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Hey, it’s been a while…

After several (okay, like 3), harassing emails and being called out on this blog by Tim, I’m back at it tonight.  It’s been a busy time.  We’ve been eating meals most weeks even without my Monday Meals posts, and the kids are getting cuter and bigger by the day though there are no pictures to prove it.  Since it’s been so long, I thought I’d just give an update on each of us so we can all just move on from here, okay?

Micah:  Micah, oh Micah.  Could you possibly get any cuter?  I think not.  At his one year appt, he was 29 lbs and 32 inches long.  He’s a big dude.  Solid.  Dense.  One of my friends actually said she would bet money in Vegas that he will be drafted into the NFL.  I told her that was impossible since he was never going to play football, but go ahead and play.  He’s also 100% boy.  I had no idea that there would be such a difference between boys and girls at such a young age.  Micah loves to tackle anything that moves….it’s like he’s a bull and the world is his matador.  He also loves to  bite….everything.  If you get too close, he’ll Mike Tyson you–guaranteed. This might have something to do with him getting 3 molars and both of his eye teeth right now?  He loves being outside and charges at our little baby pool if he sees it filled.  He loves to eat rocks, dirt, mulch and bird poop.  He’s constantly amazing us with what he will and is able to put in his mouth (it’s huge).  He’s very physical and has reached all of the those milestones before Avery did…crawling at 6.5 months, taking steps at between 8 and 8.5 months and walking everywhere around 9.5 months.  He has recently began climbing on everything, too.  I’ve found him standing on Avery’s trike, the kids’ picnic table, in high chairs at restaurants and in the shopping cart when I turn my back…hey, sometimes the straps don’t fit around his sweet chubbalub little belly!  He’s a really, really happy little guy.  He has the most contagious smile and laugh.  I think I fall in love with him more every single day.  If he improves upon on thing, he would truly be perfect: sleeping through the night!!!  That kid doesn’t want to miss a thing…even at 4 am.  Thankfully, he is the cutest little guy on the planet, which is his redeeming quality at midnight or 2 am or 4 am.  🙂  We love you, Bubba!

Avery:  Avery turned 3 on May 28.  She has a ton of personality, and I love it (most of the time).   She is the most fun-loving little girl I know.  Her little personality is coming out more and more and she has apparently gotten my flair for the dramatic:  “Mom, I don’t want to go to WalMart, I want to stay at home FOREVER!”  After a sip of Dad’s Diet Coke: “Dad, that tastes awful!”  After Dad brought her the wrong stuffed animal: “Not that frog, Dad.  I’m looking for the smallest frog in the world.”  She loves her stuffed animals or her Fisher Price zoo animals.  Her love for animals is definitely inherited from her father.  She even touched a snake at the zoo the other day.  She’s fearless.  I think the only things she’s afraid of are the people dressed as gingerbread men at the zoo during Christmastime…and who can blame her?  They’re kind of creepy.  She took swimming lessons this spring.  For the first sessions, they have to do parent/child class which is for ages 6 months through 5 years.  She was pretty much cannon-balling it off the side as the other babies bounced in the water.  Needless to say, she passed onto the next class which we’re planning on starting later this summer.  She is very, very social and loves all kids and babies….she loves her friends and I’m so proud of her and how she treats them when she’s around them.  She wants everyone to be involved and have fun and has a sweet little heart right now.  She loves Micah and my favorite times are when they are making each other laugh.  Although she sees him as a pesky little brother sometimes (esp when he’s trying to bite her), she really loves him a lot and she’s turning into such a sweet little girl.

Tim: Tim’s still hard at work.  He recently got back from Italy and has been playing golf ever since.  Kidding…well, kind of.  He has gotten the golf bug this summer and has been able to get out and play a lot more than in the past few years.  He’s playing in a tournament tomorrow, actually and well, let’s just say he’s been very….dedicated this week:)   It’s been fun to watch him get that competitive drive back, as he’s playing in golf league this spring and summer.  He’s doing a great job as dad.  Avery, as a baby, always wanted Momma, but Micah loves having Daddy around and will follow Tim around whenever he gets home from work.  It’s pretty darned cute.  Tim had a slow year for traveling (thanks, Uncle Sam!), but it seems it will pick up again later this summer and into the fall.  He won a couple of awards at work this spring….an Early Career Award and Junior Force (may the {junior} Force be with you) and had a paper published in Nature, which is one of two top scientific journals.  I’m proud of all he has accomplished, but mostly just like watching him entertain the kids at home….it’s quite humorous watching him dance.

Me:  Well, I’ve been really enjoying life with 2 kids lately…especially since Micah doesn’t cry all day anymore.  That part has really upped the enjoyment.  I love seeing them together and being their Mom.  I’m starting to run again after too long of a hiatus.  I feel as if I’m pulling a baby grand again, but I know if I give it a few weeks, it will start to feel more like an upright.  I’ve been able to go out at least once a month with some other mom-friends, which is usually pretty fun.  Tim and I are doing a small group with a good group of people too, and I’m doing a Bible study on Tuesday evenings.  Bible-thumping!  Yee-aww.   I still stink at most domestic things, although I started mowing the lawn again, which makes me feel accomplished as well as allows me to work on a little bit of a tan. (Tim argues that our children are the whitest children on the planet…I argue that albinos are whiter.)  I also have been struggling with post-partum hair loss and re-growth.  I make those men in the “before” pictures for Rogaine feel good about their situation.  It’s bad.  I feel like Charlie Brown many mornings…Should I pull 2 or all 3 of my hairs back into a ponytail this morning?  Tough decisions.  I’ve recently started taking Biotin which, from what I’ve read, either makes your hair grow thick or throws you back into teenage acne.  I’ll let you know how mine turns out.  I’m hoping to update this more frequently now.  I know I need to record more of our family memories, but for some reason I don’t always make time for it.

Hope you enjoyed the update….please comment if you read!


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