What’s going on at Camp Gaulke this month?
Hannah turned FIVE months.
Insanity. Hunter and I just look at each other after every crazy day and simultaneously say “but at least we have Hannah”.
Even on her worst day, she is the.best. She’s currently doing that really cute thing–that thing when she’s on her belly, and then she scoots her knees up under herself. If she was stronger, it’d be the first stages of crawling, but because she’s only FIVE months it just flips her onto her back…. adorable.
...and crawling happens closer to 18 MONTHS..right? not 8 MONTHS like I remember from the boys..RIGHT???
We haven’t started solids yet but I am always that mom who wants to move her baby along to the next step (no matter if they are ready or not). So waiting until closer to six months is new for me.
Asher and Levi’s birthday party is this weekend.
I will have a 3 year old and a 5 year old…it actually blows my mind.
I have decided that you can always tell how you are feeling towards a kid by whether or not you want them to grow up. If you have a child who is a joy to be around, you just seem to click with them, they don’t drive you nuts, you desperately want them to stay little forever. If you have a child who causes you anger in embarrassing degrees, you can’t WAIT for them to get older. Everyday is a day you don’t have to do again with their crazy little self.
I won’t name names, ahem Levi Gaulke, but I wouldn’t mind if one of my campers would skip this current stage he is in. (No lectures on how time flies and he will be in college in a blink of an eye, yadda yadda yadda..I know this)
He dabbles in extremes. One minute hilarious and precious, the next obnoxious and bizarre.
Anecdote ONE from the past 24 hours:
Asher: “I want to be a clone trooper that leads other clone troopers in battle. I want to be the leader. I want to be the one that causes all the clone troopers to be good guys and fight the battle droids. I really want to, mom.”
Me: “I am so proud of that idea, babe”
Levi: “I want to be the clone trooper that eats ice cream all the time”
Anecdote TWO from the past 24 hours:
[I come into his room after he wakes up from nap]
Levi: “I am picking fuzzies off my socks”
Levi: “I am going to put them in your mouth.”
[tries to stuff little cotton fuzzies into my mouth]
I think what drives me the most mad about him (the good and the bad kind of mad), is that he is so similar to me. We get each other and we grate on each others nerves. I know his buttons because they are my buttons. However, I am the one who advocates for him when the rest of the house has had enough, because I understand his crazy.
Asher on the other hand is a whole other type of crazy. The four year old bossy pants who is unable to handle his big emotions in such a tiny body crazy.
Right now his current interests are stalling bed time, veggie straws, coloring with minimal “scribble-scrabble”, and riding his bike into the street without looking both ways. These are in no particular order.
Hunter is continuing to kick butt at his job.
He has gone from taking on a struggling clinic to potentially hiring a new full time person in the next couple of months. HUGE. I know life will throw us many things…a steady roller coaster of ups and downs. But it is really wonderful to be in a proud-of-my-man state of marriage. It makes having to share A LOT of time with his job fun and exciting. The Lord has blessed Hunter’s efforts and caused seemingly unreachable goals to be met in such a short amount of time.
The only serious thing that’s happened recently with him is that our maid (yeahhhhh I got a maid…I am both embarrassed and thrilled about this. All I can say is that Hunter agreed because I said it was temporary. So. that’s that) cleaned out our refrigerator and threw away a mason jar storing some prized probiotics (that in all honesty looked like something old and icky.) Distraught is actually an appropriate word to use here.
Other than the last minute planning of the boys birthday parties, I have been staying busy binge listening to podcasts.
I am wayyyyyyyy late to the party on the Serial podcast, but I became hooked a few weeks ago. So I binged the whole first season of Serial in like a weekend. If you are unfamiliar, it is a journalists investigation of a man named Adnan Syed. Adnan was convicted of a crime after only extremely limited evidence was presented and whole lotta deception was used to prosecute him. I then listened to Undisclosed:The State vs Adnan Syed which is a podcast featuring three lawyers commenting on the technical law aspects of the case. Very tedious. I am obsessed. Every night I cursed myself for not becoming a lawyer. Now I am binge listening to Truth & Justice by Bob Ruff. Another post-Serial podcast focused on the …well, truth and justice of this case. It is fascinating and I highly recommend it.
I have been using words like “corroborated”, “probable cause” and “reasonable doubt” every chance I can get.
So that’s us.