Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of December Photo Dump

I haven't taken a lot of pictures in December, but here are a few that I've taken over the last several weeks.

This is how Alex feels about being put in his playpen to play.

Joe finishing up some Math before Christmas break.

Alex and Sarah playing with Kringle the morning of our Christmas.

Caleb in his homemade, Bible time costume.  He came around the corner wearing this and scared me to death.

Sarah as the littlest angel at the church Christmas program.


The girls decorating Christmas Cookies.
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An exciting game of war.

In the spirit of elf on a shelf, we had a dog. Kringle, visit our house each night and get into mischief.
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Have a safe and happy New Year!

Books Read - 2011

Here's what I read in 2011.  Hoping to get a bit more reading in next year.  

1.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett - finished 1/8 - (4.5/5)
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - finished 1/25 - (5/5)
3.  The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher - finished 1/29 - (3/5)
4. The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher - finished 1/30 - (3/5)
5.  In All Deep Places by Susan Meissner - finished 2/10 - (4/5)
6.  The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - finished 2/18 - (4/5)
7.  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - finished 2/26 - (4/5)
8.  Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Read-aloud) - finished 3/2 - (4/5)
9. Black by Ted Dekker - finished 3/30 - (2/5)
10.  Carry on, Mr. Bowditch  by Jean Lee Latham (Read-aloud) - finished 4/1 - (5/5)
11.  Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman - finished 4/7 - (4/5)
12.  The Core by Leigh Bortins - finished 4/15 - (4/5)
13.  Water for elephants by Sara Gruen - finished 4/21 - (4.5/5)
14.  Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (Read-aloud) - finished 4/24 - (4/5)
15.  Calico Bush by Rachel Field (Read-aloud) - finished 5/10 - (4/5)
16.  Moccasin Trail by    (Read-Aloud) - finished 8/13 - (4/5)
17.  Outlander by Diane Gabaldon - finished 9/5 -(3/5)
18.  All Sail Set by Armstrong Perry (Read-Aloud) - finished 9/16 - (2/5)
19.  Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke - finished 9/24 - (3/5)
20.  In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke - finished 10/3 - (3/5)
21.  Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt - finished 10/15 - (4/5)
22. The Moment Between by Nicole Baart - finished 11/22 - (3/5)
23.  Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink - (Read-aloud) - finished 11/27 - 4/5
24.  The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr - (Read-Aloud) - finished 12/10- 4/5
25.  The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson - finished 12/21 - 3/5

Friday, December 23, 2011


We dropped the younger two at Nanny and Pa's, then went tobogganing for the first time.   All six of us had a great time ... except for the walk back up the hill carrying the toboggan.  I think at least two of us will be very sore tomorrow!


Alex's First Steps

Monday, December 19, 2011

Alex - 11 months


You haven't really gained any new skills in the last month ...  still crawling and walking along furniture ... and babbling up a storm.

You weigh in at 19 lbs. 13 oz.

You are 29 inches.

You're still not a real big eater, but you still nurse a lot.

You thought the frosting on that cookie was pretty yummy ... and it was the only way I could keep you still.

You love playing with cars, balls and stuffed animals.

You're constantly on the move.

You love to be in the midst of the bigger kids.

You're very laid back.

You're a sweetheart.

I love your hugs.

I can't believe that your only one month away from 1!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Alex's Baby Dedication

We had a baby dedication at church this morning.  Alex slept through the whole thing!   Josiah recorded the whole thing and Sarah was watching it back this evening.  Then, she must have deleted it, because it is no longer on my ipod touch (if anyone knows if there is a way to get back a deleted video off of a touch ... please let me know!).  At least we have a picture!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

December Catch Up

December is flying by.   We've been super busy ... too busy to remember to snap many pictures or blog.    Our school days are pretty simple for December.  We finished the book The Great Turkey Walk tonight.   The kids all really enjoyed it!  We've been learning about the skeletal and muscular system in science.  In history we've been learning about reconstruction after the Civil War.  The kids have been struggling with concentration with all the excitement of Christmas.

Here are a couple of pictures from the last few weeks.

Alex sleeping in his playpen ... while sitting up.

Our backyard over the course of an afternoon.  Flooding and snow all at once!

Josiah (in the green shirt) at his choir recital.  Caleb also sang, but I didn't get any pictures of him (I was too busy with a crazy two year old).

Jada doing the sign language alphabet during the same recital.  She's in a navy dress towards the middle.  

Rachel and Josiah playing with a big, muddy snow ball.


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