Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Harmony 6 Month Pictures

It's hard to believe this sweet girl is six months old already! She is so sweet and laid back, just totally chill about life. She spends her entire day playing, bumbling around wherever we happen to be. She crawls, pulls up, and cruises (slowly). She jabbers a lot, and loves to be in the midst of lots of action. She plays until she just can't stay awake anymore, then starts saying 'nigh-nigh!' and fussing. If you sit and rock her then she's asleep in minutes. Crazy girl just doesn't like to stop till she's completely wiped out! Most of the time she would much rather be on the floor than in someone's arms, but thankfully she does still snuggle sometimes - and she gives wide open mouthed, slobbery kisses. 

She also has a very ornery smile, apparently. It's either ornery or full blown laughing, not usually any sweet in between smiles :) 

Coming for the camera... 

These remind of pictures of myself at this age...

When you are six months old, you get white onesie pictures, and rocking chair pictures :) 

The only sitting still picture I managed!  

Waving bye-bye... not sure why :) 

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!