I let another month go between posts. I guess that's become my new norm. Something had to give and I can't completely neglect the children, husband, or kids.
As I'm writing this, Simon and Charlotte are napping, Mina is playing games on the iPad, and Jon is on a plane to Minneapolis, then California. So far, so good. It's exceedingly rare that Charlotte and Simon nap at the same time. I try to enjoy every minute of it, whether that means catching up on my to-do list or sitting on my butt.
I have tomorrow off so getting the blog done today means more sitting on my butt time in the future. I might even watch a chick flick or take a nap. Whoever says that mother-in-laws are awful, obviously doesn't have one like mine! She's taking all three kids for me all day tomorrow, then making us all supper. Score.
So now we come to the photo bomb. Jon bought a new camera for me for Valentine's Day so there's a mix of photos from the old and new camera. Some day I'll actually try to take more than quick snap shots. I don't know when that will be since I don't take the time to put make-up on most days, but at least I have a nice camera for when that day comes. When I was in high school, I used to spend a whole afternoon hiking around taking nature photos. I can't even imagine having that kind of time on my hands.
My oldest niece, Hailey, came over for some math help one day. Charlotte just loves teaching other people the joy of algebra. Ha! I did enjoy going over graphing with Hailey. Her family's house sold and my brother in law, Matt, found a job in another town so they're all moving away. I try to not even think about it because I'm going to miss them all. It will give us another reason to visit in the Des Moines area. Hailey won't have me close by for math help though. Maybe they should just stay.
It's been a pretty awful winter unless you like snow. I hate snow. My girls, however, LOVE snow. They get all dressed up and play out there until their faces are pure red. They come inside demanding hot chocolate afterwards. I enjoy watching them from inside the house.
Simon is just too cute. He's pushing up more when he's on his tummy. He can roll both ways. He looks so much like Charlotte with those big blue eyes.
I tried to get a picture of him sitting, but this is all we caught. He can do the tripod sit briefly (where his hands are held together on the floor in front of him). He's a chill baby and doesn't have an urge to blow through all the milestones like his sisters. That's fine by me.
Simon was baptized last month also. He was very well-behaved. His sisters entertained the congregation. Mina kept pulling on Simon's legs. Charlotte almost pulled down the whole baptismal font.
Here's a picture from yet another snow storm. Mina and Jon made this awesome snowman. It has grapes for eyes, a real carrot nose, rocks for the smile and buttons, golf clubs for arms, and a Bacon Fest hat.
Mina loves her little brother so much. She spent part of a nap time snuggling with him in my bed. Cute.
We've done naked time for Simon a couple of times. I'm amazed that he has kept the blanket dry. Anyway, he's awfully cute in his birthday suit.
I love my cute guys.
We took Simon to Florida for a vacation/conference. He was terrible. Terrible. I don't even really want to write about it. There was lots of screaming and not a lot of putting him down. We did have some fun times - He was great on the plane both ways. We got to see friends that live down there. He was happy sometimes in his stroller outside. He enjoyed his bath. I'll just leave it at that.