Saturdays are always so random for us. Usually we try not to have plans so we can just relax and the girls can get lots of dad time. This one started with some projects, then we went to our church yard sale where the girls played for a bit and then two of the gals from church, Eli and Halie, came over to hang out afterwards. Stephen and Eli worked on music for Sunday’s service and Halie played with the girls in the backyard and in their room. It was a nice chill day. I got the lawn mowed while Halie played with the girls. They are both such quality time kids. They can be so skiddish and shy, which they get from both their introvert parents, but once you invest some good time with them they are all for playing and talking. Halie may regret that later ;)
This girl. You guys, she is so much fun. So inquisitive and adventurous but also quietly observant and gentle. She so love projects and art time together. For her birthday her Aunt Valerie got her some project boxes. They come with instructions and all the materials needed and while usually I end up doing quite a bit of the work, she is so proud and excited over the completed projects. I still have several hanging on our fridge that they made months ago. They like to grab them and tell everyone that visits what they made. After making this little paper crown she wanted a photo with me. We set the camera up and grabbed a shot. She loves when we use the timer on my camera :)
We went and visited my friend Amanda. Sweet Amelia was just chilling out in her baby swing and Elanor LOVES little babies so she gave her some love. You can see her excitement in that first photo, but what you don’t get to see was when Amelia got a hand full of Ella’s hair after that 2nd photo and I had to help her escape. I had a tiny proud-mom moment when after she was free she just looked at Amelia and said “silly girl”.
Sarah was never much of an attached baby, or toddler. She is actually huge into cuddling with us now that she’s older and it’s her decision. Silly girl. Elanor, however, she has been an attached little one. She slept and napped on me as a newborn and baby. Would be okay if held or on the floor watching her sister play. I love that she still loves to be in the carrier. Some days she wants Up Up Up and my hands are not readily available, so I can grab my Ergo and she is good to go. At home, while blueberry picking, shopping at the store, all sorts of places. I never really understood how people wore their babies and children all the time, until I had a little one that preferred AND enjoyed it! I’ll miss these moments, which is why I don’t even care that I took a photo in my bathroom mirror. Smudges and all.
Because sometimes the recycle can is already filled to the brim and the kiddos want a blanket fort and I just don’t have it in me to set that up and be told all day to make it bigger and higher…
This is my version of a DIY project with 2 toddlers in the house. I even cut windows out, which was an “accomplishment” in my book.
Those sweet quiet moments where she follows me into a room and falls asleep somewhere. It rarely happens, and on this day it was while my mom and I were hanging curtains in our room and she wanted in her daddy’s spot on the bed. A few moments later we looked over and she was like this, quietly dreaming.
The girls started and finished swim refreshers last week. They LOVE the water, especially with Mrs. Carrie, their swim teacher. Sarah and Elanor both light up when they jump in to her. It only took them 6 lessons to be good to go for this next swim season. Sarah picked up her float the first day, and Elanor followed a few days later. It is so wonderful to know that if anything crazy, unexpected or horrible were to ever happen around water they can rescue themselves and call out until they are found. Flip off the back of a boat? They know how to recover and float and call out, even in waves. Fall off a dock or a pool ledge? Flip over and either 1) Call out til someone comes, or 2) Find the side of a pool or shore and swim-float-swim until you are safe. Guys, seriously, ISR is just amazing. Teaching someone as young as 6months old to self-rescue is absolutely amazing. Drowning is the #1 cause of death among children ages 4 and below. Something I, as a parent and aunt, can’t even let my brain think about. Please check it out if you know anyone with little ones: https://www.infantswim.com/
Last week I had an amazing and much-needed day with my friend Nicole. Between work, family and kids I don’t remember the last time just the two of us hung out and it was absolutely perfect. It happened so sporadically and I can’t thank the Lord enough for making our open schedules and phone call happen the day before.
On Friday I dropped the girls at their Grandmas and headed to Nicole’s house. We loaded up Brandon’s truck and headed out to the beach. I am usually not a big beach person these days, having kids has made me super aware about a) Cancer and b) Sharks. Not sure why b is such a big thing but boy are they prevalent in my brain when there.
Nicole definitely pushed my comfort zone with the water and it was so worth it! We had so much fun and the day was exactly what my brain and soul needed.
I am definitely ready for round2. I saw stingy rays and a few families of dolphins came by the sandbar and put on a little show with jumps and splashing all around. It was a totally different view being farther out in the ocean on the SUP (Stand Up Paddle) YOLO board above the waterline. I could even see 2 baby dolphins just barely getting their tail above water to flap. I brought my goggles and swam in the water looking for shells while Nicole was out, and we would swap. We even went out on the board together which was fun and definitely tested our balancing skills. A beach trip has never passed so quickly. I think the only time we were out of the water was for a snack or grabbing a phone for photos. I actually got a water proof case for my phone but it’s gonna take a bit more practice learning to focus under the water.
I would love to take the girls out soon to watch from the beach. They are great sand castle builders and shell searchers :)
I was sitting at my desk yesterday helping my sis with some photos when something unexpected happened.
I looked over at the kitchen because I heard a banging noise. I didn’t see anyone but my eyes looked down and I saw some white powder and random crackers from underneath the pantry door. Time slowed. My eyes grew 5x larger and I slowly walked towards the pantry door. I opened it and saw the horror inside. I called Stephen over to the area and Sarah ran over with him. We opened the door to a site that was funny to Stephen, HILARIOUS to Sarah and sigh-inducing to myself.
She was so proud. Of course it also happened about 20 minutes before we needed to leave for churh, so in the tub for a quick bath and we were good to go.
After a lot of sweeping, wiping and moping my pantry is now the cleanest it’s ever been. So in that respect, thank you Elanor?!?