Monday, June 12, 2017

Summertime

Summertime!!!  Practically an entire month has passed since I was last able to really sit down and get some blogging in.  No bueno!

Our days fly by me.  Partly it's because I am mothering two little boys in two uniquely challenging stages.  A 6 month old (who's generally my angel baby) but deals with some sensory/processing issues.  And an almost 2 year old (who's the brightest, most tender-hearted little love on the planet) but who also has an abundantly strong will and independent streak!!

I'm challenged deeply by these two little humans.  They are refining me, changing me, molding me, and shaping my mothering hour by hour.  There are not to other little ones I would rather spend my days with but WOW can I get discouraged and tired sometimes! This is the verse on repeat in my mind lately:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

So while I figure out mama-hood with 2 under 2, we also try to fill our days with friends, family, creativity, nature, playdates, relaxing, and summer goodness!  Summer truly is the best (I mean, after fall of course!)

Our days look like:
chalk in our jammies
yogurt on the grass
6:55 a.m. bubble blowing
crying in the highchairs
neighborhood walks
tantrums
apologies from everyone
forgiveness from everyone
trying again
cool, dark naps
cousin playdates
juicy hands from popsicles
a house full of loud toddlers
coloring
craft time
building towers
first mug of coffee (finally!) at lunchtime
turning on the sprinklers
helping daddy mow
mountain of pillows and a movie
mama napping
quiet time in our rooms
mid-day bath from messy paints
trying solids
just one more oreo :)
homemade chicken soup
frosting cinnamon rolls with gram
clean up time
water play
love
impatient mama asking for her boy's forgiveness
daddy's home!
after dinner walks
evening strolls to the "windmills"
sound of the mower
smell of hose water
water the garden
visit with neighbors across the fence
hide from the heat in a cool basement
full hearts
tired bodies
snuggly lavender boys in jammies
blessed, blessed bedtime

This little boy loves to be a big helper.  Whether doing the dishes or fetching a diaper for baby's diaper change, he is mama's reliable right hand man!

BBQ with friends-all of these sweet boys were born within just a few months of each other

Evening building time with Daddy.  Such concentration from them both :)

Cousin couch snuggles, no shirt because big boys don't need shirts when they watch a show!

We are handsome dudes!

This naughty elephant made Gideon laugh and laugh-he was eating a tree he was clearly not supposed be touching

Any time is a good time for crafts according to Giddy.  His life theme should be "Stay Calm and Craft".  And he got to spend a morning with big cousin Rilyn a few weekends ago!

Water play at the zoo with cousin Rilyn

Bedtime snuggles with a tired baby.  He nuzzles right into your neck and will stay there all night if you let him

Cousins eating lunch and auntie snuggles

More crafting.  Giddy is like, "This is how you paint people, amiright?"  And on the right is one of ten toddler busy tubs I put together for the summer.  Future post!

Shaving cream time!!

I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with a group of my favorite women last weekend to celebrate Ali's birthday.  We laughed SO much and stayed talking for hours around that table



Big boy sitting up longer and longer unassisted!

Wow we look good-ha!  We had a putt-putt golf date last weekend that was so much fun.  Ryan got three hole in one's! WHO DOES THAT??

Finally, we get to Baby Boy!  He would love to start crawling any second!  And on the right meeting his Gigi (great-grandma).

Oh how my heart warms when these two make each other laugh or play together

Baby Boy started some solids!  A little rice cereal, applesauce, sweet potato and pears so far.  He loves none of it but we'll keep trying. 

Baby is a big helper when it comes to yard work!  He will sit in his hiking backpack for a surprisingly long time while Ryan mows or does outdoor chores.  Plus early morning snuggles-so sweet!

More cousins!  These boys have so many cousins I just love it.  Pictured is Rilyn holding Baby Boy and her brother Fynn (who is just 11 days younger than Baby Boy!)

I have about 1000 more photos to upload, a post to do on the toddler busy bins, and more life updates to give!  Next double long nap time where both boys are conked out it will happen!

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

John 1:16

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