I am linking up with In This Wonderful Life for Midweek Randoms!
- Ummm. I have 7 more days of being a summer stay-at-home-mama, before I go back to teaching my middle schoolers. Whoa that went fast!
- I never updated you all on our bottle transitions. On the twins' birthday, we got rid of all their bottles. I knew that if we had them in the house, I'd rely on them as a crutch, so it was just easier to say goodbye to them all at once. We went back and forth about letting them have a sippy cup of milk before bed or if we should just transition that altogether and ultimately, we did different things for each child. Isabella does not get a sippy cup of milk before bed, because she got too mad about it. She just drinks her milk at dinner and that's it. Aiden does still need the sippy cup of milk before bed. And that's okay. Eventually our hope is he won't need it. BUT we did go ahead and transition them during the day away from sippy cups. So, if they want to walk around with water, I put it in a sippy. But if we're sitting down at dinner or lunch, I put it in a cup (see Aiden mastering it below). They're doing so well with cups!!
- I hope you don't get sick of hearing about this, but I am going to be doing a half marathon in October. My goal isn't to run the whole thing or make a record; my goal is just to FINISH it and be a good role model for my kids. I had a couple people already ask if I'm using a training or anything and I am. I actually decided to go with a Fleet Feet training group that meets twice a week and so I'll have coaches along the way. The first thing I needed to do was go get shoes. Oh goodness. I had no idea all that I didn't know about shoes. I went to a Fleet Feet store, where they measure your feet, analyze how you walk/run/squat, and then fit the perfect shoe to your feet. What a difference that makes! I don't think I can ever buy fitness shoes again without doing that! I have my first official training this upcoming Sunday at 7am (although, if you've been following me on instagram @thehowardbunch, you'll see I've been walking/running a TON at home to get ready). Yay!
- I ended up with the Brooks Ravenna 4, because they offered support, but also cushion. I have really high arches from years of ballet and so I really wanted to make sure I got that support. I told the woman working with me before we looked at my feet that I had high arches and then we focused on a few other things. Later, when she saw my bare feet, she said "WHOA! You have high arches!" Ha. Yep...
- A certain little stinker (ahem Aiden) has learned how to crawl out of his crib and walk out of his room. I know...I'm lucky it took him this long. Connor figured it out before his first birthday and it was SOO hard. But it's been an adventure trying to figure out how to get him to stay in his room with two other kids near his room. Once they hear Aiden open his door, laughing and making a ton of noise, they are ready to get up too. We've gone about three different days with no naps for any of the kids. And I may or may not be hatching plans to cast Harry Potter magical spells on my kids to get them to sleep...or googling "natural ways to get your kids to be sleepy." Anyone know someone trained in hypnotism maybe? Any other ideas?
- My brother and his girlfriend are moving in with us this weekend and will be living with us for however long they want (hear that Colin? You don't have to hurry! We're happy to have you!), while they figure out where they are going to live and find jobs. My brother has been trying to find a law job, but has been having such trouble. We are SOOO excited that we'll have all the Kirkpatrick children (plus significant others) reunited and living in the same city for the first time in 10 years!!! Now my siblings need to get married and start having babies so that my three kids can have some cousins! Because, you know, at the end of the day it's all about me, right?