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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Around here lately...

It's been a bit since I last posted and sadly I don't have any amazingly funny stories to regale you with, or vacation photos to make you green with envy.

This month has been completely average - just getting back into the routine of the every day, single-mom-moding it more than I care to admit during the weekdays (Grant's travel schedule has been INSANE this year) and dealing with a whole new round of sicknesses in the house (both boys had strep throat - Hayes was out of school for an entire WEEK!!) since getting back from Hawaii.

But my little humans are constantly changing and evolving and in the spirit of not wanting to forget a single thing, I thought it might be a good time to check in...
Easter, 2017
Hayes, 6 years
As I mentioned, he was out of school for an entire week with a high fever and strep throat. I felt so bad for the little guy, who was just so sick and missing out on so much at school, but when I asked him if he missed his friends and school at all, he told me he liked being home because he could watch TV all day. He recently had a homework assignment and had to talk about his favorite place, which he quickly confirmed was "10707 Esther" - such a homebody that one is! I've been practicing his reading with him this week, which can be a painfully slow process but it's so magical to see someone learn such an important life skill that it gives me such great satisfaction. He's also recently started baseball; he's by far the worst player on the team (chalk it up to zero experience) but he's so into anything having to do with a uniform that he's still pretty enthusiastic about it and is such a good sport about playing. He even insisted on wearing his helmet while I practiced with him the other day, telling me he was using it as a hat for the sun and being pretty stoked on the decision after I accidentally threw the ball directly at his head.
How Hayes ate dinner last night... kid LOVES a good costume!
Greyson, 3.5 years
His current obsession is anything Moana. I've never seen the movie, but know every word to every song since it's constantly blaring from youtube on my iphone as Greyson walks around, performing. Grant's going to SLC next Friday night for a Screaming Eagles game and we plan on having a movie night so Hayes and I can finally see it. He's also super into the Lego Batman song, which is probably the most intense mosh-pit kid music I've ever heard. He gets so into it, literally screaming with rage alongside the lyrics. Slightly terrifying, but also very amusing. He's dressing himself every morning and picks out some pretty unique outfits. Even Hayes this morning chuckled as he mused about what Greyson was going to pick out to wear today. But he rocks it with a confidence I have to give him props for. I'm not sure if he's finally come out of his challenging phase or maybe we just adjusted our expectations a bit and are better able to brush off the irrationality of him insisting he can't eat bananas unless they're cut a certain way, but he's an easier kid to be around lately and I'm thoroughly enjoying this stage he's in. He makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis and he's an amazingly entertaining little human who I just can't get enough of.
Oversized spidey tee, too-small Canes shorts and some tall dress socks - a typical outfit chosen by Grey Grey... He'll often go out with mismatching shoes too. We're picking our battles.
Posing in front of the door I co-decorated for Teacher Appreciation at Grey's preschool...
Henley, 15 months
She has changed so much in the last three months and just seems like such a toddler now. She's cut 5 teeth since March so her gummy smile is no more. I thought I would be sad, but her little teeth are so dang cute. She loves to dance - girl can't hear a beat without bopping along to it. She's become a little more opinionated, expressing her disdain with loud screams and fist pounds on the floor. She loves to flop on the couch and is very generous with the air kisses, breathing in and out heavily as she puts her whole hand over her face and pokes her fingers in her eyes. And the other day, she took her very first steps, which I tried so hard to capture on video, but failed miserably. She was so pleased with herself and I was so excited for her until I realized that was it - that was the last time one of my babies was going to walk for the very first time and my excitement turned into a bittersweet mourning of her babyhood in a blink of an eye. Ah, it's a vicious cycle!

And this... gah!
As for Grant and I, we're just chugging along, keeping all the balls in the air as best we can, while also trying to make some time for ourselves every once in awhile. Grant's been traveling like a mad man, NYC, Idaho, SF, Vegas, SLC... there's even been talks of Shanghai coming up. It never ends. But I've got the single mom thing pretty much down now; Henley still goes to bed around 7p and once I am down one child, it's a lot easier. Hayes truly does take his "man of the house" duties seriously when Grant's gone, helping me turn off all of the lights in the house at night and putting the alarm on before we go to bed. I think he gets a bit of FOMO when Grant returns, which has resulted in some sleeping issues (who would have thought it would be our 6 year old who would be giving us issues?! Always someone!) but I'm not above bribes and these Lego Batman blind bags might prove to be the $5 I've ever spent 😉

Anyways, that's the 30,000 foot view of what's going on in our hood lately. 
Hard to believe summer is going to be here so soon... where has the year gone?!
Henley's first popsicle!

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