July 29, 2013
July 26, 2013
August will be here next week and I may be rushing fall a bit here, but I’m going to go ahead and wrap up the summer. If I pretend that summer is coming to a close, the weather will start cooling down. Right? My first Vegas summer has been brutal. Maybe the extra 10 pounds of baby weight I’m carrying around isn’t helping. But that week of 110+ earlier this month did me in. I am over the summer. Fall is my favorite season and every year around this time, I start really missing my jeans and boots. So, here it is: my summer wrap-up.
Our Summer 2013 has been another busy one. With Levi arriving just before the summer, we’ve been extra busy and all without even leaving town. May brought our first summer visitor when my mom came out for Levi’s birth. She spent two weeks with us being Super Grammy. She cooked and cleaned, cared for the kids, kept them entertained and basically gave me a break from life. Having a pre-school teacher for a grammy really does pay off. She had all kinds of great activities for the kids and they didn’t complain of boredom once while she was here.
About a month later, Grandma Koper came out to visit for a week. While she was here, Steve’s sister and nephew, Aunt Michelle and Cousin Mason came out for a few days, also. We had such a nice time with them. Lots of relaxing around the house, going out to eat, a little bowling, a trip to the theater to see Monster’s University and lots of passing the baby around. Levi had just started smiling when Grandma came out and boy did he turn on the charm for his Grandma! She would hold him and speak Tagalog to him and he would just smile and smile. He is a big fan of his Grandma and apparently of her native language!
Fast forward another month: My dad made the trip to sunny Las Vegas to see us for a few days. He spent lots of time being climbed on and tugged on by the big kids and lots of time walking around the house with Levi in his arms. When Levi would fuss, he’d always become content if Grampy held him so he could look around as Grampy walked laps around the house, just as he did with me when I was a baby, both my sisters as babies and each one of his other 5 grandchildren. Such a good Grampy.
We have enjoyed having so much family come out to see us this summer and we are looking forward to one more visit next month! My sister, Holly and her family are coming out to see us in just a few weeks. We have a fun-packed 10 days planned so that will be a blog post all of its own.
In other Summer 2013 news:
Gabby and Jack shared a bed for a few nights while we had lots of visitors. One night Steve and I checked on them and found them all snuggled up like this. So sweet. I’m sure they’ll love this picture when they’re teenagers. Ha!
We spent 50 minutes perched up on top of this pile of construction wood waiting with a PERFECT view for our housing subdivision’s firework show on the 4th of July. 45 minutes after the show was supposed to start and hadn’t, we gave up, climbed down and went home. Of course as soon as we got home, we saw it start. Oh, well. Maybe next year.
My kids became expert grasshopper catchers this summer. When Jack sees one, he yells, “Grasshopper Ahoy!” And then the chasing begins. It usually ends with one poor grasshopper that is caught and passed back and forth between the kids.
And now, You’re All Caught Up!
July 18, 2013
My dad flies in tomorrow to meet the baby and hang out for a few days. We are pretty excited to spend time with Grampie this weekend.
I made my first loaf of homemade sprouted wheat flour bread last night. I thnk it was a success.
I fit back into my favorite shorts yesterday.
Levi started sucking his thumb all on his own yesterday. Pretty sure that's why he has been able to sleep so long. Self-soothing babies are a gift.
I bought homeschool material for Gabby's Kindergarten and Jack's Pre-K yesterday. I think I'm as excited as they are to start working through the workbooks.
My kitchen island is covered in produce - strawberries, cherries, grapes, asparagus and peaches. There is no room for them in the fridge. Something about having a full fridge makes me feel like a successful homemaker.
July 14, 2013
* Levi Thomas is two months old, today. Two months sure went fast. He is sleeping 7-8 hours straight most nights. He eats every 2-3 hours during the day. He is filling out his 3 month clothes quite well and we just moved up to size 2 diapers this week. He smiles at anyone who talks to and smiles at him.
* We got a little bit of rain and a lot of clouds earlier this week. It was so amazing to have some cool evenings. The kids and I spent one evening in the back yard. Levi and I sat on the porch while the big kids ran around the yard with their umbrellas in the light mist. It was cool and breezy and it felt like heaven. After running around for a bit, Jack came over to the couch and let me know that he was cold and he wanted to go inside and drink hot cocoa. You know, since it was 85 degrees out. I told him we were standing by Sheldon Cooper’s rule of only drinking hot cocoa in months that have an “R” in them.
* Jack amazed Steve and I today. Steven and Gabby went to a friend’s house to play for a few hours and this gave us some time with just Jack. Much to our utter disbelief, we found through conversing with Jack that he knows (although he has never been actually taught by either of us) the sounds that most letters make. This led us to ask him to spell some words. And he did. This led to us asking him to write some words. And he did. I have NEVER taught Jack what letters say or how to write them. I am not proud of this fact. I should have been teaching him these things. I had taught Steven by his age. I am a total slacker of a mother in this regard, but apparently it doesn’t matter. Here’s proof:
* Gabby pulled a tooth out the other night. It, also was caught on camera. Her reaction is precious.
See? I had to share it. It’s just too funny not to share.
* We don’t do a “tooth fairy” thing with the kids. But when they get a tooth out, we take them to the Dollar Tree and let them pick something out (We’re big spenders like that). Steve took Gabby to the store for her treat after this last tooth. While the two of them were gone, I wondered what he’d come home with. Steve has only been in the Dollar Tree once or twice before. He loses his mind a little in that store. EVERYTHING IS A DOLLAR!! He came home with about 20 glow sticks, some water guns, 200 water balloons, and Gabby’s jump rope that she picked. The rest of our evening looked like this:
(Sleepy Levi was not that impressed)
There are no pictures of it, but the following day there was an EPIC water-balloon fight in our backyard. It was awesome.
I am so thankful for the memories my kids will have of their super-fun dad.
*Steven has been working hard this week to stop biting his nails. He has been a nail-biter for about three years. But lately, it has gotten really bad. The nails on his index finger were looking absolutely horrible so I set up an incentive-system to hopefully encourage him to stop. So far, his nails are starting to look quite a bit better after just over a week! I am impressed with his determination to stop and I hope we can end the habit this summer, once and for all. Steven seems to be very habitual. Once he starts doing something, it is often difficult to break him of it. But this is going well and I am proud of him.
Day One – Yikes!
Day 10 – Getting better!
So, there’s some randomness about the kids….And now you’re all caught up!