Summer Happenings

It’s been a while since I updated, but that is because I haven’t been working much recently.

We just got back from a week long trip to Lake of the Ozarks with Dan’s parents. We had such a good time. We were able to spend some time with good friends on the way out there, and then also at the end of the trip they joined us for a day of swimming at the lake too. The kids had such a good time fishing and swimming, and we also walked through Bridal Cave. The weather was not too cooperative in the middle of the week, but we were able to make the best of it and relax.

Daniel and I (and Charlotte) also took a trip to Houston, TX with my parents at the end of June. It was quite the whirlwind trip- we drove down Thursday and Friday and flew home Sunday- but were able to spend some time with family. We were also able to see some family that we don’t get to see very often either. The older 3 kiddos were able to stay with Dan’s parents Wednesday through Sunday and had a fantastic time!

Daniel started his new job last Monday and so far, so good. The kids and I are adjusting to being home together again and we have hit the ground running this week (literally). Looking forward to making the most with the kids before school starts back up in 3 weeks. Greenwood Christian Academy starts a little later than the public schools here, so we have a little more time and have a lot of things planned! Hard to believe Savannah is starting 1st grade this year. Avery’s schooling is still in the works as we are trying to square away coordinating her speech therapy, but hopefully she will attend a few hours of therapy/preschool this school year.

Next week is fair week and Savannah is looking forward to going to the fair. It is one of her favorite weeks of the year (other than the State Fair week). We also have a few MOPS summer activities left before we kick off for the school year, lots of crafts planned, and a few other fun things.

I am going to work some Saturday mornings for a while to keep up with my required hours for work. Henry had the hardest time adjusting when I went to work, and to say he is glad I am home during the day again is an understatement.

Charlotte turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago. She still has no teeth, but is eating relatively solid (but soft) food. She is now army crawling and will rock on all 4’s. It won’t be too long before she is really up and going, but she gets around pretty well for right now! Slow down baby girl! She has started to say Mama, and babbles some, but nothing too meaningful. She does shake her head yes when she really likes something, has started to wave to others, and is starting to sign some like milk and more. She has changed so much these last few weeks.

Not sure if I will update once a week, or more often from home (or I guess it could be less even), but I will try to keep all our loyal readers (read Mrs. Sampson 🙂 ) updated!


Sweet Summertime

We just got back from a quick trip to Houston, Texas to watch my cousin get married. Daniel and I were able to leave the older 3 kiddos with his parents and drive with my parents and Charlotte to Texas. We flew home. It was a very nice weekend, but it went by way too fast!

The summer has been flying by so fast. Before we know it, we will have our vacation and then shortly thereafter Savannah will be back to school to start 1st grade. This year she will be attending Greenwood Christian Academy. It will definitely be hard for me in the beginnig to remember to take her to and from school.

Daniel recieved a job offer on Monday. God definitely answered our prayers in both the job, and the start date. We had planned a vacation around my work schedule due to work being slow, and were worried they were going to ask him to start the same week we had planned to go. Thankfully, without him even mentioning it, the start date is the day after we return from vacation. Daniel is so ready to head back to work, and I am ready to be at home with the kiddos for a while. I will continue to work once or twice a week for a few hours, but am glad that the stress of relying on my job for income will be gone.

We are looking forward to spending a week in Ozark, MO with Daniel’s family in a few weeks and getting away from it all. The last 6 months or so have been rather stressful and we are looking forward to taking some time to relax.

Charlotte will be 8 months old in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that she has been with us for this long. She is a little giggle box. She has been eating some solid food for about a month or two now, but still prefers to just have milk. She is rolling all over the place and starting to scoot backward. This last month she learned to sit up and is now pretty steady. She still does not have any teeth, but her hair is coming in quick and blonde!

Savannah finally was able to buy her birthday bunny. Actually, she traded 5 chicks for her bunny and was able to save her birthday money. Bartering at its finest. Violet (assuming the rabbit is a girl) is adjusting well and is very gentle with the kids. Charlotte is finally not terrified of the bunny.

The pigs are getting quite big. Every time we turn around they are so much bigger. Henry is now quite leery of the pigs since they are getting to be bigger than him.


Updates

I know it has been a while since I last posted, and while there isn’t much excuse because I am working and do have the time, I have not been motivated much to sit down and write anything.

Not much has really happened the last few weeks. Savannah and Avery finished up soccer and Daniel and I coached Avery’s team this year. They really enjoyed playing. Savannah also finished up art lessons this year.

Savannah has had quite the exciting month. She finished up her first year of school, Kindergarten, on May 28. It was also her birthday. She turned 6. A few days later Savannah lost her first tooth. She had been so apprehensive about it that she let it hang on for dear life in her mouth for weeks. She finally let us tie a string to it and she threw her favorite stuffed animal off of our 2nd story entry and the tooth popped out. We had several attmepts on video that failed, but she jumped the gun on the try that successfully popped the tooth out and we have no video of that try. She is looking forward to starting school in the fall at Greenwood Christian Academy. She also saved money for a rabbit for her birthday and it will be arriving sometime in the next week or so. She is very excited about that. Eventually she would like to do a rabbit project for 4H along with pigs so we are getting a jump on learning the ropes.

We also got 4 piglets a few months back and are raising them for meat this year. The kids really enjoy going and feeding the pigs. We have 27 new chicks this year and are working on raising them up and look forward to a surge in our egg production. The kids enjoy going out and playing with the chicks (and our “old” girls).

Avery is just trucking along. She has another year before she starts school, but we are going to be starting speech therapy and a few other activities this fall with her and she will have quite the busy year.

Henry has decided to start potty training himself. He is slowly working on becoming fully trained (mostly because things are crazy right now and we have not had a few days to really devote to the task). He is very adventerous and gets into everything these days.

Charlotte is 7 months old now. Hard to believe how fast time is flying. No teeth and no motion at this time, but that is just fine with me!

Daniel has been unemployed since January, but has been actively seeking work. He had an interview yesterday and several others that are hopefully coming. We are praying that the right job will come along in His time. He and his dad have taken up blacksmithing in thier free time and have really enjoyed learning about and playing on the forge.

Not much is new with me. Mostly working and trying to spend as much time with the kids when I am off. I am still running and still love it!

WE had some family pictures done in April. Here is a snippet of them. Photo credit to A Natural Portrayal Photography.

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New Chicks on the Block

We brought home 11 new chicks last week as we are starting to replace our currently layers with a batch of new layers.

chicks

Our piglets should be arriving this week hopefully and I will be sure to post some pictures of them too.

We have all been good, other than a little bug we can’t seem to shake. Hoping to be past it all soon.

Savannah and Avery started soccer this last week. Daniel and I are coaching Avery’s team this year. Both girls are looking forward to playing.

Charlotte Katherine (or Charlie Bake as she is called around here) is now 5 months old and rolling over. She is beginning to sit on her own, although she is not very steady yet. Time is going by much too quickly. Slow down Bake! Here is her holding her bottle this morning:

bake

Henry is… well still Henry. He makes us laugh.


Its been a month…

Daniel and I switched places at home a month ago. This last month has been trying, but has gone much smoother than I think we both anticipated. The kids are adjusting to Daniel being home. He is getting a good handle on what his daily schedule looks like and how to get things done. I am tired from being up all night with the baby and then getting myself up around 5 am for work, but hoping that sleep comes more readily this next month.

We took a step of faith yesterday and applied for her to attend Greenwood Christian Academy next year for first grade. We still have several steps left in the process, and we are not 100% sure that is the best decision for our family, but we went ahead and opened the door as an option. Savannah will shadow and have her assessment next week and we will go from there. We are happy with Clark Elementary and she has had a great year there, we just want to explore our options for next school year.


I’m turning 30!

Since I will not be working tomorrow, and no where near a computer as I will be celebrating with my family, I thought I would update the blog today.

I will be turning 30 tomorrow and I have to say I am pretty darn excited about it. While I am closing a chapter of my life- a chapter that included graduating college, getting married, and having 4 beautiful children. My twenties was a fantastic decade for sure!

I eagerly await what my 30’s will bring for myself and my family. I


February is here and almost gone!

Not much has changed the last few weeks. Daniel is still looking for jobs and hasn’t heard back on any of the applications he has put out there, but we are hopeful. God will provide in His time. Until then, he keeps plugging away. He has been staying home with the kids while I am working 4 days a week. They aren’t going to want me back after all the fun things he lets them do- like turning the living room into a gymnastics gym, making valentines, and making a flower vase out of a bottle by lighting it on fire! The transition has been smooth and I credit that mostly to the fact that 1. Daniel is a fantastic Dad! and 2. he has been working from home for the last 4 years so they are used to having him there. He has been quite the rockstar taking over some of my daily duties like laundry and cleaning. I very much appreciate the help he has been.

I am pretty exhausted. Charlotte is still waking several times a night and that, coupled with 5-5:30 am wake times for work, has made sleeping in short supply. Praying that things start clicking soon and she starts sleeping through the night. Charlotte is now 3 months old and has just started to giggle. She may be cutting her first few teeth on the bottom (will know better in a few days). She has been pretty congested and has a cold which is also making sleeping more difficult. I am ready for it to start warming up and for all the germs to go away! I am tired of wiping all 4 kiddos runny noses!

This is my last week as a twenty-something. I will be 30 on Saturday (and looking forward to it!)! We were able to have dinner with family last night, and will celebrate with cake later this week. I picked quite a challenging one, but Daniel is going to try to make it for me!

Friday I was able to spend some time with Savannah at her Valentine’s day party at school. It was nice to see her in her school environment. Thankful she is feeling better as she was sent home from school last Monday and was not able to return to school until Thursday due to a fever and bronchitis. She still has a nasty little cough, but hopefully it will be gone soon.

Will you pray with us that the right job will come along for Daniel in His time? God is faithful to provide and we can rely on his promises to get us through this time!