Parker’s New Bed

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was writing a blog post about Parker’s nursery here and here anticipating his arrival, then before potty training, writing about his big boy bed transformation to a new toddler bed. Now… an adult bed! We told him he’d get a new big boy bed when he turned four.  He has been asking for one since we moved, and we told him that he needed to wait until he was four.  Granted, he’s not officially four until next month, but due to Dan’s new job and signing bonus, we were able to afford a new dining room set, and decided to bundle it with getting Parker’s new bed as well.  We bought the crib with the thought of future growth.  It was a pretty expensive crib, but it was appealing that we didn’t have to get rid of it once he was done with it.  The cost of the crib covered all the crib, toddler, and adult rails and pieces needed so we had everything to put it together.  We loved that it could be converted to a full sized bed that would provide longevity.  I definitely recommend this for new parents!

Since Parker is obsessed with dressing up to be a super hero right now, we continued the theme in the room and got Avenger sheets and spiderman sheets to rotate out.  We opted to do a navy duvet cover that matched is already hung navy curtains.  I think it turned out quite nice.  Parker just loves it.  He can’t stop talking about how he’s a big kid now and has a big bed like ours.  He says there’s plenty of room for Mason or me to come sleep with him anytime.  We had a nice time all snuggled up reading books together tonight in the new bed!

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First Day of School!

The boys had their first day of school this week! I had a fun time getting some sweet photos of them before making our way to school. Oh… and on the way to school. Yes.. Traffic! I knew this is what we signed up for when we decided to enroll them in a school in Alpharetta when we live in Cumming now, but Wow. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure. Thank God for DVD players in the car! You know what though, it’s so worth it. The school, and teachers are amazing, and they’re like family to us. We toured several schools in our new area, and we didn’t find one anywhere close to this one. So, I’m going to suck it up, and just make the trip in traffic. Even if I do have to listen to re-runs of “Word World” or “Sid the Science Kid” each trip. Their first day we were a little late. I took a back road thinking it would be quicker, and it wasn’t. Plus, I took some time snap some sweet pics of their faces before I left to make the commute, which added to the lateness I suppose! Parkersfirstdayofschool2013Masonsfirstdayofschool2013SiennaFirstDay

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Sienna gets to have some time to herself with me, although with her  morning nap, it won’t be a lot of time before we have to go pick up her brothers again.  Parker and Mason did great their first day.  They had a prayer service at the church to bless the year, and Father Rob spoke a blessing over each class, which I thought was great.  I was a little sad on the way to pick them up, wondering if they had missed me and if I was doing the right thing by putting them both in school for three days (especially Mason with him being younger) instead of having them home with me, but God gave me peace about it.  I know that their teachers are a blessing to them and they learn so much about socialized play, how to be creative, hearing God’s truths, learning manners as well as basics in phonics, science and math.  Something that is a challenge as a Mother when you have three close in age, and a household to keep up with.  The boys love it too! Mason is certainly a little more sensitive, but has still adjusted just fine.  The boys are growing up so fast!

A Few Happenings

Last week Dan started a new job.  It’s been so nice having him home more, spending time with the kiddos, enjoying dinner (albeit late at times), and getting to enjoy some time together after the kiddos go to bed.  He has a commute into an office each day, but will eventually get to start traveling again, but not as much as he was before.  The company is larger and there is more opportunity for a bigger career challenge and future growth in the company (which is huge).  Dan may have to turn in his “status” card for a while so he can be a trainee and learn the ropes. However, we feel it is a huge blessing and answer to prayers that the opportunity presented itself, and is now apart of our new reality. There will be some growing pains for Dan with the training, and commute, but will pay off in the long run! The boys have been loving the anticipation of waiting for his arrival while they play outside. This day, after a rather early dinner and some bike riding, the boys enjoyed a home made fruit juice pop on the porch while waiting for Daddy.

 

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Wednesday morning was like Christmas morning for the boys.  I had just scored some amazing deals at the summer consignment sale I go to every year, and got the boys some more costumes (like they needed more) for playtime and dress-up.  So, after raiding the new costumes that morning while I was warming up Sienna’s bottle, we got Sienna up for the morning, and Mason came in and asked sweetly if he could feed Sienna.  That kid is SUCH the nurturer and is going to be one amazing Daddy one day, I just know it! Of course, I couldn’t refuse.  Parker wanted to sit by his brother (per usual) and he got some sweet time with his sister once Mason was done doing his big brother duties.

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I can’t believe Parker will be four in a month!  He’s such a bright, happy kid, and I just can’t wait to celebrate him, and see what year four brings for him.  He has the pleasure of being the guinea pig for new adventures for us as parents since we’ve never parented a four year old before.  He’s always loved being the one to learn and figure out things on his own without wanting help from others, so he plays the independent big brother role quite well!  I took a few pics of Parker in his new (second hand, but new to us) spiderman costume for his evite invitation photo.   He loved being a ham for the pics!

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As I was taking a few photos of Parker, I had to take a few of Sienna too since she decided to show off by pretending she was going to make her way up the stairs.  She quickly spotted my intent to capture the moment, and decided to chase after the hanging lens cap.  Slow down, baby girl!

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A box of smiles

A little sad that the kiddos are starting school next week. We’ve enjoyed our summer, and the boys have thoroughly exhausted being silly, being loud and energetic, being creative, and being… well I suppose normal 2 and 3 year olds.  I had a lot of consignment sale preparation to do last week, and the boys succeeded in entertaining themselves for a while.  They found a box, and from the other room I heard loud bursts of laughter, and Parker yelling “Let’s do it again, Mason!” as they played in the box, entertaining not only themselves, but Sienna too! I grabbed my cam to snap a few pics, since they were having so much fun!

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It’s Summah Time!

So, I have a post in the que from last month titled “Sienna is 8 months!” that I started and is obviously irrelevant now that she’s 9. Geez. Seriously, this summer is going by way too fast. I completely missed the entire month of July in blog posts, and so much has happened! There’s a huge pile of clothes waiting to be entered in my consignment online inventory, I’ve been interrupted twice now for someone to “re-cover” them and the dishes and bottles are just sitting there waiting to be cleaned by you-know-who since the hubs is away traveling, but I’m making a point to just carve out some time to blog tonight because… well… it’s my therapy and I enjoy it!

I don’t even know where to begin… We’ve been having a nice summer. Some days filled with some fun, excited, well planned out activities and other days just lounging around the homestead, rotating out the swimsuits and pjs. There is a part of me that is looking forward to school starting back up in the coming weeks to free up some personal time to get things done, and then there’s another part of me that is savoring these last few weeks of unplanned, spontaneous, lazy days we’ve been having. I mean…let’s be honest, we all have our days, but I know before long they’ll be in school full time, and I will miss these lazy unplanned days with these kids that drive me crazypants.  We’ve also have been just trying to be content with being home more.  It’s a bit challenging with Sienna having multiple naps to really get out and enjoy a lot of activities outside the home.  So, we’ve been doing a lot of kiddie pool, and water table time outside while she naps, and when Daddy is home, taking the boys on some outings.

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Sienna has been doing great.  It’s pretty incredible how much she has grown and changed in just a month.  We were worried about her growth and development because right when she turned eight months old, she wasn’t quite where the boys were in their gross motor skills.  She was pretty wobbly sitting up and would fall backwards or to the side at any given moment, wouldn’t jump in the jumperoo, she was only self feeding with one hand, and had no interest in the sippy cup.  I tell you though, God has really taught me a lesson in patience, and reminded me that HE is in control! I got in a tizzy about the whole thing and after a doc recommendation to see a neurologist came about, I was completely convinced that there was something wrong with her. She’s completely fine though! She’s just on her own timing.  She’s just a product of her environment of her being a third child, being held more, being put in the exersaucer and bumbo instead of on the floor so she can practice balance and mobility (and so I can cook, clean, or whatever).  She is also a GREAT sleeper.  I mean… the girl may need to be rocked to sleep once in a blue moon, but the girl can put some hours away in that crib of hers.  She’ll sleep 12hrs at night, then nap from 9:30-11ish and again from 1:30 to 3ish and AGAIN at 5/5:30ish for a half hour snooze.  I’ve been trying to cut out that last nap, but when she doesn’t get it, she is GRUMPY! Or, she’ll want to crash right at 6:30 or 7, and that is just poor timing for us with dinner and bath time.  So yeah… sleep! She loves it. Little lazy bones of mine.  Hopefully it’ll stick.  Mason was a great sleeper from early on, and now he bugs me with either “I’ve got to go potty” for the billionth time, or “I need to be covered”, so it can be a toss up!  A few day after getting the OK from the neurologist that Sienna didn’t have anything wrong with her, she started crawling! She creeps on her belly, and most recently has been taking a few “knee step” crawls!  She jumps in the jumperoo as well, and is working on mastering the sippy cup.  She brings me such joy and I just can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and how much more God will show me about her little personality!

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As a catch-up, our July fourth was fun and pretty low-key.  We had two families over that we just adore; The Valencias and The Hertys.  They both have four kids close in age, live close by, and we all have grown to love them as well as their kids! It’s great to be able to relate to the grace that is needed for raising multiple young kids close in age.  And no, we don’t have plans for a fourth at the moment!  Nevertheless, here are a few shots from our evening of family fun celebrating the fourth.  The Hertys brought over a bottle of Champagne to toast to all of the families living close together due to the recent move of the Valencias and us!

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Mason burned his hand on a sparkler that night, but other than that, I think it was a great evening of fun.  We also thought it would be fun to revisit the children’s museum that we went to downtown like we did last year.  It was a week day and Dan wasn’t traveling, so he kept Sienna at home while she napped, and I took the boys.  It was great.  The boys loved it last year, but this year I feel like they were old enough to do so much more! They did everything from grocery shopping, to learning about weather, to camping, fishing, building, dress up, painting, and the list goes on.  Here are a few favorites from the fun day we had.

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We also have enjoyed fun little activities around the house, like this one we did the other day, a home made bird feeder.

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