Let’s catch up with the kids today, shall we?
Jada is 4.5 years old, and Cole just turned 2. They are at the ages where they play well together…for the most part. They genuinely love each other. Cole literally runs to Jada when we pick her up from school, and Jada cannot wait to open Cole’s door when he wakes up from his nap.
They also battle a good amount of the time. Sometimes, I feel like I’m playing referee! I’m sure many of you can relate. But, it’s good for them. They need to work out their disagreements without me, so sometimes I just fade into the background.
Both of my kids love to eat. Sometimes, I feel like I can’t keep our fridge or cupboards stocked. Another reason I’m so thankful for the nutrition our family uses.
They both start their days with a nutrient dense shake full of grass fed whey protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and probiotics.
They truly love them, and it gives me a moment to prep some oatmeal or cereal and fruit to follow up. We change up the flavors frequently, and BOTH enjoy helping us make them.
They frequently eat staples like Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles, Amy’s Organic veggie bowls, chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, salami on crackers, yogurt, and chicken noodle soup. During the week, I often make sandwiches for lunch with carrots and apples for sides. I let the kids eat in the stroller after I pick up Jada from school.
Here are some common snacks:
They also love treats! We keep them to smaller amounts, because of course they would eat ALL THE SUGAR if they could. Am I right?
You all can probably gather, I’m routine oriented and value organization. While I function best in a neat environment, it’s more necessity than anything else. I’m often solo parenting, so I need to be on my A game.
Cole and Jada are fairly consistent sleepers. Not perfect, but no huge complaints. Both wake around 6:30–probably a bit earlier, but that’s when I acknowledge them. He he!
Cole naps at 1 p.m. for a couple of hours, and Jada recently dropped hers, so now I need to help her stay busy and learn to play independently.
We eat dinner really early. I mean, sometimes it’s 4:30 when I’m plating food. Tired, hungry kids are not cool with me, so early dinner it is. We don’t eat dinner as a family nearly as often in the winter and spring because Spencer tends to be traveling or gets home really late from baseball practice.
Bath time is around 6 or so to give me buffer and really let the kiddos wind down. Then, it’s jammies and books (they both enjoy books), with lights out 7 (7:30 at the latest).
Jada is usually smoked at this point, but Cole occasionally needs a bit more coaxing because he had a nap.
They both really love playing with their kitchen, LEGOS, Thomas the Train set, and Paw Patrol. Often, they can do these fairly well together.
Jada loves, LOVES to draw and color. She’s pretty darn good at it too, if you allow me to boast a bit! She also looks forward to gymnastics. She only goes once a week for 45 minutes, but wants to do more. Showing off those muscles below!
Cole loves trying to keep up with Jada, of course.
When she’s at school, I see him do his own thing which is usually being more destructive! He got a vacuum for his birthday, and he likes to “help mommy” when I’m cleaning. We vacuum a lot around here with Cooper.
Both kiddos are pretty happy by nature (thank goodness), but they definitely express their opinions about things they are not too fond of.
getting her hair brushed
changing out of pajamas (I can’t blame her)
Cole sitting too close to her during TV shows
getting his nose wiped
wearing a hat
being told “no” (which is often)
We have two healthy, energetic, engaged kids.
There are some days, they are downright exhausting, but we are truly blessed. We never take their health for granted.
I love that they are so joyful when they see mom and dad. I know it won’t be like that always. They like to “work out with mommy.” While a solo sweat sesh is so refreshing, my kids voluntarily joining me for burpees or push-ups puts the biggest smile on my face! Cuddling with them before bed and reading stories is one of my favorite parts of the day (now that Cole sits still to listen to books).
They both love Cooper and show a huge heart for animals which is very important to me. Someday, I’d like us all to volunteer together at the animal shelter, so they understand why we have to help.
Taking them to baseball games to see Spencer is also one of our very favorite things to do in the Spring. I hope the appreciate how hard he works and how lucky they are.
Do you have kids? If so, would you share a bit about them (ages, likes, dislikes, favorite activities)?