Saturday, July 19, 2014


Lyn and Etta..

Friday, July 18, 2014

40 years old!!! (Well, yesterday was my birthday)

Happy Birthday to me....

Am I supposed to feel like a grown-up now? Even with 9 children when I think of "mother" I think of my mother. Except for a little extra weight (okay, about 15 pounds) and some aches in my hands and shoulder sometimes I feel the same as I did at 25. Okay,  maybe a bit more arrogant..... :)

Evan teaching Etta

The kids got out some of my Early Intervention toys and I showed Evan how to work with Etta showing her new things. What is awesome is that way back on this blog I have a post of Annika working with Ben with the same fishbowl. Kids are pretty awesome. ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Getting back into the pumping groove

My job has been close enough to home that I have been able to go home to feed little Etta if I had a long shift. With a less than 8 hour shift I was able to just wait to go home. I have taken a new teaching position at an early school and have to pump on my lunch break. I miss my Etta but all will be fine.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Making yarn balls at church....

Natural learning at its best. And my co - teacher the artist caught Evan in a wonderful sketch.....

To camp again she goes

Lyn was awarded a scholarship to begin her Leadership in Training program at camp. So proud of her. And she gets to canoe, backpack,  and more!!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Smoothie time

A trip to the library

Dropping off books, movies, and puppets and getting mote. We adore the library....

New Horizons

Choices choices choices.....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My sweet daughters

Etta has been sick and not nursing very much. Lyn held her while I pumped. Etta fell asleep in her arms. Sweetness quota met....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Evan!!

8 years ago in the morning I had my first VBAC.  He was my largest baby. Happy Birthday to my willfull fair haired son....

You never know what he is thinking....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Evan's cake

We were going to celebrate Evan's birthday today. It is actually tomorrow. I can't believe he will be 8! Lyn made him a strawberry cake by request but no one was in much of a celebrating mood today. He spent the night with Granny as a treat all by himself. I really wanted Annika and Connor to visit for his birthday but they refused. Annika came for Elaina's. That really upset me that she then chose not to come for Evan's. Evan really needs his big brother sometimes. I guess Connor just doesn't see this side of his family as family, Annika either. It is hard but letting go of children is hard.......

Etta reading at church

My sweet little one. She is growing but she still isn't where she needs to be. We have signed up for an Early Intervention evaluation.  We shall see where she stands so to speak later this month.
No matter what Etta is such a treat and such a unique addition to our family.