Family Update

Friday, August 8, 2014

Well, hello there, friends.  Just wanted to share a little of what we've been up to over the last few weeks.  We made another trip to our Kansas City Zoo.  We've missed our regular visits for their homeschool programs.  They start back up again next month, but they've revamped them to the point that it may be difficult for us to swing the time frames this year.  We'll just have to wait and see what their final decision is.  We can still always visit just for fun, as was the case this day.  They also had a yummy breakfast for Friends of the Zoo members, so we  were off.
After our fill, we saw the Wings of Wonder show.  It was super difficult to get any decent pics, especially because I put my hubby in charge of the camera (Tee hee!), while I held Kaden, but I did snap this one of my big kiddos getting up close and personal with an African Grey Parrot.
Then, we visited a small portion of the remainder of the zoo...
before heading out for some ice-cream and a visit to a toy store.  The store wasn't anything like the one we visited back here, but there were still lots of things new to my kiddos.  Adina found this cool penmanship board.  When you run the pen over the letters, the holes are filled in with magnetic balls.  To knock them back down, you simply run over the letters with your finger.  Such a great way to teach the ball and stick method!  I totally would've purchased it, but it was CRAZY expensive.
Ezekiel found the Simon game.  I had just been telling him about this game the week before.  I loved playing it, when I was young, but I hadn't seen it in a long time.  Ezekiel recognized it, from my description, right away and loved it, too.
And Kaden was mesmerized with this.
We also had the privilege of spending some time with my dear friend, Kari, and her three kiddos.  I've known Kari since we were in the fourth grade.  Our life paths have settled us super far from one another, but her parents still live in the same city as mine.  So, while she was back visiting hers, she made a little time for us.  We met them at Kidscape one morning, and they spent the afternoon at our house; but we were so busy catching up, that I failed to get many pics.  LOL!
So, when we met them at the Topeka Zoo, before they left for their home in Texas, I made sure to get lots.
I can't forget the babies.  Her oldest son is the same age as Adina, and her youngest is four months older than Kaden.
Speaking of, look who's sitting up without any help whatsoever anymore.  I got a whole string of sweet shots like the one below.  Unfortunately, you can tell that he's not feeling so well.  No never mind.  He's still such a cutie patootie.
He's also rolling all over the place.  The baby proofing has officially begun ;).  He's now six-months-old.  He sleeps eleven or more hours through the night and wakes up, in the morning and from naps, with such a happy demeanor.  He nurses five times a day at breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and just before bed.  He takes approximately three hour-and-a-half naps and has had his first taste of rice cereal.
I love that he enjoys books as much as my others, too!
My biggest two made a haul from their summer reading programs at our local library and Half Price Books.  They also each got to pick a book out, for their reading, at Barnes and Noble; but after two years of having done this, I'm completely unimpressed with the excitement garnered from their program.  It's advertised terribly, too.  I guess when you don't have any competition, you can get away with that.  But we're always grateful for the opportunity to earn good books for free.
I said here before that Adina had been taking swim lessons.  We've had such difficulty getting anywhere, over the last couple of years, with the programs in our area; but those are now complete, and I'm pleased with the progress she made this go around.  She's super confident in the water, but her skills don't quite match up.  I'm hoping we'll be able to get a pool pass to our local community pool through the cool months, too, just to keep her progress moving forward.
She also helped me do some shopping for a little lady, in our community, whose family cannot afford to purchase her back-to-school supplies.  She was so proud taking that little backpack to church.
I made our first falafel in honor of our dear friends, who are home, from Jordan, visiting.  We paired it with lots of leafy greens, topped with a homemade yogurt dressing, and toasted pita bread, and we'll definitely be making it again.  Yum!
Today officially marks the close of our first week of school.  Ezekiel was so excited to see that his arithmetic teacher from last year also teaches this year's 6th grade arithmetic and science classes.  This guy cracks me up, y'all!  I don't know how his wife puts up with him.  LOL!  But my big kiddo loves him to bits.  Ezekiel also recognized one other teacher and has two new ones as well.
Adina is joining the video streaming program this year.  She wanted to so badly.  I was hesitant.  Y'all, kindergarten was my specialty before I became a stay-at-home mom, but I did get bored with preschool last year and taught her lots of kindergarten material.  So, it'll be good for her to get the same stuff from a different perspective.  She already loves Mrs. Reese!  Plus, it frees me up for the fun stuff, like science experiments, art projects, field trips, and reading...
not to mention, taking care of our baby.
Before I go, I couldn't resist sharing this gorgeous display of mini carnations my hubby brought me.  He's never bought me carnations before.  He said it was because "they're kind of a cheap flower", but we needed just a couple of white ones for a science experiment; so, he thought I'd enjoy some pink and purple ones to pair with the leftover white ones just because.  What he didn't know was that my Dad always used to buy me carnations for my birthday.  I have a January birthday, and the carnation is January's flower.  So, I was super excited, and they smell ever so good to boot!  I wonder why my Dad stopped buying me carnations (?).
Well, that covers some of the things between fall ball, the great hamster escape (She's back safe and sound now.  Sigh of relief.), the better half of us being under the weather for nearly a week (Kaden survived his first cold.  Poor baby.), and re-situating my entire studio to make room for my hubby.  He's been doing more of his fire sprinkler designing from home and needed a place to call his own.  I was more than happy to share mine ;).  Love to have him close by!  I'll share, once I get everything just where I want it.  I'm hoping to log in a little creative time, in our new space, this weekend but will, for sure, have a couple of projects to share midway through the month.  Thanks for checking in on us!  I'm off to start another load of laundry.  XOXO

13 comments:

Miriam Prantner said...

So much good stuff going on! Love reading your updates and seeing the photos. Kaden's expressions make me laugh every time!

Lisa said...

What fun photos Jinny, always love your family updates! The kids are growing so fast. I'm a January baby too and you're right carnations do smell wonderful!! Hope everyone is feeling better, have a great weekend ;)

Anya said...

FUN pictures! Looks like you are enjoying your summer!

Tracy said...

Super busy as always. You're a great mom Jinny. Don't ever forget that. :-) Hugs!

Ros Crawford said...

A lovely read and great photos ... Have a wonderful weekend ...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving all the photos!! Brookie had swimming classes this summer too ... it's at our local Y and she just moved up to the 'minnows' level :)

Ashley Horton said...

Lots of good things going on, Jinny! Kaden is getting so big!! Who do you use the video streaming through, for your homeschooling, Jinny?

♥ Lynn said...

You have all been busy and your family is growing so fast!! Great photos! I always enjoy reading your updates. xo

Charlene said...

Awesome family time!! I smile the whole time I'm reading and looking at all the wonderful pictures, you got so many wonderful ones!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fun family pictures Jinny. The kids are so big now!

Larissa Heskett said...

AWWHHHH!! LOVE the pictures like usual!! Beckett was sitting beside me on the couch tonight as I was reading this post and he said WOWOWOWOW!! Those birds are AWESOME!! =) I said yep the went to the Zoo and he said I want to go!! =) I told him one of these days we would have to plan trip and go!! =) He SMILED the BIGGEST SMILE!! Anyway, SO GLAD you found the Hamster and I'm sorry to hear glad hear that you have all been sick, but getting over it and hopefully building immunities is a GOOD thing!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Fabulously fun photos, Jinny!

Maria said...

I'm so happy that I dropped by your blog to get caught up with your family news! The kids are really growing and are just as cute as ever! Love all the photos that you share, thank you! Glad you are having a great summer, take care!:-)