"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Official Bell Ringer

What on earth would possess me to wear a neon vest and walk through the hallways of a school ringing a bell?

Parent Safety Duty...Chinese school style.

The $20 safety deposit refund was one incentive.

The general positive feeling that comes with being helpful was another.

But the chance to sneak around and see what REALLY goes on when the pesky little brothers aren't there and the "sweet" girl thinks no one is watching...PRICELESS.

I think I'll do it again for free.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fun

Piper has nearly a month of kindergarten under her belt and the excitement has yet to wane. Oh, she'll say all kinds of things when asked about school.

"I don't like it."

"It's boring."

"I don't like wearing these clothes."

"I can't be quiet that long."

I believe the last one. She may have already been moved after getting a little too chummy with the boy beside her. But as the complaints roll in, her eagerness shines through. She can't fool me. I see the joy she takes in picking out her clothes the night before, the way she springs out of bed every morning, and nothing but her backpack as she runs ahead of me to the bus stop. I hear all the stories from the classroom to the lunchroom, and sometimes even the bathroom. And the rewards. They just keep pouring in. Hat day (my princess just had to wear a crown), popcorn day, popsicle day, and the ever popular Friday trip to the kindergarten store. Not to mention some kid's birthday celebration every other day.

Kindergarten is just plain fun...


Lila and Easton are making all kinds of progress in preschool. Their teacher is "delighted" with them. They are doing great in class together. And much to my "delight" they are keeping an eye on one another.

The preschoolers had a special day off today. They were more than happy to join us at the park as we reveled in the fall-like weather...

As for Levi and myself, well, all this school stuff is wearing us out...

Or it may have something to do with our little 4 a.m. frolics. This morning I had two boys kicking at me from inside and out. Maybe they're already fighting. Whatever the case, I hope little bro isn't picking up on big bro's sleep habits. 

But if he is, at least I'll be well prepared. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Envelope Please...

Today we went for our 20 week ultrasound. What? 20 weeks? Yes, this has officially been the fastest pregnancy in the history of time. It seems to go faster each time and well, when it's the 5th child, it's just warp speed.

Levi was excited to get to "see" our baby today. While the others were at school, he accompanied us to the doctor's office...

Of course the big question everyone has at this appointment is "Boy or Girl?" In our past pregnancies we have elected to wait until the birth to find out. It was so exciting to let the anticipation build all those months. Then our doctor would hold the baby up and say, "It's a...." And let us figure it out. Michael was always quicker on the response. For some reason, my mind wasn't functioning at top speed.

This time, however, we have decided to find out beforehand. But instead of hearing the news from the sonographer, we asked that she write in down and seal it up. We wanted to do something as a family to celebrate the news together. I considered a gender reveal cake, but honestly cake doesn't sound too appealing to me right now. What good is a cutting into a cute pink or blue cake then not being able to enjoy it? I never thought I would say this but some days I can't even stand the sight of cake. Really desserts in general, with the exception of ice cream or plain chocolate. My cravings this time around have been all about salt and meat, the more processed the better. So I decided that I'd sit back with a plate of hot wings and let our budding reader spill the beans...

It wasn't planned but blue was clearly the color of the day...

Oh BOY, another BOY...

Piper had a sudden change of heart and decided another brother would be just fine. Levi said he likes boys. Poor Lila still wants a girl. And Easton is just happy to be here.

With all the excitement of the gender reveal, sometimes we overlook the real importance of this ultrasound, the anatomy scan. At this time everything is looking good for our little one. The baby's position didn't cooperate for a good picture of the spine or kidneys so they'll take another look next time. No complaints from me, as I LOVE any chance to see my baby. God's miracles never get tiring...

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kittens Galore

Earlier in the summer, a scrawny little cat showed up at my parents' house.

How could they resist feeding the poor little thing?

Not to mention the great excitement for the grandkids when they came to visit.

But as the weeks went by, the cat keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger...

I could relate.

Then a few weeks ago, things got even more exciting. About eight times more...

The intrigue was never ending...

Each visit has been filled with anticipation of seeing how the kittens have grown...

Now the time is coming to say goodbye. 

These two are my favorites...

But alas, we're not really cat people. And even if we were, we're going on five children. I think that's all we need right now.

However, if you or anyone you know would like a FREE KITTEN (or two), I can hook you up. 

Possibly even deliver. 

Serious cuteness...

Times eight.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Ones Left Behind

Our mornings have changed drastically around here. On an average morning in the past, only two people enjoyed the sunrise on a regular basis. That would be Levi and myself. My primary goal was to keep it that way. 

Now, that's just not possible. But it's really not a bad thing. It's amazing how productive the day can be when we get up and at it. And the three kids left behind have a pretty good time...

 While Lila, Levi, and Easton view Piper being away with varying degrees of nostalgia, they seem to make the most of it. With their fearless leader gone, they are free to do the activities of their choosing...

And spend time with whomever they please...

It's actually turned into a nice, quiet, and peaceful start to the day. And that's a good thing because 3:00 comes pretty quick...

And everything changes.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hello Four!

Last night our family celebrated Lila's birthday with favorite restaurant food, presents, and even some leftover cupcakes from her cousin's birthday party...

Apparently Lila considered this a party. This morning I told her that today was her birthday party. 

"I'm having another party?" she asked. 

She was thrilled...

No leftovers today...

"I wouldn't do that, Levi."

Special thanks to friends and family for more presents...

Happy 4th birthday, sweet Lila!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Finally Four

For several weeks Lila has been "almost four". And at last, today's the day! She is very proud to be older than the boys.

As an added birthday gift, there was no school today. Lila had the whole day to do as she wished.

Tomorrow the celebration continues, but for today, this girl is FOUR!