it’s been a while since the last kid update so here goes:
Alice is now in a big-girl bed and she’s loving it! we hesitated to get her into a real bed, since she has a wonderful habit of sleeping in pretty late. we were wondering if she had the freedom that she might wake up earlier. but when we went to visit family we didnt have a place for her except for the floor, so we made up a little bed with blankets and told her to stay put. she did great! so when we came home we got the little bed out and ended the crib era (for now) after 3.5 years and 2 babies that are now 2 wonderful little kids. they both love playing in her new bed, especially since Caleb dubbed it a new boat.
the kids really are good pals lately especially. it’s so cool to see them run around and enjoy their time together, and they seem to be into their toys now more for some reason. they love trains and blocks and cars and little people and their kitchen and all the stuffed animals and dolls. of course they still fight over stuff but we try to let them sort it out, and they seem to be doing a little better with that. we’re trying to teach them non-retaliation like we learned in church recently, but fits and fights are still a regular thing, as you would expect.
Caleb has been potty trained for about a month and he’s doing great. he still wears diapers at night. this weekend was our first road trip post-potty training, and he did just fine. the drive was short enough that he never had to go anyway.
Caleb’s been more interested in reading and words and such, so probably soon we’ll be teaching him a little bit. we’re also thinking about sending him to pre-school in the fall. it’s hard to believe that he’s slated to go to Kindergarten next year already! he’s not a very social person but once he warms up he does fine. this year is his first experience in Sunday School and after some initial trepidation he’s loving that (as long as he can bring one of his favorite stuffed animals). I think he’ll do great in school because he likes structure and seems to enjoy learning and would definitely be into making the teacher happy. so we’re starting to think about our options for school. we’d love to send him to the Christian school if we can, and there’s also a great option of the local magnet school that lots of our friends go to, and homeschool could be a good option too. right now we’re leaning in one direction but you never know how things go. I dont think it will be a high-stress decision, but we’re praying that God will lead us to what’s best.
while we’re on the subject of learning, I’ve been wondering if/when the kids might be into music lessons. one of our best friends is a violin teacher (although sadly she doesnt live here any more…hopefully she’ll come back). apparently 4-5 years old is a good age to start, so we’re not far from that. but I wonder how to balance too many activities with giving them opportunities? and then there’s the cost too. we’ve got lots of instruments around the house, so I’m sure we could eventually show them stuff when they’re ready, but I wonder if it would be good to give them something structured?
one recent development is the daddy shopping dates. mama makes the grocery list and I go out about after dinner once a week, taking one of the kids with me while the other stays home with mama. its so nice to get relaxed one-on-one time with each kid, and especially so with Alice since I dont see her as much (due to her love of sleeping in). I’ve been wanting to do daddy-dates with the kids, but it’s hard to find time, so this is a good option. plus mama LOVEs the fact that she doesnt have to do grocery shopping.
anyway, we love the stage that the kids are in, and they’re always making us smile. our favorite Alice phrase is when we’re all sitting down to eat she’ll often say: “we’re together!” we do love being together.