This One is ALL Boy

I can now say that I have spent time in Urgent Care wondering if something was broken. I guess that makes me an official boy mom.

Titus and Hannah were playing, and Titus fell…and landed on his nose.

Owie!

Owie!

I’ve discovered that it is a fine line with boys. On the one hand, I don’t want to unnecessarily freak out over every little bump, scrape, and bruise. But, at the same time, I don’t want to ignore something that could be…well, something.

His nose started to turn purple almost immediately. So, I called his pediatrician, and he suggested getting it checked out…just in case. So, off we went to the local Urgent Care office. (Thankfully, one had just opened up down the street!)

Titus, what happened? I hurt my nose.

Titus, what happened?
I hurt my nose.

The doctor at the Urgent Care clinic checked him out. He pushed and pinched, and felt around his nose and eye sockets, until he was convinced that it probably wasn’t broken. (He said he didn’t like to do x-rays on kids so young if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. And, thankfully, in this case, it wasn’t.) The doctor sent us home with an ice pack, which stayed on his nose for maybe all of 30 seconds, and instructions to give him something for pain, if he needed it.

He didn’t.

The doctor was quite impressed with Titus’ high pain tolerance. He said he was pushing on his face pretty hard, and at one point, asked “Does this hurt?”
Titus just looked at him and said, “Yes.”

Oh, well, okay then.

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I love this smile.

He will probably have a bruise on his nose for a little while. And likely his first black eye(s). But, he’s still smiling.

This one is all boy.

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Rebekah’s 1st Birthday Party!

Invitation

We celebrated Rebekah’s 1st Birthday with a little party and few friends from church.

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Jessie & Alejandra

Johanna & Sophia

Johanna & Sophia

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Micah & Hannah

Grammy & Grampy came too!

Grammy & Grampy

Grammy & Grampy

Seeing as how it was October, a fallish-Pumpkin theme just seemed to fit.

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Dinner

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Bethany & Hannah

Bethany & Hannah

Titus

Titus

Brookie

Brookie

Rebekah received some sweet gifts from her friends…although she was a bit overwhelmed by the unwrapping.

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Opening a Gift…with help from Hannah & TItus

Then it was time for cupcakes!

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Hannah lit the candle

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In keeping with our theme, I decorated the cupcakes with little candy pumpkins…and that is the extent of my cake-decorating ability.

Rebekah’s first taste of sugar…

What is this?

What is this?

She was a little hesitant at first…

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Licking the frosting off her fingers.

Just poked at the frosting…

Really? I'm allowed to eat this?

Really? I’m allowed to eat this?

But, then she got brave.

First Bite

First Bite

Yeah. I think she liked it.

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Happy Little Frosting Face…She even had it in her eyelashes!

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!! We love you!

With my Birthday Girl

With my Birthday Girl

 

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Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

1 Year Old

1 Year Old

My sweet baby girl. I can’t believe it has been a year since you were born! You have been our “sweet Rebekah” from day one. It just seemed to fit you. It still does. Over this past year, you have grown from a sweet little baby into such a sweet little girl.

Everyone has told me that the transition from 2 children to 3 is the most difficult. But, you have made it so easy!

Of course, you also have a mind of your own. Oddly, you may just be the most stubborn child we’ve had yet. But, that iron will only seems to exert itself at bedtime. Yes, in keeping with family tradition, you do not like to sleep…in your bed. But, you curl up and relax so easily when Mommy or Daddy is holding you…and you know what? I love it.

I have loved watching your little personality grow and develop this year. You have the best facial expressions! And, you smile and giggle so easily…especially at your big brother!

You still don’t say much in the way of “real” words, but you are very passionate and chatter on endlessly in your own little language. You have picked up some sign language. “More” seems to be your favorite…maybe because it seems to have the most immediate results.

You are growing so quickly. Like your brother and sister, you are long and skinny. You weigh 17 pounds, and measure 28 inches long (tall?). You are mostly wearing size 12-18 month clothes…which, on the one hand, is hard for me to believe as I have been packing away those tiny, little newborn sizes you were wearing not so long ago. But, then, most of what you are wearing these days used to belong to your big sister…and, I know you’ll be as big as she is before I know it!

I am so thankful that the Lord surprised us with another little girl! People told us that the transition from 2 children to 3 was the hardest. But, you have made it so easy. I can’t imagine our family without you (and, no, I don’t want to!). You are an incredible gift, and reminder of God’s undeserved goodness and kindness, and it is a privilege to be your mommy.

I love you so much! Happy Birthday, my sweet Rebekah Ann!

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Rebekah Ann ~ 11 Months

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This little cutie decided to “celebrate” turning 11 months old by coming down with a cold. She is a bit snotty, but still just as sweet as ever.

11 Months Old

11 Months Old

She is crawling like a pro now…and getting into everything! She is also pulling herself up…and seems to enjoy standing more than being on the floor.

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First Day of {Home}School

I have spent the last several weeks planning and praying over our new school year, and this morning, we hit the ground running. My original plan had been to start last week, but, as we were still waiting on a number of books to arrive (thus rendering my yearly lesson plans woefully incomplete), we decided to put it off a week.

Planning

Planning

We made some big changes to our curriculum this year. We have been using a traditional textbook format for the past few years, from BJU Press. The material is great, and has been exactly what we needed as our family grew (unexpectedly!) over the past few years. And, I have had no complaints about it.

But, it has always been my hope to go back to a classical approach…someday. And, as I began to assess Hannah’s abilities, and needs, as well as mapping out the next…well, 18-20 years of homeschooling (yikes!), I realized that textbooks probably weren’t going to be the best approach with 4 students at vastly different developmental, emotional, and academic levels. And, because of those differing academic levels, I wanted something that they could still do together. Enter our return to Tapestry of Grace! I fell in love with this curriculum before Hannah could walk! And, as our family’s dynamics and needs have changed over the past few years, it is now a perfect fit, and I couldn’t be more excited!

So, this year, our style is what I have termed “classically eclectic.” Tapestry of Grace will be our “spine” for History, Literature (Reading), some Bible, and some writing. We are still using BJU Press to fill in Math, and Language Arts (Spelling, Handwriting, and English). We will be using Apologia’s Worldview series to fill in a little extra Bible. But, I think Hannah is most excited about our new science curriculum. My little wannabe zoologist was thrilled to learn that there was actually a Zoology curriculum, written from a literal, 6-day creation perspective! We are using Aplogia’s Zoology, and learning about the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. I think Hannah may have read the entire textbook the day I brought it home from the homeschool convention!

The other big change we made was adding another student to the mix! Yes, Titus has officially started “Titus School,” as he calls it. One morning as I was working on Hannah’s lesson plans, Titus asked, “Mommy, I do school too?” Well, how could I resist!? I wasn’t really planning on doing much formal school with him until next year, but he was so excited. I don’t want to push him too hard, or too fast, so we are going to try to keep it simple, and low key…we’ll be covering a letter/sound each week, plus numbers, colors, and shapes…as well as lots of time for puzzles, coloring, and Legos!

So, here are my students, ready for a new school year:

1st Day of School

1st Day of School 2014 ~ Hannah: 4th Grade, Titus: Pre-School

 

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