|I just woke up and decided to look at my phone. ABCA posted wedding photos from last week and this one made me gasp...|
|Photo Courtesy of ABCA|
My First: Will
I chose to go to a school 8 hours away from my hometown... but only 2 hours away from Will. Les brought him up to visit me within the first few weeks of school-- I couldn't wait to show off this little one year old (and his Mama) to my friends. (Fun Fact: Les & ABC bought me a HUGE bottle of wine at Walmart and showed me how to hide it by taking out drawers and stashing it underneath. Yes, it's probably still there.)
Whenever something went wrong (read: I got dumped.) or I needed a family fix (but couldn't drive all the way to PA), I crashed in on Will and his parents. Now that I have my own kids and hectic schedule, I simply cannot believe how welcoming they were to me-- Les & Greg never turned me down and left the front door unlocked more times than I can count. I'd babysit in return, but the reality is that I got the sweet deal... I got Will.
I was never a baby person. That, my friends, was (and still is) my Sister. Will was different.
Last week, at my Sister's wedding, I got to spend time with Will... he's now 14 and would be mortified if he read any of this... but I had such a great time with him! He pitched a summer job to Hubby (and I seriously want him to come up and do it!), told us about new YouTube videos, talked video games (with Hubby, of course), and just loved up on Master Chief! At one point, Tank (Master Chief's other nickname) was leaning/falling out of my arms... towards Will... to lean in and give him kisses (lick his nose/suck his cheek/chew on his nose)! He was totally drawn to Will, as I am, and couldn't get enough of this awesome older cousin!
My Only: Hubby
I tried to let him sleep in, nap, and relax, but you know how vacations with kids are-- he had them when I went into town with my Dad and Brother for a Teeter/ABC run, he dealt with nap-time antics while I got a mani/pedi, and he did a little bit of everything on the wedding day (including buttoning my Sis into her dress!)! He is amazing... and being at the wedding reminded me of our wedding day and how much we've grown up and gone through together in nine years!
Side Note: Now, it's not all roses and smiles every day with me... I'm a PITA and we both know it... and he puts up with it. How could I not love this man?!
My Baby: Master Chief/Tank
If this isn't your first time on the blog, you know how much I love this little 10-month old Tank (the Master Chief-alternative nickname is quite fitting: He is trouble and kinda rolls through life like a tank- taking it all on! Plus, it's quicker to type...).
He started out as Mr. Cranky Pants, but is now the life of the party! I love when he wakes up in the morning and I get to go get him-- he's usually whimpering but literally starts jumping and smiling the second I walk in the door. He gives me the best hug as soon as I pick him up... aside from my permanent cuddle monster whom I sleep with, he's the greatest to wake up to (Sissy, not such a morning person... but that's another story!)!
He's cracking me up with the things he picks up on and mimics .. talking on the phone (of course! Even though I'm not a fan of talking on the phone, it happens...), mouthing words (Mama, Dada, and Sissy- she's working so hard to get him to say "Sissy"), and even grabbing a wipe and trying to wipe his tush! He now knows when he is funny and I live for the big smiles and laughs when I get to see his two chicklet teeth popping through!
The other night, Hubby sat down with him at the dinner table around 6pm... and Tank was still eating when I got home at 7:30. Veggie purees (he truly loves them-- you know I'm not one to force healthy food! Ha!)... a canister of baby cheese puffs... and nearly have a bag of grapes! He sits at the table every morning and eats Cheerios... ate D's cheese quesadilla at Chipotle the other day... and tries to eat every small toy/choking hazard in the house!
He's walking up to 6 steps at a time (only 3-4 caught on video, though) and crawls into trouble at lightning speed... this morning he got into D's bedroom and ate the cookie on her bedside table before she even noticed it was gone!
When he slows down, he is the sweetest and cuddliest kid since... well, Will.
...and that's how it started.
|Will and Tank - Sept 2013|
Final Note: ALL of the men in my family are AMAZING. I can't even begin to tell you how much my Daddy and Brother mean to me (and how much I loved our
shopping bonding trip to Teeter and the ABC store last week!). My new Bother-in-Law gave me Cliffy and brought his amazing family into our mix... and although I've known them for years (literally! I graduated HS with his twin brothers and was a cheerleader with his Sister), getting to know them last week was an amazing experience! My Uncles-- all three of them -- are all first round picks as well! Last week I couldn't visit with my Uncle Don as much as I had wanted to, but was truly overjoyed that he (and my Aunt) came down! The "other" Joe did far more than his share (including driving the High C's down to NC after coming cross-country himself) and Jonesey kept the football smack talk to a tolerable level (we Richardson's are, after all, a Skins family... and that admittedly warrants smack talk from a die hard Eagle's fan!) and was a blast to party with! Gpa... well, how can I talk about my Gpa without getting overly melodramatic and emotional?! He is the man that started it all... the one that my Mom grew up with and set the standard for men everywhere. Right now he's the ultimate caregiver and shares every ounce of love in his body. This man is as selfless as it gets-- and I couldn't help but get emotional at Pal's wedding last week when he and Gmom danced & when he was taking shots with the Bride! Perhaps this is why I just can't tolerate less than the best, in anything in life... because I've lived with and been taught with the best!