Life these days

by Kim on February 27, 2015

Hey guys! Wow, another week gone and it’s almost…MARCH?

Which means it’s almost April, which means it’s almost FLORIDA TIME, when we will be here:

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You could say I’m a little excited.

I actually think I’ve managed to stay pretty positive this winter, but the constant near-zero temps are definitely getting old. I haven’t spent more than 30 seconds outside (while running to/from the car) in weeks.

I already suspect that it’s not that healthy to live in these conditions, and then you add in the fact that we’re constantly battling germs over here…

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Right on the heels of Mason’s pink eye episode, the husband came down with some weird flu-like thing, and now I’ve had a sore throat for a few days.

It doesn’t help that Mason haaaatttes washing his hands (kinda like he hates 98% of the tasks of daily living…oh toddlers). I spent a long time hunting for some kind of natural, not-harsh-chemical-laced antibacterial wipes I could use on him when I didn’t feel like tackling the Great Handwashing Battle (so, multiple times a day). My first find was a total fail—the wipes smelled exactly like the nasty herbal spray I use on our plants to keep rabbits away, and I found myself, unsurprisingly, never touching it.

Then, I was thrilled to find this:

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Way to go, Honest Co! Total lifesaver. Smells amazing, and Mason actually likes holding his hands out to get sprayed. (P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post or anything…I just really love this product and had to share!)

Anyway, in summary: if it weren’t for that Florida light at the end of the tunnel, I don’t know what I’d be doing right now.

Staying busy helps. I make sure we get out of the house every day, if only to run to the gym or on some quick errands. And our town is great about organizing tons of family-friendly events, like the train show we checked out last weekend.

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(He still gets shell-shocked by the whole selfie thing, ha.)

But a lot of our time is spent like this:

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I’m so grateful that Mason loves his little brother so much. Joshie has helped temper MANY toddler meltdown moments.

He’s like our little buddha—we bring him into a situation, and he just instantly calms everyone down. The toddler who was screaming seconds before is suddenly babbling in baby talk, poking at his brother (trying to figure out how to play with him? haha).

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Oh, and somehow, that tiny baby we just had is 6 months old now.

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…Which means we’ve officially reached the drop-dead deadline for starting solids. Ugh.

I put off the whole baby food thing as long as I possibly could—such a hassle!—but I guess it has to be done. We’ve been dabbling in some pureed avocado, mixed with breastmilk, and it’s been about as tedious and inconvenient as I anticipated. Haha.

Welp, that’s where we’re at right now! Quite the thrilling life, right?

(Florida, Florida, Florida…like a mantra…)

Have a lovely weekend. Smile

xo

Kim

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Melissa @ Deliciously FIT March 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

My son adores my daughter so much and it just melts my heart to see them together. I have friends with kids close in age and their children don’t get along well, so I feel blessed that Keenan and Mirella love to play together!

I hear ya on looking forward to some warm, sunny Florida weather! Though we live in California, I’m SO ready for some nice warm Hawaiian weather where we can actually go in the water and not freeze our bums off! We leave for Maui next week and I cannot wait!!

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emma @ be mom strong March 5, 2015 at 5:28 am

Haven’t been able to keep up with blogs lately so it was great to come and catch up. Can we believe we hit 6 months? I feel you on the food… just another thing to add! I’m looking forward to when she can start finger foods then I won’t be so needed and the whole kitchen doesn’t get sprayed with whatever I’m feeding her!
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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples March 4, 2015 at 11:37 am

Ahhh I wish I had a Florida light at the end of my tunnel!! lol My poor little convertible’s covered in snow with no end in sight! *sigh* Guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through you… lol :)
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jen@jpabstfitness March 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm

So sick of below 0 temps, Florida sounds perfect!!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

I love that your two boys seem to do so well together! Could you maybe share how Mason did with transitioning to having a baby sibling? How far apart in age are they exactly?

So glad to hear everything is going well. Your Florida vacation will be amazing!!
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Kim February 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Hey Ashley! They’re right around 2.5 years apart, just like yours will be I think? :) To be honest, it was pretty hard at first. Mason acted out A LOT for the first month. We had never really done much (or had to do much) in the way of discipline before that, but we had to step up our game really quickly during that phase. Then, after about 4-6 weeks of adjustment time, he was fine again. He always loved the baby, though, and was always very sweet toward him. He just acted out against us. But I know every family experiences this differently–your story could be completely different! :)

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