Monday, January 31, 2011
|He sat up in front of the class and read the story to a captive audience like a pro. He reads with such expression and excitement that he makes the story come to life for all who listen.|
Friday, January 21, 2011
You are sleeping like a champ. Still taking 2 naps everyday, one at 9:30am and another at 2:00pm. You love your bath at bedtime and are ready for bed by 6:30pm to 7:00pm. You are so happy when you wake up (usually around 7:00am). I love to listen to you call for me or just giggle and chat by yourself.
Such a happy girl!
Your brother and sister light up your world and they both love you so much. You squeal with glee when I open the car door each day and Hayley climbs in after her morning at school. Luke still makes you laugh like no one else and he loves the laughs you give him. The 3 of you play hide and seek almost every night after dinner. The noise that fills this house makes me one happy Mama.
You are becoming quite attached to your Daddy and have him wrapped around your finger. All you have to do is poke out your sweet lip and he comes running to your rescue. You love when he dances with you and I love to watch. You are one lucky girl to have such an amazing Daddy.
Happy 14 months to our baby girl! Mommy loves you so much.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The big kids (as we call Luke and Hayley), have had chores around the house since they were about 2. Each year, we add a few more responsibilities to their lists as they learn about taking their part in helping out. One of the very first chores they have had to complete each morning has been making their beds. When they first began this chore, I used to go in and "fix" each bed to my liking. But as time passed, I began to learn that bed making was a way for them to express themselves. Instead of pink hair, pierced "whatevers", and torn jeans, they were showing me who they are by simply arranging their beds just so. So I began to love watching their "creations" each morning, getting a glimpse into who they are becoming.
Each morning, Luke spends about 15 minutes getting his bed just so. He is very particular about how the sheets should lay. He loves each pillow placed in the exact same spot. He doesn't like to come down stairs until his bed is made the way he likes it. My "inside the box" thinker (as long as the box is nice and neat).
Hayley is very "creative" when it comes to making her bed. Rarely does her bed look the same two mornings in a row. There is usually a theme when making her bed such as horses, dolls, Barbies.....etc. She likes to come down stairs and eat her breakfast before heading back up to make her bed. It has taken great restraint on my part not to "fix" her bed to the way I like it. My "outside the box" thinker (making sure there are plenty of stickers and ribbons in her box).
As for Hannah Beth, she usually just throws all her pacifiers on the floor and pushes her blankets to the corners of her crib. I look forward to seeing her bed making skills soon.
Friday, January 7, 2011
1. We found out this week that Chris has been selected to attend Command and Staff, a 10 month school in Quantico, VA. We will be packing up in June/July to head to Northern VA to enjoy another year of Chris at home with no deployments. I am praising the LORD for this unexpected blessing. We thought for sure that Chris was headed back to the fleet and a 7 month to a year deployment, but God had other plans and for this I am so very thankful.
2. Starting this fall, we will be entering the world of home schooling. Now, I know that after reading this statement some of you gasped, some of you shook your head and said "those kids are going to be socially dysfunctional", some of you clapped, some of you jumped for joy. You each are entitled to your own opinion. We did not make this decision lightly. We have been praying about this choice pretty much since Luke was 2 years old. I have nothing against the school system, but I do wish to be obedient to what God feels is right for our family. At this time in our life, Chris and I feel that home schooling is where and what God wants us to do. And honestly, I am VERY excited about this new adventure. I have been shopping curriculum, researching co-ops in our area, and talking with friends who already home school to find out what resources they are using. Can't wait until our school year will begin.
3. Well, there is not really a number 3 yet. Just waiting to see what else God has in store for us :) Just waiting and waiting...........
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Some of the fun things Ansley and Philip received at the shower
Hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are your way to a great 2011!