good behavior' or `Mommy, you need to use your nice words or I'm going to send you to time out' etc. So, basically he is using my words on him.
Today at the park, he gave Koen a huge headlock after me reminding him to be polite over and over, so, we just went home. After only being there 10 minutes. He. Freaked. Out. Yup, he was `that kid'. Screaming. High pitched. `I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME. THAT'S NOT GOOD BEHAVIOUR MOMMY. I'M GOING TO SEND YOU TO TIME OUT.' Laying on the ground. The whole `freak out' act. It didn't bother me too much but why is he acting so nuts?

We put him to bed half an hour earlier last night but that didn't make a difference. He gets tons of fresh air and interaction with others. He's probably just going through an emotional/mental growth spurt and trying to figure out how to process everything but man, he can be a little ridiculous. Ah yes, always learning with these kiddos!
Okay, better go. Have a wonderful evening.


  1. Were those picture of Kaiser taken at the same time as the big one of him at the very top of your blog?

    He looks like such a boy. Man, they grow up fast. A picture of tiny Kai and tiny Annika popped-up on Jackie's screen saver yesterday and I suddenly realized how big/older he has gotten.

    I'm glad to hear that you are running a bit Louise. Exercise sure feels good (when you can do it, that is).

  2. i think that last picture of kai especially looks like Gary.
    interesting how kids' emotions change and develop, hey? :)

  3. I love that picture of you two after you had Kai. Such sweet pictures of your boys.
    We are having major attitude and testing with my older two right now and it is soooooo exhausting!!! I keep praying that the stage will be over soon. The things no one tells you eh?

  4. aunty nut8:38 PM

    oh my goodness, that last pic of kai with that facial expression is definately Gary!
    Cute boys:) I love koen's alfalfa hair

  5. Love those pics of the kiddos! Also loved the memories of the night you became a mom...
    As for the behaviour, I'm struggling with Halle too. She's using all my phrases on Maya, and it does NOT come across very nice! It's a tricky business, this parenthood thing :)

  6. It's so wierd to see babies turn into kids...and then someday into an adolescent...then adult!!!! Then a parent themselves! Man! Anyway...cute kids.

  7. What cute boys you have Louise! Oh the public scenes.. Finn has given a few stellar performances himself!