Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Pictures 2017

We got on the ball early this year and took some family pictures. I waited until the last possible moment last year hoping it would snow and we could get some fun snowy white pictures and we just ended up freezing our butts off, sipping hot chocolate in the car every couple of minutes to warm up.  The kids were actually really great through it all but I figured it would probably be better if we just skipped that hassle and got them done just a tad early.  As usual, Kelly did an amazing job and although we had two kiddos who weren't all that into it we managed to get a couple good ones to use on our Christmas cards. Plus I got to wear a tulle skirt so all is well in the world.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Peyton - Fifteen Months

Noah Fifteen Months
Seriously, I feel so bad this is the first update for Peyton in forever.  I haven't even done a one year update.  What happens to parents who have five or six kids?  Do they forget things this bad too?  Oh man...   Honestly, the only reason I even checked was because we think that Peyton is transitioning to one nap and I wanted to check when Noah did that.  Then I scrolled back to Peyton and... whoops.  So here we go.  Fifteen month update for Peyton and I promise at least with these I'll get better.

  • Stats: Size 5 Diapers | 18mo clothing
  • Size: (to come... no idea and I'm setting out the second kid card thing again)
  • New Abilities: His walking is getting better but nowhere near where Noah was at this point.   He can get around a couple of feet at a time.  Mostly best when he's barefoot and on carpet but he slips and falls a lot and trips over his feet and mostly just ends up crawling.. but at least he's trying right?  He's getting there, just taking a little (lot) longer.
  • Communication:  He can say "mama" & "dada" and can do signs for "more" and "milk".  He can also shake his head for "no".  He babbles a ton and is always singing and making noises.  He can point to whatever he needs and mostly gets his message out. Personality wise, Peyton just does what he wants.  He's quite the stinker and thinks everything is funny, even when he's being naughty. He gets into everything and wants to be where ever I am.  His most favorite things to do is be in the kitchen right up next to the stove and watch and help cook.  He likes to stir things in the pan and is a pretty good helper. He's one loveable kid though.  His cuddles are amazing and will snuggle with you most of the day if he's not in his exploring mood.  He loooves his brother and can hold his own with Noah.  He even has started hitting him or pushing him out of the way.  *eye roll*  He's one tough little guy. 
  • Sleep: His sleeping in probably not as consistent as it was with Noah but goes down great at 7:30pm and wakes up around 6:30-7:00am with no wake-ups at night. When he's a school he takes three short 40mins-1hr naps and when he's home he takes one really good nap and one shorter nap.   One 2ish or more hours and the other 1.5-2.  Recently though he's refused a second nap after a super long ( like three hourish) nap and he can stay up the rest of the day with only a little grumpyness.... hence the maybe he's going to one nap?  We'll see.
  • Mom Check-In: I'm doing great.  It's so crazy to see the difference this kid is for my attitude and with Noah.  I feel so much more happy in general and I'm much more healthy and it just makes me more excited for life with these kids. I'm really excited for this holiday season and just being together more as a family.  There will be a lot more days off with vacations and holidays and I can't wait for everyone to be together. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Life Lately

I realize, as usual I've been slacking here on the blog, although in my defense updating this is not my top priority when I'm keeping up with the two littles.  Not to mention taking pictures is the last thing on my mind when I'm snuggling and playing with them.  I really do try to put the phone down and enjoy our time together.

We've been busy working on our Fall Bucket List and making good progress.  We've decorated the house for fall which Noah loves to help with.  We've picked out Halloween costumes, made some yummy desserts and other treats, we've been outside roasting s'mores, making fires, picking the last of the garden and eating all the raspberries we can.

We've watched way too much football for my taste, but Noah is loving it.  We even headed to to watch some GV football in person.  The kids loved it.  I crashed at the end of the night and slept like a little baby.  Two kids at a football game is tough work!  We've even taken our winter pictures for  our Christmas cards so we're for sure ahead of the game.  Now if we could just get Peyton to start walking....

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Bucket List

The weather outside is starting to feel crisp and the geese are all flocking to our lake making noise outside our windows at an ungodly hour which means fall is right around the corner. I'm already excited for jeans and sweatshirt weather, cold after dinner walks and nights watching some TV snuggled by the fireplace.  I have so many things I want to do as a family or at least with the kids so I jotted down some ideas.  This weekend we crossed the first one of our lists and headed to the Apple Festival in Sparta for some bouncy houses, turtle racing and lots of free apples.

After  couple of hours of getting all of our energy out we headed back home with both kids passed out before we even left the parking lot.  Success for all of us but better yet when they were both in bed by eight... me by 8:30.