The past two weeks we have enjoyed having Brian around a lot since he has only been taking two summer classes. Fall semester starts full force on Monday. While studying and taking several exams this week Brian has found that he needs to start building his endurance back up after such a long summer break. And the kids, especially Thomas, need to practice leaving daddy alone so he can study! We have also been adjusting to Maybrie being in school full day. I think the transition may be the hardest for Thomas right now as he has lost his two favorite playmates, daddy and Maybrie, to school. He constantly asks where they are and when they will be home. One afternoon this week when Maybrie came home he said, "I missed you so much!" To which Maybrie replied, "That is the cutest thing I've ever heard!" and proceeded to give him a hug! It was a tender moment... but don't be fooled, the hug turned into wrestling, shortly followed by yelling and fighting! Haha Thomas is getting good at playing by himself, playing with Ezra, and usually has a constant game of "house" going on with me (it's his new favorite- he loves to pick who plays which role, with him usually being a dog or a horse)!
I am finding that it is much easier getting out the door with just two kids, though the first couple outings I found myself looking for Maybrie like I had forgotten someone. The boys (Thomas and Ezra) and I went to playgroup both weeks, one to the splash pad at Carson park and one to the Garfield Park conservatory and gardens. On Tuesday the 5th we checked Maybrie out of school an hour early and went to $2 Tuesday at the Indiana State Fair. We saw many friends there including the Maxwell's, Kirkwood's, Pena's and Thayn's. We had great weather and enjoyed seeing animals, riding the carousel, being farmers on "Little Hands on the Farm" (still my favorite thing at the fair), climbing on tractors, etc. It was nice having Brian join us on a midweek Costco run and Thomas enjoyed going to the zoo with just daddy that afternoon while Ezra napped. On Friday the 8th we participated in the 3rd annual Manchester progressive dinner. It'as always so fun visiting with good friends and making new ones too. The next day I got to help throw Andrea Thayn a baby girl shower at Holly's house. It looked adorable and there was a great turn out, which is always a nice relief when you help plan.
Maybrie came down with a cough and had to stay home from school both Thursday and Friday this week. Ezra cut his first two bottom teeth, one last week and one this week. He has been a little fussy, drooly and congested, but not too bad considering. He is scooting faster and faster and now loves to go in corners where there are cords or garbage cans, and into the bathrooms and kitchen. He is quiet too so I have to keep a close eye on him! The past few days he has decided he doesn't like baby food much anymore and spits it all over the place. I gave him some bread and he thought it was the best thing ever. So I suppose we will have to venture into mashing up regular table food for him. Can't believe he is that big already!
On Saturday Brian stayed home with the kids doing chores and building forts while I went and cleaned the church with the relief society and ran errands with Maddie. Always nice to get out and be with girls, and even better when you get cute picture texts from your husband of the fun he and the kids are having at home. We had a nice relaxing Sunday with church and the Daetwyler's over for dinner. We even got to play "the balloon game" and "house" with the kids. I found a quote recently that says "Wake up excited and go to bed content." I have decided that is exactly what I want for my life... I am going to make it my new mantra. Right now at the close of this week I actually feel pretty content, so I'm going to try and hold onto this moment and pray I can wake up excited for the new week in the morning.