Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

Feeling better!

He’s still waking up at night because he has grown accustomed to it, but he didn’t seem to be in any pain.  Hooray!

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So much fun at library storytime!

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Jed turned 14 months yesterday, which is how old Eliza was when he was born!

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She wasn’t even walking yet!

Speaking of Eliza–she continues to do extremely well with potty training, even while she’s at school!  We are so proud of her :-)

Whatever happened to bedtime?

Jed had a rough night last night, so I took him to the doctor today.  Another double ear infection :-(.  We’re going to an ENT within the next couple of weeks to see if tubes might help.  I hope so!  It’s been very difficult for him to fall asleep and stay asleep, and his naps are erratic and short.  Poor baby!

Eliza still requires a nap (or she gets extremely grouchy by the end of the day), but then she won’t go to bed until 9:30 instead of her usual 8:00.  Oh, bother!

On the other hand, we’ve had great potty training success today!  Not a single accident, so that’s something to celebrate!

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Feeding the birds with a sweet neighbor.

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Playing at the doctor’s office. He was so happy while we were there. Go figure!

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Tea Time!

This past Saturday, one of my favorite springtime activities took place:  the annual Downton Abbey Tea!  Like last year, the hostess went to great lengths to provide entertainment, elegance, and fun!  A marvelous time was had by all!

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This year’s theme was the celebration of the marriage of Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge. Cheers!  

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Mini wedding cakes for each guest!

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Beautiful Lady Rose.

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Anne, the hostess, sends each guest home with a unique gift. I received Downton Abbey marmalade, lemon curd, and scone mix. Also, two mini soaps from Highclere Castle!

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and enjoying the backyard:

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And the kids enjoyed the Downton Abbey cake:

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Ran out of time!

Sorry, readers.  Too many chores tonight, but I’ll post pics tomorrow!  I have lots of great ones from the weekend!

Nana and Papa Truett!

So glad we had an opportunity to visit :-)

Eliza and Jed had a great time!  They still won’t smile for the camera, however.

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Rain, rain, go away!

Much of Corpus is underwater at the moment, but thankfully our yard hasn’t turned into a swimming pool  (a few of my friends are currently trapped in their neighborhoods).  Mother’s Day Out and MOPS were cancelled, however, so we have been stuck at home for the past few days.  We’ve been watching lots of MagiClip princess + play doh Youtube videos.

These are excellent!  Thanks, Pappy!

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A few more pics from the weekend tomorrow!

Mother’s Day and Ma!

When we heard that Ma wasn’t feeling well and had been admitted to the hospital this past week, we loaded up the kids and went to Southeast Texas to lift her spirits!  We also had a lovely visit with Nana Opal and Papa Truett.  (We have “Nana Opal” and “Nana Pat” to differentiate between our two spectacular Nanas :-)).

Ma is feeling better, and we were surrounded by family, so Mother’s Day ended up being rather wonderful!  Car trips haven’t really gotten any easier, but spending time with family always makes the trip worthwhile.

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Eliza and Jed had so much fun playing with cousin Dominic!

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Teaching Uncle Danny how to play princesses.

More pics from the weekend to come!

Pics coming tomorrow.

We had a busy weekend visiting family in Southeast Texas!  I’m too exhausted to post tonight, but expect some pics tomorrow!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We wish all of the beloved moms in our life a very special weekend!

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Eliza made this at school today :-)

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She came home and immediately requested her “Jesus shirt,” which she also wore to Petsmart and the bookstore.

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He’s such a little daredevil!

Time to make a summer plan!

Today was unusual in that we didn’t have any plans–no school, no playdates, no MOPS, errands, etc.  This may be a nice, relaxing break for older kids, but not so much for toddlers.  The day tends to drag on and on, even when we spend two hours at the park.  This is not helped by the fact that their naps are inconsistent and seldom coincide.  Eliza is getting much better at entertaining herself, but it’s difficult for her to draw/read/craft/play with toys when Jed is awake.  He wants to do whatever she is doing, and he’s a little demolition man!

As we approach summer, I’m realizing that structure and routine will be more important than ever so that our days will have a nice flow and we can all stay sane.  I’m thinking I’ll have to do the following things:  1)  Force myself to go to bed on time.  It’s ideal when I can wake up an hour before them so that I can take a shower and have coffee to get “in the zone,” as it were.
2)  Have them both up by 7:00.  Jed usually wakes up around 6:45, and Eliza sleeps until 8:00 sometimes.  Maybe if they both wake up at 7:00, I stand a better chance of getting them to nap around noon.  That way, they can sleep for 2-3 hours and still (hopefully) get to bed on time.
3) Have a schedule of activities and maybe even a weekly theme.  Themes are pretty easy to come up with for toddlers.  For example, we could do a “Bug” theme one week, where we go on bug hunts, check out bug books from the library, watch nature videos on Youtube, etc.  I guess it’s the teacher in me!

I’m open to suggestions!  Anyone have any ideas?

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This tired little man refused to nap this afternoon, so we stayed outside to watch the tractor show behind our fence.

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Such great entertainment for a two-year-old!

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She found a snail and named her “Scarlett.”

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