Tuesday, August 31, 2010

4 years

Months ago, for reasons unknown to me, Espen requested a Christmas birthday party. I think it's because at some point I mentioned another pool party like last year and he must of thought no, let's do the complete opposite. As the months went on he'd still periodically mention the Christmas theme...that is how we came to have Christmas in August.

I'd like to take a moment to thank my beautiful friends and loving family, we had so much fun on Espen's birthday, it just would not have been the same without you.

From having the pool completely to ourselves, to jeremy making a mad dash in the morning to grab the balloons that I forgot, to the wacky Christmas cake and gifts wrapped in Santa's and snowballs-Espen's 4th birthday party was a huge success.

So many photos were taken and I'm sorry, I'm going to share about 40 of them...for now, I'll start with the day through my eyes/camera.

{so cute}
{mama!! in the pool!!}
{nerds talking about true blood}
{espen hiding from the camera}
{up in the air}
{papa, an orca & a smoke, 'nuf said}
{caribbean cooler?}
{INWL-Improvised noodle water launcher}
{i couldn't resist, this is my dad XO}
{blurry balloon/birthday boy}
{heck yes, christmas cake}
{i cut those trees down myself}
{what happen's when your cake gets a huge crack? you fill it with icing}
{uh, woops}
{time foe bed birthday boy}

Monday, August 23, 2010

7 years ago...

7 years ago, after a week of 'IM'ing each other, Jeremy and I coordinated our first date. He met me at my house around 8, I had blond hair (some fake) in a pony tail, he had on a tight 'White Drugs' (record label) shirt. I was nervous, he was cool. We decided that the British Open Pub would be the perfect place, not to fancy, pretty casual. He'll tell you I talked real fast, I'd say that he confused the crap out of me when he said, 'Hey, my friend Vince is in a HOT BODY contest tonight at Coyote Bay Night Club, you want to go check it out'. We did. After our brief stint at CBNC we made our way back to the pub and stayed there all night. Back at my house we talked till 2am, went out for Filbertos, and then back to my house where we ate and talked till the sun came up. We said our goodbyes and the rest is history.
We tell each other almost everyday how lucky we feel and every year now, the day before our son's birthday we like to celebrate the day that we had our first date.

{my lover, driving to the BOP}

{british open pub}

{take 1}

{take 2}

{take 3}

Monday, August 9, 2010

espen's first day of school

While I write this Espen is hopefully having a good time at school. It's the first time he's ever been without a friend/family member yet around other kiddos.

This morning was a breeze. We've did some dry runs throughout the last week so we kind of new what to expect this morning in terms of timing. I made Espen's lunch last night, a PB&J by request along with Triscuts, grapes, string cheese and a juice box. I also laid out his outfit last night so we wouldn't be scrambling for missing shoes/socks/underwear. (somehow we lose those A LOT!)

My alarm went off at 6:30 and when it did Espen popped up for a minute and asked 'Am I going to school RIGHT NOW?'...No buddy, go back to sleep. I couldn't tell if he was excited, scared or dreaming.

We bolted out the door and headed to the school to find the streets jam packed with cars, kids and parents. Espen asked if he could wear his back pack, I put it on him and right away he asked me to take it off, that sucker was heavy.

When we got to the classroom there were already tons of kids and parents in there, some were crying, parents had their cameras out as did we. Espen found his desk and immediately began to eyeball some little boys crowded around tubs of Legos.  We told him to go play with them but of course he said no. Jeremy knelt down next to the boys and asked if Espen could play. They said yes and ever so cautiously Espen approached the bins, without making a full commitment he squatted down and began to build a spaceship/car/machine. After about 5 minutes he finally took a huge leap and sat down. Jeremy and I were watching from across the room and smiled when he sat down, kind of like we were reassured that he would be okay here without us.

The bell rang and the teacher rounded the kids up to the front of the room, they sang a song, held hands, formed a circle and sat down...all except Espen. He stood there for a moment and when I went over to tell him it was okay to join his teacher notice and stepped right in, telling him that she wanted him to sit with her and just like that he did. So while he sat beside his teacher, leaning in her lap I gave him a kiss, grabbed some tissues and walked out the door. In less than an hour I get to pick him up...and do it all over again tomorrow till he learns how to drive. UGH!