Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Classical Conversations Celebration!

Lillianne's first day of CC - Sept. 2013
Lillianne's last day of CC - April 2014 

This morning was our end of the school year CC Celebration! Lillianne was so excited to have Daddy and Granddad come to see what they've learned this year =) And I got teary eyed throughout the morning watching the kids - thinking about how much Lillianne has grown up this year! 

We have LOVED Classical Conversations! She started the year as a quite and very shy 4 year old. Over the course of the year, she's blossomed! She's made friends (begged for play dates!), learned new things, developed art skills, practiced listening to someone other than mom teach, and even got a little louder during presentations! 

I'm amazed at how much these little ones have learned this year! Her class learned to skip count (1's through 15's), sang songs to memorize history facts, learned about several famous composers/artists, conducted science experiments, ran around the room playing memory games, learned definitions for different parts of a sentence and recited a 161 point timeline - from creation to Christ to current events! I often find myself singing songs that we've learned in school --- and actually, I'm quite a bit smarter than I was in September, too! =) 

It's been great meeting other homeschool mommas. I've picked up some new teaching techniques, learned to let some stuff go, and we've just really, really enjoyed our time there! Even Hudson's picking up on the songs and will random start singing about President Reagan or the Vietnam War…makes me so happy! 

Summers right around the corner - we'll be winding down here at home in the next week or two but  we are already looking forward to CC starting again in the fall! What a blessing this groups been!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Is Risen!

Loved celebrating our RISEN KING with family this afternoon! 

"Death couldn't handle Him,
And the grave couldn't hold Him!

"Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name."
1 Chronicles 29: 10-13

"Egg"cellent Saturday!

It's Easter weekend! Saturday was jam packed - and lots of fun! We opened Easter baskets when the kids woke up then made Resurrection Rolls for breakfast. It was cool for the kids to see the marshmallow disappear after baking - and a great way to remind the little ones about the empty tomb!

After breakfast we went down the street to a local church's Egg Hunt. It was quite chilly but they loved it! There were SO many kids there - and they church did a great job sharing the Gospel story. They had blow up slides, bounce houses and even a chick exhibit - where Nolan came very close to beheading a baby chicken!

Later that morning we headed to Salem for the Kite Festival! It wasn't quite windy enough for the big kites but Lillianne, Hudson and Nolan LOVED watching the smaller ones and enjoyed trying to keep ours up.

It was a full day - capped off out to dinner with Nana and Pa. Lots of great memories, sweet babies and good times. Thankful!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Over 1/2 Way!

So, we're on the back half of this pregnancy...it's going WAY TOO FAST! 

And yes, I took my first "selfie" in order to document this growing belly because this is maybe the 3rd picture that's been taken in the last 21 weeks. But hey, gotta do what works! 

A couple of weeks ago we had our "big" ultrasound. Everything looked great! Baby was super wiggly but allowed the sweet girl to get lots of pictures - head to toe. I continue to be amazed when I see our little one growing. Beating heart. Spine. Hands & feet. Brain. Simply amazing. We were able to watch a good portion, just covering our eyes long enough to miss the gender. No temptation to take a peek - excited for another surprise. My thoughts? Girl! Justins? Boy! So, might as well start getting out the blue - he's been right every other time...

I had an appointment with Dr. Heinick this morning. I've enjoyed getting to know him this go round. I am thankful for an office full of friendly, supportive, and passionate doctors/midwives. Its obvious they love their jobs (and patients!) 

So...that's the update on #4! Excited! And totally unsure as to how we are gonna handle it =) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Eggs!

This morning we dyed Easter eggs! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nolan is 15 Months!

Little Nolan is growing up! And getting cuter every minute of the day =) 

The big news this month...he's finally walking! And he loves it! He had been teetering for the last few months, so close, but he would never commit to walking without a hand to hold. The kids left town for the weekend and he saw the golden opportunity to WALK uninterrupted...no one to push him over, grab him or stand in his way! I love watching him walk across the room, then turn to see our faces light up with pride. He just laughs - super cute! 

This morning he had his 15 month check up. Dr. Bradford gave him the once over and he looked great! 21.5 lbs (just over the 10%), 31.5" (50%) and 18" head (10%). And I only see it being harder to keep weight on him now that he's on the go! He has 11 teeth and loves to eat, play, swing, climb, nap and snuggle. His favorite words are bye!, momma and dadda. As soon as the door opens at the end of the day, he starts yelling "Dadda!" until he gets all the attention =) He'll also repeat anything that we say and loves to sing "Let It Go" from Frozen...seriously. 

I love watching this little baby grow! Happy 15 months sweet boy!  

Nolan walking!