Nothing outstanding has really been happening around here. Just day-to-day busyness. Here’s some pictures.
Jacob likes playing in the trashcan. Fortunately, it’s just full of paper trash.
We saw Santa. ALL of the kids believe in Santa. Even Andrew. He’s not an analytical person, so he accepts things without questioning them.
My snow princesses. All the white you see is sleet, no snow! Thankfully we didn’t lose power with this winter storm. But we have been stuck in the house for 3 days. Not sure if I’ll get out today. Right now the car has a solid sheet of ice coating every surface!
I had a Mommy fail on Halloween. Pulled out the duck costume that 2 out of 3 kids have already worn in years past, and I couldn’t find the duck head/hat. Kinda essential to the costume! But, even though it was two sizes too big (also didn’t realize this) it had to do! So, here are our cheerleader, Darth Vader, lady bug, and part duck.
This was the first year we trick or treated our neighborhood. We had about 7 friends from the neighborhood to travel around with. It was fun!
In our family, there was a very important football game last Sunday. Eagles vs. Cowboys. Daddy vs. Andrew. It’s a game they look forward to every year. Andrew and Joey wear their jerseys. Its great fun for the guys. Well, this Sunday we had a scheduling conflict. We’ve bought season tickets to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and there was a concert this past Sunday at 2 p.m. This year, we decided to purchase 2 adult tickets and and both Andrew and Charlotte (since they’re school age) can attend for free. We got an awesome deal. I really wasn’t sure if Joey would want to drag himself and Andrew away from the game to listen to classical music.
But, I have an awesome husband. As you can see, he chose music. I hope it made an impression on Andrew, that some things are more important than sports.
Charlotte and Celia recited their 8th Bible verse this week. Every week (or so) they are required to learn a new Bible verse (Celia many times learns just part of a verse.) Every 8th verse, they are awarded a prize.
I’ve been working on a project too. The idea for these phrases came from a day by day devotional book I occasionally read. I just thought it was a great reminder of how to pray. I painted and hung these in my kitchen.
Some have asked how I’m doing about the miscarriage. I am doing much better. I find myself crying these days not about losing the baby, but about anything that involves loss. Loss of an important event, loss of a friendship, even loss of time to do something I had planned. I can’t seem to handle unexpected things like that. But overall, life is happy.
We’re studying Native Americans and I had the kids make wampum bead belts. First I had the kids draw out their pattern on graph paper.
Then, Andrew used jewelry cords and a plastic needle to make his.
Charlotte strung her beads onto pipe cleaners.
Another thing I like to have the kids do throughout the year are art projects from a coloring book. I have bought coloring books of reproductions from famous artists by Dover publishing. Then, I buy large coffee table type books by those famous artists for the kids to actually see up close the paintings reproduced in the coloring books. We own books by Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt and Renoir.
In order, here are Andrew’s Van Gogh, Charlotte’s Renoir, and Celia’s Mary Cassatt:
And lastly, over the weekend, I let the kids take a walk with some new friends. Obviously pushing a stroller is a little different duty than these guys are used to!
When I first learned there was something wrong with our baby, I immediately regretted not getting a picture of my first ultrasound. The screen showed a perfectly formed fetus with a visible heartbeat. But, because it was so tiny, the ultrasound tech said she wanted to wait to print out pictures at another ultrasound when there would be more to see on the screen.
Grief is more complicated when there’s no visible reminders of what you’ve lost. It’s almost like he/she never existed! I find it extremely sad not to have any mementos of this baby. I want something that I can share with others and tell them about the child I never knew.
We purchased this citrine necklace as a way to remember our lost child. I wanted a yellow stone since we know don’t whether it was a boy or girl. So now I have a beautiful keepsake for this baby!
Today we celebrated Andrew’s 10th birthday with a Star Wars party. Here’s the party food, which I had a lot of fun planning and making.
And then a Mustafar cake.
Here’s all the boys striking a pose.
They each brought their own lightsaber or sword. And I had some games they played with balloons and their weapons and gave out prizes. The games didn’t take as long as I thought and the party was over within an hour. But, the moms weren’t returning for 45 more minutes. Thankfully, boys can have fun outside without any planned play. And when it was all over, Andrew said he had a great time. And that’s really all that matters!