Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

And they're off...

I still don't know how I feel about school starting. The boredom and whining were about to push me over the edge, but now the house seems so quiet. I mean that relatively of course, since Ryan is still home and we all know about his broken volume settings.
Both kids were VERY excited for school to start and so far, so good. They've been making friends, learning new songs, climbing the rock wall at PE, and coming home absolutely exhausted and cranky as can be. Sounds like the first week of school, right?
2nd grader & Kindergartener

Noah got to start kindergarten minus a front tooth. He woke up last week complaining of a toothache (and of course I paid little attention to his complaints) until the following morning he woke up with a swollen lip. So we paid a visit to the dentist and there was a pocket of infection above the tooth (we are still in the no cavities club!) and he recommended it come out. Noah was very brave (until he tasted & saw blood) and he is the cutest snaggle tooth kid ever. Now, if we could just get that big sister to loose a couple more teeth...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Book Review

I liked this one. I don't read very many parenting books and I typically shy away from books like this by LDS authors, but this one came highly recommended and for a good reason. She really has it together - her philosophies on parenting and teaching kids to work are right on target. I like that she doesn't spend a lot of time explaining her philosophies, but actually gives you a good, clear plan to follow to reach your end goal of raising independent children. I especially like her ideas on allowance (we've gone back and forth on this one so many times and I'm excited to have someone else give me a plan that makes sense and is doable) along with her other ideas on teaching financial responsibility. I'm hoping to have our family settled in enough that by New Years we can implement some of her goal setting ideas and start in earnest on teaching and mastering some of the " age appropriate tasks". If you liked Parenting With Love and Logic, you'll like The Parenting Breakthrough: Real Life Plan to Teach Your Kids to Work, Save Money and Be Truly Independent. But don't take my word for it...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sweet Noah

He learned how to tie his shoes today. He is such a persistent guy and he feels great joy in his successes - I was thrilled for him. I guess he's really ready for kindergarten now. Sigh.

Shopping Success

Just have to share my finds from Friday's marathon shopping trip to Potomac Mills. I bought a tree at IKEA that I'm very pleased with (yes, it's alive):

But the best news of the day was - H&M has a maternity section!!! Maybe this is old news to many of you, but it's been a while since I've been on the hunt for maternity clothes, and I was extremely pleased. Because gas prices are so high I made sure my trip was "worth it" and I didn't leave anything at H&M that I might regret not buying later :).

Sweet dreams

I just can't begin to explain my joy about this bed. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I don't get attached to very many material items, but if someone came and took away my new bed I would be devasted. It's soft and spacious and I sleep SO good everynight. I do NOT cuddle while I sleep - I'm serious about my zzz's and with this king sized beauty we can stretch out and flail around and leave the other undisturbed. And yes, the closet door does open fully - just barely.

Colorado Cousins

Hooray for cousins! We loved having the Holloways here last week. Here was our little face painting party.
Yep, even Brandon got his face painted.

The girls painted each other's faces.


We found this vine in a park. It was very fun.

Blue Ridge Shores

We actually have had some fun this summer:

Ry gets buried

Look closely for Gwen's handstand

Out on the "big" dock

J catches a nap