Weekend Recap

I’ve decided I really like recapping our weekends on Sunday nights, and I’m just going to quit worrying about if these posts are boring, because a year or two from now, it will be me re-reading them and enjoying the memories.

Yesterday Charlotte and I had our first family music class (the male half of our family has no desire for such things) and we had a blast! Charlotte took it all in, and I loved watching her watch the other children and enthusiastically shake chew on the bells during instrument time. Her favorite part was the “community drum”- a large, low drum that everyone played together. My little musician, for the first time, pulled herself up to standing on that drum! And then she proceeded to belly flop herself on top of the drum, where she happily lay while everyone else played around her. Silly goose. Later that night, as I held my sleepy newborn nephew curled on my chest, I thought of Charlotte and her music class escapades, and that just seven short months ago, she was my sleepy newborn. Too fast ya’ll. Too fast.

I took this picture yesterday afternoon- if there ever was a legitimate need for Photoshop, I think this may be it. I love almost everything about this picture…sweet expressions, brother and sister holding hands…but oh yeah, my boy looks like he went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Ugh, those mosquitoes got him good. He looks awful, and that swollen eye- yuck. The bites are still angry red today, but look like they are healing. Thank goodness we didn’t have a photoshoot or major event this weekend!

We went to Target for a few essentials: this is Charlotte’s new favorite position in her carseat…cracks me up. And I’m not sure why her sippy cup needs an additional label with her name on it- I guess my smudged Sharpie name wasn’t good enough for school!

Sunday night we had pizza with David, Hannah, and Hannah’s sweet sister while baby Theo was passed around. After dinner, the ladies sat around talking, laughing and cracking up over a new book that I devoured this weekend. Stay tuned later this week for a review and giveaway!

Today I dressed the kids in their monogrammed Sunday best (Charlotte’s dress was $4 on clearance at Target- score– and I had her monogram put on it), attempted a cute picture (FAIL- ha!) and we headed to church. Oh, and yes, I know the bow is big, but it looks especially giant in this picture. I promise (especially Traci and Rebecca) it didn’t look this ridiculous in person.

Today at church, Grayson went to the 3 year old Sunday School class with his new aid. We are thrilled he’s starting this new chapter, and love that he came home with his first Sunday School artwork- a handprint with stickers representing his family. But Grayson being Grayson, couldn’t do anything easily. Yesterday I wrote a letter to the sweet woman who volunteered to be his aid, including what to do if he has a seizure. I wrote (from Grayson), “I’ve never had a seizure at church, but it could happen.” Well, as soon as we were making introductions, guess what happened? Sigh. It only lasted 3 minutes, and he was able to go on with the morning, but REALLY?!

This afternoon, I attended a baby shower for a sweet friend who is having a girl this fall. After a somewhat stressful morning, it was a fun afternoon sipping mimosas and eating petit fours while oohing and ahhing over sweet tiny outfits and soft baby blankets.

Overall it was a fun weekend- now to bed to prepare for another busy week! Hope ya’ll had a great one!


Crazy Week

Well, September is here and is proving to be just as busy as I suspected. I’m finally sitting down to catch my breath after a whirlwind week.

Grayson has not had the easiest of weeks, poor kid. He had a seizure here at the house on Monday and then another at school on Tuesday, has been vomiting a lot, and overall hasn’t had much energy and has been really irritable. And to add insult to injury, today a mosquito (or more likely mosquitoes) decided to feast on his face- yikes! Thankfully, I learned just this morning to put lavender essential oil on bug bites, and within just a few minutes, he already looked almost normal again.

We finally wised up and got Grayson headphones for when we are out and about so he can listen to Veggie Tales without driving the rest of the world insane. He actually kept them on for almost three hours at church last Sunday. Sadly, we are at the point where Grayson can’t safely be in the church nursery anymore. Although he is still an infant in so many ways, he is too heavy and awkward to leave, so we are working on other arrangements at church. Last week, he went with us to Sunday school and church, and happily listened to his tunes almost the whole time.

My little social butterfly had her first day of “school” yesterday, and her teachers said she did really well. They described her as a “VERY active baby”- ha! She dove right in and started playing with the toys in the room when I dropped her off without even a glance in my direction, but was very excited to see me when I picked her up later that afternoon. Posing with her backpack (and munching on a leaf)…oh I can’t handle the cuteness- she is already such a big girl!

Today while Grayson was in school, my friend L came over to deliver Charlotte’s baby bedding! L so generously had the bedding made as a baby gift for us, and although it took quite a while to come, it is definitely worth the wait- GORGEOUS! I’m not going to post pictures until I can get some really good ones, but I will soon, I promise! Anyway, we went to lunch with L and Charlotte had her first pickle. This picture cracks me up, but I can assure you, after the initial shock, she loved it and happily munched on that pickle for several minutes.

(By the way, I can also assure you that my child doesn’t have to wear a giant flower on her head EVERY day. But she sure rocks them, yes?)

After lunch we went and introduced Charlotte to her cousin Theo. Theo was having a moment (while wearing one of Grayson’s tiny baby outfits, oh my heart) and Charlotte didn’t quite know what to think about all that crying. Again, I can’t wait to see these two in action when they team up in a few months!

In addition to keeping up with the kiddos, we’ve had quite a week on the home search front. For those of you keeping up, yes, we are still with my parents. We cooled the search for a few months to focus on enjoying our new family of 4, but have slowly been easing into finding a place of our own.

Grayson’s school is in an area of the city that is extremely expensive. And what we can afford is pretty much the opposite of extremely expensive. But, we want to be close enough to the school so that I’m not spending hours in the car each day (not fair to the kids or our gas bill). We also need either a one story or two story with a bedroom and bathroom downstairs for Grayson. And we need an area where we can put Grayson’s swing. So really we are basically looking for a needle in a haystack.

At this point, since January, we’ve either had contracts that fell through or have been outbid on no less than 6 houses. And we’ve found two that we LOVED but by the time we went to make an offer, they already had contracts on them. SO frustrating. This week, we’ve put offers in on two houses. One we ultimately decided against for various reasons, and we are waiting to hear back on our offer on the other one. Here’s the kicker: we haven’t actually seen the house. We’ll go look at in the morning, to make sure it’s as good in person as it is online, and should hear if our offer is accepted sometime Sunday.

So who knows if we’ll have a contract or not by the end of the weekend. I have determined that house hunting is not on my list of favorite things. But these two sure are…