Friday, May 20, 2016

Oh this girl!

Miss A keeps us on our toes!  Someone recently commented that we seem to have become a full on coffee drinking family (I'm not talking those fluffy mocha/latte type drinks...full on COFFEE).  I replied that as long as Miss A is in our home, I'll likely be a coffee drinker.  I need the extra boost!

She recently went on a milk drinking binge.  It was nice that she was able to get the milk out of the refrigerator and bring it and the sippy cup to us for re-fills.  Then she decided to bypass the sippy.  I'm glad the jug was mostly empty at that point.

We've had some very busy days and she's been holding up very well.  One day she was her usual playful self, then I watched her grab her pacie and crawl onto the couch.  She was OUT in a matter of seconds and stayed asleep for a couple of hours....even with our family going about business as usual all around her.  She plays hard and sleeps hard.  WHEN she sleeps.

She LOVES Miss F.  She is very gentle with her, but still Miss F is not quite sure what to think.

Miss A is always busy.  Somedays more than others.  She recently had a particularly eventful morning.  She'd helped herself to 2 bananas.  Asked a brother to make her a bowl of oatmeal (which he did, and she gobbled it up).  Then we made her an egg.  All of this in less than an hour; then she says "I huh-he mama"  What does she do with all of that food?  Well it seems that she needed the energy after having taken the sheets AND the mattress off of her bed....TWICE!  That's along with the normal playful two-year-old-activities she'd been up to that morning...you know like changing her outfit 3 times.  All before 8 am.
She finally decided on her swim dress.  "It petty"

This girl keeps us laughing all the time.  Her joyful, creative, independent spirit may keep us on our toes, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2 months!

These 2 months with Miss F have just flown by.  She is growing very well weighing in
at 11 pounds 7 ounces.

We're loving the big smiles she gives.  She's trying to talk to us and she even tries so hard to get little laughs out.  She is already bringing so much joy to our home.

Miss F is NOT a cuddle bug.  She prefers to be able to watch all of the action going on around here from her bouncy seat, swing, or facing out when in someones arms.  She's very much like her oldest sister in that way.

I'm loving that Miss F is such a great sleeper.  Most nights she sleeps about 7 hours a night.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the fourth be with you!

The kids thought they had come up with a great excuse to eat junk food and watch movies all day....a Star Wars marathon.  All. Day. Long.  I told them that was a great idea.  Maybe they could invite some friends?  I had them make up a shopping list and e-mail out an invitation.


They cleaned up the house.  Then they baked and prepped all of the snacks.  There were other obligations that morning, so they had to use time management skills.  Once their friends arrived they played host/hostess.  I suggested they pull out the Star Wars Mad Libs, and they ended up doing 5 of them.  Yeah, I called it a school day. :)

The little kids spent much of their time playing with playdoh.  The Star Wars set.

They took a break for a water fight and to wash a friend's car.  I don't think we made it through all of the movies, but it was a great day.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Mr S!

Ah, the end of April.  We had our last (hopefully) blizzard before spring came to stay.  When Mr. S was born on a sunny day in Florida I never imagined we'd ever be celebrating his birthday in a blizzard.  We had known the forecast and the plan had been to get out and go shopping for his birthday food on Saturday once the snow stopped.  We got out in the van ok, but (thanks to the wind) we got stuck in a drift coming home.  Fun!
These two had so much fun together while we were shopping.  They're not always like this, but more often than not they really are like best buddies.

We opened gifts.  Mr S was super excited to get gift cards to many of his favorite places.

Since it hadn't been too hard to get the van unstuck and the truck can generally get in and out ok we decided to take him on his birthday date.  We had a great time taking him out for Chinese food.  After eating we took him shopping for some treats to share with his brothers and sisters at home.  When we got home the truck got stuck in the drifts.  The wind was causing more trouble than the initial storm did.  Yikes!  We decided it would be best to stay in for the next day or two while the snow melted. :) 

Mr S has such an energetic and outgoing personality.  He makes friends easily and usually has a smile on his face. He's a creative guy.  Life is always an adventure with this guy and we look forward to seeing what adventures God has in store for him as he continues to grow and learn.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

State Science Olympiad

After missing the Regional competition while recovering from birth I was really excited to watch the kids compete at State.  With both a slow recovery and a bad weather forecast we decided that it was best that the 5 younger kids and I stay behind.

Rob and the 4 competing kids headed up the afternoon before competition.  They stopped at Krispy Kreme on their way up and then enjoyed the pool at the hotel.

The little kids and I awakened to a winter wonderland.  We spent the day inside playing and I was super thankful that though the roads were bad a friend was able to come over and help with littles so I could get a nap....it had been a rough night.

The competition went off without a hitch and I appreciated getting some updates throughout the day.  Their weather wasn't quite as bad up there, but the call was made to cancel the official awards ceremony so any teams that could would be able to make it home safely.  Most of the families on our team opted to stay an extra night.  A few of the amazing moms on our team (they are all amazing!) put together a private awards ceremony at the hotel with dollar store medals and trophies.  Miss E (with her partner) got 1st in Disease Detectives (epidemiology) and 2nd in Anatomy.  Mr. R and his partner got 1st in gliders.  Mr. M and his partner got 1st in Scrambler (a wheeled vehicle with an egg on the front, get as close to the wall as possible without breaking your egg).  Our Sr. High team places 5th overall.  Our Jr. High team placed 2nd overall.  Good job guys!
As much as I would have loved to get my kids and Rob home safely that night, this was so much fun for my kids.  Imagine, being a teen and being stuck in a hotel with many of your friends.  What fun!  Even better?  All of the kids had their parents there so they couldn't get into too much mischief. ;) 

The next day they made their way home while we waited as patiently as possible.  Some were more excited for their arrival than others. 

When they finally made it home the truck got stuck right in front of our house.  It was REALLY stuck.  A friend happened to be out checking to see how the roads were.  He knew Rob and the big kids were gone and thought he'd drop by to check on me and the littles....his timing could not have been better.  He drove in just a few minutes after the truck got stuck and was able to pull it out.

What an adventure!  Once again we are so thankful to have been able to have this experience with our Science Olympiad team.   

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.