Tim will come home and we'll eat dinner if he is lucky enough to be home for it, play with the boys, help me, and then start studying or following up on patients. He is working so hard, I don't know how he does it all! We are usually in bed at 9:00pm and up who knows when. The best is when I fall asleep to Max still playing in his room, hoping he makes it to his bed with his covers on. Max has been a champ through this rotation...for the most part. I have really tried to be more patient with him and choose my battles. It has made a HUGE difference. A lot of the "Max" issues we have been having lately, come to find out, are really to be blamed on ME! It is so true that if the Mom is grumpy, impatient, tired, and depressed, then usually the whole family is. So...I have put on my "positive thinking/attitude" cap and things have been good. Except when they're not. But, for the most part, it's not that bad!
Surviving is made possible for us by our dear friends here in Cleveland, phone calls and skyping with family, library days, reading to Max till we've read the same library books 48 times, baking fall everything, eating, dance parties, the precious moments when Jake is smiling and Max is being a good buddy to him and me, the NEW SUPER WALMART (not the old one where nothing was in stalk, the 20 minutes of waiting in check out lines, and the feeling like I might be shot or mugged every time I went...yes, me and the boys were at the new one on opening day baby, and it was glorious! There may have even been tears in my eyes... I knew it would be fully stalked and clean just for that day though, and I was right. The next week when I went, I couldn't find about 4 or 5 things on my list. BUT, I am not complaining, it is such an improvement of the old one! Oh Cleveland...sigh...)yummy smelling candles, Costco, cuddling under out fuzzy blankets, Tim's "made-way -too-often kettle corn, Jake's little "cooing" sounds, Tim's positive attitude BYU Football, my blessed treadmill, Christmas shopping for my family, our new Nexus 7 tablet(my laptop is ancient and ready to blow up. We found a super good deal online for the Nexus and have loved it!) and subscription to Netflix (turning nursing into a whole new experience!!), enjoying the Holidays, our warm little home in the chill of Cleveland, AND Max starting preschool! Here are some pics:
|"I was working so hard during tummy time with Daddy, that I had had it." Zzzzzz!|
|Some weeks I am more diligent than others of focusing on a letter theme. A couple of weeks ago was|
"C" week, and Max loved coloring his Crown. He is becoming quite the little artist!
|It snowed! Well, actually a couple of times now. The second Tim got home the first snow, Max literally pushed him out the door to make a snowman on our little|
patch of back yard. Mas and Jake so lucky to have such a good Daddy!
|Walking in the beautiful cemetery with the fall leaves! That is one cute kid we've got...|
|Don't worry fellow citizens, I have the kingdom completely under control.|
|Tim gets to take all the credit. I contributed by cutting the eyes and part of the mouth before I |
cut off one of the teeth.
|And Tim claims he has not artistic ability...|
|We invited some friends over and made Haunted Houses! I burned sugar to stick the graham crackers|
together. It was kind of messy, but worked like a charm!
|This was all Max. So cute :).|
|Right after waking up. I was on a run, and Tim and Max had a photo shoot. Max told Tim, "Dad, I just want to take a break. Can you take a picture of me?" I don't think|
it gets much cuter than this...
|....Well maybe a little bit cuter!|
|The smirk. Watch out ladies!|
|There is a time and a season for these precious legs. Jake, you sure know how to pull|
them off buddy!
|First day of school!|
|Tummy Time! Jake is so advanced for a 2 1/2 month old. Max is such a good big brother!|