With the boys being sick the past week, nightime has been pretty rough around here. I was up a couple times with Blake and Parker last night and just wanted to sleep in a little bit. Jacob crawled in bed with me and was patiently waiting for me to wake up. Around sunrise, he tapped my shoulder and says to me "mommy, the sun is up. It is time for hot chocolate!" This kid remembers everything: he had asked for hot chocolate the night before, but I said tomorrow b/c you are still a little sick and sugar is not the best thing for you right now. Can't blame him for trying!
With my birthday coming up next week, Blake has been on the look-out for a gift for me. The other day Peter told me about a commercial on tv for an organizational bag that Blake wanted to get for me. Well, today the commercial came on and Peter said "this is what Blake wants to get for you". I saw the bag, and as sweet as it was for Blake to think of me, the bag was hideous! I politely said no thanks and Blake says to me "but mom, you can find anything even with a blindfold, watch" and sure enough, in the commercial they have the woman wearing a blindfold and she "finds" her glasses. Apparently to a five year old, that is pretty darn cool!
Lots to update since my last post. Our camera suffered an unfortunate accident and that is why there hasn't been any recent pictures. I have about 4 rolls of film from my SLR to develop and put onto CD. Once that is done, I will have pictures from Halloween and on.
Blake had a great first half year of school. He is one of the top students in his class and I have seen so much improvement in his writing and reading. I can't tell you how exciting it is to have him reading books to us! The days are long, but he loves it. I also recently discovered Blake has 2 new adult teeth coming in on the bottom! He didn't even know they were there either. He hasn't lost his baby teeth yet, but they are very wiggly.
Jacob enjoys being the big brother while Blake is away. Recently, my friend and I have decided to do a preschool co-op where we will meet one day a week to have a "lesson" and another day for a field trip. I am excited to see how this will evolve as well as for the opportunity to explore new things in our home preschooling adventure.
Parker turned 2 this past Christmas Eve. He has quite the sense of humor and is constantly making everyone laugh. I am also happy to say that we are at the end of the teething nightmare! He cut his last eye tooth last week. Yay! Our next milestone is weaning. He is nursing about once a day and I think will wean very soon. It is a bittersweet feeling.
I hope everyone had a very healthy and happy Holiday Season!
A friend of mine has introduced me into a new realm of babywearing- the wrap. They are my new choice of carrier. I find that it distributes Parkers weight (~24 lbs) much more evenly then my mei tai and I can get him higher up on my back. Parker doesn't seem to thrilled, but he was ready for a nap! He actually loved being up there!
Today was Family Scavenger Hunt Day at one of our local Nature Preserves. Our goal was to find 15 things throughout the preserve, found along several of their trails. It was a little chilly, but the boys had fun anyways.
The boys standing in front of a cedar pine. Blake, in a dried out creek, calling out for rain. For those who don't know, Charlotte is in a severe drought...a 16 inch deficit. Us in an American Holly bush. Parker missed the last 30 minutes of the hike. He was snoring so loud, I could hear him from behind! He didn't even wake up when Peter took him off his back.