Friday, October 17, 2014

Week in Review: CHD Milestone & Baby Blessing

We're already half way through October! Can you believe it?!? I missed last week because we had a lot going on, so I'll quickly summarize our last two weeks.
The Charmer reached a very important milestone. October 7th marked one year since his open heart surgery. I remember it like it was yesterday but it also seems like so long ago. Look how far he's come! His scar is barely visible. We are so grateful to have this boy in our lives. He's quite a character!
The first weekend of the month, we also had our church's semi-annual General Conference. We enjoy it and it's a time for me to allow junk food in the house. Some people have "Game Day", our family has General Conference. I loaded up on chili-cheese fries (homemade dairy-free cheese, of course) and pigs in a blanket (made with veggie dogs). I dipped mine in extra cheese while my husband and kids enjoy theirs with ketchup.
Not only do we pig out on junk food, but we also get to do it in the living room in front of the television "picnic style". The kids love it. They were all mostly well-behaved and let us watch conference. While I enjoyed all of the talks, there wasn't a particular talk that spoke to me this time. My husband, however, had a couple of talks that answered many questions he had. So I guess this conference was just for him!
Last Sunday, my husband had the privilege of giving our son a name and a blessing. His family drove in from out of town and also participated. We love our little family. I'm so glad to be the mom for these three precious babies!

With all that had been going on, we still got a lot done in homeschool. Still doing good with math but this past week we really worked on reading. My dad offered to watch the Charmer for an hour each morning so that I can have some one-on-one time with Sugar Plum. She catches on so fast and I'm feeling a lot better about her reading abilities after just one week. My dad wants to continue this and I'm all for it! So thankful he's willing to spend some extra time with the Charmer. They keep busy down at Papa's house. The Little Man is still sleeping a lot and I love being able to focus on one child at a time. I'm thinking of investing in a spelling program. I've narrowed it down and may make a purchase next week. Sometimes it's so difficult to make a decision on a curriculum.

We're looking forward to another productive week!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Week in Review: Our Oldest Turns 5!

With the exception of some reading, we did nothing in school last week. Why? Because we had some celebrating to do!
Sugar Plum turned 5!
Our celebration started on Sunday. Both sets of grandparents joined us at church to watch Sugar Plum in her annual Primary Program, where all children ages 3-11 at our church sing the songs they've learned throughout the year and tell us about the gospel principles they've been studying. Although she was very nervous, she did very well on her part and also did a great job singing. We were all so proud.
After the primary program, we came home for dinner, cake, and presents. Sugar Plum stayed dolled up in her church dress, but the Charmer stripped down to his underwear so I won't be posting any pictures of him from this day. Little Man was also here, of course, but spent a lot of time snuggling with grandparents.
Sugar Plum requested Shepherd's Pie for her birthday dinner and the day before finally told me she wanted a Frozen cake. I did what I could on such short notice but she was still very pleased.
Sugar Plum loves her new toys and has been playing with them all since. I think she's forgotten about any other toys she owns.

On Monday we don't have homeschool anyway due to a mid-day gymnastics lessons. On Tuesday was Sugar Plums actual birthday so daddy took of work and we spent the entire day together. We went to a park in the morning and watched a movie in the afternoon before her ballet lesson. We didn't have another cake or any more presents but she did have two birthday meals... lunch at Taco Bell and take-out Chinese tofu and rice for dinner.

Since we cancelled school for the week to give her time to celebrate and play with her new toys (and for mommy to relax after a busy weekend), I'll be making it up during the week I had scheduled our Fall break. Another reason why I love homeschooling... I can take off whenever I'd like and we can make it up later! The only downside about it is although Sugar Plum was having fun playing with her new toys, she kept asking me when we were going to have school. She still loves it, so I'm glad.

We still cannot believe she is already 5 years old. I can still remember when she was still the size of Little Man. I think I'll always miss holding them as tiny babies. She's too big for me now to pick up and carry so the only time Sugar Plum really snuggles with me now is during our bedtime story. I look forward to seeing how much she changes now until her next birthday. She's so full of surprises!

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