In an effort to catch you up to speed without spanning this out over 500 blog posts, or bombarding you with 7,000 photos, I'll just summarize some highlights that have happened in the few months I've been MIA.
Lydia turned 1 at the end of May. We kept it really simple with both kids' birthdays this summer, and just invited immediate family.
Right around the 13.5 month mark, she began walking. She's 15 months now, and practically running. She loves to climb, is quite an adventure seeker, but is also your typical snuggly, sensitive, tender-hearted little girl. She's got the sweetest demeanor, and is already such a little helper around the house. She has too many teeth to count anymore, and has handled teething like a champ! She has a small obsession with purses, shoes, hats, and toothbrushes and loves to groom herself :) She lights up our days with her contagious smile!
It's hard to believe that when we moved into this house, William was the size Lydia is right now. He has grown so much over the past two years. This fall, we've started him in AWANA at our church, and he starts "school" next week. When given the choice if he wanted to go to actual pre-school with other kids, or stay home and let Mommy be his teacher he surprisingly chose me. I was flattered and terrified all at once ;)
He is turning into a really funny kid, and sometimes I'm awe that someone that funny came from me. He changes the words to some of our favorite tunes and creates really funny song lyrics. He dances like Elvis. Talks in accents (his favorite is southern, but he has also been known to do a really convincing Italian accent). Has a wild imagination, and is just plain fun to be around. Most days. He's three, after all. ;)
As for Nathan and I...we managed to sneak away without the kids for a week to celebrate our anniversary in Amelia Island. It was heavenly. We're already planning a trip back there next year.
House projects are still coming along (albeit slowly). We're currently working on reconstructing one of the barns to turn it into a workshop for Nathan, as well as remodeling the kitchen (not a total gut job like our last house - just a facelift), and we've also got plans to start in on William's Big Boy Room this fall. Outdoor projects have kept us consumed this summer - we've got one heck of a yard to maintain! But it happens to be one of the things I love most about our little spot here in the country.