Thursday, September 23, 2010

Those Eyes

I knew I'd seen those eyes before.

(Top: Little Miss Chatterbox, almost three months.
Bottom: Little Miss Sunshine, almost three months.)

By the Little Miss Sunshine's last doctors appointment, I asked the doc if she thought LMS had blue eyes. She said, "No. They might look a little blue right now but my guess would be that they will turn a light brown or a hazel."

Crab Apple Jelly

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Mike's been bugging me to cut Mr. Tickle's hair for awhile now but I just couldn't think of cutting those cute golden curls.
Until we went to the beach and someone mistook him for a girl.
I decided that maybe it was time for a haircut.



Say Cheese!

Beach Trip 2010

The family and I decided to escape to the beach before summer left us. We had such a good time and it was exactly what we needed. The waves were ferocious so no one spent much time in the ocean.

The main point of this trip was to just relax. So that's what we did. If we weren't on the beach we were in our condo. We had a great view of the ocean from our balcony. Even the bedroom had a balcony with ocean views.

Nothing beats waking up early to watch the sun rise over the ocean. And we could watch it from our bed if we wanted! But we didn't. I made coffee and we watched from our balcony. I told Mike it was like giving birth and waiting for the head to start popping out. Exciting and beautiful.

Little Miss Chatterbox and Mr. Funny played very well together. They spent most of their time playing in the sand and letting the water come up to their feet. A few times the water knocked Mr. Funny down and LMC would rush over to him and pull him up. Mike said he could definitely see some bonding between to two of them.

Mr. Tickle couldn't stand getting sand stuck on his hands.
After the first day, he didn't even want to go down to the beach. So I explained to him that the sand will only stick to his hands if they are wet. He agreed to come down to the beach, but he stayed away from the water and took whatever measures necessary to keep his hands dry. After that, he really enjoyed playing in the sand.

Little Miss Sunshine was easy going, as always. She enjoyed feeling the breeze and watching her siblings run around her. If she was tired she'd take a nap.

But when we were in the condo, she had a very difficult time going to sleep. The first two days she wouldn't sleep unless Mike or I were holding her. She was the same way when we went to the river in August. She can definitely tell we weren't at home and that obviously makes her uncomfortable. But by the third night she went to bed at a normal time. She either finally got use to the place or she was just tired from the first two days!
Mike and I stayed up late every night again (well, I fell asleep early the second night because I was so tired from staying up the night before. No energy drinks this year!) and played cards and talked. It's SO nice having time to ourselves to just talk. We don't get the opportunity very much at home. we had awesome weather considering how late in September it is. And even though we were worried about being there during Bike Week, the Bikers stayed away from the beach so we really didn't see any. We definitely heard them though. :) Our condo had an indoor pool so we also got to swim in there. Wow, that's good exercise. Makes me want to join the local gym and use their indoor pool. As always, we ended our trip with a visit to the Candy Kitchen to get the kids lollipops for the ride home.

All in all, we had a lovely time and made many wonderful memories. Now we are ready (with open arms) for fall to arrive. Our favorite time of year!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gettin' Ready for School

I can't start school when it's still 90 degrees outside. I just can't.
It's just not right to begin a school day without the feel of the crisp fall air outside.
I can't have the kids pose for their "first day of school" pictures wearing tank tops and shorts.
It's not right, guys. It's just not right!!

And you know what else?
I'm not ready to start school anyway. As in, I don't have all my lesson plans together. In fact, I'm even still waiting for our phonics books to come in the mail.
And our classroom? Fuhgetaboutit. I wish I could. It's a freakin' mess.

I also have this feeling like I can't start school until the whole house is in perfect condition. I want every room to be clean so that my cleaning regimen is low maintenance. I want to put everything into the homeschooling and not be worrying about the messes everywhere.
The other thing that I need is to have meal plans. I don't want to worry about "What's for breakfast? What's for lunch? What's for dinner?"
So I'm working on putting together a binder full of recipes so that when I sit down to make a grocery list, I have all my recipes at hand. We'll see if it makes life easier. I'm slowing getting more organized. I didn't have any kind of training before becoming a wife and mother, so I just have to learn along the way and hope I don't do any real damage. :)

I would also like to do some yard work. There are a lot of weeds that need to be pulled. And if the actual weather isn't going to give me the back-to-school feel, I'll plant a bunch of mums in the yard and decorate the house with fall decor. Sounds like a good plan, except that I'm not ready to let go of summer. Did you know that I haven't even dipped my head under water at all this summer? I had to wait six weeks after Little Miss Sunshine's birth before I could even get into a pool. And then I didn't have a bathing suit. And then our weekends got really full. And now? Now summer is almost gone. And I'm going to have to survive through another long, cold winter before the prospects of swimming arise again. Don't know if I can wait that long....

This school year is going to be a good one though. I'm hoping it will be, at least. If I can ever get there.

I also have doctor's appointments to make this week and it's already Tuesday! I better get off this computer! Pray for me, okay? God knows I need all the help I can get! ~Thanks.