1. Evan has graduated from nap time to "quiet time" over the past few weeks... It's been an interesting transition - he does well with it as far as staying in his room while the girls nap, but there have been a few days I'm not sure he should go without a nap... he gets a little cranky ~ that and the fact he gets a little bored with me, we've had a rough past few weeks. I decided to try something new this week - in the mornings I have been asking him what he wants to do instead of me trying to come up with an activity and him not liking it (I know, it sounds so common sense) - but at least with his input the activities have been a bit more enjoyable!
2. You probably noticed I placed an ad on my blog. I must admit it feels a little weird. But hopefully it's not distracting... Basically the story is like this; about a year ago I put my name on a waiting list with BlogHer, not really knowing if anything would ever come of it. A couple weeks ago I got an email asking if I was still interested in placing an ad on my blog. So I hemmed, and I hawed (I do that well), and decided to go for it (thanks for your input, by the way)! They give you a lot of freedom to decide what you do and don't want to allow on your blog, which I really appreciate!
3. We hosted 2 RAGBRAI teams last weekend... another thing I hemmed and hawed at... I wasn't sure if I felt comfortable having people we didn't know coming in and out of our house with the kids around - but I've got to say, we had the best two groups imaginable! They were great with the kids, totally respectful, and quite fun to be around! I made dinner if anyone wanted to stick around, we had plenty of drinks, and stuff to make smores later ~ it was such a neat experience, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! Actually, Dan and I have been talking about adding RAGBRAI to our "bucket list" to accomplish some day!
4. Speaking of accomplishments, I signed up for my 2nd 5K, which is coming up this weekend! But this time I get to run with Dan! He
5. I just did my 1st senior photo shoot last night!!
6. Avery & Brynn have been quite a bit more affectionate lately, as you saw in one of my last posts. It's completely adorable, until one of them doesn't want to be hugged anymore and they start biting... it's still an issue I'm not entirely sure how to address. Before I really thought the biting had more to do with teething, but now I see it happening more out of aggression. I guess it's just one of those things I need to be watching more closely for and break it up when I can.
7. We've been attempting time outs with the girls. It's mostly hilarious, since they know exactly what we are talking about, and exactly where to go ~ since they see Evan there so often... I'm sort of thinking time outs in the corner probably aren't going to be so effective with Avery & Brynn, but we'll have to see.
8. I can't believe preschool starts in 3 weeks ~ Evan is SO excited! I am too ~ really, it gives us a little more structure which
9. I get to assist my friend with photographing another wedding this weekend! I'm finding myself much less nervous, and far more excited about it!! I still have so much to learn, but that's the best part of photography, is you never get bored!
10. July was a tough month with a lot of ups and downs for me. I have really been thinking a lot about what my priorities should be, and trying to get realistic about what that means. And that's all I have to say about that.