-Busy as a bishop, on-call all the time and worried about the needs of our Ward.
-Busy as dad in the mornings while I am reporting, but also in the afternoons while I nap and James sneaks out of his room where he should be napping.
-Busy as a mortgage loan officer trying to make phone calls among the noise at home, and sometimes taking kids to appointments:
(It's James in the corner of the office at the recent closing of our friends' new home, with their girls Liz and Kat)
Me - tired, big and still spitting at almost 31 weeks along (got my diabetes test and Rhogam shot done recently). Had such a nice Mother's Day with delicious crepes, chocolates and cuddles. Trying to rush around getting my news stories done on time in the morning so I can be at home. Reading, crocheting and stepping on Legos. Piles of laundry. Just got released from nursery and called to be a Relief Society teacher.
Maxwell - finishing up 5th grade with tons of end-of-year testing. Often shooting hoops in the driveway and always looking out for his younger brothers and how he can help me. He's the designated go-after-James-and-drag-him-back because I shouldn't lift that much. Listens in to adult conversations and reads the newspaper and asks questions that I sometimes am not ready to answer right away without serious thought.
Benjamin - finishing up 2nd grade with some end-of-year testing and wishing for more math homework (he eats it up). Can often be found adding to his growing Lego city building designs. We can hear him raking and rifling through the Legos downstairs for the perfect piece. I get the nicest texts from other parents at playdates saying Ben is very kind to younger siblings of his friends and includes them.
Andrew - almost done with his last year of preschool. Always bringing Legos upstairs to work on them at the table or in his room, and dropping them like cookie crumbs in his wake. Often asking for a snack. Big smiler, also quick to fake-cry if Ben won't let him in his room to get to more Legos. Still loves green and alligators and Star Wars.
James - "But, I WANT it" is his go-to phrase. Also often asking for a snack, and pouncing on Andrew if he senses inequity or sees something he wants. Little poops, big smells maybe 6-10 times a day. Not interested at all in potty-training. Learning to say prayers by himself.