Abe started reading Bob Books recently, and he is so proud!!!
Eli was reading a book yesterday and Felicity came over to listen. They had a sweet few moments together.
In other news, Felicity really likes to dress up these days! Here are a few cute moments that we caught on camera.
We have been enjoying the mild weather and beautiful flowers that accompany spring in southwestern VA! The kids get nervous about the bees buzzing around our yard and we’ve battled allergies the last month or so, but we are so thankful for spring! The return of color, warmth, and longer days have been a welcome change for me after our first winter of homeschooling!
We have spent many hours at parks, gone bike riding several times, enjoyed the breeze on our porch, and done many other fun things in the last several weeks. I felt very stir crazy by the end of winter with 3 energetic boys and a busy toddling girl. Their most recent entertainment involved sliding down our staircase in sleeping bags. I was just waiting for the cry to alert me to injury. Thankfully, nothing too bad happened.
Can you tell I love spring??
Sammy, Eli and Abraham had a great time building a snowman together one day during our big snow. It was very cute to see them, especially Abraham, excited about putting him together and assembling their props! They named him Evan. :)
Where has this past month gone? It feels like it was swallowed up in snow storms and hibernating through seriously cold weather!
We had our first real snow this month, totally somewhere around 9 or 10 inches (not official numbers)…then another storm later in the week totally 8 inches…then 3-5 more inches this week! The kids had a great time playing in the snow for a few days, but Abraham kept getting a rash and hives from the cold and everyone started getting runny noses, so we went into hibernation. You know, baking, reading, playing Wii, watching too much tv, etc. I’m glad we got some snow because it’s so beautiful and the kids love playing in it, but I’m also glad that we don’t live someplace that has snow all winter. (Sorry, Gradens!)
Since I didn’t keep up with blogging as much as I would have liked, I’m going to share some random pictures that tell about our month. :)
Sammy’s journal entry about his dream room. As you can tell, he really enjoys reading and Lego’s at this point in his life. Notice the picture–behind his bed is a giant bookshelf with a ladder so he can climb up to choose books straight out of bed. (He also included a lamp by his bed so he could read late at night after his brothers are asleep.)
We have had some very nice afternoons recently, so we’ve tried to get out to parks often. The kids are very sweet with Felicity and love having her play with them more. (Sammy and Eli holding Felicity’s hands with Abraham walking in front.)
We have attempted to rebuild a lot of old Lego sets. Eli is very much at home when building, and Charlie says he is even better than him at finding lost pieces or following detailed instructions for hours. Their most difficult set was 1,200 pieces!
The boys have been doing some creative drawings on our white board this winter. They start out with some type of inspiration by Charlie or Sammy, then they spend hours adding creatures, super heroes, animals, explosions, etc. (Sammy, Eli, Abe, l-r)
Eli wrote a free verse poem for school. I love how it sounds like Eli, very sweet and tender.
Charlie has been preparing himself for the day when Felicity brings home a boy she wants to date.
Felicity really likes to put chapstick on herself, maybe why Charlie is starting to get nervous about the future. ha ha.
A cute picture of everyone playing together in the living room! (Eli, Sam, Dad, Abe, Fee, top-bottom)
Charlie and I gave Abraham an ant farm for Christmas, and he is loving his tiny friends! He likes checking on his ants’ progress in tunneling throughout the day, and calls them his friends. Sammy and Eli were interested in our pets for a few days, but Abraham–and he says Felicity–are proud myrmecologists. (It’s so cute to hear him say “myrmecologist”, too!)
The ants are pretty interesting, actually! They’re always busy tunneling, caring for their dead (we’ve lost 3), and trying to escape when we open the lid. They should live 1-3 months, which is a great length of time for us, and it’s been a very fun experience for Abraham.
The ants sometimes eat with us, which I find a little gross, but the kids enjoy it!
He likes to sit in this chair to check on their new tunnels first thing in the morning.
You figured it out, Uncle Ken!
I was out one day while Charlie and the boys took off the ornaments and got rid of the tree. (Thank you!) After several weeks, the tree was dried out and would have to make several turns to get out a door in our house. So, Charlie decided to cut off the branches and throw them out the front window, then carry the trunk out to our backyard. Where he is saving it to use somehow. :)
The past several years, we have gone to a small Christmas tree farm to cut our own tree. It’s very informal and not staffed, with just a pick-up truck with a window cracked a few inches for you to deposit your $20 for your tree. It’s been a fun tradition for the boys, and now Felicity also, to run around freely and choose which tree to take home. We don’t worry too much about the fullness (they’re not perfect at this place) but look at the size. We decided to go big this year. Our tree was on a big hill, which, it turns out, made it seem smaller than it really was.
We felt a little silly driving home with this gigantic tree on our roof (and got a few funny looks from other drivers!), but had a good laugh over it all. Then we got it into the living room and found out it was a LITTLE too tall for our ceiling!
We enjoyed our gigantic, funny tree and plan to continue our tradition (much like one from my childhood) of getting a ridiculously large Christmas tree!
By the way, if you look to the left, you will see some twine from the tree to the wall. That was to provide support after it slowly fell onto me and one of the boys as we decorated! Thankfully I caught it before it smashed us and the ornaments!
Here are some pics from our time on the farm.
Our four kiddos!
Stay tuned to find out how we got the tree OUT of our house! Any guesses?
Hopefully 2015 will bring a fresh start to our blogging. We began homeschooling Sammy (2nd), Eli (1st) and Abraham (pre-k) this fall along with keeping up with a very busy 1 year old. Add in a slow computer, and keeping up with this has ended. Charlie loves new year’s resolutions, though, so I thought it was a good time to start keeping you in the loop again (grandparents and maybe some aunts)!
Sammy is 8 years old and growing up quickly! He has become an avid reader, enjoys playing games, is learning to play the piano, and loves talking about church history with Dad (Charlie loves it too!).
Eli (7 yrs.) likes to be busy with his hands building, drawing, cooking, or helping around the yard. He gravitates to little people (babies and preschoolers) and loves being silly!
Abraham is our precious preschooler! He keeps up with the big guys and wants to be with them all of the time, but then he also really enjoys age appropriate activities when I introduce them to him. (He is 4 years old.) Sammy and Eli go to a co-op for school on Tuesday mornings, so that is our preschool time. He likes to play with play-dough, do puzzles, read books together, and play pretend. He LOVES pretending! He pretends alone or with others and super heroes are his favorite subject. Here he is entertaining people at the beach this past summer as he was Bat-man:
All of the boys adore Felicity, but Abraham and she have a special bond. They are sweet together.
And our 1 year old doll baby! Felicity is at a wonderful age–toddling around, babbling, wanting to snuggle and read books, and being silly. She has a few words (mama, dada, bock bock, peas for “please”, etc.) but has been working on a lot more this week. She received several kitchen/food play items for Christmas, and those are her favorite toys. It’s nice that she has someone to play kitchen with her (great brothers!) and she is just adorable! Here she is wearing her apron, cruising on Lightening McQueen and listening to Hispanic worship music on the boys’ iPod. Hilarious!
Happy New Year!!! (a selfie from New Year’s Eve)