Friday, April 15, 2016

6 Weeks!

Miss F is six weeks old now.  We sure are enjoying her.  She is becoming much more responsive to us, often giving out some very sweet smiles.  She's also growing very well.  She is 10 pounds 7 ounces....nearly 3 pounds over her birth weight.

She is always looking around watching all of the action around here.
She is still very much a red head though she does not seem to have the matching temper.

Miss J enjoyed reading The Little Red Caboose to our little red caboose.   Miss F really seemed to enjoy it and gave out quite a few smiles.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Random fun

It's been a busy few weeks.  Fun, but busy.  Even during our quiet moments I've been busy.  I love being busy doing things like foot rubs on my babies.  Miss A is often sure that Miss F would like a foot rub...While I'm at it maybe I could do her feet too?  She's always happy to grab the lotion.

We celebrated Mr R's "happy barf day" that's what it's called around here.  He has a reputation for choosing the junkiest foods on his birthday which often end up making him sick...hence the name.  Miss E baked and decorated his rubix cube cake.

We've had a few Science Olympiad meetings.  Sometimes the little ones get rather bored at these meetings, even though I do my best to provide activities for them.

We've had so much pizza in the last few weeks that the unthinkable has happened....the family is tired of pizza.  I'm sure they will get over it soon enough.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Break

Daddy's two weeks off after Miss F was born bumped right up to Spring break!  We got an extra week off with Daddy home!

Uncle D started off our Spring break with a Pizza party.  Even though he is very far away he ordered pizzas and had a couple of movies sent.  What a very thoughtful way for a fun uncle to help us celebrate the birth of Miss F!

The next day we had dentist appointments scheduled.  Those were canceled when we couldn't even get a couple of miles down the road because of the blizzard that was just getting going.  We stayed home and had left over pizza and watched another movie that Uncle D sent.

Digging out the next day so we could have some fun....

We headed into town to go bowling at Bass Pro.

We did a jammie drill that night as well.  There was another storm coming in and we knew this was the last chance to get more spring break fun in.
Spring break blizzard #2 showed up and we were well prepared for at home/indoor fun including chocolate chip cookies.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just some fun around here

It's been great having daddy home and having time to just relax and enjoy Miss F.  Daddy has also had time to run errands or do special things with the older kids.  The van needed new breaks, so Rob took Miss J and Mr S with him.  It took longer than expected leading to some fun at Steak N' Shake!

Mr. M wanted to go fishing for his birthday (over a month away).  We had some good weather so daddy took most of the kids.

Miss E is in need of more night driving experience so one evening after the littles were in bed she drove a bunch of the kiddos to town for ice cream.

Miss A likes to get out and about too.  She's also quite independent and resourceful.  She got herself all ready to go outside the other day.  She found Miss C's fleece, Miss J's boots, and Miss E's hat.  

This makes me think of Paddington Bear; not just the look but the sweet innocence of trying hard to get it right....even though it's not quite right.  Oh, and she has a lunch box too. ;) 

Sunday morning snuggles.  I love how the kids come to check on Miss F and snuggle with her.  We're all so in love with her.  I think this is one of my favorite parts of having a large family....watching sweet relationships grow between all of these kids.  They don't always get along, but they sure do love each other!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

2 weeks!

Miss F is two weeks old.  She's such a sweetie and we've really enjoyed these two weeks together as a family with daddy home getting to know her.  It's been fun to see how easily Miss A has slipped into her role as big sister.  She takes it very seriously.  She loves holding Miss F.  She takes the job of throwing diapers away very seriously.  If she's around during a diaper change she likes to help with that too.  She helped with a bath too.  The best part?  Miss F seems to like Miss a quite a bit too!  I think they will be best friends!

Miss F is a GREAT sleeper during the day, but also wakes up nicely to eat.  Speaking of eating....she seems to be a GREAT eater too.  At 8 pounds 7 ounces she is nearly 1 pound over her birth weight!  Yikes!  No wonder she's been waking so often at night.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


My mom always comes for at least a long week-end when I have a new baby, if not for a week.  This time her visit was carefully timed so that she could help out during Science Olympiad Regionals.  We were cutting it close given that regionals were just 2 weeks after my due date.  Nana was here to take care of littles and hold down the fort while Rob had the oldest 4 kids an hour away competing with the team.

Cooking, playing games, walks on the horse trail....lots of fun with Nana.

She had a slumber party with the littles while all of the bigs were gone.  First they needed to make caramel corn to go with the movie.

Of course she also loved getting to cuddle with Miss F.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Science Olympiad Regionals

Last year was our first year participating in Science Olympiad.  It was just Miss E and Mr. R.  This year we added Mr. M and Mr. S.  I was due just 2 weeks before regionals this year; meaning we needed to have a plan to make this happen.  My mom came to help with the littles while Rob took the big kids down for competition (it's an over night thing since they have to be there so early on the big day).

Miss E's day was full of testing.  Nothing to see.  The boys all had building events though that could be watched as they tested their builds.  Between the 3 of them we had 4 different build events Bottle Rockets, Gliders, Scrambler (a wheeled vehicle with an egg on the front; get the vehicle as close to the wall as you can without breaking the egg), and Air Trajectory.

***All placings listed for the boys are at the Jr. High level.  Mr. R and Mr. M are on our "varsity" Jr. High team.  Mr. S is on the "Jr. Varsity" team.****
Mr. R and his partner won 1st place for their Bottle Rocket(s).

Mr. R and his partner won 1st place for their Glider.

Mr. M and his partner did not fair well with their Scrambler.  It was somehow broken after being impounded, their quick repair was not good enough.  It seems many teams had problems though since only 8 teams got official results.  The other 18 teams received placings of 26/27 place.  Oh well.  They will rebuild and hopefully State Competition will go better.

Mr. R and Mr. M placed 3rd for Air Trajectory.

Mr. S and his partner placed 4th in Air Trajectory.  During our practices Mr. S had been getting better and more consistent results with his contraption.  We had expected him to place better than his brothers, but thats just how competition days go.  He is very excited to get to go to state and give it another go.  Maybe at State he'll WHOMP his brothers?

All three of the boys also had a testing event; Road Scholar.  Its about reading and even drawing maps.  Mr. R and Mr. M did better than expected and are hoping to up their game for state.

***Miss E competes at the Sr. High level***
Miss E placed 1st with her partner in Anatomy.  She and her (same) partner placed 2nd for Disease Detectives (epidemiology).  We're still waiting on results for the computer programing "Game On" event.  She and her partner were pleased with how they did and are looking forward to practicing more so they will place better at state.

Over all the three teams did very well and are all continuing on to our State competition..  Our Sr. High team placed 3rd.  Our "varsity" Jr. High team placed 1st.  Our "JV" Jr. High team placed 12th and as our head coach put it "made it by the skin of their teeth....their baby teeth" (only the top 12 teams go on to state; our JV team is all grade schoolers).

***We're super thankful to our head coach and team coaches that put so much time and effort into this team and make it what it is.  We are pleased with how well the kids did, but behind the scenes there was much character building taking place.  That growth and the relationships built are the big reasons we do SO.