Well, off the top of my head…

I hate that I have been averaging a blog a month at the most.  I miss it so badly because I absolutely love to write.  (Is anyone even out there?)  Writing is just something that makes me feel good.  I’m not a novelist or a creative person, but for some reason it just makes me feel like ME to sit down and type something and press “submit.”  It is just as rejuvenating as, say, going out with some actual real life people and having dinner.  I don’t know, but I miss it.

We’ve been in Katy for a little over 3 months now.  I have such a love and hate relationship with moving.  I’ve mentioned before that I’ve moved 5 times in the last 10 years, so it’s not new to me.  I may have stayed in the same basic area of Texas each time, but it’s still like pushing a reset button on your life.  In so many ways, that is fun and adventurous, and when doing it with a handsome husband and cute kids it can really be pretty exciting.  But in many other ways, moving is exhausting and overwhelming and even somewhat scary.

The first month of living here was really just the holidays.  I barely even unpacked after we got the necessities in their proper places.  Then January was a little bit better, I organized things a little more and unpacked 90% of our belongings.  I still have about 8-10 boxes crammed into the closet under the stairs (where, let’s face it – they will probably remain until we move again) but otherwise I’m done.  I joined a baby bootcamp, enrolled Poppyseed in a dance class, and after calling dozens of preschools I even got Poppyseed enrolled somewhere!  She is actually attending a preschool that is less than 5 minutes from our house.  It’s teeny tiny and really old school, but the people there seem so genuine and the director is fabulous.  And most importantly, Poppyseed loves it.  Really loves it.

I wonder all the time if I would send her to preschool at age 2 if she were more of an introvert.  There are so many examples of times that I have made a game or craft at home and waited excitedly for her to wake up and see it.  I will feel so proud of myself for making up this wonderful experience that she will surely enjoy.  I show it to her and we begin to play, and 90% of the time I have to admit (partial) defeat.  It’s just never as exciting as I expected.  Sometimes she even clams up and stops participating in whatever craft or activity it is.  Well, that never happens in a group setting.  Every time I take her to library time, for example, she will literally walk to the front of the class and sit down.  She’ll lean over to the nearest child, regardless of age, and say something.  “Heyyyyyyyy, have you read dat book?  IIIIIIIII never read dat book before.  Yet’s read it together, okay!?”

My child NEEDS other kids, just like I need other people.  She thrives in the school setting.  I wonder if Middle will be the same way.

I may have mentioned this before, but I also joined a MOPS group.  I’m thrilled because I really like every single girl in my small group.  Everyone seems like a real person, and the personalities all appear to mesh really well.  Of course I’ve only seen these women about a half a dozen times, but I am so very thankful for the chance to get to know other girls with kids.  I’ll admit that MOPS seemed like such an odd thing, even after Poppyseed was born.

You mean it’s a club full of moms?  There are meetings?  Why are they called meetings anyway, that sounds so formal.  What in the hell do these moms talk about… who can change a diaper the fastest?”

I won’t lie, that’s pretty much what I thought when I heard about this mysterious group.

Well shame on me.  Now I’m rocking my monogrammed thermos at the park like the best of them.

And frankly, even if my newfound MOPS friends did want to talk about who could change a diaper the fastest, I would be game for that conversation.  That would be pretty riveting compared to my normal conversations.  I discuss Sesame Street, why another snack would hurt our tummies, the ABCs, why God and Jesus are always watching us (and are they the same person or not?), and the complicated game of I Spy.  I would talk to anyone about just about anything at this stage in my life.

I’m going to cut this short and spend the second half of naptime taking a shower and making a grocery list, because that’s how exciting my life is and I want to make the most of it.  Plus, I quit Baby Boot Camp and tried a free Crossfit class today, and oh-my-gosh I may not be able to move if I sit still for much longer.   But you know what?  I loved it.

There is just something to be said for endorphins.  I swear, I used to sell antidepressants for a living, and sometimes I wonder if some people might be able to get off of their meds if they just got out and did a little bit of body work.  Don’t hate me for that comment, I know it’s not PC and that is not where I’m heading with that.  I just truly have had the best day today – and the only thing that changed was that I had an intense workout.  I haven’t showered today, I still haven’t had more than 5 hours of sleep per night in 7 months, and the highlight of my week will probably be sipping wine and eating apples while I watch Pig Farmer choose a bride on the Bachelor tonight.  But because of one little workout, I feel amazing.

Here are some extremely random pictures of what we’ve been doing…

A few weekend ago, I drove my tots to Louisiana to see my family.  They actually did really well in the car!

A few weekend ago, I drove my tots to Louisiana to see my family. They actually did really well in the car!

It's no surprise that Poppyseed loved her Aunt Sissy.

It’s no surprise that Poppyseed loved her Aunt Sissy.

...and her cousin Sydney.

…and her cousin Sydney.

My mom loved getting all of the snuggles from Baby Middle, and enjoyed having all three of her kids under one roof!

My mom loved getting all of the snuggles from Baby Middle, and enjoyed having all three of her kids (and five grandkids) under one roof!

My brother and his wife were there with their daughters, which made for a really fun day.

My brother and his wife were there with their daughters, which made for a really fun day.  Baby Janey fell asleep like that about four times during the afternoon – I was so impressed.  My babies never did that after they were more than a couple of months old!

Uncle Jimmy has always been good with the wee ones.

Uncle Jimmy has always been good with the wee ones.  Janey and Middle are three months apart.

These kids made a tiny court yard at a nursing home feel like a playground.  They blew bubbles, painted, played chase, and enjoyed endless games of hide and seek.  Sydney (the oldest) was the best babysitter!

These kids made a tiny court yard at a nursing home feel like a playground. They blew bubbles, painted, played chase, and enjoyed endless games of hide and seek. Sydney (the oldest) was the best babysitter!

My big sister is seriously so good with kids.  It's no surprise that my children love her despite how infrequently we get to see her!

My big sister is seriously so good with kids. It’s no surprise that my children love her despite how infrequently we get to see her!

My bunch loved seeing Granddaddy and Granny Lil, too.

My bunch loved seeing Granddaddy and Granny Lil, too.

A few weeks ago we got a babysitter and spent an evening at Oatmeal’s brother’s home.  He turned 40, and my sister in law threw an amazing party for him!

John and Bree with their three daughters.

John and Bree with their three daughters.

I am really looking to the chapter of life where our friends and family turn 40!  It's like 21 all over again, but with a little more experience.  ;-)

I am really looking to the chapter of life where our friends and family turn 40! It’s like 21 all over again, but with a little more experience. 😉

I'll be your date any day, Oatmeal.

I’ll be your date any day, Oatmeal.

The food was amazing.  Brazillion, anyone?

The food was amazing. Brazilion, anyone?

I really did love everything about the way this party was thrown.  The guest list, the decor, the casual feel, the menu.  It was really just the best way to celebrate.

I really did love everything about the way this party was thrown. The guest list, the decor, the casual feel, the menu. It was really just the best way to celebrate.

There were photographs everywhere!

There were photographs everywhere!

So, do you know that until this party, I had been 100% gluten and dairy free for six entire weeks?  SIX WEEKS!?  And then I fell into this birthday cake.  All three of them.

So, do you know that until this party, I had been 100% gluten and dairy free for six entire weeks? SIX WEEKS!? And then I fell into this birthday cake. All three of them.  I don’t regret it at all.  I have no self control.

This was just casually framed near a centerpiece.  I almost lost my eye makeup.

This was just casually framed near a centerpiece. I almost lost my eye makeup.  Oatmeal’s dad wrote this for John last year.  I mean, wow. 

Other than road trips and birthday parties, life has just been cruising along…

Baby Middle has begun pulling up and trying to stand up unassisted.

Baby Middle has begun pulling up and trying to stand up unassisted.  It began at about 6.5 months.

He also experienced his first time to swing at a park!  His sister was just as excited as he was.

He also experienced his first time to swing at a park! His sister was just as excited as he was.

But it's not always so fun at the park.  Slides happen.

But it’s not always so fun at the park. Slides happen.

When it's not raining, I try to give her every chance to be outside.

When it’s not raining, I try to give her every chance to be outside.

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We walk to one of the two parks nearby if we can.  This spider web contraption is her favorite thing right now.

We walk to one of the two parks nearby if we can. This spider web contraption is her favorite thing right now.

And on the weekends, it's this.  Lots and lots of this.

And on the weekends, it’s this. Lots and lots of this.

When it rains (and it rains a LOT lately) I am usually struggling to find a way to keep her busy between Oatmeal's departure and arrival from work.  There are plenty of long baths and showers.  Sorry, water conservationists, we aren't the best supporters.

When it rains (and it rains a LOT lately) I am usually struggling to find a way to keep her busy between Oatmeal’s departure and arrival from work. There are plenty of long baths and showers. Sorry, water conservationists, we aren’t the best supporters.

Errands are just not as easy as they used to be, but we still go and do what needs to be done.  Even if it means nursing a huge man child in a tiny doctor's office for three hours while getting a rubber shark to the face.

Errands are just not as easy as they used to be, but we still go and do what needs to be done. Even if it means nursing a huge man child in a tiny doctor’s office for three hours while getting a rubber shark to the face.

Sometimes we plan a playdate, which as you moms know should actually be called a Mom Date.  The kids are sweet, but the mimosas are sweeter.

Sometimes we plan a playdate, which as you moms know should actually be called a Mom Date. The kids are sweet, but the mimosas are sweeter.

Blue pacifiers are so hot right now.

Blue pacifiers are so hot right now.

I think that perhaps our friends should buy a larger television.  I hate to see the children struggle to watch Simba and Nala.

I think that perhaps our friends should buy a larger television. I hate to see the children struggle to watch Simba and Nala.

I had at least a dozen pictures left in my cue, but the baby is stirring and I may not get that shower after all.  Happy Monday.

 

 

 

 

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