1. Date Night
Chris and I decided to start saving and start planning a trip for our 10th anniversary (it will be in 2018). One of the areas we are considering is the Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands region, so we decided to have a themed at-home date night to "try it on for size".
Really Chris did it all. He thought of this, he planned it, he bought the regional beers and cheeses, and he surprised me with it one night. He's kinda great.
2. Impromtu Mommy/Daughter Date
I had some shopping to do and she volunteered to come with (she wanted to buy colored pencils with her Christmas money). It turned into a little date one afternoon and we bought a bag of popcorn while we shopped just because.
I don't get many pictures of this sweet gal anymore. She and Elise are hard to pin down. They are always off playing and laughing together. But Ava scraped her knee and wanted some snuggles. So we snuggled and took a few silly pictures together just because.
Everyone wants to snuggle with the Little Man.
4. Baby Shower
I attended a lovely baby shower for my dear friend, Caitlin, who is expecting her 6th baby, and 4th girl next month.
My favorite part was the blessing we prayed over her. It was such a beautiful time to spend praying for Caitlin, her husband, their family, and the new little one on the way.
5. Recent Video Clips
The girls loved having my valentine flowers and their little stuffed friends at the table when they did math the other morning. It's amazing the little things that keep them motivated.
We got some wonderful sunshine and physical activity this week at the park. One day we went to the library and a nearby park afterwards and another day after they finished school work, we visited a new park (the "train park") with friends.
We sure love these 70 degree days in the middle of winter. Park time and some hands-on, practical learning-- washing the car.
Fun with math for Kayla, Elise, and Ava (each at their own level) with sweethearts on clearance after Valentine's Day. We graphed, worked on patterns, did some adding and subtracting, and greater than/less than. Such a "sweet" afternoon learning.
She's learning too. Clearing the table, and doing a pretty darn good job. She's pretty great at making a mess too, but just the cutest little goober.
7. Kolbe- 6 months
Kolbe will be 6 months in just 2 more days. He has his two bottom front teeth. He loves to chew and gnaw on everything. My little sunshine and my "lucky star" (I finally found my Singin' in the Rain movie after misplacing it for about a year!!- can't wait to watch it again, in case you didn't catch that lucky star reference).
He is so full of smiles and giggles. He's sleeping ok, naps sporadically (sometimes 2-3 hours, sometimes barely at all!). He's rolling EVERYwhere. If we leave him on the floor, he's across the room when we turn around again. He's up on his knees a lot and getting ready for take-off. A lot of scootching, rolling, spinning, and push-ups. And he LOVES his sisters and getting attention from all of them. Talking, singing, laughing, tickling. He is all about it.