Life Lately

Summer always has a way of making you feel like the days aren’t long enough, and this summer has been no different.

So much has changed over the last four months, but most days it feels like nothing has changed at all.

Marlowe has settled so nicely into our little family.  Scout and Griffin have been so unbelievably good to us, as well as Marlowe.  I seriously, couldn’t ask for anything more.

We’re spending these summer days taking in all that this crazy life has to offer us.  We’re waking up early, going to bed late, and squeezing in as much fun as possible.  I’m torn between our amazing routine (which keeps everyone well slept, well fed, and well behaved) and just going with the flow and chaos.  Fortunately, because we’ve had such a great schedule for so long, the kids do really well if we stray from that routine occasionally.  Marlowe, on the other hand, will be the only Lex child that will most likely never know routine.  This kid naps in the car, in my arms, nursing, on the floor, on the changing pad, in the grass, and anywhere else that will allow her to catch a few z’s.  Most of her meals are fed in the drivers seat of my car in parking lots before or after activities, grocery shopping, park playdates, and vet/doctor appointments.  I can’t think of the last time that she’s finished a meal on her own without having to be pulled off to help someone else, somewhere else.  And she has been a saint through it all.  I am the luckiest mama ever.

Here are a few photos from our awesome summer so far…..

visiting dad on his last day of school!
marlowe killing it at all of her urology appointments.
happy father’s day!
first face paint 🙂

 

New babes

After much discussion (years), we’ve gone ahead and gotten backyard chickens.  Four of them to be exact.  Four of the tiniest, cutest chicks I’ve ever seen, named by G&S after the cast of their (current) favorite movie, Sing.  Introducing Gunter (pronounced Goooonter), Rosita, Ash, and Johnny.

L to R: Ash, Gunter, Rosita, and Johnny

Here’s what I know about these chicks so far:

They’re freaking adorable.  Like really, really, really cute.

They all have their own personalities.

They feed on human interaction.

They poop on everything.  EVERYTHING.

They stick together, no matter what.

The kids are all over them.  Mostly Scout, who insists on holding more than one at a time while petting and kissing the tops of their heads.  Griffin likes to pretend he’s going to pick one up, then run away laughing hysterically when they come towards him.

These babies will live on our porch under a heat lamp until they’re about five weeks old, when they will move out to their coop in the backyard.   We’re hoping to have fresh (pretty blues and greens) eggs by 6 months, and to notice a drop in the tick population in our yard.

Plus, isn’t it fun to say that you live with 3 children, 2 dogs, and 4 chickens?