Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring 2015

We have had such a beautiful spring - the warmest and sunniest that I can remember!  

Easter Sunday was gorgeous, and the older the kids get, the more excited they get about Easter Egg hunts!  Good thing they get to do several of them!  =)

We have spent a lot of time outside - I've been busy with some projects, and the kids love playing in the yard. 

Toby is really into bugs right now, and he loves nothing better than to find a worm while I'm digging!  

We've even had the pool and sprinkler out already!

 Of course, there's plenty of fun to be had inside, too!

 Ever since we watched Willy Wonka, we've been calling Toby an "Oompa Loompa" when we eat spaghetti!  

Simon at 3 Months

How do babies grow so fast?  Three months have flown by, and we no longer have a little infant in our home, but a big smiling, laughing baby.  Everyone still adores him and loves to cuddle with him and they do anything they can to make him smile or laugh!  Every baby stage is so fun!  I love watching him learn to interact with everything around him.  He now goes to bed cheerfully and wakes up happy, and it is one of my favorite things to listen to him coo in bed as he goes to sleep or waits for me to come get him in the morning.   He's big enough to sit in the Bumbo now, which is a fun thing when I want to do a little sewing!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Enjoying These Days

Two months after a new baby is born always seems to be the point at which we reach our new normal.  By then, the baby is sleeping through the night, I've gotten a pretty good daily feeding routine down, and we've all adjusted to the new family member.  I feel like we're there a little early this time - Simon has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks (the earliest yet!), we've gotten back to all of our daily activities, and I feel pretty good about how much gets accomplished each day.

At the same time, though, I feel like I've gotten more relaxed about how much I think needs to be accomplished each day.  For some reason, I'm feeling more and more the truth of the "it goes by so fast" saying.  Something about having the infant days just whiz by for a fifth time makes me want to stop the clock and just soak it all in.  I already miss Simon as a newborn.  Even though days with lots of little kids are loud and hard and exhausting, I know that I'm going to miss it all so much someday.  Seth and I were talking a few weeks ago, and realizing that even though parenting seems like our whole life right now, the years we will spend actively parenting are really only a small percentage of our life.  (I already know I'll need something to fill my time when the kids are gone - Seth thinks I should be a midwife!)  With all that in mind, I'm ignoring the dishes and laundry a bit more, putting off the vacuuming until tomorrow, and spending a few more minutes listening to a spaceship tale, snuggling small people, and taking afternoon walks.  And it's been good.  (And the warm, sunny days we've been enjoying lately have been lovely!)

Everyone wants to snuggle with Simon at bedtime - so they've been taking turns! 

 I finally got my car family updated (after a year and a half)!  These make me happy!  =)

We had a pie dinner for "Pi Day" - Chicken Pot Pie and Apple Pie!  

 Green Eggs for St. Patrick's Day.  And Veggie Tales has a great version of his story!  (We watched it in YouTube.)

Seth and I love the fact that the kids are almost always together.  Even in a small house, there's a number of places they can go, but whether they're playing together or not, they spend most of their time within a few feet of each other.  It's so fun to see the kids enjoy being with their siblings!

Friday, March 27, 2015

The 4-Year Coat

Winter coats usually seem to last our children two years, which is great since it saves money and storage space.  But I have a special fondness for Joanna's coat, which I just realized she has been wearing for four winters now!   How does a coat fit a growing child for four years?  I'm not really sure, but I'm not complaining!  In fact, now that I know how long she's had it, I'm kind of sad that I'll soon have to put it away, now that the sleeves are (finally) getting too short.  Just for fun, I looked back through pictures to see if I could find one with her wearing it from each winter.

We bought it for her way back in 2011, when she was just one and a half.  She was in a size 2 then, so I bought a size three, which was a little big, but I was hoping it might still fit her the next year, too.  I guess my thinking paid off!

That first year it was a little long, and we had to roll the sleeves up, but it worked great!

The next year it fit her better, though the sleeves might have still been a smidge long.

Last year it fit her perfectly!

And this year it has still fit her well, although now the sleeves are starting to get a bit short.

I'll definitely be holding on to this coat, since I'm not sure I could ever find another one like it!