Thursday, October 30, 2008
(Enjoying Samuel's birthday cake. Where's his bib!?!)
Caleb is really blossoming lately and I just have to share. While we were in Branson 2 weeks ago, we were sitting around the cottage talking, and he let go of the coffee table and stood by himself a few seconds. He continues to cruise and have fleeting moments standing. While my MIL was here, she did yoga almost everyday. Caleb would get over where she was, play with her hair, and attempt some yoga postures! Really!
He's been signing "more" for several weeks, but today he signed "please," "all done," and "eat!" I realized he'd been doing "eat" for a while, but I hadn't recognized it until he did it after I asked him if he wanted to eat. Also, as the Urbans were leaving, I took him in his room to change his diaper and he waved and called out "ba bye" as clear as can be. (while laying on his changing pad!)
We took him out on the trampoline a few days ago and he had a blast! Unfortunately, the record button was not on. Urrr! We've been reviewing spelling words while Samuel jumps on the trampoline this week (odd, but Samuel's been spelling very well) and Caleb goes with us and really enjoys it.
We have a cd of music sung in Spanish that the kids really like. Caleb will hear it and make a bee line to their room, pull up on the table, and dance to the music. He will raise his hands and jabber. When we say, "Praise the Lord," he waves his hand and jabbers more. So sweet, because we never "taught" him that, he's just picked it up from when we've been at church.
Tonight Samuel was concerned about Caleb getting into the MANY Lego pieces, but I told him it would be my job to keep him out. Considering it was a 692 piece project, there were a lot of small parts and a big box. Well, Caleb had such a great time getting on and off the box, squealing with delight and pointing and talking to the little guys! I got it on video, but can't get it to download. (Major frowny face!) Use your imagination and I'll work on figuring it out.
Amazing how 9 years has flown by. I remember this
and this (with my Gpa Sams)
But now, we have this!
We found out that Buddy was working late, so I brought out his last gift after a dinner of chicken noodle soup. (really- no chicken, noodle soup, but you get the idea.) This was a staged expression, but so like him when it comes to Legos!
Then it was time for bed, but right at the time he was born, I told him the abbreviated version of his birth. It was so sweet to have him sitting on my lap while I share with him what a blessing he is to us and how thankful we are to have him in our lives. I'm looking forward to watching him grow into all God has for him.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Check them out, relive a bit of your childhood with your kids, plus they can learn things at the same time!
I also saw a link to this that if you'll take some time, with a box of kleenex, you will laugh until you cry. In fact, I was watching one last night and laughed so hard the kids thought I was crying! It'll do you some good and give you a dose of the best kind of medicine. Life is short, enjoy!
Samuel was getting some strategy ideas from one of the dads.
Piper was cruising around the yard while fierce battles were waged all around her.
All but one of the kids at the party. We didn't sugar them up too much, but we did send them home tired!
Since Nana wasn't going to be here for Catherine's party and because we had some cupcakes left over, we decided to celebrate Catherine's day a few months early. You would never guess it wasn't her real day from the joy on her face. No presents, but singing, candles, cupcakes and ice cream was pretty good for her.
Here is a picture from Monday. Wow!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If you haven't read or seen anything or want more info, click here and here, get on your knees and pray, then get out and vote!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I'll post pictures and tell stories when I have more energy!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Urbans have a fabulous school room, so they were in there while we were at the table. After we got through, we went down the driveway to the road (it's a dead end and very safe) to learn about the Mayflower. I drew a chalk line and they each had a different color chalk that they marked what they thought was 106.5 feet from my line. They older boys thought they were pretty smart. Buddy had a 50 foot tape that they thought was a 100 foot tape and had used to measure before we got down there. Interestingly, it was Hope, who is 4 who was within 2 feet of the final measure. We learned about why the Pilgrims left England and about their journey, then had races between either end of our Mayflower and ended with Art- drawing pictures of the ship and 100 people on it.
Charissa has the pictures from the day, so as soon as she posts, I can send you there.
Having such a great day together made it easy to decide to do this every week. (Except we'll be in Branson this weekend.) I'm thankful to have such a great family for our kids to associate with and learn together.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here are the before and afters.-
Our bathroom before with goldish (emphasis on the 'ish)cultured marble
and after with blue pearl granite and new sinks...
Our kitchen and going into the laundry room before...
and after with new floors and a fresh coat of paint on the laundry room...
Our dining room/ school room before...
And after with no more icky carpet and with properly faux painted bead board...
Needless to say, I'm thankful for my very handy husband who is able to do so many things by himself. Now, just imagine the trim painted and the bathroom repainted. All in good time!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Would you please take time to sign this petition and get our next step coming closer for bringing Hannah home?
Thank you so much!
We went to my parents' church since we were a little slow getting around Sunday am. The kids really wanted to be with Grandpa and Grandma, so I sent them off for some fun, then went home to make lunch and help Buddy. It's great to have them close and to have a good relationship with them.
This was our first full week homeschooling and it's going really well. I'm learning to incorporate more than one subject/ learning experience at a time instead of Spanish, math, science, etc. As I'm reading about it, it does make sense and will help it be much more enjoyable for all of us. We've been acting out our history and having a story time of it. They ask for it and enjoy it. They like to go off to their "cozy" spots for their reading and then Catherine gets excited about reading to me. The outside has become more enticing, but they wait until I tell them it's time. Today when our neighbor friend came over I asked if she could hear them and she could- 2 houses down! While we were at WalMart, I was trying to use the experience for learning and it didn't go over like I thought. I'm sure it'll come more naturally in time.
Caleb started waving today, which I know is normal, but I've been showing him and he hasn't been doing it. Today I showed him and about 5 minutes later he was waving away. So sweet! He was so happy tonight, crawling, laughing, and going back and forth. I need to get that on video! He's also started grabbing my hair and pulling himself up so his face rests on mine when I'm rocking him before naps/bed. He's very strong, so it hurts, but cute. Got to appreciate these times together.
Off to do lesson plans...
Edited to say: We are now remembering why we close the lid on the toilet seats- Caleb had his arm immersed this am. Oh my!