Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy (Very) Belated Birthday

Twenty-One years and one month ago, Preston was born.
The oldest.
The practice child.
I'm so very, very glad we didn't break him or screw him up.

He is such a joy.  So responsible, so personable. Quick with a smile and a hug.
He's finding his place in this world.  College has finally become interesting, as he is now taking the courses that are directly related to his major.  
He's excited and happy.
That makes me excited and happy for him.

This time next year, he'll be all grown up and on his own. 
He and Katie are getting married.
Plans are well under way.
A new chapter in his life and certainly a new chapter in ours.

We haven't always seen eye to eye.
It wouldn't be normal if we hadn't.
I think we've come to a place where that's okay with both of us.

Just like all parents, I find myself thinking about the day he was born.
Wondering where the time went.
Looking forward to the time ahead.
Enjoying this moment in time.

Happy belated birthday, Bubee.
Eventually all the stars will align and everyones schedules will allow us to eat some cake and blow out some candles.
Love you madly!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

And Baby Makes Five!

Welcome to the world little boy!
 Luca Ryan Zizzo
9 lbs, 7 oz.
21.5 inches long
I cannot wait to meet you and nibble your toes and play with your sister and brother and hug your mommy and daddy!
Congratulations to the whole family!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"Where'd the squirrel go?"

"How'd he get clear over there?"

"Danged old squirrel.  I wish I could leap off the roof like he does."

Hobbes has recently discovered that he can get up on the roof of the cabana and the roof of the house if he goes up into the spindly thin branches of the trees nearby.  I suspect he was taught this by our local squirrels by accident.  Chasing squirrels without watching where you're headed can open up a whole new world of adventure.
There's only one tree that touches our house.  It's a small redbud.  The branches that touch the house are very thin, indeed.  Still he's been up there at least twice that I know of.  Recently, we saw him looking in the house from a 2nd story window that is 25 feet up in the air. 
Sometimes I'd rather not know what he does on his own time outdoors.