Little Athlete

Harper has been emerging as our athlete lately. About 6months ago, Jeremy and I made the observation that almost everything in life for Harper is a competition. It’s been fun to see this part of her personality. If we ever need to motivate her, we just turn the task in to a competition and our girl is immediately on the move.

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For a handful of months she’s been doing swimming lessons and a tap/ballet class. She’s loved both of them. On the first day of swimming, Harper asked her swim instructor, Miss Molly, if she would let her swim the length of the pool – easy there sweetie! But since she is self-motivated, she’s already doing exactly that.

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Her dance class performed at the San Diego Kids Expo last month and Harper loved the experience. Their performance highlighted Harper’s inner “actress”. I’ve had multiple teachers and friends ask me if I’ve thought about putting her in acting classes… She is unafraid of performing and sparkles at the same time. Her dance class continues to confirm this.

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About a month ago, she and Bentley joined a little soccer program on Saturdays to expose them to the sport. Both of them have been beyond excited to go each week! Today, Harper came home and told me Coach Katie asked her to play with the “big” kids (the 6-10 year olds). The competition side of Harper causes her to be beyond focused when someone is instructing her. She was so excited and exhausted after today’s practice that she took a 2+ hour nap today (which never happens)!

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Fortunately (and perhaps unfortunately) she has inherited her mother’s killer competitiveness. I think Jeremy and I are going to have to hold on tight with this girl!!

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Big Boy

Bentley has been going through some big, yet below the radar, transitions.

First off, Jeremy and I have been discussing more and more just how difficult it is to remember his age. He’s three. THREE. We’ve been reminding ourselves that Bentley is NOT an immature five year old. He IS a very mature and capable three year old. Pictures like this epitomize why it’s hard to remember…

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Bentley is constantly complaining that his knees hurt. He is already so tall for his age that it’s hard for me to believe that he is continuously growing like he is! Wherever he goes, people have high standards for him because he looks so much older. I’ve been convicted that I need to affirm him more and more for being exactly where he’s at.

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About three weeks ago, Bentley gave up his paci for good. At three and a half (just like Harper). He had a serious love for it, so I was expecting to navigate some rough waters in his transition. He has done fabulous – clearly he was ready to be ushered in to big boy hood! I am beyond proud of him and am enjoying his constant chatting and ideas 😉

Bentley has been refusing to take naps since shortly after Kensington was born. For a while it seemed like it worked. But with all the growing he’s been doing… We’re back to naps! He has had such a hard time with this, but it’s a MUST when suddenly we have HUGE melt downs mid-day. And once he goes down, he sleeps for two hours! Our growing boy wants to be so big, but rest is still required.

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Bentley, it is so fun (and challenging sometimes) to see you emerging into big boy hood. Your tenderness and spirit inspire and melt our hearts and we couldn’t be more proud of how you’re growing!

Overwhelmed

In an effort to eliminate the word “overwhelmed” from my daily vocabulary… I’ve decided to try to post pictures and tid-bits to our blog more often. That means smaller, less OVERWHELMING, all-inclusive posts. I feel like I’m missing capturing so much of our kids’ lives recently due to the fact that long blog posts encapsulating THREE kids just requires too much time at this phase of life.

At this moment Kensington is sitting next to me in her high chair. Big girl business is happening in our house these days! She loves sitting in her high chair with a couple toys and some puffs to practice grabbing. It’s taken her about a month to catch on to the solid food thing – she sealed her lips shut for the first couple of weeks (clearly not ready). But now she’s realizing it’s pretty interesting. She’s sitting up like a total pro and loves rolling all around the house. This week I watched the beginnings of her pulling her tummy off the ground – watch out! Crawling is around the corner in the next few months!

She ADORES her older siblings and when I hold her in my arms, I can feel her body trying to lurch forward in efforts to be WITH them. Amazing to think that in about a year she’ll be chasing after them!

She is absolute JOY in our family and I often look at her and am in sheer amazement. I was so unsure about getting pregnant with a third baby… And I know that she was a pure LOVE GIFT from Jesus. We are so grateful for her!

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