Thursday, September 29, 2011

6 Months!

Woo-hoo! We have a 6 month old in the house - Boy, that went quickly!

The girl is so strong, and still working on the coordination. She has quickly learned to crawl - she can make it across a room now before getting tired out. She's doing pretty good with eating foods, though she's not terribly excited about the idea yet. Today she tried plain, whole-milk yogurt for the first time - you wouldn't guess by the amount on her face and bib (and hands and floor and table...), but she actually did eat quite a bit.

We found a fun score at the thrift store today - a big, sturdy Step 2 slide! The boys are okay with keeping it in use while we wait for ZB to grow big enough for it...

And a little humor for you today - I thought I'd try to some new things from the grocery today - so I bought this Central American cheese... looks kinda neat, right? I even read the label and everything to make sure no funky ingredients were in it...
Unfortunately, I didn't read *all* of the label, and we soon found out our tropical cheese is from the far away paradise of... New Jersey. haha! Perhaps I should read the whole label next time!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ZB Buddies

Miss ZB is one of the most popular babies I've met... she attends monthly baby get-togethers - okay, really just an excuse for the parents of the babies to have a drink together and discuss the woes of sleep-deprivation and triumphs of baby milestones! Here she is at her last get-together, being tackled by her buddy... of course i probably should have been helping her out, but she seemed rather content, and let me take photos :)

When we go to homeschool co-op, she's nearly immediately handed off into expectant arms of sweet mamas and children...
And she LOVES the attention! She's doing great in the nursery for a couple hours in the morning without me. During one of the hours, the Duct Tape class is next door to the nursery, and all the boys in that class wanted to make Blossom a hat - they even all went in and presented it to her - so sweet! And cute!
So here's a big virtual hug from ZB to all her buddies out there!! ((hugs))

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Can You Stand Anymore Cute Baby Photos?

This baby never stops the onslaught of adorableness, and is so easy to take photos of!

ZB is 5-1/2 months old now. She is super strong and can (slowly) crawl! She's only been doing it a few days, and I think she'll get quick pretty soon. My boys didn't crawl until 8 and 9 months old, so this seems so young to me. Just today, she also figured out how to sit up on her own... big stuff!

Patient, patient Bear:

One of the cuter photos of taken in a while (crawling around the porch) :

A good shot of all the youngins!

Dinner Time! Freshly harvested (by a friend) Chicken-Of-The-Wood wild mushrooms (SO good!)
Served the mushroom and garden veggie casserole with potatoes from the garden and pasta... on my new stove! woo-hoo! I didn't want anything fancy, I did want something that wouldn't spontaneously catch fire (yup, that wasn't fun).
And as long as I have the camera out while making dinner, I may as well photograph what's going on under-foot...
The day is coming to an end now, and we thought ZB might like to try some food! We thought all was going well... some was swallowed, a lot was on the face...

And right after I took this photo, she vomited it all up... oh well, maybe the food can wait a bit longer!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Homeschooling has so many benefits - a fun one is all the random discounts we get to places! This week there was an amazing discount at a science museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. It's called Wonderworks, and they offered 2 homeschoolers to get in free from each family and only $10 for each additional person. Normal admission is $17.50/person! We went with friends and had a blast!

The museum is designed to look like it was grabbed up in a tornado and landed upside-down on top of another building...

The boys loved proving their strength (helped out by the pulleys ;)

It had a ropes course that was SO cool! And also very hard to photograph. All lit up in neon, it was overhead, and went up 3 levels! Both boys did it a couple times, but it was too dark to get any good photos of them doing it - this is the view looking up from the ground:

This is a giant replica of one of those handheld toys with the little plastic pins that you push to the other side to make imprints of your hands and such. Pretty fun in 6' tall size!
By this point Blossom was sound asleep all cuddled in her sling - so sweet!
Clay in the Bubble Room:
Took a picnic break outside (or a wrestling break as the boys would call it):
Went back in to do the ropes course again and check out a few things we had missed the first time through. Blossom was super cute in the astronaut suit ... until she started licking the inside :)

Looks like my Facebooking days are coming to an end. There's some glitch on my end that doesn't allow me to do much on there - can't read messages or check event invites, etc. So I guess I'll have to go back to good old-fashioned email :) And try to update my blog regularly so friends will still know what we're up to!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

A Little Catch Up

It's been a while since my last post, and I don't have many photos to show for it. We've just been busy, I suppose! Homeschool Co-op has started Fall semester. We meet every Monday, there's 30-something families participating this semester. I'm teaching a class on fruit! It was Reed's idea, and it's actually pretty fun - trying new fruits, making fruit recipes, fruit crafts, you get the idea :) From our first class we tried Scuppernogs and Figs, and have carved apples drying to make apple-head dolls with!

Reed is taking my Fruit class and also an Outdoor Games class. Clay is taking a Duct Tape crafting class, and a class called "When Zombies Attack" - which sounds weird - but is actually pretty neat - they are faced with the challenge of recreating society after a zombie attack nearly wiped out civilization. They've already researched various kinds of government and selected how they want to run the country. They are going to make new kinds of communication, even do some dissection!

Blossom is 5 months old now - she's really trying to crawl! She can squirm all over the room (backwards, though), sit up for quite a while and laugh and make all sorts of sounds. She's totally fun to be with right now! Here's a couple 5 month photos of B-girl. She LOVES her excersaucer - it's her favorite big toy so far! This day she actually fell asleep in it - still holding the toys :)
And I had to do a re-shoot of the DJ Z.B. shot now that she's sitting up!

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