Thursday, August 27, 2009

Homeward bound

We leave tonight for one of my favorite cities: Seattle. And one of my favorite places on earth: home. Where I grew up and where my entire family and many friends still reside. I can't wait to see them, although, once you have a baby, and he is the first grandson on both sides of the family, you are so second tier.

Here is an example:

Me: Hi. We will be home on Thursday night at 7.

Everyone in Seattle I love either connected to me by DNA or friendship: OH! We can hardly wait to see you and JohnnyMac your little man. (Also known as the Little Prince of Georgia).

Me: And we can't wait to see you.

Everyone: Oh you'll be here? Awesome! I have a little something for you our favorite person in your family. I found a present/new toy/new pjs/new jeans/a baseball glove/an electric guitar/a car/a pony that he JUST had to have.

Me: And I hope you have cocktails for the adults at this party.

Thankfully I am bringing my laptop because while my family is so busy fighting over who gets to spend the most time with me playing with our son, I will be blogging from the West Coast.

But our little man is awesome. He is both charming and smart. Here is why everyone who has ever known me would now rather spend time with our two year old:

Last week, our Little Man was playing on his drumset before we left for school. (Merci, to my older brotehr for such a super quiet toy). I told Little Man we had to go.
He said, "I'm just playing the beat, Mommy. "

I applauded his efforts and told him we still needed to leave.
He said, "No Mommy, I just need to play the beat. I have a song in my soul."

A song in my soul? Our son is TWO. Technically, 2. 5. My eyes actually welled up a bit and I wanted to tell him he was a FCKING ROCK STAR but that is not appropriate AT ALL so I settled for giving him a big hug.

He moved me.

And it reminded me of one of my birthday gifts last month. This gift was all my son's idea.

This is when you feel overwhelmed with love for another person, especially when that person is part of you.

Precious boy.

And yes, Little Man, you do have a song in your soul. And I love that you are so loved.

96 comments:

FabBlab said...

OMG adorable video!

My name is PJ. said...

What is the term for 3 GIANT steps beyond 'cougar'?

I am now the official (whatever the above term is plus) groupie in waiting.

When little man is 22 and I am 72, I'll be clamoring with the best of them to get aboard his tour bus. Yes, I will.

Sally-Sal said...

What an amazing little guy! You touched my heart with that story.

I hope you have a great time!

Dustjacket Attic said...

OMG that is so freakin' gorgeous! What a little looker too! You are in all sorts of trouble later on girl.

I was getting all concerned at the beginning of post, going away, excuse me, leaving us!!! Oh but you'll still blog, ok!
xoxo

the walking man said...

In case JohnnyMac hasn't got the order of things this is it in descending priority.

1 The Kid(s)
2 The wife
3 The pets
4 The plants
5 The house
6 The husband

Nature has it's own laws of placement, displacement and replacement.

Jules said...

That little man DOES have a song in his soul! AND some serious rhythm! Hubby IS in a band so I know these things. You need to make sure he is in all kinds of music classes because he truly has a gift. No joking.

That's how rock stars are made.

I love him. And you.

Simon said...

Aw. Now that even affected misanthropic old me. And who can fail to love that line “No Mommy, I just need to play the beat. I have a song in my soul.”?

My two nieces came out with some classics, but nothing to match that.

Sunshinemeg said...

Great video. What a cutie! Have a great time at home. Being home just does something for the soul. Hope you get to relax.

The Savage said...

Does he need a roadie? I'm big and strong and can separate M&Ms. I have the tats and can affect a terribly accurate British roadie accent.

Eve said...

This post and video totally made my eyes well up and heart burst with love too! Just thinking that I have these (although maybe not the song and definately not the drum kit!) tender moments to come.

Ok, so I may be in a bit of a vunerable mood today, but still.

And I totally relate to everyone being more interested in your Son than you. Whenever I get phone calls from friends and family the first question is "How's the little man?", Never mind how I am ;P

Matthew said...

Touching and heartwarming. Enjoy Seattle.

The Peach Tart said...

Well he is handsome and talented and I'll bet quite the little charmer. Enjoy your time away.

Lee said...

He is so cute! Have a wonderful time on your trip.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Great story. Your little man has an old soul which is a cool thing.

About Seattle, enjoy time at home and being spoiled, wait, that's your son who will be spoiled.

Have fun - love Seattle.

Christina Lee said...

yep its the same when we go to florida! have a great time with your very precious little rock star!!!

mikeg said...

looks like a F-ing awesome birthday...congrats!

safe travels and pack the mixers carefully.

f8hasit said...

Have a great visit! No offense, but by the looks of the personality driven little Mac, it's quite no wonder your family considers you 'second tier'!
:-)

Great video...thanks for sharing it!

sheila said...

How cute! Jammin lil dude ya got there! lol. Happy Birthday and safe travels!

confused homemaker said...

That was one kick-ass b-day present. Go ahead next time and say "freakin' rock star"

Safe travels.

Shorty said...

What an awesome video! Thanks for sharing it with us. And in my book, your son is one eloquent little dude with the "song in my soul" statement. How cool is that? I can feel a destiny of greatness emerging!!!!

Best wishes to you during your travels, and here's a toast to you, that you'll snag some of that attention while your in Seattle. And that you'll be offered a nice cocktail or two so that you may enjoy your trip from the adult side of life.

AmyK said...

You are so right that these visits are no longer all about you. Being Nana to 2 Mensa grandsons,7 & 8, my daughter knows who will get the first hugs when I get near them. We miss you as well, but nothing feels as good as that little body wrapped in our arms. They have always been "My babies". Daughter # 1 so kindly gave birth to them for me. The younger of them, on my Birthday.

I also bought that grandson, # 2, his first guitar. I love the rocker boy too. Yours has the flair down good.

PinkBow said...

again ahhh! have a wonderful time with your family!

ladytruth said...

If I ever do decided to have children someday, I will consult you on the gene pool-issue as in "can I get some of those super cute genes that you obviously have to bring forth an adorable little angel like that"

Scrappy Girl said...

He is SO cute...hope you have a great time!

ellen abbott said...

Cute kid. They are all so cute at that age. I think 3 is my favorite. I remember when my 3ish daughter came out with a 5 syllable word one day.

Rose said...

What a little cutie! And such a great gift!

Thanks for sharing the video. It really brightened up my day.

Metropolitan Mum said...

That's awesome. And he is adorable, too!

La La La Leah said...

I would like to add my 2 cents about this... Yes this happening to me right now... HOWEVER these people need to be around more often like today when son woke up at 6:30 AM.... If they loved their precocious genius so much......Anyways I am just tired.

Maureen said...

Good thing you recorded his obvious first steps to Rock Star stardom... you can show him this when he's a teenager.

What a sweetie! Have a great time! I am glad to hear the laptop is also making the trip.

Mandy said...

Little man has one BIG heart and some BIG dreams ahead of him! Friggin' adorable!

Oooh, Seattle! Don't be sleepless while you're there. I have never been so I'm delighted to live vicariously through you and your adventures.

Tell Pearl Jam hello for me. Eddie and I go way back.

Tammy Howard said...

I have a song in my soul.

Good deal.

My kids have songs in their souls, too - I have a drummer and a guitarist. It isn't so much quiet around here. I'll miss it when school starts.

Noisy toys rock.

(FWIW, my word verification is 'chill')

Shop Girl* said...

oh. my. gosh. Your song is SO cute and is TOTALLY a rock star!!!


I've always wanted to visit Seattle as Frasier is my ALL-TIME favourite show and the city always looks so cool. I'll get there someday. :)

Eyes Wide Open said...

Watch out for beavers in Seattle...

Tarable said...

That video? Is awesome.

Aly said...

That is so funny! I always wonder where they come up with these things.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

What an adorable video!

You'd better watch out - I think you do have a future rock star on your hands! (And you can totally show that video when he becomes famous)!

Badass Geek said...

Keep it up, little man. Chicks dig guys who can play guitar and sing.

darsden said...

Have an awesome time and a cocktail for me ;-)

Tumbleweed said...

Being privvy to the inside "previously unreleased" version of his steps to super-stardom, I have to say two things:
1. I am SO GLAD you shared this with everyone; and
2. I am really greatful to have a ringside seat for all the upcoming events of the P.O.G.'s gigs that will surely emerge. He is HUGELY talented as I have witnessed firsthand!
You and JMAC have a great time at home - I'll sure be missing all of you!! Had to choke it back this morning rading this post...thanks for that!! Be safe!! Have a GREAT visit!!
TW

New England Girl said...

Oh my goodness, how adorable!!! :) I hope you all have a wonderful trip. :)

Yankee Girl said...

That is so cute! Can you blame the family for loving him so much? Now that I have a nephew I really don't spend that much time with my sister. I am all about playing with my little monster.

Have a fansmashingtastic trip!

foxy said...

That video is just RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE. Okay, I DO want to have a kid now. Yours makes me want one again (yes, I go back and forth depending on whose kid I'm around).

Have a great time while you're home. Sounds like you might get some good 'you' time in there, with all the attention on the Little Man, huh?

Be safe and enjoy... :)

Chief said...

Have a wonderful trip! I had no idea you were raised there. I have family there also.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh that is the cutest thing ever! And with the infamous drum set! I am so going to get my nephew some drums for christmas!

And you are right. Every time I talk to my sister, it's all about my nephew. When she arrives at my home, I run to pick up Logan and leave her there alone on the doorstep.

Melissa B. said...

I'm pretty sure Little Man is going to be famous some day. And we can all say we "remember when..." Have a super-fun time in Seattle!

Jamie said...

What a sweetie-pie!
And I totally know how you feel... my husband and I joke (but are totally serious) that my mother needs to stop saying she is coming by to see "us", because we all know who she's really coming by to see :)

Laila Of Course! said...

Awww, oh my goodness, he is SO ADORABLE. And I love the guitar playing-- future megastar in the house! Hehe. Although I hope you still got a cocktail.

Jen said...

Oh he is so cute.

I totally understand where you are coming from. But if you think it bad with one kid just try showing up to family functions with triplets. I am still trying to get the heel markers off my face from a function in July. ;)

Lisa Anne said...

I love Seattle. I can't wait to get to go back there someday!

strokeofliving said...

First, your little man is adorable!!
Second, I do the same thing when people have babies, you disappear and the children are the highlight. It's not that we don't love you (parents), it's just that the children are new and fun. That sounds bad but, really, it's not.

Pricilla said...

Awwww, I miss my nieces and nephews so much....

Emily said...

look at him...he's already got that strumming motion down!
I hear ya...my family is more concerned with seeing my kids than me too. However, since my three drive me bananas most of the time, I'm happy for a few minutes to blog in peace! ;) Have a great trip!

Simone said...

I think I spend more time on your blog than any other....love the post, love the replies - and the Prince of Georgia brought a tear or two to my eye, he is gorgeous!!

Have a great trip :)

Rebecca Knight said...

Awwww! :)

I can't believe you're from Seattle :D! I live in Vancouver, WA, across the river from Portland. Small, small world. I'm sure the evergreens missed you!

Kristin said...

SO stinkin' cute! It's finally as soon as the bambinos come along, the mommies are thrown to the wayside. Ah ha

Herb of Grace said...

He is Adorable. And quite the musician :) I'm a music teacher, I should know.

Jeney said...

Ummm... that little boy is so 'effin cute I may just cry.

Jenn@ You know... that Blog? said...

"I have a song in my soul"? What 2 year old says stuff like that?! I LOVE that KID!!!!

You're OK too though. You know, in a second tier kinda way ;)

Have a fabulous trip!

p.s. Can you pretty please enable name/url on your comments? Pretty please with a cherry on top?!!

Jen said...

Have a fabulous trip with the Prince! Don't you just love the stuff that comes out of their mouths? Mom oldest son said 'my heart loves your heart' and I about melted :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that is too too awesome!!!

I know how it is! My parents are way way more into my kids than into me!

Oh, and I know you get a new blog award every week, I really tried to find someone else to give this to, but I don't have that many friends...so you also get the Lemonade Award. Check out my blog for the details.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Adorable! That kid needs a contract, pronto!

Keith said...

Have a great time back there in Seattle.

Simply Mel said...

Your Fcking Rock Star little man needs to meet my divinely MoFo little crumb because they would be the ideal playmates! Music lovers with soul....

Happy travels!

Lisa and Laura said...

OK, that's officially one of the most talented little guys on the planet. That is just adorable!

Momma G.Love said...

Your little guy is adorable!

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Alexis AKA MOM said...

Super cute video, loving it!

Yeah I'm in T-Town but not too far for a drink :) ... LOL

Miss M said...

That is the cutest video ever! Total F*ING rockstar!!

Ju said...

Your Little Man is so lovely, and has the cutest smile ever.
Loved the video. See, it's all about him now.
We, parents are second class citizens. Same happened to me since I had the kids.
Enjoy Seattle.

Ju :)))

Vivienne said...

No wonder your family has kind of dismissed you and your mister. I am sure you can't blame them too much.
Ah-dorable.

Intense Guy said...

Enjoy your trip home!

Your little man is way cute!

Oh, and remember to tell your gift-givers... FedEx and UPS do actually deliver stuff to Georgia from Seattle.

Janet said...

"A song in his soul"?! That is genius. He really is gonna be a rock star.

Vodka Logic said...

how adorable, and never let him stop hearing the music. Did you see August Rush? Great movie.

Have fun with family.
xx

Laoch of Chicago said...

Nice!

Angie S said...

He is a cutie patootie! Enjoy being at home.

Dee said...

You're lucky they don't say Jenny who? And this guy is so smart I think he might read oops write your blog.

blueviolet said...

I love that he has a song in his soul. And he even wants to share it.

Pink Links said...

"I have a song in my soul". It's poetry. So lovely!


Have a great trip!

J.J. in L.A. said...

What a cutie! You'll probably have to wait til he's 16 before you rate again. ; )

Stephanie Faris said...

That video is the cutest thing EVER! I've never been to Seattle but always wanted to go.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Hi me again, have an award for you at The Attic!
xoxo

Bloggin Betty said...

Have an aweseome trip!

And don't worry, my parents no longer know I exist either. Cute little boys just do that I guess.

The Savage said...

You're pretty

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

We bought our girls drums, ukuleles electronic keyboards, guitars, violins and other rattling things and they still play them all. Sometimes I want to kick myself but, I usually just end up laughing and smiling, especially when they are doing karaoke.
Have a nice trip home.

Leah Rubin said...

Awwww-- weepy, teary choking up here... He's precious, and I'm forwarding this to the mother of my grandson (also 2) right away. Oh yeah, I mean "my daughter."

Midtown Girl said...

Wow little man is AWESOME. I see big things for this guy.

Ok, even more sad is when I go to my parent's house and my mom is MORE excited to SEE MY PUPS than me. When I walk into the house, mom makes a b-line to the dog. WTF?

Imagine when I have kids? sheesh.

Have a safe trip chickie XOXO

One Sassy Girl said...

oh...emm...gee....your boy is precious! beyond cute. a song in my soul?!! i'm in love. what a wonderful boy. enjoy your trip.

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

GOOD LORD! How freakin' cute is that?! I too miss the days when people actually came over to see me or got excited when I came to town - score one for the kids.

Lily G. said...

How cute! Have a blast in Seattle!

Hollyrocks said...

Holy lord, that is so adorable. Is that Baby Mac himself? What a cutie! And yes, a total rock star.

Unknown Mami said...

Little Man has a fan!

Cocaine Princess said...

WOW! Soooo cutesy.

Little Prince of Georgia, perfect name.

Hit 40 said...

Oh my!! What a sweetheart. I adore his guitar playing. He will be a heart breaker when he grows up. Very outgoing like his mommy!!

hiking in stilettos said...

"A song in my soul" !!! I would have died on the spot due to overwhelming preciousness. So stinking adorable.

Eva Gallant said...

He is just too cute!!

Kathy B! said...

He is such a little rock star already. Better start clearing out the garage tomake room for his band :)

Phew. I think I'm all caught up now...

Ela said...

I'm seriously all teary. How amazingly sweet (and cute and talented) is he???
You are so blessed to have one another (JM included) :)