All the public-schooled kids in our area are out of school now, so all the summer activities in our area are starting up.  Let me tell you, the kids are wishing we hadn’t taken quite so many breaks throughout the school year!

Right now, it definitely fits our lifestyle best to do school year round, though.  With teaching two different grade levels and wrangling a toddler and infant, we need the flexibility to be able to take breaks as we need them throughout the year.  Plus, we travel quite a bit which requires more time off.  It’s kind of nice to be able to take those trips and easily be able to take the time off from school.

We’re still able to take time off this summer for travel, camps and other activities, but we still have quite a bit of school to get done as well.

We are in the midst of piano lessons right now because I want the kids to have a good musical foundation by learning piano before anything else.  Once they know how to read music and play the piano well, I feel like any other instrument will come easily to them.  We’ll let them pick their own second/third/fourth instrument, but I really hope that at least one of them chooses the guitar.  I think it would be so fun for one of them to learn the yamaha acoustic guitar. Maybe I’ll get lucky and I can learn right along with them!

I am about to be in so much trouble!

This little lady is alllllmost mobile!  She scoots around on her butt…she isn’t very fast yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

And then my life as I know it is over.  I’ve never really had to babyproof very much.  Ava and Kelvin were so close in age that they were pretty much babies together.  We didn’t have tiny {choking hazard} toys floating around.  And Carter, with his oral aversions, never put anything in his mouth so I didn’t have to worry about him.

Kaylee is going to be a different story.  She puts EVERYTHING in her mouth and we have Lego’s and Polly Pockets and every other tiny toy imaginable floating around here!

That picture of her unloading the DVD shelf is only the beginning.  Life is about to get really interesting!

I’ve just barely started teaching Ava to play the piano, and already she and Kelvin are both begging me to start teaching them to play other instruments!  Add in Mr. Carter who runs around strumming his pretend guitar all the time, and I’m pretty sure we have a family band in the making!  I’m just glad we have an UNattached garage so that I’ll be able to send them and their instruments and their echo pedal and accessories out there so it won’t be quite so loud in the house!

Ava – 8 years, Kelvin – 6 years, Carter – 2 years, Kaylee – 7 months

I was just lucky that all four of them were looking at the camera!  I couldn’t really expect them all to be smiling too, could I?

I love this picture because it really shows each of their personalities.

These were their runner-up outfits…they have matching ones that they’re going to wear tomorrow and I’ll be sure to get more pictures!

Oh man, I forgot how bad teething is!  I got spoiled with Carter because he was a super-easy teether.  Kaylee, not so much.

She is having such a time cutting her bottom two teeth.  We’ve been using tons of teethers, teething tablets, and teething oil.  We usually use Tylenol at night, too.  I just hope those teeth pop through soon, because no one is sleeping or anything.  I can’t even remember the last time I used these razors (or any others) to shave my legs!  I’m just lucky to have been able to shower, with this little screamer!

Hopefully our happy baby will be back very soon, in time for our Disney trip in a few weeks!

We are in the middle of January, and we just spent the day at the park in light sweatshirts!!  It was about 67 degrees today, so we decided to forget about our school work and get outside and enjoy it!  It’s only going to last until Wednesday, and then it will be back to more seasonable temperatures…so we can catch up on school when it’s cold out and we’re stuck in the house anyway!!

Tomorrow, we’re off to the doctor because Carter fell last week and we thought he might have messed up his foot, but he was complaining about it (he was obviously limping, though).  Today, he fell at the park and the limp is much worse, so I definitely want to get it checked out and make sure he’s OK.  I doubt anything is broken, since he doesn’t complain about it or even wince when we move it, but I hope they can figure out what’s wrong and fix it!

I still remember when my brother got his first drum set ….oh, the noise!  Kelvin is starting to make noises about wanting to play the drums after he has a good foundation with piano (that’s my requirement before they learn another instrument…he couldn’t care less!).  We already have a noisy, chaotic house, I can only imagine how much noisier and more chaotic it’s going to be once he starts learning to play to the drums!  I’d better start stockpiling the ear plugs now, or else my sanity will be on the line!


Kaylee turned 4 months old on December 9th!  I can’t believe she’s 4 months old already, especially since she still seems like she’s barely out of the newborn stage.  I think it’s mainly because she was born at 36 weeks…she’s just a little late at hitting milestones.  She’s smiling a ton and she just started laughing, but she’s not really interested in toys or playing yet.  I’m sure it will come in the next month or so.

She had her 4-month appointment yesterday and she is about 15 pounds and is 24 inches long.  The little chunk has more-than-doubled her birth weight!

Life around these parts has been absolutely crazy.  Do you know how hard it is to keep it together when you have two night-owl kids and two early-bird kids?  I do!  I never get a second to myself and it’s been insane!

We have been doing school for about a month now and I think we have a pretty good routine going finally.  I’m still thinking about changing some of our curriculum because it just isn’t working for us, but we’ll see.  I’m not making a decision about it until after we get back from Thanksgiving.  Speaking of that, I have about a million things to do before we leave tomorrow.  Ava’s holding Kaylee for me right now, so I really need to move!