May, oh my.

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Well, looks like we’ll be having Daddy around a bit more. He’s been nursing a serious hip injury (torn labrum) since February, but he’ll be needing a few more months to recover until it’s fully healed. It involves intense physical therapy and slowly easing back into more rigorous activity.  It is really important that he’s fully recovered so he doesn’t re-injure anything. On the plus side, of course we enjoy having him around. I’ve even been able to sneak in a few lunch dates with my dudes while McKenzie’s at school.

Last weekend was Mother’s Day and my lovelies surprised me by letting me sleep in, making me homemade strawberry crepes and homemade strawberry syrup, and presenting me with an orchid and a Heather plant. McKenzie decorated an entire coloring book and wrapped it herself. ♥ In the afternoon, we went mini-golfing and out to a late lunch.

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Bennett and I have been going on walks lately while Kenzie is at school. He still loves being outside and observing everything, and it’s nice for me to get out of the house. He is doing lots of new things every week. He’s started dancing and bouncing around to music, walking along furniture, and he can finally lower himself to the ground from standing. Bennett is also doing really well after his surgery in March. He had his post-op appointment last week, and the specialist said his incisions have healed really well.IMAG2732

He’s also obsessed with solid foods. He needs to eat at least 3 times per day, or he gets crabby—and he really gets jealous if other people are eating! His breakfast faves are eggs, toast, and a fruit. Lunch is usually a fruit, avocado, and pasta. And dinner is usually is a meat, fruit, and veggie. He tried spaghetti for the first time this week, and he was covered! He will pretty much eat whatever we put in front of him, so that’s a welcomed change from McKenzie’s current eating habits!

Speaking of McKenzie, she has less than a month to go until summer vacation! She’s doing great in school now, her teacher said she’s all caught up academically and she does not recommend holding her back a year. When I asked about it, she said McKenzie would be “bored” and it would be “unfair” to her. She said she’s even surpassed many of the students who’ve been there since the beginning of the year, and she’s “very bright.” So I guess we’ll have a first grader next year! We wanted her to be the oldest, but ultimately her well-being is our primary concern and we want her to be challenged in school.

Since we’ll be here in North Carolina a little longer than expected (due to the break in Jon’s training), we’re actually looking at buying one of the houses for sale in our cul-de-sac…it’s a short sale, so the process might be long, but we’ve got plenty of time. We’d actually be saving about $300 a month and McKenzie wouldn’t need to move away from her new friends! It’ll be a win-win if it goes through. If not, we’re perfectly content to continue renting.

And in other news, our TWELVE year anniversary of togetherness is coming up this week, so we’ll be having a date night. Can’t wait. ♥

Angie - May 18, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Love the picture of Bennett with spaghetti everywhere! Has McKenzie always been picky? Hopefully it’s just a stage.
We’ve been walking a lot more too. It’s SO nice not to be couped up inside all the time.
That’s great that you buy a house and insane that you’d be saving money. Keep us updated!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Gracias! I think McKenzie grew into being picky, I’m not really sure how it happened. She has strange tastes…one of her favorite snacks are carrots and hummus! But she definitely has a typical “American Kid” palate. I know the key is just exposing her to more, but I’m a lazy cook so it’s probably my fault. ;) I’m glad you guys are getting out more! I hate feeling cooped up. It’s actually starting to almost get too hot here, so I have a feeling the summer will be the opposite problem. I’ll definitely keep everyone updated on the house, it’s very exciting. =)