Spring is more than half over and summer is just around the corner, unbelievable! The kids just keep growing and changing and Jason and I just keep chasing our tails in circles, or so it seems!
I am so very glad for the end of the school year. Katie and homework make for some LONG evenings on occasion. 85% of the time she does her homework with little to no coaxing, but that 15% of the time that she decides she doesn’t want to do it – YIKES! Abby is glad to get a later bedtime (first summer ever we have allowed her to stay up late on a regular basis, even during the week, with the agreement she can’t be a grouch in the mornings when it is time to get up!) and to not be forced to read every night. Jake and Kyle are happy to have their sisters at daycare and to get to have “camp outs” in their room some nights when the girls sleep on their floor.
So far this spring we have already been able to go camping 1 time (with more trips planned!!), have hit the park several times, been to several of Abby’s softball games, and spent lots of time outside in the yard. Jason and I are getting little tastes of “big kids” here and there when Kyle gets the urge to go and play with his siblings and not beg us to go with him everywhere. When that happens, it is a moment to be celebrated (like by sitting down in the lawn chair and having a drink!) :-)
Kyle started speech back in March and is doing well. He picks up new sounds every day. He is at the point where he knows exactly what he wants, but doesn’t know how to communicate it to us and so there are lots of tantrums and fits until we figure out what he wants. It leads to some frustrating moments for him and us. I will be so glad when he has his speech mastered and can tell us outright what he wants. He is all boy, every time we see a tractor, car, truck, van, anything with a steering wheel, he wants to be in it “driving.” He runs everywhere he goes and falls down a lot, his legs are just bruises on top of bruises from all the wipe outs. He could care less though; he just hops up and keeps going. He gives me a heart attack each time we go to the park because he goes to the top deck of the playground equipment and runs straight for the openings that are for the big kids to use to climb up them…. I really think one of this days he may just jump, just to see what happens! :-/
Kyle is still is a picky eater and prefers lots of fresh fruits and very little else, with the exception of breakfast food, that he loves! We moved him out of his own room and in with Jacob about a month ago. We moved the crib in, so he is still caged. It takes him quite a while to settle down and go to sleep, but I think Jake likes having him in there. I have converted his old room into the office/homework room, and I think I am really going to like that.
Jake still is having trouble sleeping in his own bed all night. He wants me or Jason either in the room or to be in our bed. I waffle between feeling like he HAS to stay in his bed and the fact that he is only little once and if he wants to sleep with us once in a while, as long as he isn’t still doing it in high school, what’s it going to hurt? He talks NON stop, he has an opinion on everything and most of what he says cracks us up on a daily basis. This weekend we were eating lunch and he always wants his food cooled by me blowing on it. I said that my food was too hot too and he said “Mom, let dad poo on your food! That will help!” Of course Daddy and the girls got a HUGE kick out of that and it was repeated at least 50 times during the meal! :-) He and Kyle have been attending Abby’s softball games so far this year. The games are 1 ½ hours long, but the boys usually don’t stay much more than an hour. We bring the ipods along and let them play those, it keeps Jake occupied and quiet, but doesn’t work for Kyle. So to keep Kyle in his seat I pack LOTS of food and just keep feeding him, it usually works for about 25 minutes before he is up and running and on the lookout for trouble.
Back in April we celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Dad’s death. The day was harder than I thought it would be, but I made it through. I got several texts and emails from good friends and even had beautiful flowers delivered to me at work by a very thoughtful friend. I miss dad like crazy, I think about him daily and sometimes out of the blue the missing him hits me like a ton of bricks, but I know he is pain free and in a better place now, so that gives me comfort. The girls and I planted some trees and shrubs this past week, I told them the story of how I would try to help Dad plant things when I was younger, always wanting to use the shovel (like they were begging too) and he would let me try, but I was never strong enough to dig a very deep hole. I explained that whatever dad planted grew, he had a wonderful green thumb, so we sent a little request up to him while I was planting, that he helped my plants to grow and not die…… we will see if it helps! :-)
We have a busy weekend coming up with 3 different places to be over the course of the weekend and then a week of work and then family vacation! First time we are taking all 6 of us off on vacation and staying in a hotel room!! I am curious to see how this all goes down!