Saturday, April 7, 2018

My Growing Girls

Hey, y'all! :)

I have come to terms with my sporadic blogging and will just do the best I can. It's been years since I've truly been committed to blogging, and for a long time, I felt guilty about not keeping up with everything like I used to. Especially when we had our second child and I'd literally recorded nothing about her here. I just have trouble finding the time.

The good thing is, technology has changed since I first started blogging. I have thousands of pictures and many memories from the past few years -- just not in words. Various technology allows me to keep up with those things -- saving them for when I DO have time to blog and share the stories that go along with them. ONE DAY.

In the meantime, I'll start with the now. And just give an update on my girls. My sweet girls.

We had spring break recently -- a rare staycation spring break. I'd planned to be in Baltimore for a work trip that week, but decided kind of last minute to stay home. I thought I would regret not attending the conference I'd gone to every spring for much of my career, but it ended up working out just fine. I'm actually glad I stayed home. We got a few things done around the house, and then took the girls to some cool places.

We definitely took advantage of the warming weather. We spent a lot of time outside riding bikes, blowing bubbles, etc.

We went to the park, of course.

We also finally visited the Space and Rocket Center, something we've been wanting to do for a while. 

Big M was absolutely fascinated with the place. She'd been reading a lot about space and rockets, etc., so she was just thrilled. 

There was a section for itty bitty ones, so we threw Lil M in there to get out some of her baby energy.

We were so happy to finally visit. We'll be going back in the summer. (And the visit, which would have cost us about $70, was FREE because we're members of our local science museum.)

We also went to the zoo one day.  We hadn't been in a while. I'm not even sure Lil M had been before. 

It was a great age for them both. M knows so much about animals now -- the facts she was telling me during the visit were fascinating. And she enjoyed being the guide -- holding the map and telling us where to go next. Of course the little one was just thrilled to see all the animals. It was great.

We ended up renewing our membership at the zoo, too -- we haven't been members in a while. So more zoo visits for us in the summer. 

So we had a great, relaxing spring break -- free of travels and all that comes with it (especially when you have chirrens). 

Now, to switch gears for a bit, let me tell you about my girls. I used to be good about sharing little tidbits about Big M at each age. Here's who my girls are today:

Let's start with my big girl first.

Ah, where do I start? 
  • If I could describe her in one word, it's hilarious. She has such a great sense of humor and keeps me cracking up. She's getting older so her jokes and conversation are genuinely funny (no more "pretend" mommy laughs, you know?). 
  • She's a bit messy and scatterbrained like her mama, poor babe.
  • Her favorite food is spaghetti, grilled cheese from a certain BBQ chain, pizza, and oatmeal. And she loves my brownies.
  • She has a sweet spirit and is kind 90% of the time. She is hard to convince that she's wrong sometimes, and likes to say what she has to say. That gets her in trouble. That's the other 10%.
  • She loves being outside riding her bike or scooter. 
  • She's smart. School has been interesting this year with her teacher out for maternity leave and a sub in with a very different approach with the kids, but we've been pleased with her academic progress overall. She remains above grade level in everything. She's a Tech Ambassador for her school and recently participated in her first conference.  

The biggest thing is that she's growing up and my heart can't take it some days. She is my first baby. She's getting to the age where she sometimes rolls her eyes when I call her cute and tells me to stop dancing and/or singing sometimes because I can't, apparently. I think her dad and I are no longer cool to her -- even an embarrassment sometimes. *gasp* But I still get about 75% of my little girl. We still have sing and dance parties. She still tells me everything. She still kisses and hugs me and lets me hold her when I want. I know how this goes, though. It will cease eventually. So I'm cherishing every single minute of it.

Then there's her baby sister...

...who's letting me live everything all over again. Oh, how the moments are precious.

Lil M will be two years old in a couple of months, and these first two years have been amazing. 
  • She's talking. A lot. Saying new phrases all the time.
  • Thanks to her grandmothers, she knows and does so much. She knows all of her letters, some numbers, all of her basic colors, and lots of shapes. We sent her baby sister to an expensive (and quite amazing) preschool, and I don't think she knew all of this at this age. It's kinda crazy.
  • She loves pizza, grilled cheese, and baked beans. Her absolute favorite food is bananas. That's if you don't count breastmilk. Yep, she still nurses. I'm thinking we'll stop around the time she turns two. That's going to be an interesting time in my household, that's for sure.
  • She's obsessed with pigs and has been since she knew what a pig was. We have them in various forms in the house -- books, stuffed animals, figurines -- it was even her Christmas ornament this year. Ha!
  • Speaking of books, she loves being read to (mostly looking for her favorite pictures and skipping to her favorite pages).
  • She loves being outside with bubbles, her tricycle, or looking for our neighbor's cats. 
  • She loves YouTube Kids. Judge if you must, but this kid loves her videos. It's definitely part of the reason she knows all those colors and letters, etc.
  • She's mama-crazy. There's no denying she's a mama's girl. It may have something to do with my having her endless supply of "milkie." 
  • She's just a sweet baby who loves to laugh and play.
Together, my girls are mostly sweet. However, whomever told me that their age difference meant they wouldn't fight was A LIE. Daily, I'm having to say, "GIRLS!" or "If someone gets hurt, EVERYONE'S in trouble" or "Everyone's going to bed early tonight" if the whining is out of control. But that's just part of the time. They're sweet to each other -- especially Big M to Lil M. She's an amazing big sister who is attentive and patient. She hates to see her little sister cry and will always try to make things better. The little one is a little firecracker to her big sister sometimes, but she loves her. They love making videos together where the big one is the "star" of the show and the little one is the "assistant." It's hilarious.

So that's us, y'all. Oh, me and DK? We're just adulting. Still teaching every day, but spreading our wings, too. Always looking to broaden our horizons. We do date nights as much as we can. Our parents are so good to us -- they encourage us to get out and do things just the two of us. We also eat an early dinner with just the two of us at least once a week while Big M is in gymnastics. As we get older, we realize how important it is to put each other first. We're trying to be so much better at that.

I hope all of you are doing well. I'm not sure when I'll blog again -- I still have so much to catch up on -- but I'm just going to continue to do what I can.

Have a great spring, y'all.

Much love,

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