On Wednesday we headed up to my parents' for Christmas. We went to church Christmas Eve and then my dad's side of the family came over after that. The kids were up REALLY late and then had kind of a hard time settling down for bed.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Kevin's parents were in town last weekend to celebrate Christmas. Shawn, Shawna, Jackson, and Janelle came out Saturday morning to open presents. The kids had a great time playing with each other and their new toys. Norah watching Jackson play a new game on his Leapster.
We have tons of pictures to go through before I post about our Christmas. Our big gift was a new camera!!! We also are trying to find a place for all the girls' stuff!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is Norah's most recent drawing. She says it is Lucy, the baby and her - all with Santa hat stickers.
Last night was one of those nights where both girls were awake at different times. I think Lucy was awake 4 different times in the night (2 of which we were still up). Norah was awake once - crying. Now, it is 8:00 and both girls are still sleeping. In fact Lucy is in our bed sleeping. She came into our room about 6:30 and climbed in bed with us. Neither Kevin nor I could fall back to sleep so we got up and there lies Lucy - sound asleep.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Not a whole lot to blog about. We had my nephew's birthday party yesterday - my sister blogged about it. The girls had a great time with their cousins!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
To follow up yesterdays post, I could use a few suggestions to add to our book list. If anyone has any suggestions for first chapter books that your kids like (would especially love suggestions from teachers). Obviously, for now, I will be reading the books to Norah. Some of the books I have to start with are:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
We are just a few weeks away from finishing up the homeschool curriculum that we have been using and I am trying to make a few decisions about what to do after the baby comes. I may have mentioned this before but in the end I haven't loved the curriculum. There is so much busy work/worksheets. Obviously, my background in early ed was in a play-based classroom. I want to enjoy teaching the girls and at this point, I think Norah and I both dread the table work. I have done TONS of searching for other activities that fit with the theme, but don't require us to sit at the table. I have cut out a number of the worksheets and made games that teach the same thing - just more fun. It is interesting to me because My Father's World is supposedly a Charlotte Mason style of teaching, but the more I read about Charlotte Mason, the less I see the connection. Maybe I would see it more with the older grades.
So the girls are getting a doll house for Christmas. It is one of those 4 ft doll houses for "fashion" dolls. As in fashion - I think that basically is a Barbie or something of the same size. I'm not sure that I am ready for the girls to play with Barbie dolls - after all, they are only 4 and 2. However, I don't know what other dolls to get them. Any of the doll houses at Toys R Us that come with dolls are quite a bit littler - I don't think they could even sit in the furniture . There are the High School Musical dolls that are the same size as the Barbies, but I think I would prefer a "family."
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I spent the weekend home alone - the entire weekend. Kevin took the girls to Indy to see his parents and grandma. The girls hadn't been there since May and with the baby coming, it will probably be a while before get there again, so he wanted to make the trip. They left right after lunch on Friday and they are just a few minutes away. I don't think I have ever spent this much time alone!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday we had 'haircut' day for all 3 of us girls. Norah decided a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to cut her hair to her shoulders. I was all for that - her hair was starting to look stringy. Blah! Lucy's curls had sort of disappeared because her hair was getting too long and their is no humidity right now. I just needed something easy! My hair is so think that it takes FOREVER to dry and I don't have forever these days. Norah can't stop staring at herself - she loves her haircut. I think it is adorable - Kevin likes it but thinks she looks shorter (I don't know if it is possible for Norah to look any shorter than she already is).
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For school this week, our story was The Gingerbread Man. We read a WIDE variety of Gingerbread Man and then compared all the books. We made a gingerbread house - I just bought a kit from Michael's. Sometime maybe I will attempt to bake one, but not this year. The girls did a GREAT job decorating it! I thought there would be some arguing, but they had a blast!! Sorry the lighting in the pictures is so bad - we have so many windows in our kitchen that it is very difficult to take decent pictures.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here are a couple of pictures Norah drew recently. Obviously, with 5 people (including the baby) we are too big of a family for one piece of paper.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
There is nothing like the first snow of the season when you are 2 and 4. As soon as I opened the girls' shade this morning they were oohing and aahing as if they had never seen snow before (in all reality, Lucy may not remember ALL the snow last year). Although I am not a snow person, it is quite fun to see their faces filled with excitement.
Friday, November 28, 2008
We spent the day at my SIL, Shawna's, parents. We had 10 adults and 4 kids. The food was excellent - although I filled up much more quickly this year since my stomach is being squished by a little one.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
She said this second one is a face. As she drew the eyes she counted "1 eye, 2 eyes!"
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Oh, it's . . silence!! That's right - my girls are asleep - not just in bed, but actually asleep. The girls are doing great in their bunk beds, but Norah hasn't napped since. She has a rest time either in my room or in the baby's room - but she is busy coloring and writing. Every once in a while she has seemed tired, but she won't give up and fall asleep.
*Just an addition to my post yesterday. A different nurse called me late afternoon yesterday to talk about the results of my 3 hour glucose test. Since a nurse called me the day before, I was a little confused. The nurse yesterday said basically that I was borderline gestational diabetes so they do want me to follow their diet plan. She was putting it in the mail to me. I go see the doctor on December 3, so I am anxious to talk to him and find out why the 2 nurses basically told me 2 different things. The first nurse basically told me to eat a well balanced diet and try to avoid greasy fast food. The nurse yesterday told me I need to follow their diet (I did mention to the nurse yesterday that she was telling me something different and she couldn't really explain why).
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Other than the girls being sick - nothing else is gong one here. Norah has an ear infection - according to the doctor it is really bad. Besides the antibiotic, he prescribed her some eardrops for the pain - which he has never done before. Poor girl!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
A couple of Lucy's new favorite phrases:
We think Norah is officially over her finger sucking habit! I say, 'think,' because we obviously don't really know what she does in the middle of the night. She doesn't put her fingers in her mouth at the times she used to - when she is tired, watching TV, in the car, when she is hurt, etc. I have even napped with her a couple of times and she hasn't even tried! Yea!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
While I have several fun things to post about (Norah is no longer sucking fingers! We moved girls into their new bunkbeds!) I am too tired to upload pictures and write a lot. However, I could use some advice. Lucy has totally regressed when it comes to the potty training. She is having accidents all the time - not even just one a day. She is probably having more accidents than she is actually going on the potty. If I remind her then she will go (although today I was helping her pull her pants down to sit on the potty and she peed right there on the floor), but if it is up to her - like at MDO, Bible study, or church, she just goes in her pants. She also doesn't seem to care - she actually laughs when she sees that I am frustrated! She has also started going in her car seat and tells me after the fact - even after she just sat on the potty before we left. Yesterday we were going to Kevin's brother's - about 40 minutes away. We had to stop about 20 minutes in so she could go potty. She had been holding it for hours if we were in the car.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I think Norah has skipped a few years and is nearing 13 or 14. She has been a little obsessed recently with how old you have to be to be a teenager. She often asks if she has to be a teenager to do certain things.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I know it's normal - to be this tired during the third trimester - I just don't like it. I think I have hit the fairly normal end of pregnancy insomnia. Some nights I sleep great - other nights, I hardly sleep. Some days I nap, some days I feel like I have too much to do to nap. Today, I was laying with Norah - who isn't feeling very well. I actually fell asleep and she did not. I woke up to her just sitting next to me - staring at me.
I had a doctor's appt. yesterday - everything seems great! It's hard to believe that we only have 11 weeks to go! We have so much to do before this baby comes!! The girls still are not in their bunk beds, yet. Kevin is refinishing the beds that we bought - we are hoping one day next week!!
I have been feeling the baby move constantly and just like with Lucy, this baby seems to settle under my right ribs. I realize that because I am short, there isn't a lot of room for the baby, but seriously. It's like this baby sticks a body part - arm, foot, I don't know - right under my rib!
Norah felt the baby move this week - that was the highlight of her week!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Just wanted to put the bug in your ear to this GREAT website for teaching Spanish to your children! I've seen brief snippets of it - my brother is the creator - and it is excellent! As with any early childhood program - the earlier a child begins something, the better!
Foreign Language Friends will launch on January 12, 2009, but check out the website now to read a little about it! We will be making it apart of our homeschool experience!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Since I have hardly posted anything about the baby, I thought I would give a baby update. It's funny because when I was pregnant with Norah - our world totally revolved around being pregnant. Now, with 2 other children, I don't have a lot of time to think about being pregnant. If I am tired - it doesn't hit me until the girls are in bed. If I don't feel good - I don't have time to think about it.
Anyway, I am 27 weeks, but because I am having a c-section a week early, I really just have 12 weeks to go. What?! 12 weeks - where did my 2nd trimester go?
The baby is moving constantly - especially when I am in bed. I have started feeling what is probably hiccups. The girls are getting really excited about the baby. They both are constantly hugging my belly and talking to the baby.
Since we don't know what we are having, we really haven't narrowed down names at all. In fact, our lists keep getting longer and longer. We have about 6 boys names and maybe 10 girls names. Kevin doesn't really like to tell others our names so I won't list them here. Before Lucy was born we had a different name picked out for her, then about 3 days before my c-section, Kevin said he wasn't sold on the name, so we went back to the drawing board. We ended up with Lucy Mae. So even if we choose a name - it could still change.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We are having some computer problems. I can check blogs, email, etc. but I can't upload pics nor can I find any of my pictures (Kevin did just back up the pics last week, thank goodness).
Much of what I have to blog about I have pictures to post. I think I will wait a couple of days to see if Kevin can get all this figured out.
Hopefully, more to come in a couple of days.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The girls were arguing in the car today and I hear Lucy say, "Norah, you rude and I mad!"
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This weekend we went to the Lake with our small group from church. Our church has a marriage retreat house on the lake for small groups to go for marriage enrichment. We had a great time!! At the moment we are the only ones with kids (although 2 other girls are pregnant) and the other couples were very kind to invite the girls to come with us. We have only ever been to the lake in the summer so it was fun to go in the fall. We were able to enjoy God's incredible creation as we looked across the lake at the leaves changing colors! Beautiful!
Last week we had a VERY laid back week of school - since Lucy was sick. Norah was fine - but Lucy wanted to be held a lot and that made it difficult to get anything done with Norah. By Friday morning the girls were both asking to do school so we did a few things - but we will continue this week.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
While Lucy was sleeping today, Norah and I went outside to clean out the car. Of course, Norah played on the front porch and in the garage while I cleaned. Seriously, I haven't cleaned out my car in FOREVER! It was nasty! There were crumbs from a pumpkin muffin left from pumpkin festival which was over a month ago! It totally makes Kevin sick and he usually cleans out my car for me, but he has been so busy recently that he hasn't had time.
After Lucy's nap we were going to run to the grocery and I said to Lucy, "Mommy cleaned out the car while you were napping."
Her response, "I can hardly beyeeve it!"
When I opened the car door for Lucy, she squeals, "Oooh! It's so cean!!"
Sad really - that my 2 year old is so excited to have a clean car!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I took Lucy to the doctor today and she has an ear infection - which means the tubes are no longer in place. She seems to be over the tummy ache, but doesn't have much of an apetite.
She did wake up from her nap much happier than she has been all week. Hopefully, we are at the end of this bug.
Norah seems fine - other than the fact that I made her get a flu shot today. She "couldn't" move her arm all day today - you know, because of the flu shot.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We had to cancel our plans to go to the pumpkin farm with the Diehl's today. It was kind of a dreary morning anyway so we have rescheduled for a day next way. Lucy has a stomachache. I will spare you the yucky details, but she is pretty miserable. She didn't sleep well last night so she was EXTRA grumpy. She took a 2 1/2 hour nap over lunch and woke up happier - but still not feeling well. She has just wanted to be held and snuggle with her blankie most of the day. Unfortunately, we will have to miss our Bible study tomorrow - which Norah and I really enjoy, so we are bummed to miss it.
Hopefully, she gets over it soon and doesn't pass it onto someone else.