Um... where did October go??? It seemed to fly by for us so I thought I'd just do an overview to catch you all up. Several of us have been battling colds for over 2 weeks now. Of course, everyone takes their turns so it feels like FOREVER since we were well. :) At one point, I was even down for the count & in bed for 2 days solid. Not fun, not fun. But it could be worse. We ALL remember that & that's a good perspective.
This little man is growing like a weed:
Eric jokes that he's getting wider faster than he's getting longer. :) We love him to pieces! Josiah loves to coo & smile now, which makes him even more fun. For the most part, he usually sleeps through the night. This is a huge blessing because he is by far, my most difficult baby during the day. Sigh. Number #9 really needed to be laid back. Anyone want to try telling him that? He detests the bouncer & car seats. Being held & sleeping on his belly is this boy's thing. Cuteness is his saving grace:
Josiah was baptized- a very special day!
Educational pursuits are humming along. Our church co-op continues to be such a perfect fit- I seriously do not know how I'd teach my older ones this year without the aid of their amazing teachers. Not having to completely tackle writing, literature & Latin on my own has freed up time so I can teach all the other littles. Plus, the children are learning from people who inspire wonder- that's so KEY! Embracing truth, goodness & beauty... those are the goals of education! The children (and mama) also enjoy the extra fellowship!
Did you know that I'm teaching two art classes at co-op? It's awesome! :) I've told the parents I am by NO MEANS talented in this area but I can facilitate learning & use a great curriculum. Art is one of those things you always mean to get to but so easily let get squeezed out of your busy day. :( Now it's getting done every week. Lovely! It's been a blast to teach the children & see their creativity grow! Here are some fun iPhone pictures:
My favorite class so far has been nature journaling. Starting in the spring, I hope to get a group together once a month:
Sometimes, younger siblings sit in on my younger class & I love it when they join us:
Patricia and I went with her writing & literature class to see The Crucible at Shakespeare Tavern. It was excellent!
Other highlights from our lessons include Jonathan & Elizabeth starting cursive (can you believe many traditional schools no longer teach this!?!?), Abigail read her first few words & Patricia starting calligraphy. I've begun the process of searching colleges & programs for Patricia. YUCK! The whole process is confusing (I'm starting earlier with Benjamin!) and annoying. Can't we go back to when she was little? Please?
I shot a wedding!!! Eeekk!!! It was a wonderful & the lovely couple looked stunning:
Emily turned FOUR! We celebrated the night before with my family & then two days later, watched Cinderella (it was excellent! my only issue was her low-cut dress) while Eric took the boys went to the father/son campout with our church. Benjamin made his own hammock & slept in it all night. All iPhone pics here:
A few more pictures from October (don't miss this thread):
I wonder what the neighbors must think when I find my children running around in things like this:
Thankful for older siblings to read to (very sad) littles while lunch is being made:
Soaking in the lovely fall evenings:
Second round of braces begun: