The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

Dressing Up January 10, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 1:49 am

One day Jamie and I were talking in the living room while Elly and Miles were playing happily in the other room. They were so content in there and had been playing nicely for a while. Then we hear the pitter patter of little feet heading our way and when we look over these two beauties walk in. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time and this picture doesn’t even do the moment justice.
resize dress up

Miles pretty much wants to do everything big sis does which includes dressing up like a princess, doing arabesques, and yelling “cheerleader!” every time they show one on the screen during football games. Ah, life with a big sister.

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Elly’s First Day September 6, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 2:27 am

Soooo, it’s been a WHILE. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, it’s just that I haven’t found the time to do it. I have lots to catch everybody up on, er, by everybody I mean the grandparents who are my readers, and really I guess you all already know what we’ve been up to. But that won’t stop me from expressing myself!

I felt the urge to write because Elly had her first day of school in the 4-year-old class today. Yes, she turned 4 but more about that some other time. She is just WAY too close for comfort to kindergarten people. I felt more anxious than I’ve felt in a while as I was driving her to school today. I was worried for her since she was going to be walking into a new classroom with lots of unknowns…and let’s face it, I was worried about me being able to handle saying goodbye graciously. She’s been hesitant about going to school all summer and this morning was no exception despite all our best efforts to talk it up as much as possible. She probably got tired of our extreme enthusiasm anytime school was brought up. “Oh SCHOOL, YOU WILL LOVE IT, IT WILL BE SO FUN, SO GREAT, EVEN BETTER THAN DISNEY WORLD AND CHRISTMAS COMBINED!!!!”

She said her stomach hurt as we were walking up, then she got teary when it was time for Jamie and I to leave. Her teacher came right over and I was encouraged to keep walking…I know that was the right thing to do, and that’s what I did, but that urge to run back and scoop up your baby is a strong one! I had my sweet boy Miles to focus on over the next several hours and he kept me more than occupied during our errands, boy it’s hard picking up a tantruming 22 month old who doesn’t want to leave the toy store. I could hardly blame him though.

When we picked Elly up she was smiling and said she liked school and was excited to come back tomorrow! Success! I know school is an important thing and I strongly believe in a good education for my kids, after all, Elly just told me today she wants to be a doctor, a dentist, in a marching band, and a Mom when she grows up. Even though school’s important, it doesn’t mean I won’t miss my babes while they’re there!

 

Miles is 20 Months! June 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 2:12 am

Wow, Miles is 20 months old. That’s only four months away from being two. I know, I’m really good at math, you don’t have to tell me, I get it all the time when people see me counting on my fingers and carrying the one as I attempt to configure tips. Miles is our adorable, funny, loving, smart, fast, rascally boy!

Fun Facts About Miles:

1. His head growth has continued to level off and his development is going well!

2. Speaking of development, his speech has started to catch up to where it should be. He had his hearing tested and all is good. Lately he’s been saying more and more which is so fun! I think he says 20 or so words at this point and is imitating more as well. Some of his faves:

  • bool=pool
  • mama=me or Jamie (we cannot get him to say Dada, we think he’s messing with us)
  • uh oh, probably his most used word
  • eat=eat or feet
  • more
  • ish=fish
3. He makes kissing sounds and loves giving kisses. He is such a little love bug!
4. He’s a little rascal. He’s figured out how to open the oven, he pulls hair, pushes, and has been known to bite. He likes to climb. He thinks it’s funny when we tell him to stop doing something. BUT, just one of his kisses makes me forget about all of this so he’s got it made.
5. He loves Elly. I often see him giving her spontaneous hugs and kisses. At the same time, if she messes with him or his stuff when he doesn’t want her to he will screech as loud as he can. Jamie’s secretly hoping he’ll shatter our flatscreen so he can upgrade.
6. He likes to ‘eat, eat, eat’. He eats more than Elly these days but as much as he likes to eat, he isn’t always a fan of veggies. When he likes something he says ‘yum’ and he’s got some mean fork and spoon skills.
7. Now you see him, now you don’t. That boy is fast! When we were packing up the car for our last trip things were a little chaotic, next thing I know Miles has opened the door and is outside! Luckily our neighbor was right there, or maybe unluckily since he saw me frantically run out there after him and is now most likely contemplating reporting me to social services.
8. He loves the water and has no fear. He will happily put his face in the pool or ocean, which is kind of a problem because he tries to drink it up!
9. He still loves Otis to bits. Otis is what I use to distract Miles when he’s doing things like trying to open the oven. Thank you Otis, I forgive you for the billions of hairs you shed daily all over the house.
10. Miles is a good sleeper. We’ve mostly dropped his morning nap but he still takes a long afternoon nap and goes to sleep at night with no problems. Just like his sister when she was a babe, he loves his paci, which may be why he doesn’t mind spending time in his crib.
Miles is so loved. I can’t get enough of him! I cherish the nights I get to put him to bed, I adore that quiet cuddle time when we read and sing together, it’s bliss.
 

Last Day of School June 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 7:29 pm

Elly had her last day of school in the 3-year-old classroom last month. It seems like only yesterday and yet a lifetime ago that I was waddling down the hall dropping her off tearfully for her first day in the 2-year-old class. She happily went to school and loved spending time with her teachers and her sweet little friends. It was always fun hearing about the things that went on in her preschool classroom. Well, all that I could drag out of her. I think I found out the most about her day as she played in bed at night acting out or singing experiences from school.

Elly has a late summer birthday and will just barely make the cut off to go to kindergarten when she turns five. I’ve been secretly hoping that she will show some signs that indicate she could use a year of pre-k before being sent off to full day kindergarten. Thinking about sending her to school everyday all day (we’re full day kindergarten here) is heartbreaking. I know it’s a natural part of life but come on, that is going to be hard y’all!  Time to start teaching her to walk loudly in line, never raise her hand, and to run around in circles during group time. Maybe that will do it?

reading at school

art time

sweetest pray-er

last day

 

Future Mommy? June 3, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 1:39 am

I walk past Elly’s room after having just checked on Miles sleeping peacefully in his crib. She flags me down from her dark room while in bed, “Mommy is that you?” Darn, she caught me. And she’s STILL awake! She’s inherited my night owl gene, congrats girl, you will never be the one at the sleepover whose training bra gets put in the freezer. You’re welcome.

Me:  “Yes, Elly.”

Elly: “What were you doing?”

Me: “Checking on Miles.”

Elly: “I wish I was his Mommy.”

Me: “Well, maybe you’ll be a Mommy to someone one day if you want to be.”

Elly: “I want to be a Mommy…will you teach me how?”

I melted right then and there.

 

Mother’s Day June 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 6:30 pm

Sweet breakfast by chefs Elly and Jamie, awesomely thoughtful gifts, beach time, relaxing pedicure, opposite of a relaxing Italian dinner, re-heated yummy dinner while watching girlie TV. That was my Mother’s Day and it was perfect. I am so in love with Elly and Miles and being a Mom. I may have had a moment or two where I wanted the day to go differently (ahem, dinner) but then I quickly remembered how amazing it was to be able to enjoy and participate fully in all the events of the day.

Last Mother’s Day I was a different person living a different life. I had a hard time doing much of anything that day because the anxiety and depression had swallowed me up.  I couldn’t picture my life ever getting back to where I wanted it to be because I had gotten so far off track. That week, I finally got help. There was no quick fix, but I was determined even when I had hopeless moments. Now, I couldn’t be happier with my life. Each time I do something that used to be impossible for me I feel grateful.  I’ve appreciated every kind word, prayer, thought and gesture during this past year of healing and growth. I am a blessed and thankful gal.

musical geniuses

 

Pinkalicious May 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 8:10 pm

I took Elly to see a little musical production called Pinkalicious. It’s based on a children’s book about a little girl who loves the color pink and loves eating pink cupcakes. Hmmm, sounds like a certain sweet girl that I know. Naturally we wanted to dress the part so we put on some pink gear before heading to the show. She was engrossed as we sat and watched all the kids perform and was star struck meeting Pinkalicious herself after the show! What a fun Mother/Daughter date!

another cupcake loving little girl

meeting her first star

pre-show smooches