I am 27 years old and am blessed to have my husband Brady, as my partner and best friend. We have two children, Parker and Piper, our little yorkie. We are constantly amazed by the joy they bring into our lives and can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Once upon a time there were three bears...I feel like I hear that story in my head because Rowan will not go to sleep until I tell her this story...every.single.night. Full disclosure...we spend around 2 hours trying to get her to go to sleep, and it seems like every night I am anxious to get her to sleep so that I can have some time to myself. However, it never fails, once she is asleep, I am suddenly aware of just how big she is and how fast she is growing and I want to go back to the bedtime struggle and snuggle a bit more. She has such a sweet heart and is always thinking of others. She holds my face when she kisses me goodnight and is still small enough that I can carry her like a monkey. She is my baby and she is getting so big. I am so blessed by her little personality and her big heart. Tonight was her first night of Awanas at church and here was her review..."we stood in line and made duck tails, and then played with legos and watched a puppet show and then we had a snack, oh and Jesus loves me." I just can't even believe she is old enough to go to her own class and next week she starts preschool...love her so.
Today I realized that I blog soooo infrequently that there may be things going on in our lives that I have not mentioned...I wouldn't be concerned if I blogged for others, but in reality I blog for my kiddos...so here's to catching up!
Did I mention that we spent half of 2015 renovating our kitchen in Valley Center? Did I mention that right after we were finished Brady decided to take a new job in Garnett? Did I mention that we then spent three weeks renovating our bathrooms so that we could put our home on the market...luckily, it sold in a day and we spent a few months living with my parents while Brady lived in KC with his brother...it was hard, but we made it through.
Did I mention that we moved to Spring Hill (south of Kansas City)? We moved into our new home six days before Christmas (and then hosted Christmas). We are loving it, but I am still struggling to put the first nail holes in my pretty, smooth walls:). Update...I have since hung shelves in the kids' rooms and a deer head in the living room (random, yes).
Did I mention that Parker had to switch from all-day to half-day kindergarten? We struggled to fill our afternoons so that we both do not go crazy, but I love, love, loved spending more time with him. I cannot believe that he will be in first grade in just under seven weeks.
Did I mention that Rowan started 'school'? Well not school exactly, but kids day out. She LOVES it. It is only one day a week but because she only has five kids in her class, she already feels like a part of the group. She will go to the same church for preschool two days a week in the fall.
Did I mention that Parker played basketball again? The smile on his face while he is playing is infectious. He dribbles for hours at a time at home.
Did I mention that he also played soccer and baseball too? I love watching him play sports...he studies the pros and then imitates everything he sees...from their stance to their uniforms...I had to convince him not to wear Row's necklace to the game, because 'all baseball players wear necklaces!'
Did I mention that Rowan hates when I wear a sweatshirt or sweater and will, no kidding, scream at me to take it off. She is also super into my clothes and shoes right now. She loves playing in my heels (at least someone wears them:), and is always putting on my shirts as dresses. She absolutely LOVES when I wear a dress. She also loves jewelry and purses. She always has a purse on her shoulder with her 'wallet' and 'makeup'. I just love watching her walk around like she is sooo big.
Did I mention that Rowan is OBSESSED with frozen? Everything from nightgowns to notebooks...at least I know I can bribe her, right? This has actually diminished a bit, but she loves anything princess.
Did I mention that Row's favorite phrases are 'I'm fine,' and 'sure'?
Did I mention that Parker can somehow make Rowan cry and laugh all within the same 60 seconds...my heart explodes watching them.
This is the phrase that has shaped the way we think of rowan...we used to think of her as quiet, ornery, and dramatic, but recently, she has shown her sassy side (ok, let's be honest, we knew it was there:)...whenever we ask rowan to do something she believes she has already done, she answers, "I did it!" She, of course, says it in her sassiest voice possible. This is just one of the reasons that I suddenly feel like my babies are way too old!
Parker takes everything in...feels guilty when someone is sad, can't hardly talk when he is in trouble, makes jokes when he knows he should be quiet (he is sooo my child)...he also plays sports like there is nothing else to do at home. Even on days that I am completely exhausted and try to get him to sit and watch tv, he runs around playing catch with himself or incessantly dribbling...I swear I hear a ball bouncing in my sleep...
We potty-trained Row last week (after she took off her diaper and pooped under the Christmas tree)...you would think that I would be excited, but for some reason I can't help but feel sad...my baby is 'officially' no longer a baby. It was so, after the first two days, easy. She has been so good about telling us when she needs to go and she now seems so old (tear).
The two of them really do play so well together...it is sometimes shocking, really...the other day, I asked Rowan if she was going to be nice to her teacher and she said, "I will not hit my teacher..." then she said, "I will not hit parker...but I will tackle him!" Ha! He has taught her well, she is going to be one tough cookie. Despite the tackling and ball-throwing, Parker is never embarrassed to sit and have a tea party with Row when she asks him:).
I feel like I am so tired all the time that I am missing out on some of the best moments. I'm afraid of waking up and seeing them in middle school...if only Brady would let me have just one more......:)
I'm being dramatic, but I need to start keeping track of my children again. I want to be able to look back at these posts and remember their little personalities when they are teenagers and I am longing for them to need me again:).
Right now, Parker is so independent. He desperately tries to be big, but at the same time, wants to be little. He still wants three stories at night and won't go to sleep until I give him his blessing. Sometimes I feel like we are so caught up in our day to day activities and I cherish these moments. He still loves country music and knows every word to songs that I have never heard before. Right now, he wants to be a construction worker and has been helping us paint, sand, and anything else while we are working on the house. He is thoughtful, joyful and faithful. He sometimes dances like a fool and often doesn't listen, but I love him more every day.
Rowan is a firecracker. She was using the toilet periodically, but since we have started renovating the bathrooms, she has no desire. I guess I should be grateful considering we only have one bathroom in working order right now...in the basement. She is still such a mama's girl and is the best snuggler. She loves her babies and is constantly playing mom to something or someone. She is sassy and joyful and treats each activity or errand as if it was her idea. She has no fear and loves to swing as high as she can. She is my baby goose (parker's name for her), and I love her so.
I just wish I could get days to slow down and truly take a step back from all of the chaos to enjoy every moment.
...is it a mammal...yes...does it have paws...yes...does it have retractable claws...yes...it's a TIGER! Ha, just an example of the game that Parker made up and is now his favorite thing to do. Every time we get in the car...'I'm thinking of a certain animal...' Despite the hours and hours that we have played this game, I am so grateful for his imagination and ability to retain random facts. Love him so.
I feel like I am losing time...my babies are growing up too fast. Row is almost two and Parker will be in Kindergarten in the fall. They are changing every day and I don't want to miss a single second.
Rowan is my daredevil...one minute she is climbing on the stove to reach a cookie and the next she is letting the dog out the door or hanging from the monkey bars (literally...by herself). I love that she can be strong-willed and independent while simultaneously being my little cuddle bug. She is my baby. I love that she wants to be around me all the time and I am soaking in each cuddle I can. Row loves her baby (Naked Ella)...she is such a great little mama and is constantly taking care of her. She also is always looking out for Parker. Any time she gets a treat or sweet, she makes sure that she gets one to give to Parker. She loves him so much and wants to do everything he is doing. I love that he can make her laugh harder than anyone.
Parker is half grown-up now. Sometimes I can't believe the conversations we have. He pays attention to every detail of everything anyone does or says. Despite growing so fast, he is still my little bug. He still lets me hug and kiss him in public and still runs to me when I pick him up from school or anywhere. I love that he lets me squeeze him whenever I want. He is reading more and more all the time and I love watching him figure out new words. Animals and sports are his two favorite things. He knows more facts about both than I do. He is playing t-ball now and has a great swing. He is so competitive and I can't wait to watch him play more.
So I am soaking in every moment so that I don't lose any time.
My babies are growing...growing up, growing out, growing into little people. Our days are crazy busy and so much fun. I want to to hold on to every little moment so that I don't forget, but everything changes so quickly that I'm afraid I might. For my sake, here are my favorite things that are happening right now.
Row is talking more and more every day. She just began saying 'yes' and it seems like a lifetime ago when all she would say is 'no'.
I love that when you ask her what her name is, she says, 'row row.'
Her two favorite phrases are, 'I did it' and 'I don't know.'
She is super independent and major mommy's girl...I love how she tries to do anything and everything Parker is doing.
I love how much she and Parker love each other. The other day when we went to pick up Parker from school Rowan put her hands on her knees and yelled, 'PARKER!' To which Parker replied, 'BABY GOOSE!' They then ran toward each other and fell over in a great big bear hug/tackle. I tried calling Row 'baby goose,' but was informed that was Parker's name for her.
Parker has been playing basketball at the Y and loving it. At his first practice, he asked his teammate if he wanted to 'chest bump.' Apparently we have let him watch too many K-State basketball games. Luckily, he has yet to kiss his biceps in public. After his first basket, he told us, 'did you see that shot we made from downtown!' Wow.
Parker recently had his adenoid taken out and he is finally sleeping and listening better. I can tell that he feels so more like himself.
Rowan is wanting to use the toilet...I am not quite ready and she is so tiny, but I am trying to be supportive. I love that she stands up saying, 'I potty!' She is just so big.