Friday, December 13, 2013
I miss blogging. It's just that I'm trying to minimalize the busy-ness in my life right now because the holidays always make me overwhelmed. Like I get a bit crazy. All the gift-giving, shopping, parties, family, friends, drama, food, etc. Sounds fun to most people but I just do better with simple. And that word hasn't described my life since giving birth 3 years ago. Sooo, I go missing from time to time, but I keep up with everyone else's blogs!
This was my mom's attempt at a Christmas card with the kids. It looks like they were decently enjoying it but the truth is both kids were having fits for absolutely no reason. She used it anyways.
My ornery little stud-muffin playing on the stairs.
Graham having a VERY rare fit. I had to capture the moment.
Sweet sibling time in pajamas. Times like this one melt my heart and make me feel good about my decision to have two kids.
Graham was totally not sure about Santa, but Paisley loved him as usual.
Writing her Santa letter. It's really long, but she says it only asks for a "white doggy". Great.
This shows her personality in full force. Love it.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Paisley's teacher, Ms. Cristi, sent home a picture of her from school today that made my heart so happy. If you don't know which one she is, that would be the very pink and frilly little movie star in the middle. No, it isn't picture day. It isn't Easter or a school program. That was just the outfit she insisted upon that day.
Raising Paisley is far from easy. Her day can fall apart if things don't go just right. You have to put on her left shoe first. Never cut up her bananas- she likes them whole. She will get herself in and out of the car without your help thankyouverymuch. She turns off the lights and TV when we leave. And heaven forbid you don't zip up her jackets and put the hood on before opening the door.
But what I've learned is with every demand she has, she also is becoming a very strong-willed independent girl who knows what she wants. She isn't ever afraid to voice her opinion and she stands up for herself. Those sound like traits she might need down the road...
Yesterday she was having a conversation with my cell phone which concerned me so I looked at it and realized she was talking to Siri. She would mumble to her and Siri would reply, "I did not understand that." And Paisley would respond, "you didn't?" Like she just couldn't imagine why this mechanical voice wasn't picking up what she was saying.
She also is very loving and cuddly and thoughtful. The kid loves to go anywhere and rarely complains if we're in public. And she's pretty. Really pretty. And funnier than I ever imagined a 3-year-old could be. And she has ensured that our house is full of life and excitement.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Graham FINALLY started walking!!! Paisley walked on the week of her 1st birthday, but we knew Graham was going to take things a bit slower. We did not know, however, that he would be nearly 16 months old before he'd walk. He is so much happier and so much less needy know that he can get around on his own. He plays with Paisley more and allows me to walk out of rooms without acting like I've walked out of his life forever.
He also weaned finally which I may have mentioned on one of my previous posts, but it still seems worth another shout-out since it took 15 months. I wasn't all that sad to wean either child because I thrive on increasing independence. Baby neediness kinda wears me out and I love having more of a relationship with the kids as they get bigger.
Sooo, life seems to be finding a new normal finally. Having two kids was an adjustment but not nearly as much as having the first. That rocked my world for a LONG time. They really love each other and I really love watching them interact. Totally worth it.