Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Could That Face Be Any Cuter?

And it's so good he is so cute, because he is now crawling full time, pulling up on everything, and basically wreaking all kinds of havoc!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I had this post ready to do on April's meal plan but then realized I didn't have one.  I was eating the meals left over from March since most were not eaten.  So I felt like it might be a little boring.

Unlike my other posts these days...

The girls and I heading out to see Jamie Grace in concert. 
But April is proving to be the beginning of better times!  It's still crazy around here with sick babies, testing, piano lessons, swim and gymnastics lessons, and the like.  The difference is our Classical Conversations class is OVER for the year! (I'll have an update on how we finished up later.) We loved our class so much and look forward to starting back.  In August! 

Yes, we have over 16 weeks of rest before going back to CC.  No papers and presentations each week to fret over on Mondays, no dropping Alexander off at grandmother's house early to head to class 45 minutes away, no rushing to get back for all the afternoon activities.  Just peace and calm.  Well, probably not, but I can dream.

Camille loves me to post pictures of finished puzzles.  We learned the presidents this year for CC.

The girls, however, are quick to point out that we are not done with school.  Is one ever really done with school or learning?  I point this out to them and one of them just groans.  I'll let you guess which one.

Our days will be more relaxed after this week.  The girls are taking SATs this week and doing math.  But next week starts our review process which takes us through a good bit of the summer.  Yes, I'm mean that way.  Honestly I'm saving them a world of review at the beginning of the school year by keeping their brains fresh, but they won't realize that until they are on their own one day and realize how much information is lost if you don't use it.  But I digress.

Playing around with Newton's Second Law of Motion.

This is quite possibly my favorite time of the school year.  We are knocking subjects out little by little until we will be left with just math, science and review.  Our days will be shorter and the afternoons spent reading, napping, or exploring nature (more on that later) before the stifling heat of July hits us. 

And of course, playing with this little guy.  He is still delightful as ever.  Such a good, happy baby. 

And I have so much to catch up on around this house.  I feel like I'm drowning most days trying to get the bare necessities done.  Not to mention cleaning out the school room and the rest of the house.  So we'll be doing a lot of cleaning too.  I'll also continue to catch up on the blog.  Hopefully.  I think I'm still on January.  At this rate I'll be done sometime in 2017.  Better late than never I guess...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

I forgot what it is like to have a six-month-old.  Alexander is busy all.the.time.  And I'm no spring chicken.  He's wearing me out!

Good thing he is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Monday, March 17, 2014

When Did This Happen?

I'm not sure how it happened, but Alexander is sitting up pretty well these days.  It seems like we went from this position...

to this position overnight!

He even gets up on his hands and tries to get on his knees.  I imagine we'll be crawling in the next six weeks or so.

He's also sitting in his high chair to eat.  Still not overly concerned with food, but does love green beans.  When our totally pureed food is gone we'll start letting him eat what we eat.  We'll mash it up of course, but it will be nice to be able to do that.

He loves to put anything and everything in his mouth.  I never had that with the girls so this will be an experience when he really becomes more mobile. No teeth yet, but if drool is any indicator it should be any day now!

Alexander was 30 inches long and 18 1/2 lbs at his 6 month check-up.  That is about the size of Lillie at 12 months and it was Camille's height at 9 months.  So he is big!

And he is learning so much.  You can just see the questions in his eyes.  He babbles a lot and I think I have heard Lillie and star.  No mama or dada, but we are working on it.

I love to see how he changes from day to day and just the curiosity at everything being new. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Catching Up Part 2-Drive Through December

Have you seen those history videos where the guy drives to different places and tells the viewer about what happened there?  We LOVE those videos.  Those came to mind as I was putting this post together.  This is our December at break-neck speed!  And I must mention that this post is pretty long!

We got back from our Thanksgiving trip and had to try and unpack and get our Christmas decor up at the same time.  It didn't work too well.  Finally we got the tree up so Marty, our elf, could come to stay for the month.  He brought lots of goodies and challenged the girls to bring holiday cheer to those around them.

We were able to do that by sharing the story of Jesus Christ to our city.  We all participated in our congregations Greatest Story Ever Told.  Alex, Alexander, and I were Joseph, baby Jesus, and Mary until the rain drove us inside.  Alexander was an excellent baby Jesus.  The girls also participated in various scenes.

We had the girl's piano recital.  The video is too long to upload because the girls played back-to-back so we could rush off to Camille's basketball game.  And of course we got no pictures so you will just have to take my word that they played beautifully!

We all enjoyed cookies with Santa.

And it was Lillie's year to top the tree.

The kids got together with their Classical Conversations buddies for a trip to the Aviation Museum, and later on at our house for gingerbread house decorating.  These are some awesome kids!

And of course, we celebrated my 40th birthday.  The girls and I were on a field trip and Alex sneaked in and decorated.  I thought I had hid those so he wouldn't find them.  Oh, well!  Instead of a "party" with extended family, I opted for my in-laws to baby sit and Alex and I went out for dinner.  It was a great birthday.  And really 40 is the new 20, right?

We decorated more gingerbread houses with the cousins.

Christmas Eve was filled with time at the in-laws, a candle-light service at church, pictures under the tree, throwing reindeer feed, and reading The Night Before Christmas.

Christmas morning arrived very early and the kids got to see what Santa had left them.  We also opened gifts from each other before eating our traditional monkey bread.  We spent most of the afternoon at my in-laws eating and opening gifts.  It was a wonderful way to spend Christmas.

A few days after we celebrated Christmas with my family.  The cousins came up and just enjoyed spending time together, playing, and making cookies.

And we cannot forget that Alexander turned four months old at the end of the month.  His first Christmas in the books!