Sunday, March 29, 2009

Just the kiddos

Clayton in the bumbo.
Cooper and Kenndall eating apples. The love fruit, they eat apples and bananas all the time. And yes, Cooper is dressed up as Batman.

Cooper passed out after helping his dad put bricks in the wheel barrow. He was exhausted. And yes, he was dressed up like Batman.

Clayton is big enough for the high chair!!

Kenndall likes to sit on Clayton, Clayton doesn't seem to mind.

Well this week has been back to the routine. It has been nice, but at the same time I really enjoyed spring break and all of our activities. So this summer, I will try to plan a lot of activites and playdates for the kids.

Cooper is getting so big! He is almost 3 years old. Where did the time go? He is becoming understandable in his language. He speaks in sentences and is very sure about what he wants and what he is saying. Some of his words are funny. Dog sounds like "cog". T-Rex is "key rex", one of his bears is named TJ, but Cooper calls him PJ. McDonalds is "many donalds". I wish I could think of more, but my mind is drawing a blank. He loves dinosaurs right now and Ninja Turtles and all Superheros, Transformers, Star Wars. He loves to dress up at Batman, sometimes Superman, sometimes a ninja, sometimes a pirate. We play dress up everyday. It is cute. Cooper is almost potty trained. I keep him in underwear at home and on short errands, he has been doing pretty good. He has had two days with only one or two accidents, so I am very proud of that. He also can put his undies and pants on and off by himself. Yea!!
Kenndall is also getting so big, she is 18 months! She talks all the time and is also very sure about what she wants. She is very strongwilled and so determined. She is such a tiny little thing, but she has enough personality for all of us. Last time she went to the dr., she weighed 20 lbs which is 3rd percentile, her height was 32? inches, which was 85th percentile. She also has been battling another ear infection and she has tonsillitis. Poor baby. She always is the one who gets sick. She is always very interested in the potty, so I think I will start training her this summer.
Clayton is learning to sit up. Yea!! I love it when they can sit up, because you can just plop them on the floor with toys around and they can play. She is grabbing things very well and puts everything in her mouth, of course. She can turn from her back to her tummy and from her tummy to back, and sometimes she will scoot around on her back. It is funny because she will scoot herself into a corner and I have to go rescue her. Clayton is always smiley, anytime I am having a rough day, I can just look at her and she will have the biggest smile on her face. She is my inspiration to cheer up. She is almost 5 months old, wow!
I love my children. Sometimes I just want to pull my hair out, sometimes I get so irritated and frustrated that I really wonder if I am going to lose my mind. But when I get so flusted I just pray that God will give me a little extra energy and a positive attitude. Every bath given, every mess cleaned up, every meal prepared is an opportunity to serve and teach. I am so blessed to be able to do that. My mother once told me a story about a lady who was married at the age of 12 and had a bunch of kids (I don't remember how many, but it seems like it was 10 or more), anyway, she once told my mother that sometimes she would be so tired that she couldn't take one more step, and that is when she would start running. To me that is the essence of motherhood. It pushes you to a point that you simply cannot continue, then with the grace of God, your strength is suddenly moved to a whole new level, and you not only continue you succeed. I pray everyday that I can take advantage of the blessing of my children and somehow in all the chaos, teach them to be strong, Christian adults.