14 December 2016

8 Months of Calvin

^^^Guilty as ever^^^

 My sweet love.

 This picture makes my heart melt. They just love eachother.

 Calvin has become much more playful with Theo this past month. He likes to pull his hair and grab his shirt. Theo is not sure how he feels about it all.

He is always watching big brother.

My heart.
So grateful for these boys this Christmas season.
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14 November 2016

Calvin is 7 Months Old!

My big boy!!! I love you so much and we are loving every second of watching you grow and learn and show us more and more of your personality. As of now, you are still laid back and mostly quiet. That is, until you want to eat or sleep. You will just look right in one of our eyes and let out a LOUD yell. You literally yell at us to feed you or put you to sleep. It's kind of hilarious.

We are nearing the holidays and I am so excited to spend them with you! The holidays are such a fun time with lots of family, lots of food, and lots of laughs!
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01 November 2016

Our Unconventional Life!

Our little family has been through a LOT of changes over the past few years. From moving cross country, getting married, buying a home, many job changes and oh ya.... we now have 2 baby boys! We certainly don't have a very "conventional" life.

But really how "normal" are Parker and I anyways??!
Lately many have been asking what it's like to have 2 parents home all day, every day... with both kids. All in our house... literally 24/7.

It can seem odd to some, but it quickly became the norm over here! I thought I'd share a little bit about our family and lifestyle today for those that are interested!

Many of you probably already know that I was a 1st grade teacher for 5 years (3 in Vegas and 2 when we moved home to MA). While I was teaching I wanted to start sharing my ideas through an educational blog so I started sharing and blogging over at Thank God it's First Grade!
While I was doing that, I also started selling some of the units, activities, crafts, and lessons I came up with for my classroom on Teachers Pay Teachers. I quickly fell in love with all of it. I loved sharing my own resources, I loved using other teachers' resources. It was such a unique and meaningful way to connect with teachers all over the country. The blogging community and TPT helped shape those first few years in my classroom and taught me sooooo much more than I could've learned on my own.

When I got pregnant with Theo in January of 2014, Parker had no hesitation telling me what he wanted to do. He wanted to stay home and take care of Theo. Parker is creative. He is innovative. He is a dreamer and an analyst at the same time. He is NOT an 8-5, sit in a cubicle type of guy. Believe me, he tried it.

In our 9 years together, he has started 3 different companies of varying success and mostly, he has helped my little business become something that can sustain our whole family. He wanted to stay home, help raise our kids, and "build things" around the house and I wanted to support him in this venture!

I loved his desire to stay home and raise our kids. I knew how miserable Parker was at his job and I knew he would make an amazing stay-at-home dad. He couldn't have cared less about any stereotype about being the moneymaker for our family - we've never really been the stereotypical type anyways. So one month after finding out I was pregnant, Parker went ahead and quit his job and hasn't looked back since!

The only slight problem was that I, too, wanted to stay home and raise our kids. That had always been a dream of mine.... and as anyone will tell you, they are only little once!

So after I had Theo and finished that school year I decided I would stay home too. I decided to work full time on my TPT store and leave the classroom behind. It was a very difficult decision to make and many days I realllyyyyy miss being a teacher but I know I will head back into a school soon. In the meantime, I try to enjoy every second of these two boys:

So here we are. Two years into this life-at-home gig and while it certainly has it's challenges, we are finding new ways to make it work all the time!

How do you and Parker deal with each other ALL DAY EVERY DAY!?
Oddly enough Parker and I are used to spending pretty much every second together (insert eye roll here). In our 9 years together we have almost always only had 1 car to share so we would drive one another to and from work and we are both such homebodies. We have our own personal spaces and times in the house that aren't scheduled but just known. I am a super morning person (4:48 alarm every day anyone?!) so I have my alone time then and at the gym and Parker is a night owl so after the boys and I go to sleep he gets lots of alone time.

We fight just like any other married couple and we have to figure it out and deal with it ASAP especially since we see each other every waking second of the day lol.

How do you get any work done with the kids home?
This took about a year to figure out! I was torn between needing to work since I am now the sole financial provider for our family and wanting to spend time with my boys!! This is still something I struggle with from time to time and the only way I have made it work is to be super diligent about my "office hours." I work Monday-Wednesday and on Fridays from 8-4. I work upstairs on the landing where we have an office instead of somewhere outside the home. I tried many different places but I always felt so far away and I would've rather been in a classroom teaching if I was going to be out of my house all hours of the day! I can still hear the chaos and giggles and cries and all that is going on downstairs but it helps me feel like I am present and able to lend a helping hand when needed. I set deadlines for projects for myself and I get really stressed out when I feel like I might not meet them. It may sound ridiculous but it's been a whole learning curve when you decide to work for yourself and have no one but yourself to keep you accountable! I can be my own worst boss.

We also just started sending Theo to daycare 2 days a week which has been one of the best decisions we've made as a family! With two parents in his face all day, every day we thought he could benefit from some structured time with kids and other adults besides us. He LOVES his "school" and has adjusted way better than we could've even imagined. He is making new friends and we are getting bonding time with Calvin (and a little more quiet to get work done).

How does Parker like being a stay at home dad?
I can't speak for him but I let him know all the time that whenever he feels like this isn't for him, we can switch things up and he can head back into the corporate world (or any another avenue). So far his only complaint is me! I may or may not be a bit of a control freak and it took me quite some time to learn to let go of the way I thought things should be done and let him really take over the reigns. The boys just adore their dad and he adores them right back.

This is the stage our family is in currently. Two work from home parents. Two little boys running a muck. Four Joneses all up in one another's business.

Who knows what our life will look like in another couple years?!
Back in a classroom?
More babies?
New job for Parker?
Only time will tell!
We tend to just roll with the changes and see where it takes us!

Also, if you happen to be in the Boston/Northshore area, do yourself a favor and check out Lightshed Photography! They took our above family photos and we just LOVE them. We originally hired them to take our wedding and engagement photos and now they've taken both boys newborn photos as well as family photos! We have loved growing with them!

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14 October 2016

Calvin is HALF A YEAR OLD!

My big one turned 2 and then two days later my little one turned 6 months old.
Time flies.

Can we just look at this smile:

My goodness this kid melts my heart! He is the friendliest, sweetest little munchkin I ever did know. He makes us ALL laugh over here in the Jones household and puts the biggest smiles on our faces. He still is as quiet and calm as ever - half the time you could walk right by and not notice he were there (believe me, ask my brother and sisters), but once you notice him he will be waiting to greet you with that big, toothless grin!

He is starting to really bounce around in his bouncy seat and his favorite activity is still watching his big brother do anything and everything. Nothing gets him more excited. 

He is a pro at grabbing things - mostly his feet and my hair - and he holds on REALLY tight. His 6 month appointment is on Tuesday and we are excited to see just how large this kid really is because he is already wearing 12 month clothes and he seems a lot bigger than Theo was... and Theo was big...

This month has been busy, busy with parties and events and lots of germs and colds. This next month I will be heading to NYC for the weekend and leaving the boys with dada all by himself for a few days. You think he can handle it?! ;)

I did a week with just the two munchkins so I think he will be just fine!
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13 October 2016

Theo Lloyd is Two!

Theo Lloyd you are TWO!!!

You have made our life so much FUN these past 2 years! You are a talking, walking, super silly little boy. So long are the days of my chubby baby and here you are, my little human. It has been nothing short of incredible to watch you learn and grow these past 6 months.

I also realized how FUN it is to have a kids birthday party! I loved getting to see all your little friends play and run around at The Little Gym this past weekend for your party. Sure, there was crying and whining and all that normal 2 year old stuff, but on the whole you and your friends were just BEAMING! Ear to ear smiles and laughing! It was such a joy to be a part of :)

Here are some highlights from your birthday weekend:
 Enjoying your cake!

 Grandfather and Grammy giving you presents!

 Katy and Abby at Little Gym!

 Rhett, Nolan, and Charlie playing with sticks!

 Little Miss Zoe!

 Charlie and Rhett on the airtrac!

Calvin and Ayla bouncing around!

 Teagan and Piper had fun too!

 Calvin and Will! Soon-to-be best buds!

 Four little monkeys hanging on the bar!

 Ann and Juliet!

 Precious and posing!


 Two Grammys and the Greatest Grammy!

 John John had fun too.

 Bubbles are always a hit!

Brayden and Charlie goofing!

 Theo sat on the parachute as we sang "Happy Birthday" to him. {All the heart eyes}

 Getting set up before the little babe, Will, joined us!

 All 13 babies at the party!
Brayden and Ayla, Charlie and Teagan, Zoe, Rhett and Piper, Calvin, Abby and Juliet, Theo, Nolan, and Will!
13 kids and 7 moms and dads!

 Farm cookies by the amazing Painted Pastry!

 Rhett loving that juicebox!

 Nolan and Doritos!

 Great Grammy and her two newest great grandchildren!

 Someone likes frosting.

 Theo and dada.

 Theo and mama.

 Gramma and Papa.

Chocolate everywhere!

 High 5s to say thank you!

 Noley too!

Little bro passed out on Grammy during this fun party!

Thank you so much to everyone that came and made the party such a FUN time for Theo!

Onto year 3!
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