Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 weeks down.

Since you've been gone...

Charlotte: This week was a little tough with that 7 year old daughter of yours. I'm not sure if she's trying to push the boundaries... well, actually, I'm sure of that. She's pushing to test the limits, and is figuring out how much she can get away with (or not get away with). It's draining to say the least. Her glasses are fixed, and she's back to handstands all day, everyday... and she's perfecting her one handed cartwheel. She's keeping up with school... just learned how to add 3 digits, and is beasting contractions. Ordered some books for her... excited to dig into Art History with the little one (since she loves art/craft time so much).

Marley: oh Marley... where do I start with this little cookie? I've had to laugh, A LOT this week, to keep from crying over certain situations. I already shared with you how I unzipped her pajamas one day to find a HUGE surprise smeared allllll over her leg and down to her ankle. Yeah, that was fun... but not just that... she got into the pantry, and dumped the bag of rice everywhere. Of course, she couldn't contain it to one area. She has mastered the art of twisting bottle tops... "kid proof", I don't think so... Marley has figured you out. She also figured out how to climb, really well... I find her on top of the living room table and on the chest in the guest room, all the time. She attempts to dance on these, like it's her stage... I have no idea where she gets the idea from (Thank you Charlotte- when she "performs" on the fireplace...)

Finn: He couldn't be any sweeter than he is. He's the easiest one to handle these days. He eats, sleeps, wakes up and wants to play for about 90 minutes to 2 hours. He really enjoys just laying around and watching the girls... even while doing tummy time. He started sucking his hand this week, a lot. Not sure if it's teething, or if it's just an exploring his body thing. He must find it tasty, because it's always in his mouth. He has been giving me some good sleep this week, and for that I'm thankful. His favorite though, seems to be from 8-10 pm... hanging out with me, after the girls are tucked away and asleep. He talks up a storm. He just wants all my attention, and I give it to him... it's "our" time, and I'm okay with it.

Me: This was the first time, where I actually felt the week fly by. That first week took SO long to get through... but this week, flew. I'm so thankful for that. We actually had a little bit more of a "lax" week... filled it with a lot of sewing time, and playing/cuddling with the babies. It got REALLY cold, and so we stayed in as much as we could. Starting to find a rhythm without you... and it's a love/hate relationship. I LOVE that we're finding a rhythm, for my own sanity... it feels GREAT knowing that there's a normalcy again. However, I HATE that this normalcy doesn't involve you... We miss you, that I am certain... and it's sad having a new bath/bedtime routine without you around or that weekends really aren't exciting, because you're not there to enjoy it with us. But, a routine is vital for our kiddos, and my well being... and it's safe to say, that we are beginning to figure it out.

Story of the Week: I was hanging out with Finn in the living room while he was doing tummy time... encouraging him... clapping him on (He definitely LOVES to be cheered on). The girls were playing in Charlotte's room. I had to use the bathroom... so I flipped Finn over to his back, and put a bunch of toys around him so that he could stretch out and "play". I walked away to the bathroom.  He's definitely figured out when someone has gone away, and he is not a fan of that. He enjoys independent time...but would much rather have the company from either his sisters or me. Anyways, cue the wailing (from me walking away from him)... I'm going potty, and his wailing continues... all of a sudden, it's completely quiet. Hm... I'm a little nervous... and all of a sudden, I hear Marley's giggle... now I'm really nervous. I finish up in the bathroom, come out and see Marley straddled on top of Finn, bent over, and he's sucking on her nose... she's laughing hysterically, pops her nose out of his mouth, points to her nose, and calls it a "ba ba"... Yes, sweet pea, Finn is sucking on your nose like it's his bottle... The worst part, is that she's been fighting a head cold, and I'm fairly certain that her nose wasn't the only thing he was sucking on...

Out take: Take a look at Finn's frightful face... crack.me.up.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bundle Up

Today we had the first snow of the season... and I fear, it's the first of many... or so that's what the weathermen are predicting. As beautiful as it was falling from the sky ... it totally looked like a snow globe outside... I'm not too big of a fan of snow that falls before Thanksgiving. But, we made the most of it, or at least Charlotte did. Finn was asleep inside, and Marley was too busy complaining about the cold (we share the same sentiments), and doesn't have snow boots... yet. We'll fix that problem tomorrow. In the meantime, we're bundling up and enjoying the snuggles.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Power of Words

When the hubby was getting ready to head out... I think the worst part, was the anticipation of it all. I cried just thinking about it... I cried when we talked about preparation for his departure... I cried when I saw him interact with the kids... I cried when I heard him tuck Marley and Charlotte in for the last time in awhile...I cried... add in some post partum hormones... and well let's just say, I was a mess.

So many sweet friends/family members have reached out and sent kind words my way, and have been praying for us... they've been received, and totally appreciated... So many of you have been in my place before, and you've been a huge encouragement to my sweet family helping us get through this time.

Some of my favorite words, were received by a dear friend Mandy. She wrote, "God's really been laying on my heart lately the thought that when I am weak, He is strong. I'm sure flying solo will be a perfect time for God to display His strength through you. My natural tendency is to say something like "You've got this!" And you probably do... but more than that, He's got this!" 

I wanted to share these words with you all... because not just do they work so well with my current situation... but ultimately, through this adventure of motherhood. How often do we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis, and we say/think, " insert name, you've got this!" or "I can handle this..." It's easy to want to control the situation or think that only we can fix something... but in the end, it's so far from the truth. "He's got this."

It's okay to be weak... because "He is strong"...

It's something I struggle with daily. But the days where I rely on Him... lean on Him... let Him take charge... those are the days that we come out on top. The days where I feel fully recharged and ready to tackle the next day.

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand" - Isaiah 41:10

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1 week down.

Since you've been gone...

Charlotte: Our sweet little 7 year old has been doing the workouts that you wrote on the chalkboard in the gym, religiously... I kid you not. The kid is determined to do a handstand without using her feet up against the wall. She practices them EVERYWHERE we go... so much so that the other day she was doing one ... her glasses fell off her face, and when she landed down, she landed on them... and broke them (hence the glasses-less face in the photos!) So, just add that to my list of things to fix this week. Otherwise, she's been keeping up with school and having so much fun playing with her friends in the afternoon.

Marley: Our sweet little 1 year old... man, she's been a pill. She's woken up between 4:30 and 5:30 am every single day... with the exception of one 6:30 am wake up. Because of her loud screams to come and get her... she wakes up the entire household. So, every morning by around 6 am, we have a pj party in our bed... and although it's sweet having all the extra snuggles... it'd be even sweeter getting in an additional 1 or 2 hours of sleep... She walks around the house, and points to photos of you (see, all your hard work putting up those shelves paid off) and squeals in delight of seeing your face. She's been unzipping her pajamas and finding her belly button... laughs as she tickles it, all thanks to the game that you two played before you left.

Finn: Our sweet little 3 month old has been a growing a lot since you left... that's his job these days, to grow... well, and eat and poop and sleep. He's been so alert and active during his wake times... the wake times are getting longer and longer too. He can be awake and entertained for almost 2 hours before needing to eat and sleep. He's creating a schedule/routine for himself, and it's pretty spot on to where I'd like it to be. We just need to work on an earlier bedtime, and longer stretch of sleep. He's starting to reach up and around for toys, hair or whatever's in front of his face. He coos all the time... trying to get his voice heard above his sisters... it's so sweet, and usually he wins my attention before the others do.

Me: This week, I tried to fill every moment with SOMETHING so that I wouldn't sit down and think about the fact that you weren't there... It worked, for most of the time... until something broke, or both babies cried at the same time, or each time I woke up to feed Finn in the middle of the night- I didn't have someone to stare at who was peacefully sleeping next to me... A lot of little things happened throughout the week where I would normally have thrown myself a pity party... but I didn't let that happen. I'm trying to choose joy during this time apart... probably a lot easier said than done. But I'm trying. Our babies certainly have kept me busy though, and the fact that a full week has gone by and they're still alive... I'd say I did a job well done. Some days I stayed in my jammies all day, some times I didn't eat my first meal until 1 in the afternoon, and I might have gone a few days without a shower... BUT, I kept the kids alive (and Runyan too).

Story of the Week: On Saturday we were headed out to run a full day's worth of errands (Build and Grow at Lowe's was our first stop)... apparently when I was getting us ready, I put the stroller in the bed of the truck without putting the brakes on first. I thought I slammed the truck bed door closed and was on my way. When we pulled into the Lowe's parking lot... there was a lady in a car who was waving me down and yelling for me to pull over... apparently, at the 4 way stop before turning into Lowe's, the stroller rolled right out of the truck bed and rolled over to the side of the street. No cars were injured and the stroller works just fine... BUT oh my word, imagine if that had happened on the highway? I can't even begin to tell you how much the Lord was watching out for us (and the stroller)... So, I drove back over to the 4 way stop, and low and behold, the stroller was on the side of the road in the grass waiting for us. I piled it back in the truck bed, and as I was closing the door, I noticed it wouldn't latch... I ended up having to bungee cord the stroller down (and made sure the brake was down) so that it wouldn't roll out of the open truck bed. Whew... thankfully the door is fixed now, but what a moment of panic I had... and now, I look back and think how comical that must have looked (stroller rolling out of my truck bed) to everyone but the person behind me.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Dear Finn Mostyn { 3 months }

Dear Finn Mostyn,

We cannot even begin to describe how fast the months are flying by. When you were born, and we complained about the lack of sleep, and adjustments of having a newborn again, we said, "We just need to get to 3 months... " ... and here we are... at 3 months old.

Not that we have anything against newborns... It's that 3 months old feels like such a magical age..it's at 3 months old (in our memories with your sister Marley) where you start to become... fun. You're still cute and what not but ... you smile at us... and we can do things now, to get you to laugh. You're not just a little blob that looks completely helpless... you're a growing little boy.... and an adorable one at that.

You LOVE to watch and observe your sisters. You think they're super funny... in fact, you flash them smiles whenever they come around to say hello to you, or to show you a toy they're playing with. One thing that really gets you smiling so much, that you start to laugh... is when Mommy pulls off your socks with her mouth... and then "pooooofs" them onto your face. You think it's hilarious.... and if your sisters are around, they get quite a kick out of it as well....

In this last month, you've blessed us with more 6-8 hour night sleeps... and it's been a beautiful thing. You know exactly when to give it to us... it's such a special gift from you... and we thank you for those nights. Your naptimes are starting to become more regular... and pretty much anytime you're in the car, you become narcoleptic. If you're having a crabby day, we usually just head out of the house, and it turns your mood completely around. There's something about the combination of the carseat and the humming of the truck.

You met your grandma and great grandma on your Mommy's side for the first time this month... and of course, they just adored you... how could they not. It was such a sweet time...

You still adore baths... in fact, we can completely dump water over your head, and you think it's wonderful. No tears whatsoever... you're meant to swim, just like your Daddy. Something tells me, you will LOVE the pool next summer... the same way your sisters love it. What did happen this month, that has never happened before in the history of all your sisters... is you pooped in the tub! Way to go...

The hardest thing that happened this month... is saying goodbye to your Daddy for his deployment for a few months. You have no idea what's going on... and it's probably better that way. Hopefully by showing you pictures and being able to Facetime/Skype, you'll be able to figure out who he is, so he's not a complete stranger when he gets back. Mommy has been trying to figure out ways to "rough house" you, so that you toughen up... that's usually Daddy's job. As hard as it's been for Mommy, raising 3 kids on her lonesome... having you around is comforting. You're the man of the house while he's gone, and you're certainly holding down the fort. Just when Mommy gets frustrated, you flash that grin... and she calms down... Just when Charlotte and Marley are fighting over a toy... you toot, and of course everyone laughs at your toot and forgets about the toy. You are our peacemaker dear boy... our calm in the storm...

You are so loved, so so loved.

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte and Marley
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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Poured Into One Another

We didn't have a lot of time to spend together before the hubby had to head off for his "adventure"... He had lots of work to do before he departed, and so we only had a few days where we had his undivided attention... in those days, we decided to escape home, and head to the woods... It was the sweetest escape, surrounded by the most beautiful fall foliage. We stayed in an absolutely adorable cabin, thanks to Rivers Edge Cottages... located right along the Mountain Fork River. We spent time swinging on the porch swing, cooking up smores and other yummies by our fire, taking in the view, breathing in the delicious fall air, canoed, skipped rocks and of course tons of tickles and laughter. We unplugged from our phones/tv... and just poured into one another. It was exactly what we needed before the dreaded departure date.

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