In my head, I was behind two months. This is true for my blog, my house work, my check-off lists, my planner, the calendar hanging on the wall, etc. In reality, I haven't posted since January (🙈). This half of the year has been tough, but so, so fun to watch the kids grow, interact, and become little brothers. I'll give a life update.
Grant is no longer 3 months, but 8 months. He's a great baby. He's sweet, happy, and very, very mobile. The other week, he woke up and decided he was going to crawl and cruise around furniture. It took us by surprise, but he's handling his own with his brothers and finding himself right in the middle of their play time. He's also got a mean snatch, that is perfect for grabbing cookies, donuts, or toys that are desirable. He seems to be behind the curve on getting teeth (boy those suckers are SLOW to come in), but figuring out food just fine. He's a solid 20lbs and 28in. And while the picture is vaguely misleading, he's got big blue eyes and brown hair. Isaac is holding his own as our sweet red-haired boy.
Isaac recently turned 2. He's fiercely independent. The little guy walks around with his step stool so that he can access everything his brother can. He is talkative and his mood can easily be changed by some music. He can light up a room and quickly becomes the center of attention with his goofy all-in personality. He is a great big brother and just recently started running to get Grant's paci when he cries (but is not too keen on Grant stealing his pacis).
Nolan is now on to first grade. He still seems to be motivated by Legos, but is recently dabbling in Pokémon. He's a fantastic big brother. He's so patient with Grant, and finds humor in Isaac's shenanigans. Just last night, Isaac somehow escaped his room after being put to bed and found Mom, Dad, and Nolan reading together during Nolan's bed time. He sat down and started pointing to the pictures and engaging in the book as if he was a part of this process every night. I thought Nolan would be annoyed that he was missing out on some one-on-one attention, but he happily engaged Isaac with the book. It's certainly not always perfect, but they are doing such a good job becoming our little musketeers.
As for the rest of the family, our little kitties are coming up on 10 years. They're good little guys, and do great with the rest of the family. Floyd loves the outdoors. We recently fenced in our backyard and Floyd has found his little safe-haven. He has a favorite bush, a nice little walking trail around the perimeter, and enjoys all the plants. Orie is still a scaredy-cat, but he occasionally will go off the porch for a little adventure.
Scott and I are working a lot, but I'm going to be taking a year (or two) away from teaching to focus on the needs of our family. We've been managing 3 kids nicely, but doctor's appointments, sick days, and all of the other needs in a house haven't been the easiest while still giving everything to teaching. I hope to be back and will miss it greatly this year, but we'll see how I do staying at home. If anyone has some excel sheets to sort and mine data, I have nap times available. Or, I'll maybe finally finishing organizing our office files, basement messes, and my garage. Or, convert these blogs to a baby book. 😃