We’re in full swing prep mode for Max’s 2nd birthday party over here! I gotta admit, I was a little hesitant about having a Batman themed birthday party for a two year old but Max is kinda obsessed with him right now so here we go…another superhero party. (We just had a Fantastic Four party for Jack’s 4th birthday in December…man, I’ve got to upload the printables for that!)
Max only knows of the vintage 1960′s Batman (which he calls “Doo Doo Batman” on account of the opening song) so we’re going full on camp for this party. Seemed a little more appropriate than the more recent Christian Bale/Heath Ledger version. ;)
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Last Halloween, the boys were Max and Moishe from Where the Wild Things Are. I knew it was going to be the last year I could have any influence over what Jack was wanted to dress up as so, I’ll admit, I really pushed hard for WTWTA. Lemme tell you…that book was in serious Bedtime Story rotation. Luckily, by the end of the month, Jack “decided” he really wanted to be Max. ;) Continue reading →
My three year old son started going to a preschool/summer daycare thing about a month ago and I find myself wondering, however cliche, where did the time go? Since I still have a wee little one (Max, 1 yr old), our nights are still indeed long but sending Jack away two days out of the weeks has been a reminder that the babies who crawl into my lap eventually crawl, walk and then run away, taking my heart with them, wherever they go.
I drew up another coloring page to remind me that “The nights are long but the years are short.” Feel free to print it out and use as you desire (personal use only, please). This parenting gig sure can be rough sometimes, we all need reminders! Click on the image above to print the Nights and Years free T&T print (pdf).
My little man turns one today and I was planning on writing this wonderful “Letter to My Child” kind of post full of sentimentality, mushiness and tears. Something that would touch on the absolute joy Max has brought into my life. Something that would mention his quick birth being just like his personality, eager to take on the world. Something that would put into words the difference the second trip on the Mommy Merry-Go-Round has been.
I definitely would have talked in length about how Jack (my first born) brought out places and feelings inside me I never knew existed. Max, however, showed me just how much I loved those places,feelings…how much I loved being a mother. Somehow the nervousness associated with the responsibility of raising a human being has been replaced with the peace of knowing these little human beings are actually raising me. It’s a journey and we’re all along for the ride. I wake up every single day, thankful that I have another chance to be a better mother than the day before. Sometimes I succeed and others…meh, not so much. My children may be learning shapes, colors and how to share but I’m learning patience, flexibility and how to truly love unconditionally.
Like I said, I was fully prepared to write a sweet little post about the day Max was born but then life happened and Jack had a whirlwind of a sensitive day and my inner calm was shaken just enough for that post to go out the window. So instead, you get this. One slightly frazzled mama writing about the ups and downs of motherhood. Emotionally exhausted from a trying day but still very aware that she just may be the luckiest girl in the world. So yes…Happy birthday, My Dearest Max Monster! May you always see the world with such joy and enthusiasm as you do now. You and your brother are my greatest joys.
Do you have a craft project you’re dying to share with the world? Or what about a wonderful recipe or quick cleaning tip? We’re about to welcome the arrival of our second child (Hi Max!) and it’ll be a while before I’ll have a whole lot of time to devote to crafting. I would hate to see the T&T blog stagnate so I’m asking for some help. Please? With a cherry on top?
I have some tutorial posts that I will be writing and saving for future use (No. 57 and No. 126 on my list of things to do before Max arrives!) but I thought it would be fun to have some new and exciting posts from other bloggers as well.
It really could be about pretty much anything crafty. Like, let’s say, a knit toy or ribbon hair clips, how to make a quick sling or felted wool balls. Not calling anyone out or anything. (Ahem. Eliza, Monica, Pati and Adri) This could be really fun, even if you’ve never blogged or written a tutorial in your life. I’m sure you all have some great ideas!
So…feel free to drop me a line (just click on the little envelope in the “keep in touch” section on the right sidebar) if you’d like to be a guest poster during my maternity leave. All you would have to do is write up a quick tutorial and have a picture of the project. If you’re local, I could even help you with the picture taking. As long as you bring me lunch. Just kidding…sort of.