Where does one even begin when I haven’t posted a blog in a year?!? I guess the basics and the big stuff.
Mason is now 16, Judge is 5 and the twins are 2.
We sold our home and bought a new one.
Judge finished transitional kindergarten.
The “babies” as we still call them are no longer babies AT ALL! They are amazing little humans.
That is the basics. Now for some more in depth of those.
We loved our home that we had. It was the perfect size and lay out for our family. What wasn’t perfect was the location, something you don’t think about when you buy before you have kids. We bought our first home when we had just Mason. As the years progressed and our family grew the street got increasingly busy. It was the main road between our subdivision and the nearby shopping center. Whenever we would load the kids in the car we had to keep an extra close eye on them to make sure they stayed near and didn’t head to the street where cars were not paying any attention for children. So we decided to list the house. What we didn’t realize was the impact that busy street would be on selling a home. It took us many more months than we expected. We listed it September 2016 and didn’t sell until January 2017. In that time frame we had an offer fall through, offers we made on other homes get declined, price decreases and interest rate increases. In the end though we ended up right where we belonged! We are in a home that is at the back of a cul-de-sac with a huge back yard and a pool. The kids can ride their bikes in the street and play basketball and we don’t have to worry about speeding cars. Our neighbors are all wonderful, friendly and amazing. When we moved in people brought us cookies and plants. I asked Corrie “people really still do this?!?” We are only a couple weeks in to warmer weather and we have already hosted several pool parties. I love having people over and this is the perfect house for it. The kids have a play room downstairs and all the bedrooms are upstairs which is also very nice. They can be in the play room but are not far enough away that we can’t hear what is going on. I am certain this will be the home we stay in for a very long time.
Judge was in TK (transitional kindergarten) this year. Since his birthday is November and the guidelines are now that you have to be 5 by the end of August to start kindergarten they have TK for Sept. – Dec. birthday babies. He loved it and had the most amazing teacher. It is crazy to me the things they teach. I remember when kindergarten was snacks and cutting and pasting. Not any more! Since we moved Judge will be switching schools. He will start kindergarten at the school that is about half a mile from our home in August.
The twins, the babies, Jace and Summitt, however we refer to them at any given moment are doing great! They have moved to the 2 year old room at daycare and are just learning and gowing and continuing to amaze us. They each have such unique personalities and I love it. Summitt is true princess. She loves to be taken care of and doesn’t give of her affection freely. She takes a bit to warm up to people and if she hasn’t met you before do not expect even a smile from her. That is just who she is. Jace on the other hand, he is a lovey boy for sure. He gives the best hugs and his smile will light up a room. Watching the two of them together is so exciting to see. They love and take care of each other so much already. They share a room but are in separate cribs. Jace wakes Summitt up most mornings by singing Happy Birthday to her. I could watch this in the monitor all day. It is adorable!
The rest of life is plugging along. Mason finished his sophomore year and will be a junior next year. Corrie is coaching summer basketball. I am just being a mom and a wife. I am glad to be back in this space and already have some posts I am working on in my head so stay tuned.
Our new home
Yep this about sums up every single night at our house
I have completely neglected my blog. I still follow so many of you and am also your friend on Instagram and/or FaceBook and love keeping up. I am going to find my way back here soon. Soon meaning I have a ton of draft blogs started but none are complete thoughts. Hang on and I promise to be back.
My babies are 1! How did that happen?!? But it did and we survived. As Corrie put it, “it has been a beautiful mess”. It has not always been easy and some days were by far worse than others but I would not trade it for anything.
This little lady is so full of personality. If she is familiar with you she will give freely of her hugs and smiles but if she does not know you or has not seen you often be prepared for no love from this girl. She has a look she can give you that makes me already afraid of her when she is a teenager. She is not messing around and does not have time for this…HA! On the flip side though she is such a sweet little girl. She has a deep belly laugh that you can’t help but laugh at yourself. Her eyes light up when one of her moms walk into a room and she loves all of the attention that each of her brothers give her. She is not walking yet. I am sure part of it is because she doesn’t mind a bit that everyone carries her around like the princess that she is. At her well baby check she was 20 lbs. 4 oz. and 28.5″. I am pretty sure part of her weight is due to her cute thighs!
This guy is one of the sweetest most loving littles ever. Jace always has a smile on his face. It doesn’t seem to phase him if he has something and Summitt takes it from him he just moves on. He is always willing to share whatever he has with anyone who is around him. Jace is walking and has been for close to a month now. It is just the most adorable thing to see this little person moving all around. Jace’s hearing is better but he continues to be plagued by ear infections that just will not clear up. He has an appointment with a specialist on Monday and we are hoping to find some relief for the poor guy. At his well baby check he was 20 lbs. 4 oz and 28.7″. It is so amazing to me that Summitt and him are the same. To see them side by side you would never guess they are.
Judge is doing well. He will be doing transitional kindergarten this fall. That is for kids who have birthdays September – December. So since he will be going to school by our house we had to find him a new daycare. That was something we didn’t take lightly. He has been at the same daycare with the same group of ladies since he was just weeks old. We consider these ladies part of our family. At least the two twins will still be there or I might have a slight breakdown not seeing them every morning. Anyways we feel good with the lady we met and she will get him to and from school every day. We plan to start him there a few weeks before school so that he has some time to adjust to it before he has to adjust to school as well. Judge is also playing tee ball. He really seems to enjoy it and it is super cute to see him out there in a uniform running the bases.
Mason is in the last month of his freshman year in high school…CRAZY! He has kept up with the good grades all year. He is on the baseball team and really enjoys that. He also has his first official girlfriend which I am not so sure how I feel about that. I think he is a bit young and would like to set some better guidelines and rules but when he is not with me 100% of the time it makes it a bit more difficult. He is already getting himself set for activities he will be involved in at school next year and that is exciting. I see big things for this kid if he sticks to what he is passionate about.
Corrie is attending a basketball clinic in Las Vegas from Friday – Sunday. I am excited for her in that she will be around some very knowledgeable and legendary coaches. However this also means I will be alone with the 3 youngest for 2 nights and 3 days. YIKES! I promise I will not complain to much. Corrie also did an AMAZING job on the decorations for the birthday party. She is so crafty and has a vision that I most certainly do not have. Everything turned out perfect. I am just sad we didn’t get more pictures. She has also started making things with vinyl such as t-shirts or she is able to put words and designs on acrylic cups. Her attention to detail is what makes her stuff even better. She has just been doing things for family and friends but the requests once someone sees what she has done just pour in.
I am busy just keeping up. I feel like someone always has to be some where and needs a ride. Thankfully Corrie is able to help do that often. I find myself at times having to remind myself to just stop and enjoy what is around me. To not be in a hurry or to not have to do those dishes or fold that laundry and just enjoy the time with my children and wife. However with being as busy as I am I am taking on something new in the coming weeks. I am going to start selling LuLaRoe. If you are not familiar with it you need to be. It is a clothing line for women that is skirts, dresses, tops and the most amazing leggings I have ever owned. Everything they have is amazing and good quality. It is a direct sales company and it is sold through in home pop-ups or online sales. There are many things I like about it but one is that you can go to a pop-up and leave with a new outfit. I am all about the instant gratification. Ordering something and then having to wait 2 weeks after you order I do not do well with.
I think that is all for now. Life is definitely good!
So so much to share! Life has been moving along with a lot going on. Each of us has something we are busy with and that in turn keeps the rest busy. I don’t have time to write it all out right now but plan to do a pretty extensive update this weekend or early Monday.
The twins turn 1 tomorrow! (How did that happen?!?) So we (Corrie) have been busy planning and prepping for a small (50 people!) party tomorrow. Throw in baseball games and practices and me getting ready to launch my own direct sales business and we are jamming.
But I will leave you with some cute pictures and just know there will be a lot coming next week.
These kids love their big brother more than I can express.
Corrie and I both grew up in a family of four. Our parents were never outnumbered by children. We are outnumbered by children. Our family is big and can sometimes be loud and comes with a lot of stuff. However we have recently figured out that due to the size of our family, or maybe the fact we have two babies, we are not being included or invited to things. To me this is hurtful and rude. Corrie however said maybe its something we need to get used to. I just don’t get it. If someone wants an event kid free just tell us and we will find a sitter if we can. Let us make that choice though, don’t make it for us by not inviting us.
Maybe I am being to sensitive?! This just came about again a couple of days ago and each time we realize what happened it stings a little for me. It makes me wonder why. It makes me question friendships. But it never makes me question the size of my family.
The babies are 9 months old. We have survived 9 months with having twins. That I think is more of the miracle on some days. We had their well baby check yesterday and they are both doing well.
Summitt is 26.5″ and weighs 18 lbs. 1 oz. She is now doing the army crawl and getting around just fine. She is cutting her two bottom teeth and I think it is harder on her than it was on Jace. Summitt has been babbling for quite some time now and really gives you the what for if she isn’t happy with something. She LOVES her older brothers. She gets so excited when Mason come into the room and can be found laughing at Judge on a regular basis. Judge calls her his girl. It is the sweetest thing. Summitt is very laid back and if you hold her she will sit in your lap happy as can be for long periods of time. She is very much our chill baby. She sleeps fairly well. She wakes up usually only once per night. She would probably even sleep through the night if her noisy little brother didn’t disturb her.
Jace is 27″ and weighs 18 lbs 14 oz. To look at the two side by side you would think Jace is so much bigger than Summitt but that obviously is not the case. He is certainly a sturdy guy that is for sure. He has been crawling for a couple of months now. He pulls himself up on everything and has in the last few weeks started to cruise along the furniture. I am almost certain he will be walking by his first birthday. He has two bottom teeth with two more working their way in. Jace almost always has a smile on his face. He is just a happy guy. He is constantly moving and exploring everything the world has to offer him. However he sleeps terribly. He has taken to sleeping on the living room floor at night. By sleep I mean where he stays for longer than 30 minutes. He usually wakes up at least 2 times per night sometimes more. How long he stays awake varies. This week I have been able to catch some good tennis from the Australian Open since it is on live until 3 am! I would much rather be sleeping!
Judge can be registered for transitional kindergarten this year. This is for kids who have birthdays September-December. He is a November baby so TK it is for him in the 2016-2017 school year. On Monday it is registration at the public school that is in our neighborhood. Corrie will go stand in line to do that. Then we are thinking we are also go to put his name in the lottery at a charter school that is close by. If he doesn’t get into the charter school he will go to the public school. The public school scores high on standardized tests and it is a good school (Mason went there in 4th and 5th grades) so if he doesn’t get picked in the lottery it would be ok. Unfortunatly this means we will have to find Judge a new daycare. He currently goes to one close to my work but because he will need transportation to and from school we will have to find one closer to our house. Corrie has already made a few phone calls and we have some prospects. We absolutely love where him and the babies go now so the thought of moving him makes me sad already. We also just got an email and he will have his first t-ball practice on Friday.
Mason got straight As on his report card and is getting ready to try out for the freshmen baseball team. He is not quite sure what to expect as he isn’t sure how many kids will be out there. We have just told him to give it everything he has and not stop. I just saw what the game schedule looks like and to say we would be busy from Mid-Feb until May would be an understatement.
The moms are hanging in there. Some days the lack of sleep gets to us more than others. I was told once before by TheLadyKing over at Impossibly Royal that at the end of the day if all the kids are still alive than you did your job and man there are days that this could not be more true. Then there are day when everyone gets along, the babies entertain themselves for a bit, the older boys are able to do their own thing and I get a glimps of the future and realize ok I am going to be able to do this. Corrie is getting close to the end of basketball season which means she will not be gone a couple nights a week and I know I am excited about that. While I fully support her coaching and love of basketball I will also be the first to admit that having that extra set of hands at meltdown:30 is wonderful. Now if we could just get the kids to sleep and for them to stay asleep so we can have time to sit and watch TV uninterrupted would be nice.
So many of my friends in the blogging community are talking about their baby’s sleep. Maybe it is the time of year? Maybe it is we all have babies around the same age? Or Maybe it is that it is just something we all have to go through and it is miserable! Our family is no exception in that we too are fighting the evil sleep/no sleep issue.
When the babies were newborns we let them pretty much make their own sleep schedules. When one would wake in the middle of the night we would wake the other just so that they were being fed at the same time and we could keep it from one always being awake and one being asleep. Then it got to the point where Summitt would not eat if she was not ready. You could not make her do something she didn’t want. We moved them from rock and plays in our room to their own cribs in a room they share. That worked for a bit but they were waking every few hours to eat.
About five weeks ago Jace decided that the only place he was willing to sleep was our living room floor. So he would fall asleep and we would lay him on the floor. Then when it was time for Corrie and I to go to bed I would make my bed on the couch. He would wake up usually two times per night and sometimes be awake crying and screaming for an hour, sometimes he would eat and fall right back to sleep. We were finding no pattern in this. Summitt would sleep in her crib and usually wake up once and Corrie would always tend to her. We did this pattern for about 3 weeks. Luckily we have a comfy couch but sleeping in a bed would have been nice! After we went to the specialist about his ears and he was put on an antibiotic for fluid in his ears we decided to try putting him back in his crib. We thought maybe his ears had been bothering him all along and with them being better he would sleep better. This worked for about a week. For a week we were able to put them both in their cribs around 8:00 PM and they would wake once around 1:30 AM to eat and be changed and then would not wake again until 7:00 AM. Corrie and I were thinking maybe we had turned a corner…..WRONG! This week we have gone backwards. The babies started playing leap frog with someone waking up every two hours. So we were sleeping in 2 hour chunks. When a baby wakes up usually Corrie makes a bottle while I change a diaper and then they eat, fall back asleep and we move them back to their bed. This can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes. Last night we decided we need some sleep,because this leapfrog wasn’t working. So we put both babies to bed at 8:30 PM (Corrie had a basketball game so it was a little later night) and when Jace woke up at 12:30 I took him down stairs and feed and changed him and then put him where he wants to be…the floor. Corrie got up with Summitt when she woke up at 1:30 but I was downstairs sleeping so didn’t hear them. Jace woke again at 4:30 and I took care of his needs and put him back down. So basically we are each taking a baby. This is only going to work for so long. At some point these babies need to SLEEP IN THEIR OWN CRIBS ALL NIGHT! This mom is tired of sleeping on the couch! I am doing what I have to so that I can get a few hours of sleep before I have to get up and get myself ready for work and the rest of the house ready for their days. I keep telling myself someday these babies will sleep all night and this will all be a distant memory but that someday can not come soon enough!