Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The kids at the new penguin exhibit at the zoo. It was so nice today, and, even though I am 29 week pregnant with child #11, I still was able to ramble around the zoo with my children. It was a good day!
Geography Bee! These three have worked so hard to get ready. One finished in the lowest 5, one at 7th and one at 5th, out of 20 students. They did GREAT and we are proud of all three!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Emilie knitting... loom knitting, but improving all the time. Eventually she'll want to expand her skills, but she can do so much with those looms! She saved babysitting money to buy some different looms so she could make a larger variety of items.
Benjamin's taken over the camera a lot this week to get pictures of his bearded dragon Martin. It's amazing how much this little guy has grown. This is after his second shedding... and he's nearly 3 inches longer than when we got him a month ago!
Liberty and Christopher, footy pajama buddies. Blackmail picture for 10 years from now. They do get along most of the time... but when they don't, it's not fun.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Martin the cricket killer is getting bigger! He's 8 inches, shedding again, and almost fills up Benjamin's hand when before, he only covered 2 fingers. You're being a great lizard-parent, Benjamin!
I still say it's fun to have a pet in the house that actually goes to sleep at the same time every night...
Happy 7th Birthday to our Timothy!
He loves Batman... and this just was a great day for him, even though he had to come home from church early with his sick sister (Liberty is now sick also...) it was still a great day with cake, his favorite meal, and some fun presents. We love you Timothy! We are so glad to have him as part of our family.
Baby girl home from the hospital and just happy to be home. Friday night to Saturday night was one LONG night day, with a trip to one ER, time there with 2 xrays and an IV, then an ambulance transport to Children's Mercy Hospital and steroids and lots of sensors and watching and waiting... they let us go home Saturday evening. Long story short, first they thought it was bacterial pneumonia and gave her antibiotics and fluid (plus meds to bring a high temp down) and then when that didn't help at all they transferred her and she was confirmed to have a really bad case of croup (viral) and given breathing treatments and steroids and then watched... she was only a few minutes without one of us there (the transport) but that was traumatic. Thank goodness for a stuffed zombie.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Juliana playing with my Little People Thanksgiving set... I love having decorations just for Thanksgiving, and not generic Fall stuff that's just out before Christmas goes everywhere :)
Samuel liked my 90 percent off purchase at Target... we found some fun stuff.
80 cents for a great big wig, and $1.20 for a big sombrero (Benjamin's wearing that...)
Emilie and her display for Young Women in Excellence. She had pictures of all the temples we've visited as a family, a picture of her in front of our Kansas City Missouri temple, her shoes (Stand in Holy Places) that she felt represented her, and her bread, with recipe. It was a great evening.
Happy Birthday to Liberty! This is a pop up book about temples, both ancient and modern. Her favorite present is the doll stroller, though.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Halloween cuteness, here, folks. Juliana is nearly 19 months old, loves Nursery, chocolate, and chicken. Not all at once. She also loves water and the Nursery workers at church said her first week was the first time they'd ever gone through a whole pitcher of water for snack time!
These two are best buddies... they were kind of matchy and wanted a picture...
I love the friendships my kids have, with other kids and with each other.
A fun side note, that tooth you can see Timothy is playing with is about to come OUT! Someone's going to be wishing for his two front teeth for Christmas ;)
Liberty working on her Preschool workbook. Even though we don't really formalize homeschooling here much before 2nd grade or so, because the older kids are working the younger ones insist on having some schoolwork. We do Sam's Club workbooks, which have a lot of fun stuff and reinforce what we do anyway through play, reading, and talking.
In other stories, this not quite 4 year old is reading many words and knows all colors, letters, numbers, shapes, and is trying to do much more. Any advice on slowing kids down? :) Just kidding, we'll get there. Though I am really not ready for another child like this...
Superhero poses, GO!
Timothy and Christopher (and Liberty) being creative with Duplos (big Legos) and wanting this to be memorialized forever in a photo... they even said this could be their movie cover photo.