Thursday, March 24, 2011

Amy 31. 25

I decided a while ago that I should write an update about myself, just like I do for the kids.  It's actually been a really good exercise for me to stop and think about what I am interested in and working on these days.  So here it goes!

Being a full-time stay at home mom, I have found I need a schedule for my days and weeks.  Here's ours in brief:   Each day I try to get up a little before the kids and do some yoga or just get ready for the day. Then the kids are up; we attempt to do breakfast, dressing and teeth brushing before settling down to watch "Dinosaur Train" on PBS at 9:30.  I take those 30 minutes to finish getting myself ready, clean up the kitchen and occasionally work in some more easy exercises, which Kip loves to "help" with....Gus is much too busy learning about dinosaurs:)  Then we play or run errands or clean the house (depending on the day) until lunch around 11:30 or 12.  Then it's "rest" time.  Usually about an hour for Gus, unless he falls asleep, and an hour and a half to two hours for Kip.  This is when I hunker down with my daily cup of Scottish tea (with sugar and half-n-half, of course) and my Bible or devotional book (currently it's Shepherding A Child's Heart). 

If no one's up yet after that, I have time for a project or dinner prep.  Then we have more playing, or visiting Scott at his office, or other errands (seems like I do those a lot!) depending on the day.  Then dinner, some more playing, and bedtime for the kids between 7-8.  Then we sort out the mess in the house and collapse on the sofa. Seriously.

Having 2 kids under the age of 4 is exhausting, but I'm excited by the fact that it's much less tiring than last year!  I feel like I have more energy and time to try some new things and get out of the house more.  I really enjoy running with some other ladies 3 morning a week.  Scott has been so sweet to watch the kids those mornings!  Last weekend, the girls convinced me to go on a "long run."  I honestly didn't know if I could do it, but I hung in there for 7 miles through the woods.  It was such an empowering experience, that I think I might be hooked....but we'll see if I actually do it again:)

I've taken on the task this year of starting a second garden area in our backyard.  Last weekend, I ripped out all the grass and weeds, and this week I've been working on widening it a bit.  Our tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli sprouts are happily growing on the windowsill in Scott's office, and we have a few things popping up in the backyard garden, too.  I find so much joy in gardening, and I'll admit, I even like to pull weeds!

I have decided to make this a year of organizing: culling, decluttering and clearing out.  Part of me wonders if the Lord has encouraged me to do this because some major change is on our horizon, but I think really I'm just motivated to try and clear stuff out to make my own life easier.  It's so darn annoying to have to sort through tons of stuff just to find what you're looking for, you know?  So our house is slowly getting more orderly, which I'm really excited about, but, please, DO NOT go into our attic.....because that's as far as all the extra stuff has gotten :)

Other random things I like these days are reading good books, watching The Biggest Loser on Tuesday nights (Scott and I finally succumbed to watching it after 11 seasons!), bringing in fresh flowers from our yard, couponing (my record is $60 worth of groceries for $20), baking and trying new recipes.

This stage of life is really good.  I'm so thankful to be able to stay home every day with my kids and relax at night with my husband.  I'm sure I'll be jumping back into the working world soon (somedays I wish it was right now), but for now I'm enjoying being here, and taking it one day at a time....even though there are some days, like today, when I realize much too late that I haven't brushed my teeth yet.....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kip 1.25

This is classic Kip.  Always climbing, exploring, moving and having a great time doing it!

At her 15 month appointment, she weighed in at a slight 18 lbs (5%), but is 30 1/4 inches tall, which is 50% (and a whole inch taller than Gus was at 15 months!). 

Kip's favorite things to do these days are playing outside (she cries when it's time to come in),

pushing her cart around so she's fast enough to chase Gus,

(sometimes she lets Gus help)

 reading books (she grabs them and then plops herself down in our laps),

wearing hats,

being with her dad,

and walking!

She has finally decided to try it on her own, and after so much time practicing with us, she's already a pro.

Some of our favorite things about Kip are the way she giggles when Gus clowns around,
her husky little voice,
her hugs,
her fondness for animal noises,
the way she folds her hands, especially while sulking,

I think of it as a toddler version of crossing her arms

how she says "Amen" after we pray,
and how all her attempts to sing sound like, "O-bey".

She is a joy to have in our lives each day, and we are so thankful for her!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Gus 3.5

Our happy, giggly, and talkative boy is 3 1/2 now and going through a serious growth spurt!  He asks (usually very politely) for seconds, and even thirds, these days.  His imagination is in full gear now, and I enjoy hearing the intricate details of whatever he is pretending to be or do.  He is constantly running to find me and tell me something he has noticed or desperately needs me to be aware of. 

Here he is showing off a new game we invented that involves a cup flying across the dining room table.  The opposing team tries to catch it before it falls off the table....but either way, much laughing is involved!

Here, he is an Indian in his makeshift teepee, complete with kitchen and probably, if I know him, a garage:)

We got a surprise this winter when we let Gus' hair grow out a bit longer.  It's curly all over the top! Guess we should have seen that coming:)  We've also had fun watching Gus' confidence in his physical abilities grow through the gymnastics classes he has been taking.  He spends much more time climbing onto and jumping off of things these days!

He is working on getting himself dressed, not sucking his thumb (a couple bandaids a day for each thumb are doing the trick right now!) and sharing his precious cars and trucks.  Today at playgroup, he desperately wanted a turn with another boy's car, but his pleas were repeatedly rebuffed.  Eventually, with some coaching, he shared his own car first and before I knew it the two boys were playing together like fast friends! Way to go, Gus!

His favorite activities these days include building train yards and parking lots, being tickled by his dad, running and spinning in circles, and helping out with Kip (you read that right!).

One last funny story (there are many, but this is freshest in my mind).  Yesterday during church we recited the Lord's Prayer.  Gus has been learning this in Sunday School, so he immediately chimed in (at full volume), "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be my name...."  We decided to ask him to whisper the rest:)