A gentle recap of what has been going on:
I started running in the mornings again. I run around our driveway which is just like a track. This way the big boys can keep an eye on the the two little ones but if they need me I am not far away.
New slippers for Harkin which he is SO very excited about.
Rock climbing continues for William.
Open gym time is happening for Issabelle and Harkin and they have a total blast jumping and doing tricks. Issabelle crawls all over the place but her favorite thing is trying to climb the small slide.
Landon is attending a full day arts program. The theme is toys and games and he is currently designing his own game. I am excited to see the final results and they will have a reception when the class finishes.
We had our home school group which the boys learned about bees and honey making. They made their own beeswax candles. homemade granola and talked about the first Thanksgiving.
We have read many books about Thanksgiving and made several of our own crafts. Harkin was in awe of the fact that I painted his hands- he wanted to do it over and over. The big boys were happy to do it too- even more so than Harkin I think.
William and Landon have started Archery again and are loving it.
Riding lessons are still going on for Landon.
We've studied Roy Liechtenstein and made our own self portraits, comic strips and invented super heroes.
Issabelle got a wagon just like Harkin's and has a great time walking around following Harkin.
Harkin got two new trucks at the goodwill for the sandbox and loves them.
With all these activities we are busy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The rest of the week are home days. We clean, do projects, stack wood and just relax at home with toys, games, baking, books, drawing, etc.
It is a full life but oh, so good.
She is so awesome. Learning so much and growing wonderfully. The boys love teaching her new tricks and think it is great that she tries to have a conversation with them. Some of her favorite things at the moment:
reading books(if she isn't eating them)
standing up in the tower
rushing to the dishwasher when it is being emptied
crawling up the stairs over and over
emptying baskets and then putting all the toys back in again
playing with the music instruments
dances when music is played
rushes over to see Daddy when he comes in the door
The best is when she snuggles in closely for hugs and kisses. I am so glad she chose to be a part of our family.
So we went down to CT in the middle of October for a visit with family and a much needed break from our schedule. It was the week that summer returned- well almost. We stayed at the resort and played on the beach, flew kites, and really just took lots of deep breaths to relax. We were very thankful to be able to spend time with some of our family while there.
It truly was a gorgeous week away.