Monday, June 30

Sitting up and rolling over

Caeli rolled over for the first time while Uncle Matthew was visiting in May- she was 4.5 months!  WHAT?  I really don't remember the other kids rolling over so early- maybe I'm just old and forgetful but that seems kind of early, right?  Well, she's on the move now- she will roll from one side of the room to the other if she wants to get something.

This video is her second time to roll over.  Of course I missed the first time!

I pulled out the bumbo seat for her around then too, and we realized she was already pretty strong.  Right now, at almost 6 months old, she's a very strong sitter and will sit for 15-20 minutes in the play room, tinkering with a toy and watching everyone else play.

I'm so happy she's healthy and strong, but she's growing up too quickly for this mama!

Tuesday, June 24

Jack is Four!

Jackson is four!

I call you my "baby" and you quickly correct me and tell me that you're a "big boy."  But as big as you think you are, you were my baby for 3.5 years, and in some ways you will always be my baby!

With you, I learned respect.  I learned how to respect your personal space and give you nothing but unconditional love.  I have been fiercely protective of you, and you never went through "terrible twos" or "trying threes," and I'd like to think that my respect for you helped us bypass those phases.  Or maybe you did go through them, but my approach to parenting you differently helped me realize that you're just a little guy in need of love and respect.  Whatever the case, you are such a unique boy with so much love and giggles to share.

As you turn four, you love to sing!  You get a song stuck in your head and you sing the same lyrics over and over and over again!  You declare almost daily that your favorite songs are "Hello My Name Is" and "Speak Life," then you sing them as quickly as you can!  Of course, you do as all little kids and mix up and change the words up quite a bit. :-)


You share a room with your brother now, and you spend some much time drawing with him and you emulate his every move.  You are so blessed to have a big brother and a big sister who dote on you and love you so much.  You guys are all so close, now that the three of you are grown up a bit I can really tell that y'all are buddies and will remain that way for life.

And of course, that little sister of yours.  You dote on her and spoil her with kisses!  Even when she's sleeping and I ask you to leave her alone, you can't help but steal kisses on her little toes.  You're going to be such a good big brother to her!

You love your pets and you steal and eat green tomatoes off our tomato plants.  You always want to "do school" when Beth is learning and I think you're going to be reading early too.  But you're left-handed, and I'm having a heck of a time teaching you how to write!  But you're just sort of figuring it out on your own, which is fine with me!


I asked you some questions today, and here are your answers:

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Max and Ruby
Favorite Game: Farmer (you play this with wood blocks, little people, and tractors with Luke)
Favorite Game with Daddy: Forest Monster (Daddy chases you around and you squeal with joy!)
Favorite Outside Game: Baby (Beth is the Mommy, Luke is the Daddy, and you're the Baby!)
Favorite Friends: Sydney and Andrew
Favorite Place to Go: B.J.s (out to eat!)
Favorite Book to Read: Billy and Blaze (though I think you equally love Fancy Nancy!)
 Favorite Meal that Mommy Cooks: Pizza
What do you want for your birthday: A scooter

You are such a joy to me!  Your birth was such a pleasure (no, really- it was.  Nearly painless!) and you changed my life for the better.  I love you!

Wednesday, June 18

A Day at the Beach

Ryan surprised me with a day off from work to drive us down to the coast for our first beach trip of the year.  We were there for maybe 5 hours or so, and I realized that the three older kids are the absolute perfect age to enjoy the beach.  Beth and Luke spent most of the time in the water, fighting the waves, while Jack was content to play on the beach in the shallow waves.  Caeli dipped her toes in the sand and water and took a couple of naps in my arms while I read my book.  The seaweed was awful but the kids didn't care!


Friday, June 6

Mommy and Son Date

Luke and I had a mommy- son date night with the other boys in his club.  It was hosted at a nice club house, and all of the boys spent time serving and honoring their mothers in different ways.  Luke served me my iced water and my dinner from the buffet (okay, I had to help a little bit!) and he also won a prize for me!  Several little games were played, and he was given second place for "Sweetest Love Note to Mom," where an older girl wrote for him while he dictated a note to me.  There was a little prize basket and he picked out a magnetic note pad and matching pen for me.  We had dinner, the boys played musical chairs, and we all danced before dessert.  We had to leave a little early- Luke was ready to go at about 10 pm!    He just LOVED our special time together, and I was so happy to spend that one-on-one time with him!

An Early Summer Harvest

Our garden has grown wonderfully this year!  We've had a great harvest of lettuces and spinach and radishes, and this week it was time to pull up the carrots and onions.  Well, to be honest, I'm not positive it was "time" yet.  The ones we pulled up to test seemed good enough, and the tops didn't seem to be growing any higher- in fact, they started slumping over after a hard rain and never recovered.  We decided to go ahead and pull them up.

I let Beth, Luke, and Jack do all of the work.  Why not?  They loved it!  Every time they pulled out a huge one they'd celebrate!

There were a lot of tiny ones, but that's probably my fault for scattering the seeds and not thinning them out instead of carefully planting them.  I hate thinning out seedlings.  It seems like murder, lol.

This was my first year to do onions, and I think I did something wrong. I guess I didn't plan them deep enough, because they all formed on top of the dirt, and they didn't get very big.  But these also started to slump over and dry up, despite never flowering.  Maybe they didn't get enough sun?  (The carrot tops got pretty tall right next to them, maybe they blocked the sun?)  I will have to figure that out for next year.  Since the onions were pretty small, I dried and kept them, but I'm primarily using them in something like a pot roast where a whole but tiny onion is perfectly delicious. 

After harvesting all of the carrots, they pulled off the green tops (which we saved for the rabbits), and then Beth washed all of them.  I'd like to say that we froze some for later use, but honestly the kids ate all of them within a week.  They snacked on carrots all day!  I'm surprised none of them turned orange!
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