Monday, January 9, 2012

Project Life | Week 1

Week 1 of 2012 has held much adventure for us. On New Year's Eve, Addie somehow managed to stay up until midnight (with a house full of people she loves, making her go to bed at our normal bedtime was not a battle I wanted to engage in). Three out of four of us spent the entire week trying to make up for that night... and the following night.

The next day (January 1- the official start of our album) her nap lasted from 2:30 until 7:30. Brian had been looking online for something for our family to do on Monday and saw that the movie "The Muppets" was going to start at 9:45 (it was about 9:00 when he saw this). He threw out the idea for us to get up and leave right then and there. Addie was wide awake, and I knew Ian would probably sleep through the movie. We decided to go for it! (Honestly, how many spontaneous moments can you have when you have little ones!) It was Addie's first time going to the movies- it was Ian's first time, too, for that matter. Brian held Ian during the movie and I held Addie (she was a little nervous since this was her first time at the movies and wanted to sit on my lap). Every day after that she asked us if we could go to the movies.

For Christmas, we received gift cards from family and friends. We decided that we would use them to go on a date night once a month. Our first date night was to Outback Steakhouse using the gift card from my sister Faye and her husband Jim. (Grandma "Noodle" also gave us a gift card there, so we will be going back two more times). And, of course, our date nights would not be possible without our wonderful Grandma and Pops who so willingly watch the munchies for us. (Okay, seriously! Is he not the cutest guy!)

At 3:00 a.m., Brian was awakened to a crashing sound. I was already awake because of Ian's feeding and the sound of the wind kept me up. I heard something hit our bedroom window, but Brian heard a crash. Because we are surrounded by trees, Brian thought it would be safer for our family to sleep in the living room. I grabbed Ian and his bouncy chair, and Brian got the Elmo bed and Addie. Each of us got a sofa, and we each had a child beside us. And the wind continued for the rest of the evening. In the morning, the news reported that our area had wind gusts up to 31 mph. As Brian left for work, we checked the side of the house to see what had made the noise. This is what we found.   

Buddy Boy has been growing by leaps and bounds! He is the sweetest, calmest, most go-with-the-flow child in the world! He surprised us on Wednesday by lifting his head off the floor during his tummy time and holding it up for quite some time. My favorite "Ian moments" right now are during his feedings. He'll stop, look up at me, smile the most enormous smile he can muster, get shy, and continue eating. This happens several times during his feedings.

Aunt Faye stopped by for a visit on Thursday. I knew she was coming, but I didn't tell Addie. Faye knocked on the front door and I had Addie check to see who was knocking. Oh, the excitement! Aunt Faye took Addie outside to play with her new bucket of sidewalk chalk. Our whole sidewalk was covered in art.

Library Time is up and running again, and because the library is under new management, the program will be year long instead of a few weeks out of the year. Unfortunately for the library, only two little girls showed up for the program this week (Addie and another little girl). Fortunately for us, only two little girls showed up for the program (insert big smile here)! Addie was more relaxed, more involved, and made a new friend. There were no little ones running around, screaming, or disrupting the program in any way. Afterward, we checked out a few books. So glad Library Time is back!

Christmas has finally been put away. I don't know why, but this year, I had no motivation to take down all of the decorations. I did it in small steps and then on Saturday, Brian and I took the tree and Nativity scene down, and he put everything back up in the attic. Aaaah..... the house is back to normal again.

We took this video on Saturday evening. After putting all of the Christmas stuff into the attic, Brian brought down what we call the "command center." Addie loved it when it was hers, and now Little Brother gets to use it. Ian loved it! You can tell by all of the giggles he had. I think he liked being a new position rather than laying flat or in his bouncy chair. Ian also loves Big Sister, because most of the giggles happen when she is close by.  

Untitled from Suzette Ladouceur on Vimeo.


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