First Day of School 2013

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The boys started their second year at CC (Classical Conversations) on Monday.  School begins with an assembly at 9:00.  During this time we are all together as a big group in the sanctuary.  We do opening announcements, pledge of allegiance, pledge to the bible and sing the historical timeline from Creation to Present.  After, the kids are split into classrooms by age and the parents can either attend one of their children’s classes the entire time or float between classes.  I chose to stay with Asher the entire time this week and next Monday I’ll spend the entire time in John Robert’s class.  They stay in their classrooms and do their memory work which consists of Science, History, Grammar, Math and Latin.  Each classroom also rotates to do science experiments outside the classroom where they learn about the scientific method.  School lets out for lunch at 12:00 pm and then the kids get to play together while the moms clean up.

It was wild and crazy the first day since it was also picture day.  Lila just added to the madness since she’s in a stage where she wants to get down and into everything.  We call her Miss Independent now.  I ended up holding her while standing for almost the entire 3 hours.  My arm felt like it was going to fall off by the end of the day.  They do offer daycare for babies under 4, but Lila isn’t walking yet and she’d just get trampled in there.  I’m not quite ready to throw her to the wolves yet.  Our CC campus also grew by 6 x’s this year which made it very easy for John Robert to disappear over and over again as I was trying to leave.  I’m so glad our “first day” craziness is behind us and I’m so grateful for our CC family.  It’ll be a fun year!!!

When is your first day of school?

Golden Birthday

John Robert celebrated his Golden Birthday this year when he turned 7 on 7/7 at 7am.  The birthday celebrations in our home are usually low-key, but this special birthday called for extra celebration.  He wanted everything golden and an obstacle course, so we held his party at a Gym.  As each child went through the obstacle course, I wrote down a winning characteristic about each of them.  At the end of the party, as the kids ate their cookie cake, I awarded each child with a medal and announced their winning characteristic.  It was so much fun to see each of the kids accept their medals.

We had photographs of JR from birth-to-now lined along the center of the table, held in place with gold glitter washi tape.  We also had gold #7 mylar balloons and gold star confetti.  The favors were the medals and a “bar of gold” which was a Hershey chocolate bar wrapped in gold paper with a note.  The note said, “You are a Golden friend.  Thanks for celebrating John Robert’s GOLDEN birthday!”  I have a tradition of making the kids birthday shirts with their number on it and this one is my new favorite.  It has GOLDEN on the front and 7 on the back.  John Robert loved that it looks like a sports jersey.

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It was incredible to celebrate my Golden Boy.  I can’t hardly believe my baby is already 7.  To tell you a little bit about him…he’s smart and funny and a great friend.  He’s sensitive to other’s feelings and desires to do the right thing.  He’s exceptionally musical and sings along with the radio and the hymns at church.  I love him as high as the sky and as deep as the ocean.  Or probably even more than that.  I love you, John Robert.  Happy Golden Birthday.

Nothing says I love you like…

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Nothing says “I love you” like an ice cream date…especially when the kids are left with a babysitter.  It’s Robert’s birthday today (John Robert’s birthday was yesterday) and we left Lila with a sitter for the first time since she was born.  It was so peaceful just being the two of us and we could actually hear each other talk.  (You know what I mean, don’t you?)  It was only an hour and it went by way too fast, but it was worth every second we had together.

So…I still have some celebrating to do with my man (we’re watching a redbox video), but before I rush off let me brag about him just a little.  This man gives our kids donkey rides (and sometimes bucking bronco rides) until he’s exhausted.  He saves me when I’m having a crappy day.  He loves me even when I’m hard to love.  I simply adore him.  Even as I secretly type this on his birthday, he is watching all three kids and probably wondering where I am.

So here’s an ice cream cheers to all the great husbands and daddies out there.  We’re so lucky to have you.

Especially you, Mr. Guerrero.  I love you.

say it isn’t so!

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On this last day of February 2013, this little lady is celebrating her half birthday.  She’s been super smiley and hamming it up today.  It’s like she knows she’s 1/2 today.  A girlie strawberry cake complete with gold glitter sugar held her complete attention as I was trying to take photos of her.  I’m actually surprised I was able to get even one shot of her looking at the camera.  You can see her little hand on the cake stand as she tried to grab the cake over and over again.  Either she has a sweet tooth like her father or loves sparkly things like her mother.  Either way, we’re in trouble!

Happy Half Birthday to the sweetest little girl I will ever know…

no longer a one trick pony

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Look who thinks she’s a big girl, sitting all straight and tall.  Time keeps passing and all I can think about is how much I love this girl in every stage.  For the longest time, all she could do is roll from back to front and then cry when she couldn’t get back over.  I joked to Robert that she was a one trick pony and I couldn’t wait for her to learn her second trick.  Now, we’re on her third and I’m thinking, “Woah, slow down sweet girl!”

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For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this is old news…

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A week and a half ago, John Robert, Asher, Lila, my brother and I all set out on an adventure.  We drove 6 hours west to celebrate my grandmother’s 91st birthday.  Little did I know, that along the way, Asher’s slight cough would foretell of a difficult week yet to come.  By that evening Asher was running a fever, two days later John Robert caught that same fever and for over a week straight I didn’t sleep through the night once.

Even so, the trip was one I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.  I caught up with my Aunt and Uncle who live in the suburbs of Atlanta and watched my grandma forget over and over again that it was her birthday.  I love this grandma of mine.  She’s witty, bold, strong, honest and selfless.  She’s the true renaissance woman who can do it all.

During WWII, she met my grandfather while working in a factory creating parts for the Air Force’s aircrafts.  (You can read a little more about their love story here.)  Even though he didn’t belong to her faith, she knew from the beginning that he would join her (and he did).  She battled infertility and adopted 3 children.  As soon as she brought home her third child, she found out she was pregnant with her fourth.  She was knee-deep in babies, as she likes to say.  She raised her family on a farm during the hard days.  The days before large equipment made farming easier and more profitable.

She is strong, she was a pioneer in her own right and she is my grandmother.  I am blessed to have known her and I like to think I’m a little bit like her.  Out of the hundreds of photos I have of grandmother, this one is my favorite.  She hates the sight of her hands, but I love them.  They are soft, they have worked hard, they have held babies and have taken care of her home.  And in this photo, they hold my sweet baby’s hand…just as they held mine and my mother’s before me.

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two thousand twelve

We’re celebrating the end of what has been the best year yet for our family.  Here’s what kept us busy in 2012.  (click on the links to see the full posts)

In January, we attended the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and visited our friends and family in Utah.  I was also about 2 months pregnant with our little Lila and feeling morning sickness every hour of every day.

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In February, I battled with daily morning sickness and found ways to survive motherhood and homeschooling while sick, sick, sick.  We also celebrated Asher’s 3rd birthday and went on a momma/sons Valentine date.

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March was one of the most glorious months because we found out we were having a baby girl.  We laughed our heads off while driving down the road with 28 balloons in the cab of our pick-up truck.

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In April, we partied it up at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and ended the day eating ice cream by the courthouse.   Asher mastered the pink tower for the first time in April and JR said goodbye to his first baby tooth.

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For Mother’s Day in May, I was barefoot and pregnant at the beach.  Later that month, I struggled with the decision to homeschool or not to homeschool.  Glad I picked the first!

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In June, we learned about where we live and Asher couldn’t get enough of “his baby.”

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July is always a great month for us because we have a lot of celebrating to do.  Robert celebrated his 32nd birthday and the next day, JR turned 6.  We also started Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and now we’re almost done!

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In August, we finished the nursery and finally picked Lila’s name.  JR excelled in writing and the boys and I enjoyed some one-on-one time before Lila was born.  Lila joined our family on August 28th and all was right in the world.

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By September, we were learning how to homeschool with a newborn.  Thank heavens I found it possible and enjoyable.  Whew!  The boys really took off in their Classical Conversations school and we experimented in mixing Montessori with Classical Conversations.  JR also wrote his first sentence.

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November seems so long ago and yet it was just last month.  We carved age pumpkins, followed the Presidential Election and JR read us his first bedtime story.  November was so good to us.

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This month, December, went by in a blink of an eye.  Between shopping, wrapping, baking, making handmade ornaments and having friends over, I feel like I gave it all I had and then some.  We celebrated our first Christmas away from home, but Santa didn’t miss a beat.

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Thank you for all of the love and support you shared with me throughout the year.  Each comment is so very special to me and I cherish each one.  For those of you who are bloggers, you know how wonderful it is to hear from readers.  It’s like a huge pat on the back or a hug from a friend.  From my home to yours, I’m wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year.  It’ll be hard to top the year Lila was born, but 2013 is going to be amazing.  I can just feel it.

Our Family’s 9th Birthday

9 years ago, Robert and I were married and our little family began.  We’ve lived abroad, built careers, became parents  and overcame trials together.  What a blessing it has been to be a part of this family.  I’m truly ONE.LUCKY.GIRL!
I found this quote on Pinterest which made me chuckle and yet it’s kind of true!  Parenting is a terrible job if you look at it from a conventional point of view.  The pay is obsolete, the hours are long and health insurance/retirement benefits aren’t provided.  Thank heavens our coworkers are HOT!   Thanks to my hot husband for making this job rock.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HUNEY.
{and thanks to my mom for taking this memorable photo for us.  i love you!}

So Ready for Fall

I’ve never been more ready than I am at this very moment.  Come on Fall!  Chase away this hot weather and give us an excuse to layer on clothing and watch the leaves turn beautiful colors of warmth.  September is here and it has been long awaited.

 

Some of my favorite Fall Themed Materials:

I also added a “Fall Themed Materials” page in my header.  It includes Fall Activities from the Montessori MOMents archives.  You can also get there by clicking here.

What is your favorite Fall Material?