Archive for February, 2008
Sorry about the two week hiatus. Time seems to fly by lately.
Last Sunday we took Brinley to the Boston Children’s Museum. Boy was it crowded. At one point I thought we were going to have to leave because we could barely move around. Scott was getting claustrophobic. Brinley, however, didn’t seem to mind. She was just in awe of all the cool things around her. She really enjoyed the bubble room and rolling golf balls down ramps. She played in water with little boats and ducks and pushed little trucks around the construction zone. It was so amazing to watch her doing all of these things. She seemed to fit right in with the “big kids”. Its a bit scary and sad that she is growing so fast.
This Saturday we got to spend some much needed time with our niece and cousin, Kayla. She will be six weeks old tomorrow and she’s getting so big, though it hardly seems like it when we compare her to Brinley. Kayla is just adorable with her big blue eyes and little tufts of blonde hair. She is a good reminder to me of what it was like when Brinley was that small because honestly its very hard to remember when she was that young. Scott and I often find ourselves trying to remember what it was like waking up two to three times a night and we simply can’t do it. I think the lack of sleep in those days really puts your mind in a fog. There were a few moments on Saturday when Scott was holding Kayla and I had Brinley that really gave us a nice glimpse into our potential future. In all honesty, it didn’t seem that bad. I know having two kids someday will be a lot of work, but it just feels like Scott and I are meant to be parents. We both just love it so much.
Brinley continues to speak new words and is really into the two word phrase stage. She has started “labeling” objects. The other day right before lunch she walked around the kitchen table pointing at chairs and declaring: “mommy chair, daddy chair”. Then during lunch she looked at the empty pickle jar (pickles are her new favorite food) and stated, “all gone pickle”. Scott and I were amazed. Its becoming so easy to understand her needs and wants with all of her new words.
I got her an easel last week and she really loves that too. She holds her crayons so perfectly and scribbles so carefully. She loves when Scott or I will draw a character or object that she knows. She will quickly name it for us. Some of her favorites are Elmo (which Scott is a master at drawing), baby, and bear. Neither Scott or I have mastered drawing a baby yet. It never looks quite right.
In the past week Brinley has started saying “broccoli” and “pickle” – two words I never expected to hear from my 16 month old. Its so hilarious hearing these words come from such a little mouth. She says them so perfectly too! Another of my favorites is her response to my question, “Where’s dada?” She looks right at me and says, “work”. Its so stinkin’ cute! She has also learned almost all of her colors. When asked, she can pick out blue, red, orange, black and purple. She can also say most of them as well.. purple is my favorite! The other day she turned to me holding her Elmo doll and said, “Elmo red!” She is so smart. Now that her vocabulary is growing its much easier to understand her needs and wants. She says “more” and “please”. She is very good at shaking her head “no” but hasn’t yet mastered “yes”. Its so much fun watching (and listening to) her grow. She amazes us everyday with new things and new words. Being a mom is so much fun!
Kayla Olivia Mackie joined the world on January 15, 2008 at 5:27pm. She weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her arrival made me an Auntie for the first time. She is absolutely perfect and adorable! Brinley loves her so much and affectionately calls her, “my baby”. Uncle Scott accepted the title of “Godfather” and he is very honored and proud. The new little Mackie family is doing fabulous! We are all very excited to welcome this new addition to the family.
I’m happy and excited to report that last week we (I) became the proud owners of a 2008 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD. This was a decision a while in the making. Scott and I both fell in love with this car the first time we saw it. We liked it even more after test driving it and seeing it at the Consumer Car Show in Boston. It was never a matter of whether or not to get the car, it was just a matter of when.
I must admit that it was very hard to say goodbye to my 2004 Toyota Corolla. That car meant a lot to me. It was the first big purchase I made on my own after graduating college. It was also the first brand new car I had owned. At the time I bought it, it suited my needs perfectly. It was stylish, fun, and great on gas. I drove that car for about 67,000 miles and had zero problems with it. The only thing I ever had to do was get the oil changed. It was really the easiest car to own and I will continue to recommend it highly.
However, with a growing child and having to transport more and more paraphernalia the trusty Corolla was no longer practical for us. It wasn’t possible to fit groceries in the trunk when there was a stroller in there. It also got increasingly difficult to lower Brinley into her car seat the heavier she got. I must sadly admit that both Scott and I were guilty of hitting her head on the car in the process.
Though it has only been about a week, life is easier when on the road. We can transport much more “stuff” as we have just proven on our recent trip to Plymouth. We filled the back of the car with Brinley’s stroller, her pack and play, her pink ride on buggy, bags of toys, bags of clothes and her booster seat. There was still room to spare! I also already went grocery shopping and it was so easy to get the bags into the back and then out again when we got home. No cramming things in and worrying about squishing the bread or breaking the eggs.
I originally started this blog last year but was not good about keeping up with it. Now that its a new year, I’d like to try to start again. Don’t expect anything special. Just some daily updates of the goings on with the Williamson Clan. Things can get exciting around here and I just like to keep everyone updated. Check in often to find out what we’re up to. Happy Reading!