CURRENTLY [link up]

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
loving, reading, choosing, designing, wondering


Beatrix is currently loving her little school. She still cries when I hand her over in the morning, but by the time I'm done filling out the form about what she ate before school and what not, she's at the table, munching on a snack, loving life. She's always happy when I pick her up and her teachers are all in love with her. 

I am currently not reading anything and I really want to lose myself in a good book over the holidays. So - please tell me your favourite book of 2014! 

I am currently choosing the easy route in the kitchen these days. Pre-cut fruit, store-bought muffins, prepared meals. Oh, and quiche...so much quiche (the kids love it). 

Kale is currently designing an amazing marble run at the museum (at least he was on the weekend). The children's section at our city's museum is such a hidden gem. It's rarely busy and Kale always has a blast. This weekend we went and Kale spent a good 30 minutes working on building a marble run. I'm so used to seeing him running around and jumping from one thing to the next that it was nice to see him slow down and focus on something. 
 
I am currently wondering when Kris will ever get home. His flights have been cancelled the past two days because of weather. For his sake, I'm trying to pretend that it's not that big of a deal because I know he feels terrible and misses everyone so much. But the truth is, I'm pretty desperate for a shower that lasts longer than two seconds and doesn't involve me yelling, "Kale? What are you doing out there?! Why is your sister crying?! What did you do to her??" 

'Currently' is taking some time off for the holidays! See you back here in the New Year!! 

currently [link up]

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
dancing, cooking, losing, clearing, sharing

I have been on a pretty long blog hiatus over the past couple weeks, but this little space has been on my mind quite a bit. Our family is going through a lot of changes - I'm back to work, Kris has taken a new job, Beatrix has started daycare. On top of it all, Kale and Beatrix have been suffering through a terrible cold and now I have it too. The past couple of weeks have been HARD, to say the very least, and blogging just has not been a top priority. Anyway, here's a currently post to catch you up to speed on what's been going on around here! 



Beatrix is currently dancing to a lot of Taylor Swift. I love watching this girl get her groove on, bopping her head and waving her hands. Watching a baby dance has to be one of the sweetest and joyful things around. Isn't amazing how they just know? They hear the music and then just go. I love it. 

I am currently cooking a whole lot of nothing these days. Since no one seems to have much of an appetite these days, my motivation to cook anything more than a frozen pizza has been non-existent. Even the lunches I send them to school with are super sad. Kris is back in a week and he is definitely on chef duty around here! 

Kale is currently losing at least one pair of mittens a week. I feel like we've tried so many tricks, but the mittens just disappear. We probably have 8 left hand mittens for every 1 right hand. It's almost always a meltdown at pick up time when he realizes he lost one (or both). Tell me your mitten-keeping tricks!! I've never had much luck with the clips and pulling a string through the sleeves of his coat just means he gets tangled up in stuff. We've drilled into his head a million times about putting them in his boots when he takes them off, but nothing is working! 

I am currently clearing my schedule for when Kris gets home. I plan to spend at least one day in bed, catching up on sleep, while he entertains the kids anywhere but here. Either that or I'm booking a hotel room. I am desperate for sleep!!! 

Kale is currently sharing a very special post card with his sister. Kris sent a postcard from the Northwest Territories to Kale. At first, Kale was super disappointed because when I told him he got something special in the mail, he assumed it was a rescue bot toy. But this morning he woke up and decided the post card was pretty awesome after all. He also noticed that it was just for him and decided that he would share it with Beatrix, which is just plain sweet. What a kid. 

next weeks themes: 
loving, reading, choosing, designing, wondering


CURRENTLY [LINK UP]

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
picking, reading, watching, rushing, planning


I am currently picking out a pair of winter boots. I hate winter boots. They bring a whole outfit down, especially at work. There's nothing like looking professional from the shins up, with clunky winter boots and salt stains. My other option is to carry my shoes around and change when I get to a meeting, which is just awkward. So I look for boots. Cute, non-clunky, semi-professional looking boots, that don't require me to "treat" them every other day (because nobody has time for that). 

Kale is currently reading a Planes: Fire & Rescue book. He's determined to memorize the whole book so he can "read" it to his teachers. He has the first couple of pages down, but then he starts making the rest up based on the pictures and what he remembers. It's actually really, really adorable. I could sit and listen to him "read" all day. 

Kale is currently obsessed with watching EvanTubeHD. It's this kid that has a YouTube channel where he reviews toys and Kale is hooked. We try to keep the iPad viewing to a minimum, but "sneaky deaky Kale" (as he refers to himself) often snags the iPad when we're not paying attention and slides under the couch next to a heat vent for some quality time with EvanTubeHD. 

We are all currently rushing all the time. The morning is a total gong show at our house. Kris juggles the kids while I get ready for work and there is a whole lot of random words being yelled - "TEETH! PANTS! MITTENS!" Someone we make it out the door on time. Thanks for all your hot tips last week on how to get everyone out the door alive. 

We are currently planning our last weekend together before Kris goes north for a couple weeks. This means spending a little bit of time together as a family, but also spending a little bit of time on my own and with friends, taking advantage of having Kris home to watch the kids. This will also be the first time Kris is away with me back at work and Beatrix in full-time care. It's all kind of overwhelming, but I know we can make it work (at least that's what I'm trying to convince myself of!). 

next weeks themes: 
dancing, cooking, losing, clearing, sharing



currently [link up]

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
finding, writing, dressing, thinking, beginning 


I'm currently finding the time to blog! I feel so bad for bailing on the currently link up last week, but wow - going back to work has been exhausting. I feel like we're slowly getting into a groove and figuring it all out, but I'm still having a pretty tough time doing anything more than the absolute basics around here. That being said, I did blog for Bea's 9 month update and I'm doing a currently post, so HIGH FIVE, friends. 

Kale is currently writing all of his letters in his new writing book. Getting a new writing book at school is a big deal when you're four and a half. Right now he is working on tracing cursive letters and it's just amazing to see how quickly he goes from shaky trace to controlled trace. His teachers told us at our parent-teacher interview that Kale is a bit of a perfectionist and will spend a good part of his day working on his writing. 

We are all currently dressing in all of the layers. Winter arrived in a big way this week, which means winter boots, hats, mittens, snow pants, coats, etc. It easily takes Kale an extra ten minutes to get ready in the morning and we're already struggling so hard to get out the door on time. Soon enough I'll be stuffing two kids in snowsuits to get out the door when Kris goes back to work. I'm in total denial! 

I am currently thinking of all the ways we can more efficient with our time around here to make sure we get out the door on time in the morning and that we eat dinner as a family and enjoy the small bit of time we have together in the evening. Meal planning is definitely key for us, as is getting clothes laid out for the next day and lunches packed. If you have any other secrets - PLEASE let me know!!! I need all the hot tips I can get! 

Beatrix is currently beginning to pull herself to a standing position way too easily. I've seen her do a few shaky pulls in the last couple of weeks, but all of a sudden she's just popping up and standing like it's no big deal. I know that it's only a matter of time before she let's go of what she's holding on to and starts walking around like a grown person. 

next weeks themes: 
picking, reading, watching, rushing, planning


Beatrix Mae [9 months]


What a month! This past month has definitely been filled with highs and lows, but Beatrix seems pretty oblivious to the hard parts and continues to smile all day, every day. 

I'll get the crummy stuff out of the way first. The hardest part of this month was two weeks ago when I went back to work full-time. While Beatrix is having the time of her life hanging out with Kris, I'm missing her like crazy and feeling like my life has been turned upside down. It's early in the game and I know that eventually we'll figure it all out, but as of now, life is tough (but mostly just for me). 

The other hard part around here has been Bea's naps. I know it's typical to have a sleep regression around this age when separation anxiety spikes, but her naps are quickly disappearing. We're lucky if we get 30 minutes in the morning (usually more like 20), and the afternoon is anywhere from 30-60 minutes. This is really only hard on the parent that is home with her and needs to do baby-free things (like shower!), because Beatrix is normally happy regardless of how short her naps are. We've definitely had days where she's crankier than normal because she's tired, but it's nothing a good dance song or a tickle can't fix. 

Luckily, the good stuff is SO GOOD. Beatrix is such a character and all her new skills are just making her more adorable and hilarious. She is SO into dancing and will pretty much bust a move to anything we put on. Sometimes she just nods her head a little, but when she starts shaking it back and forth and swinging her arms I know we're about to see her break it down. 

Her funny crawl, which is part bum scoot, part crawl, also makes me laugh. Kale also crawled like this, but Beatrix seems to have put her own twist on it. She gets faster every day and I know if she turns it into a normal crawl then we really will be in trouble. 

Night sleep improved drastically this month (I guess to make up for the naps). She now goes down at 7pm and typically sleeps through until 5am. I normally nurse her at this point and sometimes we can get her back down for another hour or two, but sometimes she just wants to be held for that time. Even though I don't enjoy waking up at 5am, I'll take the extra cuddles with very few complaints. 

As I wrote in her photo above, Beatrix is an eating machine. Somedays it feels like she's in her highchair for all her waking hours. I haven't seen her turn her nose at anything and despite the fact that she still doesn't have any teeth, she does a great job at mowing everything down. 

With my return to work, she has been nursing less. I nurse her when she wakes, before I leave, I come home at lunch, and then nurse her when I get home and before bed. She's definitely excited to nurse when she see's me (especially at lunch), but I feel like she's fine in between. I am pumping, but more to build a stock pile for when she starts childcare next month and I won't see her at lunch. 

Also,, someone in our house is finally competing with Kale for the person she loves the most. It's not me or Kris - it's the cat! I can tell when the cat walks into the room because her face lights up and she starts making a beeline, saying "bub bub bub" (our cat's name is Bubbie). I'd love it, except our cat is a complete jerk and I don't trust him around her at all. As long as she's happy just watching him, I think their relationship will flourish. 

Finally, this month Beatrix started saying "mum mum mum" and does it when she see's me or when she wakes up from a nap and is looking for me. There is no better sound.