One Month

Levi’s first month came and went pretty quickly. Over the course of a month he put on two pounds. He eats well and sleeps well – he just doesn’t always sleep when I’d like him to. He doesn’t have a schedule at all yet. The only thing I can count on is a good chunk of awake time first thing in the morning and also in the evening before he goes down for the night. It seems like late morning to late afternoon is filled with a string of naps with feedings in between.

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The girls love their little brother. Abigail and Sarah like to visit with him on the floor in the mornings where they often compete for his attention. he’s now smiling back, which is really cute.

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Not a picture with Sarah, but rather a picture of what she did.

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We’re doing monthly onesie pictures again. Here is Levi at 5 days and then one month:

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And just like that, in a little over a week, our little guy will be another month older!

Kindergarten Corner – Goat Unit

Our 12th unit covered the letter G, goats, and other farm animals.

Day 4 suggested sampling cow’s milk and goats milk. As much as I encourage the girls to try new things, I was just not ready for goat’s milk. Instead we did a cut out mountain goat and learned about them. One of the many great things about homeschooling is that I get to learn things along with the girls. For example, I had no idea that mountain goats only lived in North America, specifically the northwestern part.

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We pretty much followed the curriculum for each other day. I found these matching puzzle sheets so Sarah could match baby farm animals with their parents.

For our classical music activity we listened to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and made art with finger paints. I hung their work in our very own art gallery. Sarah wanted me to throw hers away because she didn’t like how it turned out. I tried explaining that there isn’t really a wrong way to do art. I think her piece has grown on her.

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Stay tuned for the fun we had during our cow unit!

Valentine’s Day

Our Valentine’s Day started out with Abigail requesting either cereal or oatmeal in the shape of a heart. I couldn’t do that, put I sprinkled her brown sugar over her oatmeal in the shape of a heart and I made Sarah’s cereal milk pink.

We went to playgroup where the girls made Valentine’s. Then we headed back home and had a pretty laid back day.

Our tradition is to feed the girls dinner, a special dessert, and then give them gifts. I made an Oreo pudding parfait-type dessert. Jonathan gave the girls Valentine’s of Minnie Mouse cards and Legos/Duplos. My pictures aren’t the best as I took them one-handed while feeding Levi.

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Our tradition continued with Jonathan making dinner. We had yummy steak, potatoes, and fresh green beans. We topped it off with dessert and ended our day when Levi was ready to hit the hay.

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Snow Fun, Finally!

We’ve had a decent amount of  snow this snow season. We’ve probably had a good 40 inches or snow fall since October. For pretty much every storm the girls had to enjoy them from the sidelines. Either the timing wasn’t right, or my very pregnant self was not very willing to go outside. Also, most of the temperatures accompanying the snow were so low that the snow was the powdery type not worth playing with.

Well, finally, last Wednesday we got a great amount of snow that tapered off around lunchtime and Jonathan’s work told him to stay home. This made for the perfect opportunity for the girls to go play in the snow.

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My Birthday

I recently celebrated my birthday. I now consider myself to be in my mid-30’s (I’m 34). I felt like an orange cake with chocolate frosting. I made this orange velvet cake and topped it with this chocolate buttercream frosting. It tasted great! Orange and chocolate just go well together.

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We celebrated at Nonna and Papa’s house. They gave me a gift certificate to a local Chinese food restaurant and offered to watch the kids for us so we could have a real date night! My sister and brother-in-law gave me a pretty cake/dessert tray. I also got a meal in a basket (complete with cake mix!) from my godmother and uncle. Jonathan and the kids gave me two Camelbak water bottles-just what I wanted!

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I had a great laid-back birthday and always love spending it with family. Here’s to an awesome 34th year of life!