Sunday, January 13, 2013

Since we've been back

Since we've been back,

  1. Has really taken off walking. He goes across rooms now by himself!
  2. Has gotten two more teeth -- his seventh and eighth!
  3. Got a double ear infection and pink eye and stayed home from school with me Friday. Poor little guy.
I remember a picture of Craig getting into the bags at Mom's house when he was about this age, and I had to capture this one. Trouble!

Leo's hair is getting some curls!

    1. Has become really clingy to me since we introduced the new babysitter, who is to pick up the kids once a week from MMO and bring them back to the house for naps while I work one long day a week.
    2. Is loving her bike, her books, her sparkly dress, her robe, her horse, and her play dough.
    3. Continues to love to sing and dance and often requests both from me, or alternately that I don't sing so that Leo can hear her. She also requests that I pretend to be her prince so that she can dance with me.
    Olivia continues to be a little princess, and a really good big sister. She reminds me of what I tell her that her job is for Leo and Leo's job is for her, "To love and protect each other." I mean she literally says that.

    1. Has started school again. His job never ends because of all the other demands--teaching really is a small part of what he does--but it seems that the semesters are usually busier than breaks, and we miss him when he is working.
    2. Helped me take down Christmas decorations, and I am SO GRATEFUL! I didn't have the ambition, but he gently prodded me, and we got them taken down before I went back to work last Monday.
    3. Put together a book case so that we could corral all the kids books in one place. I am amazed at how many they have, and this is not even all of them. They had been jammed in baskets, ottomans, bed side tables, and shelves all over the house.

    Nicholas put this together one night after I went to bed, and I was thrilled to be able to organize all the kids' books. Of course, we still have two shelves on our huge built-in book case with books from Nicholas's childhood that are too old for the kids right now, but this holds a lot!

    And the kids like to play with the books and other toys around the book case.

    Here was the scene Friday when I kept Leo home because he was sick, and Olivia wanted to stay, too.

    1. Is continuing trying to be grateful everyday for the opportunities I am given to spend with my family, the work I get done around the house, and the work I get to do professionally.
    2. Is trying to learn more about the camera.
    3. Has gone to two mornings and one full day of work a week with the help of the new babysitter. That went okay. It's a transition for everyone. Honestly, I was a wreck on the way home because Olivia woke up from her nap really upset, and the babysitter texted me about it. I felt really bad. Then the next day was when Leo was diagnosed with ear infections and pink eye. Mommy guilt!


    1. Just say 'no' to mommy guilt. You're doing an amazing job.

      Also - I love the post format. Efficient and informative.

      P.S. The pictures look great. I especially like the action shot of Leo (in towel) trying to grab the camera - no fuzzy motion there!

    2. I agree ... no guilt! You are a fantastic mom! I mean, look at those great kids and give yourself some credit :)