a very welcome warm day

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Spring has been such a tease around these parts. Mother Nature just can't seem to make up her mind. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Aren't you the self-proclaimed biggest summer-hater there is?" I am. But, since becoming a mom, I have quickly learned that cold weather = a lot of staying indoors = two cooped kids. Being inside too long is not good for my two because they start getting annoyed with each other, and I'm left with the job of telling Pato to stop pulling his sister's hair and telling S that no, she is not the sole owner of ALL the blocks in our house. Oh, and if we stay inside all day, you can bet that S will tell me at least 1,326 times that she's hungry and wants, "...something ELSE to eat!"


So, when one day it decided to creep up into the 70's, I packed our lunches and off we went. Now that Pato is down to one nap a day, the morning is all ours. I LOVE it! We drop C off to work first thing in the morning, and we don't come home till lunchtime. Just the way we all like it. Sometimes I'll pack our lunch and we make it home just in time for naps. I try to wear them out, can you tell? That really warm day happened to occur the day after their new Saltwaters arrived. Something about their little feet finally feeling some sun made me feel like the cold cold days are almost over.


I swear that they really seem to get along better when we're out and about. S loves to lead little brother by the hand, although he does not always oblige. She is quickly turning into a mini-mom and telling him, "No, Pato! Don't make a mess on the floor!" She can be so very sweet to him, and often calls him "Little Mister." As in, "Hi, Little Mister! I so happy to see you!"


We ended the afternoon by visiting the sheep, as we always do. A new baby lamb was born not too long ago, and S absolutely loves visiting the mama sheep and her baby.

The other day I was in line behind two women who saw me with my two kids. I had told the lady in front that they were twelve months apart. The lady right in front of me said, with her back facing me, "Ugh! That's worse than having twins!" I felt defensive, and several unkind things raced through my head. Luckily, I was able to keep my cool, and just said, "Actually, it's great! I'd do it all over again." And it's true! C and I often talk about how crazy but amazing it was to have our two so close together. It works for us, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I feel lucky that I just get to be a part of their little club from time to time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


A real conversation I had with S today:

Me: S, time to get dressed!
S: Okay, mama. Time for a cute outfit!

I then proceed to help her get dressed. 

Me: Now, please sit down so I can do your hair.
S: No pig tails!
Me: I'll just do a topknot. No pigtails. 

I brush her hair back and out it into a topknot.

Me: All done!
S: (touches the top of her head) Oh, no! I need a hairbow!
Me: Okay, okay. I'll put one in. (I then place her hairbow on.)

S: (touches the top of her head again to make sure I had really done it) Thanks, mommy! I go look in the mirror!

She then runs out of her room and faces the full-length mirror in the hall. 

S: (gasps) Perfect! I ready to go now. (Runs to the door and waits for me.)

Sixteen is going to be realllll interesting. 

S: Thirty Months

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


aka ... we now have a two-and-a-half year old on our hands! My mind spins at the thought that we are six months away from having a three year old.

Well, this month was the month of sayings.

"That's a great idea!"
"Oh, I know!"
"Well, of course I do."
"What's that noise?!"
"It's really really dark in here!"
"It's SHOWtime!" or...
"It's (insert exciting thing here)!"

Today she woke up saying, "Mommy! Daddy! It's my birthday!"

She loves to have impromptu dance parties whenever we go out. If we're in a store that's playing music, chances are she'll start dancing and make you dance as well.

Her imagination kills me! She calls her brother's room the "dark and spooky forest."

When she wakes up she says, "Okay. Cute outfit now!"

And...drumroll please...potty training has officially begun!



J: Seventeen Months



Seventeen months. You all know what that means. One month away from nur-sah-ree. (You have to sing the word "nursery" because it is that glorious.) A little about our Pato from this past month.

He continues to add words to his vocabulary, and it's so fun! I love the talking stage! This last month he has learned to say: apple, waffle, gracias, tickle, pelo, "na" for nariz, socks, clap, bus,  Einstein, color, Dora, papa, pan, and "ready, set, go!"

He is a climber! Loves to climb all over couches and chairs. He has taken a few hard falls, but that doesn't deter him.

He loves to tickle! He says, "tickle, tickle, tickle" and tickles your arm. He sometimes chases S around saying, "tickle, tickle, tickle!" And she runs away yelling, "No, Pato! No tickle me!"

Sleep. He is down to one long nap a day. Nighttime ... bleh. I sometimes think we slept better when he was a newborn. We're working on it. He is an early bird and likes to party around 2 AM. We get some really good nights of sleeping all the way through...and then he changes his mind.

He loves to carry around his "papa." That's his word for the Jones family Christmas card. He carries around this card everywhere (even sleeps with it) and points to his Grammy and Poppy and says, "Papa! Papa!" Over and over again. I've had to use clear tape to tape it all up so it doesn't fall apart.

His hair is getting shaggier and shaggier. "Cut his hair already!" I know!

Everyday C and I look at each other and think how boring our life would be without him!

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