Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Looking for Treasure

My girls can not go outside without getting filthy.  I mean just getting in the car usually involves someone falling in mud or picking up some trash that has blown in the yard.

Anyway, it's always fun (when they already need a bath) to just let them have at it.  They dig and pick up and pour dirt (and ant hills) on each other's head.

They also want to pick up and "collect" everything.  A simple bag or bucket keeps them entertained for awhile.  This day, one collected sticks and the other collected rocks.  After 45 minutes I put them straight into the tub!  Langley's eyes stayed red the rest of the day - our allergies are brutal!

And, just because she's cute, here's my little buddy as we wait on sissy during her dance class.

So, September has taken the title of the WORST month for our family.  It used to be October, but now, the hardest month for us is September.  October has been a little gentler to us so far.

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

End of September

Showing me some of her ballet stretches...

Crazy hair night at AWANA...the "bowhawk"

Our precious cheerleader didn't quite cheer hard enough last week.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Already Mid-September

We are 3 weeks into pre-season.  Some days are brutal, some are loooong, some are exciting, but the last few weeks have really been a blur.  We counted and Josh sees the girls around 11 hours A WEEK. 

Here are some things we've done:  gone to some volleyball games, awanas, hosted the team for lunch one saturday, gone out to lunch with the college sunday school class, Langley started dance twice a week, gone to hot springs for the day, attended first fair, gone to breakfast every friday morning, and went to camp paron for 24 hours for Josh to speak at the campus ministries fall retreat.  

The weather is cooling down, but mosquitos are still horrendous.  And, I'm a little nervous because all the weather people are talking about a catastrophic winter.  I can think of few things worse than being trapped here without power during basketball season.

Also, my 4 year old does 2 things:  ask questions and complain.  Help me, Lord.

We are doing our best.  Taking 1 day at a time.  Finding joy in simple things.  Trying not to take myself too seriously.  Praying a lot.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Making a Splash

We love this splash park.  We stay about an hour and they are completely worn out!  Again, we were the only people there for most of the time!

Langley was all about having the water dumped on her head.  Aubrey is always a bit more cautious.  They run and squeal the whole time.  

Thankful for these moments.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

L & A

As you can see, someone was not interested in taking pictures.  

I'm loving my days with these girls.  Now, we are not without major frustration and whining (all 3 of us are guilty of this some days,) but in general, these are pleasant ages.

Langley will just wake up on a random day and be so much more mature.  Or, her speech and communication will suddenly improve, or her motor skills will surprise me.  She asks me so many questions every day.  It's unreal.  I know it's normal.  But, holy moly, it is unreal how much she talks and how many questions she asks.  The child who didn't string more than 2 words together at almost 3 years old, will now not stop talking.  I've usually reached my first "question limit" by 8:30 am.  

Her thing today has been dressing her barbies and princess dolls.  Yesterday, she would have whined and asked me to fix their dress OR paid zero attention to them.  Today, she has dressed them all, fixed the hair,  and they are sitting on the couch with us, she never once asked me to help or got frustrated.

Aubrey is hilarious.  She's two.  She is my baby.  I'm really into soaking up the baby-ness with her.  Langley was a big sister at this age, so I missed a lot of this sweetness.  

Not to sound dramatic, but everything she says is adorable and precious.  She has a major lisp, but talks almost as clear as big sister.  She is sweet, happy, joyful, and excited about life - things I thought she may never be when we were in the middle of "the screaming."  She is still a great napper and sleeper, but I am more relaxed with her and if we get off schedule, she and Langley handle it pretty well!

These sisters are the best.  They are pretty different in personality, but their sisterly bond is already evident.  They drive me crazy, but bring me immeasurable joy.  I love it!

I told Langley to "make a face like Aubrey."

Monday, August 25, 2014

New (School) Year

It's New Year's Day here.  Our life revolves around an academic calendar, so WBC starts classes today and it might as well be Jan 1.

August is equal parts exciting and terrifying.  This year the weather has been awesomely in the 80's until the week of move in and then it remembered this is August and we've been in the 100 degree range for several days.

After 4 years of not working in student services and dealing with all things move in, it's still very strange for me to just be at the house when all the orientation and registration excitement is going on around me.

The girls have been good.  We've done well with Langley being at home instead of preschool.  It's definitely more of an effort to get out and find social interaction, but it's been nice.  She's started Awana again, and Aubrey will go this week.  Josh and I may go eat dinner while they are at church on Wednesdays.  Go ahead, judge us.

We are "helping" in college sunday school now (really just the token old people in there who will fill in when the Norvell's cant teach.)  Josh is still the FCA sponsor and I'm hosting a bible study for some FCA girls starting in a few weeks.  Langley starts dance after Labor Day, and we are going to have family breakfast each Friday morning.

After things gets rolling and we get past all the first days of registration, physicals, meetings, etc, we will find a groove and I think the year will be a good one.  We have 17 players.  That means 17 extra family members with all the needs and questions.

Over the summer we chose a family verse.  Colossians 1:17  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  

Happy Monday.  Cheers to 2014-15!

And if you haven't, go dump some water on your head and make a donation to the ALS charity of your choice so we can move on from this phenomenon and I can look at facebook without getting super annoyed.  Thanks.  Happy Monday. (We did it yesterday.)