Monday, February 25, 2008
At this point in our lives, we're in the thick of it. Michael goes to work. He works and he works some more. I barely get dressed in a day, but I work too. Feeding, showering, dressing, holding, consoling, teaching, time-outing, cleaning, and so on all to be repeated multiple times a day. With my two adorable handfuls, its near an impossible task to get myself and the kids out of the house by noon. No exaggeration. Is that normal? I don't know. But we have two beautiful, happy children. Avery has quite a personality. He loves playing with monster trucks and pretending to be a dinosaur. He has started to have fears and occasional nightmares. Today, the first two minutes of a tivo-ed Polar Express terrified him so bad he ran out of the room screaming. And he cried and cried when I unwittingly pretended to take his ear off. And he didn't want it back on. No, he just wanted to hold it in his cupped hand. Having mentioned tivo, once you go there, you never go back. Avery watches the same Caillou episodes and Disney movies again and again with a push of a button. And on the occasion we (the adults) get to watch something, we can pause and rewind as needed. No parent should live without it. Just thinking of it makes me breathe a sigh of relief. Quincy is as sweet as can be. She was born with two teeth. Crazy! She recently discovered her sweet little tongue and sticks it out regularly. She also recently learned a mediocre crawl. Quincy seems to have two passions: attention from adults and food. Not the liquid gold that I provide, but everyday food (diced and mashed of course). I might actually be able to wean her before kindergarden. So life for Mike and I basically revolves around catering for two young ones. We wouldn't change a thing, except we might ask for an occasional nap. Or we might like to sleep through a night (since its been 2+ years without). Or me might like some alone time. Maybe we'd get a maid. Or maybe we'd buy a second car and a house (not poor, just seriously frugal). Okay, so I suppose we would change a thing or two, but as is in our crazy world, the Schaefer home is one happy place to be.
A peek into our window
- Quincy says "Where's Avy? I dunno." She talks sooo much and she's so small (5th percentile) that is seems like she shouldn't be talking at all.
- She roams wildly during church and has become quite the scavenger approaching anyone with food. Its embarrasingly adorable!
- Quincy's vocab has exploded to include the words, "please, thank you, outside, sucker, candy, Avery, Grandpa, slide, ride, hold you, ni-night, water, bird, doggie, airplane, etc.....! She seems so little!
- One of the most "wow" things she has done is climb one of those HUGE blow-up slides and slide down REPEATEDLY, ALL BY HERSELF!!!
- Quincy (with great effort) threw the upper couch cushions on the floor and then proceeded to dive off couch, climb back up, repeat.
- She says"I want: cookie, go, this, that, drink, wa-wa, play." She also says no, baby, hello, bye-bye, and peek-a-boo. And of course she says "Mom and Da."
- Quincy talks a lot now. But first thing in the day and then 100 more times: "I want coo-kie." Very telling about her love affair with food.
- A day after being educated, Avery pulled down his pants and touched his boyhood saying, "Hey Grandma, these are my private parts." HA-larious!
- (After using the bathroom) "I made a waterfall. Then I made it stop."
- "Hey Dad. This is my [invisible] friend Caillou. Will you be a monster and scare us?"
- "Grandpa, what's in your belly?" says Avery. Mom says, "What do you think is in there?" "A baby?" guesses Avery. "Nope. Just lots of cherries," says Grandpa Schaefer. HAH!
- Quincy was crying in the middle of the night and Avery said, "Take a deep breath, Quincy." It was sweet.
- Quincy was screaming like a pterodactyl for Avery's food, so he snapped "Chill Out Quincy!"
- In Avery's first attempt at being a smart-a, he was playing with his friend Jaden Knight and we were asking the boys their full names. Avery responded that his name was Avery James Day. Might have had to be there.
- Avery still tries to stick his hand down my shirt. When I won't let him, he occasionally asks if he can stick his foot down my shirt instead.
- I told Avery that Heavenly Father lived in heaven. He thought I said he lived 'with Kevin', so in alarm he asked, "With Kevin and Melissa?!!!"
- Avery was out cold and we had to go. It was odd how I couldn't wake him, so I threw him over my shoulder and started heading out. All of the sudden with startling gusto, he yelled "I see Jesus." I thought he was a visionary, but turns out he woke up just as I walked past a picture of Christ.