Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Emma and her homework

Because of Emma's late summer birthday, she'll be starting kindergarten next school year, which just about breaks my heart to think how fast time really went by.  She is pure delight to this mama!  But she is ready.  Aside from having an incredible (!!!) memory and the fact that she is teaching herself to read, she likes to "do homework"... as in, she makes up things to do, then calls it homework.

Here is an example of some of her work.  She named it "Oak Sane Window."  Not sure where the name came from.


And here she is transcribing some words from one of her favorite books... just for the sake of it!  She then proceeded to memorize them.


Cousins make the best friends

Cousin Ames and his family were in town last week.  The kids had a great time with him -- riding the four-wheeler, fishing for tadpoles, and getting into all sorts of mischief while at it.  Good ol' memories in the making.

A picture of the children playing outside with an old box.  They were making "a house tree," but as you'll later notice, they got a bit sidetracked :)


Instead of building the tree house, they decided to dress themselves as tigers instead.  What a mess!  They were washable markers, at least.


And then one of my favorite sights -- daddy playing ball with the kids.



Naamen and Johnny Bear

Naamen with Johnny Bear at his one month birthday.


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Kids and whatnot

I'm trying to be better about recording our lives on this blog a little better, even though it's not as nice or organized as I'd like it to be.  I still need to catch up on January and February of this year, but for now, here are a few more since Naamen's arrival.

As has been the case with each of our little one's births, Oma comes to town to help.  She is a wonderful cook, and blessed us with wonderful meals while she was here.  Emma enjoyed being involved with everything she did int he kitchen.


We took out the model magic one afternoon and I was very impressed with Emma's snowman she did all on her own.


Easter morning.  The kids were so excited to wake up for this.  Emma had been counting down the days for it.  In addition to candy inside their plastic eggs, we gave them some water cans to help them water the little garden Oma helped plant while she was here.


We had Easter lunch at Memma and Poppa's, and Byron's little friend Isaac, along with his family, joined us as well.  By the end of our time together, the two rascals had found a pile a mud and well... made a big mess with each other :)




These two are best friends.  The other morning, they spent about two hours playing on their own.  The played "pretend Byron's 4th birthday," and "pretend Emma's 6th birthday," and "pretend Christmas."  The wrapped their presents (aka -- toys they had) in wrapping paper (aka -- their blankets) and gave them to each other.  Each time Byron would open one of the gifts, he'd say:  "WOW!"  It was so cute.


Each of our little ones has had an animal we've associated them with.  Emma was a bunny, Byron was a yellow lab, and Naamen is a bear (this is because my dad's nickname was "Oso" -- bear in Spanish).  Memma found these *super cute* newborn shoes.  I just cannot get enough of them!!!  I'll be so sad when he grows out of them.


Naamen will never know a day his big brother and big sister are not all over his face.  Emma is very good at holding him...


... Byron not so much.


Our first hotdog roast as a family of five.


Ames is in town!  (eating brownies)


This girl looooves tomatoes.  She'll eat them whole like an apple if we'd let her.  I find this to be very weird.


It's beautiful outside, and the kids enjoy playing outdoors so much.



For reasons I haven't quite figured out yet, I wake up with really bad neck pain every morning.  I'm sure it may have something to do with the fact that I've been holding Naamen a lot.  Busted out the infant carrier today to see if it would make a difference.


Emma has officially dropped her nap.  I still make her do rest time for about 1.5 hrs, and to make it a little more "fun," I let her choose where to have it.  Recently she's chosen to sit in the front porch.


And finally, just because he is incredibly handsome, and super sweet, a picture of my thirdborn.  


Two week appointment

Naamen's numbers at 2 weeks old were --

9 lbs 10 oz (74%) 
21.5 inches long (77%)
15 inches (71%)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Remaining pictures from 2015

Since I'm incredibly behind updating this blog, I thought I'd just post all the pics from the remainder of 2015 in one post, then the pics from 2016 up until Naamen's birth in another post.  So here goes nothing --

On Thanksgiving eve, we had the Smith family members come to our home for a taco dinner.  This was the first time many of them came into our home since we'd moved in and was no longer "Grandmother's home."



We converted what used to be an indoor greenhouse into a play area.  The kids had a great time.



Then Christmas decoration took place right after Thanksgiving season was over.  Proud elfs.


Byron and his growing collection of nutcrackers.  


Over the Advent season, the kids and I did some crafts/devotionals using the Truth in the Tinsel curriculum.  We all so very much enjoyed it.


And then I braved doing cutouts one afternoon with the kiddos.  It was fun and messy.


Mid- December we traveled to Birmingham to see our cousins.  We had a great time!  


Byron is the big cousin.


We had some great library time, with some singing and dancing involved.

 



And a trip to the zoo.  Perfect weather for it all.


Then one day we got together with some friends and made some Christmas cookies.  Fun and crazy!


Christmas eve and our Christmas jammies. 


Christmas morning.  Opening stockings.


Ames and Ezra's Christmas gift was a hit with the kiddos.  Thankfully neither Emma nor Byron were very interested in driving it, which made it a pretty painless event for us all.  No tears. 



In the kitchen with my favorites!


My handsomes.


On New Year's Eve, after a breakfast for dinner meal, the kids and daddy "camped" out in our back porch.  The kids loved it!  (And daddy too).