As Abigail grows she has more and more small responsibilities around the house. Her chores are a variety of different things that are at her level and let her "help" me. But one chore she created by herself. I hang the family's laundry from a clothes line off of the deck.
Part way through the summer Abigail decided that the wires on the deck could be "her" clothes line and thus her new chore was created. She is in charge of hanging all of our cloth napkins, burp rags and dishtowels on her line. She loves this and has been know to use up to 6 clothes pin on one rag.
Now Ethan, because his chores aren't as advanced as Abigail, is so jealous of her responsibilities. The other day we were hanging laundry and I look over and see him very intently trying to hang his own rag with the clothes pins he had snagged from Abigail's hung rags. I wanted to capture this moment as he was so proud to be doing a chore with Abigail, even if he was putting the clothes pin all upside down. May he always want to help out, although I have a feeling once the chores are assigned to him alone they might looks their appeal.
Grammie is big into Arts and Cracks. It is so fun for the kids because they now know that when Grammie visits some new idea will arrive as well.
This time the project was a white t-shirt, sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. You color with the markers and then spray the shirt with the rubbing alcohol and it smears the color into the fabric. What fun for the kids to be given permission to color on clothes in any design, and with any skill they had. They are very proud of their new t-shirts!
I have some wonderful news. Our little Naomi has started going to bed at night. Sometimes it still takes until around 10pm but a lot of days recently has found our little lady in bed, asleep, by 9 pm. This is huge as up until recently she was still staying up until 11/12 or later. She has been my hardest child to get into a bedtime routine. Maybe it is the chaos in the house during the days that makes here want to sleep then and be awake when the big kids sleep or maybe it is the days of endless daylight in the summer. But now fall is almost here and it is getting dark out at night and with that our girl is starting to go to bed.
This mama is very thankful. She still gets up to nurse several times at night but I can handle that. A normal bed time is so good for everyone. I do hope that by writing this post I don't jinks the whole routine, we will have to wait and see.
Biking is a big deal at our house right now. Ethan got his new scooter bike and that lead to Abigail asking when she could have a bike of her very own. Lucky for us a friend had hand -me-down pink and purple bike just waiting for Abigail a few days later. Very little instruction was needed and then this happened.
Only problem now is that Ethan is very confused why his bike doesn't have pedals.
I am blessed that I get to spend time each day with my kids. But just like any stay-at-home mama, the sight of daddy's car pulling in the driveway is a welcomed sight each day, reinforcements. Yesterday, after spending all day with me, I encouraged the kids to go play with daddy in the yard for a few minutes while I nursed Naomi. Abigail looked at me with a sad face and said, "But mama, I have to stay with you so you don't feel lonely with just Naomi."
Being physically lonely, it is not something that I face very often these days at all.
When Grammie was here last week she brought Ethan's birthday present.
And in order to get a present there needed to be a little party.
Turning 2 is a fun time where a few turtle masks, your sisters, grammie and mama, and leftover pancakes topped with your favorite fruit is a super fun party.
Especially when Grammie bought the good whip cream and mama teaches you how to eat it right out of the can. You should have heard the laughs this brought from both Ethan and Abigail...big highlight of their day and they will never look at whip cream the same way again!!
But the real joy came from the well chosen gift. I love this look of joy has Ethan first saw the box.
Our boy has his very own scooter bike. I hear the words My Bike all day every day now. He is in love. Thank you Grammie and Grandpa.
The other day we had a break in the rainy clouds. The sunshine was wonderful and it reminded me how bold I can be with arts and cracks in the sun.
Because even though inside crafts can be fun, it is much harder for this mama to bring out the "messy" crafts. But bowls of water, paint brushes and water colors on the deck, no problem at all.
When cleaning up from craft time means dumping a bucket of water on the deck I am all for it. There has been a crispness in the air recently that reminds me that fall isn't too far away. It also is the urge I need to have many more messy craft days on the deck. Winter will be here before we know it and our inside crafts will resume. For now let the mess take over.
Ethan's second birthday is just around the corner. I am a mix of emotions these days. I can't believe that my little man is almost 2, how the time has flown. I also can't deny that he is acting very strongly like a 2 year old these days. NO and Mine are big in his vocabulary and he loves to do his own thing. But my little man, he is as sweet as ever...except when he isn't. Oh 2, you are so hard on a growing little boy.
Due to some travel we did his well baby visit early. Here are his stats at almost 2 years old:
Height 34 1/4"
Head 19 3/4cm
I remember when Abigail was at this point, I didn't think I would ever make it through. At least this time around I have confidence that we will come out of this, mostly in one piece. A friend once told me that the strong will, trying to be independent but not know how to feel, and defiance of a 2 year old is similar to that of a teenager. The periods of life when one is trying to find their way without help before they realize help is what they need. But then I have also had another friend just remind me it is called the terrible twos for a reason. Ethan, you are a strong, sweet little man that I love dearly. We will make it through, one day at a time.
Maybe I have mentioned that we have had a rainy summer. Rainy, rainy days - today included. So when the sun does come out, well we go a little crazy. This past week we were able to enjoy one of our sunny days with a big cookout with friends.
Abigail about died with excitement over their big trampoline.
And with the trampoline came the river, the beautiful lawn, friends, grammie, flowers and lots of food.
But best of all was the sun. Oh that glorious sun that we Alaskans pretty much worship whenever it decides to come out.
Summer days full of hot dogs and deep conversations between 3 year olds.
That and the tour of the fancy lawn ornaments made for some pretty happy kids. So even though yesterday was a super hard day as a mom and today the clouds proclaim a dreary day I will hold fast to these pictures and these memories. Summer 2014 is going fast, the leaves on the trees are already changing, the kids are growing. The hours sometimes seem so very long but the days, they go so fast.
For the past four years we have avoided all of the rides at the fair. This year it has been all Abigail could talk about for the past two weeks. Definitely a shift!
She was super excited about riding a ferris wheel but once we got there we found out she was too short. Thankfully when I turned her around there were the kiddy rides and she was super excited to just ride something.
Ethan wasn't too sure when we put him in. Then he held this face the entire ride and it left me wondering if he was having any fun. But when I went to take him out he threw a huge fit and begged for more, more. I guess he did like it, my serious boy.
Abigail's biggest complaint, it was too short of a ride. Yup, I do believe we are raising future amusement park kids. Just need them to grow a little taller first so that they can ride the roller coasters with mama and daddy.