Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Cleaning

My mom and I have been cleaning my house from top to bottom this past week.  Rooms are getting switched around and it was time for a thorough cleaning.  Who knew there were so many nooks and crannies to hold junk.  And dust...oh my, dust.  We ended up moving the office furniture up to the front room and we are going to make a den/playroom out of the old office.  Since there is so much space in that room, I was able to put all the kids toys in it and I FINALLY have my living room back...without any kid toys in it.  It feels great! 

Mia lost another tooth, this one on the bottom.  When it rains it pours?  Calvin keeps checking his teeth to make sure they are all there, he doesn't want to miss the tooth fairy when it's his turn. 

We've had some accidents with potty training, to be expected, I guess.  We've made a lot of progress and overall I think he's doing well. 

Asher is struggling with his sleep so much and I know that this will pass and he will be a great sleeper again, it is just making things a bit harder in the day.  I dropped his morning nap and he makes it until about noon and I wish he would take a three hour nap, but he can't seem to make it that long and wakes up crying after an hour and a half...it is just lots of adjustments right now. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Milestones!

Yesterday Mia lost her first tooth!  She has quite a few wiggly ones in her mouth and so it was only a matter or time before it happened!  She was super excited and the tooth fairy came to visit last night.  She got a little pillow with her name and a tooth embroidered on it...in her pocket she got $5!  Rumor has it that the tooth fairy gives $5 on the first tooth and $1 for each one there after...

Calvin was hoping the tooth fairy would visit him, but I told him that the tooth fairy only visits those children who lose a tooth and that in a couple of years, he would get a visit then.  Slightly saddened, he was still thrilled that the tooth fairy was coming for Mia.






In other news, Calvin is now officially potty trained!  Woo hoo!  It took us a week, but he is done and I am so happy to have 1 less in diapers...that's a big deal!  He got these bug underwear that have a different bug each day of the week and he is always super excited to see which bug he gets to wear.  He told me a few days into the process, "mama, I don't need a potty chart anymore and I'm ready for school."  Hehehehe.  If he only knew he could have milked the rewards of a potty chart for a lot longer!

We moved Asher's crib to Mia's old room in the back (Mia and Calvin are now sharing a room).  That has been a tough transition for him.  He has pretty much told me in his own baby body language (screaming) that he does not like change.  I guess he gets that from his mama.  We'll give him a few weeks to get adjusted to it, but it is so nice to have the kids on the same side of the house and to have our living room back!  Asher's old room was a bonus room right next to our living room and so when he went to bed at night, we were banished to our bedroom...life is all about adjustments, right?

Thank you Lord for these precious babies!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

VBS

The kids had a fun week at VBS last week.  Unfortunately, they all came down with colds.  So, we have been in recovery mode for awhile now.  The cough is still lingering, but with the humidifier at night, they seem to do pretty well. 

This is a big week for us, we are officially working on potty training Calvin.  I don't know why my kids can't figure this out, but it is not a simple task for them.  Ask me at the end of the week how we are doing.  ;)  I keep telling myself, everyone does it eventually...right?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MARE

Yesterday was Mia's last day at MARE for the summer.  They offer morning riding sessions through July, but by 11am, it can be really hot and it's nice to take a break.  So aside from OT, we don't have very many commitments for the summer. 

The kids keep getting bigger, I blink and it seems like something has changed.  Asher now eats at the table with a plate and a fork.  Such a big boy.  He, of course, loves to do everything that the big kids are doing.  His vocabulary is increasing daily.  And his comprehension is so good, he can follow directions very well.  When I ask the big kids to go wash their hands, he right there first because he understands so well. 

Calvin has developed a love for legos and the wii.  He can now finish a race in mario kart on his own.  He also has started writing a bit on his own and can do his letters pretty well.

Mia and I have been doing some school at home and she continues to surprise me at how smart she is!  She is doing second grade spelling (that's when they start spelling) and the workbook we use had an activity with 7 words scrambled...she had to get the words in the correct order to make a sentence.  I thought that was difficult, she looked at the words for 15 seconds, maybe and then she would tell me the sentence.  All that reading is paying off for her.  I think writing will be her biggest struggle, but we continue to work on it and I see some improvements slowly in that. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer

Summer has arrived in Bakersfield.  We've quickly adjusted to life at home.  It's been so nice, for the most part.  It's been nice not having to rush in the morning to get Mia to school.  It's been nice not having to worry about when and where naps are happening.  It's just been nice.  Of course there have been some trying times with kids getting tired of each other, but for the most part, they really enjoy being together.  More often than not, they are frustrated with the little guy because he wants to do everything they want to do. 

Brad and I were blessed to get away for our first overnight ever.  All three kids stayed at home and the grandparents had a sleepover at our house.  Brad and I really just enjoyed the time, a brief pause from life with littles...a chance to talk without being interrupted...what is that?  The little things in life. 

We are doing a little bit of school at home this summer and Mia is loving it.  This has been good for giving our day some "structure" and not having too much free time.  A little free time is a good thing, but I've found that really long chunks don't work so well with my kiddos.  And Mia is a learner, so she loves everything we do.  Her handwriting skills are probably the farthest thing behind at this point, so we've been working on taking our time and practicing our letters.  And I have to say, it is starting to look a little better. 

So grateful for our little ones and thankful for a God who loves us!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pokey Pastures

We had a great memorial day weekend.  We spent some time with the grandparents on Sunday and then headed up to Palmdale on Monday to my brother's place.  Grandma Cheri, Uncle Paul and my Auntie Eva were also there.  It was a nice visit and the kids enjoyed time with the cousins and time with the sheep!






Thursday, May 22, 2014

15 Months!

It's hard to believe Asher is 15 months, well, almost 16 now, but we had his 15 month appointment at the doctor today.  He's doing great.  He weighed in at 25 pounds and is now 33 1/2 inches long.  The boy is going to be tall.  He is very healthy and we couldn't be happier.  Thank you Lord for our healthy baby!

Like Calvin, he appears to be a very early talker...which is so unique, especially with boys.  He has quite a few words already...mama, dada, nana (which he uses for Nana, banana and sissy), bye bye, baba (for his sippy cup), wawa (for water), nono, ball, bubble...and a few more I can't think of.  He's even stringing together two words, he will say bye bye dada when Brad leaves for work.  This is a very sweet, fun stage...slightly exhausting, but very sweet. 

The other very cute thing he does is he will sing twinkle twinkle little star with you before his naptime.  We decided way back when we were sleep training to do a song before nap and bed, so he does twinkle twinkle before nap and you are my sunshine before bed.  He sings right along with you and it is very adorable. 

We love this baby!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sweet Childhood Moments

I have to constantly remind myself to write down the things the kids say because I will never remember them.  I love that this blog is something they can look back at and have a glimpse into their childhood. 

Yesterday at dinner Calvin asked, "How does Jesus get into our hearts?"  Brad and I stopped in our tracks and looked at each other...one of those parenting moments you get so excited about!  We told him that you have to believe that Jesus is God's son and that He died for you...and that you have to then want to live for God.  We said if you believe that, you can then just ask Jesus to come into your heart.  Such sweet innocence, a childlike faith...he then said, "Jesus, come into my heart." 

Is that his salvation moment?  I don't think so, but I do believe that it is a baby step towards understanding and owning his own faith.  There is a moment when he will have to make a decision himself, do I really believe this and is this what I want my life to be about.  We are just entrusted with teaching him and praying for and with him.  Thank you Lord for this sweet boy who loves you!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Happy May!

The weather has been beautiful this past week.  I know it won't last, but we have been enjoying the cool, spring days.  The kids have been playing outside quite a bit.  We have all these little frogs in our backyard and Calvin and Asher go bonkers over them.  I feel for the little frogs, I fear they don't stand much of a chance with these boys who don't quite know the meaning of gentle yet. 

Mia has been doing great in school.  We had her annual IEP review and they would like her to transition into a regular first grade classroom!  She will have a helper to assist with a few things, but she's just doing so well and we are so grateful.  Now we have to decide what is best for her...we are considering homeschooling and we are going to do a trial run this summer to see if that is a good fit or not.  Praise God for so many options for her!





Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter.  We spent it with Nana and Grampa.  The kids woke up to some small Easter baskets at our house and were really excited about that.  And then the grandparents hid all these Easter eggs in their backyard, so in the afternoon we went over there and the kids had so much fun finding eggs.  It was just a great day celebrating our Savior and being with family. 







Thursday, April 10, 2014

Family

Here are some family photos!





And then it was summer...

At least that is what it feels like here.  The weather has been crazy hot and it's only April.  I'm hoping it will cool down and that this isn't an early indicator of a very hot summer to come. 

We've been enjoying the past few weeks with Brad's family.  Tim, Rachel and Joy have been here and this past weekend Jared and Laura came down to visit also.  The kids have been eating up "relative" time...especially cousin Joy time.  They can't get enough.  So sadly, today is the last day as they head out of Bakoland.  :(  We are just so grateful for the time we've been able to spend with them. 

Here are some pics. 













Friday, April 04, 2014

Hello April

Last week there was a bit of excitement at our house as Mia graduated from Physical Therapy!  After almost 6 years, she has reached completion of that part of her journey.  The requirements for her graduating deal with her balance, her ability to go up and down stairs, her ability to jump and overall strength.  This is such great news, she has been working so hard and we were just so excited for her.  It's hard to believe how God has transformed her life over the past 6 years.  I remember starting physical therapy and asking her therapist, is she going to crawl?  Is she going to walk?  And she kept telling me...she will do it Lisa, just give her time.  Praise God for this miracle! 

We still have other therapy in the bag, we still get Occupational Therapy, which deals with fine motor skills.  Because of her left sided weakness, she struggles with many tasks that require two hands, but we continue to see improvement and Praise God for that!

She will also continue at MARE which is an overall therapy.  They work on physical, occupational and speech with her.  So, she will keep on riding horses for continued strength and mobility improvements. 

And of course, down the road if we notice a lag in her physical development, we can always go back to PT, but for now, it is a nice reprieve. 

She has come a long way and it is only by the grace of God and His healing power that she is where she is.  Thank you Lord for our little miracle!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bumps and Bruises

When I was a child, I was clumsy.  Always bumping into things and getting bruises all over.  I had a few fairly large mishaps.  Asher may be following after his Mama's footsteps...

On Wednesday while we were picking Mia up from school, Asher managed to face plant himself into one of those tall skinny sprinklers.  I think back now and am so grateful that he landed where he did, it could have been a lot worse...a whole lot worse. 

After a trip to the doctor and a tetanus shot later, the kid is running around and not fearing much of anything still. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Is In The Air

It's been so nice here.  The weather has been perfect and the kids have been enjoying being outside as much as possible.  Of course, we all got sick with a yucky cold bug and are still trying to recover from that.  I don't know why the cough has to linger so long with kids, but it does.  Part of me wonders if the allergies in the air aren't contributing to that also. 

We are just plugging along.  We are looking forward to seeing Brad's sisters and families in the next few weeks and hopefully we will be finished with all the sickness by then!

So, I guess no news is good news, right? 

Our peach tree in full bloom.

Love these colors!

Asher loves to dig!

Calvin riding his bike.

Mia almost doesn't fit on this trike anymore!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Dentist

Mia and Calvin had their routine check ups to the dentist today and they both did great. 

It is still very traumatic for Mia to get her teeth cleaned by the dentist, so I'm always super grateful when she doesn't have any cavities.  We try so hard to brush and floss daily because we know that it will be awful if she ever has to get a cavity filled.  Her mouth is really tiny, so there is some concern about space issues as she loses her baby teeth and gets her adult teeth, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.  She does have a couple of wiggly teeth, but none that have come out yet...one of these days. 

About a year ago I realized that Calvin watching his sister get her teeth cleaned was making him anxious, so I started bringing a helper (today Grandma Cheri) and she waits out front with the kids while I go back with them one on one.  Calvin did fantastic today, no tears and no trauma.  What a big boy!

Asher will have his first teeth cleaning in a few weeks, he already has 12 teeth!  And I think he has a few more that are coming in right now.  His 1 year molars are already in and have been for awhile now.  Time to start him on the dentist routine.  :)

Thank you Lord for no cavities and good visits to the dentist!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Happy March!

Aside from cute things the kids say every now and then, there's not much new news to report. 

Mia had a kidney ultrasound at the beginning of the month that came back normal.  We still do these every now and then because Mia still has some mild reflux in her bladder. 

Calvin slid down the slide face first in his Sunday School classroom and hit the carpet resulting in a major large rug burn on his nose.  It is so hard to keep him from playing with or picking at the scar.  We're just hoping that there won't be a permanent scar when he finally heals. 

Calvin has also taken to reading these days.  He is recognizing more words and starting to sound out basic ones and loves to sit and read with anyone.  It brings back such fond memories of Mia starting to read.  I love how excited he gets when he can read a word.  

Asher is becoming more verbal and it is easy to see that he understands so much.  I can ask him to go and find his shoes in the morning and he will go over to the shoebox and bring me back one.  His favorite activity these days is to find a tub of something and dump it all out.  I'm not sure why that is so much fun for kids, but it is. 

Thank you Lord for these little lives, what a precious gift they are!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Check Up

Asher had his 1 year check up today and is doing great.  He weighed in at 22 1/2 pounds, is now 31 1/2 inches long and very healthy.  Praise God!  His doctor is very happy with his progress and we are too. 

I got to get away for the weekend, my first time away from Asher ever...so Daddy held down the fort while I went away to the coast with the girls in my bible study.  We had such a fun time and I was so thankful for Brad letting me get away.  I was just as happy to come home...I missed my babies, of course they had so much fun with Daddy and the grandparents that they told me to go away again....hehehe :)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Asher!

Dear Sweet Baby Asher,

It's hard to believe that it has been 1 year!  You have definitely kept Mommy and Daddy on their toes this year.  What a joy you are and we love watching you grow up.

It is true that God makes each baby different, you are definitely your own, unique person.  I kept wanting to compare you to Mia and Calvin, but you kept wanting to do everything differently...I finally realized I should stop comparing!

You are so much fun, you have a joyful laugh and personality.  You eat everything and when I say everything, I mean everything.  We've lost many nerf balls this year because we find you trying to eat them.  If it fits, you will try it.  I have never fished so many different items out of a baby's mouth than yours.  Thankfully, that is starting to subside, but not completely yet.

You love to sleep.  Thanks to Daddy, you have become a very good sleeper.  You are the only baby who has been able to fall asleep on their own at such an early age, we sure hope you continue to be a good sleeper.

You love music.  When we turn on any music, you get very excited and start to dance a little.  It brings a smile to our faces and we just so enjoy watching you find joy out of it.

You came into this world at 10 pounds 4 ounces and are probably close to 22 pounds now...we don't have an official weight on you, but you are very healthy and tall.

Some of your favorite words are:  mama, ball, apple and bye.  And you love to be outside.  In fact, that is your favorite place to be.

We love you sweet baby, thank you for bringing us such joy!

Love Always and Forever,
Mommy, Daddy, Mia and Calvin!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

One Very Hungry Caterpillar

Today we celebrated Asher's 1st Birthday.  We went with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because, well, Asher does really like to eat.  We thought that would be cute and appropriate.  Pinterest gave me quite a few ideas and it turned out so cute.


I've become quite "crunchy" and would prefer less artificial colors for my kids, so I used beet juice for my red coloring and spinach for the greens.  The kids gobbled it up and thought it was great. 






We made a caterpillar on our wall that featured one picture of Asher from each month up until 11 months.  The kids thought that was so much fun. 







Getting him to take a picture with the chalkboard was virtually impossible for our wiggly little caterpillar!






The cake though, was definitely a success...I think he liked it!





Did you notice his cute vest and bowtie?!  Grandma Cheri made it for him using material inspired from the book, the bowtie has caterpillars on it...so cute!

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