Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Happenings

We've been busy, no time for blogging. The kids have been begging to swim almost every day! Drew just finished soccer camp and we're finally slowing down a bit. John returned from Florida last week and we're so glad to have him home. The 4 days he was gone were LONG! He was dearly missed! He returned home to many Fathers Day surprises and two massages lined up for the weekend. He loved it!

Drew is doing great with his glasses! He is seeing much better. Drew has been working with John on some math  and Drew can count to 100 and then by 10's. We've put his reading on hold for a few weeks, there were just too many fun things to do and not enough time. I've been trying to teach Drew how to do some additional chores around the house. So far he has washed laundry and washed the floors (with mommy supervising)! He loves to earn money for his child in Africa - Samira. Drew's biggest obstacle this summer is following instructions completely, we're tackling that one this week, there is just too much fun to be had this summer and no time for listening!

Gabe has been learning his colors and how to count to 10. So far he can count to 3 and will tell you how old he, Drew and Abby are. Gabe loves to read books and do anything his older brother is doing. Seriously, if Drew does it then Gabe must too! Gabe has been showing such compassion and kindness to his brother and sister, he loves to give hugs and help mommy with whatever she is doing. Gabe has been learning how to stay in  bed and obey what mommy and daddy say. He has reached that fun age where he is battling with willful defiance. Yesterday John had so much fun with him - John took both boys to gymnastics and then to run errands. Gabe was terrible!  He is having a much better day today and we're working on some basics today!

John has been running his business since school let out. He is busy fixing faucets, laying floors, replacing lights, putting in garden lights, and replacing toilets. He is very  busy, not just at other people's homes, but ours as well! John has also been researching going back to school for his masters, just in time since my mom just finished her Bachelors degree. He would like a masters that will help him accomplish becoming a principal someday. We found a great program through UTA which he will, Lord willing, start in January. We're planning on going slow and paying cash for this one. We learned our lesson about debt and we're committed to never going back into debt again  - even for school. I figure if moneysavingmom can save 100% for a house, we can pay 100% of a Masters degree!

Finally, Abby was cleared by the pulminologist on Tuesday! She weighed in at 13.8 pounds and 22 1/4 inches at 5 months. She is busy talking and cooing to us all! She is very verbal, loves to be held and cuddled and loved on. She is rolling over both directions now and is sucking her own thumb. It is so cute! She is finally breast  feeding! That is huge, no more pumping! She started at 4 1/2 months so we've been at it now for about 3 weeks and I love it!

So many happenings and so little time to blog! I really can't wait until I can get back into journaling. I have been faithful to get up and to the gym 3 mornings week. That has made me feel so much  better, I have more energy and am enjoying the accountability. My treat is a trip to Starbucks after for a quiet time with the Lord - accompanied by a chai tea latte and a scone! What little time that is left I've been working on a never ending photo project, taking pictures of the kiddo's, and getting my eyes finally accustomed to contact lenses. My one goal for this summer was to finally see 20/20 - I've been at 20/50 for years! The final straw was almost flunking the driving vision test about 6 months ago. The doctor is now just making little adjustments around my deteriorating cornea. Consequently I've been cleaning the house more - I think I liked it better when I couldn't see how dirty my house was!

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