... i love summer. seriously i cannot say that enough. i think i could happily move somewhere where it never got below 50 degrees. it's actually been hot here (for my standards anyway) and we've actually had the ac running. we usually keep it off if it's below 90 but we've been in the mid-upper 90s these days. we've been playing in the water table a lot. both avery and ellie are big fans. ellie can't really hold her self up yet for long periods of time but she loves splashing away and avery usually does a pretty decent job of sharing with her sister. she only dumped a bucket of water on her head once!
... blueberries were on sale the last time we went grocery shopping. i feel like this never happens so i bought a bunch and we made blueberry pie. and then we ate it for breakfast for the next few days.
... sleep. oh infant sleep. this is just about the only part of parenting in the first year that i don't like. sleep is so amazing when it's good and so awful when it's bad. i'm trying to transition ellie to her crib after 8 months of cosleeping and i'm not sure if it's harder on me than on her. i physically miss her when she's not in our bed although i do love not sleeping in one position all night long and waking up with my arm asleep. there's been a bit of crying involved in this transition and i hate listening to her cry. i just feel awful. and guilty. but, i think she'll sleep better on her own and honestly she's waking up after every sleep cycle if i'm not physically next to her so i know she needs to learn to put herself back to sleep. this is just a hard topic for me and i'm hoping she makes the transition okay.
... i gave the kids their first dual bath the other night and it was amazing. i don't know why i didn't do this months ago. they both really enjoyed it. well, avery didn't enjoy when i washed her hair but she never does. i'm hoping this will make bath nights a little easier on all of us, especially when charlie's gone. the non-slip mat made a huge difference for ellie in the tub since i didn't have to worry about her falling all over the place.
... avery wanted to try on halloween costumes the other day. ellie's going to be a bear this year since we have the costume from avery's first year and i'm not about to buy another one since i'll be lucky if she wears it for 10 minutes. she hated it but we're hoping she'll warm up to it come october. in her defense it was about 85 degrees and that costume is pretty hot! avery loved her leopard costume from last year and has been asking to wear it again but she keeps telling me that she wants to be a purple butterfly this year. i'll have to try and come up with something since she's been pretty consistent. we've been reading halloween books since june so she's pretty psyched for the holiday already. she also was insisting that i get out henry's costume, too, but i managed to talk her out of that one. i can only torture him one day a year.
... we've been doing a few things around the house this summer, too! after not doing anything for a solid four months after ellie was born we've had the outside painted (something it needed very badly), our deck restained, replaced our storm door, replaced a few lights (4 and and more to come!), rearranged some furniture, and hung some lights on our deck. i need to do another house updated post just to keep track of the things we've done.
... we took the kids to heritage square last weekend. charlie was excited because avery actually wanted to ride the rides this year, unlike last year when she would only get on the merry-go-round. but it was really hot and we got way too many tickets so we decided to play put-put since it required a bunch of tickets. we did this last year, too, and avery basically just ran around the whole time while charlie and i played the course. but this year ellie was over it by the time we went to play golf so i left avery and charlie to play on their own while i went to go feed ellie. apparently avery was hot so she only wanted to play the holes that were in the shade, which was sort of a problem since there were other people who were actually trying to play. she came back and told me that "daddy said we have to go home because i didn't listen". funny, only because apparently he never told her that at all. i think basically she just wanted to eat ice cream and then head back to the air conditioned car at this point. after lunch we headed out and both kids slept for over an hour in the car while we drove home and packed their pool stuff, stopped at target for a few things, and then headed to the pool.