Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School!

The long-awaited day finally arrived!  My girls have been looking forward to school starting up again ever since our last Classical Conversations meeting last April.  

Karlie was probably the most excited of all of them all... she has been wanting to go to her own class ever since Karis started last year!

We were blessed to have awesome tutors and lots of friends that we love in our classes

Susanna wasn't quite sure what all the excitement was about (or why I woke her up at 8 when she usually sleeps til almost noon.)

The best part was that Daddy switched around his schedule so that he could join us for the first day!

We had a great day and loved our classes!  I truly wish I had taken a video of Karlie's 1st presentation...  her excitement and boldness amazed me and made me laugh :)  But I guess after hearing Karis practice all last year, she was more than ready!

She brought in a picture of our family and went right up front and told the class about everyone in the picture.  "I'm Karlie and this is Daddy.  I love him because he takes me to Splash Valley.  This is Abbi and she is learning to go potty.  She gets one treat when she pees in the potty and two when she poops. This is Susanna and she loves her milk.  This is Karis and she loves her reading lessons.  This is Mommy and she loves to do school with us.  And this is me!"

Karis moved up to an older class which is really good for her.  She was a shy but happy little student and enjoyed her day as well.

We can't wait until week 2!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Susanna Beth at 2 and 3 months

Whew!  Life with 4 keeps me so busy that I've simply not had time to blog much.  Poor Susanna didn't even get a 2-month update!  But that is partly her own fault, because she continues to be a night-owl baby and demand my snuggles til about 11pm every evening.  But who could blame me for choosing sweet snuggles over blogging?  I will say that I have learned so much with this 4th baby.  A friend recently had her third baby and asked me for advice on how to handle life with 3.  I told her that I had lots of advice to give after my 1st baby, but after my 4th, all I had learned was that I've got nothing.  Only God's grace gets me through.  But it is a blessed, wonderful, overwhelming chaos :)

Susanna's first month was a little rough, with lots of tummy trouble.  Right around 2 months, however, she got over that and turned into a much happier evening-time baby.  Her smiles grew each day and her sisters delighted in playing with her and trying to make her happy.  And she started to take short naps in her pack n play (rather than just in the sling), helping me to keep my sanity.  Yay for 2 months!

At 2 months, Susanna:
 -- still hated her paci (I never knew how much I should have appreciated the fact that all my other girls took a paci!  It makes such a difference!)
 -- still hated car rides (yet again, I wish she would take that paci!)
-- still loved to be worn by Mama in a sling for most of the day
-- took her first long car ride to the beach and we all survived!

-- began conking out around 11pm each evening but was nice enough to stay in bed til about 10:30 or 11:00 each morning. (There is hope for homeschooling next week!)
-- began sleeping a regular 6 or more hours at a time at night before waking up to eat (I think it is because she insists on staying awake so long in the evenings.)
-- didn't like for Mama to take showers and promptly woke up and screamed at Daddy every single time Mama tried to get clean

-- was still addicted to Mama and needed to be able to see Mama every waking moment.
-- started taking a few short naps in her pack N play during the day instead of Mommy having to carry her around all day long
-- loved to watch her sisters

-- transitioned to sleeping in our living room at night and our bedroom during the day in two pack N plays. (Poor baby will not get her own room and crib til we finally sell our house and buy another.)

At 3 months, Susanna:
 -- loves to watch things dangle!  This is huge, folks!  It means she is finally happy in the car if she is awake and wanting to play (but still screams if she is tired and wants to sleep).  She is also quite happy to sit in her bouncy seat in the kitchen so Mama can now cook and maybe even do a few dishes! YAY!  

 -- Is thoroughly entertained by her sisters -- If they are happily dancing around the living room, she is quite content to sit and watch the show.  So I might get to fold some clothes :)
-- Still wants Mama to hold her all evening and has a sixth sense about showers... But now she lets Mama take about 50% of them without immediately waking up and screaming.  It is progress!
 -- Is still a fabulous sleeper after 11pm.  She will usually go a good 6-8 hours before waking up and not get up for the day until almost noon.
-- Is happy to let others hold her (for a little bit). Still can't go too long without seeing Mama.
-- Is trying to roll over

--Is a really talkative little baby!  It is so fun to coo back and forth with her and hear all her squeals :)  The girls love to make her talk!
-- Is a drooling queen!  I probably change her shirt about 4 times a day because she soaks it with drool
--will finally take a paci sometimes (and what a relief when she does... she goes to sleep so much more quickly!) 

-- also loves to grab and eat her blankets, softies, etc.  She will squeal excitedly and stuff it in her mouth.  She is also very excited about eating her fingers

 -- is old enough now that it is difficult for her to fall asleep in public because she wants to see everything.  I have to try to cover up head without making her too angry or her eyes just don't want to close.

 -- loves to smile when you talk to her and will just grin so big that you will do anything to make it keep coming!  She is very interactive and always cracks me up with her eyebrows -- she moves them up and down expressively when she is listening to e talk to her.
--- Such a sweet baby!  As long as she isn't over tired or hungry, she is usually smiling and cooing.  We just love her so much!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

End of the beach fun...

More snuggles with my littlest sweetie...

 Playing in the tidal pool with Papa...

Laying on the sand on an overcast day...

Cute faces from Susanna...

Grandma helped them paint their own shirts!  Now they are ready for the aquarium...

Sea otters were our favorite!

We saw many incredible things at the aquarium, but unfortunately, our hands were too full and we were too busy trying to keep up with excited girls that we didn't take any pictures after the first display...

We were so excited to meet up with our dear friends Mandie and Jason and Will for dinner and a walk on the boardwalk and pier!

The girls thought the pier was pretty amazing...

Abbi was afraid to walk on the cracks and she inched along ever so slowly...

But even though it took her a while, she thought it was pretty fun:

Daddy's big girls!

Last breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes on the porch:

It was an overcast day, but that didn't keep the smiles away:

Last afternoon trip to the pool:

Home again but loving their Sandbridge beach shirts!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Quadruple the fun...

I don't know how long we will be able to find matching outfits for all 4 girls since Karis is getting so big, but I must say I was quite tickled seeing all my girls in these matching bathing suits that Grandma found: