Our big summer trip is coming to a close. The kids and I left Hawaii at the end of June and have spent most of the summer at Fripp Island, SC with my parents. We had lots of family stay at Fripp in different rentals on the island for a couple weeks and it was wonderful to see everyone and watch Jack and Caroline develop relationships that I hope will last a lifetime. We met up with Tom and went to Maine for a week to see his family, then we came back to Fripp for a couple days all together. Then I went to West Point for a week for my Reserve job (I work for the USMA admissions department) and Tom flew back to Hawaii the day I flew back to SC. We seriously missed each other in the airport by about 30 minutes. I’m now back at Fripp with the kids and my parents and my mom will help me fly back to Hawaii at the end of the month. Oh but first Caroline, mom and I are taking a short trip to Charleston (on our way there today, actually), so follow along on Stories if you want to see some of that pretty little town all of America loves. (Here is an old post on on of my last Charleston trips from when Jack was a baby, and here is Julia Engel’s Charleston guide which I really enjoyed using the last time Tom and I went there together.)
My beloved gold sandals broke in the airport on my trip to New York. I’m heartbroken because these shoes have been my go-to for a few years now (I was on my second pair) but now I’m looking at it as an opportunity to try out something new (I’m wearing the sandals in pretty much every photo in this post). I’m leaning towards these metallic rose gold Birkenstock sandals (I saw a girl at the airport wearing them and thought they were so cute). The white bottom part makes them look a little dressier (and preppier?) than regular Arizona Birkenstocks, which makes me like them even more. I bought my first pair at the beginning of summer (this hot pink waterproof pair) and I’ve been living in them ever since. What do you think of Birkenstocks? I was hesitant to get on board but am a believer now because they’re so comfy. I’m also considering this pair of Jack Rogers that is a different style than any of my other Jacks. What do you think?
Jack’s vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds this summer. I attribute it to him getting older (he will turn three on November 2nd) and him being around lots of people all day long most of the summer. He now will put 2 or 3 word sentences together and he will repeat things he hears which he’s never really done before. He tries to say new things all the time, but because of the fluid in his ears the words are still very hard to make out (since he is likely hearing us as if he was underwater). I find myself translating for him a lot but I’m so proud of him. He still babbles incoherently a lot of the time but the progress has been so good to see. I’m praying his upcoming hearing test results in the ENT referral we so desperately need, and that we won’t have to wait long to get tubes put in. I’ve heard so many stories about how tubes made such a huge difference for other kids with speech delays and I’m so hopeful that it’ll be the same story for Jack. I’ll keep you posted! For now, Jack is still very strong willed but I think him being able to communicate better has helped lessen the dramatic meltdowns.
Jack learned to swim! My dad took Jack’s puddle jumper off about a month ago and turns out Jack knew how to swim just from watching other kids do it. He swims with his face under the water and comes up to breathe and then puts his head back down. It’s incredible to see! We work with him every time we swim and he continues to get better and better. I’ll enroll him in swim lessons eventually but want to wait until he is better at listening and taking instruction…which will likely be once he can hear better after the fluid is gone.
Caroline is almost a year old. How on earth did that happen? She turns one on September 4th and it seems like just yesterday that she was a tiny little newborn. Time sure does fly the second time around. She has 2 teeth and is on the verge of walking. I bet it’ll happen around 13 months or so. I’m not rushing it because I know walking = trouble 😉
Marathon training should start today. Not sure I announced it here but I signed up for the Honolulu Marathon on December 9th. Most marathon training plans are 16 weeks long…and today I am officially 16 weeks out. Guess I’d better choose a training plan. I’m torn on whether I want to try for a PR (personal record) or just run for completion. My PR is 3:40 so breaking into the 3:30s is going to take a significant amount of work. I’m sure I can do it, I just know that it’s going to be tough to manage with two toddlers at home and a husband who works insane and unpredictable hours. I need a challenging training plan but one that is actually sustainable with this current phase of life (does one even exist?). If you have a great plan that sounds like it fits the bill please share!
Ok well that’s it for now and it hits a lot of the big things that are going on with us. I’ll try to be better with these updates this fall once we’re back to normal life and Jack is in school 🙂