Onwards and upwards!
Life is busy. I knew it would be... but it always seems to be. I laugh at how busy I thought I was when I was single and working at Veritas Software while commuting to see Brien on the weekends as we lived in different cities for the duration of our pre-married life. We were kid-free and largely responsibility free - no mortgage, no pets, no MBA loans... just working away trying to build our respective careers. Fast forward to three kids, 2 careers, one tiny non-profit and a host of kid activities... there is not one second of the day that seems to be "schedule-free" so I'm trying to ensure we don't forget about the little things and that we enjoy the day no matter how busy it may be... Cecily soaks in everything! She takes the time to study the details, to listen and to watch. I often find myself in a trance watching her watch things because I want to know what she is thinking. I am pretty sure when this photo was taken she was thinking that this was the closest she'd been to the baby without direct supervision...time to try something! (that photo was not included...)
And here is our little Noah. To him life is a big party and everything is fun from surfing to swimming to skating and soccer and eating... he finds fun in everything he does! He loves to paddle out with Daddy and this weekend he told me he thought Daddy needed more attention so Daddy should take him to soccer and to surfing while I stayed home with the babies... I took this photo so I didn't heed his advice as I believe if there is a beach outing we should ALL go no matter how busy or crazy it may be... What I wish I had a picture of was the proud Daddy as he watches his son embrace his passion for surfing and the beach.
And here is our little guy thinking he is so very cool on this ramp at our local YMCA. He is so focused when he skates and Brien and I enjoy watching him have fun with one of his best friends, Max. When I see Noah on a skateboard my stomach gets a little nervous but I love that he is not nervous at all... so I try and put on a brave face and support his passion because he loves it. I am proud of him for going for it... no matter how many times he falls!
And here is another shot... he is holding his coach's hand as he takes on a pretty big drop. I thought Sway was crazy for taking him on this ramp during his 2nd lesson but what do I know?... nothing! He loved it as did his buddy. They just roll with the punches and laugh when they fall down. They pick themselves up with a big smile and a go get 'em attitude that I admire and attempt to deploy when I fall for very different reasons... If only there were armor for the job of Mom... (Noah refers to all the pads we make him wear as his armor...)
And then there is cuddle time with Cason. We all take our turns loving on the new guy. We call him our meatball because he is round as round can be and he eats and eats and eats. He is entirely his own person but he does remind us of his very proud, big brother in a lot of ways. They share a passion for food, big cheeks and for stealing my heart. I adore that Noah wants to hold and cuddle and feed Cason. Tonight they even wore matching jammies...And yes, I got that photo, too. Cason has been such a gift to our family. We are very busy... but oddly we are taking more time to lay on the bed and giggle. To read ten stories instead of two before bed... and to sit around and admire our new little bundle of love. At the end of the day life isn't about the big things... it is the little things that matter and we're doing our best to make sure we make the most of them!
Onwards and upwards!
Noah, Cecily & Cason's Mom
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