Monday, December 31, 2012

Learning to Jump

I remember the few months right after I had Logan, my sister in law coming to visit and laughing at her oldest childs inability to jump. I guess it had never really crossed my mind that jumping is actually something hard to teach your muscles and brain to do.

Here is a recent video of Adam trying to teach Logan to jump. Hilarious.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Breaks, Christmas, and Bedroom Run-overs

Its been kinda funny because the last few weeks of our December have been a SHARP contrast to the first- in a much better way :) Our first few weeks of December were rough- Adam had a huge micro final right before the break and was studying ridiculous amounts, and stressed even more. One of the bad parts of Adam and I being so close to one another is that we kinda internalize the others emotions... so Adam being stressed puts me on edge.

However, finals ended and Adam found out a few days later that he got an 85 or higher on every test (which for med school is pretty darn good :) and we were able to have, and have been having, the most RELAXING of breaks; thoroughly taking advantage of Adams 2 and a half weeks off by doing... get ready for it... nothing at all :)

Okay, we did go out once to see Santa at the mall. Logan wasn't really sure about it (he kept on asking us to pick him up) but then Santa gave him a candy cane and he was all for him :)

Adam is playing through a cache of video games and catching up on some personal reading. I have read through... four books so far? I think I'm on my fifth... and Logan has just been delightful- playing, cuddling. Its been great.

We had two GREAT days of snow right before Christmas. Logan wasn't sure about it at first but once we got him bundled and let him sled on a garbage can lid (childhood memories right?) He thought it was basically the most fun thing in the world. When he wakes up now the first thing he asks for is "pretty" (he wants to plug in our Christmas lights in the living room) and then "snow"! Because he is hoping there will be snow outside :)

Because Logan does love Christmas lights so much, on Christmas eve, after eating our huge feast and taking a bath, we went to drive around neighborhoods and look at lights. Between eating his popcorn Logan kept on pointing out the window and saying- "Pretty Pretty!" Adam tried to teach him the word "Tacky" but it didn't catch on. This picture does not do this particular house justice- it was covered roof to mailbox, in lights.

Then on Christmas morning Adam and I sat up in bed until we heard Logan stir :) and I videotaped him coming into the living-room.

He was really into opening gifts this year- loved it all. And all his gifts I might add- makes me feel a lot better about spending money on him when he really plays with everything hard.

We had orange rolls and apple turnover for breakfast, leftovers for dinner, and never got dressed :) Awesome day.

On the 26th we did a massive pickup day because we had been so neglecting everything- lots of dishes and laundry. But nice to get the house in order.

On the 27th, Adam and I were peacefully asleep in our beds when we were awoken by the most massive impact through the wall of our room that our heads were against. We both thought it was an earthquake but then we felt cold air rushing in from the wall next to me and saw headlights through our wall FROM OUTSIDE. (The pillow in the picture? That's where my HEAD was.)

I rushed to Logan's room to make sure he was okay (shows what kind of mom I am that instead of just running in there I very carefully opened the door and snuck a peak. He was fine by the way. Sleeping with his little bum in the air.)

Adam was throwing on clothes and rushing outside while I searched for glasses and clothes and called 911. We had gotten some freezing rain the night before, and one of our apartments maintenance guys had been coming down the hill that morning (7:30) to salt the roads when he lost control of his truck and instead of turning like he should have, drove right over the curb and straight into our bedroom wall.

Everyone was just fine- the worst damage was that I had gotten nailed in the head from a falling picture frame but I wasn't even that hurt. (Actually the worst damage was when I went outside to meet Adam, I didn't know there was ice on the ground and totally biffed it and messed up mY elbow.) From the outside it doesn't look so bad, but the truck was actually wedged into the wall and they had to chain it to another truck- like how you would pull a big tree stump from the ground?- to get it out.

Adam and I were seriously shaken. Truly the scariest experience of our lives to almost get run over in our beds while we were sleeping. We were told multiple times that day that if the guy had been going even five miles faster the wall wouldn't have caught his truck and he would have been IN our room, and Adam and I would probably have been in the hospital. Blessings right?

Adam and I talked to our manager about switching apartments but they had nothing open. We considered moving into a whole new complex, but we are moving in May anyway and moving twice in six months was too much for our brains to handle. So... we moved the head of our bed to the wall that DOESN'T face the outside. I was actually surprised last night how much I DIDN'T want to go in our room- it makes both Adam and I a little nervous now.

But- the wall was mostly fixed that day. At least dry walled and insulated  We will still have maintenance guys coming and going until the end of next week to finish the mudding and painting, but it could be a lot worse. Quite the harrowing experience though right? :)

Anyway- very exciting month for the Moecks :) Our first Christmas on our own... our first car wreck... :) Hoping your was as relaxing and maybe a little less exciting.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Let Them Be Little

Whether good or not... I am not one of those mom's that is slowly aware of her child changing. It all hits me in a day like today when I look at my son hugging my husband from behind and I realize with a shock that he is a PERSON. He talks, he has loves, passions- for heavens sakes he tells his own jokes and laughs at them.

When Adam and I realize that our son is suddenly three feet tall (yeah, we are there) or that he now can plug in lights, turn on and choose his own apps on our phones it kind of makes us rethink our parenting. We sit down and go, wow. Okay hes human. What should we be teaching a human?

There is a lot of that going on the Moeck household right now. We have added scheduled clean-up into our day to day life, and we have added a more permanent punishment system seeing as Logan can now deliberately not listen to us. (Surprisingly that is Adam's pet peeve and not mine.)

Believe it or not things go quite well. After his two minute time out with his nose against the wall Logan always tearfully agrees to do what we say with a DARLING "o-tay." HE then doles out the hugs and kisses, to reassure himself that he is still loved. And really he will not redo whatever naughty thing he did for at least an afternoon. Pretty good for a not even two year old.

He cleans up well with the promise of a Wishbone episode afterwards. (That may backfire on us- he picked up his blocks this afternoon of his own volition than ran to my computer and reached for my mouse and started barking- because he thought he deserved a show. And yes, I let him watch it.)

Needless to say, child rearing and teaching has REALLY been on my mind lately. I am terrified that Logan should know his letters and his numbers or some colors and shapes by now. (Circle is all he knows of any of those- and he calls circles balls.)

Tonight as I was reveling in a quiet house, reading an excellent new book, there was a line in there that hit me so strong it made me cry. The woman was deriding a man for trying to grow plants out of season- she was saying they needed a season to "rest." She then said something along the lines of, he treats them like some parents treat a child's favorite blanket- like something that needs to be taken away when really there is no reason for it.

Logan has a puppy and a blanket that he cant sleep without. Maybe that's why it hit me so hard. But it was a reminder to me- one that I am unhappily realizing that I need often- that while teaching Logan there are things he cannot do and touch, and that temper tantrums do not resolve happily- that I need to remember that my son is two.

I understand moms now when they say to their strapping 18 year old boys that they will ALWAYS be their babies. It seems so corny but- its so true. Logan will always be this happy, loving, laughing fat cheeked baby that used to fall asleep in my arms for hours.

I guess I am saying that as much as I worry about making sure he can recognize a picture of Christ and sing his ABC's, I also need to let him keep whatever tinyness is left in him because before long he'll grow out of all that and the only thing left to remind me of that will be his fat cheeks. (Which if he really did inherit those from me, he will be STUCK with them for life.)

For as far as I am concerned he can take his baby blanket to college with him. My roommate did and I never laughed at her.

Monday, December 17, 2012


I think sometimes when I say that a super hero movie REALLY bit the dust, people roll their eyes at me and think, "Sure, your a super hero affinato."

Really I'm not. Adam is- he's read them all. Me? None. (Okay, I've read parts of few... really only the romance parts between Rouge and Gambit because I LOVE them.) Adam can't STAND any of the first three X-Men movies. Me? I love them.

When it comes to a movie, any movie or book for that matter, what REALLY gets me is when there are plot/story inconstancy's.

For instance. The New Spiderman movie. It SUCKS hard. For lots of reasons but mostly because if you watch it the story is all over. Want an example? Warning- spoiler ahead.

At the end Spiderman is falling down a building and Curt Conners has to reach out and save him.

Does this not ruin the movie for anyone else?

HE IS SPIDERMAN. How many times have we watched him SCALE buildings? Him falling down a building is no big deal- HE IS A SPIDER.

So irritating. Poor writing. Poor direction probably too.

This also happens to be why Adam and I do not like the last Batman movie either. The first two? We own them on blueray. The last? LOTS of inconstancy's with the daughter of Al Gual. Watch it again. Or maybe don't if you really do think you like it :)

Before you think we are watching these movies with the wrong critics cap, let me tell you that we LOVE the Wolverine movie, we love the Avengers, we liked Captain America... Adam and I enjoy movies, and they don't all have to be as thought provoking and the Machiniast. (GOOD movie- especially if you like Russian Literature.) Heck, one of Adams all time favorite movies is The Emperors New Groove.

I guess I am just irritated that I wasted a 1.30 on such a BAD movie. (AKA the new spiderman.) I guess I miss lots of really well done, world class movie- cartoons, super hero themed, romance- all the above. Instead of a couple hits a year we are lucky now if there is one. Because of this Adam and I clock in maybe one a show year at the theater  (Although in 2013 we'll have two at the beginning- very excited about Lincoln and Les Miserables.)

And just in case you think we are snobby movie goers... I will admit to you that I will probably force SOMEONE to go with me to see Guilt Trip. It looks lame yes, but Barbara Streisand stars in it. And she is my idol so.... yeah will have to see it.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Its December!

Well its been a while since I have updated this. Sufficeth to say- we have been busy :)

1. Nanowrimo got interrupted for be due to a weeks vacation in TN for thanksgiving. Still, I got a lot more done on my book than I thought and am pretty happy. Now just to finish the endless editing to the others. The goal is to get that done before Adam does on break.

2. We went to TN for a week for Thanksgiving! (And had food poising the days before we left- that part was no fun.) We saw Adams parents, his sister and her kids, and Adams best friends from childhood. There was a lot of eating and shopping and playing with cousins. We had fun :)

3. Adam is in the throes of finals- his last one is next Friday and then he gets a whole two and a half weeks off for Christmas! We are going to stay here in WV and have our own little cerebration- very happy about this. I already have gifts bought, pictures taken, and our "tree" up.

4. Logan had his 18 mo appt 2 months late :) He is almost 21 months now! He weighs 23 and a half pounds, and is 3 feet tall! He loves to unplug and replug things, drain the tub, ask for treats, play with dad and still LOVES puppies. Wishbone is Mommies new quiet activity :) He LOVES nursery and will run there on his own. He still proves to be the sweetest and funniest kid on the face of this planet.

5. Adam got called as the Elders Quorum secretary! He is a little intimidated by it, but luckily is working with some of the best guys in the ward and will thoroughly enjoy himself.

6. We have playgroup each week, weekly diet coke dates with our friend Nikki, double dates with friends, girls dates, ward parties, ornament exchanges... there is no limit to the amount of activities going on! Still  we enjoy play time, TV time, and family time!

Yay! We're cute and fun! :)