Friday, January 20, 2017

Life Lately

I feel like once Parker started walking, all of my productivity went out the window :) I struggle with not being able to get anything done in the days that Philip works. some days I feel like not only can I not get anything done, but I am actually counter-productive. for example I was folding laundry one morning, came into the kitchen to find all the tupperware pulled out of the cabinet. I cleaned that up, looked around for Parker and finally found him in the laundry room, all my folded clothes in disarray and sprinkled with dog food. That pretty much sums up most of my days lately :) 
However, I am learning to love these days more than I have before. I registered Ainsley for her last year of preschool and it hit me that before I know it, she will be in kindergarten. I went back and forth about how many days a week to put her in preschool. After talking to Philip and praying about it, we stuck with two days a week. My thinking is- she has the rest of her life to be in school every day. 
pj & pancake day at school!
This past year I also became a BSF leader. It has been fulfilling and challenging in many ways. I am learning a lot about myself, Jesus and the Word. And am making some really good friendships with women around Lexington. Most importantly, we are seeking the Lord's heart. 
The much anticipated YMCA opened just down the road from us (takes me 17 minutes to walk there with double stroller). It has been such a blessing for our whole family. The kids love going to the playroom while I take an exercise class (well, Parker had a few issues but they have been resolved thanks to his feisty mama bear). If Philip is home we will take the kids swimming in the indoor pool, and Ainsley has become quite a little fish. She has also started taking gymnastics there on Monday nights. She seems to really enjoy it, and the atmosphere fits her much better than where she took gymnastics last year. She is learning toe touches, back somersaults, balance beam (doing ice cream scoops), and cartwheels (well some version of a cartwheel). Parker also loves the gym and when it is open, we take him in and let him "play" basketball. Every time we walk into the Y he points to the gym and asks "ball? ball?" 
 Ainsley is at such a sweet yet infuriating age. Disciplining her is a challenge and some days I am at a loss with how to make her grasp what is right. But most of the time, she is a smart, tenderhearted, laughing ball of energy. 
Parker is learning new things every day. His new favorite thing is to use his spoon and fork to eat. he is so proud of himself when he gets food into his mouth with a utensil. He is understanding so much of what we say, yet still not saying that many words. right now he says mama, dada, ball, uh (the first part of uh-oh), and signs more, please, thank you and all done. 
Tonight, we are having "Star Wars" night. We are watching Episode 7, The Force Awakens, each of us with our light sabers, and ainsley is cheering on Poe and Rey (but makes sure we fast forward to the part where Finn has the blood). 
Life is exhausting, but good these days:) 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Greenbrier

Philip's big Christmas gift this year, was a weekend getaway. It's hard to have a conversation let alone quality time, with two tiny people constantly demanding your attention. I felt like a few days for just the two of us would do us both good. (clearly he was thinking the same thing, since unbeknownst to me, he was planning a 2 night trip as a surprise as well). 
I did research to lots of different places and decided to go somewhere we had never been. I chose the Greenbrier Resort in WV. It looked historic, which I knew Philip would love, and relaxing, which I knew I would love. 
the original chandelier from the movie "Gone with the Wind" 
We had a very relaxing two nights away. When we got there we checked in and walked around checking the place out. That night we went to the resort steak house and then the casino. We were in bed by 10. 
I had a bottle of champagne waiting for him to congratulate him on a promotion at work 
the next morning we slept in, got room service (which we hadn't done since our honeymoon), we played chess in the lobby, took naps, and then went to dinner and the casino again (we both came out winning !). 
For us, the weekend was more about having uninterrupted conversation, quality time, and sleeping:) Which we did. The resort was very fancy. There was a dress code. Tea was served every day at 3pm. There was a waltz every night at 10pm. Just very fancy (aka not exactly my scene). So while it was fun to go and experience somewhere new, I am not dying to go back. Especially after we got the bill and they charged all kinds of random taxes and extras to every transaction. I mean, what is a beautification gratification fund? :) 
But we were so thankful for time away and to be able to rest. Thankful for me parents who chased our crazy kids and loved on them while we were gone. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016

Philip and I were both very excited for Christmas morning this year. Ainsley is at such a fun age, and this is the first year she actually understood the holiday. She had specific things she asked for (including her Santa gift she has asked for since June) and she anxiously stared at the presents under the tree. The morning after I had wrapped all the kids' presents, she came into the kitchen and said "Mommy! there are princess presents under the tree!" (I wrapped all her gifts in disney paper). I laughed and told her the princess gifts were her special gifts Mommy and Daddy picked out just for her. she was so excited. 
We tried to spread out our Christmas celebrations, so as not to cram too much into too few days. Our first Christmas was at Joys house the Saturday before. She made us breakfast for dinner and Santa knew the kids would be there and brought them lots of presents there:) 
Christmas Eve morning we celebrated with Dana, Brian, and Lindsay. Uncle Bri always knows what gifts the kids will love, and this year was no exception. Ainsley got a princess castle and Parker got a little 4wheeler. 
We hung out at home that afternoon and then went to Christmas Eve Service at our church that night. Mom, Dad, Aunt El;en, GG and Dana met us there, along with several friends. It was a beautiful service and we let Ainsley come to 'big church' with us, and she loved it (and almost caught her hair on fire).
After we got home, we set out cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. Ainsley was so excited and wound up for Santa come, there's no telling what time she actually went to sleep that night. So Philip and I tried to be extra quiet while we assembled toys and stuffed stockings. 
Christmas Morning didn't go like we thought it would. We were expecting Ainsley to wake up at the crack of dawn bounding down the steps. But Parker instead woke up ay 6:45 and we let him play in his crib until 7:15 when we went and got him, waking A up while we were up there. side note- she does NOT like being woken up. So bleary eyed she walked down the steps to see if Santa had come, only to go straight to Parker's gift first and talk about what Parker had gotten. She finally realized her beloved Ariel doll was waiting for her and then all was right with the world. 
We spent the morning opening gifts, eating, playing, and just enjoying the morning. Philip's mom and my parents came by, and the kids were in toy heaven. Each family member got their own light saber (ainsley had requested a purple one and Philip actually found one). so there have been lots of fights and attacks in our house lately. Her hatchimal hatched after lots of coaxing, and I am surprised at how much she has enjoyed playing with "Baby Rey". 

Christmas night we went to my parents and celebrated Christmas and had dinner there. It was so fun full of so many thoughtful gifts, lots of laughs and lots of spoiling. 
We celebrate Wilhoite Christmas tomorrow night so I will have our last Christmas to report then:) 
This year's Christmas was so special to us. It was one of the best ones we have had. The kids are at such a fun age. And I admit I struggled with helping our family stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas. It's so easy to get sucked into the gift aspect of it all, because buying and giving gifts to a 3 and 1 year old is absolutely wonderful. Philip and I were filled with so much joy Christmas day and my heart is so full when I look back on pictures and see the magic of the holiday. 
We are so grateful for our family who love us and our kids like they do. We are grateful beyond words that that tiny baby that was sent to Earth, born to a virgin, and grew up to be our Savior. It's the best story in history and the more I learn about Jesus and get to know Him, the more grateful I am. 
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas- we sure did:)