So... I lost my camera battery charger and so the camera has been dead meat for about two months. And my phone camera is pretty darn pathetic. And, things are just a little extra busy at the moment... and I have been taking my usual Sunday blogging time to catch up on sleep from the week. (I can hear my dad's voice saying, you can't catch up on sleep! It doesn't work like that! Well it does in my world, dad so get out of my head)
But, no more. I am caught up. All of the events over the past two months summarized for each child, plus a new blog background to get me out of my blogging funk and back into it.
I can do it.
A comment or two wouldn't hurt in the "persuading to blog more" department too... just sayin'.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Six months is the perfect baby age. I love it so much that part of me could just keep them at this age forever. But then I remember how much I love five year olds and somehow forget 3 year olds...
Anyway, this sweet baby of mine is in that perfect phase of smiling
And then, on top of those perfectly chubby cheeks, sometimes I get to put him in animal themed jackets.
I even think he is cute when he is sad, most of the time.
His first swing! It was magical for both of us.
I have thought this from the beginning and I believe it whole heartedly, two year old are cute for a very specific reason. So you don't kick them out when they make you want to pull your hair out.
Speaking of hair, Asher's finally got a trim
Asher and Rhode are really good buddies right now. I have a new strategy where I make them do chores first thing in the morning. I stick on the at the beginning to make sure a few things get done and then, when they start to get antsy, I offer to let them have a little outside time. But when they come back in, it means they are ready to get back to jobs. This has led to hours of happy play time in the backyard instead of the begging for shows that Asher usually attempts. I know, I'm a genius.
After their morning bath one day, they weren't able to get dressed immediately because Jude was asleep in their room. So they had some "nakee lego time" Boys are awesome.
"Mom, Asher's face got too close to my painting!" He is messy a lot of the time, but he has almost completely stopped coloring on my house, which is a major, major win.
He has two best buddies right now, Ivan and Frankie. They always greet each other with a hug and play so happily together.
Rhode is my good buddy these days. He has preschool three times a week in the mornings and the rest of the time its just mom and Rhode time. Rhode really had a great preschool this year. His teacher, Miss Erika, ran preschool out of her home, but she was the queen of organization and fun. They had such a great time and she was so good at challenging Rhode. One of the days, they were asked to dress up as community helpers.
What other teacher would let him take full sized tools to school? :) Rhode has been so understanding and helpful since my work schedule has gotten busier. Our normal after lunch/during nap time schedule was read together, play the piano usually together, do his homework, and then get one or two chores done before he got some play time, usually on his computer math games. But I have had to turn afternoons into work time. So now, without being asked, he waters the garden, does his piano lesson, reads a few chapters by himself, and then does his homework, which has been free writing for the last few weeks. After I give him a job, he comes right back when he's done to ask, "Mom, what can I do next?" He is the best. He just had his last week of preschool (teacher is having a baby next month) so we get even more time together and I am not dreading it at all, which really is saying something!
Jon challenged Rhode to read ten books by himself to earn a dudes night and Rhode jumped on the challenge, finishing in about a week. They did not see Captain America...
Look how tall he is!
Sorry ladies, he's mine.
Scarlet the Amazing 6 year old is now Scarlet the Awesome 7 year old! She celebrated her day by sewing her own build a bear kit rabbit cheerleader.
We went all out with her fancy princess hair and makeup...
And joined a theater full of mini princesses for a beautiful ballet performance. During intermission, Scarlet got to join the other princesses on stage for a dance. It was a fantastic evening.
They had a coloring table, which was hard to leave to go see the performance.
They even got to take pictures with the ballerinas. She doesn't look it in the picture but her friend, Deonna had a good time too. Scarlet also got $25 from her Grandma Charla that she has been saving for the perfect... something. She'll know it when she sees it.
Scarlet loves school and anxiously counted down the days until the school dress up days. This was dress as your favorite book character day.