Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Briggs Says...

Just like I hope I'll always remember how Adelie refers to night-time as "bed-night" or how she pronounces privilege as prigalive, I hope I also remember this time when Briggs is filling my days with cute little quotes that always make me smile.  I don't always remember to blog them in the moment and some just don't translate into writing, but here are a few recent gems:

Briggs still always says "mine" instead of "my."  One of his favorite questions is:  "Where are mine sisters?"

The other day at lunchtime, we had some unnecessary Adelie tears.  I told her that if she continued to cry, then maybe she was just too tired and would need to take a nap after lunch.  After we had eaten, I told Briggs that it was time for his nap.  He responded, "But I'm not crying."

A couple week-ends ago, I took the girls swimming at State Farm pool while Briggs went over to play with Grammie.  Last week-end we were getting ready to go to the pool as a family.  Zach was putting on Briggs's swimming suit.  Briggs looked down at his suit and then said, "I'll just play at Grammie's house."

When Briggs is doing something he's not supposed to, I will correct him and then tell him what his consequence will be if he continues with the behavior.  I always finish with, "Do you understand?"  Instead of answering with "yes" or "I understand", Briggs always responds by saying, "Got it."

Whenever we drive anywhere, Briggs is always letting me know whenever he sees any kind of exciting vehicle, like a train or a tractor or a digger.  I must always respond to him in the same way without realizing it.  The other day while we were driving, Briggs said, "I see a digger!"  I responded with, "I see it too."  Adamantly, Briggs corrected me.  "No!  You say, 'Awesome, buddy.'" 

One time Briggs used a public restroom that had a big, loud flush that startled him.  The next time he went into a public restroom, he asked if it had a scary flush.  Zach told him that this one would be better.  Now, anytime we use a public restroom, he asks if it has a scary flush or a better flush.

I sure do love this boy!
He always keeps me smiling.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Little Fish

All 3 of my kids are comfortable in the water.  They enjoy water-based activities, love bath time, and are always excited about opportunities to go swimming.  We aren't one of those families who gets to the pool every day during the summer, but we usually find our way to a pool every week or so throughout the summer.

This past week the girls had swimming lessons.  Staley and Adelie have both had some lessons in the past, but their lessons this week were amazing.  They were intense and all-business, but both girls made tremendous progress in their swimming skills...and had a really good time doing it. 

Adelie with her swim instructors Miss Gretchen and Miss Lisa

Today we went as a family to State Farm pool.  The girls had a great time showing off their new swimming skills.  Briggs' favorite activity was jumping off the side of the pool while holding our hands and then swimming back to the side by himself (with his Puddle Jumper on).  This was the first time he felt confident enough to "swim" without us holding onto him.  He thought he was big stuff!!

In lessons this week, Adelie was learning to float on her back and was starting to swim a few feet underwater from one instructor to the other.  At the pool, she loves to swim with her Puddle Jumper on.  She has no qualms about swimming off on her own.

Staley was in her element today.  Of all my kids, she is the one who LOVES the water.  In lessons this week, she went from doing a little underwater swimming to swimming across the pool.  She is always so determined child, not giving up until she meets her goal.  Today she taught herself to do a front flip under the water AND she jumped off the diving board by herself.  She'd jump off, pop up, and swim to the side...again and again and again.  She was so proud of herself.

I'm so glad that my kids are comfortable in the water and are learning how to swim.  And although it's a long time off before I can sit in a lounge chair and read while they enjoy the pool, I feel like we are one step closer.

Friday, July 14, 2017


It was my fault.  I jinxed it.  After 2 weeks of waking up dry in the mornings and 3 nights of successfully sleeping in underwear, I wrote the diaper-free post.  That night, Briggs woke up in the middle of the night with a wet bed.  And then again the next night.  After writing that post, he was wet 3 out of the next 4 nights .  And so I must retract it.  We are back to being NOT a diaper-free home.  We are a daytime diaper free home.  And I'll make darn sure we are completely and utterly diaper free before tempting fate by writing another post about it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


I've always enjoyed a healthy balance in my life between stability and change.  I do relish the comfort of the familiar, but I always love the excitement of the new.  My work life has been pretty static over the past 15 years.  I started working at the Children's Hospital after I graduated and have never left.  Although there have been many changes, I have spent the past 15 years working with both in-patients and out-patients at the hospital.  I've found comfort in the stability of my job, my co-workers, and my profession.  Although I have contemplated job changes over the years, the flexible schedule, job security, salary, and love for the work I do always counteract any of the negative changes occurring at any given time.

Change can be good.  And although I am not changing jobs, I am making a major change in the job that I currently have.  Starting this week I am changing my work schedule and I am changing my work focus.  Starting this week I am exclusively seeing in-patients in the hospital.  For the past 15 years, I have enjoyed a balance of seeing out-patients coming to the clinic and in-patients in the hospital.  However, most of my continuing education, most of my program development, and most of my focus has been on improving services in the out-patient setting.  That is all changing. 

The change was a little bittersweet as I had to say good-bye to the families that I work with in the out-patient setting, some of whom I've worked with for years.  But I am also excited.  Excited because I am also saying good-bye to the mountains of paperwork and insurance queries and scheduling difficulties and room shortages that have become a part of the out-patient world.  Excited because, instead of a split focus, I will have a single focus.  Excited because this is a new focus for me and I am looking forward to professional growth that will come with this.  Excited about building new programs and developing new relationships and establishing new processes that will hopefully enhance in-patient therapy.  Excited that I can keep my flexible schedule and my job security and my co-workers while getting re-energized about approaching my job in a new way.  Stability and change.  This balance works for me, and I'm looking forward to this new chapter.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Free at Last

Guess who slept in underwear last night?

Answer:  All of us

For the first time in six and a half years, we are officially a diaper-free home.  There are many milestones and lasts that make me a little sad as I watch my kids grow up so quickly.  This isn't one of them.

Free at last!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Moment

On our way home from vacation, we stopped at Culver's for lunch.  Adelie was able to remove the top from her little milk carton all by herself.  So proud and excited, she jumped up from the table, did a little dance, and sang an original song about taking her top off.

Love this girl.
Love her enthusiasm.
Love that she's singing this song at 4 and not 16.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Staley played t-ball for the first time this summer.  After her lack of enthusiasm for soccer, I wasn't sure how t-ball would go.  Although she only had 2 practices and about 6 games, she really enjoyed it.  She learned the fundamentals of the game, was able to hit the ball from the tee, almost made an out one time, and never ran the wrong direction around the bases, so I consider that a win.

She had encouraging coaches and a few school friends on her team, which made the experience even better.

Adelie and Briggs made some friends amongst the siblings, so they really enjoyed t-ball too.

I think that baseball is definitely a better fit than soccer.  I little more structure, a little less aggression needed, and a little more time to socialize on the bench.  Staley learned about the game, was always enthused about playing, and is looking forward to next year.  That's a win in my book!!