In the last few months, Owen has really taken a liking to art, specifically drawing, painting and cutting (he could use a scissors to cut paper for hours and he's really into cutting out hearts right now). He comes home from preschool with his folder plum full of random artwork he creates while he is there. One of my favorite things about Owen's preschool is that they have an art room for the kiddos and it's open for creating during their free play time. It must be one of Owen's favorite things as well, because at his preschool conference last night, his teachers told us he in there doing art any chance he can get. Love.
Due to Thanksgiving, Owen has been drawing a lot of hand turkeys which I cherish and have hanging around our house everywhere. However, in an effort to move onto the next holiday, I showed him how he could maybe make a Christmas Tree or a hand print reindeer. He took a liking to the tree idea and went for it.
And before I knew it, Owen had created his first drawing of a Christmas Tree.
Addy is 6 months old and I'm just getting this up in time for her to turn 7 months old. Right on time.
I can't believe Addy is 1/2 year old..crazy!
In the last couple of weeks, Addy has perfected sitting up. She loves to sit up on the floor and play with (suck on) her little toys. She is working on going from this position down onto her belly so she can roll around on the carpet or army crawl. If she sees something she really wants, she will army crawl over to it. Watch out boys, she's coming for your toys! Each month brings milestones and sitting up has to be a big one! She gets the independence of playing by herself or with her brothers and I get a few minutes to work on a project or start dinner. Fabulous. Addy also has started picking up little foods off her highchair tray, which is another major highlight because unless Addy is eating, she doesn't care to be in the highchair very long. She loves eating those little yogurt melts and crunchies.
Addy is weighing in at a solid 20 lbs, which has her at the 97 percentile for weight. Her height is around 26 inches, which only has her at the 35th percentile. I'm sure this will all even out once she really starts movin' and a groovin' aka crawling. Until then, she will be my little butterball.
I have briefly written a few times on this blog about how important it is to me to be in pictures with my children. I take tons and tons and tons of pictures of my kiddos, but still rarely am I in any of them. This happens for several reasons, the top two being (1.) I don't take the time to ask somebody to take my picture with them and (2.) I worry too much about the way that I look. It is not lost on me that these are two very silly reasons to not be taking more pictures with my kids because (1.) it takes two seconds to ask and click and (2.) my kids don't care how I look and still won't care 30 years from now.
Before I saw this post circulating around the web, my Aunt (and avid reader of my blog) actually emailed me the link with this simple reminder, "Don't forget to get in the picture once in awhile".
And here is why...
"I'm everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with
them. Someday I won't be here -- and I don't know if that someday is
tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now -- but I want them
to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see
how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect
to love, but I am perfectly their mother." ~Alison Tate, HuffPost Parents Blog, The Huffington Post