Speedy is 2

August 25th, 2013 by Rachel

It is hard to believe that it has only been two years since Speedy came crashing into our lives, full of life, laughter and intensity. He is our little monkey, climbing on everything he can climb on, and once he stands up on it, yelling, “Ta Da!”

He loves dancing, running in circles around our living room, swinging on swings, climbing on things (did I mention this?), and reading books. He will sit and read books for a long time, often by himself and reciting much of the book (or at least the major word for each page). He also enjoys coloring (known as “green blue!” in Speedy-speak), and playing with trains on the “new” train table we acquired at our own garage sale. He loves all things Curious George, both books and the TV series.

It seems like in the last month, Speedy has had a verbal explosion. We can understand much more what he is trying to say these days, and he is putting together more and more words everyday. Just this morning, when I went to get him out of bed, he said, “ant bite, right there” and pointed to his hand (where there was no ant bite). The cutest things he says are “green-blue” for coloring, remembering the names of all the Thomas trains that came with the train table (he calls Thomas “Tom Choo Choo”), and he calls his sister “Eesey” now.

It is true what they say about third children often becoming the clown of the family. Everything Speedy does is met with giggles, repeats, and more repeats. He is turning into quite the little showman.

Speedy is so full of energy and at quite a demanding age. He has a need/want and it must be met immediately. He doesn’t understand abstract ideas such as “later” or “wait”. This can lead to lots of tantrums and crying when he sees my phone and wants to play with it, glimpses a snack in the pantry he wants or decides he would rather read books and play trains than get in the car. Not my favorite part about parenting a toddler, but he can be a lot of fun.

He sleeps about 12 hours at night and naps for about two hours during the day. He started climbing out of the crib a few months ago, so he now enjoys the comforts of a crib tent keeping him from climbing out. His favorite foods are typical toddler fare–nuggets, noodles, crackers and fruit, but he also really loves cauliflower (he calls it “flower-flower”), sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, peas, broccoli, green beans and other veggies. He can eat half a head of cauliflower at one dinner some nights.

Speedy, we love you dearly. You are so much fun, and I love to hear your laughter. We are so thankful for these two years with you, Bubby!

June & July in Our Home

August 7th, 2013 by Rachel

We enjoyed slow-paced and relaxing months this summer. We started June by participating in our local Classical Conversations parent practicum This was three days of encouragement and training for the coming year. I helped lead the Hey Tutor and the foundations tutor training, so there was a lot of preparation going into this three days. It was a great experience, and I was relieved when it was finished.

All the kids had swim lessons for two weeks in June. I have a love-hate relationship with swim lessons. I really appreciate how much Bud learned this year, but the dressing, sun-screening and drying of all the towels and swimsuits starts to feel like a never-ending scorching hot version of Groundhog Day.

Sugar participated in a mini-dance camp while the boys and I enjoyed long bike rides and park playtime while she was away.

There was some unseasonably cooler weather for several days in June, so we spent a lot of time outside, and it wasn’t in the pool!

I “doula-ed” at two hospital births, one in June and one in July. They were both great experiences, and I was so honored to be with each of them. I also started a new Bradley series in July with nine couples.

We had our floors updated in July. We didn’t do it ourselves, but some friends who were on vacation and generously let us house-sit for them while the tile in the kitchen and laundry room was replaced and new tile was placed in the bathrooms. We also had hardwood floors put in the living room.

Around this time, Speedy picked up a tummy bug and then a cold-virus slowly worked its way through our family. As soon as Speedy was well enough to go to the pool again, Bud broke three of the bones in the top of his foot. He started with a walking cast and crutches, but then was upgraded to a waterproof cast. He can put weight on it now and we are even able to go swimming again!


2013 Goals Revisited

August 4th, 2013 by Rachel

I meant to do more of a quarterly recap of these, but that obviously didn’t happen.

-Clean 100# (current max is 90) ~ I haven’t attempted 100#, but did 95# twice at the gym a few weeks ago
-Back Squat 150# (current is 135) ~ Thomas and I did a squat strength training program at home. I haven’t attempted a new 1RM, but I hate back squats now and I don’t care anymore :)
-Front Squat max was 100#, and I just did 3 reps at 100 recently. I like front squats a lot more than back squats now.
-Deadlift 200# (current is 170) – Again, haven’t attempted a new 1RM. I have been more cautious with heavy deadlifts due to the rod in my back. I don’t want to do any damage with heavy lifting, so, perhaps this goal should be voided.
-Jerk/Press 100# (current is 90) ~ I did 95# in March and failed on 100#, haven’t reattempted yet.
-Be able to do a full handstand pushup ~ I was able to reduce to just one ab mat under my head and have been practicing wall walks
-Run a < 9 minute mile (I really need Thomas to pace me to make this happen) ~ I did a 8:41 at the gym last month!!! So excited. I almost threw up, but I was so happy.
-Maintain lifting/crossfit workouts 3-4xs/week, run once a week ~ I did really good with this for the spring. This summer, I’ve been back at the gym 2xs/week and running twice a week with one lifting-style workout at home.

Do some sort of Bible study/devotional (will update when I find one) ~ I recently ordered a devotional book that has really helped me. 

Have people over 20 times this yar. Since Micah was born, we have not been as good about inviting people over for dinner like we did in the past. Dinner time is louder and crazier that it used to be, but I need to get over that. ~ We have been doing a lot better about this, even with more spontaneity. I’ve learned to simplify while entertaining. I don’t have to impress friends, just feed them. We even had a family of five stay with us for a long weekend. Dinner is crazy, but we’ve had more fun with friends.  

Streamline meal planning with a paleo-friendly meal plan. Meal-planning and making a grocery list have been taking longer than they should (I abandoned my 12-week meal rotation I made two years ago because we don’t eat most of those foods anymore.) ~ I made a meal rotation that worked for a few months, but I need to rotate some meals out and include some new ones.

-Make a schedule for reviewing past week’s memory work. ~ I made a weekly schedule that helped us so much with Memory Master. We are going to stick with it this year.
-Start doing a reading curriculum with Annalise (ordered it yesterday), and in the summer, begin math with her. ~ We have been doing All About Reading Level 1, and she is making good progress. We just started Saxon Math 1 last week.

-Attend 1-2 births this year. ~ I have done 4 already, I think… definitely 4, maybe 5
-Complete 15 CEUs by June. This was one of the goals I forgot about last year. Yikes! I need to get busy. ~ I got it done! Now just 15 more for next summer.

April-July Books

August 1st, 2013 by Rachel

Lots of fiction lately, but not much reading went on for most of April and May.

14. Gone Girl – I kept seeing this book recommended, and I was the 25th person on the waiting list at the library. It was a page-turner and I had to find out what would happen in the story as it kept taking turns that I didn’t expect. However, I wish books came with a rating like movies. It would make it much easier! This one had a lot of language, and I’m not sure if I would really recommend it because it was so strong.

15. The Silver Linings Playbook – my book club read this one, but I was on a long waiting list for it, so I didn’t read it with everyone else. I rented the movie one weekend when Thomas was out of town. The book was a lot better than the movie (isn’t it almost always?), but I liked the way they cast the movie.

16. The Orphan Train – this was another book club book that I didn’t get to participate in because I was too cheap to buy the book. It was a really great book, though. I remember reading some books about the orphan trains when I was a kid, and this was a more grown-up version. If you enjoy historical fiction, you might like this.

17. The Lucky One – I know, I know… Nicholas Sparks on my reading list? Summer reading is getting to me, and the library had it on a kindle edition. This was a nice, fast read and I rented the movie when Thomas was out of town for work. Notice a theme here? Thomas is a hard person to watch chick flicks with. This book was okay. It was enjoyable to read, but too predictable and the characters were too cliche.

18. Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks – I know!!! I read this one in two days while Thomas was traveling. I rented the movie to watch, but ended up being called away to a birth, so I didn’t get to watch it. Oh well, probably for the best. Again, it was about what I expected. A quick read and a nice distraction while Thomas was away, maybe a little better than the Lucky One, but not much.

19. The Winter Sea – This was the July book for my book club. It was really enjoyable.

20. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – We are big fans of Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe show (watch it on Netflix, it is hilarious!) This book covers most of his parenting bits from his act and more parenting hilarity. He is the father of five children, and almost every chapter had me cracking up. I could relate to so much of his experience.

21. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – this is our book club book for August, and I was able to get it from the library early and finish in time. This was a great book. It took me a little while to get into it, but there was so much that I didn’t expect.