January 2012

This post is all about Sarah. Even though Jenna has had some milestones recently, like losing her first 2 teeth, starting Kindergarten, and starting to read, Sarah just had a birthday so I’ll reserve this one for her. Someday I may even post about something other than them, but since the only other thing in my life besides them is work and knitting, I probably won’t. Nobody wants to hear about that and I probably don’t want to remember it. πŸ™‚ Since Sarah’s my baby, I guess I’m a little “OMG, my BABY is 3” but then again, sometimes I think she should be 5 by now. Oh, Sarah, how I love thee. So sweet, so cute, so cuddly sometimes, and also…such a pain! I’ve mentioned that though, so I’ll dwell on the good stuff. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how excited she gets about things. I don’t want that to ever change.

I look forward to telling her things I think she’ll like because I love to see her reaction. Sometimes she squeals, but she usually gets a BIG smile and jumps up & down. She does that when we tell her she’s going to her friend, Isabella’s, house.

She also loves dresses, hats, and anything to with dressing up, really.

I don’t think she would be quite so into dressing up or dresses in general without her sister’s influence. Jenna gets really upset if she has to wear pants. She would wear a dress every single day if I would let her…and I usually do. But Sarah has to wear a uniform to her Montessori school, so she changes as soon as she gets home every day. Sarah does like to do what her sister does…isn’t that what big sisters are for? When Jenna lost her second tooth, I wanted a picture of Β her new smile.

Sarah didn’t want to be left out.

They both love to run around, wrestle, talk about poop, make a mess, and FIGHT. Sarah is actually pretty good about playing by herself, as long as Jenna’s not around to ruin it. Synergy. Sarah’s our little hoarder. She loves to take a little purse, bag, box, whatever, and just fill it with junk and carry it around. She’s so funny. Jay & I teach her class every other Sunday at church, and she even does it there. She’ll find anything she can stuff with…STUFF, and be perfectly content. That’s why I hate games and puzzles around the house, because you can guarantee she’ll divide all the pieces among any number of bags or boxes, and there’s no telling where we’ll find it.

Both of the girls LOVE their sweets, although Jenna more so than Sarah. Sarah loves to eat pizza, chicken nuggets, and just about any junk. Vegetables, though? Forget it. I haven’t found one yet that she’ll eat. She doesn’t even like fruit, unless it comes out of a can. She does love her milk, though. Very disappointing for me because I tried so hard to get her off to a healthy start. I made all her baby food, graduated to making healthy meals for her, and tried to avoid giving her junk for as long as I could. Somewhere along the way though, she learned that she had no use for the healthy stuff. 😦 I guess that’s why she had so much fun at this gingerbread house decorating party.

Christmas. I am sure it will be Sarah’s favorite time of the year. She loved all of it. This was really the first year she was old enough to “get” everything. She did talk a lot about Jesus and she loved her Christmas hymns, but what kid doesn’t love Santa, candy, Christmas movies, and all the pretty, shiny decorations? She loves to sing (LOVES to sing), and still claims that Joy to the World is her favorite song. I think we will be singing Christmas carols to her at bedtime all year long.

Sarah had to get glasses in December. Obviously, most of the pictures in this post were post-glasses. Her teacher said she noticed one of her eyes crossing, so of course I was VERY concerned about that. It took a while before we noticed it, but after a couple of weeks, it got worse and worse. We took her to have her eyes checked, and sure enough, she’s far sighted like her mama. Fortunately, not as bad, but still they’re pretty thick. She did not want to wear them at all at first, but she has gotten better about it. I hope & pray she’ll grow out of some of it, because I don’t want her to have to go through all I went through. I’m sure she won’t completely grow out of it, but it would be nice if her prescription could be a little weaker as she gets older. Sigh.

Hmm, what else does Sarah love? Chipotle, Chuy’s, dancing, swinging at the park, Maggie, Mimi & Beebaw, going to Nana Β & Pops’ house, church, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Dora, my camera or phone, and various movies. She rotates through her favorites, but right now, Despicable Me is at the top. She loves to say “Boo Ya!” like the villain in that movie. Super cute. She loves her “babies.” She always wants to have a baby with her wherever we go. It could be an actual baby doll, it could be any stuffed animal, or even a blanket. Unfortunately, she also loves her thumb. I don’t know how we’ll break her of that, but she constantly has that thumb in her mouth. Also unfortunate – her early internal alarm. She wakes up around 5:15 every day, ready to go. Ugggh. She also loves birthdays. Kids are so fascinated with birthdays. Of course, she was even more excited when it was her own. I didn’t try to play that up, so I could see her squeal, at all. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Sarah




I felt (and still feel) very lucky to be able to work from home. I have flexibility, I don’t have to dress up, and I can usually do random small things (laundry/dishes) throughout the day. Most of all, I get to pick Jenna up from school most days. (Sarah is there all day still, so she gets picked up at our convenience.) Here is the drawback: I am working from home. WORKING. I knew it would be a rough adjustment for her at first, because I knew it would take her a while to figure out that I really do need to work when she’s home, and I can get her a snack or get a craft ready for her or turn on a TV show, but I can’t spend time with her. I hate that. She still doesn’t really get it, and this is her 5th month of Kindergarten. I am SUPER lucky that my mom picks her up once, sometimes twice a week from school because those are always my most productive days. I am also glad Jenna gets to spend time with Mimi, and Mimi gets to spend time with Jenna. She has so much fun though, it makes her days when I pick her up that much more blah. She knows she’ll be watching TV or coloring or playing in the back yard BY HERSELF. Jenna doesn’t really do ‘by herself,’ which makes it more of an adjustment.Β 

I hate that I’m always telling her “no.” Can we please, please, please play at the park for a little while? No, I have to work. Can we please, please, please go get ice cream? No, I have to work. Can we please go to the library? (That one only gets one please.) No, I have to work. These are things she does with Mimi, but unfortunately, they are things I can rarely do with her. I chose this. I went back to work, and I chose to pick her up instead of putting her in an after-school program. It stresses me out to be in the middle of something and have her bust in with “The show’s over!” or “I want some paper or another snack or I want to go outside…” Or even a hug with “I love you.” I really hate being “bothered” with that one, but I require a lot of concentration for most of what I do. I chose this because I thought it would be best for her to get to come home after school, and I thought it would be best for me to get to see her a little more. But I wonder if I chose right.

January 1. I don’t usually think much of the start of a new year. Just another day, and all. I’m trying something though. I didn’t realize almost a year had gone by since my last post, and it makes me sad to think about how little I am documenting about my kids’ lives. There are a lot of food blogs I’ve discovered lately, and between those and the “mommy” blogs, I want to spend a couple evenings a week catching up on that stuff. I’ve discovered the Google Reader gem, and time will tell if it will keep me in the blogsphere enough to keep my own updated.

I’ll have to update with some pictures when I get around to organizing them (that’s a whole other issue) and uploading to Photobucket. In a nutshell, here’s what has been happening. I went back to work full-time last March, and I have had a love/hate relationship with it. I get to work from home, which I also have a love/hate thing with. πŸ™‚ It has been very busy, leaving me no time for anything else during the day except work. I guess that’s the point of having a full-time job (wink wink) but that leaves a whole lot of stuff to get done in the evenings and weekends. Sarah is in a Montessori school, which is where Jenna was before she started Kindergarten. She likes Kindergarten–in fact, since she’s been out of school for Christmas, she keeps asking when she gets to go back. I have loved spending this week with them, but I have to admit I am looking forward to the silence I have while working all day. Not looking forward to the work that awaits, but I can’t have one without the other!

I am very happy to report that Sarah has not been crying nearly as much as she used to. She used to cry all the time. ALL.THE.TIME. About everything. About nothing. She still has her tantrums and whines all the time, but she is better about keeping the crying more to a normal 2-year-old level. Now that she’ll be 3 in a couple of weeks, I’m curious about what that will bring. She just got glasses and that poor thing has eyes almost as bad as her mama. They are thick and she is far-sighted, so they magnify her eyes. She doesn’t like to keep them on at home much, but she does fine at school and most other places. Her eyes are crossed without them, which is how we knew she needed them, but I pray she grows out of that. We have her follow-up visit soon, so hopefully he’ll say things are progressing as they should be.

Jenna is much more fun. I am not wired for toddlers. I prefer kids who don’t test everything, and (for the most part) do what they’re supposed to. Don’t get me wrong–she does not listen too well and she “forgets” on a daily basis to do what we ask, and there are times she blatantly disobeys. But mostly she is a regular, good kid who loves dresses, candy (or any dessert), unicorns, playing outside, barbies, and winning everything. We need to work on her losing skills. πŸ™‚ It’s funny–she is not much of a girly girl in the way she acts and behaves, but that girl refuses to wear anything but a dress or a skirt. It’s been cold so I just get her to wear leggings with her dresses or skirts. Sometimes she looks kinda silly, but it’s better than the tears and fits we get in the 30 minutes of trying to get dressed every morning if we try to make her wear pants. It’s crazy, but she is who she is. One of our good friends recently referred to her as the energizer bunny. She keeps going and going. She has unlimited energy, which will be great for her later, but right now it’s pretty annoying. She hasn’t taken a nap in years, and often we have to make her sit in a chair for a few minutes just to calm down. She can get pretty out of control, as if she’s always on a sugar high. Fortunately, she has started sleeping late though (as in, we often have to wake her up at 6:30 on school days). Unfortunately, it’s usually her sister who wakes her up. Sarah wakes up around 5:30 every day and is ready to go. Bleh, I am so ready for this phase to pass and I hope it will, but it’s been going on for 5-6 months. I am super lucky to have a morning person for a husband. Which is great because I could not be less of a morning person. He gets up with her/them when appropriate, and I get to stay in bed a little longer. Usually don’t sleep because of the noise factor, but how great to be able to stay in my warm bed. Ahhh.

So that was a little longer than the brief post I thought it would be, but I really do need to document my poor girls’ lives so I can remember later. I can’t usually remember what I had for breakfast the day before, so chances are slim I will remember 10 years from now how old Jenna was when she lost her first tooth. Sigh. (5 1/2, by the way)