Monday, November 28, 2016

2 Months:

- 11 pounds 5 ounces
- 22.5 inches long
- You like to bop up and down to the Justin Timberlake pandora station. Especially during your fussy afternoon hours.
- You sleep like a champion and I don't even want to say how long because I don't want to jinx it. But let's just say, some mornings we have to wake you up because you are sleeping in and we have to get somewhere. Most nights we are ready for bed before you are though. So we take turns going to bed when we want and bouncing you up and down until you fall asleep.
- You are so talkative and smile very easily. The coos are more than we can handle.
- You are still off and on fussy throughout most days and evenings. You just take a lot of work and attention to keep your needs met. Your preferred place to be is in our arms bouncing up and down and having your bottom patted. So you could say we are getting a daily workout keeping you happy.
- You love your bath and almost always let out a lot of gas. I think it is one time that you are able to truly able to relax. Maybe because your rowdy brother's are not around smashing you and suffocating your space with love.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Family Rhythms :

They say children thrive in a structured environment with routines. I would not say that we are extremely rigid in our routines but when I step back and look at our day to day life I see so many small routines that are part of our family. Some have been intentionally put into place, but so many have come about naturally. Things that happen nearly every single day in our home:

- Jack runs out to get the newspaper and gives it to Doug as he gets in his car. Jack shuts his door for him and then stands and waves good bye.
- The boys eat their breakfast while watching a show in their jammies. Frozen blueberries are eaten nearly every single breakfast.
- We take a selfie every Sunday and text it to my family members. Selfie Sunday as we like to call it. Almost everyone sends a selfie and it is one of my favorite parts of my week.
- On Tuesday's the boys and I go to Fresh Market and get cheap ground beef and then pick out a yogurt or something from the bulk bins and we eat our snacks at the tables.
- Doug makes pancakes every Sunday morning before church. And we only drink juice with our breakfasts on the weekends.
- Most Friday morning involve a trip to a thrift store and many Friday afternoons include a trip to the library.
- Most evenings we eat dinner together and then clean up around the house. Then we have a family meeting to decide what our evening activity will be. Most nights it is a game of memory, Uno, Sneaky Squirrel, Jenga, or a puzzle. On special nights we go to the park and ride bikes.
- After church on Sunday we enjoy a Taco Buneo lunch and we make a frozen pizza for dinner.
- Monday's are full of laundry and cleaning up the house. "Cleaning day" as Henry calls it.
- Bedtime includes wrestling the boys into jammies, getting a little too frustrated during teeth brushing, and then books in bed. After books we have family prayer and generally a song or two. Henry falls asleep first and then Jack crawls over into Henry's bed for the rest of the night to sleep.
- We finish dinner and one of the boys goes and picks out a fruit. Sometimes it is fresh other times it is picking out a can of fruit from the pantry.

I love to step back and look at the rhythms of our family in this stage of life. These will be changing as our children change and grow but I like to think that some of these things will still be sticking around even when our kids are grown. Maybe they will all come over for frozen pizza night on Sunday's even when they are out of the house. Time will tell.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016:

Well folks this is as good as it is going to get this year. I refuse to yell at my children to take pictures. So as long as they are all in one together that is all that matters. Even though none of them are looking at the camera! Our little tiger was grumpy during most of the time. The little bear was in the middle of a screaming fest. And our lion struggled to know where to look even though he was cooperative. I truthfully love these real pictures of our kids at this stage. 

So this year we went to a trunk or treat at church (which was hot! and sunny! so we did not stay long) and a trunk or treat at their school (which was cooler! less sunny! so we stayed longer!). On Halloween night we had some friends over for dinner and we were hoping to get out of going trick or treating. But Henry was so set on going to a few houses. So Doug took the boys around the neighborhood. Henry kept saying that it was the best day ever. So our Halloween was a huge success. Bad pictures and all. 

Fall Family Fun Night:

Henry has been especially excited about fall and Halloween this year. He kept asking to decorate our house for Halloween. So last weekend we painted paper plates to look like candy corn and strung a banner, we glued googly eyes on bats cut out of construction paper and hung them above the fireplace, and Aunt Emily helped them make ghosts out of paper plates and strung them from the ceiling. He was so pleased with what we had created together.

Friday night I made chicken and rice soup and we ate dinner with all the candles lit. We drank terrible pumpkin cider. After dinner Doug started to carve the pumpkin. It was only a few minutes before we needed a distraction since the boys could not keep their faces and hands away from the sharp knives. Thankfully we had pumpkin painting to distract them. All three of them worked long and hard on their pumpkins while I made caramel apples to finish our fun evening.