It's ironic this post is entitled "fall" amidst feeling (and looking) like the first of February outside.
This comes after a bit of blogging break as our family adjusts to a new schedule and routine this fall. Braydon moved to a new job at Target in September. While his new position is a great blessing its left mama with quite a few more solo hours during the work week. Isn't funny how in the hours alone we discover how much we love the hours together?
God is blessing our family with finding time, energy and opportunities to make cherished memories together during this busy season of life. From random Tuesdays at Mall of America, Sunday nights at the splash pad and visits at lunch break....we are discovering our new normal with an ever changing and evolving schedule. I'm also loving more one on one time with other mamas and their little ones during the days and evenings (and not to mention my own mom and dad...our life savers and saving grace as we refer to them).
The terrible twos really are not so terrible. Of course, we experience the occasional meltdown in Target, the constant turning off and on of light switches and the diet that consists of milk, waffles and applesauce...but our two year old is a genuinely kind, sweet and nurturing little boy. The way he loves his little sister is incredible and is inspirational for all of us to watch.
While Kip's sweetness grows, Miss Lulu has taken over trouble maker in our house (haha, that's hard to say of a 5 month old). Lulu continues to be a smiley, joy-filled little gal but she is developing way too fast.
She eats just a little less than Kip (literally), moves just as much as him and lets us know her presence more than anyone in our household. She continues to be our easy baby but has certainly found her voice. Lucy loves being active, kicking her legs constantly, rolling over and over, chewing on everything and eating her weight in baby food.
Halloween was an absolute blast. Kip dressed up as a cow every day of the week leading up to Halloween, he had so many parties and gatherings. Who knew toddlers have such busy holiday schedules? Kip loves his farm animals so the cow costume was only fitting. Our neighborhood was inundated with trick or treaters and Kip had a blast running around with his little buddies (and didn't seem to notice that his fingers were basically frost bit by the time we got home....our true Minnesotan).
Kip and "Buce-daddy" hanging on their new bean bag chairs.
At almost 6 months Kip and Lucy have taken on their own looks (Kip on left, Lucy on right). But I still see some little similarities with their smile and bright blue eyes.
I hope and pray everyone has a safe, healthy and family-filled Thanksgiving holiday this week. Our culture and human nature is so quick to point out the deficiencies in our lives; I hope you can join me this week in finding and being thankful for even the smallest, little blessings surrounding you each day.