I’m still here!

I’m still here!  I promise!!

I am right smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest times of my year.  We are packing up to go to family Bible Camp tomorrow for the rest of the week, and life has just been crazy lately.

I’ll give you a glimpse:

Maren is 11 months old today!  (Yep, in one month she will be One Year Old!)  She is crawling like crazy, pulling herself up to stand as much as possible, and just plain being the cutest thing around most of the time.  She is still bald as can be (well, that’s not true, there’s some adorable blond fuzz all over her head, but still…) and her two bottom teeth are lonely for some friends who don’t seem to want to come.  Having only two teeth hasn’t stopped her from loving food though.  She devours just about everything (except bananas and avocados!  Go figure!).  Basically, she is just growing up way too fast.  My heart can hardly take it.

Haakon is 2 1/2.  And BOY is he 2 1/2.  He is my biggest handful by far.  SO full of energy, playfulness and feistiness.  Lately, when I tell him “no” or “don’t do that”, he immediately responds “I alREADY!”  Uffda.  We’ve also been back to the doctors a few times with him and are finally finding some answers for his birth issues.  (He has some… abnormalities with his left leg…  I have a hard time calling it a birth ‘defect’.  I don’t like that word.)  It turns out there is nothing wrong with that leg, exactly, but rather some boney abnormalities in his pelvis.  He essentially has some extra bone in his pelvis where it shouldn’t be.  Now the fun task (still waiting for someone to develop that sarcasm font!) of deciding the when/what/hows of dealing with that.  I haven’t let my brain process too much more than that right now.  I can only take so much.

Bjorn, well, Bjorn is just a joy.  He is a passionate, sensitive, emotional, perceptive joy.  Oh, he still pushes my buttons.  He is 4!  But everyday I am seeing him grow up before my eyes and his sweet, loving spirit is just shining through.  Goodness I enjoy that boy!   It probably doesn’t hurt that he is finally potty-trained (don’t judge…  there is more to that issue than meets the eye.  Encopresis specifically.  Email me if you want to chat about it!) which definitely makes our relationship easier.   He is past the ‘terrible twos’ and ‘torturous threes’ and is entering this beautiful stage where he can actually converse and be reasoned with.  It’s glorious!

Navy is 11 1/2.  And just graduated from 5th grade!  Yep, he is entering the crazy world of MIDDLE school next year!  UGH!!  Talk about someone growing up too fast.  But it is so fun to see the person he is becoming.  He is not just a little kid anymore, and that is both wonderful and terrifying.  I can’t wait to see what these next few years bring out in him!

Andrew & I keep busy.  That’s an understatement.  We own our own business, which keeps him working long, long hours and always keeps us on our toes.  I, well, I’ve got my hands full here at home.  Our quality time lately consists of crashing on the couch in the evenings and one or both of us snoring away.  Exciting to be us, isn’t it?

I’m still here though.  And I’ve got recipes waiting to be shared with you and ideas always floating around in my head.  I’m sure after this week of camp with no baking or cooking, I will be absolutely itching to get back in the kitchen and you won’t even know what to do with me!

Thanks for waiting with me through the crazy seasons…  I love all of you so much.  You bring me so much joy and I’m grateful for you everyday.  I really am!

 

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