Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fall into winter

Halloween was so fun this year! I always try to include Maisy with JT and now with Landry. I really really wanted to do Wizard of Oz but I couldn't convince Jaris to be any of the characters. That will probably have to be Maisy and Landry only. We decided on a fawn, hunter and his hunting dog. We borrowed a hunting vest for Maisy from a friend but shes packed on her winter weight so it didn't fit :) I made Landry's onsie and headband/antlers. We did our normal trunk or treat at church and then got to trick or treat with the Veritas football team. It was so funny seeing all these boys escorting Landry and JT, they were so sweet.

Football season ended for Veritas and while it didn't end like they wanted they had an awesome season that no one thought they would have. They had so much heart all season, especially during the last game. One of our seniors played the entire second half with a broken hand.  We've now moved onto basketball season. We had a fun Late Night and started the season off with a win. Keeps us busy!

While not spent in Hawaii this year our Thanksgiving was perfect! Just my family and Brett's mom and sister. And the fact that both my sisters were able to make it home was perfect. A relaxed day of cooking, all the eating...a lot of eating, Cowboys football with a win, board and card games, leftovers, desserts, and a sleepover.

The day after Thanksgiving we headed downtown to watch the annual lighting ceremony and watch Santa get rescued by the fire department!

We decorated for Christmas and got our tree that weekend. Pretty sure this may be the first time Brett and I have killed our tree. We both totally forgot to water it and by the time we remembered it was too late. So we took it down cut the trunk a little more and put it back in. Unfortunately it hasn't sucked up any water since then so we are thinking its too late for our tree!

 We hit up the annual Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas parade with one of JT's basketball buddies. My favorite Lawrence tradition!

And of course with the Christmas season we have the return of Wiggins. I started him right after Thanksgiving this year...I'm thinking I need to wait a little bit longer next year. I'm running out of ideas!

And somewhere in all that Landry has started crawling and furniture walking. She is so ready to starting walking, you can't keep her still. She's 10 months and has 4 teeth. She is such a happy and sweet-natured baby.

Random things I want to remember...

She does this little happy dance when I pick her up in the mornings..she digs her face in to my shoulder, pushes back and does a little happy bounce.

She gets an instant smile when Jaris walks in the room.

Has discovered her voice and has been a chatterbox ever since.

Shes discovered how fun it is to feed Maisy her snacks.

When a stranger says hi she turns her head completely sideways and gives a sweet smile.

Loves to pound on her high chair when she isn't being fed.

Jaris lost his first tooth and not long after, his second! Both bottom teeth, he let me pull out the first one and he actually pulled out the second one!

And he started and finsihed his first "season" of basketball! He's on a a great little team with an awesome coach. It takes awhile for him to come out of his shell but he's really learning the game and had so much fun. He picks up again in February.

We have Landry's first birthday around the corner (insert super sad face) and so is my trip to Haiti! I'm starting to get really nervous about leaving the kiddos for that long, especially to a country where my communication is limited. But I'm so excited for this opportunity and especially to experience it with my mom and sister.

That's all for now!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

This kid...

I wish I could remember and write down all the sweet and funny things Jaris says. Last night was just one of those nights where everything was crazy and nonstop. I had a dentist appointment in the late afternoon and immediately after I had to go get Landry, pick up JT from granny's house and get him to basketball. As I'm driving around my numbness is starting to ware off and I'm in a lot of pain. I've had a lot of dental work done, pretty much everything you can think of, I've had. Luckily this time I didn't have to have a root canal but for some reason this was the worst tooth pain I'd ever felt. Even worse than when I did have to have a root canal. Trying to get to the location of basketball practice (not our regular spot) made my night worse. We got about 200 yards form the church only to come to a closed bridge. So we then had to go 10 minutes to get around to the other side. He was already late because of my dentist appointment. During practice my pain level increased and I was almost in tears. Got home and got Jaris dinner and Landry in the bath and then Brett came home (thank God) and took over Landry's bath. But while I was switching out with Brett we were both in the bathroom when we heard Jaris saying his dinner prayer. Normally he says the one they learned at preschool, "God is good, God is great..." and so on but lately he has wanted to change it up. We listened from the bathroom, "God is good, God is great, thank you God for this food, please make sure all the Veritas football players are safe, the baseball players are safe (we were watching the Cubs), thank you for my family, and put this food to the nourishment of our bodies. Amen." Be still my heart!

 I sat with Jaris while he ate and he kept asking if I was okay and if I needed anything. When he was done with dinner he came over and sat on my lap. He gave me a soft kiss on the cheek where my tooth hurt and asked if I was feeling any better. I said, "man oh man buddy I love you." He replied with his usual of "I love you to the moon and back to the moon and back forever," and then gave me a big hug. Maybe it was the amount of pain I was in or maybe I'm just emotion but for some reason at that moment I got very sentimental about him. And when he was done hugging me he looked at me and he could tell I was about to cry and he said, "mom...don't you dare cry!" I started laughing and so did he, then he said it again...and again. 

He has such a tender heart, I absolutely love that about him.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I can't get enough!

I love the ages my kids are at right now. Years 3 and 4 were rough with JT, he's finally coming out of that and really starting to grow up. Conversations with him have always been entertaining but they are starting to become more in depth and personal. He is adjusting to his school schedule pretty well. Lunch was a little bit of a challenge starting off because he has 5 minutes of quite time. And if you know Jaris you know how hard that can be for him! Nothing a little sticker chart can't solve! For every good lunch he gets a sticker and we haven't had a problem since. Brett takes him to school and then he goes to football practice with him after school, except on Mondays and Wednesdays when he has marathon club. He has no idea what the point of marathon club is but he knows he gets to run run and run and get a t-shirt at the end. So far hes ran over 12 miles! And he loves going to football practice with Brett. He likes to run the sprints at the end with all the boys and coaches, he's like their little brother out there and he loves every second. He really likes to come home and show us all his work from school and what he's learned. He's obsessed with writing his alphabet every day and works really hard to keep learning. Basketball has officially started for him and he loves it. He has never been an assertive kid so practice has been a little bit of a challenge when it comes to scrimmaging so I'm anxious to see how his first game goes!

Landry is 9 months and a compete nut. She is constantly making us laugh with her random screams of excitement and her little personality. She is definitely going to keep us on our toes as she's already a feisty one. Screaming just to hear the sound of her voice is one of her favorite things to do. She's always talking and singing, saying "mama" and "baba baba." I love to see her personality developing and how much of a goofball she is already. I'm so thankful for my extra days at home with her.

9 month stats...
Weighs: 19 lbs 9 oz.
Length: 28.75"

This last few months have been completely insane for me. I've really stretched myself thin and feel a little like hot mess! Work has been crazy...luckily it's not a take home job, so when I leave I don't have to worry about it. Then there's Simply Sweet Design which has been so busy. I've had photo shoots out the wazoo. On the weekends and after work when I don't have cheer practice, 3 senior shoots and a family shoot in the last 2 weeks alone. Which means HOURS of editing. Hours upon hours at night after the kids go down. And 2 interior design consulting jobs. Then there's my position as part time Developmental Director at Veritas. I have been given the HUGE task of Wood for Good projects for our biggest fundraiser of the year, Barn Party. This project is 6 wood projects (one for 7-12 grades), the students must build, paint, and create a project from wood to be auctioned off. These projects go for thousands of dollars...not a task to be taken lightly. It's my main source of stress right now! My mission trip to Haiti is fast approaching and I'm trying to get everything I need for that. Which means a lot of paperwork, making sure donations get through, getting the paperwork I need to get my passport, and church meetings. And last but not least, cheerleading. Friday night games and practice after work and working on our biggest performance for our Late Night in November. After hours of editing photos in the basement I then flip on our song and choreograph what I can while also choreographing a fun routine for our basketball boys to "perform". Which basically means I'm not in bed much before 1 or 2 in the morning.
Throw in a busy 5 year old, an even busier 9 month old, daily school things, and husband who isn't home much and you've got one exhausted mama. Drained. My brain is so fried, my to do list is 100 miles long and I'm not sure if I'm going left or right! After November I'm getting a long massage and a facial...and big glass of wine.

 *And in case you're wondering how I have time to blog...I've been writing this post for 3 weeks now over my lunch (insert crazy lady laugh here)!*