Today, Oliver challenged me to branch out on my subject matter a bit in this photo-a-day endeavor. I agreed that most people must think that I spend 100% of my day-to-day life obsessing over Griffin. Although I do spend an almost absurd amount of time being a mom, I do have a somewhat normal existence as an individual as well. So, I've decided that not all 365 photos this year will be of Griffin. After Oliver's challenge, I looked around the room, camera in hand, and flippantly took a shot of the table in the corner between the two couches thinking, "I'll never actually use this." Well, the more I looked at the picture, the more I loved it. This table is almost always cluttered with stuff, and the stuff on it today sort of contains a little snippet of my life. Most prominently, there is a lamp I found while out thrifting last week with my dear friend, Rachel. In the pile on the right, there is my new planner (I've been trying and trying to become a more structured, organized, efficient, and productive homemaker), my graduation application (I have two CLEP tests, one class on Romans, and numerous little hoops to jump through in order to graduate with Oliver this May), Griffin's baby book (which I keep intending to update and never do), and my Bible. On the right are photos of Griffin and I as babies. On the left is a box of wooden puzzle things, my Romans book, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (my current read), my (mostly unused) journal, our family organizational binder (in which I have attempted many times to create a system of staying on top of the finances, daily schedules, cleaning lists, grocery lists/meal plans, etc.). In the center of the table is McDonald's $1.00 sweet tea (who can resist every now and then?!), several different colors of thread for sewing up some curtains for the living room, altering some clothing, and making a pillowcase, and some sticky picture hanging strips to hang plates on what will be my plate wall in our bedroom (I've been working on our bedroom for a couple months now). What a little summary of the life of Katie outside of motherhood!
My two boys reading together....Could a scene be any more precious? I Love You Through and Through is one of Griffin's very favorite books, and father and son were reading it together this morning in Oliver's reading chair. The sleeping situation has become quite tumultuous these days (not sure if it's teething, illness, behavioral, etc.), and a nice, long wind-down time, including reading, has become necessary in getting this boy to nap! I've always thought so, but looking at this picture really makes me sure that Griffin has Oliver's hands.
Although he's a bit unstable, you have to give the boy credit for multitasking like a champ. He prefers to teeter around with things in his mouth or hand, such as his sippy cup, plastic hammer, drumstick, guitar...Did those items just seem to get more dangerous for a new walker to carry around in their mouth as I listed them? Today was the first day since summer turned to autumn that Griffin wore just a onesie around the house, and I had forgotten how adorable his bare little legs, feet, and toes are, albeit twice as big! I also did not realize the poor little man would give himself rug-burn on his knees from all the crawling about with his skin bare. Hm. I had never really given that possibility a thought until today, as the weather changed and pants came on right around the time he really got cruising this past fall.