Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
She insisted on reading "sweet books." That means stuff from the likes of Max Lucado, ie: "You are Special." Such a great message!
I love that Brianna is really FEELING it. I hope she always does, and we always remain this close.
He begs for educational activities everyday. Not exaggerating or joking or even bragging. I'm in awe of it. And very supportive of course :)
Today he learned how to look words up in a dictionary and read the definitions! He loved it!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
She starts each night in her own bed (sharing a room with Brianna, she loves it) but sometime during the early morning hours almost always finds her way into mine. And I love it. I'm sure someday I'll miss having my squishy baby next to me (she's already a couple years past the time where most would consider her a baby....) so I'm enjoying it while I can! I love her sweet sweet peaceful expression and huge smile when she wakes up and crawls all over me. Or occasionally scoots away to the other side, it's funny!
I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for entrusting me with this angelic little one.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Just a few images from our fantastic trip to Endicott for their awesome small-town (but BIG fireworks!) celebration.
Totally worth the 2 hr drive.
Hours of outdoor swimming, games, treats, more games, more swimming, playground, live band, dancing to the music, juggling entertainer.... we love this place on the 4th!!
So glad Aunt Jenny gets us in every year :)
So glad Aunt Jenny gets us in every year :)
5 of my mom's 8 children were all there! That's pretty cool!
I got to hang out a lot with Kiya. I adore that sweet girl! She's just so pleasant to be around. No drama, no sass, kind and thoughtful... I hope I get that lucky in the teenage department when we get to that stage!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I became in charge of dessert for an impromptu family dinner party, so I took advantage of the fact that this is the time of year where bringing a bunch of popsicles as the dessert is perfectly acceptable. However that meant managing 4 squirrels at Yokes....for a "quick trip" (kinda impossible, since they MUST hit the deli for the free cheese stick, bakery for free cookie, and produce dept for free piece of fruit). All while each pushing their own individual mini cart.
It's ok. I've accepted that we just make a scene wherever we go.
Somehow my children - Brianna especially - were convinced that there is a magical place called the dollar store and life wouldn't be complete until they got to go. So finally I gave in and took them. It happened to be one of the items on our Summer Service calendar anyway - "buy a gift for a neighbor from the dollar store to brighten their day" - so we got some cute pink ribbon/cancer/cure stuff (stickers, glitter tattoos) to make cards for our neighbor Mary who has cancer.
Aaaaand the kids all got to choose one thing, since they earned a dollar from Nonny the night before when she paid them to go dance with the dinosaur at the Endicott festival.
Bennett was sooooo sweet - he used his dollar to get a gift for Charity!
Shopping with these 4 little people is a little chaotic. But fun to see them get SO excited over something as simple as a dollar store trip :)
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Our Martial Arts instructor also happens to have a little farm going on! Goats, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits. Charity loooooves greeting the animals every week.
Meredith was awesome enough to do VBS pickup and Y lunch with all the kids, so I had several hours all to myself. YARDWORK time, whoohoo! I actually enjoy getting yard work done, I just struggle to do it while I've got all the kids at home because I wanna be with them. Both to keep them productive, and just to enjoy their little selves. I've tried to get them out there working with me, but it's tough keeping all 4 engaged. So the big jobs - like removing this stump!!! - get put off.
But I got to tackle all the weeds, clean out the shed, leaf-blow the porch, driveway, garage, shed, patio (hello dust storm up my nose), plant cilantro, and do a few other things....besides the ONE THING I actually intended on doing - getting some flowers planted. I have an avoidance issue I think. I'm great at doing everything besides the one thing I need most to do. Hmm.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.
And it isn't going to be me!
Although, as every mom knows, it's more to work coaching a child thru completing a chore than to just do it myself....