Eight Months

Our not-so-little Levi is eight months old now. He is fully mobile and is always keeping us on our toes. He easily pulls himself up on all sorts of furniture and will occasionally use a wall to stand himself up.

He’s had plenty of table food (more than any of the girls did by this age). He just seems more interested-plus it is a great way to give him something to do while we’re getting his sisters to eat.

He still has only two teeth but may be working on his top two.

Slow down Levi! Part of me is very ready for you to reach toddler hood (hello more sleep, maybe?) the other part of me wants to savor babyhood for a little bit longer.


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First Day of School!

I just cannot believe that it is almost October already. We are well into our 2014-2015 school year, but I couldn’t miss posting about our first day of school.

I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I hoped to be (as far as setting up the school room went), but we were as ready as we needed to be.

Abigail started first grade. She’s doing Sonlight for Language Arts, Saxon Math 1, Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Astronomy, and The Mystery of History Volume 1.



Sarah started Kindergarten. Because she followed along with Abigail’s My Father’s World curriculum last year we will use a series of printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler and 1+1+1=1 along with a workbook for language arts and math. She is following along with Abigail for science and history as well.



Lily. What can I say about Lily? I had grand plans for her and preschool. But, you know what? I think I’ll let her go on being a 2 year old. She hangs out with us in the school room coloring, “crafting”, and fooling around. I hope simply being in the room with her big sisters will do a good job preparing her for preschool come next fall.



Here’s to a great 2014-2015 school year!


Papa’s Concert

Every summer for the past four years my Dad has performed with his bluegrass band during a local town’s concert on the common series. We missed last year due to illness and were very excited we could make it this year.

This was Levi’s first concert. He seemed to enjoy himself-and the grass.




The girls had a blast dancing, blowing bubbles, and running around.




Did you know that my Dad is the World’s Okayest Bassist? You do now!


We are already looking forward to next year’s concert!

Summer Bucket List – Camping!

We didn’t plan a “big” camping trip this summer. But with a nice back yard we could still have a stay at home camp out.

A few weekends ago Jonathan and the girls pitched our tent for a night out under the stars. We went all out and cooked dinner over a charcoal fire and had s’mores for dessert.










I wouldn’t have minded joining everyone in the tent that night, but we figured Levi would be better off inside. I was looking forward to a quiet evening of school planning, snacking, and watching a little Netflix. The icing on my cake? Sleeping in the middle of the bed all by myself.

I need to learn that things often don’t go as “planned”.

Things started out amazingly, giving me a false sense that this would be one of Levi’s best nights in his short 7+ months of life. He fell asleep on his own. He didn’t cry at all. He just “talked” himself to sleep. It was awesome!

Well, he woke up maybe an hour and a half later. No biggie. I’ll just feed him and put him back down. Wait, why isn’t he sleeping? Oh, I see why he didn’t cry when I put him down for the night. He had a nice bowel movement before falling to sleep. I’ll just change him, feed him, and put him back down.  He slept for an hour before waking again. Between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:15 AM he had a 30 minute and 15 minute cat nap. At least I got to nearly finish watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.

In the meantime, I could hear some rustling in the tent outside my bedroom window. Jonathan emerged with Lily. She wanted to sleep in her bed. She quickly changed her mind though once she saw what I was dealing with inside. She wanted to go back to the tent.

I finally got Levi back down at 5:15 and he slept for another hour (just an hour?!?!?). I got him back to sleep and we woke up right before 8. How do I know all this by the way? There’s an app for that.

It was a horribly long night for me, but the girls were happy to spend the night with their Dad in their tent ( both Abigail and Sarah slept through the night). So if I had to do it all over again I would (maybe?).

Seven Months

Guess what? Levi is almost eight months old now. Surprised?

Levi loves getting into things now. He scoots everywhere-it almost looks likes he’s swimming across our hardwood floors.

He still isn’t the best sleeper. But we are having a hard time working on that. It isn’t easy with three other kiddos. Maybe someday he’ll have a schedule and nap longer than 34 minutes consistently.

Here’s the growing cuteness.


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