14 August 2012

Learning

Learning is acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. Learning and adapting has been the staple of the Tatum household the last week.



Kameron has finally learned to crawl. August 1st he made the big transition from scooting on his belly to coordinating his hands and knees (Click Here to Watch Kameron Crawl). He gets around these days which makes Mama's job a little more demanding (so please forgive me for my lack of blogs lately). He is now exploring his environment in a way that he has never been able to before. He is a curious little guy, with the outlets being one of his favorite things to try get to. He is successfully able to remove the outlet covers which has sent both daddy and I on a frenzy to find outlet covers that he won't be able to manipulate off. I think we have found ones that work and hopefully this phase won't last long.


Don't worry grandma was right there to make sure he didn't hurt himself.

My little man is also standing up all by himself, and balancing in the standing position while only holding on with one hand. He is desperately trying to stand alone and this has had me on edge lately. He is certainly built tough though, and when ever he falls he gets right back up and tries again!


Kaydence has been playing doctor lately, "Just like daddy!" as she likes to say. She loves listening to our heart, and daddy has taught her the sound our heart makes. She will very cutely come up to you and say, "Mama, I have to listen to your heart!" I will ask her, "What does my heart say?" and she will cutely respond, "lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub."

                                              


I am slowly beginning to learn not to sweat the small stuff. What people think of me, the people in my life that come and go, the mess that 2 children can make in a matter of minutes, and the tasks that I don't always achieve when planned. The only things that truly matter in my life are my health, my husband and my kids!




When we moved into our new home, our backyard was a mixture of weeds and dirt. This of course did not thrill me, as I wanted my kids to run and play barefoot on soft fluffy grass. Kevin quickly went to work tilling up the yard and planting grass seeds. In the past month we have successfully grown a plush green lawn (with a few minor touch ups needed). Kaydence received a pool from grandma for her birthday and for the longest time I have been unwilling to blow/fill it up. Afraid of killing the beautiful grass we have been patiently awaiting. However, the high temperatures these last few weeks have brought out the worst in my kiddos. I have been desperately searching for ways to combat the heat (making popsicles, giving Kaydence a spray bottle to spray outside, going shopping in air conditioned stores, locking ourselves into the house and making it a cave) all to no avail. After two full days of non-stop crying, whining, fighting, not sleeping, and yelling I decided to break out the pool. Hubby had to remind me that we grew the grass for the kids to play on, and that if it died we would just grow more. So I threw away my anxiety and  blew/filled up the pool during Kaydence's nap, as a surprise for her when she woke up. 


Needless to say she was thrilled and so excited to finally go swimming! She even convinced mama to get in the pool (fully dressed)! We had a blast in the hot sun during our swimming pool fun!




With swimming checked off, our summer to do list is slowly dwindling, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't semi-excited for Summer to end. I am greatly looking forward to holiday decorating and crafts, hot totties, hoodies, fall colors, cool weather, my birthday and gaining an extra hour of sleep:-)

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