Well, summer ended this week in more ways than one. The calendar says it is over but out here in Wisconsin Mother Nature says it is over too. I don't mind too much since I love the fall, but the thought that winter and snow are coming keeps me from getting too excited about the changing seasons. Right now though it is a cool, rainy day-something I love! I wouldn't mind some of this kind of weather for a while as long as we get a few sunny days thrown in there as well.
Since I have known that summer was rapidly coming to a close, we tried to spend the week making the most of it. Monday we had a playgroup to go to. It is a new playgroup with a woman I met at the library and then a bunch of her neighbors. I wanted to join it so that I could expand my circle of friends beyond just the friends I have at church. We have been doing the playgroup for two weeks now and it has been fun! I have already had the opportunity to talk about my religion and beliefs with a few of them as well which was really neat plus they are really nice women and I am always happy to make new friends.
I also had two mothering firsts this week. The first one was taking Nathan to the bathroom in a public place for the first time. He really isn't potty trained yet but he does do his poopies in the potty these days (makes my life much happier to have less dirty diapers to change!) so when we were out one day he announced to me that he needed to go potty. Off we went. I will spare the details but it was quite an experience! The second mothering first may be hard to believe. I took Nathan to the McDonalds play area for the first time this week! He has been with other people but I personally had never taken him. I was always afraid he would crawl up in that big tube and not come out and when I was 9 months pregnant I really didn't want to go in after him. It was tons of fun. Nathan played very happily plus he ate his whole happy meal. Jack slept in his car seat next to me and I was happy-I just wished I had brought a book!
Other things we did this week included going to Barnes and Noble to play at the train tables, our church playgroup at the park, buying Nathan new shoes, a shopping spree to Old Navy where I spent way more than I had planned on things I wasn't even looking for, a rare evening in which we were all home for at least a few hours in the evening, two trips to friend's houses where Nathan played with buddies, a couple of his buddies coming to our house to play, dinner at the Olive Garden and of course plenty of two year old tantrums. :) Life with a two year old and a 4 month old is fun and exhausting. I love it!
Jack just keeps getting bigger and cuter (if that is possible). He is laying by me right now just staring out the window, one of his favorite things to do. Nathan has started saying to him "What's the ploblem kid?" whenever he cries. Don't know where he learned that! :) Nathan also has started saying his own prayers. This morning while I was saying my morning prayer he knelt down by me and said his too-thanking Heavenly Father for dump trucks and bulldozers.
Well, life is good as always and we are looking forward to another week packed full of fun and all sorts of other stuff! :)