Tuesday, October 2, 2012

well, hello there

You guys, I swear I didn't intend to take a 3 month blogging break. But I did, and GOODNESS I've been busy these past 3 months. I'm finally coming up for air though and hopefully we can return to your regularly scheduled droning on about my life, but first I better catch you up on what we've been up to!

  • Jude: This giant lovebug clocked in at 29lb 6oz a month ago, and was 34.75" tall. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he's well over 30lbs/35" by now. He's actually thinned out quite a bit the last 2-3 weeks it seems - shorts that used to be held up by his rotund belly are now sliding down to his diapered bum. This kid fills my soul with something I never knew I was missing - he's hilarious, often doing this eyelash batting thing just to make you smile. He's fiercely stubborn. I use to wax poetic about how stubborn and independent Brecken was when he was a toddler. HA. HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA. Brecken is like the most easy going kid ever (to a point, more on that in a minute), and Jude is very sweet and mellow... but takes determination to an entirely new level. He is tough as nails and really doesn't let anything get in the way. Including mom and dad when we refuse to let him take a broom to bed, or take 4 clothes hangers in the car with him. Melt.down.city. He's a leetle accident prone. *knocks on wood* *throws salt over shoulder* Since I've last posted, he's had 2 x-rays (thankfully both negative) from completely separate injuries, which is 1 more than I've had in my whole 30 years (other than teeth). He's talking up a storm, using a ton of inflection in his sentences... but we really have no idea what he's saying. It sounds like "dhek ZEE badermeali GOGO!!", but we do get a few little snippets of words, he knows momma, DAD, ball, THAT, i did it!, ahh-duh (all done). We're loving watching him learn and explore, he does it all at warp speed and doesn't stop moving until he falls asleep at night.

  • They are best friends... I don't think I've seen them play independently in weeks. (They're obviously separated every day at school.) They love each other and only occasionally fight. For now. 
  • Brecken: is equal parts awesome/silly/cute/funny and THREENAGER right now. Sometimes we feel at the end of our ropes and not quite sure what other tricks to try on him to get him to behave. (Where is that instruction manual for parenting anyway??) He's still very easy easy-going, and then the stubbornness kicks in (over seemingly inane things) and we go from 0-HOLYTANTRUMBATMAN in about 2 seconds. I know that this will pass, I love him so much it hurts, always. He's smart and clever - he loves puzzles and can put them together in no time flat. He's still a complete cuddlebug, even at the ripe old age of 3.5. He loves when it's "Nebraska Day" and there's a Husker football game to watch. It's fun to have him to interact with now - having entire conversations with a pint-sized person is quite the trip.
  • We bought a house! (We also sold our sweet little house, in 3.5 weeks, but the new is always more exciting than the old.) This house, actually. It's still under construction, but will be done on Sunday (it has to be, it's in the Parade of Homes) (Final color is not that weird white, that's the primer). We love it so, so much. It feels perfect for us. Lots of great views, a pond and lake to fish from, and put a little boat on. A new elementary school in the next few years. All of the little features we really wanted (I *had* to have a covered porch). We're feeling very, very blessed. Next time, I'll tell you about all the weird coincidences that have happened with this house to make it seem very meant-to-be. We move 2 weeks (!!) from tomorrow and have a TON to do before then.
 A few views from the new house:

  •  Joey and I: are doing really great. Well great in all the ways that matter - we love each other, we love our kids, we have great jobs. We're just busy. This blog is called Life, Simply Lived, and nothing feels very simple about our lives right now. Sometimes it feels like we're just treading water to get everything done for that day. I think after we move and get settled, things will calm down immensely. We all need a refocus back to spending our time on the things that ultimately matter. 

More soon! Have a great week!!


  1. So glad to hear from you and to see you are all doing well! You, Joey and the boys look fantastic. And your new home...ADORBS! Congratulations!!

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  3. Congrats on the new house! So glad to see that you're all doing well.

  4. Congrats on the new house! The boys are getting so big and are just so cute! I am going to steal THREENAGER to describe Maryn...consider yourself warned :)

  5. You're going to have a great fall, I can feel it. :)

  6. Congratulations!!! You all look great!! Your new house looks amazing :-)

  7. Congrats! Moving is always a PIA, bit worth it in the end!

  8. Congratulations on all the new life stuff. Your boys are adorable. How far apart are they? My two kiddos will be 22mos and I'm kind of nervous (I feel like you've told me this fact before and I just forgot, sorry). Glad to hear you're still alive and life is great! Can't wait to hear more about your move and new digs. Looks like an amazing view!


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