Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Baby update

Just a few weeks left until the arrival of our newest family member. The Braxton-Hicks contractions and the baby kicking are constant reminders that the big event is nearing. It makes Christmas seem a little less important this year, as I know there is another big event to prepare for. All of the visits with the midwife have gone well. Baby is growing – maybe a little too much. The last visit when the midwife did her measurements, I was about three weeks larger than what I should be. The due date is in January, but it has been changed several times, so I’m not sure if I believe any of the dates that have been told me.

Once Christmas is past, then I will get very serious about preparing for the new baby. I have done several things already, but a few major ones remain. I want to get the crib repainted – a project for my husband. We need to purchase a mattress for the crib. I need to rearrange things in our room to make space for baby and all the things that are needed for her care. I feel rather unorganized. I do not even have a list of what I need to accomplish before the baby arrives. I have been very tired lately so that is why I haven’t posted much on my blog. As time and energy allows, I will continue to post family events and other things.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Recent happenings

School is going great they love all the extra activities, and are often begging for more school – especially Abby. One day we used rocks from our driveway to form the letter of the week.
This week we are learning about us for the letter Uu. We are talking about our five senses. For hearing we made our own band of homemade instruments.
We learn about nests for the letter Nn, and one activity was to build our own nest! All three helped and they were proud of their work.
Abigail and Robert have memorized the entire chapter of Psalm 100. We did Psalm 1 during the months of September and October. After listening to Bible Memorization sermon by Pastor Anderson, I renewed my memorizing of the Bible and I started working with the twins. I’m sure Josiah is learning some too, but since he can’t say much right now I don’t know how much he is getting. I am so excited to hear them quoting the Bible. What I find really neat is how they will start quoting their verses while playing, or they recognize their verses when they hear a preacher read or quote them. Abby wants to go to sleep at night listening to preaching or the Bible on tape. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John 1:4)
After learning Psalms 1 we went to DQ for ice cream. This time it is too cold for eating ice cream and playing on the play ground outside. I bought them games for their leapsters this time. Now I need to decide what chapter to work on next with them.

Josiah eating brought two spoons with him to the table the other morning. He found a new way to eat his favorite dish of oatmeal. It would be better than getting it all over his hands, face, hair, and body.

My chickens surprised me about two weeks ago they started laying eggs. I wasn’t expecting eggs until the spring, since we got them as chicks in late July. It is wonderful to have eggs that I know are healthy and organic for my family to enjoy. They were real tiny the first few days, but are getting bigger as the days pass. So far just my white chickens are laying eggs, but maybe my black one will soon start since she is only a few weeks younger than the white ones. I also have two red ones that are much younger than the others, and they may not lay eggs this winter. I have a light in their house to keep them warmer at night and to make their days seem longer.