Friday, May 1, 2015


Last weekend we took the older three munchkins camping.  The older girls had a camporee for their AHG troop with a bunch of other troops in the area, so we went off to join the chaos fun!  Justin and I used to camp before we had the kids, but aside from his attempt to take Kate and Gabby on a night that ended up being too cold last year, we've never gone with the kids.  This required a bit more gear--the tent I grew up with wouldn't hold all of us, so we picked up a bigger tent and some camp chairs (we just had two little stools, which wouldn't work for 5 people)!

The weather was supposed to be truly atrocious.  We watched as the forecast changed from 60% chance of range to 70%, and it actually got up to 100%!  It did sprinkle on us a little that first evening as we set up, then it rained quite a bit after lights out, but the next day broke without any rain.  By mid-morning the sun was bright.  We did break camp after dinner that night because Gabby seemed to be having some fairly severe allergy issues.  We waited until after their evening activities were winding down to take off though.



The girls worked on badges, hung out with their friends, Nate made a friend and even took a nap under a tree.  Ellie made it through her first night(s) away from me, staying with my parents for the weekend.  I believe that she'd never been away from me for more than three or four hours before, so it was a big step.  She played, ate, and slept some.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Life has been so full lately!  My old computer committed Hara-Kiri, so I've been a little behind on getting pictures downloaded and blogging.

We've been plugging away at our school year--we'll be finished with our history book today!  We're rotating history and science this year, so we get more immersed in the subject, and my poor brain isn't trying to keep track of the rotation.  The girls are both ahead already in next year's math books, and we have several weeks left to finish up the rest of the year.

I've also been working to help start a MOPS (Mother's of Pre-Schoolers) group at my church.  I've been able to serve in hospitality (getting things ready for the meetings, leading activities, and presenting devotionals) and as a discussion group leader.  We have all been helping out in childcare too.  Our group also offered a diaper changing and nursing station at a local fair, so Gabby and I volunteered there one afternoon.  We started with a small group of moms, but the interest is so great we expect the program to explode in the fall when we open registration to the entire community.

March started with snow days,

held a spring break trip to the zoo,

and ended with an AHG luau, postponed from one of the February snows.  Speaking of AHG the older girls have been busy with their troop.  They've earned a lot of badges and patches already this year.  They have a spring camp out that will give them each a few more opportunities as well as summer camp.

Nate has been working with me to learn how to read.  He asks most days lately to read out of 'the yellow book' (How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons).  We're about 1/3 of the way through the book, and he's doing great!

Cuteness in a box

Double Trouble, otherwise known as, "What do you do with the other kids when you're having school?"
"Why, store them in a box, of course!"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

And 9 1/2

So if Ellie had a half birthday yesterday, then Kate has one today!

Kate is 4' 8 1/4", so she's 3/4 of an inch from leaving her booster seat behind, as she is apt to tell you if you mention how tall she's become.  She is bright and is working on a wicked sense of humor.  She's still learning her boundaries there.  Some of us (her father) think that her smart mouth is a little more amusing than others of us.  I have to limit her reading time or she would do nothing else.  She loves Egyptian history surrounding the pharaohs.

1. What is your favorite color? blue
2. What is your favorite toy? star bear
3. What is your favorite fruit? apples
4. What is your favorite tv show? Lab Rats
5. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? dresses
7. What is your favorite animal? dogs
8. What is your favorite song? Twinkle
9. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
10. Who is your best friend? Ruby
11. What is your favorite snack? cookies
12. What is your favorite drink? Coca-Cola
13. What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate chip pancakes
14. What is your favorite lunch? burger and fries
15. What is your favorite dinner? pasta and french bread
16. What is your favorite game? Monopoly
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? That I am a superhero--I rescue Nate and Gabby from the spider swing and train them to be super heroes.
18. What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? Collette, Star bear, & pink blanket
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? writer, engineer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eighteen Months

Our little Ellie is 18 months old.

She doesn't say a great number of words: uh-oh (oops), uh-huh (yes), uh-uh (no), uh (up), du (duck, dog, or any other animal), a-oo (thank you) and wo (wow), but she gets her point across right well.  She's learned to sign 'more' and 'please' as well.  She understands even fairly complicated instructions.  She love Cheerios and peanut butter, but I think bread is her very favorite.

She loves to climb and move the chairs around the house.  She puts everything in her mouth.

She has a great smile and the others adore her.  She's a great little girl, and I am so glad we have her.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Funnies

Kate: Can I read this book [The Worst Case Survival Handbook]?

Me: I guess...

Kate: Good.  I really need to learn how to pass a bribe.

*     *     *     *     *

Me: So what did you learn?

Kate: I learned how to jump from one building to another!

(of course...)
*     *     *     *     *

Overheard later...

Kate: Nate this is how you escape from being tied up.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Oh my!

I'm not sure if I forgot or if toddler 4.0 is just a bit more challenging--due to her personality and the ages of the sibs.

I am so grateful that we have older kids, as they can be so helpful, but of course they have many more breakable things, and teeny tiny choking hazard things, and more school work to do this time around.  It is just a different animal having a one year old with a nine year old than it is a one year old with a three year old.

We've actually taken to removing all the chairs from the dining room.  Every time an assignment is complete or a meal is finished all of the chairs have to be taken out so that Ellie doesn't climb on top of the table.  Nate did his fair share of climbing, but he could at least get back down.  Not Elle.  She just falls off.  Yikes!  We've gotten pretty good at catching her.

The garbage can sits on a chair to keep her from dumping the contents.  She's been known to just shove it out of the chair, dumping it, but that only happened once and the digging was averaging more than once an hour, so we'll say we're winning for the moment!

She is busy, active, and learning so much about the world around her.  But if you need me, I'll be rescuing her or something for the next year or so!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Funny

Nate: I think that that star is the sun's evil twin.

Kate: You have watched too many documentaries.

Nate: That's it!