Laughter is the BEST Medicine

Check this out!!

(I have to add that Daphne watched this after I uploaded it and almost laughed just as hard!!)
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6 Months

I know I am a little behind!!! Oops!

6 Month Stats – 14 lbs 5 oz, 20%
26 1/2 in, 75% (still much longer than Norah or Lucy!!)
Anyway – Daphne was 6 months last Friday. She is growing and changing much faster than I sometimes like!!! She is really a sweet, sweet baby. If she is well-rested and has a full tummy – she is as content as can be (now that I say that – she will probably have a grumpy day! Ha!)
She LOVES her voice – which she gets honestly, because her sisters are exactly the same way! She cooes and screaches and squeals ALL. THE. TIME.
She is just starting to sit up – propping herself up with her hands. She likes to be sitting up putting toys in her mouth as opposed to lying down with her toys. If she is lying down, she doesn’t stay in one place. She is either scooting backward, rolling, or inching forward (which I have been referring to as “the inchworm”). Check this out:
As always she LOVES watching Norah and Lucy. If they are running around laughing and squealing, Daphne tries to join in on the squealing! She gets excited when she sees either Norah or Lucy – often kicking and waving violently or throwing her body around.
As mentioned before, Daphne is a finger-sucker like Norah and Lucy, but she also tugs on her ear with the other hand while she is sucking her fingers. If she has a blankets nearby (or bib or burp rag) she rubs it on her ear instead.
We are enjoying our time with her and are so thankful for a sweet baby girl!!

Who Put Joseph in the Well?

After church today I asked Lucy what her Bible story was about. She replied, “Joseph.” Based on her craft I could tell that it was the part of the story where Joseph’s brothers put him in the well, so I said Lucy, “Who put Joseph in the well?”

She replied, “NOT ME!” – she said it as if she was being blamed for something she didn’t do!!

Training

We have 4 weeks left until our triathlon!! The last couple of weeks, I have felt overwhelmed with training. I have been extra tired in the early mornings making it very difficult to get up – which in turn made me a little grumpy about training.

Last Saturday I biked for just under an hour – probably about 12 or 13 miles, but wiped out on the last mile. Before the fall, however, I was feeling pretty good about the biking. I wasn’t feeling like I was going to die or anything.
I ran 4 miles on Monday and felt great afterward – if it wasn’t for the fact that I needed to get home to feed Daphne, I might have been able to go a little farther.
I biked 6 miles on Wednesday morning – very easy ride (seriously never thought I would say that considering the first time I rode 4 miles I really thought I was going to die and I never wanted to get on a bike again). Then I swam about 1/3 of a mile in the afternoon. The swim was hard because I hadn’t taken the time to swim in about 3 weeks – oops. The weather has been unseasonable cool so I didn’t really want to swim in the cold water. It sort of took my breath away. I felt like I would never finish and that was while I could still touch! Now I know that I REALLY need to make the effort to swim a couple of times each week until the race.
Friday I swam about 1/3 of a mile. It went a little better today. The one thing about swimming in the lake is that if you are tired and out of breath, you can’t rest. I still have to float or tread water – not much of a breather.
Today, Jenny (my friend from church who is also doing the tri) and I rode the 12 mile route of the race. We had a few issues – my chain came off and got stuck. STUCK. Another biker (maybe cyclist is the better name for him) was riding by and stopped to help us. He even struggled to get the chain free, but finally had success and we were off again. The bike I am using is a little older so the gears are a little strange. I’m glad to actually know the route of the race – there are some KILLER hills! Seriously, we were CRAWLING at one point. When we finished the ride we ran for about 20 minutes. I was tired but not dying – which I can’t believe. Although, swimming first – which is the hardest part at this point – may totally change things.
I also need to add that my sister came over today to stay with the girls while Kevin and I trained. Actually, Norah and Lucy were going to come and we were going to alternate swimming while they played, but as soon as they heard Alison was coming overto stay with Daphne, they both wanted to stay home. They kept her busy and entertained. She did some VERY girlie things and Norah and Lucy tried to talk her into all kinds of stuff. They tried to convince her that I let them use my make-up – all of it. Ha! Thanks, Alison for hanging out with the girls – they had a blast!
I don’t feel quite so overwhelmed now and I know if I just stay consistent with my training, I should be fine. After today, I am getting a little excited about the race. If nothing else, it will be a great experience and has been a great way to get back in shape after having Daphne!!

Lucy’s Quote

I meant to share this a couple of weeks ago and just forgot.

Lucy had been kind of sassy and not very nice to Norah. She was also acting sassy to me. At bedtime, I told her that we needed to pray about her attitude.
She prays (enthusiastically, I might add), “Dear God, Thank you for my attitude! Amen!”

Quote of the Day

Norah: Why do you always make me work? You always make me do the work you don’t want to do. It’s like I’m at an orphanage – always working, working, working.

(She was saying this as I was making her pick up some little Bible verse cards that SHE had spread all over the floor)

A Quick Recap

I know I haven’t posted for a little while, but we have had a MILLION things going on!! Here is a brief overview of all we have done.

I have coffee/dessert with some new friends who are also homeschooling. It was great to chat about our plans for the next year without being interupted by all the children. They have great ideas/suggestions that I plan to incorporate into our day.
Kevin and I went to Florida for a few days. Those of you who know me, know that I stress out about leaving my kiddos – especially when flying on an airplane. I don’t usually sleep well the night before we leave and I have a nervous/anxious feeling in my gut from the time we leave our house until we land safely at our destination (it starts all over again when it is time to leave).
This time, however, I saw God working in my life when our good friends, the Norwines, showed up behind us at the security check. Even more ironic is that they were on our airplane. They were flying through Miami on their way to the Bahamas. They are incredibly busy with teenagers and we, of course, are busy with little ones, so we don’t have a lot of time to hang out. We were so busy chatting/catching up that the time in the airport flew by – and I don’t even remember feeling anxious or nervous. I LOVE recognizing the little ways God reveals himself to us.
We had a great time of relaxing and sleeping. We spent about 2 days on the beach (with LOTS of sunblock and a large umbrella – I have this new found fear of skin cancer and wrinkles) and we ate at some yummy restaurants. It was nice to get away for a few days while the girls played nonstop with my mom.
Sunday, my sister and I (and Nicole, although we didn’t see each other) ran in the All-Star 5K. It was a beautiful day – not too hot with a slight breeze.
Sunday afternoon, my college roommate, Beth, came by while she was in town. It was great seeing her and catching up.
Yesterday we went to one of those bounce house places, similar to Bounce-U. The girls had a great time running around with some new friends (other homeschoolers).
Today, the girls hung out at Heather’s while I ran some errands. We hadn’t seen the Morrison’s in a couple of weeks, so I know they enjoyed have some time with Savannah and Sawyer.
I am trying to get some planning done for our first 12 weeks of school. Besides homeschooling Norah this year for kindergarten, I am also going to do some preschool stuff with Lucy. I have decided to follow this plan with Norah and I am really excited about it.
Through all this craziness, I am also continuing to train for the triathlon. This week I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the exercising, but knowing I have a little over 5 weeks helps a little. The running is going fine and the swimming is fine. I have been biking 7-9 miles and have to get to 12 before the race, but adding the 3 together is the overwhelming part!!