Mr. Handsome

September 2, 2015 by

If you're new here, please follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to my RSS Feed so you never miss a post! Thanks so much for visiting!   Violet (3) is obsessed with the little boy who lives next door to us. He is 2 years old. She stares out the front window, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. She doesn’t know his name, so she calls him: Handsome. Or, alternatively: My Handsome. All she wants for her birthday is to go on a date with her Handsome. She wants to pick out her wedding dress, and talks about her wedding day and how many children they will have: 9 children plus a baby named Pearl Marina Shell.     Ginger (6) told Violet that she’s too young...

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A Swimming Book Club!

August 31, 2015 by

    This past week, our homeschool group met for Book Club to discuss the book Stuart Little!  The big kids did crafts and had discussion, while the little kids played. Ginger (6) and Violet (3) off in their own world…ahem…their own table!:     After the crafts and guided book discussion, we had a pool party at the host’s backyard pool!  The girls were SO excited to swim – and I was so excited that they got to wear their floaties.  At all the public pools here you can’t wear life vests or pool floaties, so that makes it hard for me to manage since I have Baby Ellie, too. This was just perfect.  I stood by the side and held Baby Ellie while the girls swam happily!  Bliss!     Paprika brought her Mermaid...

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A Gymnastics Story!

August 28, 2015 by

  In my last post, I promised I’d tell you about what happened with gymnastics.  It’s really a neat story, so let me see if I can tell it without making it too long here. Ginger and Violet started back at gymnastics about a month ago.  They took gymnastics last Fall, but we stopped when I was about 8 months pregnant with Ellie because I had issues walking and I was mostly in a wheelchair at that point.  It was just too much for me to take them to gymnastics on my own, and then once Ellie was born, I wanted to keep that break going until she started tolerating the car better.       Ginger (6) and Violet (3) begged for months and months to go back to gymnastics.  It was an almost...

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In Search of Balance!

August 25, 2015 by

  We had a great weekend – it felt short.  I think good weekends always feel too short, right?  I am pretty much finished completely decluttering the house via the KonMari Method (from this life-changing book) – and so, my weekends feel much more free.  I am not busy selling, donating, cleaning, and tidying.  I am not spending my time constantly cleaning up messes of toys and laundry, tripping over things as I organize (yet again) another set of Legos.  Everything has a place, and everything here brings me joy.  It’s a beautiful way to live…now I just have to keep it up!  Ha! It’s still not perfect – but I’m not letting perfect be the enemy of good.  Good is good enough (for now)!   We went to the beach in the afternoon on...

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Out With A Splash! (Weekly Wrap-Up)...

August 21, 2015 by

  This week has flown by! Is it really Friday already? Ginger (6) and Violet (3) had their second gymnastics class since we’ve been back.  I am so happy to report that it went WAY better than our first class back!       Ginger was much less nervous this time, and took off her socks – no problem!  It’s the little things, right?  Violet is always happy and ready to participate and listen – so she was great!  Violet’s class this time was HUGE and she had a different teacher, which made me a little worried, but she did just fine.  I think sometimes I expect a little too much from classes- I have high standards!       Ginger’s class was very small this week (only 3 girls, including her!) – which was awesome....

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Best Birthday Ever!

August 19, 2015 by

  Paprika’s 9th Birthday weekend was probably her best birthday on record.  She started off  her birthday weekend in a huge way on Saturday by swimming with Mermaid Linden.  Then, that night we went over to one of Paprika’s best friend’s house for Movie Night Under The Stars! The children played happily together in the backyard until dark:       We had a delicious dinner of Paprika’s favorite food (pasta!) – and then we set up the projector for movie night!  The kids got out sleeping bags and pillows, and curled up next to movie popcorn and candy!  We watched James and The Giant Peach, which was the book the kids just read for our homeschool book club. Paprika thought it was so magical!  She laid on her back and exclaimed how many stars she...

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Meeting Mermaid Linden!

August 18, 2015 by

  I’m still on a high from Annika’s amazing birthday weekend! On Sunday, Paprika turned 9 years old – and the reality that this is “half-time” for her childhood was not lost on me. We made so many wonderful memories this weekend – I can’t wait to share them with you. The way it all came together was nothing short of incredible! On Saturday, Paprika and Mr. M had a Daddy/Daughter Date that made Paprika’s dreams come true. You all know that Paprika LOVES mermaids and wants to be one more than anything in the whole world. Paprika as a two year old mermaid:     Do you remember when Paprika was on swim team and she would sit at the bottom of the pool during practice and talk to mermaids while everyone else swam...

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Hey Big Baby!

August 14, 2015 by

  Baby Ellie is 6 months old now. She weighs almost 25 pounds, and she is 29 inches long. She is a BIG baby! She’s so far off the charts, I have to put my finger on a different piece of paper to track her growth. Ha! I remember the other girls at this age rolling over a lot, sitting up, and trying to crawl. Ellie can roll over from her back to her tummy – and that’s about it! LOL She gets on her tummy and she gets so frustrated after a few minutes. She can’t sit up and definitely is not anywhere near crawling. I know she will do those things in her own time – and because of her size, it makes it harder for her to get around, for sure!...

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You Gotta Laugh!

August 12, 2015 by

    Yesterday, we had our homeschool group’s Chess Club meeting at my favorite park.  Well – we were supposed to have Chess Club, but…after I got everyone fed, dressed, hair brushed, made sure they all went to the bathroom, diaper change, outfit change for Ellie, bags packed, snacks packed, ice water cups and sunscreen packed, chess board packed, and myself ready (make-up included) – and loaded everyone into the van…Violet (3) started crying and writhing in pain because her tummy hurt. Now, Violet is one tough little girl and she never complains.  So, when she does complain, I take it pretty seriously – and especially when she’s crying and doubled over in pain.  Just like that, the Chess Club was called off, we went back in the house, unpacked, and I laid her down...

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An Anniversary To Remember!

August 10, 2015 by

    This weekend, we celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary.  This year was especially great because our anniversary fell on Sunday (August 9th) – and Mr. M was off work both days this weekend.  We had the whole weekend to spend together – such a gift! We decided we really wanted to spend the weekend all together as a family – and so we did! On Saturday, Mr. M took Paprika and Ginger to open swim at a nearby swimming pool.  They had been begging to go to the pool all week because Paprika is convinced she can teach Ginger to swim.  They both want to be mermaids so badly – they DREAM of becoming mermaids and swimming in the sea together. Paprika is an amazing swimmer, but Ginger really needs to move along in her...

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Sew Awesome Weekly Wrap-Up!

August 7, 2015 by

    Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to this week! We have been reading aloud The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – and so, I found the girls’ stuffed animals in the garage.  Pooh, Tigger, and Rabbit were hiding out in some clear bins, and I pulled them out – and oh, the joy!  It was like finding long-lost friends.  The above picture is Ginger with Pooh bear, introducing him to Ellie.  Pooh has hardly left Ginger’s side all week! Ginger reading to Pooh:   We had our first homeschool sewing class yesterday!  Our homeschool group decided to all get together in a church basement and teach our kids how to sew.  We’re doing a six week series, and yesterday the kids learned about the parts of the machine, how to thread...

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The Magician!

August 6, 2015 by

    This week, Mr. M got home from work in time to take Paprika (8) and Ginger (6) to piano lessons.  So, I took Violet and baby Elowen on a little mini-date to the park.  Violet (3) is probably the funniest person on the planet – I’m not joking – she is SO fun and full of life.  I love every second I get to spend with her – and our alone times are something I cherish without measure. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, or if it’s just her!  She is so fun, positive, and resilient.  Nothing ever gets her down, and she is always so happy and fun to be around.  She is pure sunshine in a little 3 year old package!     She is always playing tricks on...

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Piano Girls!

August 3, 2015 by

  I promised my Grandma that I would upload a few videos of the girls playing piano!  I never even blogged about Paprika’s last piano recital (it was the morning after we flew back from Indiana) – so I figured that a few quick videos might do the trick.     Paprika has been practicing Arabesque this week.  When she played it for me this time, it was SO SLOW because I think she was a little nervous since I was recording it.  I think this week we’ll work on speeding it up.     Paprika loved the song “Kate’s Theme” from the video game, Nancy Drew The Silent Spy. Her teacher, Ryan, helped her figure out how to play it by creating his own arrangement of the music. The song is about Nancy...

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What A Week!

July 30, 2015 by

    We’ve had a great week so far!  Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to! On Monday, Ginger (6) and Paprika (8) had piano lessons.  Ginger always wants to look her best for her lesson.  This week, she wanted to dress to match her favorite doll, Lula.  She even wanted matching hairstyles and hair bows!  She thought her teacher, Ryan, might get her and Lula confused.  Ha!       I took everyone to the piano studio, and watched a little through the practice room window as Paprika had her lesson.  She has come so far in her (almost) 3 years since she started piano lessons!  It’s one of those things where little by little, big progress is made.         During Paprika’s lesson, Ginger and Violet (3) danced...

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Six Months New!

July 28, 2015 by

  Sweet Ellie turned 6 months old this weekend.  That’s right – her half birthday flew by – and she’s on her way to ONE!  What?!  Wasn’t she just born?! She is the happiest baby.  She is always laughing, smiling, and she fits right in with her sisters…       She LOVES getting attention from her older sisters.  She lights up whenever they hold her, play with her, and talk to her!  She just wants to be part of the mix:     Ellie is starting to talk, and she makes all kinds of sounds to let you know what she’s thinking.  She loves to sing her baby songs, and she giggles ALL the time.  I love it! She’s still 100% nursing – no solid foods yet.  We will slowly introduce them when...

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Up A Tree!

July 27, 2015 by

    We’ve been going to the park/playground pretty much every day!  Some days we drive, and some days we walk!  I know you can’t tell in this picture below, but Ellie is having her very first ride in the stroller.  Ginger (6) gently pushed the stroller all the way to the park, and Ellie was SO excited!  Ginger is a very responsible little mommy.  Ha!       Meanwhile, Violet (3) rode on my back! She’s been loving that lately – and it’s a great workout for me, too.     At the park, and pretty much wherever we go, Ginger climbs trees. Even on the walk to the park, she has to stop and climb the trees she sees on the way. Her favorite place is at the top of a tree…...

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