Sorry for the absence around here. I have been writing a lot of half blog posts in my head these days, because there's never really enough time to think them out in full, and there's certainly not enough time to actually sit down and get even half a blog post written out on the screen.
I feel like you guys get that though, right?
School is busy. I am still staying just ahead of the game from planning standpoint, which is so difficult for someone like me who likes to have a clearly articulated plan. A few weeks ago I found out that I had to write report cards 10 days before they were due. Of course, we had a visit to PA scheduled, which I panicked about when I found out about the reports, because a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's is not something that you can cancel (too many upset kids and upset grandparents), but ended up being a blessing in disguise. Grandma and Grandpa (and Jen) kept the kids busy and happy while I holed up in the basement and wrote 70+ individualized comments over the course of three days. It was brutal. They got done though and the principal of the school told me I was a "fantastic writer" which felt good after agonizing over the right adjectives to use.
The kids still aren't sleeping well, but are pretty great otherwise. They are getting so big so fast. I was running late today so called home to let my sister know and The Bean answered the phone. Listening to his little high pitched voice over the telephone, well, I don't even know how to describe it. It's just remarkable to think this kid, my kid, is able to hold a telephone conversation, even if he has been doing it for nearly a year. Sprout is becoming quite a little chatterbox too. She's so funny. Some of the things she comes out with make me laugh so much. Of course, nothing comes to mind at this second, but really, she is such a little joker. And observant. And opinionated. We certainly have our hands full with her. We never really recognized or appreciated how compliant The Bean was/is, but now we have her to compare him we realize how easy we had it with him. I have a feeling she is really going to give us a run for our money through her toddler years. We love her anyway, of course.
Jen is amazing and one of those half blog posts I've been thinking about has a lot to do with her/our relationship and how wonderful she is but our relationship really needs to be nurtured more than it has been and how we might figure out how to do that with two kids who don't sleep well (and therefore don't do well with evening babysitters) and no time and just being exhausted, but we'll see if I ever get that far.
This is about all I have in me right now.
That and it's winter here. The windows have been frosty. The kids hands are warm. The wonders of childhood are simple.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.