and there you have it…


December 2010

a year in review

I had to go look up my archives to figure out what was going on earlier this year. January was full of poop, butt jokes, more poop, and a bunch of babies. We have come a long way. We are now only dealing with butt jokes…alright! Jena now carries on full conversations with no interpreting needed and Jacob no longer spits up all over Neil’s head.

I had also started working out with a goal of a year, which I almost made. I made it through November, I’m proud of myself. I now have Dance Central on the X-box, I’ve already ‘worked out’ everyday since Christmas it’s so much fun.

And January is as far as I made it in the archives, I can see my attention span has not improved. We exited baby land this year. It was bitter-sweet I suppose, though I’ve only felt the sweet so far. We are now full blown into toddler and school land. Jena will be registering for pre-school next month and Jacbo toddles the house blabbering and screaming. Grant is half way through his first year of school. It’s a whole different world, one I thought would be an easier one, turns out it’s just different, weird different. I feel like an imposter half the time I’m at the school, but I swear, I’m a real mom!

This year will start with us moving, I think we may have found the place this afternoon. We’ve been in a lot and most could work, but this one just felt like home. I was almost crying all the way home thinking about it. So we’ll make application and work out the details next week. Either way we’ll be moving somewhere by the 22nd!

I’m looking forward to less stress and more margin, in time, in budget, in life in general. We’ll see how it pans out, but so far we’re right on track. Though I’ve learned my plans really mean squat, so here’s to surprises!

May your new year be filled with…well…how about the ability to cope and thrive with whatever comes your way! I tried to wish happiness and prosperity for you all, but the cynic in me will not let me. She has the part that wants to locked in the closet right now. So your out of luck. Sorry.

But I will leave you with some beautiful pictures of my family, by photographer Melissa Lewis. She just captured us so well, chaos and all.

Happy New Year!


another baby?

Grant: is there another baby in your tummy yet momma?

Me: nope, no baby

Grant: but why not?

Me: uh…well…we’re done with babies being in mommy’s tummy.

Grant: but why?

Me: well, daddy and mommy think you three are just right for now.

Grant: but why?

Me: well…umm…hmm…

Grant: but momma!?!?

merry christmas

The Christmas season is officially over for this Byce family this year. It was an amazingly unstressful and even enjoyable Christmas season as far as these busy seasons go. Our house now looks  like an Apple commercial what with the two iPhones, iPod and now an iTouch (kids) and iPad (Neil) all we need now is the macbook air…anybody? But to counter all the screen time the big kids also got bikes and Jacob got a push/ride car. It was really fun watching the kids this year, I have a feeling it’s only going to get better.

A few highlights.

My mom LOVED the picture calendar we got her and her jewelry box, double win. I’ve never been so gratified with what we got her, our notoriously difficult to buy for person. Totally worth the time spent in creation.

Skyped in my sister for another year. Remember that part in the big ball ride at Epcot, where the grandparents are this holographic image on a screen for a kid’s birthday? Yeah every time we skype her in for an event, I feel like I’m on that ride. It’s the world of tomorrow. It just amazes me how the kids are so natural with it. Jena opens a present from Titi and the first things she does is bring it up to ‘Titi’ and show her what she got. Heck we forgot to do that half the time. Jacob was warming right up by the end of the event and kept coming up to the netbook to ‘chat.’ It was nice to have her there.

Grant managed to get a present that scares his sister at just about every Christmas this year, he finds this hilarious. Those in proximity of the ensuing screaming…not so much. I was getting flashes of my future with every ensuing scream.

I think my favorite gifts of the kids’, not that I’m playing with them…or anything…like that…really. Yeah, so my favorites are the interactive map of the United States for Grant and Jena and Jena’s dress up hanbok from Korea. I love that when Grant was playing with the map this morning he kept hitting all the states over and over and then looked up and said to me, but where’s Africa mommy? And watching Jena prance around in her hanbok and tiara and princess shoes was too fun. I was always Korea when we would do any sort of dance representing nations in my dance group, it’s really neat to see my daughter in the same type of outfit I wore.

I loved all my presents this year, but I think the best of all was the news that we have a renter, 100% official, lease signed. He will be moving in on the 22nd of January, which means we will be moved out 28days or less.

Merry Christmas to me.

trans siberian orchestra and a birthday

My birthday was the 1st of this month. It was a fantastic birthday. I had my department Christmas party in the morning which we dragged the whole family too. It was a great way to start the day, I work with a fantastic group of people, and they’ve only gotten better. We had nine little kids running around the party (compared to my 2 only when I started 2.5 years ago). It was a lively bunch! Straight from there we dropped off the kids and headed to Sea World, just the two of us.

We’ve never done anything like that our whole relationship. Our first theme park together was a hit! Though I did manage to make poor Neil sick. I think the fourth roller coaster run in 20 mins was a bit much, but there were no lines, you had to keep going! It was totally awesome. I’d forgotten how much I love roller coasters, weeeeeee!

Backing up a little, that morning I was greeted by Neil and all the kids singing me happy birthday, Tickets to go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Their ‘Christmas Eve’ has been my all time favorite Christmas song from the first time I heard it, over a decade ago. I was pretty stoked.

We went to the show tonight. I apparently have no imagination. The show was so much more awesome than imagined. I was thinking it’s an orchestra they sit in a pit and play and we listen. That would have been good enough for me. It’s strings and electric guitars, what more do you need? Apparently a full rock concert, that’s what.

First sign this was not my lame version. We walk through the doors and they’re warning people about the excessive use of strobes and pyro. Then they start playing. There are lights and smoke and fire and a HEAD BANGING VIOLINIST! That guy rocked. I could not believe the way he ran/danced around the stage rocking out with his violin, awesomeness! I kept wondering if this was what his parents had in mind when they took him to all those violin lessons as a child. I’m glad they did, it was incredible.

Best part, they even had dancers. When I grow up I want to be a dancer for the Trans Siberian Orchestra, too bad I think they had to be able to sing, and I’m pretty sure it was a requirement to have long hair to be in the group, guys and girls alike. But it’s my dream, don’t kill it.

PS. Thanks to all you who wished me happy birthday on facebook, I tried thanking you all individually at first and didn’t make it till the end. It really made my birthday even extra special!

snow beast

I got these jammies at our work clothing exchange when I was pregnant with Jacob. I thought they were cute and they were free, so double win! Plus I thought it would be nice for Jacob to have some of his own clothes (he ended up with almost a whole new wardrobe in every size anyway, but I didn’t know that yet).

Anyway, the first time we put them on him I saw the little bear on his butt and read snow beast. We all thought that was hilarious. Every time he wears them we all call him our little snow beat and he growls/screams accordingly.

Of course I later realized it actually says snow bear, whoops.

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