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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
In the car, Carter randomly says, "If I ever saw Sara Bareilles, I would tell her she is skinny". WHAT??? I don't think he even knows what she looks like.
Tonight I gave Olivia a washcloth during bath and she said, "thank you lady". Lady??? Really?
Tonight Dylan told me that he is going to be an astronaut (same story for a while) and a Candy Buyer. So then wondering where the heck this came from? He then said, well he was going to to buy candy and give it to Carter to build with. Again, what? To build Candy Land. So I guess they have plans because Carter quickly chimed in on the Candy Land plan.
Keith told Carter that it has snowed and he said, ahhhhh, winter is being such a sassy pants and spring is trying to make it go away but it won't.
They are super tired of this never-ending winter business (WHO ISN'T, IT SNOWED AGAIN TODAY!)...anyway, they were telling me how it's been winter for a year now and they are really mad at winter.
Almost every song in the car, Carter says, "turn it up mom, this is my favorite song."
It seem commercials are really effective on 5 year olds. Almost EVERY commercial, the boys tell me they need what they are displaying. And they take in every little selling point. Mom, look, we need the Snackie - you can put snacks in it and drink out of it. If it falls it won't spill. You definitely need that mom. Party in the tub light, they want that too. Then tonight Dylan was asking me why that commercial about that junior game says it's new when it's not new. Again after some questions I figured out he was talking about Monopoly Junior. And they must have a "new" version. And now they really want to play monopoly.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Here we are at 20 months with Olivia and I have mentioned before that somehow we missed the step of putting her down awake, so we still rock the girl to sleep. Generally Keith does it, but I put her down one night this week and I was quickly reminded why we still rock her to sleep. I LOVE IT! It is a bit of a pain when it comes to other people putting the kids to sleep and I know it’s good for her to put herself to sleep and it would give us a little more time to finish up all the chores of the night, but I can’t really think of a better way to have a little extra bonding time. It is a moment to step away from the craziness of whatever else might be happening and hold her close and enjoy her while she is still little enough to snuggle up in my arms and drift off to sleep.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I’ve noticed myself quietly sitting on the couch more often lately than I have in five years. I’m not sure what to think of it. Possibly the kids are just getting easier. Perhaps I’m finally used to parenthood. Maybe we have finally hit a calmer routine since it’s been two or more years since we’ve moved, had job changes or had babies. Or possibly the calm before the storm! I don’t ever want to say parenting gets easier at any phase, I think we just face different obstacles at each stage. Next year the boys will be school and our kids will become more self-sufficient but we will become the bus driver shuttling kids between activities. I’m not sure I’m ready for this stage, I like hanging out in our neighborhood. However, I will take this phase any day over dating, driver’s license and teenage decision making.
As for now, I guess I will continue to take it all in. The boys seem to keep extra busy playing legos and can do so many things without my assistance these days. Olivia seems to do her best to do what her brothers are doing. She can be challenging at times with 20 month old- I’m doing this myself or I’ll scream until you get me what I want moments – but more often than not she is cracking us up as we watch her learn and pick up new things. Like her latest phase – hands in the pockets and she always wants to wear shirts with pockets. And all the new things she says with the sweetest little smile.