March 6, 2015

what ben did while he was busy being 6

i've finally waived the white flag. 
grad school wins. 
and it ate my blog. 

BUT...there are still a few reasons to show up here. 
the boys being one of them. 
today, it's for this boy in particular: 

today is our sweet benjamin's 7th birthday. 

. . . 

i passed out for a bit. 
i'm back. 
and because i have been basically MIA for the last several months, i thought that benny's birthday was a good time to give a quick update on what 6 was like for him. 
in poor-quality phone-photos. 
because the nice camera requires effort. 
and forethought. 
and those are hard to come by these days. 
so. . . here is what benny did while 6. . . 

 we measured snow for school.
so. much. snow.  

he ate snacks at baseball games. 
he might have noticed the game was happened. 
but there were definitely snacks. 

he learned how to swim. 

 he was made to take baseball pictures sans bat. 
 he spent quality time with his new friend, Rocky.

he had a ton of fun at the 4th of July parade. 
wait. .  

and actual fun at the fireworks show. . . 

we visited grandma & grandpa welch (and aunt katie!) in California. 
when we landed at the airport, i told him we were minutes away from my college campus, UC Irvine. 
he took in a deep breath, looked around, and said, "ahhhh. the memories. . ."
note: he has never stepped foot on that campus. 
or, just for clarification, been in college. 
but, yes, benny. 
the memories. 

he discovered that, unlike last time, he kind of loves the beach. 

then he made this face when anth and bernie buried him in the sand. 

 and this one in the USS Midway.

and this one at Legoland. 
maybe we should assess the effect of California on the poor kid. . . 

he explored his love of baking with grandma welch. . . and his love of cooking by developing a brief obsession with Master Chef Kids. 

 he had moments where he and anthony agreed. 
on anything. 
at all. 
those were nice. . . 

he started 1st grade at a new school. 
with his big brother. 

he visited mommy's old stomping grounds, Baker West, so mommy could go see Pentatonix. 
he  made this face on the way in. 
and has been begging to go back ever since. 

he was fully indoctrinated into the Buckeye Football culture. 

and he stole my spot in bed each time dad traveled for work. 
while anth stole bern's spot. 
leaving me without a spot. 
in my own bed. 

 he played the role of "bat" in a school assembly. 

and the role of ninja at Halloween. 

he took a field trip to the entomology lab at Ohio State.
where he was equally enthralled and disgusted. 

he spent some QT with Brutus at a men's basketball game. 

he grinned-and-beared-it for the annual family photos. 
with bribes of Blizzards in his ears. . . 

he met new family members. 

and explored new money making schemes. 
in a wet shower. 
while wearing socks. . .  

he helped get ready for christmas. 

and told lots of jokes and stories. 

 and had an "epic" christmas. 

he also made sure we were aware of his feelings on the matter of having to stay at the dinner table until everyone is finished. 
we're still working on the staying in your chair part. . . 

he took up basketball. 
and is a natural like his daddy. :)

he tagged along to work with mommy and daddy on the various weather-related school closure days. 

and then he decided that he had pretty much worn out 6. 
and it was time to be 7. 

happy birthday to our sweet, sweet boy!

December 27, 2014

i think he likes me! Happy Savvyversary!

if you used to read My Savvy Boys, you know i've basically given up on blogging altogether. 
life has been busy around the Savvy house since august. 
mainly because i decided to give going back to school a whirl. 
and because ben started first grade, which comes with an hour of homework a night. 
and because of swimming. 
and basketball. 
and the boys' eternal need for nourishment, bath time, and some good old fashioned TLC. 
so, the extras get cut out, and the blog was one of those. 

but each year, i post on our anniversary. 
and here we are again. 

this year i have a huge glop of gratitude aimed right at Bern. 
(i know. glop? odd word choice. at first i wrote "debt of gratitude." but that sounded so dramatic. really, i have a large and amorphous amount of gratitude that makes my heart feel like mush. clearly, a glop.) 
he has taken on quite a bit so that i can work on a PhD. 
let's be clear, he has always contributed in a meaningful way around the house.
as in, i sometimes call him from Kroger to ask where things are in the store. 
or what laundry is in what basket. 
but this year he has taken on the lion's share of running the Savvy-family machine. 
and it means the world to me. 
i wouldn't be able to do the things i need to do to be a successful student without help. 

several people have told me that he "owes" me this. 
back in 2010, he completed an MBA at Ohio State. 
and yes, i spent several years running the household machine. 
and getting attached to a few new television series. 
and, say, starting a blog out of boredom. 
but we had a baby and a 3-year-old. 
my biggest job beyond my. . . job. . . was to feed, bathe, and play with the boys until bed time. 

today, we have a dog. 
a young. terrier. dog. 
and two boys in multiple sports. 
and they have friends to hang out with. 
and SO MUCH MORE laundry. 
and they continue to get hungry. 
so, yes. 
it's his "turn." 
but it's different this time. 
there are more moving parts. 
and, for the record, he isn't doing it because he "owes" me. 
he's doing it because that's the kind of guy he is. 
as my mom always says, "he's a keeper." 

and that's why i feel lucky to have such a wonderful partner to celebrate 12 years with today. 
and many more in the future. 
the majority of which, we know, will not include one of us in school. 
this "phase" will pass. 

how do i know this? 
because we met 14 years ago. 
and we have now been married for 12 of those. 
when i think about all we have done, accomplished, laughed and loved each other through, it MUST have been a while. 
we have two (largely) functional smallish humans. 
but when it comes down to it, i remember late nights at the "graduate student pub" in Bowling Green having "i think this is getting serious" conversations.
and i remember learning how to be married professionals doing the same entry-level job together. 
the same job. 
at the same university. 
in the same department. 
at one point managing two sides of the same residence hall. 
i also remember calling my mom and asking exactly how far a newborn could projectile vomit before we should be really concerned. 
i remember a lot of those firsts. 
and they seem like they were just around the corner. 
if i could just turn my head fast enough, they would be right there. 
and that's how i know. 
school will happen. 
it will be a challenge. 
and then, suddenly, it will be a memory. 
and we'll have another handful of years under our belts, but many, many more ahead. 

in the meantime, i'm grateful. 
because my mom is right. 
he's a keeper. 

Happy Anniversary, Sweet Boy!

Left: me. Right: Keeper. 

Left: Keeper. Right: Me. 
clearly, i'm grateful to these two nuggets as well. 
my Savvy Boys

November 18, 2014

our pup Rocky: lazy or brilliant?

i will present my case. 
you decide. . . . 

here is Rocky. 
smack dab in the middle of the stairs. 
because that is the best place to stretch out. 
this is an especially great place to be if either Bernie or Krystyne is trying to transport laundry baskets. 
it's also a great place to chew on his favorite toy. 

sadly, sometimes that toy is a tricky stinker. 
it's hard to keep one's paws on it. 

what is a pup to do when they "lose" their favorite toy?
first, we must weep and sulk a bit. 

but, eventually, we must pick up our chins. . . 
but. . . then what?
clearly, this is an unsolvable problem. 
as such, one must sit and wait for someone to walk by and give them back the irretrievable toy.   

i'm torn.
i can't quite decide if our sweet puppy is smart, lazy, or just kind of a punk. 
not in general.
but in regard to a particular matter. 

i do, also, still live with two small humans. 
who have been generating some great stories and pictures that must be shared. 
but, incorporating grad school into our lives has been an adjustment. 
an adjustment that pushed blogging straight out the window. 
winter break is just around the corner. . . 

October 24, 2014

goodbye, warmth.

it's november 19th. 
and there is snow on the ground in ohio. 
seems like a great time for a post about our summer trip to california. 
mainly to remind myself that there was warmth. 
at some point in time.

             last august, we wandered off to visit my family in california. 
my sister katie hopped over from kauai to join us.

the last time we went to the beach, anth refused to touch the sand. 
it was WAY too dirty.  

thankfully, we have moved on from that notion. 
the main motivation may have been the opportunity to bury his brother. 

but ben was thrilled with that, so all was good.

ben basically loved everything about the beach. 

especially the sand. 
all the sand. 

i tried to get a cute shot of all of my boys down by the water. 
and then ben did this. 

and then both of them did THIS. 

and then bern got in on the action so i just gave up and chose to embrace it. 

much better. 

until anth made this face. . . 

there we go. 

this is the only picture i have in which everyone is upright. 
you will notice anthony is not actually in the frame. 
we must choose our battles in life.

sometimes we win. 

katie introduced the boys to sand crabs. 

dear sunshine, 

i'll miss you. 
see you next year.