As summer comes to an end we've been soaking up every last bit of it. My brother came into town last weekend so we hit up the beach. This visit went much smoother, however, with Ryder not trying to dive in head first every chance he got. We got there at low tide so there was a lot of distance between our stuff and the water line so Ryder was busy running around. Jane, on the other hand, went walking in the water up to her thighs without a care in the world. Only a mischievous grin. I guess those swimming lessons are really building her confidence. When she wasn't running through the water like a baywatch lifeguard, she was happy just lounging around in the surf in her Minnie float. Love these kids.
(me and my man. kids in the background)
I am totally digging the ages that the kids are at right now. They're playing so well together - Ryder is great at sharing and Jane is protective - and seeing them together makes my heart swell. Earlier today, Ryder was trying to climb up onto the sofa (using the ottoman as leverage) and Jane was like "Hold my hand, boy! I'll save you and pull you up!" It was TOO MUCH. And at bedtime, she suggested a blankie for him so he wouldn't be cold and kissed him goodnight and told him she'd be back in the morning. I die.
I want to freeze these moments because I know I'll blink and they'll be 18 and on their way out. Or 10 and asking me to drop them off a block from school so they don't have to be seen with me. (Never gonna happen)
Ryder's talking a lot more lately. So far he's got down the following words: mama, dada, shoe, bella, hot, agua, all done, mas (spanish for "more"), bubble, barbie, bowl. Can't think of the others but my favorite is hot. Because it's never just "hot." It's a long drawn out HOOOOOOOt and it's very appropriate, like when he first gets into his car seat or his food is too warm. When he's hungry (which is all the time), he'll go into the cabinet and pull out a bowl and grab a cereal box from the pantry. Like a boss.
Jane's at that age where everything she says is hysterical. My girl is funny. She loves and I mean LOVES to watch you tube make-up tutorials of princess make-up. Don't ask because I don't even know. So naturally she'll practice on herself or on me. She's scarily accurate for a three year old. It would be cool if she became a make-up artist when she was older, right? She gave me a make-over today and said "there you go, I gave you an adorable look!" And then she asked me how I liked her new look. Oh dear.
So we live in a pretty awesome town and recently a new fish taco place opened up near our house. It's freaking amazing. The ambiance, the atmosphere, the music. We went with my parents and ordered a ton of appetizers and tacos. So. good. I could probably go once a week.
And the last update, we're converting our spare room into a playroom. It's coming along quite nice. Not in a hurry to finish it and it certainly won't be pinterest-worthy. Just a cute and colorful space for my kids to play in. Below are some free printables that I mod podged (not super successfully I might add) onto canvases. I haven't hung them up because I'd like to paint the room first but need to decide on a color. I'm thinking of a pale gray. But if you know anything about me and decisions, it's that I'm not great at making them. So we'll see what color and theme I actually decide on. But I'm excited that the kids will have their own dedicated play space. We went back and forth about keeping this room for guests or doing the playroom and finally said you know what, this house and its rooms are for us. For every day. If we have out of town guests, they can stay at the comfort inn. Just kidding, we'll gladly give them an air mattress.
I went to one of my mom group meetups today. I'm probably averaging two activities a week. I am hustlin' for my kids. Ryder hasn't really joined us on any outings yet because it's been too hot out and the timing coincides with his nap time but Jane is loving it. And I'm meeting some really nice moms in my area. There's a hay ride/pumpkin patch outing scheduled for October and I can't wait! Speaking of which, I saw that dunkin donuts also has pumpkin spice latte's. Time to use that gift card I've been holding on to for months. Fall is practically here.