Saturday, August 31, 2013
A few weekends ago we decided to be tourists in our own town (everyone should do that a time or two) and go to Downtown Sacramento! We had such fun walking around and seeing everyone in period costumes! There was this group of women in costumes walking around with Women's Suffrage signs. They were stopping men and asking them if they believed that women should have the right to vote. When men would agree with them, they'd all shout "hip hip! Hooray!" So fun!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I read some amazing quotes about being busy and they really struck a chord with me last week when I was feeling overwhelmed.
I've been so busy. And sometimes I feed off of that energy. In order to feel productive and powerful and important, sometimes I feel the need to just be busy. "Oh, I'm so busy with my littles that I don't have time to work out...Oh, really? You read novels? Not ME. I'm too busy with my kids and job...We're too busy with three kids four-years-old and younger to have time to go out on dates..." Have you ever found yourself saying that? The act of being "busy" isn't important and sometimes I need to remember that.
In honor of that realization this week, I've made an honest effort to slow down and enjoy the moments I have, instead of focusing on all the moments I don't have time to do something. That isn't to say that I'm not busy. I am. But I am going to be conscious about WHAT I'm busy about.
Mr. Howard made pancakes with the twins on Saturday morning and they loved every second of it! Sometimes it's easier to just feed the kids, than it is to have them help. But every now and then, it's important to slow down. On Saturday we vowed to not be too busy to let them help.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
We're starting the year by examining picture taking skills and I've had a lot of fun teaching about composition and the rule of thirds and all sorts of stuff. Hopefully I learn a lot too!
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
We have been so busy. My brother and his girlfriend moved in with us last Saturday and they've been getting unpacked and settled. Then this week was also my first week of school. I'm pretty sure I could not have packed anything else into my days (I also had my first Wednesday half marathon training session, a back-to-school "Meet the Teacher" picnic, and speech therapy for the babies). So, I was exhausted come Friday afternoon. My brother and his girlfriend so graciously offered to watch the babies for us so that we could go out with our friends Whitney and Jared to sushi and we had SOO much fun. I am so thankful for all the people in our lives who let us take little breaks for our sanity.
On our way to sushi!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Thursday will be the first day of my first group of fifth graders' SENIOR YEAR of high school. Wow! I already told the high school principal he needs to send me tickets because I wouldn't miss their graduation for the world! I can't even believe I have been at my school site now for 7 going on 8 years.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I am really looking forward to the routine of being a working Mama again and I'm kinda shocked I'm saying that, because the thing I love most about summers is a LACK of a routine! I really have enjoyed this summer of being a stay at home Mama. It's hard. SOOOO hard. And I don't think I'm the best at it, but it is so rewarding to see your kids do everything - meet every milestone, say every word, do every adorable, special thing, be able to pick up and go to the lake on a Tuesday at 10am, have dance parties and coffee snuggles in the morning, rock my babies to sleep for their naps - and to be able to get a few things done during the day or naptime. Those are the parts I will miss. But honestly, I am so lucky because my kids have the best teachers and I know they are learning and being exposed to SO much more than what I am capable of teaching them (and, of course, in turn I am able to expose them to so much that they can't get at school). It takes a village, right?
Please stick around for the next few weeks while I figure out a good balance of blogging/working/parenting/cooking/cleaning/organizing/entertaining. It always takes a bit to get it right.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
- 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?
Monday, August 5, 2013
I read that quote in my title somewhere and cracked up. I really am excited I'm 30. Age is just a number, after all. And I finally feel like that number now matches how I've felt for a while.
Hubby and I were sitting on the couch at about 11:40pm the night before my birthday, when we realized I only had a few minutes left of being in my 20's. So, obviously, we felt the need to document the moment with a silly photo! A lot of people ask if I have trouble talking my husband into all the photos we take. Nope. I'm pretty sure he likes them as much as me. (And he's learned that if he just goes along with it, it'll save me from taking 9,000 photos to get the perfect one). Ha!
My old principal, whom I adore, (he was also the person to hire me!!) was in my training and was so sweet when he found out it was my birthday. When I came back from lunch, there was a Starbucks brownie on my desk with a happy birthday message. Such a happy treat!