Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I have been feeling rather lazy.
Don't get me wrong. We have been busy. But it has kind of been a lather, rinse, repeat kind of week so I wasn't really feeling it when it came to blogging. I have been working, going to physical therapy and trying to get in better shape. The kids are finishing their second session of swim and Jake is still playing t-ball. We went to the river again, this time with my brother and his family. We have had lots of downtime at home to play, swim and watch all the Harry Potter movies together as a family. To give you an idea of what is like to try and watch a movie together as a family, take this picture from Sunday afternoon taken in the middle of Harry Potter 5: The Order of the Phoenix:
It's not that we weren't enjoying the movie. We all just fell asleep (except for Joe obviously, who took the picture). We had been up late, whooping it up at Scottie and Ali's where the adults were playing poker and the game, while fun, dragged on and got a little competitive. I am happy to report that I walked away with the pot. This after not playing in who knows how many years. It was fun.
So if my blogging continues to be less than regular, rest assured that we are all okay. Well, as okay as you can be when daytime highs are hitting well over the 100's and humidity is causing the swap cooler to work at less than optimal levels. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with summer. It would actually make a great topic for future blog posts and don't get me wrong - I have stuff to blog about. I just haven't felt like doing it because frankly, I am too busy embracing the lazy days of summer.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I then asked her what else she needed to be mommy and she said coffee. I agreed and gave her one of my empty travel mugs. I asked her one more time if she needed anything else and Jake said she needed a book. This put a smile on my face because if this is something they feel is an integral part of who I am (loving both reading and books) then I see that as nothing but a positive thing.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Jazz (Jadyn's chocolate point) is quite the little love. She is super cuddly and endures being carried around and squeezed for repeated hugs by both the kids.
She will come and lay on your lap and I must say both the kitties have made themselves quite comfortable sleeping either on Jake's bed with both the kids or on our bed when it ends being Joe, I and the kids. Yes it is crowded and I know the family bed can sometimes be a controversial issue but you know what? I can't imagine it any other way.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Jake does not like to eat his food if it is too hot. This is probably true for all kids but Jake takes it to a new level. Several weeks ago when we were having dinner we were trying to explain the difference between being hot in temperature and spicy hot and apparently we did not do a very good job. Flash forward to Wednesday when we went to eat dinner after a long day on the water with Joe's boss and family. When you are on the water, the high temperatures don't really bother you but when you go from a cool air conditioned car to the black asphalt of a restaurant parking lot when it is 107 degrees out, it is a completely different story. Jake got out of the car and exclaimed, "It's spicy hot out here!"
Instead of saying "all the time" Jake uses the phrase "all day". For example, we recently got rid of his booster seat at the kitchen table. Instead of saying "I sit on the chair like a big boy all the time now" he said, "I sit on the chair like a big boy all day now". This might not seem too amusing, that is until you find out he finally started trying to wipe himself after going #2 on the potty. This translated to, "I wipe my butt all day now".
Jadyn has started "reading". She loves to pick up a book, any book whether it is mine, one of the kids or an instruction manual for the vacuum cleaner, and pretend to read a story. She reads stories about princesses who listen to their swim instructors and get put in time-out for not behaving. She also likes to put her stuffed animals and babies in time out but despite her preoccupation with discipline, she herself rarely ever has to go to time out.
Jake's math abilities have really started to take off and he shows quite an interest in numbers. It started around his birthday when he got a Star Wars Jedi Math game for his Leapster. He is now regularly adding and subtracting one and two digit numbers and counting by 2, 5 and 10. He will be in the car or at the dinner table and will start spouting off math problems. He will ask, "Mom, what does 23+8 equal. I always respond by asking him what he thinks and usually he can answer correctly. To encourage his interest I purchased a Kindergarten math workbook and it was too easy for him. I had to go back and get the first grade level workbook and he has pretty much completed that one. I am not very good with math so I fear it won't be long before I can't help him with his homework and he hasn't even started school yet!
Joe's boss, Ty has two boys who are 7 and 8 years old. This was very neat for Jake when we went to the river with Ty and his family because Jake is seldom around older kids. Both Jake and Jadyn spent the whole day swimming and splashing around in the water with Dylan and Dawson. The next day when Jake woke up, he immediately wanted to see the older boys again but couldn't recall their names so he asked me, "Mom can the 7 and 8 boys come over again?" I just thought it was cute because Jake's love of numbers is such that he could remember how old the boys were but not their names.
Hope everyone has a spicy hot good summer weekend!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Because to be perfectly honest, second only to potty training, getting rid of the nap is a dreaded transition for me and its not for the obvious reason of me losing my afternoon alone time. During "quiet hour" Jake plays his video game and Jadyn watches her shows and I still get some down time. The problem is that if Jadyn's bedtime and wake-up time are not both PERFECT, the next day is torture and while I can kind of control her bedtime (although daylight savings and the fact that Jake and Jadyn sleep together in the same bed), I cannot control what time she wakes up in the morning. Then either she falls asleep for her nap in the afternoon too late or sleeps too long, therefore derailing a decent bedtime that night OR she doesn't nap at all and we see the return of "witching hour" between dinner and night-night. If she obviously needed sleep and didn't nap, we are forced to perform circus tricks to keep her awake until its late enough for bed and forget about waking her from her nap once she falls asleep because she will cry for an hour straight out of sheer grumpiness. Basically our entire routine becomes a delicate balancing act reminiscent of an infant sleep schedule.
We went through the same thing with Jake around the same time. I really hoped that we would magically avoid it with Jadyn. After all potty training her was a cinch but unfortunately, we are in the exact same situation with her. Lately, she has been not napping more so than not and that is perfectly fine with me because I see the light at the end of the tunnel but what do you when you walk out of the room for a few minutes in the late afternoon and find this in the middle of the floor:
She was litterally in the middle of a little mini-meltdown because I wouldn't let her have a snack right before dinner and then poof, just like that she was sleeping. I knew there was a downside to her being able to fall asleep anywhere (including if you recall napping during NASCAR qualifying and falling asleep on a moving jet boat).
Like I said, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For Jake, the real turning point occurred when he was 3 1/2 and the end of daylight savings came. It was much easier to get him to go to bed early when it was dark out and he got enough extra sleep that he no longer needed a nap and didn't suffer from late afternoon/early evening fatigue. Now Jake rarely naps, even on lazy days where Joe and I doze off in the afternoon, he is the one still going strong. But then I have to remind myself how different Jake and Jadyn's little personalities are from each other and I wonder how the transition will eventually work itself out. I certainly didn't expect to have a child sleeping on the floor next to the dogs right before dinner, that is for sure.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Here are the kids and before before making the trek to my brother's house on the 4th:
Jake with his cousins Madison and Ethan. You will find a lot of pictures of the three of them. Jadyn is excluded because she is growing increasingly uncooperative for pictures:
My mom and I in the mad hatter 4th of July hats:
In case you can't read it, Jadyn's t-shirt says "Daddy's Little Firecracker" and this could not be more true of her little personality:
I do not even know what to say about this one. I would like to say Joe was just being funny but I also know how many beers he drank that night:
Me and my lil guy:
Getting ready to watch the fireworks:
Monday, July 6, 2009
2) Last Monday after returning from our long weekend at the beach, we took Jadyn to her first day of dance camp. Although Jadyn repeatedly told me that she wanted to take dance lessons, after such a shaky start to swim lessons, I had my doubts. I tried to take on a "hope for the best, prepare for the worst" attitude but it probably didn't help that she was also tired from our trip. So, it didn't really work out and at least now we know she is not quite ready for such an endeavor. And on the plus side, we have super cute pictures like this of her dressed up in her leotard and dance skirt:
3) On Tuesday, I was attempting to catch up on chores after being gone for four days when I completely tweaked my back rendering me pretty much useless. In fact, if you noticed that I didn't blog much last week, it wasn't because we were so busy (which we were by the way) but because I felt like a shard of bone was broken off and stabbing my right hip every time I sat down. On the plus side, while I am still fairly sore, I am feeling better and am scheduled to start physical therapy this week. Wish me luck!
4) Wednesday evening the girls and I made our way down to the Cheesecake Factory so we could have a celebratory girls night since my friend Michaela is preparing to move in a week or so. In this regard, living in a military community sucks because I hate saying goodbye. On the plus side, my raspberry-lemon cheesecake was delicious.
5) On Thursday, my Mom and her husband George came down for their semi-annual visit and we had a nice day catching up and playing in the pool before heading over to Jake's first t-ball game of the summer season. Jake was able to show off his batting and fielding skills and was quite proud to have extra fans in the bleachers.
6) Friday we took my Mom and George with us for a day trip to the river and we had a great time showing them our favorite pastime. While it was a little busier than we had hoped as everyone seemingly had the day before the 4th off, we still had a spot at our favorite sandbar and spending the day on the water was a great way to beat the 100+ heat we have been experiencing. I never did get any good pictures of my mom with the kids but Jake sure did make a new friend. Why do I imagine that his girlfriends are going to be taller than him?
Until then, I hope everyone's week is off to a good start.