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Happy Halloween


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Friday, October 31. 2008

We enjoyed a full evening of walking through the neighborhood and ending up at a party at the park nearby. It was a gorgeous fall night and the kids were very excited. LJ didn't take long to figure out you stuck the bucket out and got "CANDEEEE!!!!" "Choklit!" was his absolute favorite.





Other People's Kids


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Monday, October 27. 2008

Lately, it seems that I have been in many situations where my children are not behaving in the expected fashion for the venue and I am surrounded by families whose children are super, super well behaved....or at least the moment in time that I am seeing them they are wonderfully cooperative, attentive and down right cute. Mine on the other hand are arguing, smacking each other, talking to each other in not so nice tones and honestly down right annoying.

Each of us is on this incredible parenting journey with various resources and supports and no real guide books. I just wish I knew what to do differently to ensure that my kids learn the most they can and live life to its fullest as well as leading productive lives and helping those around them.

Today we were at Home school Days at the History Museum where they had a special exhibit of Vatican Splendors. It was extremely crowded with very large groups of home schoolers taking advantage of the special education days. I ran into many families that I have met through various nature center classes and also one of my scrap booking friends had her family's coop there and I have never seen them at any home school function before. Anyway, lots of large multi-age families whose children (and themselves) seemed to be managing a lot better than my four and I. LJ whined, fussed, wanted to be down, wanted to be up, wanted to roll around on the crowded floor, briefly would find something totally fascinating and chat non-stop about it and thoroughly enjoyed the craft activity. A-girl was in a tormenting mood for the first little bit as she poked at her siblings causing them to get frustrated with her. Within the first 10 minutes of the exhibit, I had two crying and was ready to pack it all in. I hadn't prepared them or myself enough for our outing. It had sounded great and others that had seen it encouraged us to go. It then dawned on me that they have "different kids" than I do. The ones who calmly walk along, soaking in the reading, the visual displays and are not affected by large crowds. My kids need to be touching, to be moving and experience learning in all modalities not that they shouldn't have to focus and refine other modalities at times. At one point when LJ was having the hardest time, I looked around the room and there was a young family quietly sitting as their mom explained things to them about the artifacts. The most amazing thing was that these two little girls so intently listening were about 2 and 3 years old. There was a little guy in a sling on the mom's back and she was several months pregnant with their 4th. Not a peep. The kids moved quietly from one artifact to the next. The little guy in the sling on the back was contently sitting there. LJ in a sling is like some three ring circus act gone wrong. He doesn't sit contently or quietly. He uses it as a prop in a gymnastics class. I tried carrying LJ on my back at one point and he pulled my hair so hard I thought the tears or pain would flow. I saw some folks we know from a nature center class walking through and she had all 5 listening and interacting as they discussed what was going on around them. Her kids are newborn, 2,4,6 and 8 years old.

As we stood behind yet more large families of really young attentive kids, I commented to my friend that we were there with that I wished I knew the secret. Without missing a beat, she said "Look at yours right now." For a split second in time they were all attentively focused on a video clip. She continued "Someone could say that about you kids right now." I started to argue ".....but this is the first time...." and she said "look at them right now." I knew she was right. I can't compare my kids to others. I can't live in the past or the future. I need to live in the moment and enjoy it to its fullest even if that means lowering my "perfect" expectations and taking a more realistic approach.

The end of football season


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Saturday, October 25. 2008

Six weeks ago, AJ stood quietly along the edge of the football field, uncertain he wanted to play, worried that he didn't know how to play and convinced he wasn't any good (he had never played before so it was hard to have already gained those skills he so desperately wanted). Within minutes, he was welcomed by his coach and teammates (he was the only kid there that didn't' already know some of the players) and was caught up in the thrill of the game. He has thoroughly enjoyed the past 6 weeks and has learned so much and gained so much confidence.

Today marked his final game of the season. I was able to watch his game this morning and then take him to the start of the pizza party and then Dad stayed for the parent/child football game and fun afterward while I took the other kids home to get ready for our party night (swim team party from 4-8 and Halloween party from 6 to 10 so we are showing up for bits of both as well as taking L to her friend's Halloween party from 6-8).

I noticed AJ seemed really sad about the end of the season, more so than I have ever noticed with the completion of his other team sport seasons. He seemed really bummed. S also noticed the same thing and commented on it. Our reluctant football player is already having withdrawal symptoms. It has been so much fun watching him struggle and grow and learn through the past six weeks. We are so proud of you buddy!









Our future SWAFA Wolves player.



OUr current SWAFA Wolves player.

Halloween Fun


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Friday, October 24. 2008

Tonight we participated in the Halloween party at the Y where I work three days each week. The kids had a great time choosing their costumes, trying on various things and then heading out to the party. LJ was very excited to be a cow and kept saying "MOOOOOO" An adult was also wearing a cow costume at the party and he ran across the gym to her and got very excited and started cracking up. He was laughing out loud pointing at her and yelling "MOOOO" It was quite hilarious. Throughout the evening, the kids enjoyed various carnival games, cookie decorating, spider creating and jumping in the blow up bouncer and slide. It was a great ending to a very busy day.





























My little cow fell asleep on the way home and stayed asleep through the transition from car seat to bed. Poor tuckered out little guy!

Going back in time


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Friday, October 24. 2008

The kids' history curriculum is currently focusing on the time frame around 500AD and a recent chapter focused on Christianity coming to England, St Augustine and the Medieval Monasteries. We have been having a lot of fun with various activities in the materials provided and the kids have especially enjoyed the meals/cooking activities linked to the chapters. This evening we had a "Monk's dinner" completed with split pea soup and crusty bread. My plan had been to make the kids monk's robes and have a little more fun with this meal but the reality of single parenting about half of the last 3 months while Steve is out of town working every other week has meant that there isn't the extra time required to make some of these things happen. I decided to proceed with the "Monk's meal" and squeeze it in between piano lessons and a Halloween party at the Y.

All was going well til I put the soup in bowls on the table. Lets face it....split pea soup is not that visually appealing. I was waiting for the middle two kids to comment but they grabbed their bread, started soaking up their soup and had little to say. L stared at hers. Pushed the spoon around and kept making comments about the smell and eventually the taste of it. She complained also about the bread. She is usually the soup lover and the middle two complain so this was an interesting twist. They kept saying "We like this" and that seemed to prompt her to even further complaining. LJ seemed to follow his big sister's lead in the less than stellar review of our dinner. He took one bite. Wasn't too sure. Put his bread in and took another bite. Proceeded to throw the bread across the table and it landed with a loud splat in front of AJ which sent much laughter and noise resounding through the dining room. I reminded them that monks ate in silence but that was lost in the joyful noise that my monks were enjoying. He then picked up his bowl and dumped the remaining contents on the table and placed the bowl upside down on it. He had made his opinion known. As L continued to complain, I decided to use this as a great teaching moment. We reviewed how the monks worked hard, were up early to pray and to work and that they were likely very grateful to finally be able to eat after feeding all the people that lined up outside their gates. As we talked, L poked away at her dinner and then replied "If I were a monk.....I would be grateful for this dinner! BUT..........I am NOT a monk!" Point taken.







This look can be translated as "are you really going to make me eat this disgusting looking and smelling stuff! I am NOT a monk!"

Beginning of a new era


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Friday, October 24. 2008

Yesterday, the play of LJ and A-girl was interrupted by LJ crying. Both L and I came from other rooms and asked "what happened?" A-girl replied her usual "I don't know why he is crying." Typically after a few more probing questions we still wouldn't know what truly happened and would give lots of hugs and kisses to mend the "hurts" Yesterday, however, as A-girl was answering and LJ was having his tears wiped away, I asked him if he was hurt (as we always do) and he replied "A-girl...push" A-girl did her best to try and say she didn't, however it was very evident she had and she wasn't' able to stop laughing. Busted! We have assumed that that has been going on but now LJ is talking so much more and the battle ground of sibling rivalry has taken on a whole new dimension.

All in a name


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Friday, October 24. 2008

Tuesday as we were driving tot eh Y, AJ asked me why we named LJ the names we did. I went on to explain why each of their names was chosen and what it meant to us. I started with L and then ended up with LJ saying that his first name meant "light" Before I could even finish my explanation of his full name, AJ exclaimed "Momma! I think you should change his name!! He is NOT light!!" I went on to explain that it didn't mean light as in weight and went on to explain about the light within all of us, letting your inner light shine etc and within seconds realized that naming him something meaning "huge, loveable, heavy boy" would have been a lot easier!

Forgotten Noonoo


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Saturday, October 18. 2008

In one short week, LJ has gone from Noonoo obsessed to Noonoo vacant. After a few days of asking for it at bedtime only to find it was what was left of the last one he bit off, he stops asking and moves on. This transition has been much smoother than I could have imagined. Thanks LJ for letting us know when you were ready to get rid of your bedtime buddy, your favorite Noonoo!

Special Day


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Saturday, October 18. 2008

I found it really hard to get used to the silence today. It was very odd having only half of my family home. It was great to spend some wonderful time with my two younger kids but I missed the noise, love and energy of my whole crew together.

Late this afternoon, I took the kids to a Halloween party at a nearby nature center. A-girl and I had fun getting the things together for her princess costume. Princesses are a favorite with her so it was easy to use her crown and wand from her birthday and the princess dress Grandpa A had given her on her birthday. She twirled around the yard and thoroughly enjoyed herself. LJ was another story. He hated his costume. He hates all jackets, extra clothing so this time of year is a treat. He was an alligator but didn't want the hood up.

At the nature center, we enjoyed a trick-or-treat trail, face painting, games and a petting zoo. It was great fun to watch LJ as he explored this rather new costume clad holiday. He often stared, sometimes got scared but for the most part took it all in with sheer enjoyment. I had hoped to get him to take a nap this afternoon but he was having nothing with that and fought me all the way. I was worried he would fall asleep or be so tired and crabby that it would make it hard for A-girl and I to enjoy. He was having so much fun it wasn't an issue.

A-girl was an awesome big sister, helping LJ when he needed help, making sure he got a candy and trying to direct him along the path (which he would rather she didn't). A-girl went confidently around the petting zoo and then was ready to leave. LJ took his time to get comfortable in the petting zoo and then didn't want to leave. He was so excited. He kept walking around the area saying "animals!" "mouse (for mouth)", "eyes" and was fascinated by the different animals. He wasn't too sure about the goat that tried to eat the head of his alligator costume though!

On the way home we stopped at the grocery store briefly and in the few blocks between there and home LJ fell asleep. Poor little guy was pooped out. A-girl and I enjoyed dinner alone together and then cuddle time and reading on the couch. At one point while we were on the couch, she said "Momma, I would like to sleep with you tonight but I think you might wet my bed so you better sleep in your own bed!" (Last night I let her sleep in my bed and she wet it).

Just in case you were worried she would be enjoying this time without her older siblings a little too much, I asked her what the best part of her day was (which I do each night) and she told me "L and AJ coming home tomorrow." I tired to tell her that wasn't really the best part of today as it was happening tomorrow but there was no changing her mind. She is very excited about going and getting the "big kids" tomorrow and that even beat out candy at the Halloween party in terms of being the best of the day's events.



Blurry due to excessive twirling!




Get me out of this thing!






















LJ is really not too sure what to think. He stood there very still for quite a while even after I had convinced the goat to move on.


LJ is 21 months old


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Saturday, October 18. 2008

It is hard to believe that LJ is fast approaching his second birthday. I would love to share with you an awesome photo of him smiling at me but that wouldn't really capture true LJ at this point in time. Instead I could show you many of the back of his head, blurred images as he moves at a much faster speed than my camera and all the ones where he is half in the frame for the same reasons.

LJ is a boy on the go. He loves to run and climb, play ball (anything that involves a ball) and is starting to do puzzles, color, and play games. He loves books, riding in the wagon, going for walks and eating. His new word this week is "candy" and the timing couldn't be better with Halloween just around the corner.

I tried to get a photo of him with the pumpkin but he has this belief that all pumpkins should be thrown. I thought I would try the large one we have, however I found out he knew several new words I hadn't heard yet "kick", "push" "punkie (pumpkin) down!"

His language skills continue to amaze us as he adds in more and more words each day. He quickly learned some new words in the past two days to allow him to play board games with his sister. "turn," "dice" have been added to his vocabulary. He likes songs and is starting to ask for them by name "wee wee home" for "this little piggy went to market..." and "round" or "tickle" for "round and round the garden goes the teddy bear....."

LJ is also into throwing things if it seems to get him the attention he wants. He definitely is a rough and tumble guy and has learned how to tackle his big sister A-girl. He also has a very tender caring side that seems to come out when all the other kids go to bed. He finds one of the girls' dolls and gives them a ride in the stroller, cuddles with them saying "shhhh" He feeds his babies and takes them for walks around the house as well.

His favorite toys at the moment are trains, blocks, puzzles, balls, cars/trucks and books. He currently wears 3T shirts, 2T pants and size 8 shoes. His legs are still quite bowed and he seems to saunter rather than walk and somewhat resembles a Weeble tipping from side to side without falling over and of course grinning broadly as he goes along. He is a very happy go lucky kind of guy that doesn't seem to need as much sleep as the adults around him.

Happy month birthday little big guy!












Although this photo looks as though LJ is standing nicely he is saying "kick" and giving the pumpkin a boot as I snapped this shot!


Fall Favorites


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Friday, October 17. 2008

Some fun photos from this afternoon.













Full House


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Friday, October 17. 2008

Last evening, our home was bursting with the laughter and energy of 7 kids. Our friends' three children (ages 9, 6,and 4) came for a sleep over so that their parents could enjoy an evening away that they had won in a silent auction fundraiser that could only be used during the week. Kids had yesterday and today off from school for teacher conferences so it made for a great night for a sleep over. I knew I was in trouble though when at 10pm not one child was asleep. Not even LJ was going to settle down. It was a long night but they had a great time.



S's brother also arrived yesterday and he and S left today for a mountain bike weekend.

I took the the kids and drove half way to GF to meet my friend and college room mate. We had lunch and then the older two kids went home with her to enjoy UND's homecoming weekend. They are attending a women's hockey game, parade and football game. They are very excited. Likely not a good thing to send them on an intense weekend on very little sleep but hopefully they don't even notice.



A-girl was feeling that she too should have gone to B's house. I told her that when she got a bit older she too could go. The more I talked with her I realized it became clear to me that she didn't' want to go alone to B's house but with me. I told her that she could choose whatever she wanted to do when we were at home. She wasn't impressed. Hockey and football games and parades sounded a lot more fun than time with Mom! She was also very disappointed to learn that Daddy and Uncle J weren't going to be there either. Eventually she figured out that it meant there was only three of us at home and no older siblings to limit her play. The dolls were all hers and so were the games that she wanted to play. She is loving to do puzzles right now so we did some of those and played some games. We even enjoyed some fun at the park.







Its very quiet at my house this evening. There are only three people instead of seven. What a difference 24 hours makes.

Our Other Brother


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Thursday, October 16. 2008

Last night the three younger kids convinced me to buy a scarecrow at a local craft store while I was there picking up some fabric for a Girl Scout project for today's meeting. AJ was very proud of said scarecrow and carried him to the car for me. He strapped him in to L's seat (she was at dance class) and asked if I liked his new brother. Today we put the scarecrow in the garden and the kids named their new brother M......oddly enough that is my father's name. I was wondering how they came up with the name and was told "Because Grandpa M is a farmer and most scarecrows are on farms and he reminds us of Grandpa" And there you have it!





See any resemblances?????

Kid conversations


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Thursday, October 16. 2008

Last evening, I had the privilege of being in the van with only A-girl and LJ. A-girl is usually able to hold her own in getting and keeping attention when all are present but it was interesting (and very entertaining) to have a conversation with just her as we were driving to pick up AJ from a play date. She was thinking a lot about phones and had many questions. She wondered if you could call someone if they didn't have a phone with them. I told her that would be difficult. As I tried to explain, I quickly realized she wasn't looking for my input and I was merely and audience for her "out loud thought processing." She wondered how someone could call you if you went on a walk without a cell phone. She concluded that it wouldn't work because you couldn't hear the phone ring. She then decided that if you were going for a walk close to your house, someone could call you on your phone at home and since you were close by you could hear it and then they could call you while out walking without a cell phone. I just love the logic of a four year old!

LJ is approaching twenty one months of age and is becoming quite the conversationalist. He has started stringing two to three single words together to express things but until last evening didn't really have a true "two word" sentence. Last night as I was getting him ready for bed he said "wee wee home" It took me a few moments to figure out what he was talking about and then I grabbed his toes and started "this little piggy goes to market....." which has become a regular in our bedtime routine. He laughed and got so excited. I don't recall the other children being as communicative as he is at this age. It is such a joy to watch him grow and learn. Typically younger siblings don't talk as much as the older ones talk for them and they often have no need to communicate with so many older siblings acting as caregivers. That coupled with boys typically developing language at a slower rate than girls and having AJ not really say anything til closer to three years of age, I just assumed that he would be slower to develop language skills. LJ is definitely showing us he is not going to follow the norm and he is going to hold his own as the youngest of four in this family.

What we have been up to


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Friday, October 10. 2008

This week has been busy with little time to do anything but the necessities. I am finding that the days that S is working out of town seem to be of a survive mode than a thrive mode. The bare minimum gets accomplished and that doesn't seem like enough most of the time. Between classes, school work, my work and sports there really isn't much time for laundry, tidy up and just hanging out. I have noticed however that there is a lot more team work and that they are really starting to understand compromise and working together and that they may not get to go to their practice/class this week as there is only one person to drive....now I didn't say it was without fuss, whining and complaining but there definitely is learning and growth in this area.

This week, we received some "hand me downs" from our new neighbor and in it was two matching comforters for the girls. They were so excited and couldn't wait to have matching bedding.



We also found some "treasures" in our friends' garage sale/Craig's List items so that kept the kids very busy playing new games together and also gave A-girl something to do when the others were needing help with their school work. She is really getting into puzzles these days and is very proud of her accomplishments.









The past couple of days have been great and we have taken advantage of the sunshine and enjoyed some picnics/lunches on the deck.






We decided Thursday morning to try and take some fall pictures. L had an appointment mid morning and we decided we would stop along the creek on the way home to take come photos. The kids were very excited to wear their pumpkin shirts and jean jackets (they had found an old photo of the three oldest wearing jean jackets in the Fall of 2006 and they wanted to do it again). L's appointment went a little longer than anticipated so it became an issue of time and whether we could do the photo and get to work on time. They were so wanting to run along the creek that I decided we could try it. They all grabbed their pumpkins (which have now been dropped and rolled and kicked everywhere by the boys!) and headed out. LJ had his own agenda and was not going to cooperate. When the others sat for a photo, he looked the other way until the camera clicked a couple of times and then looked at me and said "all gone" He was very tired after his rough night (I was wondering at 3am how I would make a trip to the ER alone with all 4 kids as LJ barked away like a seal.) and was not in the mood. Unfortunately that was likely my only sunny option in the next few days so I may have missed the opportunity.



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