So my blog is full of space so it’s Printing time. I have enjoyed rereading all the posts the past year and a half. Bailey was a NEWBORN! That seems like yesterday but seeing how much as happened it blows my mind how they truly grow up in the blink of an eye. I try to remind myself to enjoy them in every stage but just rereading it gave me a greater desire to Live In the Moment! I feel like our moments are so Precious now! Lydia will wake up from her nap and then Bailey which will be followed with lots of cuddles. Bailey’s affectionate nature is so contagious! The constant kisses and hugs that she gives spontaneously is her True nature. She came straight from Heavenly Father this way. Lydia is still so excited for life and happy! She just beams of excitement for life. Her stories with her little voice are so cute! I want to lock her voice in my memory bank forever. She will sit and and talk with her hands explaining to Ryan the days events. My favorite thing though are her eyes. You can tell during a story she is reliving the moment of when we were at the park, or grocery store, or when we saw that spider that she so courageously stepped on. These are the Moments! I feel I am in the thick of it all and can’t get enough of my girls. There is a look on Ryan’s face which I would define as pure joy! It is when he sees the girls playing and laughing that he just Beams of Happiness. Children bring a happiness to a family that can’t come any other way. Seeing the world by traveling and enjoying fancy restaurants seems like a short changed life in comparison to the joys a child will bring. Sure enough there are hard times when they will be kids and Bailey pulls Lydia’s hair or Lydia cuts her hair instead of going to bed when we asked her too. But oh the joyous moments truly outweigh the rest. My desire to continue our family grows as I see our little girls and how close they are. I think how miserable they would be without one another and I can’t help but think what other siblings will join our girl.
Life is so fulfilling being a mom! I am so grateful for the chance I have to stay home! Ryan and I have the hardest time getting a babysitter. Haha! Probably for a couple reasons one we are cheap and so paying someone to watch our kids doesn’t sound great to a budget but I think most of all we would rather do things as a family. However, this last Ensign and the articles about marriages make me think that we should encourage date night at least once a month.
I have also been loving Oregon but the last week I have missed the women in Indiana. That was my home for so long and I have noticed that those strong families and their dedication to the Lord left a hole I didn’t know was there till now. I know that life will continue here and it will be so fulfilling and good but I truly will always cherish those women and families during our dental school years. Families were brought into our lives for a reason and I don’t want to forget their amazing examples and friendships that effected me while I learned to be a wife and mom!
I have started training for a half marathon. I ran 6 miles yesterday for my long run and am excited to continue to train to run the race October 10th. Training to run in a race is so rewarding. Just the dedication to get up and run seems to trickle down in my dedication in other aspects of my life.
Ryan has been on call for work and it has been crazier than we anticipated. However, as I have been overhearing the conversations I can’t help but think of how grateful the people must be that he can prescribe medicine to them during their time of need. I know I would be So GRATEFUL if I were in pain! He is so good with people and very caring and giving that this suits him. I know that he is very excited though to be off call tomorrow for Labor day. Haha! A couple days solid of phone calls gets exhausting. But once a year shouldn’t be too bad.
Bailey is so ready to start potty training and I am not! I don’t know why but something inside me just feels that I need to wait. Maybe it’s my own selfish reasons but I am going to try and stick it out waiting until after Thanksgiving if I can or even Christmas. Then we will be done traveling for awhile and she can have a solid amount of time without any change to really get potty training down. However, it is so dang cute when she is sitting on her seat with the ducks as she quacks her little heart away. I also have to laugh that she holds her nose closed (like PU) when she needs to go. I also can’t seem to keep her pants on her and might have to get that girl a belt. Haha!
Lydia loves Gum! That is the best treat to her. She also is starting to fade out of a regular nap schedule. She will nap some days and other days she doesn’t. She seems to be fine the days she decides not to nap. We always have quiet time so she has the opportunity to nap if she wants too. She has been really excited for play dates so I have been scheduling them a lot! However, one play date she wouldn’t get off the couch or play with the other kids. Maybe three families with 7 kids total was too much? Whatever it was I realized that the one lesson I want her to learn is that happiness is a choice. Even if she doesn’t feel like being happy she should at least try to smile because it will help ANY situation! I used to think my goal before preschool would be what she knows academically and I realized this past week there is more important things I want her to learn. But just like anything else it will take practice before it becomes a habit.
Fall time is approaching. Usually I am so excited for fall. However, this year I feel that summer went by too fast and that I missed it. So I am ok with fall not starting technically for a couple more weeks.