Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Round Here

Rebekah has moved into her new bed!  She and Sarah have matching twin beds given to us by a sweet friend.  I painted them and they are thrilled.  Cute bedding is in the works.  The crib that has been up for more than 12 years was finally taken down.  It is in the garage awaiting a new home.  I thought at one time that I might be sad about that.  I'm not.  It's not that I haven't enjoyed having babies in the house, it's just that I am so excited about this next phase.  I know each stage has its struggles...I always hear, "They may step on your toes now, but they'll step on your heart later!"  I just love seeing my children grow into the people that God created them to be.

Caleb had quite a time playing in the rain.  I am soooo looking forward to summer laundry...not summer weather, but summer laundry:)  He has a loose tooth on the bottom.  He cannot afford to lose any more teeth!  

My big boys are growing!  Jackson is officially taller than me:)  They really are so much fun...

Speaking of growing...I LOVE Kim's Donut Shop!  The donuts are amazing...the apple fritters are the size of my face!

Sarah loves to draw, color, and write things.  How many letters and letter sounds have I taught her? Zero.  She has learned them from the boys.  She has better handwriting than the boys...all of them!  She is always asking me how to spell things..."Mama, how do you spell 'I love you Elena'?"  I think she will be quite easy to teach to read.  Maybe this summer?  She also has picked up the art of trash talking.  She'll say things like, "Oh, in your FACE Caleb!  I got the last apple!" or "You want a piece of me?"  Her little legs are a mix of bruises and scratches.  I love it!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ecologists For A Day

We made the trek to the SRS Ecology lab this week.  It was a fun free field trip!  Ok, not fun free...we had fun.  It was free and fun:)

The kids tromped around and looked for critters in the woods and the pond.

Rebekah did well...she had her brothers tending to her.  I can't tell you how many times I looked around to see Aaron fixing her hair clip or holding her hand to help her along.  Levi was always wanting to show her everything he found (fish, lizards, frogs, skinks, wolf spiders).  

We went inside the classroom for lunch and we were able to see some of the animals they had in captivity (a snake, hawk, owl, opossum, and coyote to name a few).

Then the boys were able to have their picture made holding the alligator.

Some of the mamas posed with the alligator too...

It was a fun day, but it did kind of crack me up how my kids were pretty unimpressed by some things.  It was like, "Alligator?  Yeah, we had one in our retention pond for a while...that our dad put in there.  Coyote?  Yeah, my dad traps those all the time. brings them home for us to play with."  It's like our house is an ecology lab...why the heck did we make that drive?? :)

When we got home Aaron was goofing around with his sling shot and this happened......

Christian said it is a guaranteed $400.  *sigh*
I think one day I am going to do a whole post with just pictures of all of the broken things in my house:)