I've been in a bit of rut, lately. I blame Steve. You can blame him, too. It's just that he was gone for quite a while, then he came back for a few days and I got sick right away, and then he left again for a few days and somehow in all that confusion, I got really behind on everything. Laundry, dusting, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathrooms, and as you may have noticed, blogging just took a back seat to hanging out as a family and being completely lazy.
Well, I can safely say that I am back in the saddle, again! My house is so clean right now, I was walking around it, just looking for something that needed cleaning and couldn't find anything. For real. So, I figured I should take full advantage of this rarity and catch everyone up on our lives.
Steven is no longer a toddler. He is suddenly this tall boy. Not a little boy, but a real kid. Like a kid who can read and write and add and listen to conversations that we don't think he's listening to and then ask questions about them, later. I'm pretty sure his all-time favorite thing to do is argue with me. That, and make up really, reeeeeeaaaally long stories about racecars and tell them to me in the car when I just want to listen to the radio. He likes to ride his bike and he watches entirely too much TV. He reads EVERYTHING. We were all in the store the other day, and while standing in a certain aisle, Steven says, "Tro-jan. Trojan." Grrreat. He was talking baby talk to Jack this afternoon and I asked him to please speak real words to Jack so that Jack can learn. He then said to Jack, "Monkey! Elephant! Tree! Yellow! Beige!" Beige? He is always asking me if it is May, yet. He knows that in May, we are going to Florida for Aunt Cara and Uncle Kyle's wedding and he cannot wait. He often asks me, "What day is today?" Which cracks me up. Like he needs to know that it's Wednesday, the 31st because he's got some plans. He is growing into this whole person with his own individual thoughts and opinions and suggestions and ideas. He is so bright and independent and sometime I think he may be my favorite child.
Steven was pretending to ride a motorcycle when I took this - he is holding a plastic bin lid between his legs. He is not holding his crotch. Although, he does that often enough, I wouldn't be surprised if it is in a few pictures.
Steve and I are great. Steve has been home for a few weeks in a row, now so that's a bonus! He had to go into work this afternoon for an evening flight. He won't be home until past midnight, but we had the morning together and he took us all out to Cracker Barrel for brunch and then we went to WalMart and I got the kids' Easter basket goodies. He never has a normal schedule, but sometimes it works out for the best because we can run errands together on a Wednesday morning when nothing is crowded and stay in on Saturday when every place is a zoo. We've been riding bikes a lot lately to enjoy this beautiful West Texas Spring. If you're on Facebook, you may have seen his face after a fall while riding with Steven. You should know that he is recovering well.
I have big plans for the rest of our week. I plan to clean out the kids closets and cycle out all their winter clothes for summer clothes. I know. It's riveting. Today, it is 92 degrees outside and absolutely gorgeous. I think spring is finally here to stay and I have never been so happy to see it as I am this year. This has been the worst winter we've endured since I lived in Nebraska and we had snow (shudder) on a regular basis. Yuck. We are so thankful for the beautiful spring weather!
And now, you're all caught up!
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
~ Martin Luther
~ Martin Luther