Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reading and Writing

I am amazed every day when Lillian and Claire step off the school bus and share with me what they are learning at school. They started the year already knowing all of their letters and most of their sounds, but now they are taking it a step further. Now they are mastering their sight words and using "kindergarten" writing to write notes, lists and stories. They come home singing songs with the days of the week and months of the year. Claire loves reading and does an amazing job sounding out the words she isn't sure of. Lillian is our artist and is creating daily. She is always coloring in her coloring books of free drawing some beautiful pictures.
Next week we will attend their first quarter parent teacher conferences and I have no doubt we will hear many positive things.
I have some super cute pictures I wanted to add to this post, but the blogger app is acting up, so those will have to wait.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LOVE

We are so incredibly blessed to have these three amazing kiddos. I love them so much!
 




Friday, October 3, 2014

Henry's Dedication

On September 21, 2014 we had Henry dedicated at church. Here are a few pictures from during the service. The second one is my favorite. Our Pastor just finished making a cross on Henry's forehead and smiled at him, Henry gave the biggest grin in return that the entire congregation was able to see from the stage. He is such a ham! I am thankful Josh's parents were able to join us, my mom and Billy attended and we also had many friends who were able to join us for service. Henry, Lillian and Claire all were fantastic being on stage in front of everyone and very well behaved.
 





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Henry is 4 Months

Henry is 4 months old and growing like a weed! Seriously, he is growing so fast it is unreal.
 
Height: 27 inches - 97%
Weight: 17 pounds 5 ounces - 89%
 
He is only about 1 pound less and 1 inch less than what Lillian and Claire measured at 1 year old. He is long and lean, he really doesn't have that much chunk on him.
 
At 4 months:
 
His sleep is inconsistent, some nights he sleeps 7+ hours solid and others he wakes every few hours
He smiles all the time
Huge flirt with the ladies
Giggles more and more, especially when you give raspberries or kiss his neck
Eyes are officially brown
Hair is starting to lighten up
Nurses every 3 hours
Naps are becoming shorter and not as consistent
He loves being outside in the yard or walking to the bus stop with the girls
He has rolled from his back to his belly a few times, but never when anyone is watching
He rolls from his belly to his back
Loves being upright
Takes a pacifier!!!
Takes a bottle for Josh on those rare occasions I am out of the house with pumped breast milk
Wears 6 month clothes, but probably not for much longer
Swaddled for night time, but no longer for day time naps
Starting to take interest to the tv when it is turned on, mostly to cartoons Lillian and Claire watch
Bath time is still hit and miss, some days better than others
Smiles and giggles when we sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" & "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Enjoys being snuggled in my Ergo carrier (I think we both like this one, I love kissing his head!)
 

 




We love this little guy to bits!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Always Smiling

"Always smiling." Those words were among some of the many wonderful words Lillian and Claire's kindergarten teacher spoke to me in a voicemail. Their teacher called me and left me a message yesterday while we were walking back from the bus stop, she said they are so well behaved, raise their hands, actively participates, always come in smiling, cleans up their messes, and are a joy to be around.
She did admit she is still trying to learn their differences and sometimes mixes them up and they correct her. However, I am thankful she is working on learning those differences, they have had a preschool teacher in the past who always clumped them as one and didn't care about learning them as individuals.
Lillian and Claire come home from school and, with a little encouragement, will share some of their highs and lows for the day about school. They seem to love kindergarten and it was wonderful heari that they are being respectful and kind while there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Henry is 3 Months

Our little man is 3 months old and such a joy in our lives. Henry has such a contagious smile, you can't help but smile back at him when his face lights up and he gives a big gummy grin.
 
At 3 months:
 
Sleeps a solid 7 hours most nights
Smiles all the time
Started giggling at Josh at 12 weeks old
Wears 6 month clothes
Wiggles and will fully rotate while in bed
Usually takes 4 or 5 naps a day (lucky guy)
Loves the fresh air outside and looks around at everything
Had his first hotel stay and did awesome!
Bath time is more enjoyable some days that others
Starting to reach and grasp for items
Enjoys sucking on his fist
Nurses every 2 - 3 hours depending on the day

 




Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

August 20th was Lillian and Claire's first day of kindergarten. They have been excited to start all summer, but as the day grew closer, their excitement grew stronger. The night before they were starting to get a little nervous and so was I. Thankfully, Josh was able to go into work late the morning of their first day so we could share in this experience together as a family.
We had a bit of a melt down with Claire. She didn't want to wear the outfit that was set aside for the first day, the skirt she begged to buy in July and refused to wear it for a month so it would stay nice for the first day of school. She said it was "too much pink." If you know Claire even the slightest bit, you will know there is no such thing as too much pink for this girl, she will wear head to toe pink every single day if allowed. Once we got over that hurdle, the rest of the morning before school went smoothly. They were excited to wait for the bus and walked right up to it and climbed on as soon as it pulled up. After the bus took them, Josh, Henry and myself loaded into the car and drove up to school to meet them getting off the bus. We could have walked them into school, but I knew I would become a fountain of tears and I also think it would have been more difficult for Lillian and Claire to say goodbye. We gave them a hug and kiss and they walked into school holding hands. Melts my heart. 
 








 
 
They were very happy girls getting off the bus at the end of the school day. They told us they had so much fun and "school is awesome!" They told us about some of their friends in their class, but of course had no idea what their names are. They were excited to see some of their friends from church and pre-k on the playground during recess. I loved hearing everything they had to share and their love for school.
August 20th is also Josh and my wedding anniversary. I love how full and wonderful our lives have become in the 9 years since our wedding day.