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 now that we are in a groove with school, after im done with nate and his book work he goes off to work independently. ellie joins us in the school room and is burning through the work books...i did plan a loose play base school for her but she is wanting more, i am blown away by how different she is than nate and i find myself trying to figure out her learning style.  last night i bought an amazing preschool program for her, i never did bother with nate but i think she likes structure.  nate didnt even hold a pencil until he was 4.5...ellies already working on her letters...NOT bragging or comparing just in awe how different the kids are

i found ourselves with some extra time yesterday, yes, after we went to a park. ha.  so i took the kids to the library. nate got his first library card 3 wks ago and is BURNING through the books we bring home.  he has 9 more books on hold. ha

the kids played
 then joey found this doll and bottle and spent, no lie, over an HOUR feeding this baby.  i had to grab it from her and she was so upset when we left, once we got home she was still asking "a baby, a bottle"  sob.  im thinking a baby and bottle will be on her christmas list.  i can tell joey is the natural mommy, she loves babies
 how many ways can you feed a baby?

last night the kids got gift in the mail from a guy in australia, chris did some work for him and for payment chris asked him to send some aussie stuffies

 joey was very delighted
 then this morning im sitting there having my breaky and coffee and ellie comes skipping into the room singing "hi!, im nate!" hahahaha
 and joey took the opportunity to steal ellies milk
 and drink it all
so that is a quick peek into our life

i find that i miss so many of the cute things the kids say...i need to make notes and blog them for the future

one funny was yesterday in the car joey was melting bec she didnt have her baby and ellie looks at her and says "joey, get a grip" bawahhhh

this morning i needed to leave the house at 7, early for me. i dont get out of bed before 8 most days. ha.  anyways, i needed to get blood work taken, so i left nate and ellie in the kitchen with a show and snacks (chris was in bed, joey was sleeping....i wasnt leaving the kids alone!)

as i got ready to leave ellie broke down, big tears, truly upset, devastated. i scooped her up and asked what was wrong...she didnt know! just that she was upset that i was i drove away i realized that i am her world (which is a good thing) she relies on me to be the constant mom i am. i provide security and safety for her to be her.  but this morning our routine changed and i left, she was left confused and thrown off. after i told her to go see daddy and i PROMISE ill be back in an hr, she settled...

but the heavy/wonderful feeling of knowing that man, my kids really do need me to be healthy and whole. mind. spirit and body.  i am their little world.  what an honor

i can say that i truly am living my dream.  a wife, and mommy and teacher too.  good and bad and all that goes with it, im glad, so glad that i have my dream

god is faithful

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 i found this pic on my phone the other day. ha.  typical joey

i then found ellie like this. she put on her "pack pack" and went off to nana and papa's house to visit
 she tucked her straps around her waist and brought alone bear and olif
 such a card...see the box in the back ground? we got that last week, its been taped 3 times and the kids have played nonstop with it.  this morning i added an empty diaper box. the kids went wild!
 we are taking much advantage of our mornings, and we hit up parks!  yesterday morning nate decided that next time he will bring a school book....hes growing out of parks...and likes to do school with me outside. why not!  awesome plan!
 joey!  happy, happy joey! 
 cani just have a speck of her zest for life!
 beautiful eliana
 i busted her from digging in my bag for "kaka's" and "eats" as she calls food
im totally loving the nice weather, and want to spend ever second of it outside....soon the snow and cold will be here! 0 comments

week in a few pics

 nate now cuts the grass with the ride on and the push mower for the edges. he likes it, we like it too!
 great job buddy!
 the other morning ellie played by herself for almost an HOUR.  i was able to get nate's science reading and math reading done during that time.  i am thankful for little things!
 joey likes her juice
she hugs it
joey is so very different from the other 2. she is happy, happy, happy. she lives to have fun. everything is AWESOME and exciting. she is constantly screaming "look! whats that?!?!"  she is a little party

friday morning the kids and i spent 20 mins watching these birds, they would fly off and come back. to the right there was a seagull and crow watching them. it was quite interesting to listen and watch.  too bad i didnt have any binoculars
 i guess its the big in the little
 nate had his eye check up. i took all the kids.  that was fun. not!  i tried to keep the girls entertained while we waited. little miss joey
 and nate! but he doesnt need glasses.  he just has dry eyes and i need to put drops in them
 reading sisters.  ellie was reading to joey the other morning
 i know, i know mom and dad. its a little melanie and little crystal
 close up
 the best selfie i could get at the park
we are doing good. school is actually the best time of the day for me.  nate is doing really well with his attitude and not giving me a problem. actually, he's great to have around.  the girls are keeping me busy.  i have the onset of a head cold coming on, so im gonna go back to the couch and rest!

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the girls

 yesterday ellie joined us in the school room. i turned my back for a min and she said "look! i made my family"
 and she did.  notice that she drew herself and joey holding hands
 papa! nana!  mom and dad were away last week and the kids missed talking to them. they had a brief chat yesterday, i snapped a few pics
 hi! hi papa! hi nana!
 "and then she said...."
 "are you serious? tell me more"
 "no way!"
 "he was this big!"
 "hahaha you are the best. i love you!"
 "okay, then what happened?"
 she loves a good phone conversation. ha
 saturday i was able to join my friend and spend the day from 10-6 alone, with no kids.  we went to the beth moore simucast. so fun. they even made us lunch. that i didnt have to clean up. it was divine.  what did beth talk about? i cant recall. i was too busy napping...ha
and the 2 min it took me to type this out. joey poured ellie's bowl of cereal on herself, the table and floor. then pooped. 

for real

i kid you not. this is my life. i ddnt lose my temper, i sent the older two up to play, cleaned up joey and her bum, then the floor.  put a show on for joey and finished my blog

i know its just a season.  i dont wish it away. but i dream of days with no diapers, messes, tantrums and food throwing....then ill be dealing with other age issues. ha

happy tuesday! 2 comments


 last friday morning, i was a bit tired from the hard week. so i gave nate 2 independent projects to work on.  he did AWESOME.  the first experiment he spent 45 mins working on!  i gave him a bag of m and m's. he had to sort by color and come up with a habitat for the m &m (the animal) to camouflage themselves in.  then chart how many he could see, how many were hidden etc....the girls spent most of their time in the bath, but joined him for the last part. love  how they sat and watched and didnt take one candy
 then i gave nate an old diaper box and told him to create a habitat for any animal. he chose a bat cave, and spent another hour. ALONE. working on it.  it turned out really neat. i didnt take a pic of the final project but i was impressed with his work
 more science
 fri mornings the garbage truck comes along.  the kids love it. why is that?  haha  joey sat and waited
 holding her baby
 there it is!
 see the smile
 bye!  see you next week!
 bummer. he really is gone