We've been so busy lately, I can't tell which way is up. It's definitely the time of year where things get chaotic and crazy, but I'm trying to remember to always enjoy the little things. Here's what we've been up to lately.
First off, a very big Happy Birthday to our big brother bear today! He's a whopping SIX years old! Heaven help me. It's so hard to believe he came to live with us full time almost 3 years ago now. 3 year old Toby was so shy and timid. Now he's truly the life of the party. Our lives wouldn't nearly be the same without him. I wish y'all could see just how much he loves Linden and how amazing of a big brother he is. I really worried that having a baby in the house would cause some friction and make him jealous, but it couldn't be further from the truth. He's really the bee's knees. I snapped this photo on the back deck the other day when he came home from school. I didn't see him before he left that morning so when he walked into the house I exclaimed "Wow Toby! You look so handsome!" He snarled back and said "Mom, everybody thinks I's the principal" HAHA! He thought he was the big man on campus. But I guess that's what happens when you wear a blazer and oxford in kindergarten. Gosh I love him!
Linden has been my little co-worker this week. The only way I can get any design work done is to plop him in his Bumbo on my desk or sit him in my lap while I work away. I think he likes the big, bright computer screen.
I think I finally got the hang of my Sakura Bloom ring sling that my sweet friend Jen sent my way! Ring slings have intimidated me since day one, but now I realize just how comfortable and convenient they are!
Our big guy also lost his second tooth this week! He already has an adult tooth popping up.
Linden has hit that awful 4 month sleep regression as of late, so I'm relying on a lot of black coffee and a lot of hot baths in the morning. Bringing Linden's rockaRoo into the bathroom is the perfect answer haha
I took the boys to a Christmas event at the elementary school last night and to see Santa so that Mike and my stepdad could put together Toby's new bunk beds. He had been begging for some so it was the perfect surprise when he got home. -- I also have no shame in the fact that I dressed the kiddos in matching outfits. Chambray shirts, The Wishing Elephant letterman cardigans, and chinos. I can't wait to get the photo when they send it home with Toby.
This kid's entire face was BLUE afterward. And oh my goodness, please remind me to never let him have this much sugar after 4pm.. or well, ever haha!
How sweet are these two guys?!?! My heart!
I participated in the Candelles Holiday Swap this year and was paired up with Jen of Little Wife Power House. Her gift was SPOT ON! So many amazing things. She made this gorgeous mini quilt, and hit the nail on the head with this constellation mug (!!! It's been on my wishlist for AGES!) Seriously, she's so rad.
Of course Linden decides to sleep when he's on my lap. And the only way he'll sleep at night is on my chest. We've regressed back to full time cosleeping/bedsharing. It's not the worst thing in the world, of course. But our bed is only so big! haha
And these last few photos are snaps from Toby's birthday party on Sunday. It was a very small, no frills party and it was perfect. A huge gym to run around in, 10 kids all hopped up on sugar, and loads of fun. We did a "drive in theater" theme and we let the kids decorate their own cardboard "cars". Grampa (Mike's dad) was kind enough to cut out the leg holes for all the kids. They drove them over to the "drive in" (projector screen) and watched an Ice Age movie. They ate pizza, had boxes of candy and bags of popcorn, and took out all their energy on a Spongebob pinata. It wasn't a Pinterest perfect party, but we loved every minute of it.
Grateful for these crazy, overly busy days. The best part is seeing just how much love these two boys are surrounded by. It feels so crazy to now be able to say "I have a six year old son." Whoa. I'm the luckiest gal, that's for sure. xo