It’s been one week into my thirty-second year of life and I can tell you this much: life is certainly what we make of it. The good. The great. And the ugly. While I still more often than not sweat the small stuff, one of my goals this year is to acknowledge the small stuff without letting it define me. Ok so that wasn’t my most profound piece of advice but it’s kind of all I’ve got right now. As I mentioned, life pre-birthday [mainly in the month of October] didn’t go according to plan. But as my Mom always so kindly reminds me, we plan and God laughs. While I know He was offering me comfort and still is when I have a down moment or day, I take comfort in knowing there’s another little angel next to Him— hopefully providing many laughs.
So here is 32 SO far. A simple look at what life has been like with our crew [and without them]. Oh and I should also mention there will be little talk of new recipes or my standard toddler dinner pictures. Needless to say, I’ve been enjoying the comfort of carry-out and frozen pizza. No toddler is complaining. I repeat. No toddler is complaining!
We enjoyed our first kid-free trip [since Lily was born] to Chicago! My highlights were enjoying hot coffee without interruptions, walking down Michigan Avenue and only buying chapstick [hey, I’m easy to please], Barry’s Bootcamp, and a few French dip sandwiches from Bandera restaurant.
Lily is currently into EVERYTHING. And wanting to do everything her brothers do. She has one speed: running. And her favorite new habit is biting her brothers… which has resulted in many tears from Joey and Anthony.
We’ve spent some quality time with Nana— which is always life-changing for me. Nana is a retired kindergarten teacher and her patience and creativity always inspires me to be a lot more patient. Notice I didn’t say creative. I’ll leave that up to the professionals. Here’s one of her latest projects with the kids dotting turkey feathers!
The kids no longer nap in their own beds [Lily too] so if I want some quiet time or alone time when early afternoon hits I’ve been letting the trio sleep in our bed. Some call it co-sleeping, but I call it crazy sleeping. Oh well… I know this phase will not continue when they are teenagers.
Last but not least, our Joey was a CHAMP at the dentist for his very first cleaning. It helps we love our dentist[s], but I think it also helps an episode of Paw Patrol was playing for him during the cleaning.
All in all, 32 is starting off on the right foot. Now if only I could figure out how to turn off the alarm that seems to sound in my toddlers’ heads when my coffee is freshly brewed… chances are I won’t have that figured out by 33!