Little Miss :: 5 Months

Another month gone by… This blog seems to be dieing a slow, slow death. Or maybe it’s just hibernating for a season? Let’s go with that!

I’ve started a blog post {in my head} entitled “why I’m not blogging right now,” but finding the time and willpower to get even that out hasn’t happened.

So for now, I submit to you my monthly photo of my girl.

I think with each child the time appears to go faster. Sometimes I want it to slow down, but in reality I’m grateful for the speed it is. We’ve given up nightly wakings for a nice 8ish hour stretch at night. No more “just lay here and look at the ceiling,” I’ve got a rolly polly on my hands. She loves her toes. She loves her siblings. And she will scream at the top of her lungs if she is left out of the action! And when we compare her to some of my baby pictures she actually resembles me! {A first} Love this little one!

Baby #4 is changing my life. Not *her* really. She’s such a good baby. But just the reality of having four. Four wonderful, special, needy children. Four children who often demand and need from me more than I feel I have to offer. Sure I felt overwhelmed with three. Sure I was tired with three. But – four? Four is giving me the ride of my life! I wouldn’t change it! But it sure is stretching and growing me!

Back to School {With a Delayed be 3 Weeks Post}

School’s back in session, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.

SIDEBAR :: And just to give you an idea of how crazy it’s been around here…I wrote this post three. Count them. THREE weeks ago and never posted it. Even though it was completely written. I’m posting now because…it is my life. This is my life right now. Good or bad. This is me.

In one way I’m glad to be back to structure and learning all kinds of great things.

In another way, I’m missing the flexibility of summer days with nothing that I *have* to do.

But! It’s school season, so we’re here.

We started school on Monday {three weeks ago remember}, and…you guys…it was such a doozy of a day that I literally just had to spell “Monday” three times to get it write right. And…I took our “first day of school” pictures on the second first day of school. What’s one day? Lol…

Maybe one of these years I’ll ease us into school, but I’m always so eager to dive in that it’s like a shock to the system to go from nothing to full throttle! Lol…

T did pretty good.

Mr B was verrrrrrry resistant and slow, slow, slow. He enjoys guessing instead of listening and thinking, and pulls out the most completely random answers. ::sigh:: “What’s 1+2?” “Blueberry ice cream?!” Maybe not quite that bad, but….it feels that way!

Miss M twisted her knee on Saturday {ugh!} {three weeks ago} so is stuck sitting on the couch, which to her means whining for anything she wants. And, of course, since she won’t put any weight on her knee, I have to carry her around. Ya’ll…it’s not for wimps!

And then – Little Miss – who is like, one of the most content babies, was very seriously NOT GOING TO HAVE IT! She got up early from her naps {interruption!} and didn’t want to be held OR put down. And when I would hold her she would squeal so loudly that I couldn’t even hear my own voice! Yikes! I’ve never done full-blown school with a baby. It’s a whole new adventure in itself!

And, of course, I’m feeling the pressure of keeping my house semi-clean and the laundry and and and…

So in a moment in between the “mommy, I need you’s!” I decided to throw in a load of wash. When I went into the laundry room/garage to check on the load, I was greeted by INCHES of water on the floor and flooding out of the washer. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! I kept saying to God, “PLEASE, don’t let it get any worse!!”

Fortunately, that was the most of it and by nap time I was feeling a little more relaxed. But – wow! If someone would have told me to take a long walk off of a short pier, I would have been happy to oblige.

Yesterday was much smoother. I’m so grateful. So maybe there IS hope for the school year. :)

I guess this is a bit complainy and not so positive. But homeschooling is not a cakewalk! However, I don’t want to end on a down note, so….some positives:

The boys are PUMPED about studying Astronomy this year, and so am I.

Sonlight continues to be a huge highlight! Our first read aloud is Red Sails to Capri. Many of the characters are Italian and I’ve had a BLAST imitating my grandfather and trying on my Italian accent. {Watching a million episodes of Cake Boss on Netflix helps too. Just saying.}

Miss M is insistent that she do school. Which is good and bad because I’m not really sure what I’m going to give her to do! I had nothing official planned for her since she’s only 3. But at least someone in the house wants to do school.

My mom listens to me go on and on and supports and encourages me in our homeschooling endeavor. Being a veteran herself, she can see that the bad days will pass.

I’m excited for a new year! Bumps and all, I know that we have so much to learn and so much growing to do! By God’s grace, let’s do this!

Little Miss :: 4 Months

Well, folks, seems like this here blog has turned into a monthly show-off of my littlest girl.

I promise that my intentions are far greater, but my time is so limited.

I do hope to come back soon and chat with you about more than just my cutie pie!

However, she is pretty stinkin’ cute! And I just can’t believe that she is 4 months old!

Picking one picture is so hard…She’s so sweet and precious and beautiful….

Here’s what I imagine her saying…

“Wait. What did you say? I’m 4 months already?!”

“How did that happen?!”

“But I’m pleased as punch!”

She’s so yummy… Just a few more of my faves from our little photo sess…

I was so happy when big brother T asked to have his picture made with her since he declined last month. The love they have for her is something special.

This is actually my favorite picture of her from yesterday. But the exposure was way to dark, so it kind of has an artsy spin to it.

A glance back…

Something to Sink Your Feet Into

The power of a rug.

They are soft. They are comfortable. And they really can pull a room together.

Do you KNOW how much a of a difference a rug can make in a room?

Well, I KNOW it, but rugs always tend to get pushed down on my “to purchase” list since they are on the pricey side.

Miss M’s room progress is creeping right along. ;) As is all progress around this house. Not complaining here or anything – it’s just how we roll!

But I’d been feeling kind of unsettled about her room. Like I needed to hit some key things so that I could be happy with it. A rug was one thing.

I’ve been craving a rug in that room since it was Mr. B’s. Since the floor is tile, it’s cold and hard. The kids don’t complain about having to play on the tile floor, but I just think it would be all around nicer if they had some place comfy to sit and play. So a rug in her room was a very practical thing.

But rugs also bring such cohesiveness. They just pull things together. They are kind of amazing like that. I’m sure there’s some kind of scientific reason or home decorating rule about why rugs work the way they do, but I don’t know it. I just know that they work and I love ‘em.

I was in Target the other day and on my way out, I noticed their posted sale’s flier said that rugs were 20% off. Um, okay! This lovely was perfect for her room. Sold!

This rug is really plush. Like…I love to sit on it for no good reason.

Nolan and I laugh because Miss M’s mattress is the most comfortable in the house. I joke that one day I’m going to steal it. Now I just might have to commandeer that plush rug too. That girl’s got the cushiest room in the house. Funny this is, she LOVES to sleep on the rug. She would probably sleep on the rug for every nap and bedtime if we let her. Silly girl.

Living’ it up like a Princess!

Little Miss :: 3 Months

It’s been ten days since Little Miss turned three months, and somehow I managed to miss posting her monthly picture. Oops! Let’s just say it’s been a busy last couple of weeks.

Better late than never, right?!

Here’s Little Miss at 3 months. :)

She’s right around 12 pounds and at this rate will soon be out of her 3-6 month clothes {what?!}. She’s super sweet! She loves to “talk” and will coo back at you if you talk to her just like you’re having a conversation. She’s also pretty social and will cry if you leave her alone in a separate room for very long unless she’s napping. An all around pretty fabulous baby girl. #noimnotbiased

Two of her siblings wanted to get in on the photo action. Of course, I couldn’t turn them down!

12 Weeks With Little Miss

My baby girl is 12 weeks old already. How did that happen?

Yeah…I don’t know either!

I’m trying to take a monthly photo with my “real” camera. But I’m also trying to grab a weekly pic with my phone and posting to Instagram {find me @jennaqu}.

Here’s the last 12 weeks of Little Miss… They change and grow so quickly! I love it and hate it at the same time.

She’s a joy!

Why I Should Plant a Fruit Tree :: Thoughts on Neighborliness

Why I Should Plant a Fruit Tree - Thoughts on Neighborliness || Delighting in Today

It was so simple…

The doorbell rang.

With Little Miss on my arm, I peeked out the window and saw a lady I didn’t recognize.

“At least it’s not the incessant tree trimmers!” I thought. They never give up. They ignore the “No Soliciting” signs. They knock. All.the.time. Those industrious tree trimmers.

I opened the door and she said, “Do you like mangoes?” while holding out a bulging plastic sack.

“I do, I really do!”

“I’m your neighbor from over there. We see you out and about sometimes.”

She came in for a minute and gave me her phone number in case I ever needed anything. And, you know, I feel like I could take her up on it.

{I may not feel that way about everyone, but many, many years ago we went to the same church. So while I don’t *know* her, I know who she is – kind of.}

And that was that…

My heart expanded. I was so touched that she would come over and offer me mangoes. It meant a lot.

Such a simple thing to do. So non-threatening. So friendly. So neighborly.

The “neighbor” thing doesn’t come easy around here. There’s no small town vibe. No “you know all your neighbors.” No chitchatting in the front yard.

Because, truth be told, I hardly SEE my neighbors.

We’re the only ones with small kids, so no one is out in the street teaching their kiddo to ride a bike.
Most everyone {but us!} uses a lawn service, so they’re not out there mowing their lawns on any given Saturday.
I guess if people are outside, they are in the backyard. I know that’s where we tend to be.

We just plain old don’t see each other. And it’s sad.

I’ve thought about reaching out to my neighbors. But it feels so…difficult. So hard. So, “what if they reject me.” So, “what do I do, go knock on the door and be like all ‘Hi! I’m your neighbor!'”

And, sure, yes, maybe I SHOULD just knock on the door. But that’s so not me.

But the fruit thing? Yes.

My neighbor took the bounty from her own yard and extended it to me. No strings attached. No work involved. Little chance for rejection.

A simple thing that went a long way.

We may not become huge friends. We still probably won’t see each other much.

But the door has been cracked open. The door of neighborliness.

All because of a fruit tree.

I think I need to plant a fruit tree…

Photo-a-Day Challenge :: Week 5

June 30 marked the final day for Kati’s June Photo-a-Day Challenge. Therefore, today is my final round up of pictures. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, though I admit that I shuffled the days around and didn’t always take the photo on the actual day. Ah well…At least I got all of them in!

Challenge 26 :: Thermometer

“It’s Hot Out There, Ya’ll!”

99*. Yowzers! Then shortly followed by a downpour. That’s Florida in the summer!

Challenge 27 :: Fruit

“Friendship Fruit”

I’ll be blogging about this mango on Monday. Come back then to hear how it impacted my life.

Challenge 28 :: Yellow

“Petite Peds”

Did anyone else hit up the Old Navy $1 flip flop sale?! Mr B and I stood in line for about an hour. Yep. All for the love of a deal.

Challenge 29 :: Grass

“Understated Underfoot”

Who knew photographing grass could be amusingly serene? I actually enjoyed getting down at eye level with the grass and really observing. Lovely…

Challenge 30 :: Looking Up

“The Sky’s the Limit!”

The photo above was a lucky photo I nabbed while trying to get this guy… Yikes!

And though this one didn’t fit anywhere {I took it while photographing her flip flops} this may be my favorite photo I took during the challenge…

That was fun! Thanks, Kati, for putting the challenge together!

Another Homeschool Curriculum Resource {I Forgot!}

In my post Saving {Online} on Homeschool Curriculum, I totally forgot about another great resource!

As in, I’m kicking myself because I haven’t been checking them at ALL this year, and they normally have great prices. UGH!

Good thing I noticed one of their emails stuck in my spam filter.

And it’s such a great resource that I simply HAVE to pass it along to you as well.

Better World Books: Super-good prices! Free shipping!

They rescue books destined for the landfill and give them a new lease on life {to you! for great prices!} and in turn give back to libraries and literacy programs. I’m on board with that! I benefit, they benefit, others benefit. It’s such a cool thing.

No bidding. No contacting the seller. Just plain old clicking “add to cart.”

I was able to knock out a handful of books still on my “to buy” list all in one shot because their prices were that good. Yay!

eMeals Savings and Bacon Potato Salad {yum!}

You guys know my love for eMeals is unceasing {and if you don’t know it, just read this and this to find out why}. The other day I went to the beach in the morning, the library in the afternoon, and STILL got a yummy stress-free dinner on the table {read: not frozen pizza}. Thank you, eMeals! #bffs4life

As we gear up for Independence Day, I thought I’d pass along this coupon code {15% off, yo!}, free Fourth of July menu with subscription, and a recipe for Bacon Potato Salad.

I haven’t tried the Potato Salad {yet}, but it sounds yummy.

If you’ve been on the fence about trying eMeals, now would be a good time to save. Use code: FOURTH

Here’s what’s on their Fourth of July Menu:

  • Easy Baby Back Ribs
  • Bacon Potato Salad
  • Marinated Slaw
  • Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
  • Watermelon Salad
  • Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans today to help you get dinner on the table with ease.

But regardless of if you try out eMeals; here’s a free recipe they are sharing with you!

Bacon Potato Salad:

  • 4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato

 

  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp.
  3. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
  4. Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
  5. Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
  6. Stir in bacon.
  7. Sprinkle with tomatoes.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe serves 8-10.

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

{Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post. eMeals provided some of the content, the recipe, and coupon code to share with my readers. I am, however, and eMeals affiliate. If you choose to click on a link and subscribe to eMeals, I will make a commission.}

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