I had put a lot of work into a post many months ago, then I didn't save it on my computer; that is the main reason for my absence. When that happened, it was frustrating enough that I didn't have the heart to redo it. I just wasn't interested in blogging for awhile. However, the kids (led mostly by the interest of my 8 year old) have been SOAKING up our scrapbooks and photo albums lately. Looking through them has been their FAVORITE activity. They love the ones I have written bits of information on - which affirms to me that my efforts in recording our family history are worth it to them. So back to blogging!
just another day at work
A new addition to our year was Upward Basketball in Jauary. It was a lot of fun to watch Dash play, and I was proud of how well he did. We were really excited when he scored the first goal of the season during the first game. The Upward program was very impressive to us, as well. Sis is super excited about cheerleading next year.
A New Year
4 sparkling juices to toast plus one soymilk (Tornado isn't a fan of carbonation.).
We love our little AWANA program. It's one of the favorite things in our lives. These two really shine in this group, and they've gained a lot with building relationships and wisdom in memorizing scripture.
This pic was taken after they both took home awards at the AWANA Grand Prix. His car won first place in his division for Speed and then went on to win Grand Champion over all of the divisions. Keep in mind that this car started out as a rectangular chunk of wood. The pastor's car was in 2nd place during the final race to find the overall winner. After the race, he came up to Dash and asked to see his car. He turned it over and over, examining it, perhaps to find out the secret to a winning car, ha!
Sis's purple "flowerdy" beauty won First Place for Design. I was happy that they were successful; we had told them we were just doing it for fun and not to expect anything as we did not.
This picture was taken when he was about 8 or 9 months old when he first started pulling up. After he graduated from the Bumbo seat, I was able to put him in the laundry basket for a week or so. He then figured out he could rock it over. So I gained another few days putting the basket in the bathtub. That didn't last last, either, as he soon popped up like this. And it's been a crazy life here ever since.
big boy bath
another shot of him (last fall) learning to pull up and get into things
He does love to eat.
This is one of his favorite activities. The kids started out putting him in it whenever he was sturdy enough to go for rides without my supervision. NOW, he just gets into it on his own and grunts his signature grunt of communication, "UH-UH!" to let someone know he is ready for a ride.
Homegrown Kids Co-op
their experiments with static electricity.
The boys made earthworm homes with layers of soil and sand. We had some earthworms living with us for a few days before they set them free in our yard.
Home and Family Life
Another puzzle completed by Tornado (with a little help from all of us).
Two pieces missing at the end.
It never fails.
At some point the past few months, Dash started this activity of zipping himself up in a sleeping bag, then inching around the house like a worm.
He even went down the entire staircase like this a couple of times. Sometimes I don't ask questions.
This was a nice late winter day in Arkansas. We loaded up with a picnic for the park.
Baby hasn't had many visits to the park, so this might have been his first time down the slide? It was definitely his first time as a "big boy."
This is one of my favorite pictures from the past few months. Sis and Baby fell asleep like this.