Field Trip and Doc Visits

I wanted to squeeze in being a chaperone on a field trip before baby #3 comes. Elliotts class went to a farm – perfect for their age: not too scary hay ride, small corn maze with two exits, small cider donuts. (Ok he would have preferred large cider donuts! But I bought some extra to take back to big sis)

And, no surprise, he was a very kind host  he picked out his tshirt to match my earrings  he insisted on sitting by me on the bus and on the hay ride  On the way back, he used my growing belly as a pillow  (Blueberry didn’t seem to mind – in fact, it was probably much preferable to his full body squish that he prefers before bed, even though he says it’s way less comfortable than four months ago)

Also in other exciting news, Blueberry was measuring a little behind during my regular check up, but good news – 2 weeks later, I had an ultrasound as a more precise measurement and she is at the 55th percentile!! 2 lbs 12 oz  I’m just over 28 weeks

in less good news Nat’s bike wheel got caught in a grove so she tipped a slightly sprained her wrist  She was brave when it happened and at the ER




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More mom time

moms and Milkshakes (Elliott’s idea)  this is a spin off Dads and Donuts at the library


we also spent a lot of time in our new minivan what a ride!

Kids love all the gadgets. I love the easy doors.


And I went solo to

open house night. Excited to see the kids work!  One sentence captured my heart. #luckiestmomeva

Now Natalie….

I gotta go to bed. Back to back soccer games tomorrow morning and I’m the assistant assistant coach for E since head coach Jordan is out of tow.

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While Dad is away…

…he is enjoying lobster in Maine. And we opted for a gourmet dinner of chocolate chip pancakes (for the first time ever)!


We also have made time for two nights of homework. I love being home and not rushed for things like this.

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Cookie doodle

i have to soak up the days when he loves me this much.

Isn’t he delicious? This is the remnants of his pic day outfit.

And his fav place at o hare.

“Can you tell I am cleaning out pics on my phone?!? I ran out of storage.

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1st days of K and 2nd!!!

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Soccer Season

first weekend of soccer games. I’m proud of both kids. No complaints. They ran hard. They tried to get their foot in there. Lots of room for improvement but Coach Dad can help with that.

Nat was too tired to allow me to take a pic. She is on the U8 travel team. Elliott opted for Flash socks and undies to help him go super fast. Two benefits of having your Dad as coach – you get your fav number and your idea for a team. And is one of the ideas that gets put forth for voting. Intergalactic Scorpians beat out the Dragons. Reminds me of when Python was my camp groups name when I was 8. Coming from an all girls household I didn’t know what a python was and when I found out I thought it was a terrible name. I wonder if the five year old girls inn e’s team think the same.

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Mass Moca

? on our way to Mass Moca in the Berkshires. These kids are cracking us up.

Nat: I’m a witch! I’m a witch!

jordan: nothing about you is like a witch. Not your cuteness. Not your smile. Not the way you dress

nat: what about my wart? (A personnel wary that she has had on her thumb)

jordan: laughing  well maybe that  and your breath in the morning


then Nat was being silly and entertaining Elliott with a song: made in China (which is where her journal was made) after awhile, I turned down an imaginary volume knob


fro the back elliott said: you turned it the wrong way! And proceeded to get louder



once we got there, elliott wasn’t the biggest modern art fan  we were examining these huge swatches of color  I said purple made me think of eggplant and blue of the sea  elliott put his face within an inch of a red one  I asked what that made him think of he said the most boring thing of the world  totally serious







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Elliott’s Pre-K work

“The best part about me is my heart… because it give me life”

Those are planets. The Ethan and Elliott planet is closest to the sun. At the top, “those are just us”

I kinda forgot most of how I made this. Sorry.

We are retiring 3-year-old PK (left) and 4-year-old PK (right) folders! I love my dino-loving, super hero-ready

Although its nearly 9 p.m., Elliott is having trouble sleeping, so he snuck downstairs at exactly the right time, for me to learn more about these pictures.  Elliott asked Jordan and me why we aren’t in bed.  Jordan asked back, why isn’t he in bed.  Elliott’s response: “I’m sleepy but I just cannot sleep.”  I offered up that he could fall asleep in our bed – he had a huge smile and then asked if he could sleep with my fluffy pillow, which is a big body pillow that I had to buy due to Blueberry.  The kids both want “Fluff Fluff” (named by Natalie) and “Fuzzy” (named by Elliott) when I’m done being prego.

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Natalie’s 1st grade work

Page 1 of a story that Natalie wrote after her trip to Indianapolis in May

Pg 2 of the same story – check out that excellent pen(wo)manship!

A sample from Natalie’s journal – the best reading I’ve done all year. I’m ready for the sequel.

Since school starts on Thursday, we had to clean out our school bin and project bin.  Natalie swore we had already done it, but we discovered 10+ journal and compensation books, math workbooks, etc, so I think its safe to say we didn’t do it in June.  Her stack of “things to keep” was 40x higher than Elliott’s 1 cm thick of “things to keep”.  (I haven’t told her Dad this.)  I enjoyed her journal so much, that my bedtime reading later this week will be all of her stories!  She is very proud of her stories and poems and didn’t want to recycle any.  She hasn’t worked on her math workbook we bought a month ago at all – she hasn’t wanted to until tonight at 6:15pm, after a full day out, needing to eat dinner, shower, etc.  I do want to work with her on time and money though, as they didn’t do much of that in her 1st grade class.  Contrast with Elliott – who only has one page to go in his math workbook and asked me to email the school for him to work on long chains at school this summer (which he did 3 days).  Natalie definitely loves writing and drawing… Elliott loves math and make-believe wrestling/fighting.  They both like science.

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5 months

So, this is the first solo picture of Blueberry – s/he’s definitely a third.  This pic wasn’t nearly as well planned as the weekly chronicles of my growing stomach with Natalie, but it still counts.  What Blueberry misses in photos, s/he makes up in lovin’ from her/her two older siblings.  Natalie and Elliott talk to the baby a lot – in sweet voices and in super silly ones.  Elliott pointed out today that Blueberry is like a bat because s/he sleeps when I’m awake (aka during the daytime) and is awake when I’m asleep… and hangs upside down.  He is more right than he knows (esp. on the first part of that statement!)

I’ve gained about 15 lbs so far – even though the baby is just about one pound (across 15 inches!)  I’m not even sure what indigestion is, but I seem to have it most days after 12noon.  And my lower back hurts.  Apparently, people tell me I’m glowing… I think I’m tired with a double chin.  The joys of pregnancy.  I def. was never one of those ladies who loved being pregnant, but I do like feeling his/her kicks, which I’ve been able to do for about a month now.  (For Nat, I couldn’t feel the kicks until about 24 weeks – that tells you how blown out my abs are after 3 pregnancies.)  We’re excited to meet this little guy/girl…. in 4 (or a bit more) months.  Dec. 25th is the day.  (Our priest commented today how it would be great if the baby was here in time for the Christmas play… I love him.  I told him not to get his hopes up… that I was 4 and 7 days late with the other too, but that he could count on Natalie as an angel and Elliott as a cow for the play.)

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