Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

Happy father's day to 3 of the best dad's I know. Jordan and I were both so blessed to be raised by such incredible dad's. They were both involved in our lives and in our raising. They love our kids like we love them and would do anything for anyone. They both have such amazing qualities and we could not have asked for a better example of how to parent than from our own fathers (and mothers too).

Jordan is such an amazing dad to our kiddos. I am blown away each day with how tender and caring he is with them. He takes such attention to detail with them and has a hand in each and every menial task. He truly is a "man after God's own heart" and he is a great leader and provider for our family. I am so blessed to call him my partner for life and look forward to many many more child raising years along side of him.

We love you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Out of the mouth of babes

Hunter: "Is that like your daddy's truck?" (is that like my daddy's truck)

Maddie: "Su!" (shoe)

Hunter: "Where him he go?" (where did it go?)

Maddie: eesh! (fish)

Hunter: "it's tryin to be done" (the movie is over)

Maddie: Si? (what's that?)

Hunter: cadipedder (caterpillar)

Hunter: "it's loading!!!" (the dvd is skipping)

Hunter: is that a wine more I hear? (lawn mower)

I just want to document some of these precious memories. It seems like they grow up over night and it's so easy to forget some of the cute sayings they say or the adorable ways they mispronounce words.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

SAD

Marking this day in history for my own documentation. Hunter read his first word today...."SAD". He sounded out each letter and then said that says "SAD"!! Obviously we have a long way to go but at 3 that's pretty good!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hunter

Sometimes I look at Hunter and wonder when did he get so big? He speaks so clearly and has such deep thoughts and an incredible memory and attention to the most minute detail. But then other times I look over at him and I am struck by his smallness, his little boy-ness. He is just a little guy. He speaks with such an endearing (and sometimes embarrassing) call-it-like-you-see-it innocence. You know the kind where he gives a play by play in the public bathroom of what he sees and hears in the stall next to him. He speaks with such brutal honesty but is in that preschool age of zero tact. He speaks in absolute truths. That's the only way his little brain works.


A few days ago we found out that he has been having nightmares. He didn't tell us in those words but he did tell us with GREAT details what had happened to him during the night. I had left early that morning, before anyone was due to be awake, to go workout. I returned home around 9:30am to find a house that was totally silent. I realized everyone was STILL ASLEEP. It had me worried for a second because our kids are like clockwork and wake within 15-20 minutes of the same time every single morning. So for BOTH of them to be fast asleep at 9;30am was strange. Jordan came in to the kitchen and I asked him what he thought we should do. We both agreed to wake them up. So around 10am we went in to get them. Jordan got Maddie and I got Hunter. I walked into Hunter's room and pulled back the covers (he was totally underneath the covers) and found him sweating and shaking. He had this awful terrified look on his face and then a huge cry of relief came over him when he saw that it was me. My first thought was he was really sick. I couldn't get him to calm down. We took him downstairs and I took his temperature....Normal. I started asking questions and he just wanted to be held. So I held and scratched him and he finally started talking. He told stories of Madison jumping on rainbows and of lions and tigers biting his arms and chasing him. It was then that Jordan and I realized we were dealing with our first nightmare. I was kind of surprised that his nightmare resulted in him sleeping an extra 3 hours. I was always under the impression that nightmares woke kids up early.

The next morning the same thing was repeated. We went in to wake him up at 10am and found him terrified in bed and covered in sweat. He told more stories of lions and tigers and this time dragons. We began to notice some hesitation and fear when it came time for bed at night. He would ask questions as though he was trying so hard to be brave but we could see the fear in his eyes about what he might dream about when he went to sleep. He would ask in part-breathless, quivering manner, as if he was fighting back tears, if "the lions and tigers were gonna come in his room". We reassured him that daddy was gonna protect him and that there were no lions and tigers. He sleeps with several cars in his bed and most recently a military tank. We showed him how his tank had a gun on it that he could use to protect himself if he saw anything. The next morning he woke up at his normal time and when I went to get him I asked how he slept and he said there were lions and tigers but they went into the woods because he shot them with the tank. BRILLIANT.

He is such a smart little boy. His attention to detail amazes me. When he speaks it is with a kind of wonder like everything he sees is absolutely amazing. He has a very black and white way of looking at life. Something is either fun (park) or it's not (going to bed). He either likes food (corn) or he hates it (beans). Life is either fun or it isn't. His favorite toys right now are cars. They each have names and he always knows if one is missing where it is.

He is a rough a tumble kid. He loves to rough house. He enjoys bugs and dirt and chasing animals such as dogs and armadillos. But he is deathly afraid of owls. TERRIFIED.



He also has a new fear of being put under water. It was kind of a shock to see it happen so suddenly after 3 years of happily playing in the bathtub and pool. Jordan has been AMAZING with him. He is such an incredible father there really are no words. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about how amazingly patient he is and how he is so tender with our kids. He has worked with Hunter every single day in the pool to allow him to regain the confidence he once had. When I say terrified I am NOT exaggerating. We were the "freak show" at swimming lessons a few weeks ago even trying to get him to sit on the step in the water. After a few weeks with daddy, Hunter is back to going under on his own will and will jump in the pool to "tackle daddy" and then swim from daddy back to the wall. He wants to be in the pool 24/7 now and while he is still very cautious the difference is like night and day.

















Speaking of being an awesome dad. One of my favorite things is the bond those 2 have. Every night after Maddie goes to bed Hunter and daddy have their special time for about an hour. They go outside and swim or go fishing or do whatever "fun stuff" Hunter wants to do. Since Hunter was born Jordan has always been the one to do the bedtime routine with him. He has always bathed him and tucked him in and lately he's been reading bible stories to him. Hunter loves the story of Adam and Eve and usually requests him to read that one over and over again. From the time Hunter was born Jordan has always said the Lord's prayer out loud to him before tucking him in bed. About a year ago Hunter started repeating it back along with him and a few weeks ago he said "I can do it daddy" and he recited it flawlessly from start to finish. THERE IS NO GREATER JOY.




Hunter has some pretty sweet moments. There is not much better in this world then to hear him say "momma can we go snuggle on your bed?" umm YES!! and hold on a second while I savor this sweet moment in time! It is so strange some days to look over at Hunter and catch a glimpse of the future, of the kind of boy he will be. Sometimes he just acts so old I find myself wondering where the time went.

Sometimes he finds himself in trouble. It's usually something involving not playing nice with his sister. More often than not when I call him over to talk to him about it he will walk over with his head down in shame and come put his arms around me and when I ask what he did he will say "I have to get a spanking" and I will say why? and he will say "cause I kicked Maddie" or "cause I didn't share toys with Maddie" as he looks down at the floor. Sometimes it is so hard to keep a straight face and look past his absolute innocence, honesty and cuteness and remain serious about discipline.

He is such a good little helper. He loves his sister to death but every morning he asks me if it's Maddie's nap time yet. He knows that when Maddie naps it's our special time together. He helps me get things done whether its, dishes, laundry, making the beds or just general clean up he is my sidekick. Don't get me wrong, he LOVES Maddie and is always eager for her to hurry up and wake up so he can go get her but he loves our time together too.

He is such a words of affirmation kid. He soaks up a compliment with the sweetest most innocent look of pride on his face. He will close his eyes and smile and nod and say "uh huh" when I tell him good things. He is so proud it makes it so worth it to see his reaction.

It is absolutely impossible to describe the love that we have for these two kiddos. Our lives have been so blessed. They bring so much joy and laughter to our days. Raising these two kids together has brought us closer to each other and closer to God as we share and marvel in the moments that are so normal yet so amazing.

13 months old

I love 13 months old! Madison is like a little sponge soaking up and learning new things every day. Now that her pesky ears are no longer a problem we have our baby girl back! She is so full of spunk and busy busy.

This has been a pretty smooth month for her other than a few days of pain from cutting 4 molars at once! She still has 2 working their way in but she at least has some relief from the other two.

She finally tipped the scale at 20 pounds this month and seems to have grown out of all of her size 3 shoes. She wears her little Nike free shoes, size 4, most days and is running just about everywhere. She loves to climb and started self feeding with a spoon this month. She loves to have that control even though it is extremely messy. She savors each and every moment of that spoon being suspended, in her death grip, halfway between the bowl and her mouth meanwhile spilling the majority of the contents out, she grins with such pride at how big she is getting and that she has been allowed such freedom. Priceless moments.


There is our happy girl!

The downside to the tubes is that she can't go underwater anymore. That has REALLY cramped her swimming style!



When were are in the pool we spend ALL of our time trying to keep this child from going under water. It's exhausting. She finally conceded and just learned to enjoy the beach entry. Here she is running in. Once she gets knee high she throws her body forward in a pretend fall and splashes water all over herself and laughs. She then repeats this maneuver 2,173 times.


After being an exclusive tummy sleeper for 12 months she is trying out some new positions!





Always trying to keep up with Hunter
Highlights for month 12:

  • Added "shoe" and "fish" to her vocabulary (dadda, momma, poo poo, Nana, Hey)
  • Learning to self feed with a spoon
  • Stacks 4 blocks
  • Attempts to brush her own teeth
  • Attempts to put her own shoes on
  • Loves to "talk" on the phone
  • Points out 3 body parts
  • Loves peek a boo
  • Repsonds to simple instructions (give me a kiss, come here, hand me your cup, go tickle Hunter etc.)
  • Loves to see photos and pictures of herself
  • LOVES the iphone/ipad
  • Likes to help with getting dressed and undressed
  • Likes to pretend to read a book
  • Loves to play chase
  • Loves to turn on the bathwater and try to get into the bathtub alone (head first)
Things are so much fun right now. They are at such a great age for interacting with each other. It keeps getting better and better!