A lot of changes here

Well, we have moved since I was last on here. I spent many many weeks packing and unpacking and here we are. We’ve settled into a little cottage built in the 30’s backed up on the water. We see eagles and deer on a regular basis!
Along with the move came another little gift from heaven right in the midst of the winter snow and boxes! We are due October 22! I’ve gone back on the progesterone injections and the blood thinner as I did with Nicholas a year ago.
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Bluebelle has donated her hair again to Locks of Love this Lent and is very happy to share her hair with others for a wig.
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Max is almost walking! He is going to be ONE on May 4th! He is such a joy and makes everyone happy!
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Cookie is finishing up an SAT prep class getting ready for the real deal in June. In the meantime, she’s really looking forward to the Junior/Senior prom! Following that I think she’s looking into taking Driver’s Ed!
Pictures will follow later in a separate post!
Opie is finishing up perfecting Beethoven’s Rage over a Lost Penny and one of Chopin’s Nocturns for a performance coming up. He is also looking forward to his Confirmation he’s been preparing for! We had to go out and buy a new suit!

MM is getting ready to receive her First Holy Communion in May! She has enjoyed studying her Catechism with me and reading King of the Golden City. To go with that she painted a little hut and decorated it with roses to prepare for the coming of the King.

Moonbeam has been steadily getting better and better at not only drawing horses, but also riding them! Here she is at a trot on a vaulting saddle!
Bluebelle also was learning with the vaulting saddle!
I wish you all a blessed and Happy Easter!


around the house…and car

Well, leave it to Moonbeam to be the first in the family to need a cast. She and the dog collided in the driveway and the dog won. She did not have a broken bone, but injured the growth plate in her wrist. She wore this green cast two weeks and is now in a splint. She’s much more comfortable now since she is able to take it off to sleep. This has not stopped her from picking up Max and loving on him at every moment.

Max doesn’t get much tummy time in this house. When he does, everyone flocks to his side to entertain him on the ground. Max received this beautiful handmade Shamrock quilt from my parent’s neighbor. He really loves trying to focus on the contrasting squares.
Even Sam is interested.. from afar.. at all the excitement surrounding this quilt!

Our Son turned into a teenager this month! He is about to pass me up and you should hear his deep voice! I had great ambitions to wake up and make him homemade cinnamon rolls. I skimmed the recipe from the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook the night before and couldn’t wait to offer them to him when he woke up. I was prepared for the hour the dough needed to rise, but not allllll the other steps to get to the finished product. Well, with Max in my arms rather frequently, along with gift opening, and a trip to see Monster’s University, I served him his “breakfast” treat! No one complained even though it was 4:30!
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I think my camera roll on my phone has over 1000 pictures of Max, taken by any one of us at any given moment. I was thumbing through and found this one that was taken after praying the Rosary. I just love babies in hats!
Look who is starting to notice us!

Twelve in 2012

Happy 12th Birthday son! Your nickname on here back when I started was Opie.. your personalities have always been so similar to Opie on the Andy Griffith show. Things haven’t changed..I’ve thought about changing your name on here, but you still are that polite young boy you’ve always been. You are such a great kid, growing into an awesome young guy!.. ( just not too fast okay?)
You still love the piano and can rock the keys playing Toccata, as well as canoe down the river with the boy scout troop, while managing to achieve the next karate belt.. all with straight A’s!
We surprised you with on the 22nd with a few friends waiting to shout “Surprise!” when you came in from Karate class. You had no idea we planned to surprise you, but I am so glad we did! Happy Birthday Opie!

11th Birthday

Opie just celebrated his 11th birthday! We tried to invite some friends over to swim, but planning two weeks away didn’t allow for rain in the picture. We postponed the swim party for another day and decided to spoil him in the house with his family. He enjoyed sitting behind a pile of goodies… While we all enjoyed his cake, he made his way through the paper and boxes and into the contents. A highlight of the day was getting to skype with his dad. I was so glad we had connection for this special day! We love you Opie and can’t believe you are already 11!

Some school fun for all and music

While Cookie’s science book has been discussing so many hard words and concepts with plants, I decided we’d gather at the table and read aloud from some library books about plants. It actually worked out because she had an Opthomology appointment and she came home with “puppy eyes” from being dilated. I knew the day of school work was out the window since she was not able to focus on text. We had just been to the library and gathered as many books and I just so happened luckily had some great DK books on plants AND John and M&M had recently surprised me with flowers…. so….. we dissected flowers! Honestly, I think Cookie enjoyed the much needed break from her school quarter finals week.

Even little M&M loved the task before her.. labeling and all!

Some new developments in our house.. Opie..( yes, I am still searching for the perfect blog name.. ) has decided he wants to learn the Saxophone! We talked to our piano teacher and he has ideas for getting him started.. they will meet this next week and practice the recorder fingering after his regular piano lesson. The piano teacher has also pointed us towards an Alto Saxophone, with hopes that the seller can come to a reasonable offer. Opie currently loves to play all of the Charlie Brown music, Scott Joplin, and has recently finished the Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. He just started a slower paced piece by Mozart.
Have a wonderful week!

Double digits on the 22nd!

Happy 10th birthday to our son, known here as Opie.. (but quickly in need of an updated blog name)!! We are so blessed to have him in our life! He is a joy and such a neat kid to be with! He spent his real birthday in a car with 8 people in it! We left Texas and headed back to Atlanta to spend some needed time in a brand new pool  with Nana and Guka.  The birthday boy was spoiled a bit at dinner when several waitresses came out to clap and sing to him with  a dessert plate!….( this is after sitting in the back of the car   for 10 hours)

Before we left town, we did have a party for him at one of the museums on Post.  The Museum hosts a fun and engaging Scavenger hunt. They pass out a clipboard with a sheet of paper with about 20 pictures for the children to locate and identify. When you are finished, the staff “grades”  the sheet and will even send the children back out if corrections are needed.  Following the hunt, we went outside and enjoyed cupcakes and a few nice gifts.  Happy 10th Birthday Son!

Also wishing my own dad a very happy birthday on the 22nd!! My dad has been celebrating  for the last 30+ years his 29th  birthday.. Happy birthday dad!

On the second day of the road trip, we stopped in a mall for lunch and a bit of leg stretching ( ha) and found a brand new Lego Store! Opie was thrilled!