Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer 2015

"Mommy, don't look now but on her birthday your baby is about to be a toddler" -Arianna about Karina
"Mommy, do you wanna play soccer with me?"
"Yes, Roman, I'd love to play soccer with you!" (never thought I'd say that!)
Arianna prayed to ask Jesus in her heart.
8/7/15 - Karina is 23 months, but acting so much older!
Last night was bath night, but I left around 7 for my Mother's Day mani/pedi (finally). Karina was kinda sad so I snuck out. This morning when she woke up, she snuggled with me for a bit then said "Mommy! Daddy did bath me!"
After breakfast Roman was in the bathroom for a bit then came out. She said "Min done bafroom?"
(She says Min for Roman, Nyanna for Arianna, Sha-sha for Marissa, and Me for Karina lol)

Today we started school! Marissa started 4th grade, Arianna started 1st grade (but 2nd grade math), Roman is continuing Pre-K, and Karina is just our distraction! We'll start slowly, since CC (Classical Conversations) doesn't start up for another 2 weeks. This will be an interesting year with Marissa starting the Essentials program through CC, and Roman joining the girls learning Foundations Cycle 1 material. Hopefully we can find a routine and get into a good rhythm, because so far today was rough! We didn't spend a ton of time on schoolwork today, mainly just introduced the books, and talked about the plan for the year. After lunch, the big 3 had book time, and now they are working on typing lessons. Roman had his first typing lesson, which was funny because he's still learning his letters haha. Once CC and Essentials start, we'll be working a lot harder and longer each day, especially Marissa and I in the afternoon doing Essentials.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I'm feeling stressed. I want to remember everything. I want to remember the night when Roman (4) poked his face into the crack in our door at 9:45pm wearing a spiderman mask. I want to remember the dinnertime when Arianna (6) figured out the trick to "Johnny Johnny Johnny Johnny Woops" before anyone else. I want to remember Marissa (9) saying there were just so many babies she was going crazy cuz she loves babies/toddlers so much. I want to remember Karina (21 months) laying her head on my chest and being goofy with me, trying to close her eyes.

But my memory is terrible. So I'm writing these things down, and taking zillions of pictures on my phone, and posting about everything on Facebook. So while I make 16 meals each day, and make comments about how much I want a wall of silence, I am acutely aware of how wonderful these years are and how much I'll miss them.

Will I forget what it feels like for a tiny toddler body to cling to me like a monkey when they don't want to let go?

Will I forget their giggles and goofy wild games on the living room floor?

Will I forget the wafting of pee-filled diapers coming from the diaper trash? (I hope so.)

Will I forget the scent of freshly washed toddler hair?

Will I forget how much I want to freeze time in these precious years, yet rush ahead to the less physically demanding years?

I already miss the baby days. And the toddler days are quickly passing. I'll never get them back. So I guess I'd better find a new favorite stage.
Easter 2015

Catching up - Fall 2014

I found this old draft that I never finished. Guess I'll post it!

8/28/14 - Karina turned 1.
Roman at dinner "Uh Mommy, I have a water problem!" He had spilled it in his tray.

9/6 - K took her first step! She was standing next to Marissa's chair and Marissa scooted it away so K was standing alone and she was so distracted she took a single step toward Marissa.

A: Mommy can we have a treat?
Me: We'll see...
A: No, I need a firm answer!

Goofing around on the bed together...
M: Karina, don't knee my platter!" (meant bladder)

Roman: "Eenie meenie minie moe, which one has a bow?"

Watching liberty kids, soldiers are talking about tour of duty. Roman says "haha! He said duty!"

Arianna and Roman were playing with animals and people and Arianna says "wait for it..." as she makes twilight sparkle do a flip or something. Then Roman says "do it in slow mode, I didn't see it"