Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Art and Science

It has been just a little over a month since Charlotte planted her garden containers... and I am happy to report, that we have plants! They sprouted quickly... within days really... but the growth is taking a little longer than I anticipated. They say it's 60-75 days from start to harvest... so we'll see if that holds true (for the lettuce/kale)... I'd say the beets, carrots and spinach are definitely headed on that harvest path.

Charlotte has been watering her plants, as needed... and documenting the growth process in her nature journal. It's been so fun to see how excited she gets (especially when the little green starting springing up in the soil.) Nature journaling has been our way of celebrating the changes she's been seeing. She loves art... so combining science and art, is HUGE.... it's the perfect learning tool for this little one. It doesn't require a lot of detail, but rather a quick, comprehensive summary. It's portable, and can be taken on outings to the park, playground, zoo, etc. Sometimes it's tough putting aside additional time for it... but we are trying, at least once a week right now. It's not only a learning tool, but it's time spent together, while the babies are napping... and she loves that one on one time.










And while she's at it, I tend to my own little seedlings... it's nearly time to plant them in the garden... it's the time of the year, that excites me so much. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Like the Big Kids...

My little Marley... oh how she wants to be JUST like the big kids. With having a big sister, and with being around big sister's older friends... this little girl, wants to be a lot older than she is. She jumps with the other kids on the trampoline without any fear... she disappears to play wherever the big kids are playing... and now she wants to ride scooters with the big kids. The recommended age for scooters is 3+ on the box... but that didn't stop Marley from jumping right in with the rest of the scooting crowd.  She is so determined to be with the rest of the kids, that she has already mastered the pushing off technique all while holding her balance and making sure that she won't run into anyone. I have no idea where she gets this determination from (total sarcasm)...









I LOVE how she wants to be like the big kids, but refuses to give up her binky...
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Easter 2015 Recap

Easter is the first holiday that we've been able to spend together as a family of 5... and it was a simple and beautiful one... and a drizzly rainy one.

The day before, we dyed some eggs (per Charlotte's request... must be the Ukrainian in her... she LOVES decorating those things... I'm okay with it... it means we get egg salad for Easter to have for lunch). I'm pretty certain there was more stickers than egg. Marley decided to dip her foot in, and give herself a nice green dye. 

The day of, we spent the morning worshipping our Heavenly Father, and celebrating that Jesus rose from the grave... we snuggled and read books for most of the day (because of the rain) and then had a quick little egg hunt. Such a sweet time as a "complete" family... 






















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Monday, April 06, 2015

Just... breathe.

The love of my life has been home for a little over 2 weeks now... and life couldn't be sweeter. I mean, don't get me wrong... lots of readjusting and relearning is going on over here, but it feels SO good.

Daddy is back on our "clock" with the timezone changes. He has been tackling all the projects that I had lined up for him upon his return (more to come on those in future posts). He's getting used to life with "noise" again... lots and lots of noise.

Charlotte is back to pushing buttons and testing her boundaries once again. Asking both of us for things, and pitting us against each other if one of us says, "no.".... but she LOVES having him home. Finally, she has her cuddle partner back, and bedtime is SO much easier.

Marley was a little hesitant about him when he returned. His deployed mustache didn't help his case... but thankfully he took care of that minutes after he was home. The very first thing Mars did was inspect his bags... and then she quickly warmed up to him. Tickles definitely helped ease her in... She's also getting reacquainted with the rough housing... apparently there was a lack of that while he was gone.

Finn... oh this little man, has done awesome with the adjustment. He warmed right up to Daddy (maybe not the first 15 minutes, but definitely after the first 24 hours). He welcomes being picked up by him now... and is easily comforted by him, and not just Mommy all the time. He was introduced to the rough housing, and has been taking it on like a champ. He loves it... especially being flown like a plane.

And then there's me... and I can't even begin to write down all the wonderful feelings that I have for my man being home. It was the most glorious of reunions (you can see some AWESOME photos that a dear friend, Michelle, of Magnolia Adams Photography, captured for us here)... and I feel like after nearly 5 months of separation... like I can breathe again... and so I will do just that... breathe.











Don't mind all my iPhone photos... I haven't picked up my camera all too much recently.
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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Dear Finn Mostyn { 8 months }

Dear Finn Mostyn,

Wow, another 1/3 of your first year is through...crazy to think that we are onto the last third before you turn 1. What a month it has been with you sweet boy of ours...






















First things first... you cut your two bottom teeth. You were drooling for what seemed liked weeks/months... and then BOOM, there they were. We are pretty sure you're working on some more... because you're so cranky lately... the telltale sign that teeth are right around the corner. You LOVE gnawing on food on your new teeth too. You are starting to want more "chunks" of food, instead of purees. These teeth though, your two on the bottom, make you look quite a bit older. It's cute... especially when you smile.
















Back to food... you are still the champ of sweet potatoes... but now you usually like a meat along with it. Whether it's chicken or turkey... you'll take either as long as it's mixed with sweet potatoes. You also love butternut squash, peas, and most fruit. As far as raw veggies/fruit. You love to gnaw on a carrot stick or cucumber ring. You also enjoy a cold apple slice and mushed up blueberries. One other thing we started with you this month... was yogurt. You really like yogurt. Plain, whole milk yogurt. Sometimes Mommy mashes some avocado in it, other times a little banana... it's definitely a win, and a breakfast changer.





You are sitting up like a champ. Occasionally, you fall over... you either cry hysterically because you're startled, or you start rolling over. We can pretty much plop you down in most places, and you don't mind, as long as someone is nearby. You started butt scooting yesterday. We noticed, because we plopped you down in one spot, and 2 minutes later when we checked on you (you were playing with your big sister Charlotte), you were a few butt scoots away from where you started. Now we have to start paying attention to you, and keep an eye on you. We are probably days away from you scooting. You bypassed crawling, and went straight to scooting. If we help you, you like to stand up by the table or ottoman. Pretty sure you like it because you can see more going on around you. You look like you just want to join in with your sisters most of the time. 


















The most exciting thing that happened this month... was you were reacquainted with your Daddy this month. It was SO fascinating to see your reaction to him, when you first saw him. You weren't too thrilled, but you definitely warmed up to him after a little bit of time. A couple of days/weeks before he came home, Mommy started throwing you in the air and flipping you around in the bed to toughen you up, so you wouldn't mind when Daddy came home and did it. Let's just say... you weren't a fan of it. Now you actually smile and giggle while being rough housed... and you don't mind it one bit. You also love being on his shoulders. It's just fun watching two boys bond in the house... I think you definitely needed it. You light up whenever you see him now.

We are still getting you used to your crib... but you're doing SO much better than you were. You sleep in it, MOST of the night... pretty sure that a full night's sleep is right around the corner... especially once you become mobile... we think you need to get rid of that energy, in order to get that full rest. Developmental leaps are tough, and you've certainly hit a lot of milestones this month... now it's time to rest up big boy.

You are so loved, so so loved...

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte and Marley
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