Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bring on the laughter...quotes from Griffin:)

"Mom, I am going to give you a big hug. And how 'bout after that we cuddle for a while?"

"Goodness Gracious. What happened to our car?" This was the response I got Tuesday morning after I cleaned our car Monday night!

"Boys are allergic to doing that!" After I asked Griffin to rub my back.

"That's me playing with Jesus in Heaven." Pointing to a picture of Jesus playing with a little blonde boy.

"Taking care of little boys is difficult, huh?" This was after I had to give Grayson a time out.

After informing Griffin that an iPod was too expensive to buy Daddy for his birthday, he responded, "Well, you can have all the money in my piggy bank!"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Creative Genius

Yep. Go ahead. Call me a genius. I have mastered the art of taking a shower, actually a long shower, while my 21 month old mischief maker is awake. This picture proves I am a creative genius. This morning, I took a 15 minute shower while Grayson played happily in the bathtub next to the stand up shower. He was happy. I was happier. Yep. Genius.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Written Update

January is starting off wonderfully for the MN Dunigans. While we continue to get more snow than I would like, we are all safe and loving life. Our two little boys are keeping us busy, and they never cease to amaze me with their wit, humor, mischievous behavior, and unconditional love. Brandon and I try hard to go out on the occasional date and spend time together after the boys go to bed. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done sometimes.

Tax season has begun, and I am already counting down the days for it to be over:( Taking care of two boys by myself is exhausting, and it is difficult to be by myself after the kiddos go to bed. However, I am blessed with many times throughout the week where I can simply take a step back and relish this alone time with them. I may complain, but having quality time with my boys truly is a gift. They are growing up so fast, and I am thankful to have time to just watch them change before my eyes.

With that being said, I often wish I owned a pause button. In two short months, Grayson will be two years old, and I can hardly wrap my head around that. TWO! Pretty soon when people ask me how old my children are, I will be able to say that my boys are four and two. Really. It just can't be:(

Being a parent of two young boys continually fascinates me. I oscillate from being frustrated to being beyond entertained in a matter of seconds. It boggles my mind how boys learn to do "boy" things without ever really being told how. It amazes me how quickly Griffin and Grayson can go from fighting over a toy (when we have millions) to hugging and wrestling. I love watching each brother show so much concern for the other in a variety of situations. It surprises me how they can be so different in so many ways, yet they share so many similarities too. But most of all, right now in this place, I love being needed. I love when they wrap their arms tightly around me seeking comfort. I love kissing them goodnight. I love tickle fits, bath splashing, and the laughter that can only come from childhood joy and zeal. While it has its frustrations, I am cherishing the time when my boys need me because I know that this time is short-lived. I know I say this a lot, both aloud, and on this blog, but sometimes we all need reminding that we will miss this. This time. This place. It will one day be missed.

So, tonight, I smile. And I look forward to tomorrow when I have a day off from work to spend time with my two little loves.

The Reptile Experience

Yes, I am a mother of boys :)

This was taken right after the lizard licked Grayson's nose!!!

That snake weighed 40 pounds!!!

January 10th, 2011

Griffin is so proud of his life changing decision, and so are we!!!

Frosty Frolic 2011

I ran the Frosty Frolic 5K again this year, and I was so pleased with how I did. While I wasn't thrilled with the weather, I was excited to see the final time of 26.19 flash on the time clock as I crossed the finish line. My goal was to finish in under 27 minutes, and I made it. This is more than four minutes off of last year's race!!! I can also announce here that I am signed up for the Minneapolis Half Marathon again. Come August, I will help raise funds for World Vision and run 13.1 miles. I am stoked to officially write that my goal is to run the race in 9 minute miles or less. I am excited to keep pushing my body to limits its never been. Here's to hoping for a healthy training year:)

Happy Eating, I mean New Year!

The JOY of Watching Movies


Trouble comes in a small package!


An attempt at a family picture...

Presents from Mom and Dad

Friendly Fondue