This morning Alex woke up around 6:30 and let us know he was awake, and I thought, “Please, please, go back to sleep…at least a little longer.” He seemed to pick up that silent communication, and afterward like a snooze button, he would make a little noise every 10-15 minutes and then settle back down until 7:30. I was thankful for the extra sleep.

Off to the Park

Alex and Dom

Alex and Dom on the soccer fields. (Sept. 21, 2012)

After getting around, I made the boys some yummy banana pancakes that they eagerly ate, and about the time that Puck headed off for fencing, we set off for the park behind the Fort Natomas park. Dom and Alex climbed one of the few remaining ladders that they had not yet tried today, and after playing for awhile, Alex took off walking and Dom followed behind soon after. They headed across the soccer fields and kept on going all the way to the far side where we had stood in the shade of a tree to watch Endeavor fly over us not so long ago. It was quite a march. I managed to round them up and direct them back toward the play area and our wagon. We played awhile longer before they set off once again for the far edge of the soccer fields. Fortunately, the promise of cantaloupe convinced them to head back to the wagon afterward, and we sat in the shade to enjoy fruit, goldfish, and cheese before heading home.


Our naptime routine went smoothly, and the boys wanted to read “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” again today. In fact, Alex wanted to put it back in the line-up for a second read, but I opted for shorter books for the next three. Today when we read it, Dom and Alex stomped their feet, wiggled, shook, clapped, and said “boo” along with me as we read. Then, we snuggled in for our song before the boys fell fast asleep until around 3. Rocking and singing with both my boys wrapped in my arms and their heads resting on my shoulders is one of those blissful moments I hope I never forget and that I will miss so much some day when my little guys outgrow my lap.

The Afternoon

Alex and Dom on the water table.

Alex and Dom on the water table. (Sept. 28, 2012)

While the boys slept, I managed to get a little work done, exercise, and shower. I didn’t grab lunch until after Alex and Dom were up again though. They gave their dad hugs and During their snack (peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and cantaloupe), we read “Rocket Learns to Read,” and the boys enjoyed it. Dom even repeated some words and phrases, and they both told me what some of the letters were as we read through the alphabet on two pages. Then, I let the guys play in the backyard while I chatted with their Papa (my dad) and Aunt Janet on the phone. Today they were more interested in their chalk and in climbing on the water table. They also pulled their empty pool around but unfortunately pulled it over to a thorny bush, and a couple of thorns poke through part of the pool. Fortunately, it’s near the end of pool season. The two did fall over at one point in a pile and got a little scuffed up, but we ended our outdoor time with some swinging.

The Evening

Our evening went pretty smoothly today too with a few disagreements over toys, a few tears from Alex at the beginning of dinner (we stepped outside together to get the boys’ waters, and Alex helped carry them in and give one to his brother which soothed whatever had frustrated him), and then two good-natured little fellas going through the rest of our bedtime routine. Dom was playing with a balloon, but it didn’t have a weight tied to it. One time it got away from him over the couch, and I encouraged him to get on the couch to catch the end. He didn’t understand, but the next time he lost his grip on it in the same area, Alex ran over and climbed on the couch to try to get it for him. Alex also went over to grab the other balloon to play with. Over diapers Alex started another conversation about how everyone poops—so cute. Our bedtime book tonight was “I Love You Through and Through,” and then we sang our songs, snuggled, and tucked our little ones in bed. With a little encouragement, Dom and Alex said goodnight to each other.

1,078 Responses to “Books, Balloons, and Boys”

  1. Search Engine Optimization/ SEM Job Listings.

  2. You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they
    believe. All the time go after your heart.

  3. I was very pleased to seek out this internet-site.I wished to thanks in your time for this wonderful learn!! I positively having fun with each little little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.

  4. Most of the people I labored with smoked drugs and drank!

  5. Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thank you Nonetheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting equivalent rss drawback? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  6. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    blog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog
    posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently

  7. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to
    be actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the
    hang of it!

    Feel free to surf to my weblog – lidl online ireland

  8. It’s exhausting to find educated folks on this subject, however you sound like you recognize what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  9. There are certainly a whole lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to carry up. I supply the ideas above as common inspiration however clearly there are questions just like the one you deliver up where crucial factor will probably be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round issues like that, but I’m certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both girls and boys feel the influence of just a moment’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  10. It might even become somewhat of a weight if you contemplate it.
    “Each time of year has something that sets it apart from
    others. When you call Disney directly, the phone reps are not
    permitted to volunteer the fact that a discount may be available.

  11. Greetings! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able
    to correct this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share.
    Thank you!

  12. hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up anything new from
    right here. I did however expertise some technical issues using this site, since I experienced
    to reload the website lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK?
    Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement
    in google and can damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with
    Adwords. Anyway I am adding this RSS to my email and can look out for much more of your respective intriguing content.
    Ensure that you update this again soon.

  13. It’s amazing designed for me to have a website, which is beneficial designed for my know-how.
    thanks admin

  14. It�s hard to find educated people on this topic,
    however, you sound like you know what you�re talking about!

  15. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am
    genuinely happy to read all at one place.

    my website: tips judi bola (

  16. My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less.
    I’ve been using Movable-type on a number of websites
    for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard good things about
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?

    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  17. I always used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of
    web so from now I am using net for articles, thanks to web.

  18. If some one needs expert view regarding blogging afterward i advise him/her to visit this blog, Keep up the good job.

  19. Great post. I was checking constantly thiѕ bⅼog
    and I’m impresѕed! Extremely helpful info specigically the lɑst part 🙂
    I care for such informatіon a lot.I was looking for this certain inforkation for a long time.

    Thank yоu and best off luck.

  20. I wouⅼd like to thank you for the еfforts you һavе
    put in penning thіs website. I’m hopіng to view tһe ѕame high-grade blog posts from
    youu later on ɑs well. In trսth, үour creative writing abilitiеs haѕ
    encouraged me to get my own,personal site now 😉

  21. Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the good spirit.

  22. I was able to find good information from your content.

  23. Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your
    weblog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around yokur weblog posts.

    In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I am hoping yyou write oncee more very soon!

  24. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but
    I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but
    definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;
    ) Cheers!

  25. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back in the future.
    I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice

  26. As the world wide web continues to evolve and change does
    the way tuat you shop. The EPA released the fuel-economy numbers and
    there is certainly no challenge that hybrids far out-distance every
    other carr foor fuel-efficiency.That should give youu a bit of coverage
    through the manufacturer’s warranty, let’s assume that the warranty
    is transferable.

    Also visit my web site :: sell bhph notes

  27. Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Posso simplesmente dizer o que um alívio encontrar
    alguém que realmente sabe o que eles estão falando
    através da internet. Você definitivamente entender como trazer
    um problema para acender e torná-la importante.
    Mais pessoas precisa Veja isso e compreender este lado da
    história. Fiquei surpreso você aren ‘ t mais popular desde definitivamente tem o dom.

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>