First Swimming Lessons

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A homeschooling friend of ours was telling us about a local outdoor pool that offers swimming lessons every Summer and how much her kids love it there. I liked the idea of doing two weeks straight of lessons every morning so that we wouldn’t have to bundle everyone up in snowsuits and trek out to a pool for 30 minutes in the middle of January.

Ben was off for their first day and was able to join us which thrilled the girls to no end. Then my mom and sister showed up so we had a good little cheer-leading team on the sidelines. The sun was shining and at 6:43am the girls came barreling into our room asking if they could put their swimming suits on yet!

We are three days into the lessons now and it has been perfect! We are all up and out the door at 8 am. The girls are with their instructor for half an hour and then we play on the playground and roam the waterfront collecting shells and throwing rocks for about an hour. We all come home tuckered out. The girls are getting comfortable in the water and that’s all I really could ask for at this point. Watching them learn and cheering them on from the side has been such a treat! I love my sweet girls, really and truly. Happy Summer, friends!! xo

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Time Flies

It’s 11pm and I’m doing that thing where I stay up too late and then look through old pictures from when the girls were two and one and it makes me emotional. The time is going too quickly. Oliver is suddenly seven months old and I just want time to stop. But it won’t. Time stops for no one and no thing. Babies grow.

If I really think about why I don’t blog more often right now.. that is my reason. Babies grow. I am busy doing my best to drink it all in.. to hug and kiss and smile and nurse and sing love over all the little Andrews babes, because they just keep growing. Lucy will be five next month and I am so not ready for that. It just makes me ache for all the times I’ve been overtired and taken it out on her or missed out on some gorgeous thing she was doing because I was too busy being selfish in some way. Some of that is just part of life. We do our very best as parents and of course we love our children but we cannot realistically be present and “on” every moment of the day. We are only human. I trust that God sees my small sacrifices and that He is the one who keeps filling my heart to bursting with all their sweetness.

Like how Oliver lights up like a Christmas tree every single time I walk into the room. Like I am the only girl in his world. The way Abigail keeps asking me at nap time to stay with her and says, “mama, would you please tickle my arm?” and sweet Lucy, always asking when we can go on a date, “just us two girls”..  So all I have to offer here is love. Me loving my kids imperfectly. Me loving my husband imperfectly. Thankfully, my God is perfect. He is the one who makes right all of my wrongs. He is the enough for all of my not-enoughs. And wow, am I thankful every single second for that.

DSCF2048 DSCF2044 DSCF2029 DSCF2028We’ve signed the girls up for their first round of swimming lessons and they start this coming Monday. I cannot wait to see them in the pool and take about five hundred pictures!! I hope you’re enjoying your summer as much as we are. Bless you!

Spring Days

This last month has been kind to us. Lots of wonderful things have happened including welcoming my sister home from Niagara! We were all so happy to have her home again, especially the girls. I turned 29 which I haven’t decided if I am happy about. It isn’t the 29 that is bothering me. I think it is the looming 30 that unsettles me. In the end I had a great extended birthday/mothers day weekend. Next week Oliver will be five months old! I cannot say where the time has gone but our family is in a really good place right now. The kids are growing so fast and so beautifully and I am just thankful, thankful, thankful each day that I get to be here to witness it. Here is a bit of our days lately between home and school mornings and a few from a lobster feast at my mom’s on Mother’s Day.

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I can hear all three kids chatting happily away in their rooms. Time to start the day!

Baby Days

The early days with Oliver started out very early since we came home only a few hours after he was born. We woke up in the morning all under the same roof and the girls came very excitedly into our room to meet the little brother they had been waiting months for.

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My mother and Ben were total rock stars taking care of the house and the girls so that I could rest and get to know our new little guy. It’s funny looking back through these pictures because they were only taken a few months ago but it feels like a lifetime away. Oliver will soon be 3 months old and I frankly have no idea where all of this time has gone! I do my best to be in the moment but honestly sometimes it is a fog for that first little bit. I know we spent a lot of time at home together and it worked out well that way since it was Winter anyway.

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Lots of snuggles. Lots of silly play. Lots of being in their underwear and playing dress up. You do what you’ve got to do to get through it!! Here’s a little look into our days..
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My First Milo

Imagine my total joy at the realization I can knit with wool in the August heat!? With Lucy’s birthday coming up in September and knowing that once this baby comes along I won’t have much time for knitting in the early days, I decided it was high time to start picking up my needles again. This is my first Milo Vest and it was such an easy knit! I have finished it now (pictures to come after Lucy’s birthday) and have knit another one for my little niece Rosie in the same color.  Everything must be purple these days for my girls and with purple being my favorite color, I don’t mind in the least.

While Ben and I were away last weekend on our first night away from the kids in nearly 4 years (!!!), we had the chance to spend some time in our local Catholic bookstore and chose a few new books for the kids. They are really loving the book about Mary, which is no surprise to me since they always seem to gravitate towards her.

In other news, we had our 20 week ultrasound yesterday and are now waiting to find out the sex of our sweet baby. This will be the first time we find out before the birth and I am really excited about it! I have been thinking maybe boy up until now but after our ultrasound and what we saw (or didn’t see) I am thinking it may be a girl. We will find out soon enough and then I will be knitting my little hands off until this one comes around Christmas. Sweet thoughts when I think of being cozied up at home this winter with our new babe.

Join Ginny and the rest here for the Yarn Along..

Double Decker Fun

Every summer I am reminded why I love living in this city. There is always so much to see, to do and to experience..often for very little or no money. This week being the Tall Ships festival, we hit the boardwalk for some serious sight seeing. Lucy kept asking us if the big crowd of people were here to see the “very tall ships” and of course they are! The harbor was full of different kinds of boats and we even saw people dressed in costume like soldiers and pirates.

As a family we are in a really sweet spot right now…it has its moments of course, but both girls are out of diapers and we are enjoying the sweet independence of just getting out the door at the last minute if we so choose. I love our girls and it is hard watching them grow so quickly. Lucy in particular seems to be getting taller by the day and so articulate. I am trying to hug and squeeze that girl as often and as hard as she’ll let me.

Spring!

Today is the official beginning of Spring! The beautiful part is that it really does feel like Spring out there. Ben only had one day off this week and we spent it largely at home, out in the sunshine. He raked up the lawns while the girls played happily and I sat in the sun and knitted. It was glorious to sit outside without shoes on and let my skin feel the sun.

It is nice to go places as a family, but I must say that having our own backyard and place to call home is really making this weather all the better. Happy Spring to you and yours! I think we might celebrate by having a picnic in the backyard this afternoon. If we’re lucky we may even see a fairy in the garden! *The girls new favorite game to play*