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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Letter of the Week: Cc is for Caterpillar (and Candy!)

We ended up doing Letter Cc before Letter Bb….because I order caterpillars, and since first comes the caterpillars then comes the butterfly….we did C first. :)

Letter of the Week Printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

So fun watching her growth in so many areas.  Just really neat to see how in the beginning she did not know a thing about patterns.  And now she loves them and is pretty good at them, too.

C is for Caterpillar Dot-to-dot.  She doesn't really have the patience to connect the dots as we see and say the numbers, but we still mostly get it done.  ;)

C lacing card.

I can't remember the actual instructions that came with this numbered caterpillar….but what I had her do, was paint the paper that we were going to glue the caterpillar on.  I wanted her to work on number recognition, so she'd have to find the numbers and put them in the correct order (with some help, of course).

All Very Hungry Caterpillar printables from 1+1+1.

Very Hungry Caterpillar graphing.

Number puzzle.

She placed the objects on the string as Geoff read The Very Hungry Caterpillar  (they did this one day while I was working).

Cc is for Candy!  Candy Printables from 1+1+1

I made a copy for myself and we colored together.  I think I even enjoyed this time more than her.

Whoa!!  I let her put on her lipstick before 'school'.  Hahaha!

 And while studying Cc…we ordered Caterpillars!  We've done this before 2 times, I think…but both times were when Grace was really too young to remember.  So I was really looking forward to it.  They came on a day I was working, and I had told Geoff to watch for the mail man because I was expecting the caterpillars and didn't want them to get too hot in the mailbox.  When I got home that evening…Grace was so excited and proud to show me her caterpillars came.

We got our Caterpillar-to Butterfly kits from

They usually send 5 caterpillars and guarantee that 5 will make it.  Well…we ended up with 6 and they ALL lived.  They've never bother me before or grossed me out….but this time they did.  They just got so huge…and there were so many of them.  Gag!  But I suppose it was for a good cause.  Ha!

They all made it into a chrysalis. (in this picture, one butterfly already hatched (???))

And more on the butterflies with Letter Bb!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


This weekend, Geoff went to the deer lease with my dad….so the kids and I had some good ole quality time together.  He left Friday morning, and we finished up a little school shortly after.  We had lunch and then headed to a nearby park.  The weather the past few days has just been beautiful.  Parker was able to ride her bike as I pushed Grace and Nolan in the stroller (Grace also has a bike, but would much rather sit in the stroller and be pushed.  Sometimes I make her, but other times, it's just not worth the argument.  :)  Then eventually made our way to the little playground.

So big riding her bike without training wheels (this happened a couple of weeks ago, but I'm, of course, behind on posting it here).

Sweet Grace.

We came home and put Nolan down for a nap.  The girls watched a show and then ended up outside on the trampoline.  And with a little static!

For the past few days we've had the windows open all day long, and when the kids are playing outside, the back door is open, as well.  We have all been loving this weather.  One night, the girls turned their chairs around to eat dinner with an outside view.  Ha!

Saturday morning was slow.  And good.  The girls wanted to draw and color…so I pulled out a piece of paper for Nolan.  He thought he was so cool.  This picture makes me so happy.  Sometimes I just still can't believe we have 3.  And they are healthy and we are so very blessed.

After lunch we played in the back yard for a bit, then headed to the school playground up the street for a little extra playtime (I'm trying to wear these kids out for an easy bedtime, y'all!).  Then a quick trip to Sonic for Happy Hour.  And back home for nap/quiet time.  Then dinner, baths, and movie night!  For some extra fun, I blew up our queen air mattress, and brought out the popcorn popper.  We popped away.  And seasoned and salted to our hearts' desires.  And it was so good! They also got to pick 3 pieces of candy out of their Halloween candy.  We watched the My Little Pony Rainbow Rocks movie and called it a night.  They were all in bed a little later than planned, but it was a nice ending to a really good 'ordinary' day.

Sunday morning…we ran about 15 minutes late to church.  No matter how early I get, up it's hard getting out the door on time.  This morning, I will say it wasn't my fault, but someone had to go the bathroom.  But I still got the picture!!

After church, we picked up lunch.  Nolan went down for his nap shortly after and slept for over 3 hours!!  This bub was so tired.  I was making all kinds of noises, opening blinds, taking pictures.  He didn't move.  

The girls watched a movie (while I snuck in about an hour nap…with a couple of interruptions, no less, for important things like... if they could have candy or a snack….yes…less than one hour after we had eaten lunch!!!)  But I did feel a little more rested.  The girls played outside for the rest of the afternoon and I spent most of my time in the kitchen and picking up a bit before Geoff returned.

We're glad he was able to get away for the weekend for some hunting and 'guy time'….but we sure are glad he's back!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nolan @ 18 months

what he's doing now….

+Adding new words every couple of days it seems.  And I'm loving it.  His voice is just the sweetest thing.  I feel like his speech has been slow in coming…but now it seems to be taking off a bit.  Words he can {somewhat} say: please (peeees), banana (nana), thank you (tan-too), cookie (too-tee), momma, dada, no-no {nah nah}, go, ball (bah).

+Size 4 diapers, size 12-18 mo and 18-24 mo size clothes (depending on the brand), size 5 shoe

+Climbs on everything. Tables.  Chairs.  We cannot leave anything at all on the table unattended, because you better believe the second we walk out of the room or turn away he will be ON the table and into whatever it is.  Leftover food on a plate, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.

 +Gets into everything.  We lived in this house when Grace was a baby and we never had to put safety lock on the cabinets.  And now…we have already put locks on the cabinets with cleaning supplies/hazards….but now I am requesting that Geoff put them on ALL cabinets.  I can't keep up!  He's too fast!   (or I'm just too slow now, ha!) 

+And while all of this is 'so much work' and tiring…..  I sit back and just have to chuckle.  I love it all (ok maybe not everything while in the moment)…but I would not change a thing.   I definitely see a different temperament with this boy…..different than the girls….and I feel so blessed that I get to experience raising a boy and a girls.  I just love his feisty, tender, stubborn, sweet, strong-willed, loving personality.

+Loves being outside.  Loves it.

+Each and every day, each and every article of clothing that I put on his little body WILL have a stain on it before removing it from said body.

+Eating:  getting to be a little picky.  He won't eat turkey or ham anymore.  Loves mac-n-cheese (SO healthy, I know).  Hot dogs (also "healthy".  Wow!  I'm feeding my kids so well over here!)  He does love peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas.  Vegetables: none.  I will still give him the fruit/veggie pouches to squeeze (pun intended) in some vegetables.  Loves the drinkable yogurts and cheese.  Likes milk…some days more than others. 

Loves his cereal.  Cheese!!

His 'first soup' from this past week.  Good til the last drop!

+height: 33 inches (75th percentile)
+weight: 23lb 8oz (20th percentile)

+Almost everything goes into his mouth.  Even still…he thinks it's a good idea to eat sand from time to time just to see if the flavor changes.  And soon regrets his decision.

That sweet face.  Those kissable cheeks that I'm thankful to be able to kiss on all day long.

He likes to pour things from one cup/bowl to another.  And so I've figured out that it's just better to give him 2 cups/bowls/etc to help keep it 'cleaner'.  For example…the other night I gave him a bowl of blueberries and this measuring cup.  He poured them back and forth while eating.  It kept him very entertained while I finished dinner.  :)

And so so sweet when he sleeps.

 I took the kids to the park this week just to get out of the house and I brought my big camera along to try and snap a few '18 month' pictures. (side note: I used to take my big camera everywhere when the girls were this age.  now I have to mentally psyche myself up for it to actually happen.  ;)

The way he carries things that he's taking from Point A to Point B.

I also took them to the park another time during the week, but this trip lasted a total of 5 minutes before we had to leave for someone to go to the bathroom (YES…we even all went before we left!)….but got a couple cute ones.


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