Monday, November 24, 2014

Gender Reveal

Today, I had a ultrasound and we found out that we are going to be having another little boy. I thought it would be fun to have a gender reveal cake with the kids...
I explained to them that once we cut the cake, there would be either blue or pink frosting and what the colors meant. They were pretty excited. To be honest, much of the excitement was about getting to eat a piece of cake.


The cake was cut, and the blue frosting was revealed!

Jonny realized right away what that we were having a boy and was super happy.

Sophia was confused at first and this was her reaction when she found out the news. I didn't realize she was so set on having a sister!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time to tell the news

So, I am 14 weeks pregnant. I wanted to try for another child, but this baby came as a surprise. My due date is May 14th, the same month Oly finished school and we are supposed to move across the country again. The timing is not the best :) This pregnancy has a been a little scary for me, my OB tells me she thinks I have post traumatic stress disorder. Which, to some degree might be true. I absolutely dread doctor appointments. My last appointment scared me to death. They could not find the heartbeat, and sent me to another office to get an ultrasound. I had to wait in the waiting room for a half hour, thinking the worst. 
So far everything is going great with the baby. He/She is measuring a little big, which is typical for me... and I am now past the nausea/exhaustion stage. I have another appointment in a couple of weeks with a specialist to look at the umbilical cord and placenta. I making Oly come with me to that one. :) Anyways, that is my big news. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Halloween

I am finally getting around to posting our Halloween pictures. We carved pumpkins a couple of days before Halloween. The kids liked it, but to be honest it wasn't that much fun for me. The mosquitoes were swarming outside, pumpkin seeds were flying all over the house and Sophia was really sick. But regardless, the pumpkins still looked pretty cool.

On Halloween night, we spent it with some friends from church. They had a group of us over for a Halloween themed dinner, and we truck or treated around their neighborhood.


Jonny was a ninja this year. This year, I learned my lesson and waited until right before Halloween to buy his costume. Last year, after making his costume, he changed his mind three times and ended up creating his own lol.

Sophia wanted to be Elsa. I was very happy about her choice, since we already had the dress in our dress up clothes.

Sophia really wanted me to dress up like Anna, from Frozen. I used my limited sewing skills to throw together this costume, which I was pretty happy with.

Here is a picture of all of the kids, ready to go trick or treating.

Our family.

Oly made this Ghillie suit himself. He didn't realize when he started to make it, how labor intensive it actually was. He spend many nights piecing together this costume. It turned out awesome, though. He scared many small children.


Sophia was so cute this year. She loved tick or treating!

Jonny also had a blast.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Highlights of October

For some reason, I feel like this month has been insanely busy. I have not been able to find any time to write any posts. I also have been neglecting my photography. I did manage to snap a couple of pictures with my iPhone, and thought I should make a little post about them.
South Texas has amazing fall weather. I am really enjoying the low humidity and sunshine. Last week, Oly ditched his classes and we went Kayaking. It was such a beautiful day. We Kayaked around some old Navy ship docks, and went though some pretty cool caverns. We were also super excited when about seven dolphins decided to swim around the kayaks. They were pretty curious about us and followed us for about 15 minutes. Sophia was in heaven. 


Sophia's joy school had a field trip to the fire station for the letter "F." The kids were all pretty excited. 


We went to our first Halloween party last weekend. This is a picture of Jonny and Sophia with their cousins Levi and Tzael. 

We also decorated monster sugar cookies. Sophia really liked putting the eyes on, as you can see.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Jonny Boy

So... I have been pretty stressed about Jonny this last month. I am talking losing sleep, constant worrying kind of stress. I hesitate to put anything on the blog about this, because I feel like nobody truly understands the whole situation, and people are quick to judge and tell your what you should be doing. Anyways,  I mentioned in a previous post that I made the decision to let Jonny take kindergarten again this year. He attended the first half of kindergarten in Virginia Beach, and when we moved to Texas he was supposed to transition into a full day program. I didn't feel like he was ready for full-day, and decided that because his birthday is days away from the cut off, he might do better being the oldest instead of the youngest in his grade. 
So this summer, I was getting ready for Jonny and myself ready for him to start kindergarten. I was kind of bummer out about the mandatory attendance laws in Texas. They send you to court if your student misses school... crazy. I also found out Oly had a different school schedule than Jonny, and some of the trips we wanted to go on would not be happening. I then remembered that kindergarten was not mandatory, and started to play with the idea of possibly homeschooling Jonny this year. I met a lot of really cool people in the DC area that homeschool their kids, and the idea became even more appealing to me. I was still not 100% convinced that homeschooling was the right thing for us, though. We arrived in Texas, and school started without us. I decided to try homeschooling for a couple of weeks, and reevaluate my decision.
I got a lot of feedback about this decision from friends and family, some positive and others negative. I decided to go ahead and try it, regardless, and I have to say I am am quite a fan of homeschooling. Oly would wake up early with Jonny, and for about 45 minutes each morning they would study math together. (It is both of their favorite subject.) Later, we would spend about 1 1/2 on reading and writing. I liked it because at about 11 o'clock, he would be done with school. The rest of his day was open to explore and play. I knew that in a classroom of 20 students he would not be receiving one on one attention, with a curriculum catered to his needs.
The only down side to the homeschooling situation, for us was the social aspect. All of his friends were in public school, and he felt out of place. He noticed that he was usually the oldest kid wherever we went, and it bothered him. This is the main reason that I decided to enroll him in school. I wanted him to play with kids his own age, and be able to take Sophia to preschool aged activities with her friends. It was a really hard decision for me to make. He has been in school for about two weeks now, and he is having a great time. I still work with him when he gets home, and I think it is the best thing for him. Here is a picture I took of him on his first day...    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

First day of joy school

Sophia is doing Joy School this year. She goes once a week on Wednesday's from 10-12. We have a  group of five moms, and we rotate teaching. She was a little nervous for the first day, until she realized that she recognized my friend's house. I am glad that she will be able to together with kids her own age and learn/play. It seems like she usually finds herself in situations where she is both the youngest and only girl.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jonny's sixth birthday party

The weekend after arriving in Texas we had Jonny's sixth birthday party. He told me last year, that he was done with birthdays and wanted to remain five years old forever. As the time grew close to becoming six, he changed his mind. The thought of having a lego birthday party thrilled him, and he decided it was worth getting older. It has been a summer long on intense lego play, and was a perfect theme for him.

Here is a copy of the invitations we mailed out. He created the number six, put on his best shirt and did his hair for the picture lol.

I searched pinterest for decorating ideas and found these cute little lego crayon molds. They were fun to make, but I am not sure they were worth the effort...

Oly made this number six. (Did I mention that Oly is just as obsessed with legos??)

Guess the number of Lego game...

The set up..

Sugar cookies (trying to resemble lego blocks)


We had fruit, Veggies and pizza. I go the easy route.


Jonny's cake and cupcakes.


Lego blocks.... 

Jonny was at his cousins house, while we got ready for the party. When he arrived, there were already quite a few people waiting for him. He walked in wide eyed,  gave me a hug and told me "You're the best." He is at such a sweet age.

Blowing out his candles.



Jonny's aunts and uncles.

We gave the kids little lego car sets to put together...

After they were together we had a couple of races.


Oly made this cute lego man cutout. I managed to get most of the kids to pose for a pic.

Oly's mom had a lego piñata made for the party. It turned out awesome.

The piñata is always the funnest party of the party.


Oly

Me


Jonny had a great time. His smile makes all of the preparation and planning worth it.