Moose’s Lodge

Raising a Moose

Moose Turns 1 December 5, 2008

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More entertained by Daddy than by the candleWhat a lovely cake...Yesterday, my baby Moose (who is no longer a baby) turned 1. It was a bittersweet day, as most parents probably feel. I baked Moose a cake – my first attempt – because all kids deserve a homemade birthday cake at some point. Next year, I will buy one and make him some food or something!! I tried to tempt him to dig into it by covering it with Cheerios, but he was not fooled.

It was a small celebration, just me, Moose and Hubby. We celebrated last Thursday and last Sunday with the family, so I am sure he was tired of all the fuss!

Are we finished here?

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Happy Birthday to Me! September 3, 2008

Filed under: family,Moose — valben @ 3:00 pm
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Its birthday time again!  Well, actually it was yesterday.  Over the years, I haven’t been getting excited about my birthday, and half the time I forget how old I am.  Not because I am in denial, but simply because its not that big of a deal for me.

This is my first birthday as a mom.  And I have noticed I look – older.  Finally.  I see the little bags under my eyes in pictures.  The uneven skin tone.  My inability to keep makeup on or even apply it correctly (okay, I’ve never been able to do that!).  But on this birthday, I feel more secure and happy in my life than I did 10 years ago.  Part of it is the Moose, but most of it stems from the experiences I’ve had. 

Since the Moose came along, my marriage hit its lowest low, what we refer to as our “rough patch.”  But we recovered and we are stronger and happier today than we ever were.  I have accepted my new life as a SAHM, something I thought I would never wanted to do, but now I can’t imagine doing anything different.  I have an amazing husband and a gorgeous little boy.  Here’s to turning 32!!! 

Moose and his mommy and daddy

Moose and his mommy and daddy