Kiss and Tell

There is nothing quite like your first kiss. I can remember mine like it was yesterday. Don’t be fooled, of course it wasn’t. Still it remains a snapshot etched in my now more selective memory. After having my baby, it seems there isn’t room for everything in there anymore. It went something like this…lights dim in a junior high gymnasium, Def Leopard blaring through the speakers, technically challenged slow dancing, big 80’s hair, a mixture of overpowering cheap cologne and sweat hanging in the air, cheerleading friends chanting their approval and so much anticipation. Romantic? Not really. The boy? Handsome. He is still a good friend all these 20+ years later.

Fast forward to today. My baby is kissed by a girl at a party. Somehow I don’t think he will remember her sweet soft baby lips or that she also kissed some of his buddies, however it is another ‘first’ in a lifetime of many things to experience. Plus, it was pretty darn cute. I couldn’t resist sharing the “love”.

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Quote of the Week

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”                                                               — Martin Luther King, Jr

This is a day in history that will be remembered … Osama Bin Laden has been killed. A man that has become a household name for all the ugliest reasons. Will the big dark terrorist cloud that has been hanging above us since September 11th disappear? The one that makes us look over our shoulders at airports, on the subway and even in our most trusted places. As I think about the world that my baby will grow up in, I get a knot in my stomach. I can only hope that he will be embraced by light and love, and that the stars come out to play again.

* Thanks to Tanya A. for sharing this quote earlier today.

Hippity-hop.

Nicknames are funny things. When he was first born, “Honey Bunny” seemed to roll naturally off my lips. With his adorable dimples, tight curls and one-sided smile, he hardly resembled a rabbit. I’m not sure how this name stuck. Nowadays, we are much too busy for the long version so he is simply “Bunny” or even “Bun Bun”. I hope none of his baby friends catalogue this piece of information for school yard teasing – I’m sure I would get the “Ah Mom…” speech that I am already preparing to hear over and over again. However, this weekend this name is most appropriate.

Happy Easter from my Honey Bunny’s household!

Hotwheeling Daddy

I guess hotwheel cars are on sale somewhere in town. Last night, my hubby came home with an armful to start L’s collection. He then proceeded to give him the run down on each make and model. Both were smiling from ear to ear. I could feel his pride.

A few minutes later, he asked “Is this what dads are suppose to do?” I could have answered with a list of other things that also fall into the ‘Daddy Do’ category, but instead I just nodded. It really could have been one of those commercials for Hallmark greeting cards. I love this little family of mine.

Quote of the Week

It is so easy to try to listen to all the parenting advice out there…do this, do that, do the next thing? It is important to be “this” kind of parent. Next week some doctor somewhere will tell you the opposite. So-and-so’s baby did this or that. Wait a minute, did mine? Is that bad? It’s hard not to go crazy as we scan the internet, flip through magazines and chat at mommy groups. At the end of the day, we all just want to do and be the absolute best for our families.

Today, this mommy-baby duo has decided to filter the constant noise. Yes, much of it is beautiful welcome noise but some of it is unnecessary. My baby and I are falling into a comfortable routine known as “us” – well two-thirds of it. Daddy falls into this category too. Like it or not, this is who we are. The best part is…we know no one else can do a better job at this than we can! I like that.

Quote for the Week

Only one word.

Biggie L vs. Polar Bear South

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!

In the left corner, his first time in the ring weighing in at 19 +lbs, is Biggie L. His opponent in the right corner,  slightly stuffed but undefeated, is Polar Bear South. He trained in the toy box at Great Grandma’s house.

The stare down before the match.

Biggie L makes the first move.

Polar Bear South takes a tumble.

Biggie L has a hold but Polar Bear South is starting to wear him down. Note the drool.

Ladies and Gentlemen…the winner with a knockout is Biggie L!

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