8 months

Happy 8 months, Caleb boy! IMG_2139  We just keep getting closer to that one year mark.  We’ve decided that you’re our happiest baby!  Mason and Emma were plenty happy, but you seem to be all smiles all the time.  You get fussy when you’re tired (or if mom dares to leave the room), but it doesn’t last long.

You’re on a much better schedule these days.  You take two naps and are hit and miss with sleeping through the night.  You love to eat and have been trying lots of new foods.  You haven’t really had anything you don’t like, but you prefer if the carrots and lentils are mixed with something else.

Your sweet face lights up when mom or dad walk into the room.  You like to watch Mason and Emma, but you are starting to let them know how you feel about them always getting into your space.  They just can’t seem to stay away.

You love to sit up and play with your toys.  You often move from sitting up to laying down and reach and reach for the things around you.  You have some great pivot moves and still primarily roll to get around.

IMG_2159 At 8 months, you:

  • sit like a pro
  • love to eat
  • have 2 teeth
  • are just starting to scoot around
  • push yourself up on your hands, and are thinking about getting your legs going
  • have the best smile
  • can pick up food and feed yourself
  • drink from a sippy cup, if we hold it
  • still love to roll over
  • play with lots of toys

IMG_2168We love you!




2 weeks in

Well, we’re officially two weeks into the big return to school.  So far, Mason is loving kindergarten.  He fits right in with his class and has made lots of new friends.  He’s blowing his teachers away with his reading and math skills.  (He totally spent his entire quiet time on Friday counting to 1,000.  He then counted to 1,099 and jumped to 2,000. Not bad!) His favorite time of the day is PE.


Caleb and Emma are loving being at home with Grammie.  Caleb is finally on a great schedule and is sleeping much better.

We’re slowly finding our new routine.  Mason and I are usually out the door just as the sun is peeking over the horizon.  I’m loving our little chats on the way to and from school.  My classroom is all energy (with lots of boys) and they’re making a lot of progress switching from the sub’s way of doing things (just surviving) into my routines and procedures.  It’s going to be a great second half of the year.  Upon my return home it’s dinner with a happy (but clingy) baby on my hip and a sweet girl standing on the chair next to me, helping and soaking up some mom time.

My three-day weekends are just about awesome!  We seem to fill them up quickly with lots of games, making bread and granola, reading books, coloring, making baby food, playing, laundry, holding Caleb, meal planning and lots of good memories.

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Happy New Year!  Don’t you just love new beginnings and fresh starts?  We sure do!

Ryan and I spent some time talking about hopes and goals for this next year.  It’s always nice to look forward while remembering the blessings of this past year.

We asked the kids about their goals too:

  • Mason: to eat foods he doesn’t like and try new foods, and to learn games with a ball (football, soccer, basketball, and baseball)
  • Emma: no crying, whining, or screaming, and to not use knives by herself to cut food (?? not sure where this one came from 🙂 )
  • Caleb: to sleep through the night!

I spent most of yesterday working in my classroom and gearing up for going back to school.  It’s been a blessing to be home this past semester soaking up newborn moments and homeschooling Mason and Emma.  I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.  But, one change for us this New Year is mom going back to work and Mason going to Kindergarten!!  Life is about to be full of new routines and new memories.

Here’s to 2015!