Last summer my blog was severely neglected. I blamed it on an incredibly needy, reflux-y, screaming baby.
This summer my blog is severely neglected. I blame it on an incredibly needy, high maintenance, "get into everything" toddler.
I apologize. School starts in less then a month, I am hoping to find more of a routine to the madness that is my household and increase my posts. I have lots of ideas and thoughts to share, just no time to get them on written down.
So, in an effort to catch up during what could be the only ten minutes I have to myself today, like last summer, "10 things I have been doing instead of blogging. Version 2.0"
1) Childproofing my house. Jack continues to be our most challenging child to date, and it hasn't slowed down as he has gotten older. The kid gets into everything, EV-ERY.THING. You would think I would be used to this? Nope. With Charlotte, baby gates and cabinet locks were not needed. Katherine & Will, though not as easy as Charlotte, had nothing on Jack. In an attempt to find a solution to control the chaos, we moved Mike's office to our bedroom and turned the first floor space into a playroom. With gates on either side. Good thing he is cute, and makes us laugh often with his crazy antics.
2) Potty training Charlotte. I will have a post coming up about this, as I know there are many who want to know more. I have cleaned up a lot of pee in the last three weeks, and while it hasn't been as quick as it was with the older two, she has definitely shown progress. However, potty training has proven to be quite an expensive ordeal; during Charlotte's first public potty "success" I jumped up to celebrate, and threw my cell phone in the toilet. $269 later, the Apple store was able to help me out. Ugh.
3) Saying goodbye to the smartest lady I know. My grams passed away a few weeks ago. We (as in me and all four of my kids) were extremely close to her, and it has been hard for all of us. I have a post started for my grams, but haven't been able to find the right words to finish it. Grandma didn't want a funeral, but rather a party...so in a few weeks we are going to celebrate her life, with good food, drinks, music, and memories.
4) Getting things ready for my new job this fall. I am looking forward to it; it is for a local school district, and I get to work mostly from home allowing me still to be home with the kids, but dip my toes back in the public schools...it is hard to believe it has been nearly seven years since I left teaching.
5) Increasing my Milwaukee Brewer knowledge. Pretty sure Will is the biggest fan there is, and in an effort to show him I care about his interests, I know every player, their positions, and pertinent stats. All this baseball hype must be contagious, as Katherine seems to have gotten bit by the Brewer bug too...Mike has taken them to quite a few games this summer, and there is rarely a night we don't have baseball on the television.
6) I am still doing the Norwex thing, and it has picked up quite a bit this summer, keeping me busy and giving me an occasional night out away from the fam.
7) Reading lots of Katherine's writing. She wants to be an author when she grows up; she recently discovered the word processing program on our family laptop and has spent HOURS the past week writing. I told her she needs to add "printer ink" to her birthday list as her favorite part of typing up her stories is adding clip art. Lots of it.
8) Celebrating our tenth anniversary with my husband. We had a quick night away, and stuffed a whole bunch of stuff into a short amount of time. When you don't get a whole lot of time without children, you tend to really cherish the little time you have; which we did. Love that man more every day, and look forward to many, many more years to come.
9) Fun summer stuff with the kids. After our anniversary getaway, Mike took the rest of the week off and we planned a bunch of fun stuff with the kids. Noah's Ark, the zoo, a local pool...it was fun to have little structure to our day for once, and enjoy each other.
10) Shaking my head in amazement as Charlotte's speech has seemed to take off over the past month or so. Beginning sounds she used to drop, are all of a sudden there. Two word phrases have become full sentences, and lately when I ask her questions, her responses are not only appropriate, but right. A favorite lately has been, "It's mine, not YOURS! No fair!" ....apparently the result of a summer with her siblings.
There ya have it...hoping to get a least one more post in this August. No promises though ;-), I've got things to do!