Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

Well after a few year hiatus, we carved pumpkins this year.  I let William pick out the pumpkins in the store and then each child got to pick a special non-scary Disney template to put on their pumpkin.  Oye, those templates may look easy, but it's a lot of work to transfer the design to the pumpkin and then carve it.  3 1/2 hours later, here's our results...    The kids gave up after 1 hour, which was just as we were finishing separating the seeds from the goop.


William chose the Toy Story alien as his design

Isabella chose Princess Elsa for her pumpkin

Friday, October 3, 2014

Catriana is 10 Months

wow, time is flying by soooo fast!!  I can't believe I almost have a 1 year old!  Where's my baby?!  This last month has brought on a flurry of growth.  Cate got her first tooth in, she learned to crawl, she now pushes herself up into sitting and down dog, she's starting to pull herself up on furniture.  We've gone from strictly pureed food to soft chunks of food; her favorites being whole grain bread, puffs, cooked lentils/beans, and soft bits of fruit and meat. We're still trying to master the use of a sippy cup, right now she'd just rather chew on the spout than drink from it. 


Friday Fall Exploration

Every Friday in our homeschool is exploration day - we spend some time outdoors observing nature and God's handiwork.  Last week we collected and identified leaves and then pressed them.  Today we did some bark rubbings, counted rings on stumps to see how old trees were and looked for patterns to identify a good year, bad year, or disease.  Lastly, we used our pressed leaves and bark rubbings to make leaf mats.



William's

Isabella's

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Girls Room!

Today we redecorated Bella's room and turned it into the Girls' Room - where she and Catriana will now share the room.  It was a bit of a juggle to try and fit everything and not make it look too cluttered.  But we succeeded!  I'm praying that the transition into sharing goes well for both girls!  And that they, and mommy, can actually get a good night's sleep tonight. 

shower gift for Cate - leaves are fingerprints from the ladies at church

it fits!

Catriana's side of the room

Catriana enjoying her new bed

Isabella's side of the room

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday William!

Happy Birthday to my first born!  I can't believe how fast the last 6 years have gone by!!  William, you have such a tender heart and a strong sense of right and wrong.  I love your compassionate nature and the love you have for your little sisters and God's people.  You are such a joy and blessing to this family!






New bow case, quiver and arrows from Daddy

Friday, September 5, 2014

9 Month Stats

Catriana had her 9  month check up today.  She was super-smiley and clapped through the whole appointment.  She didn't even grimace or utter a cry when she got her shot and blood drawn. 

Height   27.5"           39%
Weight  18lb 15oz    46%
Head    17.5"          59%


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

9 Months Old!

Catriana is 9 months today!  She is scooting around like crazy on her bum and back; often times getting herself stuck under a chair or table.  She is more smiley than ever and expresses her wants by uttering a super loud gutteral screech.