This spring has been crazy. Let's see how much of it I can remember!
-Soccer was INSANITY! I learned we are not yet ready for sports, at least not until people can put their own sports gear on. And there is help, maybe? Four days a week between Colin, Brennan, and Kailey was too much for me to do alone, plus dance another day, and church on Sundays. We ended up not usually going to the SCA because I needed a break from all the other days' activities.
-Colin performed in his first dance recital. And yes, I cried :) He's still not sure if he wants to continue or not in the fall. If he does, I think he'll drop the ballet and just do the tap, or possibly we'll see if they have a hip-hop class for his age. He liked the dancing/performing aspect, but I think being the only boy in the class sometimes made him uncomfortable. He kept complaining about one of the girls "making blinky eyes" at him!
-Nikolai, at 24 months, had a vocabulary of about 35 words. It took me over a week to compile the list. Finally, a couple weeks ago, he started speaking for real! He's been adding several new words a day to his vocabulary since then, and is starting to put sentences together!
-Brennan has been doing better in most areas lately, though we're still having major trouble with potty training. He still has his meltdown days, but it's been the opposite of what it was- good with a few bad thrown in, rather than bad with a few good. I'm so thankful!
-Tiffany got into an accident at work, so Heather came for 6 weeks to help me with the workload. It was lovely, as always, having her with us! I ended up driving her home, and the boys and I spent a couple weeks visiting everyone. I wish we could have spent more time there, and seen all the people we didn't get to see, but it was a good trip anyway, and I'm glad we got the time there that we had.
-I fixed Nathan's old laptop! All by myself! With only a little internet guidance and a video tutorial to guide me! That computer is now more of a family computer/the boys' computer. They've been learning a lot on there. I put their allowed sites on a bookmarks bar for them to click on what they want without needing my help, and they've been doing all their little games and videos and such on Starfall and PBS Kids. We actually spent the rest of their Christmas money on a subscription to Starfall, they were loving it so much (and learning so much from it!) And, I don't know whether it's been a result of their computer usage or not, but Colin has taught himself to read! He still has a little ways to go, but last night he read about 3/4 of a Beginner Book all by himself, with only a little help from me in sounding out a few words. I'm so proud of my little man!
-We've gotten chickens. We had ducks. They got given away because they were too stinky and messy. And we totally weren't even ready for the chickens, let alone another, completely different type of barnyard fowl.
-Matthew is getting out of the Marines in September. We're not sure what's happening after that yet, but I'm hoping to stay on the east coast. I really love it over here, especially the weather!
-One of today's escapades: I brought the boys with me on The Great Fabric Hunt today, to get some fabric to finish a couple of the projects Grandma gave me. Hancock's was a nightmare! They were literally running and screaming around the store, and when I got two of them in a cart, Niko managed to climb out and on top of all the fleece! I brought them all back out to the van, put Niko very tightly in the moby wrap, threatened the other two with the double stroller, and brought them back inside to finish. Finished, and Niko threw a fit about getting in the carseat. He fell asleep on the way home and slept for probably over two hours. HA! Take that, tired!
Anyway, that's all I can think of tonight. Now, to put Wild Things to bed, and crash pretty soon myself!