Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Days at Home

We have been having so much fun at home hanging out - watching movies, going to the park, riding bikes, eating popsicles on the lawn, making homemade sorbet, playing, dancing, and going to the pool! It's been such a relaxing summer. And that's just what the doctor ordered. I'm trying not to panic about all the boxes in our garage, but my kids are only going to be this little once. Or so people tell me when I tell them how much I yet have to do.
 Aiden and Isabella, this summer, have been interacting so much (I feel like I'm always saying that) and it's been so much fun watching them learn how to really play together instead of just side-by-side!
 Connor does join in on the fun too, but he gets a little more frustrated because they are so slow at doing basic tasks. Welcome to my world, buddy (times three kids!).
 My favorite thing is watching them love each other. Aiden just wants to give kisses so badly and really loves his sister so much. His summer favorites include kisses, softly touching people, and cuddling his baby dolls. He's such a sweetheart.

Isabella's love language, I swear, is going to be touch, because she rubs our backs and wants to hold our hands all the time. I think I've mentioned this before, but she will sometimes have a complete conniption fit if we do not touch her while we're driving in the car. Besides rubbing our backs and holding our hands, her summer favorites include saying, "thank you mama" and "love you" about 50 times a day.  They're both just such little loves.
While we've done lots of work this summer getting stuff unpacked...and things hung on the walls...and furniture put together...we've made sure to take lots of time to be quite silly too!
The big news of the summer is that the babies discovered Connor's top bunk bed and how to climb the staircase. Oh joy. Now that's been fun. (Notice how Aiden has also perfected his pout this summer. It's really a sight to behold!):
We've been going on lots of bike rides with Daddy (I've been running instead).
 The kids have been enjoying it a little more each time.
 Also on the summer to do list? We let the babies enjoy their last week of bottles because on their second birthday (post coming soon) we gave them away to babies who needed them!! I'll have to update you on that process too! Tonight will be night 3 of no bottles!
 On rainy days we've been bringing in our ride-on toys and letting them play in the house:
 And having lots of playroom lap picnics:
 We've visited Daddy a few times for lunch to get out of the house and take a little drive. See Izzy photobombing us below? Connor this summer has become such a polite little boy. We'll be sitting at dinner, and he'll randomly say, "Thank you Mama for making me this dinner" or "thank you Daddy for taking me to the park today." His new favorite phrase is, "Sorry Mama that was my fault" or "no, no that was your fault. But it's okay, Mama." We've been working on taking responsibility because for a while there he was telling me he didn't do something that he clearly did. I taught him the, "sorry that was my fault" phrase, hoping he'd just take responsibility for it. I didn't care so much about the apology, but more just about being a responsible boy. And let me tell you, he has totally grasped the concept. I don't think he's lied or fibbed about him doing something since we worked on that. The four's are a hard age, but boy are they also so much fun! He's just so capable and right when I think I can't handle him and all his little sass anymore, he does the most sweet, kind thing and I think, "how can I be frustrated with this sweet boy?" It is by FAR my favorite age so far.
Last week when we met Daddy for lunch, Connor said to me, "Mama I'm getting sleepy." I panicked. Those of you who have kids who will transfer from sleeping in the car to their beds are lucky, but in the Howard Household, we are not so lucky. If my kids fall asleep for even 5 minutes in the car, it means they will not take a nap at home at all. And any stay at home mama knows that naps are essential to survival. So, I took him out of his carseat and suggested we take some photos to keep him awake:
 We've also been having lots of baby naked time. I don't know how it's possible, but all three of my kids dislike clothes. When we get home from somewhere, they all strip off their clothes. Connor, especially, has not been wanting to wear anything at all. I'm kind of of the opinion that they're only 2 and 3 once and maybe I don't care if they're naked. I don't know any seven-year-olds who refuse to wear clothes, so I'm pretty sure they'll grow out of it. Prettttttty sure...someone tell me this is a phase they'll grow out of?!? It's just ironic because Mr. Howard and I are not "lounge around in pajamas" sort of people at all. My friends make fun of me because when I get off of work, I wear my work clothes all the way until I go to bed. Then first thing in the morning, I wake up, shower, and put more clothes on. I don't wear pajamas around the house, really ever. Maybe I do that 5 times a year? And Mr. Howard doesn't wear pajamas or sweats or jersey shorts ever (I think in the 13 years we've been together, I've seen him wear pajama pants 4 times total). He wears his clothes right up until we go to bed and then gets dressed as soon as he wakes up. So, how we raised naked babies, I just don't understand.
 Our newest summer activities have been a few splash park visits, swim lessons, the twin's second birthday party...And then finally Gramma arrived on Friday to play with us and we're enjoying her company a lot. We've got so much more of our lazy summer days at home ahead and I just can't wait to cross a few fun things off our list!


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Claire loves to be naked too. she begs. we actually have to limit her naked time because it gets a little out of hand. she's 3. she's hopefully going to outgrow it! dominic HATES being naked. so we shall see about that one.

I wear my work clothes right up until bed too, and when I can, I shower and get dressed right away. my husband always makes fun of me because he lives in jersey shorts and a tshirt ALL.DAY.LONG. I have to beg him to "dress up" when company comes over! haha

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Ha, I would love to say it is a stage but my 8 year old still loves to run around in his boxers...preferably with a pair on his head also LOL:) I have even had to tell my 12 year old it's time to put on pants! But at last my 15 year old would not be caught dead in his underwear so I guess, yes yes eventually they all grow out of it:) SO glad to read you are enjoining your summer with your kids what wonderful memories they will have!

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We also have to limit Connor's naked time. Haha! I can't wait to see what ends up happening with Dominic!

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Haha! Oh goodness. I've got 13 more years of this. This is going to be a LONNNNG 13 years! :-)

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