Monday, March 02, 2015

17 weeks down.

Since you've been gone...

Charlotte: This was a pretty decent week with Charlotte. We are flying through schoolwork (well passed where we should be) and hopefully will start adding some really FUN elements into homeschooling soon (nature journaling, solar system study, and artist studies). I'm pretty excited about it... this is totally up her alley, and I know she'll dig right in with it. She's getting so big... it's ridiculous. I pulled out some old photos this past week, and she was SO tiny back in the day. I remember when she curled right into my arms... sometimes I miss the days. There were a few times this week where she asked to cuddle... and I dropped everything that I was doing to do just that. Oh how I enjoyed it. The only deal I had to make with her, was that while we cuddled, she had to be quiet. HA! Girl could talk forever if I let her.

Marley: Marley is climbing on everything now. She's pushing chairs over, so she can get up. I went to the bathroom, came out, and found her on the counter, playing with the water from the kitchen sink. The girl is CRAZY... and has absolutely NO fear. Sorry, I'm certain that comes from me. She's still "into" everything... and half the time, while she's awake, I'm putting out fires that she sets (figuratively of course). I love peeking in on her while she's napping (she's napped for 2-3 hours EVERY day this week, and is still sleeping 12-13 hours at night) just to see her quiet, and still. She started to "play" with Finn this week.

Finn: Finn is doing so well with sitting on his own. I can plop him down, in most places, and just let him "play" with toys. Marley started to play with him, as soon as she realized he was on the ground... she's crazy about him. She did try and tackle him twice... and he took it like a champ. It's amazing to see him "light" up whenever either Marley or Charlotte comes to play with him. He just loves it. I play with him as often as I can, but he just loves his sisters. He's still not into rolling, crawling, or anything else. Just sitting and standing (in the exersaucer). He's eating, SO much. He loves avocados and bananas.. or even avocados by themselves. He doesn't even want it pureed anymore. He loves it a little bit lumpy, because he likes to gum the food. He's gotta cut some teeth... he's a drooling mess... and he just wants me to rub his gums as often as I offer to. Towards the end of the week, he started back on his napping schedule, and is nearly sleeping through the night again. He usually sleeps from 8-5, wakes for a quick feeding and diaper change, and then back to sleep until 7 or 8 sometimes. He's napping from 9:30-11:00, and in the afternoon from 2-4 usually. It's nice to have those times again... I missed those breaks from him. He's gotta be growing from all that sleeping, because he's well over 16 lbs according to the scale.

: I knew that as soon as this last month came around, that it would be the LONGEST month... and it certainly is starting out that way. This week took forever to get through. I'm guessing the next few weeks will as well! Tomorrow, you'll officially be gone for 4 months... and we still have some time apart from each other. I'm excited to have you back (not that you didn't know that already). I could use the help with the kids, for sure... but more so, I just miss you. I actually MISS your little annoying habits (like kicking off your socks in bed, and finding them all gathered at the bottom of the bed)... I keep thinking about how it'll feel to have you home... and I know I'll finally breathe a sigh of relief... like I've been holding my breath this whole time. I'm taking a bit of a break from sewing and all things crafty for the next few weeks... just to focus on some big things: recording a video "talk" for my old MOPS group, starting some seeds for the garden, purging (aka spring cleaning) and organizing, taking photaking photos for a sweet couple for their engagement and another couple of their wedding, and just being "present" for the kids. I want to take these last few weeks that you're gone, and focus on prepping them (and their hearts) for your return.

Story of the Week: We were SO excited to see you on Friday via teleconference to celebrate YOU! Congratulations on your promotion... we really couldn't be more proud. It feels like we were waiting for that day, for forever. You're an incredible leader, and we're so excited to see you keep growing in this area. Your little girl, Charlotte... was SO proud of you, that while we were at the bakery picking up your cake, she told the lady behind the counter, that the cake was for her Dad... "He's doing such a good job at work, that we are celebrating him. He is taking care of the bad guys, so that YOU can be safe. (big time emphasis on the YOU) Did you make a good cake? Because I really like chocolate, and I hope there's chocolate in there." She is so thankful for all your hard work, and proud of how you provide for the family... and serve this country. I'm not sure if you heard her through the video feed, but did you catch her say (while we were finishing up our chat with you), "Um, Daddy are we done here, because I really want to eat some cake?" She so loves you... but she loves her cake as well.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

16 weeks down...

Since you've been gone...

Charlotte: This little girl was a bit of a button pusher this week... not sure if it was because we went from 3 weeks of not our normal routine, to routine... or if she's doing it because she knows you'll be home soon... or if it's just her age! Either way, she was full of sass... and I can just picture what it'll be like when she's a teenager already. She was still as helpful as she could be... and we even completed our 100th day of the school year (which feels like a MAJOR accomplishment!) She's busy learning the capitals for the states, along with their state trees, flowers, birds and a little "interesting" fact. She's SO good at geography. She's been coloring up a storm in her meantime. I'm thinking about starting an art wall in her room... It's the best decoration, right?

Marley: Oh this little firecracker, was just that... She is keeping me on my toes. One moment she's tearing apart a roll of toilet paper, and the next (within seconds) is playing in the toilet on the other side of the house, or pulling out all of my laundry on the shelves in my closet, or playing in the garbage can (she can reach in, even after putting it up on the step stool). Even Charlotte can't keep up with her. It's scary to think that in a few months there will be 2 of them running around the house like that, that we have to keep "eyes" on. This week, she's been yapping up a STORM. We might not understand her 85% of the time... but the words are there, and it'll just take a little switch to turn her on, and then all of the words will start making sense. She's SUPER entertaining though...

Finn: This was a BIG week for the little man. He can pretty much sit up by himself without the aid of a bumbo, boppy, or person. I still like to keep a boppy around him, in case if he decides to tumble... just to "lighten" his fall... but he's doing so awesome. He's eating like a champ, and definitely is starting to pack on some of the weight... I can feel it in my arms. He's also loving the jumperoo. He thinks it's hysterical, even when Marley comes to "swing" and jump him. He's getting so big, I can hardly see my "baby" in him anymore. He's growling like a lion, and making crazy amounts of noise all day long. He adds to the loudness in this household.

Me: I feel like this was a rough week for me... having to get back into the "swing" of things, by myself again, after your parents' departure. It was a tease for me. The next time I have help, is when you get back... and boy am I counting the days down. I never thought I'd be SO happy to have someone around to make decisions and depend on. I've been busy this last week trying to finish up some projects, started other projects, and trying to relax at the same time. When it's just me, it's so easy to get overwhelmed... I've been clinging to the Lord for strength... but I need to remind myself daily to do so. Ready for you... my other half... to come back, to make me feel like I'm complete again. In the meantime, we have tons of dance parties and tons of audience shows to make the time pass by... quickly.

Story of the Week: This week, we made our way to Target for something... goodness, I'm sure we head to Target at least once a week for an "outing"... even if I have a list, I still forget something on the list, and have to head back sometime the next week for that item, and then I forget a different item, and then that item gets put on the next week's list. It's this vicious cycle. Anyways. We made our way into the store, and Charlotte said with this intense face/voice, "I need to use the potty." She made her way into the bathroom, and I stayed right outside, with the babies in the huge double car cart. We waited... and we waited.... and Charlotte hadn't come out. At least 5-8 minutes must have gone by, when I finally decided to pop my head in and ask if she was okay. Just before grabbing the door handle to get in, I all of a sudden heard her... she was singing, the opera like vibrato was coming out... you know that part in Sleeping Beauty, in the beginning, when she's singing to the animals? Yup, she was doing that, and was on PERFECT pitch, and was singing at the top of her lungs. I imagine she was "taking care of business"... because usually she's in and out of the restroom. Some other ladies started coming out of the bathroom, and were snickering.. laughing to themselves. I'm sure they were giggling over her "production" in there. One of the ladies even stopped, and told me, "she has a beautiful voice."

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fieldtrip, For The Win

With the return of the cold weather tomorrow, I thought I'd post some photos of one of our last excursions in the warmth a couple weeks ago. We made our way to a nature park. An awesome playground, a yummy picnic lunch, trails to be walked, and snakes to pet. It was a homeschool fieldtrip, for the win.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Right of Passage

When visitors come to town... adventures are to be had. Who would have guessed that the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, could be tons of fun? ... it was. You didn't need to be a John Wayne fan to find this place interesting... around every corner, there was something new and intriguing. There was a lot of beautiful artwork, sculptures, a western village, and even had some fun dress up and experiences for the kids to partake in. We thoroughly enjoyed it... might just need to be a "right of passage" for when others comes to visit.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

15 weeks down.

Since you've been gone...

Charlotte: We started this week off with the arrival of your Dad and Mom... and it was such a fantastic week. Your little Char Char bear, hasn't gotten attention like that since my parents were here... and boy was she loving it. She had breakfast dates with Papa "D" and they even went to Build and Grow together, doll playtime with Grammie... and just all around was able to talk off their ears. She adores them, without a doubt. On the day they arrived, she was already asking them what day they were leaving, so she could "prepare" herself, and understand how many days she had with them. She played HARD while they were here. Up bright and early each morning, and didn't always go to bed at our normal time. It's always so tough to keep up a routine when we have visitors... we just wanted to go exploring with them, and not miss a minute with them. She did alright though... each time her behavior seems to get better... a little more mature.

Marley: It didn't take long for your little Marley bird to remember who your parents are... she pretty much went right to them as soon as she saw them. And from that point on, she clung to their sides... especially your father's. It didn't take long until she had him wrapped around her finger. She batted her eye lashes at him, giving him "the eye" and pretty much made him puddle. She's got that way with people... she's the cutest little thing. She's been learning new words. This week she learned, "cup cup" (for cupcake) when Charlotte and Grammie made Valentine's day cupcakes, as well as a handful of others. She's definitely trying to tell you something... but a lot of times it still sounds like jibberish. I'm fairly certain clear sentences are just around the corner for her though. She is FINALLY over that wretched cough that was a result of the flu... it was so terrible, she'd find herself in fits, and then throwing up her breakfast over it... or whatever else she had just eaten. But, it's been a day or two since I last heard her cough, so that's looking up.

Finn: I was curious to see how he'd be around your parents... but Finnster totally loved on your parents... both of them. Though, I'm pretty sure he has heart eyes for your Mama that look a lot like the ones he gives me. He LOVED listening to your Dad... as soon as he'd talk, Finn would look over in his direction. Being held and sung to, definitely kept him occupied. He spent a lot of time outside with us, because it was so beautiful this week... we even had a day, where it was a high of 76! He's been loving stroller rides... just enjoys watching everything, and taking in the views. He's definitely a nature lover. If he's fussy inside... bring him outside, and he immediately calms down. The sweetest sight this week, was seeing him fall asleep in your Mom's arms. It just melted my heart.

Me: Oh this week went by too quickly. It always does when there's visitors... but I really felt like I blinked and they arrived, and then I blinked and they left. It was the sweetest of times... truly love your parents. They loved on me and the littles, and having an extra 2 sets of hands, was awesome. I had a break from holding the babies... and at times, found myself missing them, because I'm SO used to having them in my arms. When we were out exploring, I didn't have to push the stroller, which made my arms feel awkward. A good kind of awkward. It was definitely practice for when you come home... letting go of things, and allowing others to help. It was so wonderful having adults around to interact with daily, and converse with. It just gets me more and more excited to have you home...

Story of the Week: When we were preparing for your parents' arrival... we washed the sheets, and made the bed. Leave it to your daughter, to go ahead and "try" out the bed before they arrive (like a modern day Goldilocks).  I was vacuuming, and saw that she was in the guest room. I asked her what she was doing in the bed, and she said, "I'm making sure their bed is nice and comfy for them. I think I tooted too." And she popped her head under the sheets, and when she came back up, she said, "Yup, I definitely tooted." .... she is SO your daughter.

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