Thursday, January 27, 2011

Keepin' It Real

I am loving having three kids right now. Of course it can get crazy, it's exhausting, and it's never fun when all three kids are crying at one time. But, I do love the family that God has blessed us with.

However, I don't want to give anyone the illusion that we've "got this under control." So, tonight after supper I took pictures as proof that our house is anything but under control. Ha!

Clint giving Sydney and K-Man breathing treatments. And Jack wanted to be a part of everything. Exhibit A of why my house is nuts. Notice the Checkers game on the couch. Jack seriously wanted to get out all of the checkers at that very moment. See what I mean? Crazy.

Looking into Jack and Sydney's room....notice the bed (that is never made...ever) and the toys that have been drug out.

And this is where it all ends up: the kitchen. While I cook, they destroy.

K-Man's room...aka Babyland. When I'm desperate, I empty all the toys out of the baskets, put both babies on the floor, and leave the room. They either get happy or cry a lot. Either way, supper gets cooked.

Aaaaaand, at the end of the day, this is what's left. A little pile of toys and clothes that I pick up after everyone has gone to bed. I leave it all at the end of the hall by Jack and Syd's room, but I would NEVER attempt to put up their toys after they have gone to sleep. They could wake up. And that's not cool.

So now you have it.....I'm just keepin' it real.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Great Season!

Our adventures in organized sports began this year with Jack participating in the Rapides Junior Runners Association.

We learned two important things about our son:
  • If he doesn't perform as well as he expected, he will be very disappointed. You can tell him you're proud and brag on how well he did, but he doesn't appreciate it. When he IS proud of his performance, you better brag on him for days. If you don't, he'll remind you how great he did :)
  • Jack is very enthusiastic about everything he does, which makes doing anything with him fun. I can't wait for the spring and summer seasons with my over-the-top fun boy.
This spring he will be playing T-Ball. I cannot wait to see how he plays with a team and how well he understands the game. Here goes the first of MANY springs and summers at the ball park!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

How It's Going

Really, really well (just ignore the twitching eye)!!

I've had this question many times over the past couple of weeks, so I thought I'd share: How do we do it with three kids between 7 months and three years and two that don't walk or talk?

A: By the grace of God. There is no way in this world we could go 14-15 solid every single day without His help and provision. Our goal is to stay connected to our "power source" because without Him, we could do nothing.

B: By being neurotic. We have a rigid schedule that would probably make other families crazy, but it's working for us. We follow the same routine every morning and evening, we do laundry every day, and we run the dishwasher full of bottles every night. (Yes, the dishwasher ritual is wasteful, but if you think I'm hovering over a hot sink full of sour bottles after teaching all day, you're nuts!)

C: I work outside the home. Thank you, Lord. Amen. Yes, I'm completely, utterly exhausted by 8:30 every night, but I get interaction with people that can string together a complete sentence that has nothing to do with poopoo.

D: Help. Clint's parents watched all three kids for the day last Thursday and it was such a mental relief for me. My mom wrote me a note to say that she's ready to babysit whenever we need her, and I know she means that. Saturday night is childcare night at Calvary and Clint and I are going to dinner. And I have a host of high school girls that would love to squeeze on fat babies for a couple of hours if I needed them to!! I'm learning to let go of my pride and ask for help when I need it.

E: Things on the Calendar: We made a decision that as we continue in this foster care journey, we would have to schedule time away from family. Clint and I will each schedule one weekend away by ourselves (like me without Clint) for each semester (I'm going to Austin in February for a half-marathon) and Clint is supposed to be thinking of a weekend trip he wants to take. And then once a semester we will schedule a weekend away together. Just seeing "time away" on the calendar helps to keep us balanced. Also, we are taking a beach vacation this summer! I'm so excited about just.....being.

F: Your prayers. Thank you, so much, to those of you who are praying for us and for the K-Man. He is truly a blessing in our lives and we are honored that God chose our family to be K-Man's stopping place for a few months.

10 Months Old (2 Weeks Late)

Sydney turned 10 months old on December 22nd, but I'm just now getting around to updating:

At 10 months, Sydney is:
  • on her hands and knees, rocking back and forth (yes, we are well aware that she is about three months behind on her physical development. However, she is making considerable progress and the pediatrician says as long as she is pulling up by 15 months and walking by 17 months, she'll be okay. We are very excited that she is showing interest in crawling!!)
  • Can go from her tummy to sitting by doing the splits and rolling her hips backwards to a sitting position. It's hilarious!
  • Taking three or four bottles and three meals a day. She refuses to feed herself, though. I don't know why she won't put anything in her mouth! She'll figure it out one day, though.
  • Saying "mama"
  • Loving dolls with all of her little heart
  • Enjoying having K-Man around to play with
  • Thinking Jack is hilarious....she laughs at him even when I think he will make me crazy
  • Still the sweetest little girl there ever was

Roll With It....

Bathtime can be a little crazy around here! Until a couple of weeks ago, Sydney HATED bathtime. She screamed the whole way through it and it was miserable for everyone. Then, it's like a light came on for her and now she loves it! She splashes and plays for as long as you'll let her!

K-Man is indifferent about bathtime. He just hates it when Syd splashes water in his face. But, otherwise, he's just chill.

Now, for the best bathtime picture EVER!!

Can you count the rolls???

And here they are ready for pajamas and bed!

And, just for fun, I spent some of my Christmas money on some living room updates. I bought a lamp, some picture frames, and redid the window above the couch. It looks so much "homier"!