Monthly Archives: August 2013

Back to School

Our summer ended last week and no one in our house seemed to mind one bit.  For my boys, the novelty of summer vacation wore off about mid July.  They missed their friends, their teachers, and the comfort that goes along with a school schedule.

This year we had two back-to-school pros in the house.  Both the boys woke up excited for the first day without a drop of nervousness from either of them.

Of course it wouldn’t be the first day of school without mom taking a picture on the front porch step!  And just for your viewing pleasure I included the previous years all the way back to J’s kindergarten year.  What a difference 4 years makes!

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We arrived at school early so we could take a tour of the classrooms.  J’s classroom is in the cozy little cabin again.

 

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His teacher Mrs. B did a great job setting up their little classroom!  I love the big table they will all be studying at this year.  We feel so blessed to be apart of our parent/tutor homeschooling co-op!

 

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The first day of school means we all gather (moms, dad, friends, grandparents, aunts & uncles) to pray over the teachers and children.

 

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The classes and their teachers are introduced while everyone cheers.

This is J with Mrs. B and his classmates

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This is G with Mrs. S and his classmates

 

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G at his desk.  Mrs. S who worked to hard this summer to make G’s classroom to warm and inviting!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is already shaping up to be a great year!  The kids are enjoying their classroom time and the schooling they do at home with me.  It’s a lot of hard work for all of us, but the reward is seeing my children thrive, forming close friendships, and seeing them really excited about the things they are learning.  I know all too well, that before I even blink, I will be writing a last-day-of-school post.

September is almost here and we are enjoying a long weekend celebrating my Mom’s 60th birthday!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the best way to spend a summertime evening.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what princesses look like at our house.  They wear pjs and crowns made out of leafy vines.

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This is what summertime mornings look like these days

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This is Pearl and her adoring fans

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And this is the last official post of summer 2013.  It’s been quite the summer!  School has started and September is fast approaching.

See you soon!  ~April

Her First Weeks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is going to be another post with lots of Pearl news.  She’s a month old and I am already noticing changes in her.  She’s awake more.  Her eyes are searching farther and farther; she is trying to take in the world around her.  The big kids rush by her and she cranes her little head, trying to follow their fast, loud movements.

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Her adoration has not waned in the least bit.  She’s a great little helper but sometimes I want to issue a restraining order, make it so she can’t come within 20 yards of the baby for at least 3 days… maybe 3 weeks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe wanted to help snap the baby’s onesie.

She insists that she is big enough to carry baby Pearl around and I insist that she is not.  That hasn’t kept her from trying.  Fortunately no real damage has been done.  The other morning when I got in the shower Pearl was in her bouncy seat.  When I got out of the shower Pearl was on the couch.  That was a little unsettling.

These summer evenings have been so nice!  The other night we all ended up in the backyard after dinner.  Daddy was working on building a fence, I was weeding, Pearl was watching us from her bouncy seat, while the kids ran around the yard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVery soon we were all sitting in the grass, playing with the baby, chatting and watching Daddy do all the work.

 

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Amazingly I got some sewing done last week.   The kids were playing nicely, the baby was taking a very long nap, and dinner was being brought to us so… I sewed!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made another Geranium dress but this time I made the tunic version of the dress.  It went together so smoothly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a small dot fabric that Miss E picked out herself.  I used some Denise Schmidt fabric to line the tunic and added some little pockets to the skirt.  I also added some lace to the bodice for a little feminine touch.

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Little yellow buttons down the back.  Miss E loved it and wanted to wear it right away.

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There’s so much more I could say about these first few weeks but I am pressed for time so I will keep this brief.  I will just say that I forgot.  I forgot how time consuming newborns can be.  How long it takes for them to nurse at first.  I forgot how completely irresistible they are.  Even when I’ve worked hard to get her asleep and I have a ton of work to do; I see her with those chubby cheeks and that perfect, peaceful face and I just want to snatch her up and squeeze her!!  We all feel that way about her and I find myself constantly saying “Leave the baby alone!”.

 

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We gave the Bumbo a test run the other night.  She’s still a little too small.

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But she flashed me a grin and I pretty much melted right on the spot.  She’s got a great little smile if I do say so myself.

Goodnight friends see you soon.