Saturday, November 16, 2013

And just like that, October was gone...

Why yes, I am still blogging pictures of October, even though it is mid-November :)  Event though it was a stressful month for us in many ways, we had a lot of fun family time!

We moved Abbi downstairs so that Susanna could finally have her own room (instead of sleeping in the hallway).  We were going to put the big girls down there, but they didn't really want to and Abbi got excited about the idea:

Karis because my entertainer for the middle girls while I put Susanna down for naps.  It amazes me how well she can read now!

We went to the outdoor festival and did all sorts of fun things.  In this picture, my fearless Karlie jumped into a blow-up ball with about 4 other friends and rolled around the field, laughing hysterically the entire time!

Abbi preferred the hammock:

This is Abbi's best buddy, James.  His Mama happens to be one of my very best friends and his sister is one of  Karlie and Karis's best friends.  I just love how that worked out :)

A random picture I found on my phone of Karis sitting in a humongoes tractor at the Homestead Creamery Family Fun Day:

A visit with  the grandparents most often results in ice cream :)

We set this up for the girls to play in and Pup-pup decided it was the best place to sleep.  And continued to do so every night.  We finally put a towel in there for her and called it her official bed.

Leaf fun!

Nina and Papa watched all the girls so Mark and I could go out on a date for our anniversary.  It was the first time I had ever left Susanna and we had to come back in the middle of it for me to feed her, but it was nice to have some time as just the two of us!

Thanks to a wonderful gift card from Mark's birthday, we ate at Carraba's!  Yummy!

We put Susanna's exersaucer outside so she could enjoy watching the girls and I could make dinner:

Abbi showing off her Cinderella slippers she found at our friend's house:

Karlie's attire:

Dress-up night at Awana!  Cubbies were supposed to dress like and animal on Noah's ark and Sparks were supposed to dress like a Bible character:

Karlie was so excited that her leader chose to be a cow just like her!
 And Karis thought it was pretty funny that the majority of girls chose to be queen Ester like her:

Daddy took a picture with Sparky to show Abbi:

Karis got her face painted for the first time ever!  It was a fun night :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Susanna Beth at 5 1/2 months

Oh my sweet Susanna!

Top observations of the month:

1. OBSESSION with the cat!  She showed interest in him at the beginning of the month and so I called him over and helped her pet him.  She was so excited!  But now the minute she sees or hears him, she starts going crazy trying to get to him: kicking her legs, throwing her arms around, screaming at him.  It is hilarious!  She also loves the dog and tries to grab her and eat her every time she walks close-by.  The funniest thing is that Susanna laughs hysterically when the dog and cat play with each other (usually the cat sits up on a chair and swats at the dog and the dog sits and barks and lunges at the cat).  She even laughs anytime she just hears the dog barking in another room!  The following picture was taken when the dog was barking loudly at the cat beside her.  You can tell Karis has her hands over her ears but Susanna thinks it is hilarious!

2.  She is my roly-poly jumping bean!  I have never had a baby that rolled so much!  She can clear our living room floor in nothing flat.  She just throws her head to the size and then her arms and legs follow.  I try to keep her safe by spreading a huge quilt over the floor (we don't have carpet) but she won't stay on it when she gets in a rolling mood.  I thought I had another couple of months before having to worry about her crawling everywhere and having to keep the floor spic and span, but this rolling thing is amazing!  Susanna also loves to jump.  She will wear my arms out and she loves her little jumperoo thing in the doorframe as well.  She gets so excited when she really gets going!

3.  She still won't let me rock her to sleep with a paci. If she is in my arms, she wants to nurse and gets highly offended if I give her a paci.  However, I worked on getting her to put herself to sleep this week and she does seem to like the bigger size paci to chew and suck on by herself.  If she doesn't go to sleep at first and starts fussing, I can give her one and she will entertain herself with it til she falls asleep.  I am so thankful.  She did better than my other girls with learning to go to sleep on her own.  I think it is because she is younger and wasn't addicted to a paci.  I would have loved to continue rocking her to sleep, but with 3 other crazies running around, they were popping in and waking her up more often than I was getting her to sleep.  So I had to do it earlier.  She has also gotten pretty good at sucking her thumb.  I have never had a thumb-sucker before and would prefer the paci so that I can throw it away when the time is right, but it sure is absolutely adorable to see a sweet baby so happy with her thumb!

4.  The best news is that she finally has an early bedtime!  Thanks to daylights savings, this baby goes to bed at 6pm sharp!  I decided to try to finally get her on a decent sleeping schedule with the time change.  Poor 4th child.  The others were great sleepers by now, but with so many places to go and things to do with the big girls, I just haven't been able to be consistent with her naps and bedtimes.  Her bedtime had been anywhere between 7 and 10 and she took many naps at random times on me in the sling.  But last week I stayed home from everything except school co-op on Monday and got her on a regular nap and bedtime schedule!  Now she is a much happier baby!  And date nights will be so much easier :)

5.  She is still a Mama's girl but sure does smile when she sees her Daddy!

6.  She is VERY interested in food.  I have not given her anything yet and am in no hurry since she is nursing well and often but she watches my every bite and will sometimes holler at my food like she wants some.  Maybe I'll give her a banana for Thanksgiving and let her feast some, too :)

7.  Laughs very easily and often.  I love this stage! She is just so happy to see me and will just laugh and laugh when I play with her.  Such a sweet, happy baby!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sweet Ballerinas

These 3 little girls love going to ballet!  And since my hands are usually full with Susanna once we are there, I decided to take a few pictures of them practicing in the front yard...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Annual Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

  Grandma and Papa took us to a really awesome pumpkin patch this year!

They had a small petting zoo that the girls were really excited about...

With baby goats...

They had to do a stick-horse race...

Abbi needed a hand to get the hang of it :)

Susanna had big eyes and was amazed and somewhat concerned the entire time...

Karlie thought the big tractor was pretty cool...

Our attempt at a fall family photo... never could get them all looking  :)

But oh, how I love that sweet face!

We did the corn maze!

Pretty cool at first, but it got a little long for Abbi so Daddy carried her...

Attempt #2 to get Abbi and Susanna to look at the camera at the same time :)

But Grandma can get Susanna to smile!

Abbi didn't want to ride the train by herself so I got to pretend I was a kid again  :)

I loved the chance to steal a snuggle from my busy girl!


You might not be a be to tell, but all three girls rode with Daddy in this picture!  (They had to do the slide many times because it was so fun!)

The the 2 big girls went down together...

Susanna watched with Grandma...

Attempt #3 to get the girls in a picture together :)

 I do believe this is my favorite picture of all:  "Don't you dare try to get me to smile or take my baby!"

"Milking" the cow:

The corn bin was a huge hit as well...

Crawling through the hay maze...

Snuggling with Daddy on the hay ride!
Thanks Grandma and Papa for such a fun afternoon!