Let me take you to our breakfast table conversation for the past few weeks. Luke and Hayley have decided to start making their Christmas wish lists. That's right....Christmas. The wonderful celebration of Jesus's birth that is 3 months away. I guess they don't want Santa to have to be too stressed out right before the big night. Let's get those lists in right away.
I believe what may have brought on the Christmas List rush of 2010, is the delightful American Girl catalog that comes in the mail mid-September. Hayley spends hours drooling over every doll, outfit, accessory, and book that she sees. I mean, what doll doesn't need her own bathtub with fake bubbles and a vanity with real working lights? Seriously.
In all honesty, I remember doing the exact same thing when the Sears catalog used to come to our house at Christmas.
So, back to the breakfast table.....each morning both of them go over the items for their lists in ranking order. Hayley has listed every item in the entire American Girl catalog (an estimated total of $1,000,000.00) along with the Angelina Ballerina doll, the all important Strawberry Shortcake pool, and a box of girl Legos. Because the boy Legos just won't do. We NEED the pink and purple ones. Awesome.
Luke on the other hand has 4 very important items on his list.
1. A robe 2. Slippers to go with the robe 3. The airport Legos set 4. To give some $ to the poor
The robe and slippers are mentioned several times a day. In fact my favorite time he brought up the robe and slippers was this Saturday. Chris loaded the kids up in the van to go and get some pancakes from McDonalds. Usually I make the pancakes, but having just returned home from yet another visit to the ER with Hannah and breathing issues, I was passed out in the bed (another post at another time). So as Chris was asking them to get their shoes on, Luke looks at Chris and says, "Dad, this would be so much better if I had a robe and slippers."
Dear Santa, please get this sweet boy a robe and slippers. Obviously, life just isn't fun at all without them.
This girl has been busy over the past month. So Miss Hannah Beth, what are you up to now?
*You are crawling everywhere and into everything. Your favorite places to crawl are place you are not allowed aka the fireplace and the big kids playroom with 5,000 tiny Legos, Littlest Pet Shops, and Polly Pockets all over the floor. This tiny toy challenge is new to us because the older kiddos were at toddler ages about the same time. You have become very fast in the past few days, therefore Mommy has been shopping for baby gates. You love to push up to a "plank" and hold it for several seconds. Only 10 months old and already a master at pilates.
We have two teeth and 6 MORE coming in at once! Teething tablets and get have become our new best friend. So glad that they bring you some relief.
Over the past week, you have started clapping when we clap. It is the cutest thing. You also started signing "All Done" when you are finished eating. We are working on several signs that I know you will pick up quickly and it will be a huge help in telling Mommy and Daddy what you want.
You are still loving baby food. Still don't care for peas, but who can blame you! We have given you fruit puffs, yogurt melts, little bits of cheese, and yo baby yogurt. You love all of them. The sippy cup is coming along but all you like to do is take a sip and let the water run out of your mouth all over your shirt. Makes for fun clean up.
You are such a happy baby and flash the biggest grin to folks. You still look to Mommy first if it is someone unfamiliar to make sure that they are ok before you will smile. You love to cuddle and be rocked in your rocking chair while I sing to you. I love when you lie on my shoulder and just hug. It is the greatest feeling in the world.
Chris and I celebrated our 11th anniversary on September 4th. My sister was in town and she kindly offered to babysit for us so we could enjoy an evening together. We got to go out to dinner and to a movie. What a treat!
I love this man more and more everyday. He is my best friend and hero. He is such the perfect balance for this frantic crazy lady, so calm and grounded. To watch him with our children is one of my favorite moments in the day. They just love him to pieces and can't wait until he walks through the door at the end of the day.
He makes me laugh like no one else. I love you, Chris. Thank you for 11 wonderful years!
....one of my favorite lines from the movie "You've Got Mail". I used to love the beginning of school year. I loved shopping for new school supplies, organizing my desk, and making sure I had the coolest Trapper Keeper. I still love the fall, but the beginning of school has changed a bit for me.
Not that I don't love the excitement in the air of a fresh start, a ride on the school bus, meeting new teachers, and finding new and old friends, it just reminds me that my babies are growing up so fast.
But oh, what fun it was to watch my baby boy jump on that school bus with a huge smile on his face and come home to tell me what an awesome day he had in 1st grade. He has come such a long way from his first preschool experience where they had to peel him out of the car crying for the first month of school.
Hayley too began a new chapter in KINDERGARTEN! She had a wonderful day and loved that she had homework to do when she got home. The assignment isn't due until next week, but she spent 45 minutes writing and coloring her heart out to make each part of her "All About Me" book was just perfect. That girl has a love for all things school just like I did at her age.
I love watching my babies grow and learn at each stage of their little lives. They are becoming exactly who God made them to be. I feel so blessed to be able to call them my own. Praying for a wonderful school year with lots of fun, friends, learning, and growth.
Luke had a sleepover with one of his best buddies, Alexander, a few weeks ago. These two had been begging for a sleepover all summer long and we finally got around to it. Chris took them out to the Dismal Swamp for a bike ride and bug hunt, they had McDonalds to eat, and Brusters Ice Cream for dessert. We let them watch a movie in Luke's room until 10:00pm and then it was lights out. Surprisingly, they went to sleep and we didn't hear from them again until morning!
I'm so thankful that Luke has found a best friend in Alexander. They are kindred spirits and play so well together. I see another sleepover in our near future!
I am a wife to one of The Few and the Proud, he loves his country and happens to be the most amazing man who loves me unconditionally and is truly my hero; a homeschooling mama to 3 wonderful children that make me smile everyday, and a Christian trying to live my life for the Lord. Though I fall and stumble in my walk with Christ, I live in His undying grace and mercy. He has blessed our family beyond my wildest dreams and I cannot praise His name enough.
After reading many of my friends' blogs, I thought this would be a great way to keep friends and family up on what our gang is doing! Let me know if you stop by and see us.