Wednesday, January 21, 2015

State of the Giles Family 2015

Did you watch the State of the Union address?  I did not watch the live address.  The reason is ... The reason really doesn't matter. Anyway, all of that to the side, Google and YouTube have come to the rescue, and I was able to watch a recording of Obama's speech. The social media commentary was enlightening, but I thought I should check it out for myself.

Typically, I greatly dislike politics of any kind, and I tend to avoid watching anything politically driven.  I think I've said it before here, but I'll restate that politics make me anxious. I like to avoid anxiety when I can, and this is one area where I can and do avoid. Disclaimer aside, I have decided that I will provide a State of the Giles Family address to let you know how we've been doing since my little blog break, and our goals for the year.  So here goes:


Family, Friends, anyone who stumbles across this patch of internet space:

The Giles family is doing just fine. The past year has been trying at times, but mostly pretty awesome.  We celebrated birthdays, graduations, and five years of marriage.  We've played in the first snow of two little people's lifetime.  We've laughed and cried.  We've learned to crawl, then walk, then run, then jump, and finally climb. 

Corrin has grown by leaps and bounds.  It's hard to believe how tiny and fragile she was only a couple years ago.  Now she is running, jumping, and climbing.  She's sleeping through the night. She talks constantly, and is learning new words and expressions every day.  She has such a fun personality. The silliest things are hilarious to her.  She loves shoes and clothes. We're working on her sleeping in her own room. Right now she sleeps in the room with Micah. It does not look like it's going to be an easy transition.  We'll also work on potty training.  That should be another fun experience.

Micah continues to amaze me.  His vocabulary and ability to have a conversation have grown exponentially.  He's a funny little guy.  He's so caring, and always wants to be sure that everyone is happy. He started preschool!  I'm sure I was much more sad than he was.  He loves his classmates, and they love him.  Micah got his big boy room. It's still a work in progress, but we're making progress.  In 2015, Micah is working on learning all his letters, numbers, shapes, etc.  He should also be working on not jumping on the couch.  We'll see how that last one goes.

Mikey and I have mostly been taking it easy. I big chopped again, and cut off all my hair. Mikey decided to grow his hair and loc it up.  I went horseback riding for the first time. Like I said, 2014 was pretty laid back.  In 2015, we are going to work on being more present when we are with the kids and each other. I want to work on being more fit and healthy.  We plan to get fit as a family, starting with family bike rides using our Christmas gifts.  We also have a list of activities that we want to do together as a family. It's our family 2015 bucket list. I want to work on taking more and better quality pictures.

There are lots more goals, but ultimately, the Giles family goal for 2015 and beyond, is to make each day better than the last. Working together, and loving each other through thick and thin, I'm sure that the ultimate goal is easily within our reach.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Radio Silence

I find it extremely frustrating to be listening to the radio and suddenly find myself listen to dead air. Two seconds later I have either flipped the station or turned on my iPod. So imagine my surprise when I took a moment to visit the old blog, and realized that I had not posted anything since March 2014! I have reasons that I haven't been posting. I won't share them, because frankly, I'm sure you don't care. Moving forward he goal is to blog more consistently. Some things have changed, so hopefully, it will fit into my schedule better to blog again. Honestly, I miss blogging and sharing what it like to be growing up Giles.

So now the silence is over. Lots of things have changed. Things look different around the blog. The little Giles have grown. The big Giles have grown too. So I'll be working on keeping you up to date on what we Giles are up to, starting with an update on some of the things we got up to in 2014.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Times

I’ve been talking about taking the kids to the Georgia Aquarium for a while now. I loved the aquarium experience from the first time I ever went, and wanted to share that with Micah and Corrin.  I think they are just as in love with the aquarium as I am.  Micah ran from tank to tank, dragging his daddy along behind him.  Corrin rode in her stroller at the start of the visit, but by the end she was running around under foot also, pointing out the different things she was seeing.
Corrin’s and my favorite was the otters.  They were very playful, swimming around and chasing each other.  The beluga whale also put on a little show swimming around and brushing the glass.  The whale sharks were HUGE!  I don’t know for sure what Micah’s favorite was, because he was so enraptured with everything. Possibly playing in the touching pools was his favorite activity, or it could have been the fishing boat play area.
There are so many other activities that we want to do as a family.  The adventures continue this summer.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Micah's Eyes

Micah was born with a clogged tear duct.  It wasn’t anything painful or troublesome.  Usually it just caused his eyes to fill with water and spill over.  At roughly eleven months old, he had an out-patient procedure done to remove the blockage from his duct.  He left good as new, if a little cranky.  During that time he was seen by a pediatric eye doctor, who recommended that his vision be tested at around age three.  Well guess who is three years old? Did you guess Micah?  Give yourself a cookie! You’re right!
About a month ago we took Micah to have his vision exam.  He did not do well.  He refused to verbalize to the doctor what the shapes were, choosing to gesture instead of talk.  He was fidgety, and just a little uncooperative.  We didn’t hold it against him, because he’s three after all.  The doctor suggested that we bring him back at another time. She gave us a prescription for drops to dilate his eyes and a copy of the shapes to practice with him. 

A couple weeks later, we had rescheduled his appointment, practiced the shapes, and administered the drops.  Micah hated the drops and reminded us for several days after his appointment that he didn’t need those drops. When he and I arrived at his appointment, I reminded him that he had to use his words and do everything that the doctor asked him.  While he was still a little fidgety, he did much better, and we found out that he got his vision from his dad, which means it’s not the best.
So Micah’s got new eyes.  He actually got two pairs of new eyes.  He does really well with keeping them on. I think that’s mostly because Mikey wears glasses, and what little boy doesn’t want to be like his daddy?  Of course, he has moments when he doesn’t want to wear them.  In those cases, we let him have a short break, but then he has to put them back on.  He has adjusted really well to wearing glasses.  Much better than I have adjusted.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Corrin {18 Months Old}

Post will be updated soon with pictures.


Corrin turned 18 months old Tuesday.  She is a little diva tomboy.  At eighteen months old, Corrin...

... weighs 22 pounds, 8 ounces. She is 30.5 inches long. 

... wears size 4 diapers, and size 18 month to 24 month clothes.

... is currently getting all four of her eye teeth at the same time.

... likes to brush her teeth, and will begrudgingly allow her father or I to brush them.

... has started playing with her dolls. She tends to treat them really roughly, but she loves dragging a baby around with her.

... has a decent vocabulary.  She says mama, dada, My (for Micah), cookie, that, baby, belly, nose, eye, ball, cup, hey, bye, mouth, shoe, uh-uh (no), and a few others.

... can identify her eyes, nose, mouth, belly, and sometimes ears.

... loves clothes and shoes. She has been known to throw a small fit because she wanted her shoes put on her feet.

... loves to take pictures, and will smile and say "cheese" if she see a camera. She will also take electronics (camera, phone, anything that looks like it could be a camera) and pretend to take pictures.

... loves to talk on the phone. She has been known to call her mimi on both the landline and cell phones and have conversations before anyone realizes that she's actually talking to someone.

...  eats very well.  Corrin is known as the Pit in our home, because she appears to be bottomless.  She is usually the last one to leave the dinner table.  When she decides that she is ready to eat, she will drag her highchair away from the table, and climb up.

...  is the resident climber and dare-devil.  She's always running, jumping or climbing.

... has a silly sense of humor.  She finds the silliest things funny.  Sometimes I think she thinks her brother is a clown.  If no one else can get her to laugh, Micah can make her laugh.

...  can feed herself relatively well with a spoon. Of course, she still makes a mess, but usually more food ends up in her mouth than on the floor.

... sings along with music.  You can't understand any of the words, but she makes the general sound.

... is called Rin, Rinnie, Rinna, Mamacita, Little Miss, and Boss Lady.