Monday, April 13, 2015

September 2014

The biggest thing to happen in September was baby started walking. At 9.5 months! I was not prepared for it! Additionally there was the Improving Birth Rally, the beginning of a school year, visits from family, trips to museums, the beginning of soccer for Trainboy and Princess and wrestling for Dinoguy.

Mmm, homemade minidonuts!
Littleguy was not happy that he was not also starting soccer. I heard about it at every practice and game. I think a large part of it is this year he began thinking of himself as a "big boy" and therefore he should do all the things the big kids do right? Ah well.

Oh, and I got a horrible itchy rash all over my arms and legs and wanted to pull all of my skin off for most of the month. After two doctors and a steroid shot, it appears I am extremely allergic to poison ivy that our dog Sarge must have accidentally rubbed on me after playing in the park. I also lost pigment in my skin where the rash was in several places so you could see where the rash was for months. (no pictures!)

Baby walking! Since the older four kids walked between 11.5 and 12 months, I thought I knew what to expect. But this kid took his first steps this month and just kept going. He was walking all over the place by the end of the month. At the beginning he held out both arms like Frankenstein for balance. It was adorable. I have two videos, one from the beginning of the month when it was just a few steps and one from the end of the month when he was really getting good at it.

The birth rally...I was not as excited to do it this year but felt it was important and no one stepped up to take over. We held it on a Saturday instead of Labor Day hoping for bigger attendance at the rally and we did get it. But we also didn't get media coverage because it was an A&M football game day. Oh well. I had fun overall trying to bring awareness to a cause I believe in and I had support from friends and my sister was there!

Face painting at a party...he says it is something from Lord of the Rings

He loves all things dragon!

My brother, sister, brother in law, and nephew visited! So they actually came for some football game between BYU and Texas over in Austin but I was excited to have them visit. We went to several museums and had a great time. My sister also helped me re-cover my kitchen chairs and bench. She's awesome.
Picture with Uncle!

My sister came and helped me recover my chairs.
New shiny bench cover thanks to my sister.

I got in trouble for letting him touch this thing. 

4 kids all engaged in the same part of the museum? Take a picture as proof!

At the Texas History museum, trying on armor is something my kids always love to do.

We started "official school" in the second full week of the month. Even though we homeschool and learn year round, it is nice to have a small celebration for the beginning of a new school year. I also like taking the pictures. I often don't realize how much older kids have grown until I look back at old pictures. Also, Princess is officially school age this year. I can't believe she is so big!

This year Dinoguy decided to try wrestling instead of flag football. He enjoyed it from the start. He would come home exhausted from practices. He lost some weight and gained some muscle from all of it. It seemed to be a sport that was right up his alley. Princess was excited to begin playing soccer like Trainboy. She loved it from the start. She isn't shy at all on the soccer field. She goes for it! It's fun to watch her age play, they are mostly all learning the basics. Trainboy was on a good team that won most of their games. He ended up getting lots of time playing goalie which he says he enjoyed.
She's the tall one!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

August 2014

My sisters, my daughter and me

August should be more than one post! But being more than 6 months behind, its just going to be one long post.
Trainboy is standing behind the block waiting for the previous event to end.
The first of August found Trainboy participating in the State Swim meet which was held in our city. He had qualified at regionals and enjoyed the experience. We also played in our yard; the kids quickly learned to climb the tree.
He loved his fire sunglasses!

For most of August, The kids and I took a long three week trip. The goal was mainly to remove ourselves from distracting Fixitman from working on his dissertation. Unfortunately he didn't really get anything major done while we were gone. We had a great time on the trip anyway!

This is her lego version of a bewilderbeast from How to Train your dragon 2.
First we went to visit my dear friend in Oklahoma who it has been far too long since we had a good visit. She has 4 kids and so if we were sane we probably would have just stuck to visiting the park. But why be reasonable when you can have fun? We went and visited several fun places in Oklahoma including a botanical garden with a splash park, a military museum, a wild west ranch, and a big park that would have a beach but the drought had caused the lake to shrink up. Two women and nine kids! I'm sure we turned some heads. Oh it was so much fun.
She introduced me to Zumba, we had a blast

Splash pad that is art. It was beautiful and fun! Baby isn't sure about the water flower.

Helping his brother to stand and escape the mist.

Cheese, now can I go play?

It had a cycle including rain, heavy rain, mist, water flowers and fountains.

In the children's botanical garden tunnel, all 9 kids!

At the military museum. Very cool.

A game of favorite vehicle outside the museum

On a tower at the wild west house

Seeing herds of buffalo
9 kids and I after an old house tour. My friend took the photo.

An old merry go round you power with your feet. Reminded me of my great grandpa's happy go round.

  The next part of the journey was to make it to Atlanta. Normally I drive straight thru to Atlanta but I decided to break the journey into two pieces and it was a good idea. I hate driving two days in a row but Princess threw up on the first day making it a long slow drive and I was exhausted by the time we made it to Memphis. I wish we had time to visit some of the sites there but we just crashed in a hotel and continued our trip the next day!

Crawling break at a rest area!
This tree heart wants you to remember its all about love
Kids running around at a rest area

game of red light, green Light
In Atlanta we visited lots of family. I have lots of extended family in the Atlanta area. My sister recently moved to the city to attend Physical Therapy school so she showed us Emory campus. I had wanted to visit some of the cool Atlanta  museums but then I looked at prices. Not this trip! We did go hike Stone Mountain though, tradition!

Meeting Dooley at Emory.

Part of a huge awesome medical history mosaic wall

On the way up the mountain!

There are creatures in these pools on top of the mountain that don't exist anywhere else.

Tired from the hike. Nap with Auntie

Two beautiful flowers

We drove to South Carolina and started a week of wearing my mom out. I had a plan! We went to the beach three times, we went birding, we went to the battleships. We visited my grandma and we went to a plantation! It was fun to do touristy things and it was also fun to spend time at the beach. I love the Charleston area beaches. They are generally well maintained and the beach dunes are preserved enough to have beautiful nature as well. There were additional things I had planned that didn't happen but being flexible with a plan is important right?

Beach selfie with mom!

These two were instant friends.

Mom what is this taste?

We had a great visit to a plantation with my bro-in-law as tour guide. Free roaming sheep!

Kids loved seeing cebu. Thanks to a Veggietales song.

SO ROMANTIC! Loved this bench in this picturesque location

Tired gramma

Birdwatching in the morning!

Beach fun in the afternoon!

I asked him to pose for a picture since I almost never get one of him at the beach. He squeezed his brother.

My mom snapped this photo, it shows how Baby travelled. He didn't usually look worried like he does here though!

Everyone wanted to fly the plane!

Pretending to be captain of the ship was a great game

I had no idea how cramped submarines were!

More beach fun!

Aww, my sweet nephew!

Without his hat, his head is very white and reflective!

Helpful LittleGuy walks Baby around the beach

Baby nap time at the beach


Driving around the yard, they are adorable. Scared for when the truck is real though!

Family swim party!

Mommy help me! Helpful cousins keep bouncing me!

Trying to get all three littles was not a success

Cousin babies!

I think he's tired of pictures now

My sister and her sweet boy


Love this pose in her new dress

Uncle's tie matches my shirt!
Seven grandkids for my parents so far!

1000 miles to go to home!

It was a wonderful trip!When we returned, it was almost time for the school year to begin. We went to an opening social for Fixitman's department and the kids got the opportunity to ride some gentle horses. Then being helpful, Dinoguy locked the sliding doors on the van not knowing that BOTH sets of keys were inside. So we were the very last to leave and the kids went to bed quite late after waiting over an hour for a company to come unlock our car doors out in the country. Ah, adventure!

(Somehow I didn't get a picture of Trainboy on a horse, oops!)


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