Alright, so if I'm not the worst blogger ever, then I don't know who is.
A lot has happened since I posted last. Since Benjamin's birth (we so very lovingly call him B for short), a whole lot has happened with our family.
11 days after he was born, my mother passed away. It was sudden, but then it was kind of expected. She was so sick for about a year and her healthy just deteriorated. As a nurse, I knew that she was not going to get better from the condition she was in, but it was still hard to say goodbye over the phone to her. I don't know if she heard anything I said, but I hope she did. Ben and I flew up to Ohio from Mississippi when he was two weeks old to attend the funeral. Everything went well with that. I still miss her and sometimes reach for my phone to hit "Mom Cell" and call her and talk to her to tell her about the kids and ask for her advice. It's so strange that she is gone.
|Grandma and Ben in the airport on the way to LA! April 2013|
|Hanging out at a mall in Glendale, CA. May 2013.|
|The girls playing on Venice Beach. May 2013.|
|Thomas and the kiddos standing in front of our house. April 2013.|
Charlotte and Clara sure are a growin'! Those that know me know that I've struggled with them about their speech. I've always worried that they were behind, and really, they probably were for awhile. But thankfully they both seem to have caught up. Actually, I think Clara (who is 2.5 yrs now) has surpassed Charlotte in the language department. The stuff that child comes up with, I tell ya... She already knows all her colors, can count to 10, and is learning how to read right alongside Charlotte. She really blows me away sometimes! She really was one of those children that just has a language explosion, I don't think I would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it myself.
She is still a very (read: VERY) strong-willed little girl. She is very persistent and stubborn sometimes, but I think those will be very good character traits when she is an adult! It's just very hard to parent a future leader when they are a toddler. ;) She has a big ole personality, though. She loves to make people laugh and be silly. Also loves to tantrum every night around 5pm and likes to wear my nerves down to the very wire.... Why I don't have grey hair yet, I'll never know. She is a mess but Lord knows I'd be lost without her.
|I don't recall which beach this was. Yes, we go to the beach a lot.|
In just a few months, my first born baby girl will be FIVE years old. I can hardly believe that. It just seems so surreal. The past five years really have just flown by and if you would have told me five years ago that I would have this beautiful, smart, funny, witty daughter I would have just been too excited to wait for it. She is just wonderful, she really is. As I said above, her language has really caught up to speed, thankfully. We talk about all sorts of things. Lately she has been telling me a lot about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I guess she really does listen when I tell her things. :) She loves to mama her baby dolls, loves to do crafts, and right now we are starting her official PreK year at home. I'll try to post more about that later.... But overall she is just a happy kid who loves to laugh, play, and loves to be with her siblings!
|My B at 4 months. April 2013.|
|My B at 8 months old. August 2013.|
|Trying to take a few steps! July 2013.|
Speaking of babies, my sister had one! A baby girl named Seven Lee, to be exact. She was born in May, so she and Ben are 5 months apart. I think they might be pretty close growing up! She is a sweet baby and she and my sister are living with us right now so we get to see a lot of baby Seven. The girls just adore her and love to touch her soft skin.
|Baby Seven, just a few days old. May 2013.|
|Baby Seven, 3 months old. August 2013.|
|Clara and Ben. August 2013.|
|Clara at a park. May 2013.|
|A park in Beverly Hills. No celebs that day! July 2013.|