Me and My Kids

I was thinking the other day that I have never missed a day without seeing my kids.  I felt overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to be a mom.  Some days its hard and long and my patience wears thin, but when I think about it, I just feel grateful.  I can’t believe that for some reason Heavenly Father thinks that I can do this…that I can teach them everything they need to know to face up to the yucky things this world has to offer and to embrace and love the good.   I don’t feel adequate at all.  And in reality, I would just assume keep them in my house forever so they’ll never have to see ugly things, hear bad words and be called mean names.  The thought makes me weep actually.  But because I know motherhood is a divine calling and that God qualifies who he calls (in everything), I have faith that I can do this and that everything will work out ok.  So for now I’m just gonna love them and teach them all that I know and hope they’ll be happy forever because of it!

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Aren’t they so cute?   I think I’ll keep them.

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Under the weather

Well you know something is wrong when you find Jack like this in random places throughout the day…

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He NEVER just lays on the ground at any point in the day and he was doing it over and over again for a couple of days before I took him to the doctor.  Double ear infection was the diagnosis.  Poor guy.  But he was surprisingly not unpleasant which was good.  He was just not himself which meant extra cuddles for me which is not all bad.  He is fine now.  And up to his old tricks.

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And this little lady is cute.  Starting to pick up her toys which go straight to her mouth, attempting to roll over but is still a few good weeks away, doing much better with her rice cereal, and unfortunately not too much better at night.  But I can’t resist her squishy cheeks and adorable face.

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4 months and sharing

Well, the Wild, Wild S is 4 months old.  I love how every time I post she has a new nick name.  I attribute this one to Deeds and think it fits her nicely.  We went to the doctor yesterday.  She handled the shots like a champ (although she gave Dan a run for his money yesterday evening while I was at Young Women’s!  Sorry HD).  Her stats are as follow…  14 lbs (50 %), 25 inches (75 %), 43 cm. head (95 %).  Dr. Savage said she weighs enough to sleep though the night.  So this funny business of waking up every 3 hours has got to be put to an end.  It is pretty frustrating though cause we have been trying for about a week to get her to cry and then fall back asleep through her 11 pm waking…and it has not worked.  It is not fun to listen to your baby cry especially when it is not improving night to night.  So we’ll see what we do.  Its a good thing she is so, so cute!  We also started rice cereal which, well, didn’t go to well first time around.  She is not in love with it…but I know it takes time.

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Here is a little 4 month comparison of my kids…still have a lot of similarities I think.

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Jack has been super cute about sharing things with Sophs when she is sad lately.  Usually it is just his toys or stories.  But lately it has included emptying all of the spoons and forks out of the drawer and lining them up.  Funny.  He is loving her more and more and her eyes are constantly fixed on him.

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I love these sweet kids.

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And we’re back…

We just spent a wonderful Christmas vacation in California.  It was lovely, minus the car drive down where S (my latest nickname for her) lost her voice from crying so much.  That was not the greatest.  But once we were there, it seemed like a distant memory and we enjoyed ourselves.  Christmas morning was fun.  Jack was his usual funny self and loved having as many suckers and candy as he wanted.  It is Christmas, after all…that is what I kept telling myself.  Sophie was content and down for a morning nap before the present opening was even through.  And I was super happy to give Dan an LCD TV which he has always wanted ever since I have known him.  It was good, lazy day.

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Jack loved having Dan at his disposal every day.  Daddy is Jack’s favorite person on earth.  I’m glad they are buddies (most of the time) and I love them.

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S hung out with the ladies a lot.  And even enjoyed her first card game.  SO SO funny.  I laugh lots and lots at this picture.

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One day we ventured down to L.A. to go to Santa Monica beach.  It was beautiful and Jack was in heaven.  I think my dad said it best…”You want to know why so many people live here?  This is why.  Near 70 degrees on December 28th, in shorts and flip flops.”  I love California and always will.

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We had a lot of good quality family fun and made a lot of good memories.  Thanks parentals for a delightful holiday season.

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For those concerned about our trip home, we decided to split the drive over 2 days.  And we almost never heard a peep from Sophie bug.  Perhaps 6 hours is her max in the carseat.  I don’t blame her…doesn’t seem really comfortable to me.  We spent our first night in a hotel with Jack in a big boy bed.  He did awesome and never woke up once despite Sophie’s antics (waking up nearly every hour…barf!)

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And now we’re back.  The kids have been really good at adjusting back to our boring life at home.  I miss seeing Dan for more than a few hours/day.  But I am grateful for those hours.  And Jack didn’t miss a beat getting back into his old habits.  This is what I found when I got out of the shower Monday morning…

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This time he was just “making eggs.”  And I must say his skills are improving.  I mean he thought to get a pot out to put them in, they are perfectly hand stirred, and look at that neat pile of egg shells.  Geez!  Needless to say, we had a last minute add-on to the grocery list!

And just to brag a little about my busy body of a son, this is what we did this morning…

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He can do the Winnie one by himself and the other with minimal help.  The box says they are for 4+.  Well perhaps I should write in and tell them my 2 1/4 year old has no problem with them.  He is the apple of my eye and I can’t wait to do 1000 piecers with him over many Christmas breaks to come.

S has a couple of tricks up her sleeve too.  I laid her perpendicularly under her “swing set” while I got Jack’s lunch ready today.  When I came back she was parallel to it, playing with the basketball.  And so the movement starts…one scoot at a time.   Love this little lady!

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