Actually we came back from our trip to Arizona on Friday but I have been resting and re-energizing for the past two days....and doing laundry, and trying to get the boys back on their sleep schedule, etc.
We had a great time and had visits with my husband's family and lots of friends. It was definitely a challenge, traveling with two toddlers. We got off to a great start with a 2 hour delay before ever leaving our city. We had just pulled away from the gate when they discovered that the intercom system was not working properly, so we sat there for two hours while they tried to fix it. We finally had to deplane with no idea of when/if it might be fixed and, while we were in the process of trying to book another flight, we were told to get back on. We took off soon after and the rest of the trip was uneventful...until we got to the rental car place.
We rented two car seats. Only one car seat was in the car and it had not been installed. It took them a while to get another car seat for us. My husband had to install both of them and some of the parts were missing so he had quite the challenge. He persevered though and, although it took us quite a long time, we were finally on our way. I had the fun of trying to entertain two little boys who were quite tired of traveling by this time.
On the return trip, we had another one or two hour delay in DFW. This turned out to be a good thing because it gave us time to have a leisurely meal and change diapers before boarding.
Ensuring the boys had enough sleep was particularly difficult. At home, they normally sleep from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am and take a two to three hour nap. During our trip, they were going to bed around 10:00 pm (despite our best intentions), waking up before 7:00 am most mornings (much to our dismay) and naps were hit or miss. A couple of days, when we were in Tucson, they had 3 hour naps, which they desperately needed, but most days they only had an hour or hour and a half, which did not put us in our happy place:). They really did pretty well, considering....although the number of temper tantrums was definitely increasing as the week progressed.
Ben officially turned 2 while we were gone. My sister-in-law had a birthday party for both of the boys and it was really sweet and fun..and very cute. They had many firsts on this trip; too many to keep track of but I'll have to try to think of some of them and document them for when they are older.
The morning of Ben's birthday, he said "more" "oatmeal". He paused between the two words but this was the closest either one has ever come to putting two words together to communicate something. I'm not counting things like "big bear" or "Busy Busy Baby" (a book) because those kind of things they learned to say more as if they were one word. Both boys learned how to turn somersaults and have been practicing their new feat since we have been home.
Both boys were very into waving to people and saying "hi". When we walked down the aisles of the planes, Nick was waving to everyone and saying "hi", as if they were in his personal fan club. It was quite funny.
I know there were other important firsts that I just can't think of right now. I will think of them at some point and post about them later.
More details of our trip and pictures to come. Our next big event is a trip to the pumpkin patch this week, my husband's birthday is coming up later this month and then Nick's birthday is in early November.
I have almost finished "The Well-Trained Mind" book. I really like the classical education philosophy but am also a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work. When I finish the book, I am going to go back and re-read the very beginning of it, where they focus on the birth-to-five-year-old crowd. That will put my focus back on the here and now and then I will just take it one day, week, year at a time.
I found a very interesting and encouraging article on the HSLDA website today about a recent (I think it's recent; can't find a date on it) study on home education. My husband and I were both amazed at the findings. If you are thinking of homeschooling, you might want to read this.
I can't believe it is already October. Where does the time go??