Evan getting mommy's attention.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Viva had a small strawberry garden this summer which she was responsible for watering. The birds really enjoyed the big red berries. (The strawberries were mighty fine!)
He was unhappy and she was trying to console him.
(In fact she's afraid of worms!)
The older children showed Lincoln and Evan how to have a good time with bubble wrap. You have to be old enough to jump well and big enough to pop the bubbles.
Lincoln recently acquired both of those attributes, so he joined his siblings in popping the bubble wrap. Evan was suitably impressed.
Jake took the fun a little too seriously. When he didn't pop every bubble by random jumping, he used his fist to finish the job. Ouch!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Great-grandma returned from Utah August 17th accompanied by my brother Jim. He only stayed two and half days and flew back late on the 19th. My twin Jean and her youngest daughter Sarah (a college sophomore) flew in the next day and stayed almost a week, leaving on the 26th.
We didn't get much time with Jim because he was out visiting a couple of friends and spent time with our brother Mark. Jean and Sarah were busy, too, but because they were with us for seven days, we saw more of them.
The children are always excited to have guests in our home. Jake and Bentley took Sarah up to their room to show her all their Lego creations and minifigures. She was trapped quite a while. Lincoln enjoyed hanging out with his Great-aunt Jean and Evan, as always, was friendly to all our guests. We had a good visit with them.
We didn't get any photos of Jim, Jean or Sarah, so I've no picture proof of their visits. Arg!
Posted by julia (grandma) at 4:38 AM
Meet baby doll:
She looks freakishly real, right?! I picked her up at a garage sale, I believe, many years ago. Periodically I buy dolls in an attempt to help Genevieve do little girl things. She dresses them up and carries them around once in a while but she's not really into dolls. Probably because she doesn't have any other little girls to play with?
Anyway. Baby doll, above, is the favored doll around here. She's about the size of a newborn and she has some of Viva's old preemie outfits from when she was a baby! Lincoln really likes her, too. We've had more than one guest to the house do a double take, thinking we're throwing an actual baby around when Lincoln tosses her or carries her by one arm!
if I wanted to." Yes, Evan has shown us that he has the skills to walk, but he just doesn't want to quite yet. Over a week ago Kara and I convinced him to take a few steps. We bribed him with the household phone. It's not a cell phone. The buttons are much more fun to press on old style phones and random button pushing produces lots of odd noises. Evan will do almost anything to get his hands on that phone and Kara and I took advantage of his fascination with it. For a few days he would walk between us to get that phone, but now he's over it. He's not willing to humor us. We will just have to humor him and wait until he decides walking is what he wants to do
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The first couple of weeks after I allowed Lincoln to build train tracks on his own were, quite frankly, rough for me. Every time I came into my bedroom a new train layout was sprawled across the carpet. I'd clean it up, he'd return and start all over. He never got discouraged. Bummer. Sometimes his siblings helped him build, but more often it was just him building.
I'm not completely sure my boys would like the word cuties stuck together with the word karate, but what they don't know... :)
Cute, cute, cute. Times three. (Even if they do need hair cuts... ) Karate is going well, although it is only week two. Now I just need to hem and get the patch on Viva's gi!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Another quality iPhone picture!
Jake is intense, but is a good big brother too. Sometimes he has a bit TOO much enthusiasm but when he keeps it under control Lincoln and Evan find him quite entertaining. What lucky little guys to have two great older brothers to watch and follow around!
Jake likes Lincoln, but his real passion is Evan. He thinks Evan is just the cutest thing ever - I suspect some of that is because he's heard it mentioned that Evan bears more than a passing resemblance to baby Jake, but I could be wrong. :) Evan is pretty cute, regardless of whom he does or does not resemble!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Bentley doing Reflex Math on the computer. He's practicing his math facts.
The twins also do Reflex Math.
Bentley recording his school work. Bentley likes keeping track of what he does.
Viva, not so much.
Viva doing handwriting.
Jake doing handwriting.
Viva practicing piano.
The twins would tell you that they do hours and hours of school work every day. It might seem like that because they dawdle a lot, but they have a pretty light load.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Our summer art class experience wrapped up with a gallery night! All of the art from the summer was displayed on walls, and friends and family were invited to come by the *exhibit* and check it out. It was very nicely put together and fun to see all the projects from the different classes this summer.
Even the teacher had some art out! She did this gorgeous picture of the temple here, which some of us parents were busy trying to engage her in a bidding war over. Alas, it is spoken for. :)
It was a fun class and a great learning opportunity for the kids!
It's been fun to see Jake and Viva doing puzzles together the past month or longer.
Bentley even pulled a puzzle from the shelf.
I talked the trio into working on a puzzle together. It was 300 piece one that Bentley and I have done before, but his skills are slipping. He said more than once that it was too hard. Nonsense!