Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...

The kids had feasts at school today, chased turkeys and played with cousins. We're ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Isn't this just the best time of year?
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Life with Fingerprints: Thanksgiving decorations, paint chip turkey

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful...

This month has sailed by me. I feel like we just celebrated Halloween and now the craziness of the holidays are here. Each day I've personally acknowledged something I'm grateful for. Sometimes the gratitude is as simple as kids that quietly played together. Other reflections are much more significant.

But today I'm grateful for Steve. I won't gush, although I could. Those that know him, love him. He's very likable and he's good at making people feel comfortable. His sense of humor puts people at ease and beneath that humor are layers upon layers of goodness...to the bone. He truly listens to the things I tell him and he is always looking to improve. I know its simple, but he ran to the store for me last night so I could get some work done and it was so helpful. He doesn't have a lot of free time so I know the sacrifice it was, but he could see I needed him. That's the man he is and I couldn't be more grateful.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Toddler Tornado...

The baby in the family is making his presence known. He is making messes faster than I can clean. I left the kitchen for five minutes while I cleaned the sheets from another messy kid and I came back to find the bread cabinet (A cabinet that we stress needs to stay locked...) destroyed. A loaf of bread with bites out of most the pieces. While I swept up the crumbs, he made his way to the bathroom to find another cabinet (which should've been locked) and took things out one by one and threw them in the bathtub.

I came in just in time to see him go up and over the edge of the tub. The door to the game closet was left ajar and he managed to pull down most every card game we own and throw the cards in a nice messy pile on the floor. The piles of clean clothes I put on the stairs for the kids to take to their rooms when they got home, were carelessly thrown over the balcony. Each pillow was thrown off the couch. Did I mention he managed to do all of this without walking?!
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He's at such a fun stage where he's exploring everything. He wants to touch and hold things. He likes the motion of throwing. He puts things in his mouth to taste them. But at the same time he's a tornado that destroys everything in his path. I can spend the morning cleaning and within 30 minutes it looks like I haven't touched it.

Which of course is when friends happen to stop by and I try and convince them that I spent the morning cleaning as their eyes glance around the room and assume I must be joking. Nope. No joking here. Just the life of a toddler mom. I promise I don't typically throw my kid's clean clothes haphazardly at the base of the stairs that is visible to every person who comes to our door! That has toddler written all over it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Growth Chart...

She's up three inches from a year ago. No wonder why none of her pants fit!
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