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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Kiddo on the Go

Get out the kleenex cause my 1st baby boy just turned 5.

He once looked like this:
Roman @ 1 day old.

Now he looks like this:

Roman @ 5 years old, he has been wanting to be 5 since he was 3

He has been called: button, kiddo, baby boy, Ren, and Renny, Rentastic, ( he was not able to say his name correctly at first he called himself " Ren" and it stuck ) I also call him from time to time, bubba scoob, Romonster, Ro-Ro, love.

A lot has happened to me as an individual, a mother, our family has grown, have had the usual and not so usual up and downs, risks have been taken, crisis averted, a smattering of hospital visits and some long, dark tearful nights. But the last 5 years of Romans life have been amazingly fun, gleeful, challenging in ways I could have never imagined...and yes he makes me crazy, he's turnign into a little boy, but he still puckers his lips to kiss me, wants to be "snuggled down" and read to and I think he still thinks I'm pretty neat sometimes, when I am not being " always mean and never nice "

I'd like to take a brief pause before the next 5 years fly by to highlight some Roman-isms I compiled in a journal of the last couple of years.

Starting with:

" You are my best heart "

" Mommy way strong "

" Brownie and poop Rhyme?!"

"That cloud looks like an alligator " ( His first cloud picture siting)

"This piece of ice looks like a dog bone."

"I think you ate the baby that is why it is in your belly".

A conversation that took place one morning when he needed me to fix something went like this: I said, " Mommies can fix almost anything, except broken hearts" he stepped back, looked at me and said very assertively "Hearts can't break mom!" I said, " no, I guess not when you are 3 years old" he replied, big eyed, all five fingers raised, "Not when I am 5 either mom!. "

" One day when I grow up to be a MR. Daddy, I can ride a motorcycle and have a squirt gun. "

" I had a weird sleep last night"

" I see the tooth fairy, I see a shooting star!"

after the first time getting an ice cream from the neighborhood icecream truck he proclaimed " I didn't know they( Icecream trucks) existed in this world "

" I have a wishing finger"

" Where do wishes go?"

when asked where or from who he learned something he might reply "My brain told me"

" Mommy, the baby is ALWAYS looking at me!" ( Ryan was about 4 months old, we were in the car)

" I didn't know the baby would love me" ( One day while gleefully playing together, it dawned on Roman that Ryan really liked him ;)

Started calling Ryan "silly rainbow"

Up until just recently he used to tell us he loved us and that we were his "best friend, all the time, anytime the mood struck him, even if that meant yelling it from on top a play structure. I sure miss that.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My new local fondness: Simply Bulk Market

I make my own granola.

So when I need ingredients to put in the “one day to be famous” said granola I go to Simply Bulk Market in downtown Longmont, CO.

I like this place, even though it’s on Main St and I drive there dreading the whole parallel parking chore. I was completely enamored with this store on first visit when greeted with a stack of wicker baskets in which to place my purchases in. The tagging and bagging system is clean and simple, you can weigh your bags to in case you are like me and have no idea what a pound of slivered almonds looks and feels like. You will find just what you need, or atleast I found what I needed. I shouldn't make promises. But this market has promise as being as useful as a trip to costco.

I did a lot of browsing on my first visit and I took note of all the staples one could pick up such as coffee, soaps, a variety of flours and beans, and plenty more you'd never think you needed, but now can not live without, like chocolate covered espresso beans, hand made soap and spicy dried mangoes (to name just a few of the goodies that now fill my cupboards). Ok, the scoop of chocolate covered espresso beans never made it home to the cupboard, but they were delicious as a car snack. Also, I finally stumbled upon dried blueberries, and man, do they sure make a tasty addition to my granola.

I’d love to see more recipes and products ideas scattered around- maybe a recipe rack or wall of product use ideas… maybe a workshop on bean soup making or something. I don’t know just throwing it out there.

I overhead the proprietor say his highest expense after rent is credit card processing- so use cash/ check when you can – help a local business out!

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