Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Activities, part II

Summer vacation is indeed wonderful, but it does present a dilemma: How can I keep 3 young children of varying ages ALL happy?

One issue we face is Jackson's nap schedule.  He naps twice a day and if we miss those, we all pay the price.

Complicating that issue is the girls' love for the outdoors.  As much as I would love to hang out at the waterpark, the pool, or the playground all day long, we're often heading home just an hour after arriving so we don't have a cranky baby on our hands.

Perhaps the most complicated issue of all is learning to get along.  The girls aren't used to spending quite so much time together, and while they do get along pretty well most of the time, there are plenty of times when they bicker over the dumbest things.  Examples include who gets to open the front door, who got buckled in the van first, who gets the Batman cup, who gets to push the button on the elevator at the library, who gets to wear the blue dress-up shoes, etc, etc, etc.  It drives me NUTS!

So I take full advantage of the times when my sweet husband is willing to offer another set of arms to hold the baby and a whole heap of patience that I don't have.  We visited the Children's Museum again this past weekend and it was a lot more fun going together as a family.  

I have to admit that we really do have an awesome museum.  Right now they have a pretty impressive China exhibit.


 The carousel is definitely Summer's favorite place to visit, regardless of the other exhibits.

Isn't this what childhood is all about???

 You can't put a price on memories.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Activities

It's no secret that I love summer vacation.  I love that the kids can sleep in.  I love that we can take our time getting ready in the morning.  I love picking a fun activity to do each day {and I love that we can change our minds too}.  I purposely chose not to do a summer bucket list this year because I wanted our summer to be a little more laid back.  We've done a lot of fun things so far, most of which I've mentioned in previous blog posts.  Here are a few others that we've tackled just this week:

Playgroup.  A group of friends from my church get together each week at different parks.  While the girls work up a sweat on the playground, I cool off at the Splash Pad with this guy.

 Kids Koncerts.  The girls love going to their favorite parks to hear local artists sing kiddie songs.

Summer really liked this song, apparently.

The movies.  During the summer months, our local theater will show a special kids' movie for $1.  A friend of mine offered to watch Jackson so the girls and I could go see The Lego Movie.  We had such a blast!

Dodging rain storms.  This past week we've had severe weather several days in a row.  Thankfully, we've been safe and sound at home during the storms.  Jackson actually slept right through our most recent storm, which was a miracle because there was a lot of loud thunder.  I told the girls that he must have been really tired.  Kylie replied, "No, I think he's practicing being brave."  That, too.

Riding bikes.  One of the girls' favorite activities is to go to Kylie's school and ride bikes in the parking lot.  Kylie's learning to ride a two-wheeler.  Wish us luck!

My goal each day is to keep the kids so busy that they can't possibly be bored.  Unfortunately, the busy days take a toll on me, too.  By the end of the day, I'm wiped out!  But at least it's because we're having a fun-filled day :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

9 Months

Jackson recently had his 9 month wellness check.  It's always fun for me to see how much my babies have grown since their last appointment.  I knew Jackson would be big, but I was shocked to learn how big.  He weighs 23 pounds, 4 ounces (80th percentile) and is 30 inches long (95th percentile).

The doctor looked at the measurements, then looked at me.  He tugged on Jackson's curly hair, then looked at me.  Finally he said, "I don't think this is your kid!"  It is pretty surprising, I suppose.  He's longer and heavier than both of my girls were at their 12-month appointments!

Here are some fun facts about Jack:
  • He still doesn't have any teeth {but that clearly doesn't stop him from eating}
  • His hair is still getting lighter and lighter.  In the sunlight, it looks golden brown.
  • He's officially on the move and the baby proofing has begun!
  • He is very attached to me.  If I simply go into the next room, he lets me know VERY LOUDLY that I'm missed.
  • He no longer sits still...ever.  He squirms during diaper changes, feedings, baths, etc.
  • Since he hates sitting still, he's also not very portable anymore.  The baby who used to sleep for hours anytime we went out and about is now the baby who jabbers and fusses nonstop if he's restrained in any way, ie: a car seat, stroller, or shopping cart.  You know, all the usual ways you would lug around a 23 pound baby.
  • There is only one food that he doesn't like, and that's oatmeal.  He'll eat anything else.
  • He thinks Summer is his best friend in the whole world.  As soon as he spots her, he starts laughing.
  • Unlike my girls, he likes anything that makes noise... even the things that aren't supposed to make noise.  In his crib, he can be heard kicking his feet against the wall.  In the bathtub, he's only content to play with toys if it makes noise when he hits it against the side of the tub.  His #1 favorite toy (besides his exersaucer that has several noisemakers on it) is the door jamb.  Seriously.
It's hard to believe his first year is almost done!

Monday, June 16, 2014

That just happened.

A few major events happened in our family today.

I finally decided to face my fears and go to the Children's Museum with all 3 kids.  Believe it or not, the cute one in the stroller was my biggest challenge.  But we survived and had such a great time!  Don't you love how photogenic Summer has become?

On the way home from the museum, we made a pit stop at the eye doctor's to pick up these babies.  After 27 years, they're finally a necessity.

And last, but definitely not least, Jackson crawled!  I guess after 9 months he finally decided it was time to get moving.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day weekend

My parents and younger brother were in town this weekend.  It's always so fun spending time with them!

I'm so thankful for these wonderful men.  They're two of the best dads I know.  How lucky I am to have grown up with such an amazing dad.  And how lucky my kids are that they have the same privilege.
 Without them, none of this would be possible!  And this is about as good as it gets :)

Happy Father's Day! {From, Kylie}

Friday, June 13, 2014

Animals Around the World

Yesterday we attended a program at the library called "Animals Around the World."  The kids were able to see rare animals from various continents.  When the demonstrator asked for volunteers, Kylie's hand shot right up.  She didn't even know what she was volunteering for!

 Good thing she's not squeamish.  She held a blue-tongued skink!

Summer was so bummed she didn't get to volunteer for anything.  Luckily, she was able to pet all of the animals after the show.  She got a kick out of the balled up armadillo.
For years now we've been visiting the library on a weekly basis.  I'm so grateful that my kids have a love for reading but also that we're able to take advantage of such fun programs!

Friday, June 6, 2014


 Just another gorgeous day at the park with the kiddos :)



I love these Little Rascals!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Wrap-Up

What better way to wrap up the month of May than by enjoying a gloriously sunny day at the waterpark?
I really do love our town.  Believe it or not, this waterpark is only 5 minutes from our house.  We'll be spending a lot of time here this summer!

When I'm not soaking up the sun with the kids, I'll be staying busy with my new calling as the Primary secretary at church.  It's a lot of work but I'm LOVING it!

 And when I'm not doing that, I'll be chasing this little boy who now gets into everything...

Apparently I'm not the only one who finds it exhausting.

This video has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I have to include it anyway.  Enjoy!