Tuesday, August 30, 2016
AHHH! What am I doing? I'm making myself CRY! I am actually shedding tears!
No, really, I must be done having babies. My body can only take so much and I am getting a little old to continue this pattern. I guess I am just really loving this little baby Greta and cannot get my fill of her.
How many years until we're grandparents?
This cracks me up with every picture of him these days. He's trying so hard to smile. He actually has a very cute dimpled smile, but I'd have to catch it without him knowing I was taking a picture. If he knows we're taking a picture we get Pirate Pete!
It was a good little test run with Greta, before we go to the zoo for a longer time. This was just practice.
But speaking of Bethany and her violin. She was very happy to get 2nd chair in her high school orchestra today. It is our understanding that 1st chair wasn't open since it is a position that is applied for and auditioned for the previous spring and we didn't know anything about that process back when she auditioned last spring. So she got the highest chair she possibly could have.
Okay, I'll stop bragging now.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Well, I for one, quite enjoyed the Olympics. I'm sad they are done. Faith and her friend Emma recently sent out invitations and planned some Kid Olympics for friends in the neighborhood.
Once Bethany and Elinor caught wind of their plans, they kind of took over and expanded the plans. It was on Abe's day off, so he helped make it into quite the production as well.
The Parade of Nations!
This was a fun exhibition floor routine performed by Abe!
It was a good way to end the summer with friends.
I realize that goal was a little too lofty. Oh well, one does what one can do.
This picture of the oldest and youngest was taken Monday evening at our family book group gathering at our park. We discussed The Boys in the Boat, which book I highly recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
We're all pretty excited about it and looking forward to what we'll learn together this year.
LOOK at what I have accomplished! These are the individualized planners I make for each child for the coming school year. Each contains their check off pages for the year and reading lists and and history courses and spelling test pages and they are A WHOLE LOT OF WORK to plan our and put together, but they are so worth it. They are what keep kids working independently and knowing just what they need to do, and they allow me to keep track of where everyone is at. It came down to the wire to get them done before we started school this past Monday. As of the Thursday night as I am writing this, it was been a very good, very smooth start to the school year.
Bethany, Greta and I went on a little adventure last week up to the University of Utah on TRAX so I could show her how to get to her violin lessons each week. Her teacher has come to our house for the last several years, but now is teaching up at the U. That's a little too much time (and gas money) for me to take her, so we will make use of nice public transit.
In addition to her Lyceum Orchestra, Bethany is enrolled at the high school just for the orchestra class. We'll see how it goes, but she's excited.
Once again, this is his smile!
He requested this picture be taken and he is purposefully smiling. Little cutie!
He's had a good week this week and it really enjoying Baby Signing Time videos a friend lent us. The older kids are enjoying finding ways to communicate with Peter and Peter is enjoying learning ways to make his will known without screaming.
We're all enjoy that.
This picture is a couple of weeks old already, but seriously???
This one is more recent. As we've started school and activities back up, I don't have quite the time to just sit and soak her in. I'm glad she was a summer baby so I've had six weeks before we had to function again.
Team Middle Kids on an afternoon outing with Dad to take Bethany to Orchestra.
They have a favorite park on Pleasant Grove they like to play at while Bethany is at rehearsal.
I have really enjoyed getting back into the routine of school and activities. It's like the whole house breathes a sigh of relief.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
This feels like some kind of accomplishment!
He still struggles with communication and frustrations, but hopefully we are progressing. He was very happy to spend his birthday with family at Thanksgiving Point. Here he is on the tractor ride.
Anyway, disappointing. We'll have to record them performing it and put it on YouTube.
We were reading a Penderwicks book and one character is about to be kissed when these three little funnies jumped up on the couch and started flapping their wings. I LOVE READING together!
I LOVE watermelon. I love eating watermelon while I watch Olympics.
I love eating watermelon while watching Olympics and holding this little sweetheart.
I love not being pregnant anymore.
I will leave you with this funny picture of Peter. I don't know why he scowls when I tell him to smile. He had a mouth full of doughnut, but he was really happy here, I swear! Cannon had the great idea for let him play with the kinetic sand with his construction trucks.