--> how can i not mention newtown, connecticut? i can't. but there really are no words. here's what i've taken away from this. it's time for change. whether you think the focus ought to be stricter gun laws or a focus on better treatment for the mentally ill, for heavens sake let's do something. and you know what? the answer is not keeping your kids locked in your closet & to never leave the house. we have to keep on living... because while no one knows what tomorrow brings, the chances are greatly in your favor that everything will be fine. so why waste your time thinking it won't be? and also? go out of your way to be nice to people. give 'em a break. smile at strangers. you never know what someone is going through & maybe a kind face could turn a day around. my heart is broken for the grieving families who have presents under their trees & 6 to 7 year old babies who will never open them. i can't imagine. it's every parents' worst nightmare. their lives while on this earth will never, ever feel complete again & i hope they can find some comfort in knowing that at least their babies are not suffering at all. and i really don't know what else to say.
--> i love the holidays, don't get me wrong. LOVE christmas-time. but i always tend to overindulge in all the goodies & it's right about now every year that i am just ready for january 1st. ready to set some new year's resolutions, kick the sugar addiction & rededicate myself to my fitness. that's where i'm at right now. eager to go cold turkey no-sugar for a week at a time & see how long i can go. i'm gonna do it... who's with me?
--> so elliot has started sleeping like a rockstar. we're talking 8-9 hours at a time before needing to eat. he's still waking up at least once in that block but usually fusses just a minute or two & then is back out. i've been getting the best sleep i've gotten since probably around five months pregnant. glorious. and i tell ya what, that kid has never been cuter. his coos, his giggles & his dimply little smiles just melt me. his four month check up is today & i can't wait to see the stats. this kid has rolls on top of rolls... he is so squishy & scrumptious! four month update coming soon.
--> i'm also overdo to write a post on parker lately. he's over 2.5 now & growing up into a big kid. he loves puzzles, trains & the alphabet. unfortunately he doesn't get much face time on the blog because one thing he doesn't like? having his picture taken. aaaarrrrgh.
--> sam & i are going on a date this weekend! i can hardly wait. wanna know how long it's been? since MAY, people. when we traveled to st. louis alone. we'll be in portland & doing some sort of fancy-pants dinner. i'm thinking maybe melting pot? if anyone knows the portland area & has a favorite restaurant that is best visited without kiddos, let me know. i wanna feel like an adult for a couple hours!
and i think that's about all i have to say about any of that. happy one more week til christmas-day!