It’s Been A While…

Just the other day my husband casually mentioned putting something on my blog. I thought to myself, “Seriously? I have NO time for blogging right now.” But today I gave it a second thought and figured, why not?

What will it look like? I think for now I’ll post about some of our family fun, things we learn homeschooling, and even things I’m learning as a Christian wife and stay at home mom.

Before I get going though, I think I have some catching up to do. My last post talks about my son’s first birthday. He’s 3 1/2 now.

Since then our family has grown! In addition to our 3 girls (age 9, 7, and 5) and boy (3) we have a 6 week old boy. See what I mean when I wondered about time to blog? I still stay home and homeschool. This fall we’ll have a fourth and third grader and a kindergartener. We’ve been living in our house for three years now and love it.

I think that’s pretty much it for now. We’ll see how long this inspiration to blog again lasts. Stay tuned!

A New Look

In an effort to save time and money we avoided cutting Abigail’s hair. This turned into us suggesting to her that she grow her hair so she could donate it for making a wig. We did go in for an occasional trim and then went for the big cut a few months ago.

Because I am a busy and forgetful mom I have yet to mail her hair, but when I do I am sending it to Pantene.

Here is Abigail before and after:

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Eleven Months

Levi is fully mobile now. He walks all over the place and gets into everything! We need to be sure to keep gates and the bathroom door closed. He also likes to get into the girls’ crayons. I really don’t understand how he can like to eat those-or chalk for that matter.

Taking his monthly onesie picture was very challenging. It got to the point where I had to scroll through what I snapped and settled for what would work versus the perfect smiley picture.

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The AWANA Grand Prix

Abigail and Sarah are greatly enjoying their first year of AWANA so far. They love going each week to learn Bible lessons, memorize Scripture, and play with friends.

One of AWANA’s big events is the AWANA Grand Prix. Starting in mid-October the girls were able to create their own pinewood car alongside Jonathan. This was a great opportunity for some daddy-daughter bonding time.

Jonathan created templates for the girls so they could draft the shape they wanted for the profile of their cars. He used this to cut out the car’s shape from the wood. Then Abigail and Sarah were able to file and sand their cars to get them nice and smooth. With help from Dad they then painted their cars, added wheels and weights, and added decals.

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The night of the Grand Prix was a little overwhelming for the girls, who weren’t quite sure what to expect. But after the first few races they quickly caught on and followed along. Abigail’s car was clearly competitive, so much so that she ended up winning first place for speed in her group! Way to go Abigail!

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Ten Months!

All of Levi’s monthly milestones are blurring together because it is taking me so long to post. Levi excels in most areas: eating, babbling, laughing, moving. The only areas he struggles in are sleeping and separation anxiety.

But let’s focus on the positive.

He loves to eat and is willing to try most of the table food we give him. But he is messy! I’m pretty sure that even if he kept a bib on he would still manage to make a huge mess of himself. He has started saying “mama” and often will say it when he’s coming for me (his momma, go figure!). He loves playing with the girls and is often occupied enough in the evening to let me make dinner with little interruption! And boy does Levi move. He is a crawling and cruising champ. Closer to walking than any of our girls were at this age.

Memory lane:

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Meeting Riley

My nephew Riley was born on October 20. I didn’t get the chance to visit him in the hospital, so I was very antsy waiting until he went home with my sister four days later.

He is such a tiny peanut! I always forget how little newborns are. He is so adorable. The girls and I loved meeting him and holding him. I’m looking forward to watching him and Levi grow up together!

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Nine Months

So last month Levi turned 9 months old. He’s got two teeth, is a fast crawler, and cruises like a pro! He is also a very happy boy despite not meeting my sleep expectations (you know, like (1) falling asleep on his own (2) taking two naps a day and (3) sleeping through the night).

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