Though we have slowly moved past the "survival mode" stage of life after adding another baby to the family, life lately seems to go through phases of breezy, manageable, and oh-my-goodness-is-it-bedtime-yet?
Those three phases seem to have fluctuated more than normal these past several weeks...and usually lingering on the last one for longer than I prefer. Yet, I don't really know what makes it so hard some days. I'll look at the clock sometimes and think "what? It's only 9:30am? How in the world am I going to make it until Ryan gets home?"
This picture sums up our life at home: One in a princess dress, one in pajamas, and one naked. If only one were crying, it would really capture our every day norm. ;)
Now, onto updates for the last month:
We don't usually eat cold cereal for breakfast, let alone dinner time, but one evening, after a long day, I pulled out some cereal for the girls and then went into another room to feed Jane. I came back to soggy rice crispies and milk covering their entire half of the table, their chairs, their bodies, and the ground.
Too tired to care, I snapped a few pictures, hauled them to the bath, and left the mess for later (which I regretted big time as the hardened gummy cereal was a real pain to scrape up).
I told them that we had to take a break from eating cereal until they could learn to keep their areas clean when eating. Norah was especially diligent in keeping up her promise when I finally said we could try again.
Several of my friends have been getting married this summer, so it's been fun to go together as a family and enjoy all the beautiful receptions. The girls loved running around while holding hands.
I got to a point where I didn't want to take the girls in the back yard anymore because Lucy loved running straight toward the busy street. It was so stressful to try and keep her from sneaking away, so I told Ryan we needed to get something, anything, to block off the driveway from the yard. He and his dad got a couple of garden fences and staked them to the ground. It has been a life changer!
Not only does it prevent my child from becoming the next Flat Stanley, but it also means that our neighbor dogs can't come and fertilize our yard anymore. Yes!
My friend's son was turning one and so they threw a little circus party for him. I offered to make a cake for them and had fun putting it together. The bottom layer was covered in sprinkles and I knew that meant we would be sweeping up sprinkles forever. Sure enough, it's a couple weeks later, and I still occasionally find them swept up in my dustpan.
I told Ryan that I can't make cakes for other people anymore because every time I do, I go to bed and have nightmares all night that someone is smashing and wrecking it. haha pretty pathetic.
The party was adorable and had so many fun touches, this ball pit being a favorite of the girls'.
Jane was in heaven. It was so adorable to watch her flap her arms around and chew on as many balls as she could grab.
Lucy and Norah loved sliding and jumping into the balls while screaming at the top of their lungs.
Wispy, static-y hair:)
It's a pretty rare event when Ryan and I go on a date. Luckily, my sister and her husband are so willing to babysit whenever we ask, otherwise I don't think we'd ever get out without kids!
This time, I planned a hike after my brother told me about a really pretty spot up Provo canyon.
I knew Ryan wasn't exactly thrilled about a hiking date in the first place, but when we got to the "trail" only to find it didn't lead anywhere, all my excitement quickly drained and was replaced with disappointment and annoyance. We traipsed all over creation trying to find the view my brother talked about, but to no avail.
Ryan was a good sport, despite my misleading him. Plus I got a couple pretty pictures.
We watched the sun set and then grabbed a jamba juice before hurtling back home in our mini van.
Ryan wanted to make it up to me the next day by having a family outing walk around the pond. Except it was approximately 2,000 degrees, so we cut it short and headed home for a picnic in the shaded backyard.
Jane impressed us all by sitting without fall over. She has now mastered this skill, which makes life more fun for everyone.
Her little leg rolls are too cute to not stop and take pictures.
The slide has become pretty obsolete since the sun heats it up too hot and we've had one too many burned thighs. But in the evenings, and with daddy holding their hand, the girls can't get enough.
I love this picture of Norah's double-chin laugh and Lucy clutching both Ryan's hand and her sandwich.
Norah's drawing of our family
Me: Norah, why don't you sit next to your drawing so I can get in closer with the camera?
Norah: No, because I don't want the bugs to get me.
The girls love snatching up Ryan's hat and modeling for us. :))
Jane had a little stomach bug, but it had been a few days without any symptoms, so we thought she was over it. One morning, Ryan was about to leave for work, so he changed Jane's diaper, put her in the bumbo on the bed (despite my saying she didn't have to sit in the bumbo), and left. I was resting in bed for just a bit longer when a few minutes later, I heard gurgling noises. And then came the eruption. All I can say is thank goodness Ryan put her in the bumbo, because it was covered. No diaper stood a chance against such a beefy explosion. Needless to say, it put me in a cleaning mood for the rest of the day.
My tomato plants are growing and ripening quickly. Two will be ready in the next couple of days and you bet I've been checking on them several times a day in anticipation.
We've enjoyed the unstructured time without preschool for Norah, though she is very anxious to start up again. She constantly asks when it's time to go back and sometimes tells me about the show and tell items she is going to bring.
It has been a great summer over all and I love spending my days with my girls.