Lately, I've been trying to figure out if my kids are at their most difficult age or if I just lost perspective due to a relatively easy phase. Haha. I guess it really doesn't matter. Both girls are doing beautifully and just simply growing up enough that they can do some serious damage in short order if I'm not paying attention. On the other hand, they're also old enough that I can take them outside to play and not worry about them eating absolutely everything in sight. I even took a spiral bound notebook out there yesterday to make menu plans while watching them! And I pinched peaches off the peach tree (though I didn't get very far) in hopes that we'll somehow reduce the nutrient burden on the tree (I'd love to have decent peaches this year). Of course, they both like to move towards things I don't want them to get into, but they love being outside...and they do play very well by themselves, compared to how they used to be. ;-) No more need to take blankets and toys outside to keep them occupied. LOL! Sticks, folks! Those are now toys. I am a paranoid mother, so I usually take the sticks away in short order...because of course my mind wanders ahead to possible reasons for emergency room visits. Haha. Poor, deprived babes. Someday soon I'll let them play with sticks a little more, maybe...
Food is an interesting issue now. Since Josh is at work most of the time (55-60 hours a week feels like it, anyway), the girls and I usually eat our meals when he isn't around. Up until recently, I had been fixing food only for myself, other than letting the girls snack whenever. It's highly unstructured, of course, and not very good, but for some reason I hadn't pulled it together to do otherwise. Felicity drinks a lot of milk (I weaned her a few months after she turned two, I think, and now she's almost three) and mostly likes to avoid meat, but she likes cheese, bread, carrots, berries, cantaloupe, lettuce, and chocolate. I'm sure she likes other stuff I'm forgetting, but her day tends to revolve around those items. Last night I was getting ready to cook myself some eggs and she saw me with an egg carton and the frying pan and wanted to know if I was making pancakes. :-P So instead of eggs I made pancakes, which both girls loved. And they both sat at the table to eat them. Mary also ate some frozen blueberries. Felicity wasn't interested.
Mary still nurses a lot night and day. I night weaned Felicity a few months after Mary was born, so for that age Mary is still a few months away. She eats cheese, bread, fruit, veggies (a lot like Felicity, only she also really loves peas - frozen, cooked, or thawed), and pretty much anything else she can find. She's very good about letting me know when she's hungry, but I have realized recently that I really need to be feeding her more consistently, since I don't think nursing is quite cutting it anymore. She is absolutely adorable, but she's not a chubby little infant anymore. :-( She has kind of chubby cheeks, but she's not fat at all. She's very healthy and well-proportioned, though.
Let's see...what else? Josh is working hard as ever at Pizza Hut. Every time I feel like we're getting into a routine as a family or he feels like things are finally evening out at Pizza Hut, something comes up...but so far it's nothing horrible, so that's good. Figuring out how to make life work thinking outside the box is awfully fun. When we needed to take the car in to get some work done recently, we walked from the car place over to Pizza Hut. It wasn't a super long walk, but it was very hilly and we stopped a couple times on the way and I think we must have taken a couple of hours, all told, to get two miles. :-P But it was a nice way to spend our day together and the girls enjoyed getting to go to the park on the way, with a castle and a fish pond.
For the record, I did suggest that we could both drive to the car place and leave Josh's Jeep there and then he could drive the car back and bring the Jeep home. And then he could drive the Jeep to get the car and bring the car back to get us and then we could all go back to get the Jeep, but for some reason he found that unnecessarily convoluted. :-P We saw our old minivan for sale on the way home, but tempting as it is...I think I'd rather hang on to the money instead of buying a third vehicle just so we can have a backup option. I mean, I like backup vehicles and all, but money is a bit more versatile on the whole backup thing. A minivan would be nice to have again sometimes, but we only have two kids, so we don't really need a bigger vehicle. And the gas mileage of a smaller vehicle is obviously preferable.
Today, I'm trying to decide what kinds of desserts I want to make for tomorrow. One I already have planned and the ingredients are all ready to assemble tomorrow morning so they'll have time to chill in the fridge before Easter dinner at my grandparents' house. But I want to make some other stuff and time is kind of running out, so I need to settle on exactly what I want to do, especially if it's something that requires a trip to the grocery store. :-P As always, I have a huge pile of laundry to wash and some bathrooms that could use cleaning. Our guest room is still a disaster, but attending to that usually involves two children coming and spreading the disaster even further, so I've been procrastinating. Sometime, though, I really do need to get the clothes sorted out and the other junk put away so we can get the new bed set up and actually make a presentable guest room. And then maybe someday someone will come and visit us...or maybe not. I don't know. Oh, yeah, I also need to clean up the play room. Sometime it's going to turn into a little girls' bedroom, though I'm not sure how soon that will be. Josh and I discussed buying a second toddler bed, but I think Felicity has about outgrown hers, so I think we're going to look at getting a twin bed or something - not sure. I think we have far too many beds and types of beds for the number of people in this house, so I don't know why we would buy a bed just yet, but we need to figure out something...sometime. :-P Or Mary can just keep sleeping in our bed, Felicity in her bed...and then we'll figure something else out later. Haha. :sigh:
Sorry this is incoherent. I'm kind of tired at the moment...