Monday, May 27, 2013

1.5 and 3.5

We are at the half-year mark and I have to say, so far this is my favorite age in both boys. They get along well and they are becoming more independent which makes my days so much easier! Their personalities have changed so much lately. Our usually shy, quiet, well-behaved and reserved Carter turned 3 1/2 years old and became opinionated, loud, friendly, rambunctious, and talkative! I feel like he is testing his boundaries daily now but he is so cute and says the sweetest things that most of the time I find myself laughing (emphasis on the word most). He is playing soccer now which is pretty hilarious considering the kids are 3-5 years old and the coaches spend most of the time trying to keep the kids in line and out of the nets. Carter will be starting preschool in the fall which we are all so excited about!
As for Archie... my baby has grown into a fun-loving toddler and we just can't get enough of him. He was definitely a high-needs baby and was grumpy quite a bit for no apparent reason. Now, at 1.5 years old, he is easy-going, fun-loving, loud, wild, and so stinkin' cute! He has us smiling all the time. He is a TALKER. I remember at this age Carter spoke words but Archie is speaking in full sentences and is very easy to understand and communicate with. I am amazed at how fast he learns language. For example, he brought me a plastic shovel the other day and said, "What's this?" I replied, "Shovel." He then says, "Shuh-bull!" and runs off to play with it and now it is instantly part of his vocabulary. Amazing! He has memorized the words to many songs, especially the ones we listen to in the car. I think Dave is quite impressed when he hears his boys belt out punk songs in unison.

Riding off into the sunset. . .

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day 2013

I am a daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and mama. My life is feeling very full and fulfilled. My boys are wild but I  love every second that I spend with them (although date nights with Dave without the kids are still pretty fantastic!) I spend my day warding off tantrums, encouraging good eating habits (or at times just getting them to eat anything), teaching life lessons, dancing wildly, giggling uncontrollably, playing trains, reading books, attempting to create a schedule, persuading my resistant children to sleep, pushing a huge stroller, carrying an increasingly heavy diaper bag, doing load after load of laundry, cleaning a house that never seems clean enough, being climbed on like a jungle gym anytime I lay on the floor in an attempt to exercise, tickling, cuddling, snuggling, enduring Disney soundtracks playing on repeat in the car, making an extra cup of coffee at 3pm just to get through the day... For those mothers out there, you will agree--there are times I feel like I am losing my mind... but it is truly worth it.
Thanks to Dave who decided to try his best to make my day perfect... and it was.