I want them to have memories of their first room shared together. I want them to see where they slept, where they laughed and where they played. I want Griff to have memories of where he and daddy cuddled in their rocking chair and sang wonderful world every night before bed. I want them to remember the books we read and they toys we played with. Their room is simple, humble and full of treasures that hold meaning to us. I love all of the beautiful warm woods in this room. Chad handmade the dream catchers that hang over their cribs. The rocking horse my grandpa made for me when I was a baby. The rocking chair Chad and I found while living in Ogden at my favorite thrift shop- when griffin was just a few weeks old. Avett's stuffed bunny was handmade and given to us at his baby shower by a dear friend. Curious Georgie and froggie have been with Griff since he was 18 months old, given to him by his aunt, uncle and cousins on Christmas eve in Georgia. He will not sleep without them. The blankets are handmade by my mom and grandma. The dresser is a vintage hand me down from Chad's parents. They used it when Chad was a boy and I love that we now use it for our boys. When Avett turned 6 months old, we transitioned them to sleep in the same room together. Now, one will not go to sleep until his brother is laying in the crib beside him.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I'm trying harder to like Mondays, but it's not happening. Around here, our weeks are centered around daddy's work schedule. Griff is on top of it. He knows dad is home on the weekend and he knows Friday is the start of all the fun. Sunday night is usually rough, as he knows Chad will likely be gone before we all wake up. Lately the little turkey has been making his way to our bed in the middle of the night. He wants to hang out with dad. and, we let him. Because, he's 2 and our time together is just too short. Monday usually consists of many tantrums, time outs and plenty of tears as we adjust back to the week day schedule. The boys are on opposite nap schedules right now and so leaving the house for any period of time is difficult. Someone is always cranky.
I love taking photos of my boys. I love that I have the time to be with them and play with them everyday. I love when Griff says "mama, mama come with me" and pulls me by the hand. I love when Avey climbs in his red car, beeps the horn and looks at me with a huge proud smile. He doesn't walk yet at 14 months, but he climbs in and out of that car like nobody's business. They grow up so darn fast. Here is what our apartment looks like on a typical weekday- a mess, a beautiful mess. There are toys everywhere and as much as I try to contain the clutter, our living room is more like a wreck room. It's a real home and I'm so grateful for it.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I just adore these photos. The sunshine was so gorgeous today. This is us most weekends lately, when it isn't too cold outside. We go to the park. The boys are at such a cute age (2 and a half & 14 months) where they love to climb, slide and run and so the park is a perfect place for us to be. I love when we get out of the house, period. Chad has started his level two rotations and is finding himself very busy most days during the week. but he loves it. I love that he comes home with a smile on his face, eager to tell me about the day's victories. The stress of testing and the classroom is gone and the excitement of applying what he has learned is here. I'm so, so glad.
Avett has started talking. He says ball, book, cheese, cracker, baba, elmo, poo poo and can point to his head, belly and mouth when asked. I'm not positive but I think he outweighs Griff now. A isn't walking yet but I'm sure he will soon, once he knows he can. he walks with me while I hold his hand and he pushes his cart around the living room. he climbs stairs like a maniac and whines like nobody's business. He loves giving kisses, open mouth… watch out! Griff is really into his guitar (uke) right now and gives concerts several times a day. He loves baseball and hitting off of his tee. I swear it's just a matter of time before he swings that bat at his brother's head. or hits a line drive at me when I'm not looking. Griff is quite the talker. He always has a funny explanation for everything. He's very independent during the day and must do everything himself. His dad is his best friend.
This week we had an ice storm. It was 30 something degrees, rainy and we even got snow one day. The entire city closed down for about 48 hours and it was kinda fun- pretending that we had some real winter weather around here. I'm really enjoying my break from school this semester. Toward the end of last semester I darn near gave myself a heart attack trying to go to school, take care of chad during Menengitis and take care of my boys. I decided to graduate from Weber and focus more of my time on the boys. They will only be this little for so long. and I don't want to miss it. I've had more time to play with them and more time to enjoy Charleston. plus, my house is cleaner. sweet.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I deffinately am having a hard time letting this one grow up. I know I probably said that about Griffin too, but gosh. It doesn't get any easier.
Avett claps when we say "yay", rocks back and forth when he hears music, shakes his head no for no apparent reason other than cuteness, uses his baby sign language, and waves hi with both hands at once. A two handed wave is out of this world adorable.
This baby is my reader. he prefers to read alone, I just slow him down.
I miss nursing him. He only misses it when he needs comfort. It's been a deeply difficult experience letting that part of us change.
I miss sleeping with him early in the mornings, before anyone else was awake.
He is starting to want his dada more and more. Which means, less of me. It is nice to see them finally developing their bond and it's hard not being his only go-to.
I really do feel like I'm blessed beyond measure. My kids are kind-hearted rockstars and my husband is as solid as they come. Lately at night he's been telling me how he's the luckiest dad to go to bed knowing he has the best family in the world. Our life is simple, busy and exhausting. We live in a paradise where the weather is amazing, the water is nearby, the people are friendly and we have exactly what we need. And, now that we are starting to feel settled, Chad's schooling is coming to an end. We do not know yet where a job may lead us. But, come August, we may be experiencing more radical shifts.
Happy Birthday, baby Avey.