Monday, March 29, 2010

And she's off!!!!

After several weeks of practice, Caroline finally got the confidence she needed to take off crawling! I had waited and watched her anxiously for weeks even getting down and crawling on the floor beside her in hopes she would be a visual learner. As it always works, when we let our children do something on their own terms, they succeed! She finally took off and within 3-4 days, she was crawling around to every room in the house. She is so proud of herself..always smiling while crawling. I will walk into a different room to do something and within seconds, here comes my sweet baby girl panting towards mama! She wears herself out-her poor knees-she doesn't care if the floor is carpeted or not. She always has red knees now, but it's still the cutest thing I've ever seen! We are proud of you baby girl-we knew you could do it!

Drew plays soccer!

There's been so much to blog about lately which is exactly the reason I haven't. Life has been BUSY! Drew started playing soccer a couple weeks back so practice on tuesday evenings and games every sat morning have contributed to our busy schedule. I'm not complaining at all..I have waited 3 1/2 years to be a soccer mom! It is absolutely one of the cutest things I've ever seen watching these little people kick and sometimes pick up a soccer ball down the field, not caring at all which way they go or which goal they score in. To my surprise, however, for a bunch of 3 year olds, they actually don't look too bad out there! I definitely saw some improvement from the 1st to 2nd game. More importantly, my little man is having a ball, making new friends, and learning what it's like to be on a team. Here are pics of Drew's first ever sports game!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Holding on...

It could have just been P.M.S. but I shed a few tears the other day when I was forced to pull all of Drew's "too little" underwear out of his drawer. I had started noticing that not only were they starting to look small, but that they were leaving little marks on him. :( Call me crazy, I don't care, but I won't dare get rid of them. Oh, the precious memories I have of him in all those cute little undies. (he started wearing underwear at 22 months) Watching your children grow up is so sad and joyful all at the same time. I get so emotional thinking about the days I can never get back. The newborn stage with Caroline back in the summer right before Drew turned 3 floods my mind with so many wonderful memories. What a wonderful, blessed time in our lives as we watched our family grow and gained a precious little girl. Drew loved his little sister from the moment he sat eyes on her. A summer we will never forget!
Back to the undies...Drew says "mommy, are you going to give my underwear to a little boy that doesn't have any underwear"? I reply, "No babe, we won't be passing these along..only your clothes" Drew- "but how come mama..little boys like spiderman"? How was I to explain that those little underoos weren't going anywhere for a while because "mommy" wants them?!?!? Posted are some pics of these precious little undies that I have grown attached to. :) He even had a little pair of tighty whities, size 2 toddler!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Finally- something that works!

Like so many other moms, I am fed up with my postbaby(x2) body. All I want is to look and feel good in my clothes again!!!! I could use a little more energy too, and I know losing a few lbs gets you some energy back. I'm only 31 but I feel so much older these days. My knees are weak, I can't run or even walk very fast without becoming winded, and I hate to bend down and pick things up because my back is always hurting. I have tried for 3 years to "eat right" and exercise only to lose 5 lbs or so and gain it back 2-3 weeks later once I have fallen off my diet. I know myself and know by now it's going to take something a little more drastic, something to hold me accountable, to get me in shape. I don't want to spend another summer uncomfortable in my swimsuit. I have two kids to worry about now, not whether or not the people at the pool think I should be in my swimsuit. :)

A couple weeks ago, I decided to take the Nutrisystem challenge! I ordered it and in the days waiting on it to ship, I got myself psyched up for it and ate all the pizza and cookies I wanted. The money invested in it was my motivation at first. But it no longer is about the money. 13 days and 9 lbs later, I am amazed at what I am seeing. I feel great and know I will feel even better with each additional lb gone and day behind me. This program works! Hopefully they find my blog and ask me to be a spokesperson because that is what I sound like already.:) I don't plan on attaching any before/after pics of myself but here are some pics of my kids having a ball with all my Nutrisystem food the day it came in. Drew sat up shop and said "Mommy, come to my store and pick out some really yummy food"! I replied, "I sure will"!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bathtime fun

My kids are really starting to have fun with each other. Caroline is only 8 months old, but I can tell how much she enjoys her big brother's company and vice versa. He is starting to notice her growing and her developing personality. He will say things like "baby sister's not wittle anymore" or "baby sister can move now mama" or baby sister is big like me" or "her love me mama" or "her laughs at me all the time". As I have said before, one of the greatest things to me about having 2 children is watching them together. Some times are sweet and some are just so funny! Here's a glimpse at some of their good times in the bath together! Yes, they are both smashed in a ducky tub made for babies-it used to be Drew's and he's determined it still is! :)