I feel like I've been totally forgetting about this blog lately. Blame life. You know, that thing that takes place somewhere between diaper changes, running errands, house chores, filling up gas, making dinner, talking with my kids and hubby....
It's been a steady stream of life going on.
It has also included me running a long and stubborn cold, ending with me needing antibiotics and a puffer!! Never used one of those before, but the cold went down in my lungs and I was wheezing. Yukk. I am finally feeling better. The kids and Hubby have had the same thing to different degrees.
So, what's been going on?
In September our 2nd oldest daughter turned 15. She didn't know what to do for her birthday, but was very lonesome for her friends in our old locality. So, I was able to arrange for her to meet up with them, about half way between our cities, and we had such a fun day with her friends and a few of the moms. We enjoyed a yummy lunch and then went shopping at the outlet mall. Our family spend the weekend at a hotel right by the outlet, we had some free nights to redeem from points we'd collected when hubby worked out of town last winter. Nice!! It was so nice and fun to just chill for a few days. Kids swam in the pool and we ate pizza in the hotel room. Such a typical family get away!
The fall up here was spectacular. The colours of the trees have been simply stunning! I have never seen it like that before, way awesome! I really like that.
Now I am bracing myself for a long and cold winter with lots of snow. I have to admit, even though I love every season and do like snow, I am not really a winter person. So, a challenge it will be!
The kids are all doing well. We have 7 in school now and so far, so good. Our little guy in Kindergarten turns 5 next week, and he LOVES school this year. I am SO happy and thankful for that. He is starting to read small words and his favourite "subject" is gym.
Our 2nd grader is a typical school girl. She loves to do "quiet" things. I think she alone has used up more tape and glue than the rest of our kids combined! She seems to keep up OK with the things they are learning as well, so no big worries there.
Girl #5 is in grade 3 and she has made many friends and is enjoying her days. If she could she's be on the monkey bars all day, she is quite athletic and loves to move around.
Then we have #4 in grade 6. She is an easy kid that is very chill and laid back. She's also very goofy and giggly. She has a few really good friends already and school comes pretty easy for her.
Our 3rd oldest is going to be a teen this month!! She has suddenly started to grow so much faster, and is not a little girl any more. She has always been tiny, and I can tell she's quite excited about FINALLY starting to catch up in size with her friends. She really likes her new school, friends and teacher. SO good to see! Her grades are coming up as well, I feel so happy for her. This is her last year of school before high school, so it's good if she starts to pay attention to her education a bit more!
Our 2 oldest are in grade 10 and 11. At times I want to put the break down hard. My eyes actually mist up when I think about it. Kids. Grow. Up. Fast.
It is NOT cliche. They really do.
I've been looking at some old pictures this last week that the kids dug up from somewhere, and there was one of them going to the first day of school in JR and SR Kindergarten. 11 years ago. Sigh.
I bet the next 11 years will bring way too many changes along with them. Our oldest is now 16....in 11 years she'll be 27!! She got her first job this fall, at HM, (the clothing store), that they just opened at the local mall. She's pumped!! She also got her driver's permit.... Yeah. Scary.
I know my kids are not perfect, and I don't expect them to be (then I'd have to live up to the same standard myself, and that would be impossible!!), but I do think they are pretty awesome kids. For being teen girls, I really couldn't ask for much better.
They have some really decent friends around here, so that's a big help. I have much reason to be thankful.
Our youngest girl is already 5 months old. She's our daily dose of sunshine. She's my remedy when I look at the big kids growing up too fast. She keeps my days busy, and I LOVE to snuggle and hang out with her. Yeah, she's pretty fantastic.
She is starting to scoot and has almost mastered sitting. I am introducing some baby food to her (mashed up bananas and avocados), and she has had some interesting experiences trying to eat them. I swear the food inflates when you put it in their little mouths!! The amount she spits out is like 4 times more than I TRIED to put in!!
All the kids love her to pieces, even our little guy that had to give up his spot as the youngest, he's so protective of her, I love it!!
And yes, hubby is VERY smitten by his youngest girl. ;)
Talking about him, he's been plenty busy with work, both physical and mental. He has been doing construction but also a lot of work from home (accounting related). He likes that he's busy with both!
I am busy at home and over all I enjoy our new city. I have to admit I've been a bit homesick though... Fortunately we are planning a trip down there in a month, to attend a wedding, so that'll be awesome!
That's it for now! I hope you all have a wonderful fall!