Monday, March 31, 2014

Time to breathe

Well, last week was a WEEK. It was a week of running to catch up with these little people, choreographing at the last minute, teaching choreography almost as soon as it was finished... It was a week where I ran on adrenaline the whole time, and now that it's over, I feel like I've completely run out of steam. But it was a week that I survived and now I can just sit and breathe. Well, more like chase these little people and breathe, but I'll take that.

Milo has been riding his bike like a champ. We head outside every day that there's sunshine, and he pedals up and down our street, getting faster and faster all the time. I'm finding myself jogging next to him (often with Lucy in the stroller) now instead of creeping along behind him. He's also building with blocks all the time, figuring out more elaborate structures like multi-level houses with stairs. Nate and I both find ourselves asking each other, "Did you help him build that?" but we never have. He's just so clever all on his own. And potty training was so easy, maybe because he was so old when he finally decided it was okay? He rarely has accidents and doesn't have to be reminded to go. And we have yet to use a public restroom (even though I bought a little travel seat) because he can hold it all the way through errands. In short, this boy impresses me more all the time.

Lucy is crawling everywhere, getting into everything, and smiling the most charming grin I've ever seen when we tell her no. She also loves to pull up on any and everything and is getting really sturdy on her feet. She's such a loving little sweet pea with a giant open-mouth smile like sunshine, and I get so many big sloppy kisses throughout the day. She also loves to rub her forehead all over my face like a little baby fox. She LOVES her brother (and he adores her), and she has recently started loving books, which I will admit is a relief. For a while she didn't seem to care one way or the other about reading, but now she literally makes sounds and reaches for her favorites. I'm having the hardest time dressing her right now because she has long legs that need size 12-month pants, but she's also thin and narrow, so the waist is always too big on them. I guess there are worse things than being tall, thin, and leggy, right?

And then there's my poor Nate, who is still in a lot of pain from his knee injury. He's definitely getting caught up on several seasons of tv shows since he can't put any pressure on that leg. He's much chiller about confinement than I would be, so I guess it's a good thing that I wasn't the one with the injury. Plus he is loving working from home, so that's one plus in all this mess.

Okay, do you feel a little caught up on our lives? Hopefully I'll be a bit more faithful in posting. It's good for my soul if nothing else. Happy new week to you!

So alike and so different.

Forgot to mention what a GREAT eater this little nugget is!

Up to something...

Watching them play together is one of my favorite things.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A month of catching up

Hi, my name is Kate Jackson, and once upon a time, I wrote on this blog...
And then vacation happened...
And then Nate broke his knee on said vacation...
And then I had to get all of us home, and care for three people instead of having help caring for two...
And then I potty trained Milo and Lucy started crawling and all of a sudden I didn't have a free second during the day where someone didn't need me...
I'm not complaining. Just stating the facts.
But here I am to share some vacation photos.
And someday I'll tell you some stories.

Visit with Nannie on the way to Colorado

Feeding the giraffes at the zoo in Colorado Springs

Milo ADORES his Auntie Jen.

He also couldn't get enough of his cousins...

Lucy sometimes did better for her Auntie Jen than for her own Mommy!

Sisters in matching pjs

Poor Nate didn't get out much after he hurt his knee, but we did drive around the Garden of the Gods.