Thursday, November 17, 2011

Catching Up...

We are still alive.... 
Busy busy busy. And the first thing I let slip is the blog.
Homeschool, Children's Church, dance class, chores, working out, holiday preparations.

And of course little miss sunshine decided to start army crawling all over the house in the last few weeks. When big sister was her age she would barely roll over!
Of course Bella had no one to follow so where did she need to go?
She is keeping me on my toes, and forcing me to vacuum a lot more often.

Speaking of big sister... Bella bravely asked Daddy to pull her first loose tooth on November first.
She was ready... she was excited... she was sure....

and then she felt that weird empty space and burst into tears.
Luckily Daddy hugs fix most anything and she was soon smiling again...

just minus one tooth.

We had our first snow too. In early October... I love the first snow.

Luckily it was a Saturday so everybody went out with Dad for a bit while I made hot chocolate and listened to Christmas music.... which is what I'm doing right now actually! 
I will hold off on decorating until the day after Thanksgiving but I can't resist the music!
Or the movies....

and somehow movies are just better in bed.

We also did Halloween... sort of.
Growing up I went every year but Tom did not.
It seems many Christians have strong feelings about this holiday.
I heard somewhere this year that if one third of the population can take God out of Christmas then we can certainly find a God honoring way of having fun on Halloween.
So we head out to our church party/outreach called "Light the Night" ... in full costume of course.

This year we had two spiderman's... 
Daniel doesn't have many opinion's yet that do not match Tommy's.

The fairy princess was going to be a butterfly but changed her mind at the last minute due to the discomfort of her antenna's.

They loved the bounce house even though it was cold and rainy... hopefully better weather next year!

Vivi's new addiction.... puffs. Baby finger food. 
She loves to feed herself. And the older kids love to "help".

We are still doing our school work everyday.
Things that surprised me:
1. How the boys are involving themselves.
2. How much Tommy is learning just by being around, he started writing his name on his own.
3. How much Bella is learning. She can already read short books and three and four letter words.
4. How much Bella is loving the art portion's of her work.
5. How much more they do at this age than we did.
6. The satisfaction I get from teaching them.

Our house is also changing as we go along with this school year.
It's becoming all about the kids.

It's the kids that are making this house a home anyway right?
So it should be all about them.

I'm hoping I can get back to writing more regularly now that we are in a rhythm with our new normal, 
but you just never know what's next here. 

So until next time... whenever that is...

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