It seems I've been complete negligent in my blogging.
The adventures of our summer, going back to school, and winter break have all been relegated to several fleeting Facebook updates.
I wanted more than that.
School is going well for the kiddos. Gabriel managed to break his arm at the school skating night. Frankly, I'm surprised it took him seven years before he wound up in a cast. He handled it all beautifully, and I'm impressed by how quickly he adapted to life as a southpaw for awhile.
All three children have recently lost grandmothers. Maddie's mom recently married and the boys' dad has moved. Again. After seven years, he finally has a place of his own. Batman and I continue to strive to be the constant in their lives. It's important to us that even with the frequent changes that happen in their other households that we keep our routines, maintain stability, and try to be the balance they need. He and I both struggle with how things are handled with our exes (regarding the children, that is. After all, they are the only reason we still have to interact with them). We address things when needed, and just do our best for our children in our home. I am learning that much of co-parenting is knowing when to speak up and know when to let it go. It's hard, because we love our children more than anything in the universe, and we only want the best for them.
We have a newish bedtime routine. For the first time in my boys' sweet little lives, I am required to check for monsters under the bed. There never are any monsters. What they don't know is they should be afraid of what's really under the bed.
Cat hair. Dust bunnies. Random Lego pieces. Stray blankets. Pennies. Paper scraps. Stuffed animals who have either lost their way or are diving for cover.
And they have to see me check under the bed. There's no convincing them I peeked real fast while they weren't looking.
Then there's the Spock thing. I have to make the Vulcan hand sign thingy, and pronounce, "May The Force be with you."
Yes, my boys have combined their Star Trek and Star Wars geekiness.
I have added "Live long and prosper." while I do the Spock thing.
It just feels right.
Then I wish The Force with them. Especially for good dreams.
Then I blow them each kisses. Gabriel requires an even number of kisses. Just because.
I remind them a thousand times to whisper!
I wish them good dreams again. I tell them I love them.
Then I tell Gabriel "I love you bunches and bunches".
Just so he can reply, "I love you one bunches more."
Sigh.... I just love my boys.