Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Super Summer Challenge

My mother-in-law wrote a book based on what she used to do with her kids in the summer. My sister- in-law also has enjoyed doing this with her four kids and so have many other moms who have heard about SCC. I wasn't sure the girls would be ready this year, but when Haydee put the silverware away out of the dishwasher on her own the other day, I thought I would give it a try! After a bit of reading and a little work last night, I had it ready to go for the "first" day of summer this morning.
They already have several points and are really excited about earning their prizes. I made the goals small; weekly then monthly, then one big summer one to work towards. One week is like a year to them these days, so I wasn't sure they would get it, but I hope after this week they will! I gave them some small gifts to help them along with their goals; sewing cards, work books, etc and it was like Christmas morning. I got at least an hour of play time out of them this morning, so I say it was worth it!
Right now, I just have four weeks on our chart, that way I can reevaluate the system and the learning goals. We will see how the month of June goes!


I am so grateful for our three day weekend and I am indebted to those who helped make it possible. I thank those I know who served, but our thanks hardly does their sacrifice justice!
I was also reminded this weekend how blessed we are. So grateful for the Lord's protection on a daily basis. Even when things aren't going our way, it could be so much worse.
I have fun pictures to post later, but in the meantime, this is why I am reminded of why prayer is so important for our kids and that the Lord's angels are always at work, even when I don't know to pray.

Sprinklers, a garden hoe, and cousins, not a good combination. Haydee had to have 7 stitches on Sunday and it will leave a mark to remember. Poor thing. It may have been harder for me to have her go through, she was so brave. I am so, so grateful it didn't hit her one inch higher or lower. It really could have been so much worse.
Her black eye is worsening, but she doesn't complain about it much and is happy to remind me about the medicine she has to take after every meal.
I think it has been easy for me to get lazy as a mom, she and Payge are good to watch out for each other and I get in the bad habit of assuming things. While, I can't live in fear or become a hovering parent, I am reminded to double check and be diligent for their safety.

Monday, May 23, 2011

9 months

No. Really, buddy. You've got to stop. Your first year is going by way too quickly.
He is getting around, everywhere and is into everything. Already, I'm chasing after him and constantly trying to prevent disaster. Talk about precious though, will you look at that?

Sunday, May 8, 2011


It is hard to get 9 cousins to all smile at once.

We went to Iowa to celebrate Easter with Spencer's family. It was a short time, but we had lots of good conversation and time together. Payge also lost her 2nd bottom tooth and the new new teeth are already half-way up! I still haven't had the tooth fairy come, I was waiting to find a jar or pillow or something. Funny how those things get put off. I know it might be cheap to just give a quarter per tooth, but I think about all the teeth that we have left to loose between the three of them!

8 months

Okay, so this is more like what he has been doing during his 9th month of life, but he doesn't really hold still long enough to get a good picture. He is still my amazing baby. Minus a few days out of this month, he is sleeping 11-13 hours a night. He doesn't nap well, but it sort of helps to go with the flow of our busy life. The hardest thing for me is when I can't just get 30 mins of peace, but I guess that comes after they all move out. Right? He is crawling, fast. Climbing up stairs, pulling himself up on any and everything. He loves to watch and laugh at his sisters and is fascinated by hands. Clap them, shake them, wave them, sign with them, he is mesmerized. He is also an eater. Anything, everything. I am amazed how much he packs in. Like a chipmunk he stuffs his little face and chows down. I've been more adventurous with him, compared to what I tried at this age with the girls. He's got teeth sharp enough for steak, so he does pretty well.

First Cheerios

Chunky Monkey. My favorite PJ's. So sad he is too big for them. Time to sew them up and mail them to Dawson!

Such a joy, I am so blessed.

I'm having problems uploading video, so I will just post some pictures for now.


Haydee + 15oz of Baby Powder=

I still feeling like I am breathing in that fine dust. Payge got into Vaseline once, I am not sure which was worse.