Hello my friends! Summer has been flying by, here we are in the middle of August. Tyler starts every day all day preschool in 2 weeks!
We have been pretty busy this summer, and we have been lucky- overall the weather has been great this summer. I’ve been able to play sand volleyball on Tuesdays up at Okoboji and a couple games of softball on Fridays. I even golfed! My friend Bridget talked me into golfing a tournament for charity. It turned out to be more fun than I thought. Might have to go more often?
Weekends are full, but we haven’t had too many long trips lately. We did a quick trip to Davenport last weekend for our friend Kelan’s wedding. The kids did so well considering they were in a car for 5 hours, then at a church and a restaurant then a hotel. Then a 5 hour drive home the next day. We did get to see Hubby’s grandma, who we haven’t seen in so long. She really loved seeing the kids, since they grow so fast!
Work has been very busy the last couple months, which is great because we want to grow, but that also means more stuff to get done! I’ve spent several late nights at the clinic catching up with paperwork. We did hire a new employee to help out with our marketing- my sis-in-law Katy. It was such perfect timing, we were looking to hire a marketing rep, and she has a lot of great experience. That takes quite a bit of pressure off my shoulders. Now I just need someone to do my accounting work, my charting, my cooking and my cleaning.
I have been experimenting a little in the kitchen lately. I just finished a 21 day Paleo challenge, which included a meal plan with several fun recipes. I had been slacking a little this summer, eating stuff that probably wasn’t the healthiest, so it’s always good to get back on track. This was a new way of eating, I’m not used to eating so much fat. Healthy fats, of course, but much more than I’m used to. One thing I got hooked on was almond butter. I can’t have peanut butter anymore because of Tyler’s allergy, so I found some almond butter that didn’t have any traces of peanuts or other tree nuts in it (and it couldn’t have any added sugar). It was pretty tasty and made a great treat. The problem is that I found it at Trader Joe’s, which is about 3 1/2 hours away. So I pulled my old food processor out of the closet and made my own. And it is awesome and way cheaper. Try it!
Children Update: The biggest news is that Jenna is potty-trained!! I used the same method that I used with Tyler, only about a year and a half earlier this time. She was way easier to train initially than Tyler, but she’s had more accidents than he ever did. She’s still trying to master pulling her pants down all the way so she doesn’t make a mess.
And Tyler. What a neat little boy. He has such an imagination. He loves to pretend, which is so fun to watch. He also loves to be mean to his sister sometimes. He’s getting kind of a naughty streak, which he really hasn’t had. I’ll just blame it on daycare. Maybe starting preschool at a Catholic school will help.
We had a trip to the dentist the other day for Tyler, and he loved it. He got to wear cool sunglasses, watch Bubble Guppies and pick out a toy from the treasure chest. And now Jenna can’t wait to go.
They love doing anything outside. We have been to so many parks this summer, and we made it to the aquatic center once, which they loved.
They also love living close to their cousins. Just yesterday they got to go over to Beau and Jace’s house and spend the night. We had watched them a couple weeks ago, so they returned the favor. It sounds like they had a pretty good time. They went to bed super early tonight.
Hope everyone is having a great summer so far, enjoy what is left! I’ll leave you with the promise once again to be better at posting. We’ll see how that goes.