I'm not really sure how to start this post - except for we're still here! :)
This is my last maternity leave - or long vacation as I like to think of it - and I've been making the most of it. I know this is the last time I'll get to have lazy mornings, or not be held to anyone's time schedule except the one I make for myself - and I'm trying to enjoy it.
Actually - I'm not trying....I am enjoying it. It's been a great few weeks at home. When I was home with Chandler - I struggled a bit, and felt lonely quite a lot. It was winter time, Clint was calving and I was a new mom who'd had a tough delivery and physically I just wasn't on my A game.
Having Cal was so much easier physically (well....not the hour or so that I really wanted an epidural and didn't have one, lol) and when I came home from the hospital - I was in such a better place physically that I've been able to kind of get up and go right from the start of my leave.
I've worked when I've wanted to; ran errands without feeling rushed; spent time with Chandler's babysitter and her other kids at library events; gone to Costco in the middle of the morning and looked thru all of the aisles; spent 15 minutes just sitting in a chair holding Calvin when I probably should have been changing water; traveled with the kids and Clint to AI projects in the middle of the week; helped with things around the house; changed water; gone to fairs that Clint has judged with the kids and our own local fair; done our taxes; organized our closets and I've gotten Starbucks almost every morning.
Oh wait....I've always gotten Starbucks every morning. ;)
My new favorite is a quad shot, iced in a Venti cup, with 7 pumps of vanilla and a splash of cream - DELISH! And actually, the most inexpensive SBX drink I've acquired a taste for yet.
Basically I'm savoring this time with my kids and Clint - and while I've been reading blogs, I haven't really been home a lot and in front of a computer where I can post.
But next week I will be - because I don't really have a desire to travel in Oregon the first part of next week during the solar eclipse - and my goal is to do a bit of back posting to get caught up. Because I want this blog to be a place where my boys can look back and read about their younger years - and know how much their mom & dad love them and love doing things with them.
For now though - I'll leave you with a few pictures of our sweet boys.
I know I'm biased - but they are so good, and we are so proud of them.