2018

Let’s start fresh! Let me write down some big highlights for each kid so I don’t forget. Youngest to oldest!

Vivienne is now 5 months old and is definitely not sleeping through the night yet. She still gets up 2-3 times a night and occasionally some nights will wake up every hour! I bought this thing called “The Magic Sleepsuit” which worked well for three weeks. Then, I had to transition her to a sleepsack because she kept rolling over and currently is in the sleepsuit again. I try not to stress about sleep because I know this is only temporary. Luckily, I can still function with little sleep. The house may be a mess, I may not have showered and I may have yelled a few times, but everyone else is clean, fed, and seems happy, so I consider that a win. I’ve gone back to work so Vivienne is on half breastmilk, half formula. I’m kinda mourning the fact that my nursing days are almost over. Sorry peeps, but Earl and I are not trying for that boy! We’re done!

Lauren turned 2 this month!! Lauren is our funny child! She’s the one who can do no wrong, except when she raids our pantry constantly. She’s just growing and is always hungry! It’s becoming a joke in our family and our relatives like to record her eating! It’s cute now but we don’t want to give her a complex when she’s older.

Lauren makes us smile all of the time and her and Jordy are becoming such great friends. They even share a room. It’s so cute when I hear them wake up in the morning talking to each other and playing. She is starting to speak so much. Her first words besides mommy, daddy and Jordy were “stop it!” and “everleigh” who is Jordy’s classmate and our carpool buddy. Lol!

And Jordy! Our little smarty pants of a 1st grader. She’s doing well in school. She’s reads at a 2nd grade reading level. Her teachers don’t tell us where she is in relation to the rest of her class. For all I know they all read at the same level but it’s still so crazy to me that she reads chapter books to herself and how she reads to her sisters more than I read to them! She’s not as thrilled about math though. We have to think of ways to make it more fun.

She played soccer in the fall and continues to take dance lessons. She had a few tennis lessons that she really enjoyed. I learned from last year to not over book her in after school activities. It not only seemed like too much for her but for all of us as a family. When the little girls are older, we can ramp up the activities for all of them. For my sanity, I needed to simplify our lives. And when I’m sane, my kids seem to be sane too. I’m still learning how to manage all three kids. It gets overwhelming at times but the days I let things go and realize that everything doesn’t have to be perfect are our best days.

Jordy is becoming such a little lady. Not only is her family important to her, but having great friendships are too. You can tell by the photos below.

Earl and I are having fun with raising our three little ones. Whenever one of us seems stressed or overwhelmed, we try to remind each other that right now, at this moment, are “the good old days.” Before we know it, these girls will be all grown and out of the house. We’re soaking in every minute of it. Even though our house looks like freaking Toys ‘R Us. It’s ok. We clean and tidy up as much as we can and move on.

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what’s been happening 

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in over a year. I lost the drive to  the keep this blog updated. I’m going to give this another shot because the details of what happens in my girls lives are fading from my memory. 

What’s been happening? 

  • Jordy is now in first grade at Villa Academy. We haved learned from last year that the less activities she is in, the better. 
  • Lauren is 1 and a half years old. She’s the comedian in our family and is so darn cute. She really gets away with everything. 
  • And we have another little girl! We got pregnant when Lauren was 10 months and kept the baby’s gender a secret. Was anyone really surprised the baby was a girl? Her name is Vivienne and we are overjoyed she completes our family. For real, we’re not trying for that boy. 

I’ll try in the next week (or month) to go through what’s been going on with each of my babies. For now here’s a recent picture of us. Earl and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. It’s amazing to look back and reflect on how we have built our lives together and the family we created. 

kindergarten

It was such a crazy big deal when Jordana started kindergarten this year. It was such an adjustment and such a heart-wrenching but exciting milestone. My best friend isn’t attached to my hip anymore and my little girl is now a big girl. She has gained so much independence in such a short amount of time. 

One of the biggest challenges was adjusting to her new schedule. We chose a school that is not in our school district and the commute to and from school is very long. The school is worth it and Jordana is thriving and enjoys school. She looks forward to going everyday. It is not a battle to make her go. 

The battles we did face, I’m happy to say, we are not facing anymore. Getting up early, getting all of us dressed and eating breakfast in a timely manner were all big changes that made our mornings a complete nightmare. I’ve learned to wake up a lot earlier than I initially planned. I’ve also learned that making her lunch the night before and setting her clothes out are helpful. And, preparing something quick and easy for breakfast is key! Also, allowing Jordy to dress herself and making her accountable for that task has been life changing. We are also now at the point where she can prepare her own breakfast depending on what it is. 

In the beginning we wanted her to participate in everything such as cross country and soccer. We also have swimming lessons and we talked to her about ballet classes. Luckily, Jordy was able to decide for herself that she was too busy and said we would hold off on ballet classes! Ha! We will probably restart that in the winter when cross country and soccer are finished. 

We are so happy Jordy enjoys school. This new community we’re now a part of is exciting and the families we’ve connected with are super sweet. 

8 months

I can’t keep up. Between Jordy’s busy kindergarten and extracurricular activities, managing dishes and laundry, keeping up with an active baby and just life, blogging is the last thing I have time for. 

Lauren sprouted her two bottom teeth in her 8th month. She’s still super happy and is now sleeping through the night. There are some nights that she is fussier than usual but nothing we can’t handle. There are days where I handle the pressures of juggling 2 kids gracefully and there are some days I just am just bat-sh*t crazy!! Almost to the point that I actually think I’m psychotic! Earl, can we have another baby, please? Lol! 

I’ll spare you details but one thing I have to write down so I’ll always remember is the way Lauren cries. She purrs and sounds like a cat. One time when I was taking a barre class, she was crying and the entire studio could hear her. One of the other clients said she sounded like Chewbacca!


And how could I forget! Lauren was baptized this month! My family, aunts, uncle and cousins flew up to Seattle for it! It was so nice of them to fly from California and Chicago. I brought them to the beach house in Tahuya and they had such a great time picking and eating oysters. The weather was beautiful and I was so happy to show them how beautiful the PNW can be. 

7 months 

Lauren is sick with her first fever and I can’t help but feel so sad about it. I also have felt the struggles of managing both of my girls needs and balancing the attention I need to provide to both of them. I need to accept that there needs to be sacrifices along the way and that I’m definitely doing my best. It may not be pretty but as long as they are both safe and healthy then that’s all that matters. 

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5 years

I thought the hardest year was when Jordy was 3. I must say that 5 is also challenging. My patience is shot. I think the combo of a new baby and a 5 year old is definitely nice because Jordy is very helpful but she talks soooooo much and asks so many questions. Although, we think that being curious and asking questions is a positive thing, I wish she would just say “ok, mommy!” when I ask her to do things. I constantly have to explain every single thing and there are times when I don’t want to. 

Jordy is starting kindergarten and it’s crazy to think that she’ll be in school full time. I have so many emotions about it but I just pray everything will go well and Jordy will turn into a great, well rounded and kind person who will contribute greatly to our society. Too much? 

Obsessed with snapchat!

At Remlinger Farms. Mallory and Jordy are so grown up. 

Lucas and Jordy are best of friends/cousins  and have grown so close. 


And of course Chloe and Jordy at golf camp.