I keep getting an email reminding me that I only have a couple weeks remaining until this domain name expires.
This, in turn, reminds me how long it has been since I’ve actually logged anything in my little online corner of the world. And this, in turn, makes me a bit sad. I love having this little spot to jot down our family happenings, record funny things the girls says and frankly, to use as a resource when I forget the name of that really great restaurant we ate at while on vacation.
But…lately, I’ve been choosing to fill my after-work time away from a computer. Post-kiddo bedtime/house clean-up, I’ve been choosing sleep or Joe or yoga or dog-walking or TV or reading over downloading photos and writing. It’s been a slow change in prioritizing my time that’s been happening over the past year or so. Sometimes I feel pressure (totally self-imposed, of course) to write something clever or emotionally profound when the only thing I really have to say is: “we went to the grocery store and did yardwork this weekend.” Plus, as the girls get older and morph from the tiny babies they once were to big girls with their own strong opinions, thoughts and feelings, I’m cautious of how much I share in this very public spot.
In any event, posts here will continue to be few and far between as I choose to fill any extra time I have with other things. For now, I’m hanging on to theaveragejess.com. Because every once in a while (conveniently, when my camera card gets full), I’ll stop by to capture a funny kid saying, chat about a favorite new playground or dump photos of our ordinary days.
And so, while I’m in the neighborhood, here’s a snapshot of life lately, in no particular order…
Lyla turned 5 last week. 5! I’m not exactly sure how that happened…didn’t she just get here?!
In all honesty, I’m hoping 5 trumps 4. Because 4? I didn’t love it. My big girl has big emotions. She’s a roller coaster. Some days she’s a fun little-kid ride at Disneyland, with ups and downs that are exciting and mildly scary, but manageable. Just a lap belt required (and instead of a height requirement for this ride, a “if you’ve been a parent for just four years, you can probably handle this” minimum.) But other days, especially when she’s hungry, tired or not feeling well, she’s like that ride at Six Flags where you are strapped in with a five-point harness and facing backwards. You don’t know where you are going and you have no idea what is around each bend. You hear someone shrieking bloody murder. It turns out, that someone is you. One of those rides that you must be at least five feet to ride. Or really, the “warning, we are entering dangerous territory” parenting equivalent.
Sigh. (But guess what? Those Six Flags rides are some of my favorites.)
According to her birthday interview answers, L’s favorite food is peanut butter cups (non-treat favorite food: pizza). Her favorite TV show is a tie between Paw Patrol and My Little Pony. Her best friend is Adrian. She likes to go on the teeter-totter with Owen. Her favorite color is golden. She wants to be a dancer when she grows up and she is looking forward to swim lessons this summer.
Last week, she told me she kissed a little boy from school on the lips.
My Mags is all big girl. Her baby-ish looks are slowing fading away, her roundness slowly being replaced by the thinned-out limbs and face of a preschooler. Everything baby is now gone from our house — cribs, diapers, high chairs, potty seats — all of it packed up and out the door. Maggie continues to have a giant vocabulary — her words catch us all off guard frequently. She also continues to hate sleep, typically waking up at least once a night.
She and I do gymnastics class on Fridays and we have such a blast She is such a little monkey and loves swinging from the rings. She’s currently in love with her hand-me-down Strider bike and spends any other spare moments she has jumping on the trampoline.
The girls both play so well together, about 95% of the time. That other 5% involves Joe or me separating them from each other before they cause too much bodily harm.
Me? I’m working, playing, cleaning, cooking, loving on my family, running, yoga-ing and gardening.
My word for 2016 is Adventure. Looking forward to spring and summer of days filled with renewed adventure both near and far.