Sunday, September 27, 2015

Starting anew.

I'm back.

I'm not going to think about the year and a half that I haven't blogged. I'm not going to worry about all the photos and memories that I didn't record. I'm just going to start right now and move forward and when I have an extra 12 hours (when I'm 80 years old), I'll go back and fix it ;)

So, here are what my sweet kiddos look like at this exact moment:

Church, Sept. 27th 2015

Things about Jack that I absolutely love:

He is the most curious child I know. My mother-in-law sent me a meme that said the average 4 year old asks 437 questions a day. I wanted to see how many Jack asked a day, so I did an experiment. On a 15 minute drive, Jack asked 24 questions. That's 1,152 questions a day. I thought that it must be a fluke. He was just really curious that day. So, on a 12 minute drive the next day, he asked 26 questions. That's 1,560 questions a day. Sometimes it's exhausting and sometimes it is amazing to watch him discover.

He is loving. I was making beds at my mom's house and Jack was cleaning up the toy room when we both her Kate start crying. Without any prompting he immediately stopped and ran to find her and I heard him say, "What's wrong, Kate? Are you okay?"

He loves to help me with my chores. When I ask him to do something on his own, he has a hard time, but as long as we are doing things together, he loves it.

He loves to play games and do puzzles together.

He says, "hey, mom?" about 800 times a day. Truly. I'll do an experiment on this and count and report back.

He is currently: in preschool once a week, taking gymnastic classes and music classes, loves building things and practicing soccer and baseball.

Things about Kate that I absolutely love:

She is talking up a storm and her voice is the sweetest sound. My favorite things she says: "I yub you, Mom." "Tanks, mom." "tan I, mom? Pwease?"

She loves Jackson. Every time he is at pre school she says: "Where Jackie go, mom?" about 100 times.

She is just learning how to pray and it is the sweetest.

After her nap, she will lay on my lap so still for 5 minutes or so. If you know Kate, you know that she is never still. ever. So, these few minutes of time with her just resting her body on me is my favorite moment of the day with her.

She knows exactly what she wants and how she wants it. People tell me that I'll be really happy about that in about 15 years.

She is excellent at helping and picking up. She even sings, "clean up, clean up!" when she does it.

She LOVES to sing. She will sing very loudly to all the hymns in church. She even sings when she holds a hymn book and the rest of the congregation is not singing...whoops.

She LOVES her snow boots that we just got and will wear them anywhere. 
This. My heart might explode from happiness in these moments.

This past week we were at my mom's house helping her as she is recovering from her second back surgery. These photos are from that week:

Homemade playdoh and some new playdoh toys from Mimi! 

Cupcakes courtesy of Mimi and Aunt Karen.

After nap snuggles. The absolute best.

They sure love their Aunt P and Aunt Sarah.

Some other things that happened this month:

1. We had about a week together as a family after we got back from Europe and before Chuck started his job. So we spent as much time together as possible.

Hiking at Cave Run!
Hiking at Cave Run
 Camping at Laurel Lake and boating the next day!

2. Chuck started his official job! I can't believe we have moved on from student life.

3. Talk like a Pirate day! Also known as Jack's favorite day.

4. Jack's first time being a part of the Primary program! Seriously melted my heart. He had his line memorized, ran up to the mic and said: "God has called prophets in our DAY." I love to hear the children sing about Jesus.

5. My kids just being the cutest. I sure do love them and how much they love each other.