Friday, June 16, 2017

10 weeks

That right there, my friends, is a 6 month outfit.  We've simply graduated out of everything that comes before.

And, as luck would have it, all the boys in our family so far have been late summer births: Logan end of August, Greyson and Jackson (my nephews, with whom we're clothes sharing) August and July, respectively.

So... six month clothing in the middle of summer is not something we have, despite the three boys that have come before.   Which means that my son is wearing a new outfit!

I bought almost nothing for this baby; in fact, I've joked that when you buy three, you get the fourth for free.  But who could have predicted we'd be here so quickly?  He fits into most 3-6 month clothing, but I may have tried to squeeze him into something ill-advised, and had no option but to cut him out of it.  Sooooo... on to new clothes it is!

Luckily, I have a girlfriend whose twins turned one in May.  (For the record: the babies were born at 41 weeks and weighed in at 9 and a half and 8 and a half pounds.  Yowza!  I have no idea how she was even able to walk.)  She very generously gifted us some things for my big guy.

People stop me in the grocery store to squeeze his chubby legs.  Like... a lot!

We sure love this kid.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Postcards from Rushmore

Official announcement: We're moving to Nemo, South Dakota!

Well, okay, so maybe not.  But we did have an absolutely fantastic time on our family trip visiting South Dakota and all it has to offer.  

Yes, I am a nerd.  A history nerd, even, but Mt. Rushmore has been on my bucket list for years.  I had absolutely no idea that it is a quick 6 hour drive from the state in which I've spent my entire life.  How did I miss that all this time? 

Before our trip, we read a book and watched a documentary about the history of the monument, created by John Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln from 1927-41.  What an absolutely fascinating endeavor!  To think that about 400 men scaled this mountain and blasted and chiseled it into what we see today... amazing! 

The Gutzon Borglum studio, which houses a one-twelfth scale completed rendering of the monument, was amazing to see!

The monument itself was created using measurements taken from this sculpture with a degree stick and a weighted string, as pictured above (hanging off of Lincoln's head).  AMAZING what human ingenuity and determination can do!!!

Just to give you an idea of the scale, we present: Leah!  And this is the small version. 

The entire monument was never finished according to Gutzon Borglum's specifications for three main reasons: 1) they ran out of money, 2) WWII began, and 3) John Borglum died before the project was finished.  They "settled" for just the heads.

It was pretty incredible to see in person.

And something the entire family enjoyed. 

Or, at least, as much as a person can when they're two and have missed nap time.

(Don't worry, they made up later.)  

We all took time to thoroughly appreciate the scope of history that stood before us with solemn, serious reflection.


Rushmore was probably the highlight of our trip to South Dakota, but it was also only the beginning.  There is so much to do and see; we stayed three nights, but it was nowhere near enough.  This is definitely a trip we'll make again.

Check one off the bucket list!
(I like to do that while wearing small babies.)

Friday, June 9, 2017

9 weeks and stats

My suspicious little guy would like to know why he's not being fed.

Because, well, you don't get thighs like that from skipping meals!

At his two month appointment, Luke weighed in at 13.1 lbs, in the 65th percentile.  My question? How big are the two month olds in the hundredth percentile?!

(But I should probably keep my mouth shut, since Logan was over 14lbs at two months.  Glass houses and what-not...)

Two months flies by.  Love him.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The end of CC

It was another absolutely wonderful year in Classical Conversations.  

As an educator, I cannot express how much I love and adore this program.  Particularly from a brain-development perspective; the program more closely compliments their natural development than any other method of study I've ever seen.  It is so fantastic to see what the kids know and can do as they learn through the lens of the classical model.  


This was Leah's third year with the program, and Logan's first. 

They both had wonderful tutors and had such awesome opportunities to engage with kids they enjoyed.  We always look forward to Mondays!

Each week, the kids memorize 7 subjects: history, geography, math, science, English grammar, Latin, and timeline.  During their community day, they also get a hands-on science experiment, music and music theory, artists and art theory, oral presentation and classical composers.

This year, we studied (mostly) European History beginning with  Charlemagne in 800 A.D., through the Renaissance, World Wars, Korean and Vietnam Wars and ending with the abolition of apartheid in Africa.  SO awesome.

They learned 161 events and people in a chronological timeline.
Over 100 locations and geographic features in Europe and Asia, including continents, countries, cities, rivers and mountain ranges which they have to locate and point to on the map.
24 science facts including biomes, planets, laws of motion and laws of thermodynamics.
Latin verb endings of the first conjugation.
Pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, among others.
Multiplication tables up to 15x15, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions. 
All 44 (now 45) presidents in order.

I tutored a wonderful class of our oldest girls, and it is such a blessing to see what happens when kids stick with the program.  What they know by the time they are 9-11 is absolutely astounding.

One of the greatest achievements within the program is the Memory Master award, which is given to a student who can recite the entire year's memory work - all those facts I listed above - without making any errors.  Leah decided that this year was her year, and we practiced all year so that she could achieve this goal.  

Unfortunately, because of our crazy spring, we ended up missing the last 4 weeks of the program, and because the baby came only a week later and then they did memory master testing the following week... well... 
we never did get caught up.

Poor sweet Leah.

She missed her birthday party, spent three days in the hospital, missed Easter and missed her end of the year dance recital, but the straw that broke the camel's back was not being able to go for Memory Master after she had worked so hard.  There were tears when she discovered she would not be able to take her test.  It broke her heart!

So, we gave her an honorary 20-week Memory Master.  It isn't official and doesn't count for anything, but it sure did make her feel better after all that work!  

Logan did an awesome job as well.  I couldn't believe how much he knew and could remember - especially considering he is only four!  He was almost a memory master; he knew history, geography, Latin and science perfectly without any errors.  It was pretty darn impressive.

So, our year in CC came to a close.  But we're already excited for next year. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

7 Weeks

He's getting cuter, snugglier and more delightful all the time. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

6 Weeks

It may seem a bit excessive to take a photo every week.

I decided to undertake this project partly for purely selfish reasons, and partly for very practical ones.

On the selfish front: well, he's my very last little sweetheart!  This time is so, so very precious to me, and it is gone in the blink of an eye.  My hope is that by drawing it out a little; by pausing every week to marvel at the little miracles that come with being Luke's mommy, I will better remember this very hectic and wonderful time in his life.  In my life, too.

On the practical front: he's the fifth child, people.  If I don't really stop and intentionally remember to photograph him, pictures of his birth will be lumped in with photos of his high school graduation.

So, just for fun, here's a bonus.  Because, who needs more Luke?

Who doesn't need more Luke?!

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