Sunday, October 11, 2015

American Girl Time

 Mimi is in town! We had a ladies day and celebrated Savannah's birthday a little early.
Savannah picked out Grace as her doll. She absolutely loves her! 
Maddie had Saige and Savannah had Grace join us at lunch!
Happy Birthday shake!
Oreo shake :)

Thanks Mimi for a special lunch and Savannah's new doll! we're looking forward to more fun in the days ahead with you.

Monday, October 5, 2015

There's No Way This Baby is Two...

My sweet baby is 2 years old. Yikes. The days are flying. I sure am thankful to God for blessing us with Geneva Joy. She brings such spunk and life to our family. Her older sisters adore her- even "fight" over who can help her eat or sit next to her during meals. It's wonderful to see how God planned for us to have Geneva in our family. She makes me loose my mind sometimes- she's a daredevil- always on the move, climbing (outside the stair railing or up on a counter without help), coloring with markers somewhere other than paper, getting the scissors out, or escaping outside. She makes us laugh and gives us great JOY. So thankful for God's good gift in Geneva. We pray He will continue growing her up in health, God's wisdom and love, and into a woman that fears Him and desires to obey Him with all her heart. May her passion be directed towards giving glory to God!
 Goofy girl. We had a couple of Geneva's friends over for a baby-themed party. 
She loves her baby dolls! We ate BABY back ribs, BABY potatoes, BABY greens, and BABY corn.
 Geneva and her friend Landon. Too cute.
 We had a race to see who could drink a baby bottle the fastest- it was incredibly hard!!
The dads were hilarious to watch!
 We also played a relay game where the kids had to dress a baby (including a diaper), and then the next person went. Super fun!
 Cute little friends.
 Can you believe these cookies?! Such detail! 
Thank you Penny for making the most delicious sugar babies!
 Oh yes, and she made a crib with a blanket, pillow and paci,  tiny shoes and a rug. 
It was beautiful!
 Cute sisters! Maddie said, "She looks like such a big 2 year old today!"
 Thanks Miss Penny- they are delish!
 Neva loves her new baby toys- thank you everyone for coming!
 We went to church on her birthday. Thanks Grandma for this adorable new outfit!
 Her sisters gave her the new sparkle shoes :)
 Pumpkin pancakes, spiced whip cream, and bacon for lunch!
We love you, Geneva!!
Poor little Neva has had bronchitis and a sinus infection this last week. I new she hasn't been feeling well. I just took her in today for her "well check" and got those results. Please pray she heals quickly.

Monday, September 28, 2015

This Girl

Many people ask me what Geneva does when we're schooling. 
I say no more.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More OBX

So cute to see what the girls decide to pack for the car ride. Maddie had lots of books, Savannah had a bunch of mini princesses, and Geneva had this bag and a kitten. Ha! They did excellent on the 5 hour ride to the Outer Banks. We even did school!
 Cheerios always taste better at the beach, right?!  
 Um, I love her and can't believe she's almost two!!
 This beach is perfect- the water feels clean and is clear, the waves are small, and the sand is soft.
 So the second day we were at the beach, Jesse bought boogie boards for the girls. 
They LOVED them!!
 OK, not for this one.
 She's such a fish- she was out in the water for hours!
 We could see lots of fish, a couple jellyfish, and one stingray in the water.
 Rest time.
 My cuties at Roosters- delicious southern cooking place we found.
 Duck Donuts in PJ's- is there any other way?!
 Making sand castles...
 Up to something...
 Ah! They're going to fly away!
 Downward dog pilates at Nagshead. Why not!
 The girls love climbing the sand dunes.
 Geneva crawled around pretending to be a duck.
I'm tired mom!
Nap time.
 Best friends.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Amazing Beach Time

Yup, we took off and went to the beach last week. It was amazing! The weather in North Carolina was perfect. The girls learned to boogie board, we did school during Geneva's naps (definitely modified :), and had some great memories made together. So thankful for family time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

First Week of School

Well, our new adventure of homeschooling has begun! There have been some ups and downs already, but overall...I'm so happy to have my three girls home and I'm thankful for the lessons I'm learning at this school, too!
 First day...
 Keeping mom on her toes school! This little one was a challenge the first day- she colored herself with markers, threw the box of crayons on the floor when she couldn't have the markers, didn't want to nap, but we worked through it. The next day was much smoother!
My little students. It's fun to be teaching again after an eight year break!
Savannah practiced some fine motor skills, writing her name, and connecting the number dots.
 Geneva enjoyed moving around Cheerios from one stacking cup to another! She also gets to color, connect blocks, snack, and play with her baby.
 Maddie is doing so well with math! We have used the abacus, balance tiles, and even played some math games. Right Start Math is very hands-on and it's perfect for Maddie's learning style! 
She's learning a little cursive, all her phonographs, spelling words, and reading. We've also journaled this week, written a letter, done grammar (nouns- common and proper), learned about sharks and thunderstorms, and started a new read aloud chapter book.
 Recess was chalk drawings one day.
 Maddie had the idea that we collect rocks from the creek and every time she and Savannah do a great job with their work, they get a handful of rocks in a jar. When that jar fills up, we get to watch a movie!

After learning about Johnny Appleseed, the yearly cycle of an apple tree, and the parts of an apple flower, we went apple picking- our first field trip! We went with 3 other families.
 This little sweetie got carsick on the drive out to Bluemont, but that didn't stop her form eating the apples!!
 Naomi and Savannah having fun!

 Silly girl sniffed so hard, the flower stuck right on her nose!

 Buddies on the tractor ride.

 We enjoyed seeing lots of farm animals, too.

Here's the huge pillow to jump on!
Ice cream, too :)
Geneva wanted to play IN the mining trough!
And this weekend we've had some fun making apple bread and caramel apple pie!
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