We got to see “Champions on Ice” last night. It was soooo much fun! My favorites were Sasha Cohen and Evan Lysacek. I was really glad to also get to see Victor Petrenko perform. The production was done very well, with cool lighting effects and a great variety in the performances. I wish my Grandma was here to see it also cause she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES ice skating!
Nathan took a couple days off this week so we can have some family time with Sean for his birthday… his 3rd birthday is tomorrow! Today we took him hiking in the Sandias. We hiked up to Sandia Cave, and sat by the stream along the dirt road for a bit. The stream was pretty full, and very pretty. What is it about the sound of water, whether it be the ocean or a river or stream, that is just so relaxing? I could have sat on my little rock next to the stream all day and enjoyed the sound. Sean had fun throwing rocks into the water and we even let him take off his shoes and get his feet wet. We went a little ways into Sandia Cave, but didn’t get far because of our lame-o flash light. We had one of those flashlights that you shake to make it work, but the “charge” only works for about a minute or 2… pretty bad. We had to keep turning it off, sit in the dark and shake it, so we could see again. The cave is also very dusty, so you get covered in the yellowish cave dust when you go in. It’s still pretty fun, and it’s an easy hike to do with little kids.
We went walking in the foothills this afternoon. The yuccas were in bloom up there, but most of them were covered with many, many aphids. They were also covered with many happy ladybugs and various other bugs that like aphids. Some of the ladybugs were huge! So if anyone knows of any starving ladybugs out there, send them to the Albuquerque foothills… it’s an all you can eat buffet just for our polka-dotted friends.
We also did a bit of “bouldering” with Sean. He very much enjoyed climbing the rocks with his Daddy. We found a couple little caves where we could rest in the shade. We saw a guy hiking in a khaki kilt… that was interesting. It ended up being a good afternoon for the foothills. The weather was great, not too hot and not raining. We also saw a couple rabbits, some lizards and lots of grasshoppers. I love that Sean and Nathan like to spend time together outdoors. It’s so cute to see Nathan being the fun Daddy that he is.
As a parent, there are some days when I am just so glad to put my little one to sleep because he has been so difficult all day long. Today was one of those days. Gladly, these days don’t happen that often, but lately, they seem to happen more often than they used to. Is he entering the “terrible 3’s?” I don’t know, but I know that if we continue to be consistent in his training and disciplining, then he will eventually learn the right behavior. It’s so exhausting! I’m sure there is a reason that we haven’t been blessed with another child… I can’t imagine doing this and trying to keep up with an infant. So I had a talk with Sean before he went to bed. We talked about how it was not fun for either of us to have to go through all the disciplining today. And I told him that tomorrow is a new day and we can try again to do better (him at having a better attitude, and me at being more patient with him). Being a parent is hard. But I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing with my days (and nights, and weekends… did I mention that this is a 24/7 job?). 🙂
I’ve got the house all to myself this afternoon and tonight. Sean and my honey went to Rio Rancho and will stay overnight at Nathan’s parents house. I’m taking this opportunity to get some stuff done around the house and do some fun stuff too. I get to go to Michelle’s piano and voice recital and see her students perform… that’s always really entertaining and so wonderful to watch. I think I’ll do some antiquing and window shopping too. Also gonna try to finish up some gardening. Let’s see, where to start?? Ah, yes… I’ll take an uninterrupted shower, and get to take my time since I won’t be worried that I’ll find Sean drawing all over the walls or sticking fruit snacks in the PS2. Ahhhhh, luxury! 🙂
When we drive in the car and the sun shines on Sean, he often says, “Thank you, God, for the sun.”