Currently: April

I was looking back through some archives and saw that I wrote my first "currently" post back in October of 2012. I didn't start writing them consistently until 2015, but it's fun to look back and see what was on my mind this time three years ago, two years ago, and last year

So, just as I've been doing for the past few years, I'm joining Anne and her co-host this month, Jessica, to talk about what I'm up to currently on this favorite of months. 

{currently: april}

{showering} my kids with treats lately. I never noticed until I had kids that every month seems to be associated with some sort of candy and gift giving. In some ways I love it; I've never enjoyed Christmas and Easter as much as I have since becoming a mom. Yet at the same time I feel like we're on treat and gift overload! Since I have a sweet tooth and will take any excuse for a treat myself, I have a hard time especially reining in the candy and dessert. After a while though it gets to the point where it's no longer special and I think Jona starts to just expect new toys and dessert after meals. I'm trying to strike a balance but it's difficult! 

{cultivating} a healthy sibling bond between Jona and Violet. So far the best part of having two kids has been watching the relationship between Jona and Violet grow. I know that they won't always get along, but right now my heart just melts seeing how much they love each other. Jona is so sweet to Violet and wants to share his toys with her and draw her pictures and make her happy. Violet isn't great with sharing toys or sharing me, but it is plain to see how much she loves her brother. After she wakes up from a nap he's the first person she asks for, and she lights up when he comes into the room. I just started reading Siblings Without Rivalry because I want to do what I can to keep their bond strong. I know the day will come when they're not so sweet to each other! One thing I need to get better at is not comparing them. It's a challenge because they're SO different from one another, but I don't need to be making those comparisons out loud when they can hear. To me Violet's spunky, independent personality is a good thing, but it may come across to Jona that he was a "better" toddler because he was easier to take care of. I want them each to feel good about themselves without making comparisons.

{expecting} a few (more) spring goodies in the mail. Spring is my favorite season to shop for, and I had perhaps a little too much fun finding deals on spring clothes over the past few weeks. I think I'm done for now, but I still have a few more packages coming my way from Old Navy (fingers crossed these jeans will work!), American Eagle, and ThredUp. 

{buying} rocks, wood, and plants. Sounds pretty exciting, right? In addition to my little spring closet makeover, our yard is getting the makeover treatment as well. Due to some drainage and sloping issues, our backyard has some areas that we can't get grass to grow. Aaron is filling those areas in with rocks so that our yard looks more landscaped and less like a mud pit. We're also going to add some plants and flowers to our front yard, which has been neglected for far too long. 

{cooking} for the wrong season. I made this delicious Crock Pot Potato Soup for dinner on Easter, and it was perfect for a cold, snowy day. It tasted great and I'm glad we ate it, but I'm ready to be done with foods that are "warming" or "comforting". I'd also like to eat my ice cream without being huddled under a blanket. 

What have you been up to lately? 

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