Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 17 weeks; Ava - 3 years, 2 weeks; Mae - 29 weeks - Fun at Granny Reba's

Spent the weekend with Granny Reba and Pawpaw John.  The goal was for me to finish a sewing project while the kids played and Brian visited.  Turns out I had a bigger project than I thought on my hands and all I managed was to get it cut out.  Oh well... we had a fun weekend anyway.

As always, Ava loved spending time in the swing on the front porch.



Mae finally figured out how to sit up all by herself.  She is still a little wobbly but she's getting there!


Oh! And she is very excited about that accomplishment!

 Ava is such a great little mama when she wants to be.  She brought her baby and made sure she was well taken care of!

Eli even volunteered to help out with Ava's baby for a few minutes.  He showed us how to rock her.

Then he decided he was way too cool for baby dolls!


Yep, pretty fun, uneventful trip to visit some of our favorite people.  The kids had a blast and can't wait to go back!

Eli - 4 years, 16 weeks; Ava - 3 years 1 week; Mae 28 weeks

A week after Ava's birthday, Brian was going on a day-long fishing trip with some friend from work.  While he was working on getting his fishing gear together, Eli learned how to handle a rod and reel.  I was in shock because he had it completely down within less than 30 minutes and with the BIG rod.  Later that week, we went and bought him his own shorter rod and reel that was better suited to his size. 

 


 


 







Mae loved watching her big brother!
 
 


 


And smiling at Mama!



 

While Eli was working on his fishing skills, Ava was helping Joey with the plants.  Ava loves to water plants... well, she likes playing in the water anyway! 



 

 
Eventually, Ava got a chance to learn to use the reel as well!

 
Now Eli is super ready to get some crickets and do some "REAL" fishing.





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mae's First Baby Food

So once again, I'm a month behind.  I have no real excuse except that my life is in a constant state of chaos these days.  Between juggling 3 kiddos, a career, and trying to build a house, and trying to keep up with everyday things like laundry and cooking supper, there just doesn't seem to be time.  At times I feel like I'm constantly treading water and no matter how hard I kick I can't stay afloat. 






So I'm going to try again, because that's what I do.  When you fall down, you get up and keep going.  Someday, I'll find a rhythm again... someday.






Anyway, back on May 1st, we tried to do Mae's first baby food feeding.  It seemed to go well enough but, like all babies, she didn't quite know what to do with it.  Eli and Ava both got baby food starting around 4 months old.  I put Mae's first exposure to baby food off a couple extra months to see if we could get her spit-up problem under control - we didn't.  Since I figure there's no time like the present, we decided after her 6 month checkup that we'd just try it anyway.