Friday, May 22, 2015


How did we get here already?

6 months old!

I just had to go through his clothing again and weed out the stuff that is too small.
He is wearing 12 months pretty much, with a few variations on either side, depending on the make of the clothing.

6 month stats:
20lbs and 27inches.

I really expected him to be a bit heavier..because he FEELS so heavy.
I think the baby carrier is soon to be a thing of the past.  It is always hard to switch, because that carrier is so convenient.

We have not yet introduced solid foods..but that will be soon as well.
He sits pretty well, rolls from tummy to back, and is still talking up a storm.
He found his feet and likes to suck on his toes.  Yummy.

Overall, he is a really good baby--happy, content and friendly.
Happy half-a-year!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Last week, we had the opportunity to go to Valley Forge for a field trip.
We met up with friends and had an overall nice day.

We actually made a little mini getaway out of it and left the night before.

Here the kids are learning about formation.

We were in the "White Company."

They were given a couple of commands and then marched around the green.

Guns on your left shoulder!

We then marched up the hill to some of the cabins.
This one was under construction.

We were broken up into six or so smaller groups and each group rotated around several stations.
There was Valley Forge Stories, Natural Resources, Weaponry, Bake Oven, Medicine, and Clothing.

Each station had volunteers, usually dressed in costume, that would talk about their given topic.  Personally, medicine and weaponry were the most interesting.

No one would have wanted to have any sort of medical issues back then--trust me!  YIKES!

The soldiers had to go over a mile to the river to get water.

Peeling bark off the logs --which the army did NOT do, by the way.

Bake oven.
I forget how many loaves were baked a day, but was a huge number!


He actually fired, twice.

Inside of one of the cabins.

Most of our crew.
A few littles are missing.

It was pretty neat to be there.
I wish the presenters had a bit more time to talk about their topics, it seemed a bit rushed.
After the formal presentations, we ate a picnic lunch and watched a brief video in the theater (where Grant got his first bruise!) and then made the 2 hour or so trek home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


SIX years old!!

Due to our crazy schedule between softball and baseball, we ended up having her family party after a rescheduled softball game at a local park.  She was really surprised to see everyone show up at the game!  The only downside--it was freezing cold.  Not quite literally freezing, but awfully close!  I think it bothered the adults more than the kids though, they ran around on the playground.  
She has 2 loose teeth, one that REALLY needs to come out as the new tooth is pushing up behind it.
She is reading and writing, adding and subtracting and has a fantastic memory!  She is usually the one with all the answers.  Missy is into all things glittery and sparkly and girly but also loves playing in the mud and finding critters (as long as they aren't bees!).  We just took the training wheels off of her bike and I'm sure she'll be off in no time.

Happy Birthday, Rian!
We love you!


A couple of Saturdays ago, (before it got frigid again,) we met up with our Family Fellowship Group for a spring walk.  I'd say hike, but that really isn't true.  It is a pretty flat, wide trail.

I had a nature scavenger hunt for the kids to do along the way.

We ended at a local airport and watched the planes and did a bit of exploring around the lake.

It was a total of about 3 miles.
We only ended up with one tick, but everyone had fun.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


It is not done yet, but I thought I would give you a sneak peak.

What do you think?

The only problem now..I don't like it with the kitchen color.
Yes, I did match colors when picking this one out..but it has been awhile and I'm not thrilled with it now.  The whole kitchen needs a re-do but it won't be anytime soon..maybe we'll just deal with it for now.  

Friday, April 3, 2015


..when the hallway re-do involves corkboard and chalk paint!

This is NOT the finished product.
I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


A wonderful friend of mine, gave me a new-to-us wrap to try out!
Lookin' good! monkey..Mister is now 4 months old and weighs a whopping 18lbs!!
I'm telling you..those thighs are just..just..unbelievable! :)
He has been drooling and hands are constantly in the mouth..teeth may be on the way!  All my kids got teeth pretty early, so it would fit the pattern.
Sleeps well, eats well..smiles, talks, poops...all the stuff babies are supposed to do!

Well, he is calling me right now!
Til next time!