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Crushin’ It – An Update

Seems like the storm clouds are finally starting to clear and the sun is coming out to shine. This feels really good and the Flints are a happy bunch.

It’s hard to figure out just where to start on this update since I’ve not been very good about blogging over the past, well, two years or so. That’s okay! I’ll just dive right in. 🙂

Mr. Pickles is growing like a weed and has been keeping really busy this summer. He went to a school/summer camp for two weeks and got to socialize with kids his own age and get familiar with where he’ll be in the fall. He also took swimming lessons and loves being a little fishie minus putting his head under water (mommy feels the same way, Mr. P!).

He’s also pretty much as spoiled as they come. Check out the super cool fort that Nana and Papa Flint built for him out of repurposed materials they had around the house (we love how they don’t waste anything!):

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Doesn’t he look so big here?!

And here he is after getting a new magazine subscription from Grandpa Gato and Grandma Maria:

All smiles!

All smiles!

He’s also been encouraging mommy to continue her yoga practice and will ask to do poses on the mat. Here he is practicing:

Future yogi.

Future yogi.

His latest obsessions are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stickers (and sticking them EVERYWHERE), and says his signature color is red. He also likes to help mommy get dressed in the morning while coordinating outfits. “Mom, I think you need to take your black purse today.” 🙂

Speaking of mommy…I’ve started a new job at a local college here in Albuquerque as an Admissions Representative. I work with students who are interested in becoming nurses and discuss the program with them. It’s so fun to discuss goals with future students and work out a plan to get them to where they want to be. It’s only been a week and a half so far, but I think I’m really going to love it!

Russ has been plugging away as an IT administrator of a call center where he manages about 1000 users on a daily basis. Talk about keeping someone on his toes! He loves what he does, though, and he gets all the free Starbucks he can drink so it’s a pretty good gig for him. He loves the people he interacts with and enjoys the work so it makes the days go by quickly. Sometimes, too quickly and he has to bring the work home at night and on weekends, too. Again, good thing he loves what he does!

As always, Russ & I are always in love with good TV and are currently obsessed with Key & Peele, Ray Donovan, and Power.

Some of the best TV, though, is just watching the antics of Mr. Pickles! We will leave you with a mashup of him singing the childhood classic “No More Monkeys Jumping On the Bed” and Brad Paisley’s hit “Crushin’ It.” Until next time…

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Fancy (A Flint Update)

Wow, who knew we still had a blog? I guess we decided to hibernate for the winter but it’s time to peek out (man it’s sunny out there!) and give a little update.

Let’s just cut to the chase and talk about the most important Flint. The one you all come here to hear about…Mr. Pickles. We know he’s the main attraction and, honestly, we totally understand why. 😉

Over the past several months he’s shot up like a string bean and can reach wayyyyy too many things in the house now. Nothing, I repeat nothing, is safe. The cats are all happy they can climb high atop their cat tree, but the dogs, well, they aren’t so lucky. Mr. P has recently professed his love for sweet Willa and she’s not too sure what to make of her new shadow.

He’s a talking machine now, too, and is entering the “Why?” and “How’d that happen?” phase of his little life. We do our best to explain things to the little man but sometimes it’s easiest to just say “Because that’s how Batman does it” and call it a day.

Batman Slippers

Another crazy milestone is that X-man is totally potty trained (cue the music and confetti) and he pretty much trained himself. Russ and I know he could have been trained earlier but we made the conscious choice to let him go at his own pace. With the help of No More Diapers for Ducky, talking to him about the big boy potty, and Nina Needs to Go, one day Xion proclaimed he was ready to use the bathroom all on his own and hasn’t stopped since. It was pretty much the easiest process ever and he only had 2 little accidents after that. He’s completely into his Jake and McQueen chones now and we are ridiculously proud parents.

And how about me and Russ? Well, we can’t compete with Mr. Pickles in milestones, but we have been busy, too. I’ve resumed my writing business and taken on new clients and have even started a YA novel about a young girl named Xavia. I took a trip to New Orleans and listened to some great music, drank way too much Purple Haze, and got lost until 1 a.m. and stumbled upon Cafe Du Monde.

As for Russ, well, when I asked him what he wanted to let you all know, he said to let you know he’s alive. Good to know, babe, good to know. 😉 He is happy cruising around our new car, though, a Ford Explorer who he has fondly dubbed the Death Bringer. Sure makes this mama feels safe that he carts around our 3-year-old in a vehicle with that moniker.

In other news, we’ve fallen in love with Bill Maher, Silicon Valley, and Iggy Azalea. It’s like we are 40 and 14 all at once. Oh, and we are moving across town with the help of Nana and Papa Flint in the next month or so. Goodbye to that lengthy commute to Trader Joe’s to get goodies and get to the nicer movie theater. Priorities, people, priorities.

So, that’s about it for this lazy Sunday. We’ll leave you with Mr. Pickles latest favorite song. You know, because he’s so fancy…

 

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Bye Bye Bottles

We aren’t sure how old exactly it is when a toddler is supposed to say goodbye to bottles entirely, but we’ve let Mr. Pickles go at his pace. Today was a big day, though, and daddy took him to the store to pick out some big boy cups so we could say goodbye to his bottles at bedtime. He’s been using big boy cups for his other drinks for some time now, but definitely needed his bottle at naps and bedtime.

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Needless to say, we were a little nervous about presenting him with a different cup at his bedtime (and a little sad — our baby is growing up), but he was so excited to use his new Lightning McQueen cup that he didn’t even seem to care about the missing bottle. Another milestone for the little man.

Bye bye bottles, our guy is growing up.

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Mr. Pickles the Builder

Xion has been showing off his many talents lately. Not only is he a master at juicing now, but he’s also getting quite handy with the tools and loves to help daddy put things together. He was REALLY excited today when his new bookshelf arrived.

Hold 'er steady, daddy!

Hold ‘er steady, daddy!

We never decked out his room when he was a baby but it’s finally coming together as a little boy room now. Posters of his favorite comic book characters are on the walls and now he has a place to put his dozens of books that won’t collapse on him (that’s what we get for shopping at Wal-Mart…never again).

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The Littlest Juicer

Thanks to Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet, we started juicing late last year. Never again do we need to worry about how to get our daily intake of greens because we just juice them up, baby!

Besides the fact that the juice is uber good for our bodies, we love that a certain mini Flint loves juice, too. This mommy and daddy get spinach and kale in their toddler in a snap. Slurp!

And now that he’s gotten a little older, he wants to be right where the action is and helps us make our daily juices.

He'll be making his own recipes in no time.

He’ll be making his own recipes in no time.

Just in case you were wondering, here’s one of our favorite recipes so you can make a juice of your own. 😀

The Blair

1 green apple
1 1/2 cup green grapes
2 cups tightly packed spinach
1 orange
6 stalks celery
1 large cucumber

Juice and enjoy.

Definitely Mr. Pickles approved!

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A Badbye — When a Goodbye Has a Frown

Like so many others around the world, we’ve said our goodbyes to 2012. As I mentioned in our last post, 2012 definitely had some great times, but for the most part we are ready to see it in the rearview. And that feels really good — so is that what it means to have a “good” bye?

So what about when waving bye doesn’t really feel all that good? I mean, not really? Does that mean we get to call it a badbye?

As we move out of 2012, I have one of those sadbyes — perhaps one of the biggest sadbyes I’ve ever experienced in my life. But I think I’m getting ahead of myself…

Toward the end of Woztober, us two and a half Flints boarded a plane headed for good ol’ Ohio. Autumn was in the air and there were promises of trick or treating, hot apple cider, pumpkin patches, Grandma’s homecookin’, bonfires, and lots of time with family we don’t get to see nearly enough.

where's mickey's seatbelt mama?

Where’s mickey’s seatbelt, mama?

daddy providing in-flight avengers themed entertainment.

Daddy providing in-flight avengers themed entertainment.

The plane trip to Cincy was uneventful and Mr. P has become quite the pro at traveling. This mama still sits up straighter when getting complimented on how well-behaved her baby is in the air. Thank goodness they don’t see him at 1:45 p.m. on any given day before he’s gotten his nap because that can be a totally different story…

We got to spend the first few days at Dave’s getting to watch lots of fun TV and eat lots of good food. And of course we made time to find a park for Xion to run around. Dave took us to one with a huge play area, so naturally Mr. Pickles was more interested in the picnic tables. 😉

He picked a flower for mommy. See his little shadow in the background of the photo??

the little things...

the little things…

someone is still getting the hang of the foot shot. LOL

someone is still getting the hang of the foot shot. LOL

Then it was time to head north to D-Town!

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More food, more family, lots more fun! Aunt Deedle and Uncle Eric hosted a big party for us with all of the above!

Xion’s cousin, Faith, shows him the ropes when it comes to blowing dandelion seeds into the air.

she's a pro

she’s a pro!

Grandpa Gato holds Mr. Pickles’ plate as he chows down some yummy cake because he already knows those ropes.

Good stuff, Grandpa!

Good stuff, Grandpa!

Xion returns the favor to Faith by showing her the ins and the outs of his iPad. Uncle Dave is happy to assist.

Modern musicians in the making.

Modern musicians in the making.

And we’ll just have to settle for this as the best bonfire family pic of the night. 😀

Flints!

Flints!

Unfortunately, Mr. Pickles didn’t get to Trick-or-Treat like he’d hoped because a certain presidential candidate came to town and called the whole thing off (karma got him for it), but Grandpa Gato made sure he got to get dressed up and head to a party anyway!

Grampy Gato and Captain America

Grampy Gato and Captain America

Is that a pickle?

Is that a pickle?

Like all our trips to Ohio, this one flew by. Seven days really isn’t a lot of time when we only see my side of the family a few times a year, but this time was a particularly hard one for me when we left.

You see, this was the last time I was ever going to be in the house I grew up in. Pop and Maria are retiring this year and planting retirement roots in Texas (although I hear New Mexico has much better weather *hint hint*).

Yep, the very last time I’d be in the house I grew up in. That’s a lot to take in all at once and I’m getting teary eyed writing this because there are so many memories there AND it’s the last of the three houses Pappy Delgado helped build that will officially leave the family. I know I’m all grown up now and have a family and new home of my own, but there’s a bit of a sadness inside as I let go of a piece of my childhood. My “home” is no longer going to be my home anymore. The next time I go to Defiance (and I’m not entirely sure when that will be), I won’t be sleeping in my old bedroom anymore.

So I’m taking a deep breath and saying a bit of a sadbye. I know it’s the right time for everyone to move on to new phases in their lives, no matter how hard it is to let go sometimes. Whether that be a year, a relationship, or a home…sometimes saying goodbye is just, well, bad.

There are a lot of memories in this little brick house on High Street. The good, the bad, the fun, the sad, the tears, the laughter, the joy — I won’t forget any of it and it will always live in my our hearts. We now say…badbye. 😦

One last family photo of the High Street Gang. xoxo

One last family photo of the High Street Gang. xoxo

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Welcome the Newest Flint (he gets the ears from Russ)

Have you noticed that since Mr. Pickles began to walk, there are far fewer posts and pictures. Trust us, the two are VERY connected. 😉

Not like having a new addition to the family makes any of that easier, but it does make for even more smiles in our days.

Introducing….

Cypher Dias Flint

This cutie came into our lives just over a month ago thanks to amazing people in Arizona, a road trip, and the (begrudged) approval of four very spoiled felines.

We thought about writing his whole story here — his life before being a full-fledged Flint, but have decided not to do so. We are, instead, choosing to write about his life going forward; the one where he’ll never end up in a shelter ever again and knows nothing but lots of love.

Welcome to the family, Cy Boogie. We love you like you’ve been with us for years. Okay, maybe Maxwell doesn’t feel that way YET, but he will…he will. 😀

A boy and his dog = happy.

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