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