Hi! I’m baaack. 🙂
It’s been a long time since I’ve written. Usually when I go quiet, it means that life has become difficult/hard and I just don’t want to talk about it. I’m the kind of person who (believe it or not – ha!) is very private and I tend to go inward in times of struggle.
The past few months have been some of the most challenging of my life. So many things have happened! Anyhoo – I plan on writing more in the upcoming posts about what all has happened – I don’t want to dump it all here in this first post back. 🙂 It’s been such a rollercoaster – amazing and challenging all at the same time!
Ellie (age 2) riding her bike:
The night of my birthday (a few weeks ago):
We started back our Homeschooling Year on September 4th (Labor Day – Ha!) The girls are doing great with it – and we are cranking with lots of new curricula and subjects. I hope this is our best year yet!
Paprika turned 11 in August and is in 8th Grade! She is a very dedicated student and wants to start online college classes at age 13. She’s taking violin lessons and piano (all the girls take piano) – and her idol is Lindsey Stirling (the violin player…who she is going to meet SOON! Yay!)
Ginger is 8 now and in 4th Grade. She’s been having chronic health issues for a while (lots of doctors appointments!), and that’s taken a lot of her energy. But luckily, she’s a smart cookie and she loves to learn. She loves her piano lessons, and when she’s not practicing piano or reading science books somewhere quiet, she’s usually sleeping. 🙂 Her favorite food is Godiva Milk Chocolate Truffles.
Ginger hanging out with the sculptures at Riley Children’s Hospital (in June):
Violet is FIVE! She is a strong reader, and she is crazy about gymnastics! She loves taking gymnastics classes, and piano lessons. She is quickly becoming very good at both! She loves reading fairytales, stories about princesses, and she is a fierce girly-girl. She wants to be a Musketeer for Halloween – so we’re working on that costume now!
At gymnastics last week:
Ellie is 2 years old and is 100% potty-trained. Yes! One day, I just got fed up with changing her diapers – and was like “it’s time to go on the potty, Little Missy!” She is very bright (I always say that – ha!) – but it’s true. For example:
She can go to the freezer, take out a bag of broccoli, open the package with child scissors, get a clean bowl from the dishwasher, pour the broccoli into the bowl, microwave her broccoli to perfection, get a fork from the cutlery drawer, get a napkin, and then salt and butter the broccoli properly before eating it at the table.
(Obviously, I supervise her in these pursuits).
Anyway, my point is – she was READY to potty-train, and I’m so happy about it. 🙂
Ellie also loves her nightly piano lessons with Evan. She’s not taking lessons with Ryan (our piano teacher), but she loves to sit in while everyone else practices piano with Evan. Ellie usually has gets about five to ten minutes of piano instruction of her own from Evan each night. She LOVES it! Can you tell? 🙂
I’ve been loving all my time with the girls – and have been prioritizing one-on-one one time with each girl, focusing on their interests and giving them special “dates.” That has been a huge priority for me, as they all have different needs and interests.
Family bike ride a few weeks ago:
I’m loving each of their ages – and find that as they get older, I enjoy them even more (if that’s possible!) We have a tremendous amount of fun together every day – and I’m so grateful for it.
That’s all my news for now! Hope you’re having a great start to Fall! 🙂
Good things come in small packages – Ha!