I get on this blog a few times daily, but seldom want to post unless I have pics to include. My camera was acting funky a couple of weeks ago, we purchased a new one, but I needed to read the user manual, and I just took some pics last night that I hope to get posted this evening.
There are a lot of little things going on....but mostly it is same ol, same ol around here. Sometimes the monotony of being a stay at home momma just bores me out of my mind. Other days, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to witness all their early accomplishments.
I have made a couple of attempts to meet new people here with no success yet. I will continue to look for mommies with young kids. I continue to go up with Brian on Wednesdays to see old friends. I also plan on looking for part time work in about 2-3 months. We have PLENTY to keep us busy around here. It continues to be VERY difficult to get anything done with the kids under foot. Brian tends to move faster, be more focused, and is stronger, so often ends up doing the handyman house work while I keep an eye on the kids. That means I seldom get quality breaks from the kids, so the whole monotony thing can wear on me at times. We manage though. I try to get the kids outside every day. We have gone on hikes at the state park, go to local playgrounds, play in the backyard, etc. I want to scream "where are all the kids?!" because I hardly ever see anyone playing outside.
The kids are growing like weeds out here! I think this country air and running around are doing wonders for their growth and development. They are cute kids.
Iris is crawling from one side of the house to the other. Strangely, she still does not sit up on her own very well. She has a second tooth through and is babbling up a storm. She is a sweet girl that loves to be held. She is quite the diva for attention. I like watching her developing personality. She adores her big brothers.
Zane continues to be a bottomless pit for food. His vocabulary is greatly expanding and he has already hit his terrible twos! The kid continues to be strong willed/high spirited and takes life on full force knocking anything down in his way. Man, he is one intense little dude. We will have to find creative outlets for his energy as he gets older. He is so full of life - it is a joy to watch him at times. Other times, he is so full of piss and vinegar and it can be tough to be an effective parent. He is a hard little worker who wants to please us. It is cute how much he helps us with tasks.
Gareth has basically potty trained himself - we are proud of him. We have never pushed the whole potty training thing. When he has expressed interest, we hype it up. When there is not interest, we don't make a big issue out of it. We would talk about it often, but never make him sit, etc. His interest has come and gone over the last year until this past couple of weeks. His interest has stuck and we ran with it. He has been dry overnight and goes to the bathroom on his own - it is wonderful. We got him a toy as a reward and he worked hard all week to earn another one. He has done great. He is talking up a storm too and having lengthy conversations with us. Of course, there are all those why questions that are so fun to answer.
We love being out here in the country working towards our goals.
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