Monday, May 30, 2016

Yodeling

Okay so I found this video from awhile back and thought it was cute enough to share...Eleanor likes to yodel now. She saw an Elmo video where he yodeled and now she likes to copy it :) I know I am partial, but I really don't think any kid is cuter.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gymnastics

Eleanor started going to gymnastics a month or two ago and has really loved it so far. The downside is that our house has turned into a jungle gym and I feel like I constantly have to watch her or she pulls up a chair behind the couch, tries to climb over the back of it and do somersaults off the front into the coffee table (this exact scenario happens frequently). Otherwise, it has gone great and so far it has really helped with her listening and following directions which is an area she struggles in.

Her favorite parts are the balance beam, jumping into the big pit, and getting stamps on her feet at the end of class. 



So far she is really loving the class, learning, and mostly listening and following her coaches' directions. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Graduation Chris!

Chris has been working on his MBA for the last five years. He started while we were living in Farmville and continued after we moved to Williamsburg in 2011 at William & Mary. We knew it would be a long process, but he stuck with it and we are so proud of him for finishing. During the course of his schooling, he changed jobs twice, got promoted, helped me through school and starting a new job, had two children, moved twice, and bought a house. We (as an entire family) are relieved to see the end of it and are so proud of his accomplishment.

Chris' parents came down to witness the graduation ceremony and celebrate with us. They also helped me contain the girls and keep them occupied during the ceremonies, which would have been impossible without them.

Thankfully, the smaller ceremony was an outdoor thing and much less formal. Eleanor was able to play around a little bit and ended up getting tired during the ceremony and had a little lay down :)

Eleanor, particularly, was enthralled with her dad and his hat...

That night we ended up going over to Virginia Beer Company, but after we got rained on, we headed over to a Mexican restaurant nearby. The girls did exceptionally well, which gives me hope for future dinners out with them.

The next day we went to church and then out to Bruster's for lunch.

Happy graduation Chris! We are so proud of you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

When daddy's away...

Chris went out of town to Boston for work the other week so the girls and I were home together for a few days alone. We spent as much time outside as we could. Outside makes us all a little saner. I was planning to put the girls to bed early each night so I could have some time to myself but ended up not getting them to bed until almost nine because we were having fun! We stayed out in the backyard late each night swinging and playing.

We also got out to Colonial Williamsburg to see the baby lambs. We stayed late there to throw a tennis ball around and make up dances to the fife and drum music.

We even slowed down to walk to church and stayed for lunch afterward. Jane doesn't like being trapped into the stroller, if you can't tell :)

As a general rule, I had planned to stick to a schedule and make sure the girls had good naps and went to bed on time and ate dinner and lunch on time, but in practice, we threw everything out the window and just slowed down. We had no agenda while Chris was gone, I wasn't working at all, and we ended up having a great time. By the time Chris got back the house was a mess and nothing productive had gotten done, but we enjoyed our time together. We sure were glad when Chris got home again :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jane is eight months old

Jane is eight months old now! She is a big girl, wearing both 9 and 12 month clothes. She is finally quite stable sitting up on her own, unless Eleanor gets involved and decides to tickle her. She also got her first two teeth in on the bottom on May 1st and 3rd. Eleanor likes to call them Jane's "sharpy-sharps." She also loves grabbing her feet and putting her toes in her mouth. In terms of food, she has gone back to rejecting most food we attempt on a spoon, turning her head away and clamping her mouth shut. She does seem to do well if she is allowed to pick it up herself or if she is watching someone else eat it first. She is quite heavy though and certainly is not lacking in calories.

She is becoming quite vocal when she wants something and cries when Eleanor takes something away from her. Gone are the days where Eleanor can do what she wants to sweet Jane. We are working on "trading" instead of "taking" right now. She loves the jumper that hangs in the doorway between our kitchen and dining room and will stay jumping in there for long stretches of time. She still mainly naps twice a day but occasionally we have pushed it to one if we have something going on. She generally sleeps through the night except when there is teething or sickness going on, but still, intervention generally involves giving her the pacifier and she rolls back over and goes right back to sleep. She can put her own pacifier in her mouth now, and has been working hard on her pincer grasp since she started sitting in the high chair at dinner time. It seems like she would love to crawl, but isn't holding herself up on her hands and knees yet, so I think it could still take some time.

Eleanor at eight months for comparison:

Jane at onetwothreefourfive, six, and seven months old.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, particularly to my mom, Chris' mom, and my grandma! We started the weekend off by going strawberry picking at College Run Farms. We took the ferry over to Surry.

Eleanor did quite well picking this year, but kept wanting to hop into the other "garden" (basically crossing over to a different row) and was squishing strawberries underfoot each time.

It was great weather...somewhat cool and cloudy, but no rain. Jane ended up falling asleep in the carrier for a bit of the time.

We definitely stopped to get ice cream, and Eleanor, who eats faster than me, kept eating all of hers and then wanting to "trade." When I said no, she kept asking hers to be "filled up" by ice cream from my bowl. Jane also enjoyed her first taste of ice cream and looooves strawberries.


We've got a couple special events coming up these next few weekends so this was our last weekend home for the month when we didn't have any plans and could just relax as a family. We ended up going out to dinner on Saturday night to the Virginia Beer Company so we could eat outside in a relaxing environment where Eleanor could run around (after Chris installed a new ceiling fan with a light outside on the screened in porch).

On Sunday we had a barbecue and invited whoever was in town with no plans over to grill. The kids played and we sat around eating. It was joyful chaos (as are pretty much any get togethers with lots of small children). There were lots of new babies there this year, as well as babies we've been praying for for years, so very joyful.

And a final picture of me with the ladies who make me a mama.

Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ashleigh visits

We have one very busy sister/auntie! She is about to be off on a couple adventures of her own that will prevent us from getting together until at least the end of the summer, so we were so thankful she took some time to come visit us this past weekend. Sadly it was a bit rainy so we were somewhat trapped inside, but we still had a great time playing, reading books, and just spending time together. We went to the neighborhood park.

And we spent lots of time inside...

We also went to church! Jane is getting to the separation anxiety stage but tried to be one her best behavior for around 10 minutes at a time.

Thank you so much for coming and spending time with us Ashleigh! We loved seeing you! Eleanor says she is going to California this summer to visit you (she is not).