Since I've been awful about updating the blog with our activities and such, I'm giving myself a free pass. No trying to update the past. It's too overwhelming. Maybe I'll get to it sometime, maybe I won't. Instead, I'm starting fresh. I want to document our lives and I like journaling. I know it's important, but I'm horrible at it. I tend to go in spurts, updating frequently for a while and then not at all until a day like today when all of the sudden I start again. So here we go again!
We'll start with these three.
This picture was actually taken back in May, so it's several months old, but it's cute and I haven't put my pictures on my computer in way too long, so this is what I've got.
Lucas is 2 now. His birthday was in July. He is talking more and more every day and he cracks us up all the time. He is sweet and sensitive and crazy and we love him to bits! He loves to follow the bigger kids around and mimics just about everything they do, which can be good and bad. He used to be a serious daddy's boy, but lately he loves his mama just as much and I sure enjoy the extra snuggles! Although he still loves to play ball and wrestle with his dad. This kid just lights up our family!
Jack turned 6 this summer and just recently started 1st grade. He is such a smart kid! Although he is still my firecracker and can be a serious handful. He is active as can be, always playing with friends and coming home from school sweaty most days. He is a fantastic big brother and lets Lucas follow him around most of the time. Although he hates doing chores, he is easily monetarily motivated. If he knows how much a chore can earn him, he'll get it done quicker than you'd think, and he generally does a great job. I can't believe how quickly he is growing up.
Payson is now 8 1/2. She was baptized in January and started Activity Days, which she LOVES! She is the sweetest, most helpful girl I know. She is a great friend, a wonderful helper, and the best big sister around. She started third grade this year and I have no doubt she'll be at the top of her class, as usual. I love watching this girl grow up and develop into an incredible young woman. It makes me sad to see her leaving her littleness behind one day at a time, but she makes me so proud!
I can't even describe how much I love these three littles.
I guess that means I'm next. I would describe how busy I've been lately, except that I've spent most of my days in bed or on the couch the last few months. I'm now 13 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and haven't felt too great for most of the first trimester. Blech. Now that the sickness and exhaustion are slightly letting up, I've been slammed with the flu. Can't a girl catch a break?! Wah!!!!! Luckily, I think I'm finally starting to feel a little better and I'm hoping to be back to myself soon. And I'm sure Jason and the kids are hoping just as much as I am! They have been so amazing at picking up my slack.
Which brings me to Jason. Have I ever mentioned that I'm the luckiest girl in the universe? Jason works his brains out for two weeks away from home (around 100 hours a week) just to come home and take care of his lame, sick wife and crazy kids. This week while I've been coughing and hacking and fevering and such, he has spent his time cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping, getting kids ready for school, etc. Basically he is mom and dad. And while he's doing all of that, he's bringing me soup and crackers and lemon honey tea and giving me back rubs and running to the store for medicine. So I guess he is more like mom, dad, doctor, nurse, caretaker, magic husband. Not once has the man complained. I don't know what I did to deserve him, but I am so much more than grateful for all of his love and support. He's kind of amazing.
And that's where we are now. Mom is hopefully on the mend, busy cooking a baby (due to arrive early March), kids are in school and busy being kids, and dad continues to work and serve us and just be his wonderful self.
I'm getting so excited for fall to come and for the holidays approaching and anticipating this little baby joining our family after all of that. I'm hoping to be better about keeping our lives up to date here in the next months as I'm sure there will be plenty to document! Until then, my heart is so very full.