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!
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