21 January 2017

8.5 Months Old

Natey is 8 1/2 months old.  I just love love love having a baby in the house.  I love looking down from preparing a meal and seeing my industrious baby crawling across the floor like some adorable wind up toy.  Sometimes he has a sock in his mouth and then he looks like an adorable wind up puppy.  I can't get over how hard he concentrates to get his fat, dimpled hands to pick up tiny pieces of peaches to shove in his mouth.  There's no better sight than his sweet, soft face sleeping next to me during a nap.



Sometime in November he started to stand.  He just rises straight up from the floor instead of pulling up on something and then letting go.  Lately, he's been squatting to play.  He looks like a tiny, clothed Samurai playing with blocks.


He's recently developed strong opinions.  Here are a couple of his opinions from the last day or two.

Hey, that looks like delicious ice cream.  I would like some delicious ice cream.  Where is the ice cream for the baby?!  Iiiiice Creeeeam!

Hey, it appears that you are playing Go Fish.  The baby would like to play Go Fish.  Please give the baby a Go Fish card.  I need a card.  I need a card!  I need a caaaaard!



He has four little teeth that came in all at once over Christmas.

He does not sleep particularly well.

The older kids climb into bed with us in the morning and argue over who gets to hold and love and squeeze him.  I almost lost my mind tonight in the grocery store, because Ellen and The Bairn wouldn't stop grabbing Natey around the neck or leaning on him in the cart or generally loving him too hard while we waited for my prescription to be filled.

He is such a gem - sweet and cute and lovely.

14 December 2016

Bairn Crafts

The Bairn has been very busy with arts and crafts.  He can entertain himself for an impressive amount of time with a pair of scissors, a pile of construction paper, and a can opener (the can opener is for making 'stamps' on his paper notes).  One evening he read aloud some of his notes and even made me write some of them out.  They were all along these lines:



Oh, dear.

07 December 2016

Christmas Crafts

I helped the kids make some Christmas crafts to give their teachers.  We traced their hands and I showed them an example of what we were making.



Ellen worked on her own.  It's remarkable the difference nose placement makes.  I can't stop laughing when I look at it.



The Bairn went completely rogue with his googly eyes and made a monster.


17 November 2016

Around the House

There's been a lot of good playing around our house lately.  I've discovered the joy of letting big box stores mail my tuna fish and toilet paper right to my door, so we have a lot of boxes at our house just now.  The kids have been making race car ramps and houses and magic elevators.

This is Ellen's monster mask, designed and executed entirely by herself (I cut out the circles as part of a different cardboard project and she found them and used them).  The parts that stick out are the ears, the circles are the eyes, and the tiny tin pan is the nose, obviously.

This is Ellen's school bus in which she is driving her babies to a "cabinet."  Unfortunately, they hit a bear (as usual).

This is The Bairn's marble run.  He set up the pool noodle so that he could send a marble down, stop it with a funnel, and then let it drop onto the track and carry on through the run.

6 1/2 Months Old

Natey is 6 1/2 months old. He crawls, sometimes on his hands and feet instead of on his hands and knees. I love looking up from the sink and seeing him working his way across the kitchen floor.  He loves tearing paper and trying to eat choking hazards he finds on the floor.

He is his mama's boy and immediately protests if I leave the room.  He shakes his head 'no,' which sends the other kids into hysterics and he likes to stick out his tongue.  He's found his voice and spends quite a bit of time babbling and shouting.



We love him.

03 November 2016

The Sheep

A sheep showed up in our backyard the other week.  It circled the house a few times before settling in for a stay.  The kids were in the house losing their minds.  They were very, very concerned about getting the sheep home.  The Bairn unrolled a ball of yarn all through the house to make a trail for the sheep to follow.  He was planning to unroll the yarn all the way to the nearest farms in the community.  Ellen offered to use her superkitty powers to fly the sheep to its home.  The Bairn thought that perhaps we should call 911.  Steve phoned a sheep farmer friend to see what he knew (he knew nothing, but he offered to send some tasty recipes if we couldn't find the sheep's owner
).  I said a prayer with the kids that we could help the sheep get home and then we went to church and I said some extra (silent) prayers that we wouldn't have a dead sheep on the country highway where we live when we got back.


The sheep spent the night in our backyard, until a farmer came to trap it the next day.  It turns out that the sheep had escaped from the fun farm where Ellen celebrated her birthday.  The kids sat on the back of the couch watching the capture and then rejoiced when they were able to go play on the swing set again.

20 October 2016

Three Years Old

Ellen's birthday was yesterday.  She's three.  She's screamy.  She's worried about sock fuzz.  She loves to swing.  She insists on holding my hand to walk up or down the stairs.  She calls herself Superkitty.  She likes to jump.  If we ride in an elevator, it's her favorite part of the day.  She's grateful for trees ('they sway').

We went to a corn maze/fun farm for her birthday.  It was cold and she was scared of all the bouncy pillows and play structures when she saw them up close.  She did agree to look at the animals in the petting zoo.

And she asked to take her picture in this pumpkin sizer.

She's still not quite potty-trained.

She requested a kitty cake and a tree cake.  Cake decorating is not one of my skills.

Natey ate green beans instead of cake.

This is from today but it shows pretty well how E feels about her brother.

We love our little E.
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