Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Things about summer thus far...

The beauty about not having school-aged kids is that when everyone is all, "Sad. Summer is over.", I'm thinking, "False. We still have at least another month left."  So, here's what we've been up to thus far:

1. Lots of time with my favorite people.

 2. Playing outside

 3. Rainbow spotting

 4. Avocado eating

 5. Sink bathing

 6. Fish buying (and killing...only 1/3 are still with us)

 7. Playing in the rain

 8. The North Pole with the Klenkes

 9. We spent a morning with the Little One
(Holy moly. We miss her.)

 10. Matching dress pictures...with a threat from Clementine.

 11. Bug collecting. (She has a legit bug box now, thankfully.)

 12. Went to the adoption of our first little foster baby! SUCH a great day!

 13. I woke up Alice one night and surprised her with hot chocolate and fireworks.

 14. Lots of girl time.

 15. This one keeps getting older. 

 16. Outdoor movie (Frozen!) with friends. SO fun!

 17. Dressed up like a cow for free food at Chick-fil-A.

 18. Went to Green Mountain Falls to check out the musical swings.

 19. Took pictures with Nana, Grandpa, and cousin Lilly.

 20. Art classes at Bemis Art School

 21. I brushed Jack. Shedding dog- never again.

 22. I went on an overnight trip with some of my favorite friends. 

 23. We said goodbye to some of our other favorite friends. I hate when friends move away.

 24. Zoo!

 25. Slug catching.

 26. Clementine at our buddy, Gus's, 1st birthday. (Thanks, Sarah!)

27. So many house projects. More to come about that!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Another photo dump

Some things we've been up to...

Clementine's first ride in the shopping cart:

This still makes me laugh every time I see it:
(She hurt her finger and was showing me the bandaid.)

Clementine's wild bed-head:

Pajama pictures one morning:

Alice draws all day long.
This is one of my favorites:

Watching the Thunderbirds practice-
(can you see them?)

The best kind of circus is the free kind!
(One of the few perks of being a foster family.)

(Alice remembered it was pretty loud last year...
and decided to wear her headphones the entire time.)

It was fun getting to go with Aunt Jen and Lilly!

We went to a little art class this morning and Alice LOVED it!

She's such a funny mix of Ben and I.
She's creative with a slight dramatic flair, which she gets from me,
but then says things that are SO Ben.
"I love you all the way to the Andromeda galaxy."
And her memory? All Ben.
She also ponders things about God, Heaven, the Philistines, etc., which is also very Ben.
It'll be so fun to see Clementine's little personality emerge!

Clementine: 7 months old!

Well, I'll be!
Look at me, writing Clementine's monthly update the day after she turned 7 months old!
:pats myself on the back:

Hi, sweet Clementine!

7 months!?!

Oh, sweet girl, if I could press "pause" and keep you at this age a little longer, I would!

You are such a happy baby...99% of the time.

Some things about you...

You're rolling over, sitting up, imitating sounds (especially coughs), 
babbling, and putting everything in your mouth.

No teeth.

Still no solid foods.
I know.
We'll give you solid foods one day, promise.
When we do, we're planning to do Baby Led Weaning like we did with your sister.
In the mean time, you're still nursing 4-5 times during the day and once, 
sometimes twice, at night.

The sleep stuff has been SO much better...
until last night.
You were up approximately 15 times before I even went to bed.
Then, you were wide awake from 1-3 this morning.
You don't want to talk about that?

I enjoyed our middle-of-the-night cuddles,
and I've enjoyed my pot of coffee today,
but let's not do that again, okay?

You have the sweetest laugh.
I know you'll be rascally someday,
but right now it's so hard to imagine.
You are a delight.

We're kind of obsessed with you, Clementine Mae.
You are a precious gift.

Your Mama