Monday, February 25, 2008

Schaefer's Crazy World

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.

12 comments:

Joe and Ollie said...

I love the Halloween..uh..costumes?! Yes you do have cute kids and yes it is completely normal to not get ready to leave the house till noon,or at least I'm banking on it (you know me, being "normal" is what I'm all about).Thanks for bringing it to my attention that what we do is "journalling". I feel so good about myself.

jess said...

yeah!! you're alive!! i'm so excited you started a blog. at least now i'll "hear" from you more often than once a year! kids are adorable - good job on that one!

Emily Gold said...

I'm so happy you started this! I love seeing the updated pictures and updates on your life. Of course our phone calls are much better--I think I laugh more when I talk to you than anyone...ever! Anyways, keep the entries coming!

Lisa said...

Welcome to the blogging world! It makes me feel not so guilty about keeping up with people because they can check it when they want!

Cute family!

Brittany Osborn said...

Good to hear from you. Your kids are adorable. I don't know if you have seen our blog but it's brittanyosbornfamily.blogspot.com. I also struggle to get out of the house before noon. I was hoping it got easier by seven months though! My baby is only seven weeks and my big boy (who also loves Caillou) just turned two.

Dixons said...

It's about damn time you joined the blogging world! ;) I'm glad to know you're alive! So, I don't know if you've heard that I'm prego, expecting a girl in August! Pretty exciting (though I will tell you I don't love this pregnancy thing!) Anyway, keep in touch, friend! I miss you!!!
Love your guts! Holly www.danandhollydixon.blogspot.com

april said...

Ah, summy! I won't be doing blogs anytime soon. I'll give you a call on the landline! Love you!

Livingstone Family said...

Summer, your blog is sweet. You're kids are darling, isn't it sad how fast they grow up? I miss all my Tucson friends, but I'm loving being back in Utah. Check out our blog sometime:
livingstone-family.blogspot.com
Take care!
Mindy

Christina Bond said...

Scummer! Yipee! I'm so glad you joined the blogging world. It was so great to see you last month and I had so much fun. Can't wait until we do it again, but until then I'll keep up with you in blogland.

Danielle said...

Yee Haw! I'm so excited that you have a blog. I'm a crazy blogger, so it'll be fun to check yours on a daily basis! Better keep it updated or else...:)
Your little girl is a doll face. I've been wondering about her. Avery is getting so big. We'll have to get him and Parker together for a play date again sometime.

Mary Beth said...

Well it's about time girl! I love it. I'll be able to keep track of you a little better now! Cute pictures. I can't believe Quincy was born with teeth!

Love ya!

Tolla said...

Thanks for writing this.

About Me

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Logan, UT
So I used to think... I used to think it was my world. Maybe Michael thought it was his. But we have been re-educated. By a 4 year old and a 2 year old. It's their world. We live in it.

A peek into our window

Birth of Child #1

Birth of Child #1
He looked like a blue alien. Luckily it didn't stick. And thank goodness we didn't go with Michael's idea to name him based on what he looked like.

Birth of Child #2

Birth of Child #2
Much less eventful, thank goodness! She was born with red hair and 2 teeth... and skin colored skin!

Quincalicious!

  • 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.

AVERYISMS

  • 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.