Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Being Present

These boys. They make me want to hug them, squish them, put in earplugs and hide in my room all at the same time. Some days I'm exhausted and all I want is peace and quiet. A break from the screaming and the seemingly constant "mom, mom, mom, mommy, mommy". I want to hide in my closet and eat chocolate.

But then a little voice inside reminds me that they aren't going to be little forever. I keeping imagining them as teenagers and then I just want to sit on them and make them stay babies. I have been feeling a little convicted lately and trying to just embrace them as the kids that they are. Trying to not get irritated about them dumping dirt in the freshly filled swimming pool or throwing their entire lunch on the floor.

I'm trying to put down my phone a little more. Engage a little more. Be a little less distracted. Trying to say "Yes! Lets!" a little more instead of "No. Stop. Don't..." Embracing the sticky hands and the dirty floors. i love these babies with all my heart. So I'll take the "nuggles" with the fits and the "Mommy get closer"s even when I'm feeling touched out. I know they are growing up so fast and I just don't want to look back and wish I had slowed down and just been more present in this time.

We aren't promised forever. We aren't promised a certain number of months, days or hours. I'm doing my best to take each moment as it comes, to let the little things go and to love my family the best that I can. Even when they poop in the bath tub. Twice. In one week.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Staycation 2014: Glen Camping

Last year we somehow weren't scared to take a 2 month old and 2 year old camping, but this year we haven't been that brave yet. We really love camping, but it's just seemed a little daunting this year. We decided to settle for pseudo camping at my parents "campsite". We went up Friday night, unloaded our stuff and took the boys down to the river. They LOVED it. They were dressed when we got there, but between the sand and the water, it was a losing battle. The dug and scooped and poured and dumped (and even ate a little). 

After the river we headed back to cook up some hotdogs, hamburgers, fresh green beans and cinnamon rolls for dessert/breakfast. There's a burn ban here in WA so we couldn't have a campfire, which is sad because it's always my favorite part.

The wonderful thing about this kind of camping is we get to be indoors. The boys slept well and so did we. In the morning we went out to the park and then convinced the boys that we should swing by the pool on the way out (I know, right!?) Cohen has been less than impressed with pools this summer so I didn't have high hopes but wanted to see what he would do. Ezra took a little convincing and then loved sitting on the shallow step and splashing around. Cohen was harder to persuade but eventually I did get him to put his feet in and splash a little.

This was perfect for this year and here's hoping for some real camping at an actual campground in a tent and making s'mores camping next year!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Staycation 2014: Railway Museum

We have a little Railway Museum nearby and I have been wanting to bring Cohen for awhile now and we finally made it happen! I never really know how he's going to do at places, if it's going to be a 10 minute wander and leave type thing, but he loved it here. It's hard to find things that keep Cohen's interest without being overwhelming, too much noise, not enough things to touch etc.

We walked in the door and he was already trying to get to the trains before we even paid admission. It is super kid friendly which is really nice. There are little stair stations set up so the kids can get up close and see the trains.

There is another little section with smaller trains and the kids can push the buttons to make the trains go. Cohen was a little too tempted and kept trying to touch the trains as they went by and knocked them off a few times, whoops.

They also have several train tables set up and boxes of train toys that the kids can play with. Cohen loved the train tables and all the trains. His favorite parts are the bridges and seeing how many trains he can connect and making the longest train ever. The only downfall is that they don't drive very well and he hates it when they fall apart or fall off the tracks! But, he did really well and I was very proud of him.

Ezra also loved watching the trains too. He would climb up on the little stairs and watch the trains go by. He would point and grunt every time they came by.

It was kind of small, but I am thrilled to have found something that keeps both boys entertained, although it probably wouldn't be as easy to watch both boys without Danny. We'd definitely go back here for sure!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Staycation 2014: Picking Blueberries

This morning we headed out with my sisters and nephews for some blueberry picking. In the past, we've done strawberry picking but we totally missed it this year. There is a blueberry patch down around the corner from our house so we rode our bikes down. Cohen has always loved riding in the bike trailer so he was thrilled. He did a good job picking berries, refused to eat any, and got distracted by the big sprinkler. We brought the blueberries home for Ezra to chow down on, boy loves blueberries. Danny even made us some blueberry muffins!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Staycation 2014

We are on a little staycation over here, both Danny and I have the week off. We started the week off by a nice weekend away. We had two sets of friends getting married so we left the kids with Gramma and Grampa and had a little much needed grownup time.

We made a little list of things we'd like to do, but no set plans. Hopefully a nice balance of crossing some projects off our list, family fun, and relaxing.

For our first day, we laid low, put together some shelves from Ikea that we picked up over the weekend. And took a trip to the park after naps, per Cohen's request. The boys love our local park and really love splashing in the creek!

Can I just take a minute to say how proud I am of our big boy? Even within the last year he has come so far in his physical abilities and his confidence in them. From a kid who wouldn't walk on any kind of uneven or not firm surface to a guy who will go across the wobbly bridge (most of the time), climb ladders, and go on a tire swing! My heart is just so proud of him. It's the little things that are the big things.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Family Pictures 2014

We recently got our family pictures taken and I'm in love!!