Where to start...?
Jane is 8 months old today. I really hate that I've missed out on recording her little babyhood. She is so great. She was sortof difficult for the first few months, but has since become very easy and sweet. Not a great sleeper, though I blame that entirely on myself. She's not a bad sleeper. She usually wakes twice a night to eat, but then just goes right back to sleep. She's a petite little thing, but is loving real food, so I think she may start to bulk up a bit. My mother-in-law is a tiny woman, so maybe Jane will be too. Austin continues to love her, but she's gaining more fans around here as she comes to life more and more. She wants to crawl and looks like she's doing yoga as she tries to figure it out. She does manage to roll/scoot wherever she pleases, just not as quickly as she'd like.
Adam is two and is talking more and more. He's got quite the personality, though he can't quite express it fully with his limited language abilities. He makes up for it in spade with his facial expressions and body language. He's a little naughty. Really, quite naughty. Austin told me we could give him to a different family and yesterday Jack declared him the naughtiest boy on earth. Kevin responded by saying that it wasn't so. He had read about a boy in Mexico who really was the naughtiest boy on earth. Of course the boys wanted to know all of the naughty things that boy did, so we spent the next fifteen minutes listing off whatever naughty thing came to mind...cutting every cord in the house, bashing the TV with a hammer, hiding his dad's keys in his diaper, putting paint in the washer...the boys were loving it, and I think it helped them see that Adam really isn't so bad after all. He doesn't do any of those things.
Noah is so great. He is chipper and sharing. He has quite the knack for peace negotiating and he really just wants everyone to get along. He may be a little too fun-loving :) We recently assigned daily chores to the four older boys. Noah, almost without fail, will say "What!? I have to do this again!? Every day I have to do this and it's the hardest one!..." And then he acts like it's killing him. It takes FOR.EV.ER. and a dozen reminders to actually get it done. They each have their strengths, right? He's starting to read and I think he'll breeze through kindergarten next year. I will miss him something terrible. I love that little guy.
Taylor is enjoying his Kindergarten year. He is a funny little wonder. Taylor is complex. Some days he is just so hard. He is the source of the most conflict in our home. He is stubborn and unyielding. I shouldn't say UNyielding. He's much more yielding now than he was a few years ago. He sometimes gets it in his mind how things should go, or how they shouldn't and transitioning out of that mindset is difficult for him. But not at school. At school he does great. He's quiet and content. I don't really know what to think of it. I should add that he is also my most grateful child, and is the opposite of Noah when it comes to cleaning. He does his job thoroughly without complaint or a reminder. And he is also my most lovable child and would cuddle with me for hours if I wanted. And he is the best at getting us all laughing. Like I said...complex. I don't know who he'll turn out to be, but he just gets better every year.
And us. Well, we're good. I've been busy at home, wishing away the winter. The weather today has been so nice and I am in a good mood. It has been a LONG winter here in Utah and Kevin has big plans for a modest tree house and I may attempt a tiny garden...if I get brave enough this year. Nicole and I are itching to go out yardsaling again. Mikelle and Jeff got married in February and are living down in Provo, so we still see them weekly, sometimes more if we're lucky.
And that pretty much sums it up. whew! =)