The Baker Five Life Update

Hey y’all! Long time no see.

It’s been almost three months since I published a post. The last few months have been busy, like super busy.

I feel like October – December is a crazy and fun time for everyone. October to me is the kick off to the holiday season. I’m all about Halloween! There’s also so many fun festivals, and family activities.

Unfortunately my husband’s traveling schedule also began this October. What I thought might just be a trip or two, turned into four. Which probably doesn’t sound like much to mommas with husband’s who travel for work. However, RJ has only had to do maybe 4 trips in the 7 years he has worked for his company. Those trips were only for a day, two at the most. Which means four separate week long trips in three months was a huge adjustment for us.

I really gained an appreciation during that time for all that my husband does when he’s home. Especially since his main job during the week is to bathe the kids. Anyone else hate bath time? I would rather change diapers all week by myself.

But that is the reason I’ve been MIA on here. I just didn’t have the drive or inspiration to write anything. I’m hoping that will change. I have some fun ideas that I want to share with y’all. But I figured I should do a little update on all of us first.

If you’re new, this is the Baker five. From left to right, RJ (dad), Sadie (aka Cinderella), Mandi (controller of chaos), JJ (aka Captain America), and Bentley (aka The Flash).

Mom & Dad

I’ve just been doing life pretty much. I’ve read a ton of books (if you’re a YA fantasy fan check out The Thorne Of Glass series), hung out with friends, and took a lot of bubble baths.

The best memory I made during those months was when I went out for the first time by myself since having Sadie. A group of moms from my play group went to see the Cat & Nat Fun Show. To say it was a night to remember would be an understatement. I haven’t had that much fun in such a long time. It was nice to let loose a few hours with some of my favorite people.

One sad thing that happened though, was my sweet friend had to move back to Minnesota. If you know my history with friendship, you’ll understand how hard this actually was for me. I still feel like her move is just temporary.

As for RJ, he turned another year older on Halloween. We were apart this year which wasn’t fun. Bentley loves to celebrate birthdays, and was very upset we weren’t with RJ. He made sure we celebrated it as soon as RJ was back though. He made me get a cake and decorate the house for his daddy.

Other then that it’s just been normal life for me and the hubs. We have been working on going on dates more now that Sadie is older. In fact, were planning our first solo get away since having her in August of 2017. We’re going to spend a weekend up in Austin. Y’all have no idea how excited I am to not wipe a bottom for three days. Haha #reallife Oh and spend some much needed one on one time with my handsome husband.

The Kids

Bentley is Bentley. He’s a great big brother, loves to play super heroes, hangout with his little buddies, and spend time with his daddy. But the thing he really loves to do right now is play video games. Which has actually given him motivation to try harder when it comes to learning how to read. RJ and him having been practicing every night before bed.

If you remember back in August I said we were going to try to do a year of homeschool. Well that failed miserably. I haven’t completely given up, but I definitely learned that this route isn’t for us. Which brings me to the next topic, SCHOOL. Why is this giving me so much anxiety? I see all these moms counting down to school starting, and I’m wanting time to slow down. To put even more stress on the situation, we have decided that if possible, not to go the public school route. The district we are zoned for is quite frankly awful. I don’t want my kids attending even if it’s just for the few years until we move. Which leaves us with three options. One private school (way to expensive), homeschool (already failing at that), and charter school (ding ding that’s the winner!). We are currently looking at getting him into a local charter school, and hoping it works out. The plan is to eventually put him in public school once we move. But that’s B’s life right now.

JJ finally had his speech evaluation, and was recommended to start speech therapy. I’m so excited for him. This is something that we were on the fence about for the last year or so. Not because we didn’t want to, but because we weren’t sure if he needed it. JJ has always been a little behind when it comes to talking, but has always caught up. The problem we started to notice once he did start talking, was that his pronunciation was off. He leaves off certain sounds usually at the end of words. Which makes it super hard to understand him if you are not around him very often. I can’t wait to start this journey with him, and see him improve. I’m hoping it will also help with some behavioral issues we have with him. Other than that he’s loving school, made a great new friend, and started playing soccer.

Sadie is changing everyday. I feel like the baby days are slowly disappearing while the toddler days are rapidly approaching. Cue the tears here. This girl loves to play with her babies, cook in her play kitchen, boss her brothers around, and is such a daddy’s girl. Man can she turn the charm on for him. She just lights up when he walks into the room. She’s also started giving out hugs and kisses. It melts my heat.

I’m just trying to soak in all these days with her as much as possible. Knowing she could be the last baby is so heartbreaking.

What’s to come?

I came up with a lot of goals for myself this year. I feel like every time I have a baby something else starts to slip. Wether its my organization, or something like self care. My goal this year is to just improve. I want to be a better me, wife, and mom. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be sharing how I accomplished all these little goals I have made for myself. I already feel like I’m improving in some areas.

Family wise, hopefully a lot of fun. We have some great things planned the next few months. Make sure you follow us on instagram to see everything.

Here is a little video of our lives the last few months.

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– Mandi

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