Thursday, June 27, 2013

On losing passions.

So I've been doing this whole blogging thing for a long time.
Almost 8 years, to be exact. (And yes, I've archived the reeeally old stuff because it was embarrassing. Also, SO MANY ferret photos. Yikes.)
And its been fun.
I love to write and I love to take pictures and win, right?
But somewhere along the way, I've stopped loving it.
It feels more like a chore - and a chore I make excuses to avoid as often as possible.
I was feeling guilty about that until I realized...that's dumb.
So I don't blog as often as I used to - so what?
Other things are taking up my time and my focus and that's ok.
I'll still blog, of course.
I like having a place to write down all of the milestones and funny little things my kids do.
And a place to whine and complain, if need be.
And maybe it will become a passion of mine again.
But its ok if it doesn't.
Really. (Ok, that's just me trying to convince myself.)
All that to say, if you come here to read about our life and look at how cute our kids are...thanks. I appreciate you.
But I've got some instagram-ing to do. ;)

(Follow me @littlebitrandom to keep up with our life - instagram is where it's at for me right now.)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

That question.

People ask us all the time if Cash and Everett are like each other personality-wise.
And I usually say yes because...well, it's easier. And in some ways, they are a lot alike (I mean, they are related so...duh.)
They both love to cuddle, they are goofy and weird (well, as weird as you can be at 11 months in Everett's case) and they were both pretty easy babies.
Everett is very friendly, even to strangers when Cash has never been that way. Even as a little baby, Cash would scowl at people. (I can't imagine where he gets that from...AHEM.)
Everett insists on doing things himself and will keep trying at something even when it frustrates him to tears. Cash has always been perfectly happy letting other people do things for him.
Everett is already more consistent at expressing what he wants whereas Cash still struggles with finding the words or signs to fit his needs.
Speaking of signs, Everett has already mastered the sign for "all done." It's pretty adorable. To be fair, we were never as consistent with signing when Cash was a baby, so it's not really a fair comparison. Cash was about one when he mastered "please." [[Sidenote: We also get asked all the time if we sign because our kids have hearing problems - the answer is no. We did have Cash's hearing tested at one point because he was so behind on talking, but he hears just fine. We sign because it's fun and it's a great way for young kids to communicate when they haven't mastered words yet. Cash still signs on occasion but mostly just when we are signing for Everett.]]
Cash didn't start having true tantrums until he was about 2 and a half. Everett already has them. They are kind of hilarious because he is so small but still...they don't bode well for the future. I'm terrified for when he turns 3, which was the worst year for Cash.

I love that they are so very different.
In a lot of ways (A LOT) Cash is like me. He lives very much inside his head and only speaks when he feels like it. He's stubborn and has a quick temper but possesses a wild and vivid imagination. He can watch a certain movie or listen to a certain song over and over and over again without ever tiring of it. He can memorize things lightning fast - the other day he was singing along to a song that I swear I've only heard maybe once or twice.
Granted, Everett is still very small and his personality is just starting to peak through, but we can already tell he is a lot like Nate. He's shy at first but doesn't take long to warm up to people he's never met. He is always flirting with other ladies in the check out aisle at the grocery store. Shamelessly, I might add. He will try a task over and over until he feels like he's mastered it. There are afternoons that I spend a good hour walking up and down our porch steps with him, a look of serious concentration on his face. It also doesn't hurt that he's a tiny clone of Nate physically. For real.

[[These pictures are from April. The viewing screen on our camera awhile back and I've been terrible about taking pictures on our "real" camera.]]