this is the day

last night was rough. The kids were up about 4 times or more for various reasons. And unfortunately for them, I am not a very good mommy when I don’t get very much sleep! But my frustration and sour mood melted away this morning. Not because I magically felt rested. Not because my coffee (hello – caffeine is a non-negotiable around here) was particularly delicious.

How could I be mad or annoyed at the world when my little boy declares: “Dis is a day duh YORD has made. We will reJOICE and be gad in it!”

Amen. And pass my favorite mug of hot happiness kindly brewed by my hot husband. 🙂 With Jesus, Kyle and Peets, I’m gonna make it through this motherhood!

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the kids are alright.

Taylor Time

The girl has started rolling over on a frequent and regular basis – from back to tummy. She can’t QUITE make the return roll to her back, but she’s getting close. 🙂 She also can sit unassisted for a bit and would much rather sit upright than be lounging in her bouncy seat. So we asked Jack if he wanted to be a big boy and sit at the table on a big chair so Taylor could have his highchair now. He was quite amenable to that plan, so we reclined the seat a little bit and popped her in it. She’s a fan. And cute.

I think she’s probably teething – its always so fun when that first little pearly white makes its appearance. Otherwise, I’m loving this kid. I think she will have a fun personality as she gets older. Her smile lights up a room and her giggles just slay me.

From the Jack Files

  • gunglasses  = sunglasses
  • I called Kyle “babe” at breakfast one morning. Jack then said, “My daddy, your babe?” 🙂 “Yes, indeed, my son.”
  • Birthdays. After we celebrated his Aunt Molly’s birthday in early March, Jack has almost daily asked about his birthday. He now knows its in JooYI (July). After Mommy’s birthday in June and before Daddy’s in August. He also wishes to have a twain (train) birthday. Duly noted.

when did we become the grown-ups?

In this past year, I feel like its finally sinking in that *I* am an adult now. As if marriage, a house/mortgages, our own bills, a dog, and a kid didn’t already turn me into one. But I’ve never FELT like I was the grown-up. I’ve never FELT like I could possibly be anywhere close to 30.

Maybe it was kid #2 joining the family. Maybe it was seeing friends’ marriages struggle and then fall apart. Maybe it was having our friends from the “young married” days move away. Maybe it was seeing my brother, and Kyle’s sister and Kyle’s brother get married and be in the same place we were 5-6 years ago. Maybe it was learning of the deaths of newborns who should share the same milestones as my baby…I don’t know.

But now I wonder – when did we become the grown ups?

When did we become the ones having kids ? When did our first baby become a little person instead of a helpless tiny? When did our friends go off to war and lose fellow soldiers, brothers, in the field? When did people I know struggle with infertility and heartache of miscarriages? These were all things my parents and their friends had in their lives. Not me. Not young, vivacious us.

When did we become the ones giving advice to the kid* thinking about getting into law enforcement? We were JUST asking older couples with law enforcement lives to give us advice! I swear it was yesterday. Maybe two weeks ago at the most. (*and when did 21 year olds become kids?! Lord help me.) And speaking of kids…when did high schoolers start looking so young? Like I think they’re in jr. high. I’m quite sure I didn’t look (or act) that young when I was in high school.

At any rate – I don’t know how life goes so fast and how I went from a fresh-faced, perky 24 year old to a dark-circled, tired almost-30 year old. From a nanny to a mommy. But here I am. 🙂 And I love this life, even if I’m not sure about being  a grown-up.

also? Twitter makes this generally tech-savvy, Facebook overuser feel like a dinosaur. Still trying to figure out @ and # and all this business. But you can follow me there if you like – jomegs06 is my handle.

currently 7.0

current reading material: Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman, recently finished: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I absolutely loved Unbroken and was riveted from the first page to the very end. Get it, borrow it from the library, download it to your Kindle – whatever. It is incredible. I’m learning some great concepts on discipline and training from the other book – the most helpful so far has been after Jack does something he shouldn’t, and the proper consequence is given, now we re-do the situation and have him respond correctly so we end on a positive. I also appreciate the attention the author draws to using the Word when communicating with our kids about their sin.

current songs o’ delight: I Won’t Give Up on Us by Jason Mraz. I heard this on the radio about two weeks ago and immediately loved it. I absolutely feel the same way about my relationship with Kyle. Never giving up!

current projects: keeping children clothed (including clean butt-wrapping), fed and mostly happy. 🙂 I need to put our Christmas cards into a photo book and actually MAKE some things I’ve pinned on Pinterest lately.

current recipes I’ve tried: I’m on a dumb diet right now due to some frustrating health issues, but when I’m done with that, I have some waiting in the wings to try! Double Coconut Muffins, and Homemade Lara Bars.

current hair color: reddish brown. I caved and did a box color to spruce things up a bit.

current events:

1. nothing too terribly exciting. Actually, my life has become pretty basic/non-thrilling. Tomorrow I’m taking the kids on a long walk and a quasi-picnic since the weather is supposed to be so beautiful. Highs in the 50’s and 60’s all next week. As soon as winter finally came, spring bit its heels and shooed it away. yay!

upcoming events:

1. Next weekend we’re attending the Future Grace seminar at Bethlehem Baptist. Should be good!

2. I’m really looking forward to Easter. I have this hankering to dress the kids in matching/coordinating outfits, but I hate to be “that mom”. lol. I’ll probably do it anyway!

current photos:

pretty Taylor on our sledding expedition last week

Jack at Molly’s birthday party – he loves celebrating!

taylor style::2

more fun taylor style:

long sleeved onesie: Gerber, short sleeved onesie: Carters, jean skirt: hand-me-down, tights: Target, headband: Target and flower from JoAnn Fabrics

onesie/shirt: hand-me-down, jean skirt: hand-me-down, baby legs: handmade from knee high socks, headband: JoAnn Fabrics

I love putting little girly skirts on her and headbands. It’s fun to ramp up the femininity. I try to be a little eclectic, mixed with solid foundation pieces, in my own dressing, and I think I’ve translated that into the way I dress Sweet T. This winter I’ve adopted a similar uniform of tights/leggings, a skirt, top, boots and accessories. So we’ve kind of matched, without looking like it. 😉

Sometimes she wears a cute onesie and pant combo – this outfit was a gift from Taylor’s Aunt Bethany and Uncle Daniel at Christmas, from Target. Such a fun pattern and warm fleece pants with tiny bows on the pockets. She’s wrapped her Daddy around her finger – literally, in this photo. 🙂 And to make sure everyone knows she’s my girly girl, I love this floral headband from Target. It’s so soft and sweet.