Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Kid With Glasses!

J just got glasses! He'd been acting the same way as before his eye surgery - distracted, having a hard time focusing, tired and fussy. He hadn't complained about anything being hard to see, but then he hadn't before either, he had just compensated and wore himself out. Sure enough, at his checkup they said he is far sighted, has an astigmatism, and one eye is starting to drift out again, which is why he kept looking at us with his head tilted. Right now he is super excited about them (and Cadence is super jealous!). I think he's adorable! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day of School 2016

Building a new sandbox with the principal yesterday ;) 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Harmony Fun - Four Months

This little girl is the sweetest thing in the entire universe. Not even kidding. She loves to smile, and talk, and churtle. She always wants to watch what’s going on around her, and just loves playing with toys or rolling around on the floor. She just started sitting propped up on her hands, rolling over, and wiggling across the floor to get stuff. However she happens to be is generally just fine with her - she delights in whatever happens to be around her. She has a contented little soul :)

Num, num, tiger!

Ha - this face!

Here I go...


Got it!

And now for the whole reason I rolled over - to chew on this delicious butterfly!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Happy Birthday James! {Just a few days belated}

My sweet buddy J is FIVE! He is our 'laid back' kid, who loves life, loves making people laugh, and is very affectionate. He's super excited about starting school this year, and chill about the distinct possibility of getting glasses next week. In spite of being miffed about going, he had a great time at his annual check-up, making all the nurses laugh by checking his muscles in every reflection we passed, and chatting up anyone who paused in his general vicinity. He's holding strong on his growth chart 12% for weight, and 15% for height. My little man - now if they measured hands, that might be a different story, with his bear paws. He also bumped up a Sunday School class, and is loving his Aunt Kari time!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Exercise Time!

How do you put a toddler with separation anxiety, psychomotor overexcitability, emotional overexcitability, and sensual overexcitability to sleep? Wear out their bodies while keeping their brains and emotions calm, apparently. 

We still have a ways to go, but one thing we've discovered that helps is keeping her moving for a solid hour before bedtime. None of this "calm down for bed" nonsense. Baths wire her - sitting still just confines the energy. By the time her hour is up, she's usually (but not always) ready to have a couple stories and go lie down. We spend all of the older kid's story time with her jumping on the trampoline, then we do this while they go lie down. Sometimes we have to start back at ten again. Sometimes we do different things, or more stretches. Sometimes we do this randomly during the day when she needs to chill. It helps SO much!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Happy Birthday

There is a verse in Psams that talks about how God fills us with love until we burst forth in song. It always makes me think of ReC - bursting - with love, joy, songs, energy, emotions. Happy three, my sweet, sweet girl!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My head hurts.

ReC has not stopped talking - and moving - for a solid hour. Here's a sample:

"Even two year-old's can put them heads under the water! I am learning to swim, just like Joe and Sam! Look, I can touch the fan with the hula-hoop, here you take the hula-hoop, I don't need it now. When Jamesie touch the fan, him got in trouble. Why me not got in trouble? Was him naughty, and me not naughty? Maybe I can touch the fan if I try again. Let me get the hula-hoop. Fish swim! Me can't swim yet, when me older I can swim. I am two! On my birthday, I will be 3! Sammie is 3! Three, three, three fish in a tree! What? That's silly. Fish can't go in trees, them go in water. Yesterday we went to the zoo. To see lot's of animals. Me went in the cage with the birdies, the lady said me can hold one on my hand - like  this - but him hid behind him tree. Maybe him want to eat instead? Look, I can jump so high on the trampoline! And me can jump from the third step. Jamesie can jump from the next step. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deutoronomy, I John, II John, THIRD JOHN! Jude, Revelation! R is for ReC, and Harmony have an R in the middle of her name. H is Harmony. R - E - C, REC! Cadence is for C. James is for J. Puh, puh, what is for P? Pat! No, Pat, no, don't sit on that! *giggle* We not supposed to hop on people. Only trampolines. Us had a pool long time time ago for me to swim in, but it broke. But me can go in Joe and Sam's. Them have only two kids in them family. Me have four! When me grow up, me can be adult. Adults can drink tea!"

And a random picture just for fun...