Thursday, April 29, 2010

Leisure Time

Awww, the luxury of leisure time. Once upon a time, Jason & I used to spend our down time sipping coffee and skimming through magazines and/or books. We'd dream of exotic vacations to go on & work on planning the more practical ones. Over the years this has decreased significantly, especially the luxury of going together. But we do try to give this gift of free time to each other whenever possible. It's a wonder what it can do for the soul, to steal away an hour of just some quiet alone time.
Yesterday, I had a modified version of this quiet time. It was fueled by determination to get my life back on a healthful track. So, I packed up Livvy & we went for a walk at my favorite park, Twin Lakes in Greensburg. It was cold, but I didn't mind, we were bundled up, the sun was shining, birds were chirping, the grass & trees were a vibrant shade of green, & I spotted a turtle in the lake which I made a mental note to tell Gav about that evening. It felt good to take in the fresh, crisp air & to walk a mile around the lake. Now, I did get the dirty looks from the retired folk who were fishing or also walking around the lake. They obviously did not approve of having the baby out, though I believe the fresh air & sunlight did her as much good as it did me. So, I put on a big smile & said hi to each and every one of them!
After our walk, we headed out to Barnes & Noble, my favorite place to have coffee & flip through magazines. Livvy was very cooperative. I cradled her in my arms, sipped my coffee, and flipped through a magazine & thought life doesn't get much better than this. I left recharged, feeling like a new person.
Flash-forward to this morning...a good laugh also does good for the soul. Laughs for this morning...Riv greets us with standing up in his crib with not one, but two binkies in his mouth and a silly grin! Boy is he going to be sad when the binky fairy comes to take them away! Gav, who is working very hard at getting himself dressed in the mornings, declares he has a wedgie. As he tries to fix the situation we discover he is wearing two pairs of underwear...oh my little space cadet. Side story which will embarrass Gav in about 10 evening Jason responds to Gav screaming frantically from the steps to his bedroom "I have a fire in my pants, I have a fire in my pants!" Do not fear there was no fire, just a wedgie.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Taking on the Unfamiliar

I will be the first to admit that I am in no way computer savvy. Having a husband who is a computer programmer does not promote my initiative to learn. Just as easy to have him do it for me. So this, starting a blog, is quite intimidating for me. Bare with me as I build my page & get into a writing groove.

With that I begin.

Our newest adventure in the Tost Family is adjusting to life as a family of 5. Gav announces on a daily basis that we are a new family. He is an excellent big brother. He is full of hugs & kisses for his baby sister, Livvy. My heart melts every time he gives her a gentle kiss on the top of her head. He is the germ monitor. So, if you think you are going to get to hold Livvy without washing your hands, you better be ready to face her protective brother! Riv still seems surprised that his baby sister is still here every morning. It may take us up to 20 minutes to pack everyone up in our newly acquired van, but I wouldn't trade this life for anything.

I hope to use this blog as a journal for our daily life. So feel free to take a peak every now & then to see what silly antics 2 little boys are up to, how our baby girl is growing up, and glimpses into my life as a mother & wife.