You guys. For some reason, these last few weeks in our house have been SO. LOUD. It’s probably cabin fever, but the kids have been bouncing off the walls, and the noisiest game they’ve been playing is “concert”. They line Chad, Carter and I and several stuffed animals up on the couch and start playing their toy guitars, drums, xylophones, whistles, and of course singing. Before we know it, it will be time for us to buy snare drum kit . And we think it’s loud now….LOL
My brother David graduates from Marine basic training this FRIDAY! I am so excited….I have written to that boy twice a week nearly every week and prayed for him every day for the last thirteen weeks. It will be so awesome to see the fulfillment of his dream. I can hardly wait to see the videos and pictures from his graduation and get to visit with him during his leave.
We will be going up as a family to see everyone and then Chad will be going home while the kids and I stay to spend extra time with my family. I’m excited, but also stressing…I’ve been packing since last week, but I’m still nervous I’m going to forget something. As my mom keeps reminding me, “We do have stores up here, you know!” LOL
I’ll have my laptop with me, so I hope to keep up with posting on at least a semi-regular basis!
Break out the alec bradley cigars …it’s time to celebrate! Introducing Miss Lilly Evelyn…my newest niece. She is my brother Daniel and sister-in-law Jessica‘s third little girl, born just a week ago! I’m so excited to meet her in a few weeks…I just want to squish her a little bit. Even though I have to wait awhile to see her, I’m going to be packing up my newborn cloth diapers in the next few days to mail off for her to wear. I can’t wait to see newborn fluffy bum pics!
I made a delicious cabbage soup tonight. Even the kids ate it…Kelvin loved it and Ava tolerated it, which is a big deal for my picky girl!
Crockpot Cabbage Soup
1 pound browned ground beef or turkey
1/2 small head of cabbage, shredded
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
32 ounces beef broth
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dill weed
Combine all ingredients in the crock pot. Add enough water to cover the ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
I didn’t do any baby sign language with Ava or Kelvin, because they learned to talk very young and it seemed pointless. I think I may have to with Carter, though…and not because I don’t think he’ll talk early (after all, the boy’s a genius, he’ll probably invent some sort of updated electrosurgery generators or something someday. LOL). Because he’s making it up on his own!
He has started signing “all done” by waving his hand side to side in front of him. He does it quite a bit, whether he means that he doesn’t want more food, doesn’t want to be tickled anymore, is done playing, etc. A few nights ago, he woke up while I was in the shower and Chad had to take care of him. He’s a Daddy’s boy, but not at night. It ticks him off royally to see anyone but Mama at night. So he was not happy to see Chad there and he said, “Dada” and then did his “all done” sign. I wish I would have been there to see it….so cute!
I posted last week about how Carter was slowing down his weight gain. Well, lest you think the little guy is wasting away, I thought I should post this picture from tonight so you would know that most of the chub is still intact!
I have a feeling that his slowing weight gain is just a result of him being more mobile now…he’s scooting on his butt all over the place!
My little beanie-baby (Carter) has finally slowed down on his weight gain. You wouldn’t know it to look at him because he’s always been big (he started out way ahead at 10 pounds, 11 ounces), but he has only gained a few ounces in the last couple of months. For the record, he is 22 pounds, 5 ounces now (according to the breastfeeding clinic’s scale).
Since he began seeing his new pediatrician, he has gone from the 96th percentile for weight to the 82nd. Like I said, though, he’s still huge for a 9-month-old, so they’re not worried about it. I remember Ava having the same issue around 9 months, too. Plus, he’s been scooting a lot, so all the being-active is probably burning lots of baby fat (and Mama fat too….Mama doesn’t have time to do anything but chase Baby anymore….pretty soon I’m going to have to get a free audiobook download because I don’t even have time to read anything anymore!) It really doesn’t bother me that he has slowed down and will probably still fit in the 12 months size clothes I bought him for summer!
…don’t mix very well!
Oy. I’ve spent the last few days dragging the kids in from outside to do their school work several times a day. Not that we do a ton of school work (Ava is in kindergarten and Kelvin is in preschool), but Carter provides lots of interruptions, which the kids interpret as lots of opportunities to sneak away outside.
Never mind that I provide plenty of park time, bike riding time and hanging out in the backyard time. It is never enough when the weather is warm! And because I feel the same way, it is even harder for me to pull them back inside!
While we were in the drive-through at the bank this afternoon, I was messing around with my phone’s camera. I had just figured out how to use the “front” camera instead of the main camera, so I decided to try it out on my little cargo. I didn’t tell them I was going to take a picture, but Ava noticed just as I was about to take it. This was her reaction. She’s such a little clown!
My brother David has 3.5 more weeks of boot camp before he becomes a Marine! I can’t wait to see all the pictures and videos of his graduation, and to go up and visit him while he’s on leave. We’re so proud of him!
I’ve already ordered our graduation gift for him. We’re having a flag flown over the capitol in DC in his honor. Then they’ll mail us the flag with a certificate of authenticity and I’m going to put it in a shadow box to give to him. I hope he loves it…everyone I talked to thought it was a cool idea, but I’m not 100% certain that he will. It was either the flag or military socks to go under his Lowa boots , so hopefully he likes the flag more! LOL
I’ve also finished shopping for shirts for all of us to wear when we see him. I ordered all red ones to wear for Red Friday….mine says, “Sleep well, America. My Marine has your back.” The kids’ are plain red and my mom is using fabric paint to put supportive sayings on them. I’ll be sure to share a picture when she gets them done.