- It’s been awhile since I’ve graced the internet with my writing presence. 😉 A few things have happened around here. We’ve gotten pretty used to being a family of seven. I decided to add a little more crazy to the mix and go back to work! Less than half time, but still something! So far it’s going pretty well. I’m home in the afternoons which is immensely helpful with homework, after school activities, dinner, naps, errands, appointments, sanity….pretty much everything. I’m enjoying the reactions of new patients who find out that I have *gasp* 5 kids and still find time to get dressed in the morning. Hahaha!
- This kid is gets an entire category just to herself. Ruth is 2 now, and she embodies it FULLY. I have NEVER had a toddler like this. I literally cannot turn my back on her. She finds her way into everything and anything. Just in the last few weeks she has had encounters with baking soda, spray paint, vicks vaporub, sharpies, water, soap…you name it. I can’t lock stuff up well enough for this one! She tries to be helpful usually, but it often goes south. This kid is so stubborn and defiant. Let me elaborate: Tell me to come here? I’ll run 2 blocks in the opposite direction. Tell me not to touch the hot instant pot? You bet I’ll touch it and scream bloody murder. Tell me it’s time to walk up for Communion? I’ll kick, flail, throw myself around and become a limp noodle so you can drag me all the way up the center aisle of the church we’re visiting on coincidentally, All SAINTS Day. All that aside, she can be an especially sweet child and is extraordinarily cute. I like to think she’s my path to sainthood. 😉 We love her kisses that are more like licks and the new words she is gradually gaining. She loves anything outdoors and her motor skills are waaaay ahead. This stage is temporary….I hope.
- We’ve had a lot of fall fun lately. The kids have all rode in the combine more than once and we hit up the pumpkin patch last weekend. All our leaves blew down the street so we didn’t get to jump much in them, but we did carve pumpkins this week and no one lost a finger. The kids loved trick or treating of course and we got close to a 5 gallon bucket full of candy. No joke. G and L both played flag football and loved it. I loved that they were on the same team and we enjoyed watching them!
- Gabriel and I had a mother-son date recently. I’ve missed this! We try to do this 2x a year or more. He still wants to hang out with me so I want to take advantage of this as much as I can! And it’s always his idea! We had Mexican and picked up a few things at Walmart. He opened the door for me, I refrained from the sangria I really wanted, we had good conversation, he ate a burrito bigger than his head, and I paid the bill. 😉
- Someone turned 3 months old! Kateri is such an awesome baby. Last night she slept for 11 hours. 11 HOURS. She tolerates and sometimes enjoys being pulled and tugged on by the 2 year old, sang to by the 4 year old, over-mothered by the 7 year old and cuddled regularly by the 9 year old. She’s starting to cut teeth (all of ours are early teethers!) and she’s upped her game to 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. Growing, for the win!
- I’ve been hitting the reading game hard lately. I’ve surpassed my reading goal for the year which makes me hopeful for next year! I read mostly nonfiction. Biographies and memoirs are my favorites. Right now I’m reading “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff. He’s a funny and very inspirational Christian. Look him up if you’re not familiar; worth the read! Sometimes I neglect life and read when the kids are up, but most of it takes place after 8pm. I’m slowly making it through the stack above, loaned by a fellow bookworm friend. That bottom one may make my top 5 this year!!!!
Have a great week!