Sunday, February 27, 2011


My Baby   

Friday, February 25, 2011

It isn't just snow blowing

There has been a lot of this going on the last few weeks.  The boys love to help Daddy out in the snow and Trent is so patient with them and their "help".
I am so glad that the boys get to spend time like this with their Dad.  I know that not only is it really teaching valuable life skills, but more importantly it is building the bond of father and son. Which in my book is priceless!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The weekend

Aunt Patti and Uncle Sherman were in town last weekend.  We had them, Dad and my Mom over for dinner.  It was so nice to spend time with them, something we don't get to do very often.
Watching Little Bear
I can't help it, but I love Tommy's reaction to Penny screaming.
Grandpa and Penny
Little Miss Penny
Aunt Patti with Penny 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


These two tied the knot last week, and then again this week.  I bet before the week is up they will get married again.  You can never have to much of a good thing.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In its place

Our first born likes things in their place.  Neatly separated, by color, in groups. I have no idea where he gets it from, not a clue.

Monday, February 14, 2011

mon coeur

mon coeur = my heart

Dear Mr. Lydic,
  You know I don't need a holiday to express my love for you.  But I will never refuse a reason to tell you how my heart is filled with love, love just for you!
  I woke up early this morning to feed a certain small child and I glanced your way.  Your head was laying sweetly on your pillow, one hand tucked under it, the other one  lightly leaning on the bedroom wall.  I could hear your breathing, long, shallow breaths.  You slept soundly, snuggled up in our warm blankets.  I thought you looked beautiful laying there and my heart swelled with love for you.

I said a prayer and thanked God for you. I love our children, I love our families, I love our friends and where we live.  I love our life.  But nothing matters if you are not laying next to me.

So Mr. Lydic, Happy Valentines Day.  I pray you know how much I love you, today.and.everyday!!

The last 2 weeks: Valentines Day Fun

The last two weeks both boys shared the same theme and we worked on our Valentines Day  decorations and cards.  We made tissue paper hearts with contact paper as well as hand and foot print Valentines.

Even Penny made a Valentine

 Valentine Sun Catcher
The boys also had fun buzzing around the house with the "love bugs" that they had made.

On Thursday we had a small Valentines Day party with a few of our friends.

For our treats we had confetti cupcakes, brownies and strawberry milk. 

The kids decorated their cupcakes and made a valentine card to take home.  It was a lot of fun!

Besides all our pre-Valentines Day fun, we stuck to our basic lessons as well. Charlie completed lessons in Phonics and Math, practiced his hand-writing by finishing up his Thank You cards from his birthday and we picked up his Explode the Code book.  We also learned about matter, solids, liquids and gases in science.  
Charlie is using blocks to solve subtraction problems.

Tommy is still enthusiastic to do "school" with us.  
The last 2 weeks he did a few sheets in his workbook and  played on  He is also doing much better playing independently when I need to work solely with Charlie. 

Having fun with dress up as Kings and Knights in their "castle".

I had a conference call with Charlie's "teacher" from K12 this week as well.   We went over his test scores from the AIMS web test he did a few weeks back.  Charlie scored average or above average on all areas.  She was also pleased with the progress that he has made from the beginning of the year and feels that he is right on track in most areas and ahead of the game in some.  She also said that if we continue to complete lessons at the rate we are currently working, then we will be done with his school in late April.  The last day of school is technically June 3rd.  We will most likely continue on as we have been, possibly taking a few days off for the boys to have a "free day" from school and for me to devote to planning their summer curriculum and Tommy's curriculum for next year.

The last 2 weeks have been so much fun and we have accomplished a lot.  I am so proud of Charlie and the progress he has made. I am so grateful to be able to spend this time with the children and be their teacher.  I am so grateful to be given this opportunity!

Cookies for the Super Bowl

Friday, February 4, 2011

3 months

Look who is 3 months old.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3rd

This morning I read my Bible and completed lessons in  phonics, math and science with Charlie.  I vacuumed the downstairs and then took a shower mid morning.  I  blow dried my hair AND put on my makeup.  All before Trent came home for lunch. 

I tried on my jeans, the ones without the elastic waistband and then promptly took them off.  I am going  to.... oh, let's just not talk about it.

Today would have been my Granny's 100th birthday.  I hope I am a "Granny" someday, just like she was.

I decided not to change Penny out of her pjs until her first explosion for the day. She stayed in the them until 2pm at which point she got a full change.  Only to need another 2 complete outfit changes in less then 30 minutes. I don't know why we waste our money on diapers.  I am buying stock in TIDE.

I have been debating when to start sleep training Penny.  She is not on any kind of schedule, napping, eating or otherwise.  It kind of drives me crazy, sometimes.  Today she did take 2 naps in her bassinet, opposed to the swing or bouncy seat.  Neither was for more then 45 minutes though.  I think we will start at the end of February.  If I can hold on that long.

The children are all waking up from their naps and the sun is brightly shining.  I think some snow play is in order.  I love dressing the boys in their snow-pants and crazy winter hats.  I don't know why, but it always makes me happy.

Dinner is defrosting in the fridge and the budget is screaming for some attention. Thank you cards are waiting to be mailed and Penny is yawning for her late afternoon siesta.

Trent will be home soon and  I have been missing him. Another day is almost over, they go by so quickly these days.