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Monday, December 14, 2015

November 2015

We went to the Royal Military Museum in London for a field trip with some other home schooled families. We had a great tour and very interesting information. Emma was gone for the day, so I just took Katie and Alex. I kind of missed the second half of the information since Alex was being a pill, but Katie enjoyed seeing her friends and trying on a uniform!

Alex is suddenly advancing through an understanding stage. He's understanding more instructions (obedience doesn't always happen though) and he's trying to communicate more as well.

I went to a lovely, relaxing ladies retreat with ladies from our church. It was a Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon and it was just so nice! Ben took the day off on Friday, and I left first thing with some other ladies for a bit of shopping before heading to the retreat after lunch. We had such a relaxing, enjoyable time listening to our speaker and just being together, playing games and chatting.

Ben was amazing when I was gone. He put a new roof on the neighbour's front porch on Friday and then on Saturday cleaned the house, did laundry and even made soup for Sunday lunch the next day! A few weeks later, he redid the back porch roof for the neighbours as well.

I did another day of training for Word & Deed; it was very handy though because my replacement came to my house so I didn't have to find a babysitter for my kids.

Ben also went to my brother's and helped him reroof his garage. He was gone bright and early and not back until well after supper.

We had another pancake breakfast this month: so much fun and fellowship!

We made another fundraising calendar for our church with photos from our church members. There is so much talent in our church and we got some beautiful shots which have made a lovely calendar!

I went to a planning session for our local homeschool group. We're planning some activities for the new year for the elementary kids. I volunteered to teach a music/movement class with the younger kids. Now I have to start planning!

I had another midwife appointment and heard our wee babe's heartbeat! 155 beats per minute.....just like... my girls! Alex's heart rate was always much lower, around the 140 mark, so we'll see!

We also had a farewell evening at church for our refugee we sponsored last year. He's moving out to BC where he has a friend and more job opportunities.


Alex at 19 months

Poor Alex, third child gets a little less posting, thankfully no less love though!

At now, almost 20 months Alex:

-climbs on anything
-is ALWAYS hungry and wants food
-loves to have stories read to him, by sisters or parents--We all have "Little Blue Truck" memorised as it's his favourite book
-loves going for walks or in the car
-does not take kindly to things being taken from him
-is growing his vocabulary by the day: Mummy, Daddy, Keke, Memema, Maama, Papa, ooofy (puppy), lots of animal sounds
-does not like his diaper changed primarily because I'm interrupting something he's doing/wants to do.
-understands SO much. You can't say certain things in front of him because he'll know!
-loves to have water from my water bottle, especially when he's done his cup of milk at meals
-does not like to wait. When he's done eating, he's ALL DONE and wants to get out of his chair. It's been a challenge to keep him in until supper is finished.
-sings to himself and loves to dance, especially with his sisters
-loves a good joke: he closes his hands and claps thinking it's funny to not clap with his hands open
-misses his Daddy all day long and is SO excited when he comes home. Sometimes he'll wake up crying from his nap or in the night calling for Daddy.
-sucks his thumb only when he has his puppy
-has all his teeth: next up--two-year molars
-loves to be crazy and throw himself on couches/beds
-naps 2-3 hours each afternoon
-sleeps 7pm-7am and rarely is awake in the night
-copies everything his sisters do

Alex aka trouble



Wanted to colour like his sisters


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Father and Son

Many days when Ben gets home he has a seat on the couch and is joined by Alex needing some dad time. He's finally showing interest in books and enjoys looking at them and being read too.  They're just so cozy, I can't help snapping a picture.


not too hard on the eyes, eh?


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

October 2015

Morning sickness hit, full on and the month kind of fell apart. I felt more sick that I did with my other kids and spent 10 days on the couch before Ben finally convinced me to call the midwife and get some diclectin. I felt much better in a few days, but then the diclection kind of stopped working.  I got a supplement/vitamin mix from Young Living Essential Oils and in a little over a week I felt SO much better. I could half my number of diclectin and I stopped napping. I had energy again, which is weird because that energy surge shouldn't hit until second trimester! Seriously, Young Living has amazing products!

We went to friends' wedding in Brantford and had a nice day out, just the two of us! It's been a while!

I had an ultrasound and got to see our wee babe! I've had SO many people hint or make comments about me having twins, so I was relieved to see only ONE babe in there! Not a big history of twins in my family; my great Opa was a twin, but that's about it. So chances were pretty slim anyways.

We also took a trip to Barrie for my cousin's wedding. We went all together as a family and the kids did amazing! Alex only slept half an hour for the entire day, so after supper, he was crazy. Overtired, hyper and definitely needing sleep. We enjoyed spending the day celebrating with my beautiful cousin and her new husband!

We had a nice, relaxing thanksgiving with my family. I didn't take a single picture though, so we'll just have to rely on memories!

Alex had a doctor's appointment and as the doctor said, "He's a big, TALL dude!" He weighed 28lbs and was 34" tall. 85 percentile for weight and 97th for height. We measured our kids and Alex is as tall as Emma was when she was two!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A last summer hurrah!

These were back in September on a nice, warm, summer day!

 He was just finding out how to move a little faster!

 I don't know how well you can see it, but Emma is sporting two stitches on the right side of her lip. She fell and bit the top resulting in a big enough hole that warrented a few stitches. Interestingly  she cried less then when she got them (no freezing) then when we took them out a week later.
 This girl runs and runs and runs. It's usually proceeded by a "watch me, Mom! Watch how fast I can run!"


 She actually runs just like her father. It's so fun to see traits come through like that.

 Emma was "supposed" be running with Katie, but got lost in her own little world again.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clovermead!

We took our first trip to Clovermead this year when Corina was down. Lots of fun; all our kids enjoyed it! Most of the photo credit goes to Corina :-)




  Fresh and ready for the day!

 Alex was super thrilled!





 They had hilarious signs like this all over the place!

 How yummy are these kids?


 Ben broke a cart.... crazy driver.




 Ahhh, Ontario!



 I love the difference between these two: Katie is such a romantic and Emma's all "Ride 'em Cowboy!"






 Ben's legs were pretty tired after doing the loop!






 Emma was braver than Katie and went down first!







 
 
 Bye, Clovermead! Maybe see you next year!