....they aren't so little anymore. Well not compared to Charlie. Having a baby again made me realize how grown-up and self-sufficient Natalie and Ruby are. It's nice that they can put on their own clothes and do little errands for me (like: 'go get a diaper for Charlie') but it makes me sad that they're growing so fast. Almost every morning, I try to remind myself to enjoy all of my kids just where they are in life even when it's a challenge. I don't want to have any regrets.
Natalie amazes me everyday. She is almost 3 and a half. She seems to get smarter everyday. She can write her name with my help and 'nata' by herself. She loves to think about going to school one day because she says she's going to leave home and marry a boyfriend. For now, Sunday school is her 'school' which she really loves. Natalie did gymnastics this summer and she really liked it but it brought out the shyness in her. It's funny to see her get shy in social situations when she is far from shy when she's at home! Natalie also loves her brother which she calls 'Tarley'. I love our conversations lately. Jordan asked Natalie what she wanted to be for Halloween and she said she wanted to be God. She said she was going to fly through the sky and then she ran off to get her superhero cape. And her prayers are the best. She prays for Jordan while he's at work and talks to Jesus like she knows him personally. Really gives you a look into what 'faith like a child' means. She loves Jesus so much already and that's so important to Jordan and I. We are also starting to see that Natalie is somewhat of a perfectionist. She hates to stop when she's in the middle of something and everything has to be just right or she's not a happy camper. She enjoys cleaning and picking up her room. What used to be picking up was throwing everything in her closet and shutting the door (her father's cleaning technique!) But now, everything has its own place and I can't even move it without her getting after me! She loves to color and is very good at staying in the lines (which is probably due to her perfectionism). Natalie loves to sing, either real songs or made up songs about what she's doing (another Jordan trait!) and she has some great dance moves! Her favorite things to play with are her coloring books, legos, she plays pretend (mostly pretending she's a dinosaur or monster!), and she helps out her daddy when he's working at home which she takes very seriously! Natalie also just learned how to snap her fingers which we think is pretty cool!
And then there's Ruby. She is 2 now, spunky and independant. I think she's starting with those 'terrible twos' a little bit just by testing her limits. She sometimes gets out of bed 15 times in a row in one hour and gets spanked (yes, we spank) but she doesn't care. That area of disobeying is getting better but she makes up for it in other ways. Ruby is a FOGHORN and she knows how to use that against us. She will yell at us to try to get her point across. I hear 'don't talk that way' frequently throughout the day. I'm sure I said it to her first but now she'll say it to me if we're 'arguing'. I heard a 2-year-old-tip the other day about how to give choices to let them think that they have some control but that ultimately we have the final say and it's been working well. Maybe it's a better way to get through to her than spankings, we'll see. Ruby has the cutest talk right now, too. This summer, all we heard was jibberish which was adorable, but now we can understand her. She loves to tell people (and Gary) to "follow me" or "c'mon". She's finally starting to say 'I love you' and she prays too. When Ruby finishes reading a book, she says "Amen" instead of "the end". She says Charlie really cute, too and instead of saying "pooped" she says "poot". Ruby is so playful as well. She is always jumping around or wanting us to chase her. Her favorite things to play with is mostly just babies. She LOVES her dolls. She talks to them, disciplines them, and loves on them. Ruby loves to sing, too and sometimes her and Natalie try to sing duets! We're working on the potty thing... she can pee on the toilet but no poopin' yet! I cannot believe she is two!!
So here are some pictures of the girls over the past six months.