Life Update

So, in usual Jaclyn fashion, it’s been a while. Five months to be exact.

Today is the last day of vacation, so I better update while I can. I have a whole new respect for bloggers who find a way to keep up with regular posts. I don’t know how you do it. I have no time between work, wife and mommy duties. Then on days off, I have no desire to do anything, but nothing. Ya know?!

So… Let’s start with our Summer Bucket List. Things we did that I never got around to posting about.

  • Went out for ice cream.
  • Draw with chalk.
  • Read a book together. (The Lightening Thief)
  • Make smores.
  • Watch the sunset on the beach.
  • Eat at a restaurant that we have not tried. (Mugshots)
  • Go bowling.
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Learn some origami. (Jonathan made a dragon, I made a dinosaur, Joseph and Amaya made a fox, Tressa made a heart)
  • Go rock climbing at the mall. (The kiddos loved this. The girls did okay. They were pretty hesitant at first. They really freaked when it was time to let go and slide down. Quite humorous really. :P)
  • Go bungee jumping at the mall. (Amaya was scared to death! She was so ready to be off and go rock climbing.)
  • Play board games.
  • Make a collage. (This is the one thing on our bucket list that Jonathan was dreading, but I’m pretty sure he was the most excited and dedicated once we started our collages. They came out really cute. Joseph really didn’t care for this one so much. He just started cutting out random pictures and gluing them down as quickly as he could so that he could do something else.)

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We knocked off quite a bit of our list. Hope to do the same again this coming summer. It was a lot of fun.

Let’s see… What else…

Joseph placed 8th of 30 in the 3rd-6th grade spelling bee. He is doing better in school. Grades are good. Although, he managed to get two C’s this semester because “She’s lying Mom! I know I turned it in!” *eye roll* Amaya and Tressa both made A honor roll. They love having class together. Amaya had a scare with a medication that caused her to have a seizure (was a listed, rare side effect), but medication has been switched and she’s doing great. The girls were both diagnosed with Molluscum contagiosum in October (I think). So far only they have it. Theirs is very mild, and hopefully we can keep it that way. We’ve taken all precautions to keeping anyone else from getting it. It’s just really annoying because they can take 6-12 months to go away and possibly longer if they scratch and spread them, etc. Really, really frustrating!

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Silas sure has grown! He is going to be ONE! NEXT FREAKING MONTH GUYS!

He has learned to clap, give kisses, tell us no, he can sign milk, he learned toΒ  crawl (Can’t remember if he was crawling since the last update I gave) cruise, and then began walking at 10 months. He is very independent. He has no problem playing with his toys alone. He can drink from a straw. He’s recently done some fake crying to get attention. It’s hilarious! He weighs about 22lbs. (Just a guess. Forgot to weigh him this month) and I’m not even going to guess on his height. I have no clue. πŸ˜› He wears 12-18month clothes and is still cloth diapered! He is still breastfeeding like a champ. He naps twice a day and sleeps from 9:30ish to 5 or 6AM.

Loves:

  • To feed himself.
  • Bath time. He’s a big water baby! Loves the water running down his face, splashing, all of it.
  • Playing with his brother and sisters. They play this game they made up where Silas is a zombie and his eyes shoot out lasers. They go around the kitchen and living room with their empty water guns and try to avoid being seen by his laser eyes. If Silas see’s them, they are killed by his laser beams and have to wait to be tagged by one of the others to ‘respawn’. They crack me up! Silas loves it.
  • Going into his sisters’ room when he thinks no one is looking (He’s not allowed in there. It’s never clean and there are Lego’s ev.ery.where!)
  • Playing in the toilet.
  • Being outside.
  • Going to Nana’s house.
  • Story time.
  • Helping with laundry. Watching the washer or dryer run.
  • Fringe (the tv show) intro music. He had fallen asleep on the couch when Jonathan and I had decided to watch an episode on Netflix. The intro music started to play and Silas woke up and stared at the tv until it the music stopped, rolled over and went back to sleep. Cutest ever! He will literally stop whatever it is he is doing and run to the tv any time he hears it start to play.

Hates:

  • The vacuum! He fuh-reaks!
  • Juice. I wouldn’t necessarily say he hates it, but he definitely does not care for it.
  • Being told “No” or being taken away from something he should not be getting into.
  • Diaper changes.

It’s amazing how much they learn and change in the first few years. It’s so different for Jonathan and I having another child. I don’t for one second regret ever having our first three children as young as we did, but I’m glad we waited with Silas. Our parenting methods are so different than what they were. We are a lot more understanding and laid back than we were before. With Silas, I’m really just enjoying his babyhood and soaking it all in. It goes far too quickly.

I don’t have very many pictures on my computer of the kiddos. Most of them are on my instagram, facebook or just in my phone. So this is all you get here for now. Lucky you though, I don’t think that I have shared these anywhere else yet. πŸ˜›

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2013 was a fun filled and exciting year that went by far too quickly. This year there are going to be some more new and exciting things going on for us (I’ll elaborate more on that at a later date.) I’m nervous, but ready for whatever life shall throw at us.

Until next time,

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Summer Bucket List: See A Movie

Finally starting to catch up the blog now that all the kiddos are back in school! Hallelujah!

Sunday (the July 23rd), I finally had a day off after nine days straight! (I let everyone know I had worked nine days straight too. I’m sure they were sick of hearing it. LOL) It was so freaking nice!

We decided that we were going to see a movie. The kiddos were set on seeing Monsters University. And we quickly agreed. I mean, who didn’t love Monsters Inc.?

First we headed to Wal-Mart. Because nobody pays for candy at the theater! Thank goodness for Silas’ diaper bag! Lots of pockets for all that awesome candy yo! We bought milk duds, red hots, sweet tarts, a 2 lb bag of assorted Hershey’s chocolates, nerds, whoppers, you name it, we probably bought it.

We got our seats and ate all the popcorn during the previews. Typical! Which brings me to tell you how freaking excited I am to see the movie Frost! Watch the trailer, its super cute!

Silas did really well. I was afraid that we were going to be the parents everyone in the theater is bitching about because ‘they brought their freaking baby to a theater!’ He did decide to get a little chatty during the previews. He was just really learning that he had a voice and could make all these cool sounds with it, but I just popped the boob in his mouth and all was quiet again. Lol He ate, watched about five minutes worth of previews and slept until the end.

The movie was cute. The kiddos enjoyed it and we enjoyed it. And I had chocolate. So all was well in the world.

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Six Months

August 10, 2013

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You can sit unsupported now! You’re such a big boy!

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You apparently love to eat sand. πŸ˜›

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You roll like a pro now. Always rolling to get where you need to go.

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You’ve tried lots of foods this month. Avocado, animal crackers, carrot, broccoli, banana, oatmeal, orange juice, and apple juice.

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You’ve learned to fake cough. It’s the cutest thing! You do it all the time. You’re also scooting backward. You’re trying really hard to crawl. You get on your hands and knees and rock back and forth. I’m so not ready for this stage! Definitely needing to baby proof stat!

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Stats this month:

Weight: 17.8 lbs.

Length: 27Β Β½ in.

Sizes: Size medium gDiapers! We’re cloth diapering now! We love it too! 12 month shirts and onesies, 6 month bottoms.

Sleep: You are taking fewer naps throughout the day. Still eating every three hours and sleeping through the night (10pm-6/7am).

Loves: Bath time; your boon rubber ducky that we got in our June Citrus Lane box (I get credits if you clicky and sign up! And you get a $10 credit. Use code TAKEHALF to get your first box for only $12.50Β  :)), playing with water bottles and eating (you get it from your father. :P)

Dislikes: Teething

Milestones: Trying to crawl, You got four top teeth this month (Holy teething!), Sit unassisted, Learning to fake cough.Β  photo 2r7sto8jpg.gif

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Silas: Five Months Old

July 10, 2013

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You are doing better during tummy time. You’ll go about 20 minutes sometimes more at one ‘session’.

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You have the same hair your brother did when he was a baby. Like a dandelion, it looks like you could blow and it all just fly away.

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You finally got your feet! You’ve eyed them like crazy for the last month.

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The look on your face in this picture cracks me up. You look so worried.

You are easily distracted while nursing. I have to be careful because I never know when you’ll just pop off to look in the direction of the TV or a familiar voice. I usually have to escape to a quiet(er) place in the house.

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You can roll from your back to belly now. You seem to forget that you know how to roll from belly to back once that happens and you start to get pretty upset.

You are using the ‘da’ and ‘dada’ sounds.

Stats this month:

Weight: 17.4 lbs.

Length: 27 in.

Sizes: Size medium gDiapers! We’re cloth diapering now!

Sleep: You are taking fewer naps throughout the day. Still eating every three hours and sleeping through the night (10pm-6/7am).

Loves: Chewing on your toes (and everything else), standing, ‘This Little Piggy’, and watching people eat.

Dislikes: Getting ‘stuck’ on belly,

Milestones: Finding your feet, Rolling back to belly, Sitting unassisted for a short time (1-3 minutes)Β  and have breastfed for 150 days. We have introduced you to BLW (Baby Led Weaning) *NOTE* No, BLW is not weaning from the breast, it is simply the introduction of solid foods. Weaning is the UK term for adding new foods. No purees, just normal solid, whole, big people food.* You have such a huge interest when everyone is eating. You have tried pancake and toast. They were mostly a toy for you.

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Summer Bucket List: Start A Disney World Savings

Jonathan and I have talked about going to Disney World since last year. We had originally planned to go this year, but we added a new baby to the family! So worth not going to Disney World! We definitely want to go before the kiddos are too much older. We really want them to just enjoy it as much as possible.

We started talking about it again a couple of months back. After talking about it we decided we needed to set a date for the trip and quit just talking about it.

We’ve invited some family along to make the trip that much more fun! I think that Jonathan and I are more excited about the trip than the kiddos! I’m pretty sure I’m the only one excited about buying Mickey ears!

Our plan as of now is for a March 2014 trip.

It’s a WHOLE lotta money to be saved up, but we got this! We’ve done a lot of figuring and planning with our budget and savings.

To get the kiddos involved and more excited about it we needed a visual savings. So we had them decorate an extra wipes container. They loved it. The girls more so than Joseph, but their drawings turned out super cute!

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With all the change we had collected, and tips that I had earned, we started our Disney World savings with $233.50! Not too bad! Only $4,766.50 to go. πŸ˜›

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Summer Bucket List: Play In The Rain

We actually got some rain and we almost missed the chance to play in it because we had all justΒ  sat down for breakfast and I was being ‘that mom‘. The kiddos asked if they could go play in it, and I said “after breakfast”. Then the rain stopped! I was so angry. Then 20 minutes later it started to rain again. The kiddos almost missed it again because I told them to “get in play clothes first.” Then I was pissed at myself for that. About an hour later it rained again, and I wanted them to enjoy it while it was good. We told them to just run out there. They had lots of fun. And then Joseph and Tressa started splashing one another with mud. πŸ™‚

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Summer 2013 Bucket List

Typically, we’re pretty boring around here. We just hang out at home and break up sibling fights, clean toilets, watch Netflix and change diapers. So this Summer, we wanted to make a little more enjoyable without breaking the bank. A couple of weeks ago, Jonathan, myself and the kiddos got together and made a list of things that we would like to do this Summer that were free or cheap, with a couple splurges.

I was pretty surprised at the amount of things and the creativity of things that they came up with. We realize that all of them may not be completed, but it will be fun to do as much as possible. I *plan* to document each thing that we cross off of our list this Summer and share it with you all. So we’ll see how this goes. Here is our list.

  1. Build a sand castle.
  2. Learn to play Frisbee golf.
  3. Go out for ice cream.
  4. Draw with chalk.
  5. Read a book together.
  6. Have a picnic.
  7. Make smores.
  8. Watch the sunrise on the beach.
  9. Watch the sunset on the beach.
  10. Plant a garden.
  11. Color our hair with hair chalk.
  12. Eat at a restaurant that we have not tried.
  13. Visit the zoo.
  14. Learn some basic Spanish.
  15. Have a water balloon or water gun fight.
  16. Star gaze.
  17. Make Ziploc bag ice cream.
  18. Make tie dye shirts.
  19. Go on a photo scavenger hunt.
  20. Make an obstacle course.
  21. Paint a picture and frame it.
  22. Have a talent show.
  23. Launch a 2 liter with Mentos and other science activities.
  24. Go bowling.
  25. Blow bubbles.
  26. Watch fireworks.
  27. Make a photo booth.
  28. Learn some origami.
  29. Sumo wrestle with big shirts and pillows.
  30. Write a letter to someone special and mail it.
  31. Go cloud watching.
  32. Decorate cookies.
  33. Play tear-it-up and other minute to win it games.
  34. Go to the beach and enjoy the beauty.
  35. Go to the water park.
  36. Go rock climbing at the mall.
  37. Go bungee jumping at the mall.
  38. See a movie.
  39. Do a random act of kindness.
  40. Have a slumber party.
  41. Take family portraits.
  42. Spa day.
  43. Give tattoos with pen and marker.
  44. Do some community service.
  45. Exercise more often.
  46. A simple sewing project.
  47. Make friendship bracelets.
  48. Do a Pinterest project.
  49. Make a bird/squirrel feeder.
  50. Crochet.
  51. Play in the rain.
  52. Play ‘old’ outside games like hopscotch, freeze tag, etc.
  53. Make sock puppets and have a puppet show.
  54. Decorate picture frames.
  55. Play board games.
  56. Miniature golf.
  57. Make a collage.
  58. Start a Disney World savings.
  59. Make a shadow box.
  60. Write a story and turn it into a Mad Lib.

I’m so excited! We’ve already done a few things and I already can’t wait for the next thing! Happy Summer!

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