1) We started homeschooling. Really, we are just doing preschool (Sonlight 4/5) but I'm trying to use this year to just get into a routine. That way, when it's "official" school next year, it won't be such a huge switch. Right now I'm basically doing exactly the same thing with both Ethan and Noah, with a few accommodations for Noah's shorter attention span and extra math work for Ethan. They're both also learning phonics and hopefully at least one of them will be reading this year.
2) We went on two vacations this year. One to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland with the rest of the Spence clan.
And one to Duck, North Carolina with just our little family of five.
3) I quit breastfeeding. I couldn't take the pain or the drama of not being able to figure out what was causing the pain anymore. 8 months is too long for painful breastfeeding. I cried. I hate nursing and I still cried.
4) I gave away all my maternity clothes and baby stuff. That should answer any questions of "Are you going to try for a girl?" And I cried again.
5) Isaac is suddenly an almost-toddler, complete with climbing up the stairs, playing in the toilet, unraveling toilet paper and escaping via the garage door and crawling halfway down the driveway before I realize it. I completely forgot about this stage.
6) We took the boys on our yearly trip to the pumpkin patch, where we spent 3 hours talking to the farm animals, eating hot dogs and funnel cake, running through the hay bale maze and going on a hayride to pick out tiny pumpkins.
7) I decided that one reason I love having boys is the haircuts. I can do them myself. Now granted, it's a stressful occasion and I wind up covered in itchy hair, but everyone generally looks decent. I even managed to tame Isaac's hair. (See above picture for comparison.)
8) Dave is still very busy with real estate and has hired a wonderful assistant to help him out. He's got a new website too.
9) In home renovation news, we completed the details of the kitchen by rearranging the light fixtures that hadn't ever been changed since we gutted the kitchen and changed the layout.
We also got rid of the high counter-height table that we bought pre-kids without ever thinking about how impractical it would be once we had said kids, and we replaced it with a normal table. We love it.
10) Both boys took swimming lessons together.
11) And Dave literally almost drowned during a recent whitewater rafting trip. Yep, I was almost a widow and it's just so not funny. We don't talk about it.
12) We had a pretty awesome farm share this year (last year's was less than amazing). Highly recommended...very professional, reliable, fresh & clean produce. And we just purchased 1/4 of a grass-fed cow which I'm pretty excited about. I'm actually considering crossing over and buying a "cow share" to start drinking (or giving the boys) raw milk. (For anyone not in Virginia, selling raw milk is illegal so you have to buy a "cow share" and then you are entitled to the milk from said cow.) But I haven't decided on that one yet. I'm still slightly brainwashed by the mainstream health advice in that area that I could possibly die from drinking raw milk even though people have grown up for centuries drinking nothing but raw milk. Still processing.
13) Noah still sucks his thumb.
I have been instructed by my pediatric dentist that his bite is being affected and we need to work on weaning him off it. Yes, agreed. However, this is easier said than done. We're mostly down to only sucking it at bedtime (as opposed to all day long when he was bored or lonely or tired or hungry).
14) Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Isaac had ear tubes put in after nearly constant ear infections.
After getting a rash around his mouth after eating a peanut butter sandwich (not remotely the first time he's had peanut butter), I had him get the pediatric allergy blood test and we're still waiting for the results of that. He's also had lots of bad eczema that I've never been able to completely get rid of, so I've suspected a food allergy for a while. We'll see. If so, Isaac will join his big brother as the proud owner of yet another Epi-Pen Junior.
Well, I think that's mostly it. I'm sure I'll think of other things and if I do, that means I'll have something to write about! In the meantime, go check out Warrior Wives.