Friday, February 28, 2014

Just keep swimming…

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t blogged in so long. So much has been going on and yet at the same time, it feels like nothing has happened. Sometimes I don’t blog because I’ve had a crummy day, and honestly, unless it’s dog-dragging-me-across-the-front-lawn funny… who wants to read about a crummy day? Sometimes I don’t blog because I am already overwhelmed by my to-do list and blogging just adds to it. Sometimes I don’t blog because the days have been… mundane… and what’s a blog without some interesting stories? The last little while has been a mixture of all of these reasons.

For those who missed it- we are expecting baby #9 near the end of June. This is incredibly exciting news for us. I will possibly go into more detail another time, but let’s just say that this baby is a very welcome, but also very unexpected blessing. Now to say that I’ve been sick would be accurate, but for me (and my history of very limited morning sickness) it almost seems like an understatement. Going into the 21st week now and I’m ready to be done with the sick and exhausted part. I must say, the older girls have been a huge help. The fact that their cooking skills have surpassed oatmeal and PB & J sandwiches… also helps. Tonight I was feeling super exhausted and Keona made a massive garden salad while she chatted on the phone with a friend. “Oh, you know… just making dinner for 10.” Did I mention that these older girls get more phone calls, emails, and snail mail than Scott and I combined?

What was that about homeschoolers being unsocialized?…

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Anywho… So that explains the boring part. We haven’t been doing a ton of fun outings or family trips. I haven’t been taking many pictures. At all. Other than my 365 I have had going on Instagram. Even then, you will notice a lot of them in the same room, being taken from the same spot… Yeah, that’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time on the couch.

As if that wasn’t enough, my poor hubby has a nasty hernia which has him pretty much couch/bed bound when he isn’t working. He was given a 5 minute standing limit by the doctor (which he refuses to abide by for work) and a surgery date in March. I really can’t complain about our health care system, and so I’ll just be thankful that it isn’t something more serious that we were waiting 3 months on an operation for. 

So we are swimming along. Every time I start to get discouraged by the things that aren’t getting done, or the things that neither of us can physically do right now, Scott reminds me that in four months I will be holding my baby and none of this will matter. He knows how to put a smile on my face. Also, this is what I wake up to on Monday morning…

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In other news… My Lily-Beth isn’t a baby anymore! This girl is a full sentence-using toddler. Her newest phrase, “OK, Mama. Fine.” Used when she doesn’t really want to obey, but she knows that saying no isn’t an option. She will play Little People all. day. long. Seriously- best investment ever! She brings me a person and says, “You play people too?” She likes to be the mom. So I take advantage of that and make outrageous requests as her “baby.”

“Can I have some juice, please?”

“Oh no… I wanted grape juice.”

“Can I have a snack?”

“But I don’t like apples!”

She is the most patient mother ever. Thankfully she doesn’t copy these examples outside of our game. ;)

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I forgot to mention food. She always has to have some sort of food as well. Thankfully she’ll eat just about anything so it isn’t usually a problem!

Can I just say that I LOVE the two year old stage? We always have some issues when the kids are 1 to deal with…teething, testing boundaries, sleep schedules… but by the time they’re two they understand so much more and are able to communicate so well.

Two year olds are awesome when they know what’s consistently expected and accepted!

Her other favourite sentence, “I want to cuddle wit you!” She mostly says this to Scott when she snuggles up beside him on the couch. Lately he has Lily on one side and Ella on the other side. No wonder he wants another girl!

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School is still going. We just finished the first semester and I have grade reports galore to fill out. No field trips recently, but we can catch up on those later.

God is good. I’m not sure why He has Scott and I both out of commission at the same time, but it must be for a reason. He has continually provided the strength when necessary for us to get our jobs done. So how could I not be thankful?

We definitely don’t need pity, we are managing as much as we need to- but if you think to pray for us, that means a lot!

Hoping for a more interesting and picture-filled blog post soon!

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Had to include Ella’s drawing of her and Scott going out together. Gotta love how she sees his arms… :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

A New Baby for Lily

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Practicing her big sister skills for this summer.

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She’ll be a pro.

~ Jac & Scott

Friday, November 15, 2013

Random Stories for Friday Morning

Life is good.

Not perfect – but I have a feeling that if it were perfect we wouldn’t have any reminders to be thankful. Or even more importantly… to seek God.

 

I am almost done with photo shoots for the year! The last two months seemed slightly crazy at times. Like, what am I thinking, my house is a disaster, my kids just had cereal for dinner, when was the last time I bathed the baby, crazy… But I’ve had some seriously amazing sessions and I’m excited about some upcoming plans!

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Scott kept taking pictures of me at a wedding we shot together this year.

We are also caught up on homeschooling! More than a quarter of the way through the year. It seems to be going more smoothly than some past years. Other than Keona and Algebra… but that’s another story. We may be ordering DVD’s for highschool math from now on. I know people think that I must have some super power amount of patience… but I don’t! Ha… If teaching Jed to read didn’t break me (or him), and we made it through teaching the triplets fractions and converting percents to decimals, surely we can make it through Algebra! Or not… time will tell.

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Ella is one spicy little elf. (Her new nickname) She is incredibly smart. She could be done kindergarten and be reading books by now, but she has NO drive. She would rather go and play with Lily. Sometimes I just wait until naptime to do work with her because it’s so much quicker than when Lily is up. I kind of kill two birds with one stone that way too… Lily is happy with Ella, and they both let me get the work done with the bigger kids! Well, the other day the boys were done school early and Ella wanted to go play with them at naptime. When I told her, “No, we have to do your reading practice first.” She was not impressed. I asked her to give me a minute to finish checking the triplets’ work and she disappeared. Not 30 seconds later, I heard a big BANG! Then another. I’m trying to figure out where it’s coming from, when I hear another, and another… She slammed my bathroom door over and over again. Eight times to be exact. I counted… Now I was not impressed. I don’t even know where that came from. None of the other kids slam doors. Needless to say, she sat at the school table for a VERY long time after that.

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On a happier note- we got our Christmas cards in the mail!

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And just in case you were wondering… This is what Scott does while I’m trying to wrangle 8 kids together for a picture…

 

I forgave him because he saved the day by cheering Lily up when I thought she was toast.

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Christmas is just around the corner. Scott and I are coming up with some fun events for the family in December. I have not even started my Christmas shopping. I take that back. I bought 2 very small gifts. I’m in trouble. I hate going to the mall in December. Every year I vow to be done before then, and every year I still end up running out for a few last minute things. The kids have started working on their memory verses for Christmas. I guess Lily felt left out, because she grabbed a blank piece of paper and lined up with them!

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I’m sure I have other stories to tell, like how Eve and Prayer wanted the same haircut so they could “be like twins!” And how they tried to convince Charity to get the same haircut too, so they could be “like triplets”… And how they Eve and Charity plan to get the same glasses as Prayer so no one can tell them apart.

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She actually got this style… but in brown. :)

Or how Scott and I drove around for an hour and went to 6 different stores looking for 3D glasses for the kids to use to watch a movie. After finding everything in 3D except for the ACTUAL glasses (how are people seeing all these things in 3D with no glasses!?!?) I found a YouTube tutorial on how to make your own. After making 7 pairs of them, I went upstairs and found the kids watching the movie on the normal setting, with the glasses all on the floor. Apparently they were too blurry… Or how Lily’s new favourite saying is, “Too bad!” (Actually it’s more like “Do bad!”) She still says, “Mo!” Instead of “no”. And she can now sing several songs perfectly in tune. It’s scary actually. You may not be able to make out the words, but the notes are there. My baby is turning 2 this month!

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Speaking of my baby… she was rolling back and forth across the couch tonight just laughing her head off. I kept telling her to be careful, which was met by an, “Otay, Mom!” Every time. After about 20 minutes of it I pulled out my phone to record it and send to Scott at work. The very next roll, she completely misses the couch and somersaults on to the floor… I can’t bring myself to post it. The thud is… disturbing. She was fine. She cried for a minute and then watching the video on my phone actually cheered her up! She must have watched it twenty times while saying, “Punny! Again?!” Every time she rolled off the couch and hit the floor.

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And to end… a rainbow. Just because it was the most beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen. Prayer and I pulled the car over and ran out into a farm field to take the picture. Then I called Scott and told him to meet me outside. I got him to hop in the car and drove him over to see it too. Prayer (my little artist) and I agree that you cannot compete with God’s handiwork!

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