Wednesday, October 8, 2014

September 2014

We started September out celebrating Sienna's birthday, and Matt and I finished September by celebrating time away in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with amazing friends.  
My baby girl is three years old!  I can hardly believe it, and the worst part is she seems much older than three! : (  With the way she walk and talks and her attitude and sass, it's hard to believe she's ONLY three some days.  She still keeps on our toes and reminds me everyday how much discipline it takes as a parent TO discipline your chidden.  How can she be so charming one minute and the next make you want to pull your hair out?!  I've decided it's a special gift God gives toddlers.  
We celebrated her birthday on a few different days (of course), and she loved every second of it.  She loves getting gifts and she loves cakes and she loves knowing it's all about her!  
Something I did starting on her third birthday is ask her a list of questions that she of course answered.  I recorded it and I can't wait to ask her the same questions every year until she's...18?  
Here are the questions: 
1. Favorite Toy: Play-doh
2. Favorite Movie: Aladdin
3. Favorite Food: Chicken and oatmeal
4. What you want to do when you grow up: Play with play-doh
5. Favorite Outfit: Dress (the dress she was wearing in the video)
6. Favorite Game: Her new car
7. Best friend: Daddy...and Mommy
8. Favorite Animal: Doggie
9. Favorite Song: Frozen
10. Favorite Book: Jesus
11. Favorite Thing to Do With Mommy: Play with play-doh
12. Favorite Thing to Do With Daddy: Go on a date
I can't believe that she stood there for so long and answered all of our questions.  Obviously some answers don't make sense, but that's what I love about it.  She is the best.  
Our trip to Punta Cana couldn't have come at a better time.  I feel so blessed that my best friend's husband, Mark, invited us to go!  Mark's company was working the Lady Antebellum Get-Away event at the Hard Rock Resort there, and we got to go for FREE!  Crazy.  God must have known we NEEDED it and He was right.  Before our trip, I honestly couldn't fathom getting to sleep in every single day and not take care of anyone, but myself.  It was unimaginable!  But for seven straight days, I got to do exactly that.  It was heaven.  By day 5, I definitely was really missing the kids and even ready to get back to my routine, but 7 days was the perfect amount of time.  Any sooner, and I wouldn't have been ready, but any longer, and I would have become anxious and bored.  Spending that time with my husband and best friends was exactly the refresh I needed during this very busy, stressful, and overwhelming phase of my life.  
Sienna Spotlight: 
Sienna prayed the "God is good..." prayer at dinner, and it made me cry.  She asked why I was sad, and I quickly reassured her that I was happy!  Then she said, "But your eye is dripping!"
Sienna choked on a piece of chicken, causing her eyes to well up, so she said, "Oh my eyes look sad."
We were in the car one day when she saw a billboard for the Tampa Bay Rays.  She quickly started talking about baseball and how Daddy played baseball and hit the ball!  Then she started talking about how he showered at the field, and walked up the stairs.  This is significant because the last time Matt showered at any field and walked up the stairs (in Columbus) was over a year ago!  She wasn't even two years old the last time we were with Daddy at a baseball field.  We found it astonishing that she remembered all of that from so long ago.
My Dad was talking to Sienna and he told her that Mommy and Daddy were the boss.  She said, "No, just mommy."
Sienna wouldn't cuddle with Matt, so he told her that he wasn't going to be her daddy anymore (I know, very mature).  Sienna just looked at him and simply said, "That makes me sad."
Double Trouble:
Maddox will still shake his head back at you.  He thinks it's hilarious.
Price loves being chased around the house.  He crawls as quickly as those fat little legs will let him!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

August 2014

The truth is, I can not think of anything particularly earth-shattering or new or different that happened in August.  So you will have to bear with me through a sentimental post.  I am keenly aware of my boys' age.  "Their age?", you ask.  Yes, their age.  You see, they turned 10 months old and will quickly be one year old, and before I know it, they will be three years old like Sienna, and definitely, without a doubt no longer babies.  

Can I say something crazy?  I don't know how people stop having kids.  I don't know how you can calmly and determinedly say to yourself, "This is the last time I will have a 10 month old baby."  I certainly can not make that statement right now.  I suppose I will come to a place where I will be ready to make such a decision, but I am not there.  

10 months is glorious...10 months is the epitome of wonderful baby adorableness.  They are still very much babies (squishy, like to be held, not too many teeth, make cute sounds, innocent, not deliberate in their attitudes), but they are not as dependent and delicate as newborns, or as sassy and irrational as toddlers (or is that just mine?) : )  

I have a heightened sense of urgency to hold my boys.  I want to feel their soft, warm, still small bodies in my arms.  I want to squeeze them, look in to their bright eyes, and smile back at their slimy, (getting) toothy mouths.  I want to bottle them up and keep them here forever.  How will I remember?  I feel like I have these very vague memories of Sienna at this age.  I want to remember more with them.  I want to remember how they sounded and how they felt and what they did and how they looked.  

Honestly, I am grateful to feel this way because feeling this way tells me I am doing a half way decent job of not letting life pass me by.  I need to cherish more moments, but I am doing my best to be intentional and be present, and take notice of the most beautiful tiniest details of my life.  

My best friend, Rachel, came to Tampa with her
2 kids, Noa and Titus!  We have quite a crew!

Friday, August 1, 2014

July 2014

July was a sentimental month.  I often found myself staring at my children in awe and wonder, squeezing them tighter than normal, and furiously brainstorming about HOW I can freeze them in time.  Right here.  Right now.  I am so grateful that I feel like I have been able to STOP, and embrace so many little moments throughout the day, but it also makes me MISS THEM ALREADY.  

Maybe it's because I know we are entering in to another transition.  Sienna will be three years old next month. Three is just different.  You definitely are not a baby anymore.  You are on the precipice of going to real school.  It's just different.  It's older.  And there's no way around it.  

Price and Maddox are about to walk and they will be one year old in a few months.  Again...another HUGE transition in childhood.  They are so smushy and cuddly and innocent and IN LOVE with me right now.  With walking comes more independence, and with independence comes more resistance and exerting of wills.  

I'm not ready.  I want to bottle them up.  I want to NOT FORGET.  There are certain things I remember about Sienna when she was the boys' age (9 months).  But why don't I remember more?  How could I have forgotten?  It pains me and puts me in to a panic that I won't recall what they were like right here and now.  What do I do?  How DO you remember?  

Outside of being sentimental, July was an incredible month.  We started July off at one of my favorite (also sentimental) places in the world...Camp Kulaqua in High Springs, FL.  Matt made the very brave and humble decision to serve as a camp counselor for twenty-two 8th graders.  Yes...twenty-two 8th graders.  My mom, dad, Sienna, the boys, and I all went up for just one night to see him and visit the place where my memories start at around 3 or 4 years of age all the way up through college.  I love Camp Kulaqua.  I cherish the hilarious, sweet, peaceful, and exciting moments I have had there.

July is also home to my favorite holiday, the 4th of July!  We went to a parade where we were rained on followed by the thick humidity that made us sweat like pigs.  So naturally it was the perfect way to spend the 4th : ) 

My Beachbody business boomed this month.  I more than doubled the coaches I had underneath me, had 35 Success Club points, and rank advanced to Diamond.  I realize this doesn't mean much to most people reading this, but just know I am dumbfounded, grateful, humbled and thrilled by such an exciting month for me in my business.  I am so looking forward to what my Beachbody future holds for me!  

Sienna Spotlight: 

I had a red starburst and she had picked an orange one.  Of course then she decided she wanted the red one (my favorite), wrenched it out of my hand, gave me the orange one and then said, "See, we are sharing!"

Price's nose started bleeding (we still don't know why), and Sienna started crying and sobbed, "But he's my favorite boy!"  Ahhh...the truth comes out! : )

I was singing "Let It Go" in the car and I could see her just staring blankly at me from her carseat.  Finally she says, "You don't sing good."

As I was getting her ready for bed, I pulled out a pair of Christmas pajamas that she had pooped in a few month prior.  She told me she couldn't sleep in those because she had pooped in them.  But I reassured that it was okay because I washed them.  After looking at me very SKEPTICALLY, she said smartly, "Let me smell them."  

Sienna told me her stomach hurt, so I asked her if she needed to go potty.  She said no.  Five minutes later, she changed her mind, and went.  As she was finishing up, I asked her if her tummy felt better.  She said, "No, I still miss my Daddy."

I was trying to convince Sienna to wear this particular shirt.  I bribed her, begged her, and finally wore her down.  She looked at me and absolutely exasperated said, "ALRIGHT!"  She actually stunned Matt and I in to silence because she literally sounded 16 years old.  

I looked underneath the couch to get a plastic ball for the boys, and found all of our spanking sticks underneath!  Someone's been trying to hide them! : ) 

Double Trouble: 

Both boys are crawling and pulling up now!  Maddox crawled about two weeks earlier than Price, but both started pulling up at the same time.  

I LOVE the sound of Maddox's little hands and knees scurrying across the floor, especially when I can hear him pick up the pace because he's excited about something (usually me)!

Maddox gets very excited to see me and will crawl right up to me and try to climb up my leg.

Maddox loves the dishwasher.  He hears me open that thing from across the room, and here he comes!  What's funny is that it reminded me that Sienna used to LOVE the dishwasher too!  

Price loves doors.  He will sit at the door and swing it back and forth. 

I love the way Price talks.  It's these very manly sighs and grunts.  We have whole conversations that way.  

Maddox follows Sienna and I around like a puppy.