Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Life is good. Two kids give me a run for my money sometimes, but life is good.

One of Matt's family's friends died in a terrible car accident last week. She was young and beautiful and kind and left behind three young children. Matt works in the ICU right now and is faced everyday with sadness and heartache as people with serious problems struggle to live and their families deal with medical problems and loss. And then the shooting in Arizona? I was complaining to Matt about how expensive our heating bill was because it's so dang cold here - 14 degrees right now- but he said a hundred and something dollars to be warm in a nice place doesn't seem like such a big deal. And he's right. Thanks, Matt for reminding me to be grateful and to have perspective.

And to have healthy beautiful kids? And a loving family? And a job? and being able to stay home with these kids? and, and, and..... Life can change in an instant. I don't want to get caught up in the little things.

We had doctor's appointments yesterday:

Mr Charles at 4 months
14 lbs, 13 0z - 47%
25 3/4 in - 78% - tall like his daddy!
This kid is cute. If anyone even glances at him he gives them a huge grin. He loves standing on your lap and jumping up and down. He just loves Madeline and turns to find her whenever he hears her voice. When he cuddles with me, he clutches on to the neck of my shirt (he's done this since he was brand new.) He's still waking up once a night. (Madeline was sleeping well through the night at this point) but I don't mind the chance to snuggle him and feed him while the rest of the house is quiet. This little guy melts my heart.

Miss Madeline at 3 years
27 lbs - 13% (this is up from 5%!)
35 1/4 inches - 13% - petite proportionate little thing

Oh Madeline, where to begin? She's in a needy little stage where she says she can't do things herself, but five minutes later she doesn't want any help. She can be a sweet little thing, though. She's so willing to share and if she's getting herself a snack, she'll ask if I want one, too. We got her Candyland for Christmas and she wants to play about 10 times a day. Candyland cost us $2. Lesson learned! She is really good at this game. I have yet to beat her. She loves the little character cards - frostine, mr. mint, grandma nut, etc. She used to be excited to get those cards even if it meant moving backward. Now she knows it's not strategic and tries to stay on her square without us noticing. She also sneaks one of those cards onto the top of the drawing pile when we start and announces she's going to pick first. She acts so surprised when she gets Princess Frostine and gets to move close to the top. Sneaky :)

She still loves reading. Lately, it's "If you Give a Pig a Pancake" She also loves to sing and is still singing Up on the Housetop, Rudolph, and Jingle Bells. Madeline is a good little helper, especially with Charlie. I am amazed at how good and patient she is with him.

Matt works hard and is so good at what he does. His schedule right now is pretty demanding - 80 hours a week at work, not to mention helping me out when he gets home. He really cares about his patients. Then when he comes home he reads, plays and builds blocks with Madeline and Charlie. He is good.

My life may not be very exciting, but it's good and we're happy and that's more than enough.


  1. I totally hear you. Life isn't always crazy and exciting, but it's so good to be grateful for what we have. And having a strong family is everything! Madeline sounds like a fun little girl :) And I love Charlie's big eyes!

  2. Amen! Life is so good. Can't complain. My heart breaks for those having a hard time.
    Your children are beautiful and so sweet.

  3. I loved this update, and your new blog design! I attended the viewing and funeral of Diane, and it was extremely sad! It breaks my heart. I am so grateful for our family! See you in a few weeks!

  4. Diane's death has been a jolt for everyone here in the neighborhood, but these pictures and descriptions of Madeline and Charlie have lifted my heart. You all are precious to me.

  5. Beautiful post, and great perspective-check.
    I need to call you - I'm getting flack for Courtney being so small (5%th!) and wondering how you dealt with it.

  6. wow, my heart aches for that family. why is it that i will read this post, recognize i have so much to be grateful for, & then find something to think negatively about on my way to bed in a minute? it is hard, but life is SO much better when you can see the blessings around you constantly.

    thanks for the reminder mal :)