Since you've been gone...
Charlotte: This little girl, she had a better week this week. We still had a ton of disciplining (I've gotta stay on top of it, in order to nip all her nasty habits in the butt), but it's been a lot better. One of the major things that happened with her this week... her left front tooth popped through the gums, and is about 1/4 of the way through already. Her right one is ready to come through as well. It's SO weird to see our child with teeth. I'm certain once they're both through, that she'll look like a completely different little girl, than the one we picked up 3 years ago. In a good way, no doubt.
Marley: This week, more words are coming out of this girl's mouth. If you ask her to say a word, she'll attempt to say it. Most of the time it's "ga ga"... but, she's attempting. She can now sing the first 2 lines of her favorite "Moon Moon Moon" song... it sounds like, "Moo Moo Moo, Shinin' Bwigh..." SO cute. In the tub, she's swimming on her tummy... it's so fun to see her be so brave in the water. She gets that from you. I'm sure this summer she's going to have a blast in the pool (I can already feel the sunshine... it feels glorious, especially since I won't be pregnant this summer!)
Finn: Oh your sweet little baby boy, isn't so little anymore. I can't believe the nurse told me he was 26 1/2 inches long! That's CRAZY.... he's so tall. He's literally just a few inches off from being the same height as Marley. He's been waking up during the night again. He feeds for about 15 minutes, and then falls right back asleep. So, I'm fairly certain it's a growth spurt. Give him a couple more days like this, and he should go right back to sleeping through the night (fingers crossed). He's also obsessed with talking to stuffed animals... he can talk to Violet, the puppy for about 15 minutes before he's bored with her.
Me: This week, I've had THE WORST headcold ever... and I say ever, because I've had to take care of everything in the household, parent by myself, and tend to my sick little nose. It was miserable. I even had a fever... BUT, it's almost gone! My nose is completely chapped, and thankfully my throat stopped hurting as well. I went through 3 boxes of tissues... not fun. I have been trying to relax more this week... which means the house is a complete mess... but that's okay. It also means that I'm behind on my to do lists... but that's okay too. I'm learning (slowly but surely), to just chill... wow, it's tough for this busy body. We've had multiple dance parties, baked tons of cookies, and have enjoyed catching up on some tv shows.
Story of the Week: The videos that you have sent us, reading to us... have been treasured, and I want you to know that. Treasured so much. The other morning, while Finn was napping... I wanted to grab a quick shower. Charlotte was busy getting school work done, and to contain Marley, I plopped her on my bed, and let her watch the video of you reading, "I Love You Through and Through." I had about 93% battery on my phone... by the time I was done showering, getting dressed, fixing my hair (you know, putting a quick squirt of curl infuser in it) and grabbing myself a cup of coffee... the battery power on my phone was down to 5%... and the girl would NOT hand my phone back to me. She wanted to keep watching it. You know the part at the end, where you blow us a kiss? Well, she smooches the phone... which seems cute... but when she's been just as snotty sick as I've been... it's not so cute... Nope, not one bit.
So, I leave you with some photos of the kids watching your videos... they mean the world to us.