It started one rainy day in Tigard

I was keeping (sort of ) a journal for the past two years, just about things my kids have been doing, but I just write so slow. I hope my kids can look back on this with fond memories.

This is a blog about myself, Tanya and Jonathan, Nathaniel (almost five), Benjamin (2.5 years) and Grace (10 months) and the path we take as a family.

The family at Lake Tahoe

The family at Lake Tahoe
Nathaniel is just hiding

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Benjamin is 2.5 years old next week

Happy Half-year Birthday my beautiful boy. Benjamin John Beverley Chappelle will be 2.5 years old on January 21. He is my cuddler, sleeper, lover and needy little boy. Life does not seem like he ever was not here, although I still feel like there is soo much to know about who he is and what he needs, but I learn everyday.

I do know that he needs his binky to sleep, a hug and a kiss before Daddy goes to work, fruit at every meal, and preferably before anything else is consumed. He loves being warm, loves dressing himself, loves to pick out his own shoes. He is not too fond of the cold, loves to sit in his toy car outside, and also loves one of his two strollers to sit in or be pushed in when we are outside. He loves being read to before naptime and loves his nap, with his two or three binky's with him in his crib.

He is starting to enjoy going places with us. He now enjoys going to Target and Costco. I am wondering if he will be my shopper.... competition with Grace to go shopping with Mommy?

And gosh does he love his Daddy. Daddy is his first choice, with Mommy a second, but I have to say good alternative. Maybe it is the stage of his life right now.

He makes me laugh and smile just to see his sheepish grin after he has done something cute. "My want that" is is favorite phrase for him.

Friday, January 8, 2010

New awakenings

Well it has happened. Benjamin, our great sleeper has officially become one of "those" babies. So, either he is just a two-year-old or is now having a hard time sleeping because he is afraid of the smoke alarm.... that went off on Christmas because we forgot to clean the oven before the rib roast went in it. And when the smoke alarm went off the first and second time he and Grace slept through it, even though it went off in THEIR ROOMS. What is up with that? Sleeping through a smoke alarm that is going off in your room? I wish I slept that good.

So, for a week he has either woken early or woken in the middle of the night. We have talked about only going in once, and not bringing him into our bed. We have done both. But with that we have slept and so has his brother that sleeps in the same room as him.

And now every beep that goes off - fridge, dryer, dishwasher, etc. and his brother making that noise to scare him, scares him and sends him directly to my lap, arms, whatever works for him. I love the cuddles, but.....

Nathaniel seems to have turned a corner. Let's see - I can reason with him better, talk with him like he is somewhat an adult, he is sleeping soooo much better and I am enjoying most of my time with him. Just in time for him to start real school... well in September. But that seems like moments away.

Jonathan got a new car yesterday!!!! And we will find out if he sold his car tonight. A couple is driving down from Seattle to buy it. Yeah! He is loving his 2007 BMW 530 xi. Yeah Jo! Just in time for his 40th.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to the real world and a new to us BMW

Jonathan has been off work for twelve days now..... it has been really lovely, fun and a bit stressful for all of us. We have not done lots of things, but hung out, played at home some and went out a bit.

Jonathan took Nathaniel skiing on Tuesday. He ran up and down the bunny slope helping him for about an hour and then they had lunch. Nathaniel then had an hour lesson with a 70-year-old Austrian gentlemen who had him turning and STOPPING!!! Yeah, he is on his way! I can't wait to go up with him and go skiing with my boy. Soon, very soon. But, with Grace still nursing and all that goes with it, I am having a hard time leaving her for the whole day to do that. Hopefully I will get up there once this year at least!!!

We have spent time going to T R Us, hobby shops, out to lunch as well as time that Jonathan and I could go out by ourselves. We went out and test drove cars yesterday and found one that Jonathan loved and I do like, although I am still partial to A4s..... but one day I may have one!!!

Jonathan goes back to work tomorrow and Nathaniel is back to preschool, so we are getting back to a more normal schedule. I think I am a bit apprehensive about this, just being on my own with all three kids again, but should be an adventure......