I know I met Gabrielle Blair at SXSW Interactive. It was really early in this blog, and she had Kirtsy with Laura and Laurie. I loved all three of them instantly and I'm proud to call all of them good friends. Then there was the time that Gabby lived in Colorado and I got to see her (slightly) more often - but most times, I just stalk her online like everyone else does. Gracious. That is one word that I have seen used to describe Gaby's book, but I would say that is pretty much her whole being. If anyone can float around the room and make you more calm with her presence, it's her. So *OF COURSE* her book feels just like that too. Even though you marvel at how she manages life with six kids. And creates such a beautiful site. With all those lovely photos. And kick-butt ideas.
What a difference a few weeks make here in Colorado. At the end of February, we visited the YMCA of the Rockies' Winter Park location, Snow Mountain Ranch. We were up to our knees in snow - although, granted - it was our "dry snow," where my kid ends up running around in short sleeves while playing in it. Meanwhile Spring is here down in Denver, and I am wearing shorts today. Such is the weather this time of year here; be prepared for anything. (In fact, we head back up to the mountains for Spring Break this year, so we're doing another snow dance now.)
We usually do more on Christmas Eve than Christmas Day, so computers are about to be shut down and cooking to commence. Lots of German food including rouladen, dumplings, red cabbage and... you know, that super traditional German food, pumpkin pie. Our families are back…
Bryan stayed home with Dex for the first two years; it's always given them a special bond. I have never been jealous (OK, maybe just a little), but I have always attributed their ability to get along to time spent and compatible interests. Not to say that Dex and I don't have a good relationship, or that we don't have our own special things we do together. It's just that we've always been able to push each others buttons more than anyone else, ever. As Dex approaches teenhood (he's nearly 12.5), it's becoming more and more clear this is actually because we are so much alike. We both like (need) to be right. We both get defensive (angry) when pushed into a corner. We both get emotional (illogical) when we feel attacked. One thing no one ever tells you when having kids is how it feels to parent your own face. A lot of people talk about how Dex looks like Bryan, and he does. But his eyes are mine. So I am looking into my own face as I watch my son become a full-blown teen and exhibit full-blown teen behaviors. When I mention this to my mom, I only get a little snicker - or sometimes silence - basically to be interpreted as: PAYBACKS.
Let me just preface this with the fact that my aunt is just barely a "senior citizen" by age and she sure doesn't act elderly (ha ha ha) but she has been retired for some time and has had health issues that have restricted her movements. Most times she uses a walker and sometimes uses a wheelchair... and her computer is on it's last legs. Rather than replacing a desktop where she had to continually sit in one uncomfortable spot to use, I knew we had to get her a tablet. I reached out to my friends at Microsoft Lumia and they loved the idea of helping Aunt Heidi out. I decided they should send the tablet to me, I would set it up, and then bring it to her when I was visiting recently. Again, let me say, for the sake of my Christmas presents, my aunt is certainly not stupid. She could have done all this herself. But in this time where technology moving so quickly, it was just so much easier for me to get it all ready for her and then spend our time together teaching her the tablet. And doing touristy stuff.