Thursday, September 23, 2010

silly boy

Girls vs. Boys

Let me start this post by saying that I know there are plenty of benefits of having multiple kids of the same sex. I love the relationship between sisters and between brothers. Since my only experience comes from having one of each, obviously I am biased. BUT I have to say that I LOVE having a boy and a girl. I think that I am really able to appreciate the characteristics of each gender by comparing them to the other. (does that even make sense?)
It is amazing to me how different our two children are considering they have the same parents, similar genes, the same toys and environment. What is it that makes my little girl love dresses and baby dolls and pink and purple while my little boy loves balls and cars and trucks and tackling his daddy?
Isabel is such a girly girl. Every morning she asks to wear a dress and will still want to change if the dress "does not twirl enough." It is a HUGE decision each morning for her to decide how to do her hair and recently she has insisted that we leave it down (no ponytail, barrette, etc) because "that is how princesses do their hair." Her fingernails and toenails must be painted and it is DEVASTATING when the polish starts coming off. She is quite dramatic if you haven't already noticed from every mention of her on this blog. She is also usually very calm and organized and extremely nurturing. Josh told me that she immediately took over the "mommy role" while I was at the beach. We actually have to have conversations pretty often about the fact that I am the mommy, not her, and she is not allowed to put Will in time out! I absolutely love my girly girl and can't wait to see how her personality and interests change and grow as she gets older.
Will is ALL BOY! Seriously, there is never a time when he wouldn't rather be playing baseball or basketball or football or soccer or bowling or running around outside. Well, actually eating is pretty important to him too! He can turn anything into a car or truck or airplane and loves making the accompanying noises. He is constantly getting in trouble for tackling Isabel (it starts as a sweet hug until he throws her on the floor). Both Will and Isabel love being outside but Will is the one sitting in the dirt playing with rocks. While Isabel is much more cautious, Will has a lot less fear and more aggression. He keeps us laughing and moving! I love my little man!!

The big 3-0

After looking through my pictures I realized that I have not blogged about 2 very important events. Josh and I both turned 30 in the past month. I did not skip this on purpose. Honestly! I am actually totally find with being 30. Yes, I still remember when 30 was old. Yes, I still feel old sometimes when I ask the students in our youth group if they remember a certain event or TV show or movie and realize that they were not even BORN YET when it happened. Yes, sometimes I don't feel that old and many times I feel older than 30. However, in my mind I usually think I'm about the same age as the teenagers that we work with! :)
Seriously though, I'm happy where I am at 30. In the past 30 years I have experienced some very difficult times but I have also experienced more joy than I could ever explain. God has blessed me with an incredible family and friends, a job Josh enjoys, health, happiness and so much more. I know that I am exactly where God wants me to be so how could I ask for anything more?

girls weekend

This past weekend was 3 days of fun and relaxation for me. I got to go to the beach with my 3 best friends from college. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it was. We planned each day without any thought to feedings, nap times or bed times. We simply walked out to the beach each morning without spending forever spreading sunscreen on wiggling children or packing bags of sand toys and water floaties. We went to sleep late and slept late. We shopped the outlet malls and ate good food. Most importantly, we talked and talked and talked. After months of every conversation cut short due to children, husbands, work, errands that needed to be run, dinner that needed to be made or a million other things, we had 3 days to talk without interruption and it was wonderful! We talked about everything from human trafficking to breastfeeding to theology to mortgages and college savings. We also spent plenty of time reminiscing and laughing.
I'm so thankful that God has always blessed me with amazing friends throughout every stage of my life. I cannot imagine what college would have been like without these girls. In the 8 years since we graduated we have gotten married, started careers, had 7 (and one on the way) children between us, celebrated together, cried together and prayed for each other. I am so thankful for these girls in my life.
I am also so thankful for a husband/daddy who was not only willing but excited about taking care of the kids so I could enjoy this girls weekend. This was actually the longest I have ever been away from Isabel and Will but I wasn't worried. They had a great weekend with their daddy going out to eat, playing in the fountain, getting donuts, going garage sale shopping, playing at the park, playing outside and so much more. Plus Nana came on Saturday to spend some time with them and they could not have been more excited! I have to admit that I was so ready to get home to my babies though. There is nothing better than the excited squeals of "MOMMY!!!" when they saw me and the huge hugs and kisses!! I am so blessed!!
**I did not bring my camera so I don't have any pictures. I will try to get some from those who did take pictures and add them soon though (as if you care about seeing pictures other than those of Isabel and Will) :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hair cuts!

After Will's first hair cut, I said I would never take him again. It was that bad. Well, I lied. His hair grew crazy fast and was completely out of control. I'm not sure you can really tell from the pictures but he has been rocking a full mullet in the back, ear mullets and the front was constantly in his eyes. The other day I said, "what are we going to do with your hair?" When he replied "put barrette in it," Josh and I knew it was time for a hair cut. This time I thought I was being smarter. Will literally does EVERYTHING Isabel does. If she falls on accident, he will immediately throw himself on the floor. So, I assumed that he would want to sit in the chair and get his hair cut after her. Isabel LOVES getting her hair cut so she sat in the chair perfectly chatting with the lady cutting her hair like they were old friends. Will talked all about his turn until it was actually his turn. Then he changed his mind! Luckily we did get through most of the hair cut without crying thanks a sucker and Barney on daddy's phone. Whatever works right? Now that it is over, I am glad we did it. I love their hair cuts!!
I know, not a great picture but you can see how long his hair is
seriously, she loves it!
I think he knows how cute he is! :)
the best picture I could get of them together....Isabel has a new obsession with having bows in her hair. She won't even take them out to sleep!
On another note, this is Will's new "mad face" It is hilarious! He can only do it for a few seconds before he starts laughing. I think my favorite is actually when he is trying really hard not to smile and to look mad but failing!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

what we've been up to....

Josh informed me last night that I haven't updated the blog in a while (I tried not to remind him that HE hasn't updated the blog since Isabel was about a week old! ha ha). I know it has been a while and it has not been because we haven't been doing anything. We have actually been crazy busy. I have just been really lazy about taking pictures. Sorry about that. I'll try to do better. So anyway, I thought I would at least write a post about all the things we have been up to in the past few weeks that I have not taken pictures of:
  • Isabel and Will are still going to school 2 days a week. I'm happy to say that they both love it. I can't tell you what a relief it is to watch them both walk happily in the rooms after big hugs and kisses. We are still working on ending Will's hitting phase. It does seem to be getting better but we are definitely not through it yet!
  • I am enjoying my Tuesdays and Thursdays. Going to the grocery store on my own is actually quite a treat and amazingly fast! Plus Josh and I get to have a lunch date on Thursdays. We go to restaurants that we don't want to take our kids to and don't even have to pay a babysitter or beg a grandma to come in town
  • Josh and I got to go a Titans preseason game and had a lot of fun. I have to admit that the most exciting part may have been when the guy in front of us was picked for the halftime game. This guy is part of the "football family" and Josh and his family have known him for years. It was fun watching him on the field and then he even won the game!!
  • We went to the zoo last week. Now that it isn't a million degrees outside it is actually nice to walk around for a few hours. Plus the flamingo exhibit was finally open and Isabel has waited all summer for it. She and Will both Loved it!
  • My mom spent Labor Day weekend with us and of course we all enjoyed having her here
  • Josh and I played in a wiffle ball tournament this past weekend too with some of the students at church. We actually did pretty well and had a good time. Grams, Isabel and Will did a lot of cheering and Will even got to play a little in one game. To say he loved it doesn't even begin to describe it. Josh tried to help him at first until he said, "I hold bat, daddy!" Fortunately the pitcher was good enough to hit the bat with the ball and Will took off running. So cute!! We are now back to playing tons of baseball at home with a empty paper towel roll
  • Isabel is still enjoying her dance/gymnastics class and actually has some performances coming up (I promise to actually take pictures and probably even video too!!) Will enjoys watching and often imitating everything the girls are saying and doing. He entertains all the parents watching.

I guess that is about it. I apologize for 2 posts in a row without pictures. I know the pictures are all that really matters. Tomorrow we are going for hair cuts so I'll try to take some then!!