Saturday, April 19, 2014

River Adventure

The adventure continues!

Our friends took as to see the river

that runs through town
 What started as a

"Can we dip our toes?"
 turned into a full scale wading
 including one small Babycake that ended up soaked

to the neck and covered

COVERED in sand,

hair and all!

 We had a great time!
It was totally worth the drive, and we're planning to return this summer

to join them at their "private water park" again,

only this time we'll bring swimsuits!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Egg Hunt

Mimi's best friend moved away a few months ago,

and she's really been missing her,

so we took a long drive

to spend a day with her family.
 First up was an egg hunt!

 It was highly unsuccessful! 
 After a few moments of frenzy
 Babycakes walked away with zero eggs!

Happily, they let him into he next age group
and came back with his basket full!

More adventures to come!

History Fair 2014

It's history fair time!

I LOVE the history fair,

mostly because my kids enjoy it so much.

They pick a historical figure,

or in Mac's case, research the history of something,

put together a display,

and find a costume!
 Mimi was Louisa May Alcott this year.  It was so fascinating finding out how similar her life was to her famous books. 
 Princess was Dolly Maddison
 Buddy was Nicola Tesla
and Mac did the history of Lego!

This was the biggest history fair we've ever had!

There were 54 displays,

some were done by groups,

so the place was PACKED!

My favorite part was how many kids who'd just come

to see said they wanted to join us next time!

We'd have to rent a gym!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Still

Round two of antibiotics with steroid

sprinkles on top!

And still coughing.

Steroids make me absent minded.

Add a crazy, run everywhere mom of five,

and MS (which makes absent minded!)

to a steroid,

and you get a level of chaos that

I'm not really OK with!

Who knew sleep was a privilege, not a right?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another First!

Babycakes started his first unit study this week!

He's crazy about big construction trucks

so we've been reading Machines at Work

on a daily,

sometimes hourly basis.
We've stopped at a few construction sites

and incorporated the theme into our sensory tub time!

SO much fun!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Date Night

My girls took me on a date tonight!

Ok, I did the taking,

but they did the choosing.

They really wanted to see Divergent

so we abandoned the boys

and headed out for a date!

Dinner and a movie

and a really nice time to chat.

I loved having time with just the three of us

to laugh

and chat

and they didn't even care that I

coughed my way through the night!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lots

I have lots of lovely pictures of our

zoo trip,

and the history fair,

and all the fun stuff we've been doing,

and I'd love to be putting them up here

for you to see,

but I also have bronchitis

and I'm exhausted,

so I'll get to them later!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nothing to do but laugh!

"Do you do something to his hair to make it curl.

or does it just to that by itself?"


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Home.

Home!

I'm so glad to be home!

I've had time to reflect on everything we saw

and heard

and did

on our long drive home,

and how hard it was to see.

It's hard for me to walk the tightrope between

what it OK to share publicly,

and what is private business.

Seeing how Baby Brother lives

was incredibly hard.

I can't stop myself from comparing his current life

to the one he could have had.

I'm not talking material possessions,

but affection, security, consistency,

even nutrition and health care.

Honestly, it makes me sob.

At the same time, there is absolutely nothing,

 nothing,

I can do to change things.

It's such a helpless feeling.

So I guess I keep praying,

and hope somehow God can find a way

to make a better life for this little guy.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Day Three in Texas

We went to the beach today.

We'd actually decided not to go,

and at the last second went anyway.

I think God knew we needed to go.

And it was wonderful!

The sky was clear, the water not too cold

and the beach nearly empty.

Babycakes LOVED it!
It was such a joy to see him run and play in the waves.

It helped me refocus my thoughts away from

Baby Brother and all the things about that situation

that I can't change, and onto the things I can.

The big kids had fun too,

and we all got soaked and covered in sand.

We stopped at mama E's to say goodbye on our way out of town,

and to drop of the pictures we'd gotten done while we were here.

I'm sad that Big Brother couldn't be there for them,

but seeing Mama E smiling and holding her boys is amazing.

I'm so glad we get to do those when we come!

Yes, I'm still sad about the situation with Baby Brother.

It's so incomprehensible to me to see him living as he does,

and not be able to make it better.

I also know there is truly nothing that I can do to change things,

so I really need to let it go.

I'm praying God can make that happen.