Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Recap

 Lots of baby snuggles!
& time spent reading
 Mornings at the splash pad before it is too hot
& early morning bike rides or walks to get our muscles warmed up
 An evening at a Kiddie Park where $15 lasted us 2 hours with 3 kiddos riding every ride
& evenings doing science lessons with Daddy
 Watching movies now and then
And wrestling with Daddy
 Celebrating the 4th of July with new friends (& CC buddies)
Joining a new church and finally feeling like we have found a place to serve!!
 Swimming ... lots of swimming
& trips to the library plus 2 summer reading programs
 VBS, music camp & science camp
tents in the living room and baking with our Easy Bake oven!
Turning 4 months, rolling over and gaining "rolls"
It has been a busy, fun filled summer with only 2 weeks to go before our fall schedule kicks off!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Currently ...

 The Daddy:
*Is working very hard! He has yet another new position at work and is constantly learning something new!
*Is enjoying the new pool almost as much as the 2, 6 year olds
*Is excited to be starting Kung Fu classes this fall!
*Is ready for the hot Oklahoma summer to end so that he can comfortably spend time outside
 The Mommy:
*I'm finally feeling like I can handle my role as mom to 4. This transition has probably been harder than when adding any other kiddo
*I'm feeling GREAT about our 2013-2014 school year. We have slowly started working back into our school routine ... I think we're going to learn lots.
*Starting in August will have a paying "job" again! I will be a tutor at our new Classical Conversations campus. I'm super excited about this opportunity.
*Looking forward to my parents visiting in August. They are planning on being here when Emmaline is baptized and I'm thankful they will join us for this special day!
 This Kate:
*Is mastering the two wheeler with training wheels. She's doing great! We went on a mile ride the other morning and minus a few steering issues she's a pro!
*Is missing her front tooth with it's neighbor loose too! Pretty soon she won't have many teeth left!
*Is not enjoying being back in school mode but she grins and bears it so she can swim after it's all over!
*Is waiting, too much waiting, for ballet to start at the end of August
 This Emma:
*Is learning how to swim under water and is pretty proud of her self
*Is loving the routine of school! She has done two weeks worth of math in 3 days. And fusses when I make her put her math book up
*Is SUPER excited about being baptized. She worked her way through 17 pages of scripture and questions and has made a huge decision! We are so proud of her.
*Is excited to meet her piano teacher on Monday & for piano lessons to start this fall!
 This Reed:
*This little man is struggling to find his spot among 3 sisters. We're working through it but we've had some rough days.
*He refused to sing during the music camp performance but since then has made us listen to his "concert" in the living room! He knows every word & action!
*He doesn't want a hair cut and lets me know it! I told him we'll give him until September & then some of it has got to go.
*Starts soccer this fall and is pretty sure he needs to wear the famous yellow boots!
This Adelaide:
*Is rolling over! She can go back to tummy or tummy to back
*She sleeps maybe an hour during the day but thankfully gives us 8-12 hours every night!
*She loves to snuggle with Daddy and gives him the biggest smiles
*She gives fabulous, slobbery kisses

Friday, July 5, 2013

Where Have We Been? & What Have We Been Doing?

 We have been in Michigan. Jeremy drove us up there for Memorial Day weekend and for the graduation of our nephew. We then spent a crazy busy weekend with family before Jeremy flew home. The kids and I stayed in Michigan for 3 more weeks ... having family get-togethers every weekend and sneaking in as much quality time as possible.
We have no scheduled date to get back to Michigan so we embraced our time together.
 This little lady has been busy growing! She's a fabulous baby!! She is loving play time lately and is almost rolling over. She did it one day but I think it was a complete accident because that was about 2 weeks ago and she hasn't done it since :)
She is sleeping 10-12 hours a night {IN A ROW!!!} She eats in 10 minutes flat, loves her snuggle time with Daddy at bedtime. She spends most of her day trying to figure out what the big kids are doing.
 The big kids have been embracing summer!
Splash pads, summer reading program, they are looking forward to VBS, music camp & science camp all coming up in the next few weeks. They ride bikes every morning and eat Popsicles every afternoon. They are sun tanned and exhausted every night when we tuck them into bed but hopefully this busy summer will be full of memories!
Our July 4th picture! {hopefully details to come}