Monday, July 30, 2012

This time next month, I'll have a one year old.

That's right, Bennett is 11 months old. Amidst all the packing and unpacking, I cannot locate the cute little chalkboard I normally use (sad face) so I didn't do the typical monthly photos. But, I did snap a few of our little cutie while we were at the pool on his 11 month birthday.

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So, what's Ben been up to this past month? Standing unassisted like a freaking champ. I'm often worried he might just run off on me. He crawls so fast that he can almost keep up with Max's running.

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Speaking of Max, we've been thinking a lot (or, I have - Ritchie does not bother himself with these thoughts ever) about Ben's first birthday theme. Max's was puppies because he had such an intense love of dogs. So, naturally I've been thinking about what Ben loves most and all I can come up with is Max. And nursing. So... I'm thinking of just making a banner of pictures of Max and my boobs. What do you think? I think it's brilliant.

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He's saying, "Woman! You better give me a better theme than that!"

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He cut two new teeth this month and is working on 4 more. This means less sleep for everyone and zero time without him in my arms. He's finally through his latest painful stint and we're all getting some much needed relief.

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Bennett likes to climb on things. And when he falls he doesn't care whatsoever. He just gets up and climbs again. Tenacious, that one.

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This is his "Where's Ben?!" face. He thinks he's covering his eyes for peek-a-boo. So darling. Even Max covers his ears now instead of his eyes.

Ben is always the object of other's admirations. He is truly a joy and his smile STILL kills me. I hope that when he's 15 and being rotten that he can still flash me that grin and make my heart fill with joy the same way he does now.

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Bennett, we love every ounce of you! I cannot wait to celebrate a whole year of your life next month. Thank you for bringing endless joy into our family.

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P.S. Please count the number of times I said "joy" and remember that I'm tired and still unpacking and Max isn't in a new preschool program so I am never alone EVER. I just don't have the brain function to come up with synonyms for "joy"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Lincolns are Moving!

I actually wrote this post in my head yesterday as I was driving to the paint store for 50 shades of grey paint (did you see what I did there?) -
side note: these are my priorities. It's EXTREMELY important to me that I have paint samples WITH ME when I arrive so that the first thing I can do in my new house is put paint samples on the wall, choose a color and paint. Like, Day 1. Yup, I'm a total freak.
Onward. I started to write this post in my head and began bawling uncontrollably in the car. I pulled it together to go inside and get my samples, but then picked up the bawling immediately as I got back in the car.

We're moving to Denver, Colorado. It's been a whirlwind that I'm not sure I could even accurately depict to you right now. Basically, I've been hounding Ritchie for years (since Max was born) to look for work out of the state. I do love California. Well... I love that my family is nearby. California is fine and all, but I've craved having four seasons and a slower pace and better schools for my kids ever since I had them. Perhaps a bit of grass is always greener? We'll find out, I guess. Anyway, Ritchie wanted to put more time in with his job and gain some experience and plus he LOVES California so he kept putting it off. "In two years" he told me 3 years ago. A year ago I pushed HARD and he even applied to one place and never heard back. This time I knew our lease would be ending come November and I wanted to make sure there would be ample time to land a new job so we didn't have to sign another lease and be here another whole year. Ritchie basically threw a few applications out there to placate me. Within a week he had several responses, one of them from a company in Seattle, WA and one from a company in Denver, CO.

Seattle has long been one of our favorite places. To sweeten the pot, my BFF lives there. That certainly would make transitioning a whole lot easier. Ritchie began to move forward with the Seattle company and didn't with the Denver company. He just ignored them.

Fast forward about a week. The Denver company contacted him again and said they would be in the bay area if he wanted to meet them and do an informal interview. He agreed, but almost canceled twice! The Seattle thing was moving forward, neither of us were super thrilled on the idea of Denver (Ritchie had never been, and I had only been once, MANY years ago). He did decide to go, though and when he came home from that meeting I remember it was a turning point.

He was EXCITED about this company, this position, these people and they had REALLY sold him on Colorado. From that day I on I KNEW. I knew we'd end up there. I wasn't the happiest. I had been planning this grand life where my best friend and I hung out with our kids all day. A built in network was far more tempting to me than some mountains.

But, I am the type of person (thankfully) that truly can become excited about anything and therefore I put my mind to learning all the great things about Colorado. In the meantime the Seattle company fell through, Ritchie had one intensive interview with the Denver company and was fairly immediately offered the job. All within 2 weeks of applying. The company was on a big push and couldn't take the time to fly us out there immediately so we planned to visit 2 weeks later and see if we liked the area enough to live there.

That trip happened 2 weeks ago. There are pros and cons to any area and we sought out both so that we had a healthy perspective on what we would be getting ourselves into. We fell in love with Stapleton, a neighborhood very close to downtown Denver where Ritchie would be working. I'll go into our new hood and home in a different post though. The trip solidified that we would be moving there. The rest was just a matter of waiting for human resources to get the paperwork done. Once that was finalized we found out that in order to have health insurance for the month of August Ritchie would have to start by August 1. So, we quickly put into motion our plans to be in Colorado by July 22 so that we had a week to settle in before he had to begin working. That was last week. We load the truck tomorrow.

To say it's been crazy would be an understatement. I still don't think it's hit me that this is ACTUALLY happening. I will delve more into my feelings on leaving my family and friends here as well as what I'm looking forward to about moving in another post. For now, there are the basics. I need to nap :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

6 Years with Ritchie

Ritchie and I celebrated 6 years together on June 25th. I'm a little late in blogging about it, but it was a spectacular celebration this year. We did exactly what we needed to do, be together, have fun, connect.

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We had dinner at The Villiage Bistro in Santana Row. SO DELICIOUS.

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Then, we took a drive up to a lookout point and snuggled up in the back of the car and enjoyed the sunset.

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Each year just gets better and better. I'm so happy I chose you, babe! And I'm happy you still choose me. I can't wait for our all of our many adventures.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Massive iPhone Photo Dump

Here is my life lately in instagram photos. There are TONS of them. Enjoy!

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Blueberry hog!

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My nephew!!

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Max likes to sit in Ben's highchair sometimes.

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Watermelon equals lots of laundry

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The bathroom is a favorite hangout for Ben

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Ben carries his most prized possessions around with him while he crawls around.

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I tried at home coffee for like a week. It's just not the same as Starbucks.

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I've been doing yoga 2-3 times a week for 2 months. I'm really starting to feel/see the results!

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Oh, Ritchie. Chilis on your socks... really?

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All of the sudden I hear, "Momma help me get down!"

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We trace bodies now... it's creepy.

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Little napper.

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Throwing a fit

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My snuggly little bug

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I wore a dress mid week!! So fancy. It broke though.... so sad.

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Max LOVES to play in the drivers seat with his guitar.

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He also wants "time naked boy"

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And hugs. He loves hugs.

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Buckled into Bennett's car seat.

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Our day in San Francisco weeks ago!

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Little B on the trolley

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Ritchie's always up for a self portrait

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Napping with my boys

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Bennett got into the pantry

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Sometimes we have rough days

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They always get better though!

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If I had $50 spare bucks, I SO would have owned this for B.

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New skill

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Ice cream!

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I also got on a Corona kick for a few nights. I'm over it.

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Reality.

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So he doesn't run off. It actually STILL works.

Wow - Okay, hopefully I can start keeping up with Insta Friday from now on!

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