Hello Again and Happy News

Wow! I can't believe it's been so long since I've written a blog post. I hope you all have been having a good summer. These past couple of months have been crazy busy; good things but hectic all the same. Both our boys played their first year of baseball and it seemed like most of our weekends were spent at the field. Mini Man and Little Lady also had their first dance recital. 

On top of that Jeremy spent the month of May in Italy/Spain teaching an architectural study tour. I was lucky enough to be able to join him for a little over a week while he was in Florence and Venice...I promise to post more pictures later. 

The biggest news, however, is that come December we will have a new baby!

I'm currently around sixteen weeks and feeling much better but for awhile I was getting pretty severe migraines. That accompanied with the fact that food was unappealing left me feeling pretty tired. I don't know if it's because this is my fourth or because I'm a bit older but I've definitely needed more rest during the first trimester than I ever have before. This baby was a bit of a surprise but our family is delighted.  My excitement about once again experiencing the journey of pregnancy, delivery, and the newborn stage keeps growing and growing...much like my stomach and thighs. :) 

Color Absorption Flowers

Recently, I've been seeing lots of pins about  cotton rounds and color absorption. It such a fun idea I can see way it's been so popular. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was something I had to try it with my kids. They love using eye droppers and mixing colors. We decided to use buttons and ribbons to turn our dyed cotton rounds into flowers. 

Small Graces

The last couple of weeks have been jammed pack full of baseball/t-ball activities. This is both our boys first year so it's been an interesting experience for me. I never played as a kid - even in gym class I usually found a way to opt out. Jeremy, however, comes from a long line of baseball/softball players. He's excited to share this experience with the kids. Both him and and his dad are volunteering as assistant coaches and I think they are just excited about the practices as the boys.

While I never had much interested in playing baseball. The Sandlot is one of my favorite movies and Mini Man always makes me think of Smalls. He's got the big eyes, a charming personality, and a flair for drama.

Japanese Carp Streamers

We are just finishing up taking a look at Ancient Asia in our history book, Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages. My boys, of course, were very fascinated by Samurai and Ninjas. They've spent a lot of time the past couple week coloring pages from Samurai Arms and Armor.

We currently are not doing an official geography curriculum so we piggyback off our history curriculum and use it talk about other countries and cultures. All the kids were a little envious that in Japan children get their own holiday, Children's Day. During this day a koinobori or carp streamer is flown above houses. The carp is chosen because it it thought of as the most spirited fish. Spirited is a good way to describe all my children, so we decided we had to make our version of a carp streamer.

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