I've kind of fallen off the proverbial Blogging Bandwagon with both posting and reading others' blogs. Free time has been scarce lately. Sleep takes priority. My house is never clean enough, there are never as many hours in the day, and I'm busier with client pictures than my own.

When we are in the depths of our school routine from August until May, I keep thinking, "I will have more time to do x, y, z when school gets out". Now I'm sitting here thinking that I will have more time to blog and clean when kids go back to school. I'm forgetting that we will have Soccer, Tumbling, Piano, baseball, MOPS, and Fall Portrait Sessions for clients. Okay, maybe not "forgetting", but underestimating how much time those all consume.

Jaina is being a "tween" in all senses of the word. She goes from being sweet and helpful to crying and emotional to having major attitude and sense of entitlement. Whew! What a roller coaster ride! I hear through the grapevine that I should not expect to get off this ride anytime soon.

Jayce is having a much better summer than last summer. With that said, though, we've still had some really bad days. His doctor and I felt like maybe his ADHD medication was responsible for his high anxiety. He suggested that we change to a non-stimulant med. It took 4 weeks to get into his system and then we logged his behavior for 2 weeks on it.  Verdict? It didn't do a thing for his ADHD symptoms. But he's gained 2 lbs (after losing 5) and his anxiety is much better!

We are now trying Focalin. Today is Day 1. Jayce has a friend over right now that is causing some anxiety, so its hard to tell how the medicine is effecting him on a typical day. He's having a hard time making decisions, focusing, having trouble with his memory, he's hyper, and bounding around from one activity to another. And he's very agitated. Yet, he's behaved more today and has shown better self-control than he's shown in weeks. Too soon to tell!

Jocelyn is a little stinker pot! She gains new words every few days and doesn't hesitate to use them. She points and grunts when she doesn't know the word. She thinks she needs to get her way 100% of the time and hates the words, "not now", "later", and "no". Want to see big crocodile tears? Just use one of those phases. But boy does her smile beam when she gets to do what she wants! She is so cute and her giggle is infectious. Her new favorite activity is to put hairbows and headbands on her legs. She thinks she looks super pretty with flowers and bows on her knees :)

Lots of pictures to be uploaded later on, but here's one of the girls at the Zoo last week :)


  1. I don't know what it is about that tween stage, but my niece is full of it!

    Life always keeps us busy. Don't we all wish there were more hours in the day (for things like blogging!).

  2. I'm craving the routine that school life forces me into as well! At the same time, I'll be said to have my big kids gone too. :)

    Thanks for the nursing comment today. I didn't know milk digested that fast. He eats about every two hours during the day and then does a big 5-6 hour stretch at night and then it's back to every two hours. I'm a fan of nursing though that's for sure. :)

  3. I feel your pain! Blogging always falls by the wayside when things get busy. Hang in there, you're superwoman!

  4. I feel your pain! Blogging always falls by the wayside when things get busy. Hang in there, you're superwoman!

  5. Oh lord, I do not miss being a tween at all - such an awful and awkward age! Hopefully she gets through it soon!

  6. I feel the same way love! I haven't blogged in so long. It's something i've been trying to keep up with! Glad you're on instagram though!! :)

    i have a new blog!
    My 2 owls


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