Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2 Years!

Happy Birthday, My Little 2 Year Old!


Fun facts for month Twenty-Four:
Weight: ~23lbs
Height: 32+in.
Eating: 3 meals a day, 2 snacks
Sleeping: All night, 1 nap
Diapers: Trying to find a new solution to the taking off the diaper issue, so Diapers 5, pullups 2T-3T
Clothing: 18-24 Months
 
What's new for month Twenty-Four:
  • He is talking in complex sentences
  • He likes to sing
  • He thinks hitting is fun... and says "CRASH!" when he does it
  • He can count to 12
  • He can build huge tours of blocks
  • He likes instruments - drums, piano, and guitar
  • He likes to spin
  • He loves reading non-stop
  • He is super smiley all the time
  • He wants to be outside whenever possible and has been sad that cold weather has meant no sandbox time
  • He loves baths, but not washing his hair
  • He is obsessed with airplanes, dinosaurs, and baby dolls (thank you, big sister)
  • He is deathly afraid of dogs
  • He loves his sister so much so he does not permit her to sleep if at all possible and she is not a fan
  • He likes to tickle people and be tickled
  • He likes to roll across the floor, be tossed around, and "fly"!
  • Puzzzlllleeeessss 
  • He likes to play pretend, and "cooks" for me a lot
  • He loves airplanes so much that if he hears one (whether he is inside or outside), he stops, points at the airplane, says "airplane!!", makes the airplane sound, does "airplane arms", and runs around making the airplane sound








First time eating ice cream



Birthday boy!

On his actual birthday (not party day), he got to have a brownie with breakfast

No objections here!

Even RB got in on the fun




Magnets! We love this toy!

Jumping on the bed is a favorite past time
 

Monday, November 16, 2015

23 Months

Happy 23 Months, Buddy Boy!

Fun facts for month Twenty-Three:

Weight: ~23lbs
Height: 32+in.
Eating: 3 meals a day, 2 snacks
Sleeping: All night, 1 nap and sometimes 1 rest/nap
Diapers: Trying to find a new solution to the taking off the diaper issue, so Diapers 4-5, pullups 2T-3T
Clothing: 18 Months, 18-24 Months (smaller for pants, larger for shirts)



What's new for month Twenty-Three:

  • He is talking in sentences (and has been for a bit now): "I see it?" "I have some too?" "I name Corban" "I'm up high!" "It's up there! Up high! In the sky!" "What's that sound?" (he's been saying this four a couple of months)
  • He likes to sing
  • He is saying "NO!" and "MINE!" a lot - he's getting possessive
  • He thinks hitting is fun... 
  • He can count to 10 (sometimes higher) and sing his ABC's
  • He can ask politely saying, "May I have ----- please" and it is adorable
  • He can spell his sister's name, but is convinced it's the spelling for his name (he's slowly learning his own spelling)
  • He likes to spin
  • He likes to tickle people and be tickled
  • He likes to roll across the floor, be tossed around, and "fly"!
  • His relationship with his sister is getting more sweet
  • He can finally do the ABC puzzle (which is nice because he likes to dump it out and it has a lot of small pieces that hurt to step on)
  • He likes to play pretend, and "cooks" for me a lot
  • His smile can light up a room
  • He has decided that going to his MDO class is the worst thing and when he see his teacher he flips out. Regardless of where we are, which is sad since she is an awesome woman. 
  • He has started to like drawing with chalk and crayons
  • He likes stickers
  • He wants to read all day! Reading and going outside are the only things worth doing in his mind haha 

Little man's 1st Halloween as Olaf! With his favorite Anna and Elsa

Olaf with Elsa and Kristoff

Another costume opportunity - Peter Pan! (He wouldn't stand still for a picture)

Still loves to cuddle with his mommy when he gets up from nap (and some other times)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

22 Months

Happy 22 Months, Buddy!



Fun facts for month Twenty-Two:
Weight: ~23lbs
Height: 32+in.
Eating: 3 meals a day, 2 snacks
Sleeping: All night, 1 nap and sometimes 1 rest/nap
Diapers: Trying to find a new solution to the taking off the diaper issue, so Diapers 4-5, pullups 2T-3T
Clothing: 18 Months, 18-24 Months

What's new for month Twenty-Two:
  • He is talking non-stop now and is repeating every word anyone says
  • He is one of the most verbal kids in his MDO class and is able to communicate his needs
  • He can ask politely saying, "May I have ----- please" and it is adorable
  • He is getting more picky when he eats, namely if he can see other food available
  •  He is a mover and can climb on almost anything now. 
  • He is picking up some bad habits from his sister (screaming, yelling NO) but seems to be a little easier to calm than his sibling
  • He is fairly obedient these days
  • His smile can light up a room
  • He has decided that going to his MDO class is the worst thing and when he see his teacher he flips out. Regardless of where we are, which is sad since she is an awesome woman. 
  • He has started to like drawing with chalk and crayons
  • He likes stickers
  • He wants to read all day! Reading and going outside are the only things worth doing in his mind haha
  • He is getting good at puzzles 
  • He got a little scrape on his face playing "chase the bad guys" with his sister
 





 

Monday, September 14, 2015

21 Months

Happy 21 Months!

Fun facts for month twenty-one:
Weight: ~23lbs.
Height: 32in.
Eating: 3 meals a day, 2 snacks
Sleeping: All night, 1 rest and 1 nap
Diapers: Size 4-5
Clothing: 12-18 months, 18 months

What's new for month twenty-one: 
  • He got to see his aunt Lulu and LOVED her. He even preferred her over his mommy part of the time
  • He can say any word you can say and is getting to where others understand him as well as me. 
  • He is getting way too big and has been through 3 different sizes of shoes this summer
  • He is tall enough to reach things on the counter
  • He is very polite, especially with people who are not me or his sister haha
  • He has gotten to where he prefers to walk then be held
  • He does not like to sit still...ever
  • He is getting less picky
  • He is getting pushy with his sister, she loves to mother him (read: boss him around) and while he usually just let's it go or goes along with it, he is getting a little more independent
  • He is saying, "NO!" a lot (mainly to his sister)
  • He loves musical instruments
  • He loves to jump and run
  • He loves trampolines, but really just crawls on them more than jumps
  • He has a huge head! A lot of 18 month shirts no longer fit simply because the head hole won't stretch enough! 
  • He still loves people, but is a little more wary of strangers these days. Just a little.
  • He is less destructive, but still has an uncanny ability to get into things that have been made to be baby-proof
  • He loves books more than toys
  • He isn't as interested in a lot of his toys, he really just likes to put them in things or mess them up rather than play with them particularly
  • He is obsessed with being outside and now the weather is turning so that is helping this mommy out! 
  • The avocado tree we planted to celebrate his birth is getting really big





Wednesday, August 12, 2015

20 Months

Happy 20 Months, Buddy!


Fun facts for month twenty:

Weight: ~23lbs.
Height:32+in.

Eating: 3 meals a day, 1-2 snacks (he will eat any time you offer him food)

Sleeping: all night, two naps a day (although headed toward 1 nap)

Diapers: size 4

Clothing: 12-18 months, 18 months



What's new for month twenty:  
  • He says, "hold this", "awesome!", "egg", "yogurt", "toast", "flower", "bowl", "cracker", "goldfish", "spoon"
  • He can feed himself with a spoon pretty well. We have wasted a lot of yogurt learning this task! He even likes to pick up peas, put them on his spoon, and eat it.
  • He is very opinionated about his food.
  • He is very loving. 
  • He is good with a fork, but not as good with the spoon (it seems a will power issue rather than a motor skills issue because sometimes he can do it) 
  • His favorite game is saying, "I love you TOOOOO" which is precious
  • His hair is growing crazy fast and is already needing a second haircut 
  • He likes to make his sister laugh by being silly
  • He is adventurous
  • He is still afraid of dogs
  • He loves to run and saying "NUNNING!" while he goes - the same goes for jumping "JUMP JUMP JUMP!"
  • He is cuddly and loves his mommy and daddy, he loves all of his family
  • He likes to scribble (he could do it before, but now he actually likes it)





Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Doing Life



Sometimes just getting up and doing life feels brave. Sometimes you are dreading the moment someone needs you and tiny hands climb you for the rest of the day. It's exhausting. Even without feeding them, disciplining them, guiding their hearts, speaking truth, cleaning up messes, all the touching is just exhausting.

Now I am an extrovert so I never thought I needed alone time. I love seeing people, talking to people, being with people. Being alone makes me feel depressed and isolated. Everyone is different, there is no wrong way to be, but this is me. Yet in the midst of all the touching and needing from the kiddos, I get some alone time needs. I also get adult time needs. Like, I need to speak to an adult or I will explode type needs. Like, if I do not get to put on real clothes and eat without having to wipe someone's face, I may have a meltdown.

So when I get up in the morning, the kids aren't up yet, but I already feel like my love/patience/touchometer is already in the "you're pushing it" zone, I have to live bravely. I have to turn to the Father and beg Him for more. I have to ask for wisdom from Him "who gives generously to all without reproach" (James 1). I have to live out the choice of love even when the feeling is not all there. Well, I guess I don't have to, but I get to and I want to.





Sunday, August 2, 2015

Living Brave

Recently, I have been thinking even more about living brave. Taking another step. I have been thinking about what it means to live brave in vulnerability. It is so hard to let people in to the truth of your life. It is so easy to show people what you want them to see, to make them think you have life all together. And then, when we look at our own life, we live in shame because we are the only ones who do not have it together. We tell our friends we are "fine" or "good", we only speak on the surface level. This is not me saying that you need to go show your baggage to everyone, but this is me saying that you need to find a community, a trusted few. Be brave, be vulnerable.

So, I'd like to start a series. I would like to have you help me define what it means to be brave, what that looks like in your life. Would you be willing to step out and help me figure this out?