Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Friends in the Corner

Brenna has begun to incorporate not only Marshall, but other "friends" into her play. We've been battling the bossiness she exudes with Marshall, but today this also spilled over to the lineup of "friends". This afternoon she escorted her dolls to naughty corner because they did not help clean up. She left them there for a few minutes, then returned to give them a stern talking to. After she determined that they were done crying, they were allowed to come out and play again.

It's an odd experience to watch a 3 year old mirror your parenting, but it does give confirmation that some of it is sinking in.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Marshall has another ear infection - both ears this time. This is the 3rd round of ear infections in the past 3 months. I never went through this with Brenna so it's all new territory for me. The poor guy is just miserable - especially at night. Let's hope they clear up for good this time and be done with all the sickies. :(

Friday, March 09, 2012

Children's Museum Saves the Day

Brenna hasn't been sleeping or eating well and her behavior has reflected it. Having said that, this morning was awful. I had serious doubts that the day could be saved, but I'm glad we battled through. The day started awful, but turned out wonderful. My mom is in town and we had planned to take the kids to the rodeo today, but the cold, rainy weather called for a last-minute change of plans. With Brenna's behavior, I was tempted to stay home, but I took a change and hauled everyone to the Children's Museum in downtown Houston. We had such a fabulously wonderful time! Both kids took a quick nap on the way and were ready to tackle the museum when we got there. They explored, climbed, played and discovered for hours. It was so much fun to watch them and play along. Another nap in the car on the way home and they were ready for more fun. Marshall spent the evening helping Daddy fold clothes and practice walking, while Brenna made cookies with Grandma. The night ended with a fun conversation between me and Brenna in "duck" ("Quack quack? Quack quack quack quack quack.) that Grandma caught on video. I'm sure that will come back to haunt both of us at some point.

It was a good day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just Stand There

Marshall stood on his own today without hanging on to anything for balance.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Therapeutic Ducks

The past few days have been rough. All four of us have been sick for weeks and just can't seem to get over it - even with antibiotics. Marshall is on his third antibiotic for the same ear infection and the rest of us are battling sinus infections and general ickies. All of this boils down to no sleep, too much time stuck in the house, and lots of crabbiness.

On the verge of a mental breakdown, I got the kids ready this morning and headed out to the gym. Usually a good workout and a peaceful shower can clear up my mood. No luck today. This was a strong funk and the family was paying for it.

Late this afternoon, Brenna started talking about bicycles and on a whim I decided to dig out my bike and trailer. I bought a bike trailer to take Brenna biking with me almost two years ago and then found out I was pregnant, so it's been sitting in the garage collecting dust. Today was it's maiden voyage - and there couldn't have been a more perfect day for it!

I loaded both kids into the trailer not knowing what their reaction would be. They loved it! :) We took a quick ride to a nearby pond and watched the ducks. As I sat there on the sidewalk holding Marshall and watching Brenna talk to the ducks I knew this would be a memory I would treasure. A wonderful, calm, happiness came over me. Once again, the cherished moments always seem so simple and unplanned. We just need to take a deep breath and slow down.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just a Minute, Sweetie

Lately when I've asked Brenna to do something, she responds in the sweetest little voice with "Just a minute, sweetie." it's all I can do to keep from cracking up.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Year Ago Today

At this time exactly a year ago I was cuddling with my new baby boy in the hospital. I can't believe it has been a year already. This has been the fastest year of my life and time doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. It was a wonderful year, but part of me can't help but be sad that my babies are growing up so fast. I'm excited for the new phases to come and know that I will be forced to say goodbye to others. Every night at bedtime I hold and hug Brenna and Marshall because I know that there will be a day where they won't want me to... and I'm sure that day will come too soon.

In celebration of his birthday, Marshall began a new phase. He has always been a climber, but today I caught him scaling the stairs with Brenna. Both of them were giggling and crawling up the steps. By the time I realized it, he was already up to the landing. This boy has no fear. I'm afraid of the bumps and bruises we are going to see with him. Brenna was, and still is, so cautious. Marshall does not share that trait with his sister.

As much as I wish time would slow down, I do so enjoy watching Brenna and Marshall grow up together. You can tell already that they love each other. Marshall giggles so much with Brenna and Brenna tells me that he is her "favorite." They are starting to play together - when Brenna isn't yelling at him for touching her stuff. I'm sure both will continue for many years.

I can't imagine my life without both of my children. To be completely honest, this past year has been difficult with two small children, but I would not trade it for anything. Watching them together, hearing them giggle, seeing Brenna try to teach Marshall... it all makes the difficult times totally worth it.

A year ago...

Meeting Marshall

Kisses for her new brother

Cuddling with my baby boy

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

Brenna decorating a cupcake

Such a happy guy!