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We took the day off yesterday and packed up to go hiking. It was gorgeous and we were all so excited. Got everyone some new summer clothes and new waterbottles. Packed everyone up, drove the hour to the trail. Got out headed down the trail… then a couple minutes into the walk Audrey got a SCRAPE. Now mind you any normal kid would fuss and move on… but not her. She shrieked, she cried, she told me how bad it hurt… then she started.. just barely to calm down… UNTIL Amelia so kindly pointed out that it was BLEEDING!! Then there was no stopping the shrieking. She screamed for an hour straight before we gave in and called it a day. She is still crying about it today…. seriously its a scrape kid… move on.

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So I walk into the kitchen last night and the stool is pushed to the kitchen sink and every dirty dish from said sink is thrown on the floor….. and it hit me … Anna is a toddler now lol… run for your life!

On the school front….
We are getting into a nice routine now. We get up and eat breakfast, get dressed and the kids pick up while I do dishes. Then we have school and are done in time for lunch. Which leaves us all afternoon to go on walks or lounge or whatever we’re in the mood for… its really going well for the most part … except for my one “spirited” child. I know we’ll figure it out but right now I don’t feel like he’s learning a thing… good thing he’s only 7 and can make up for it later right 😉 He is just SO busy… although he is loving our science. Its called R.E.A.L. science and its VERY hands on so thats right up his alley… the rest I suppose will come in time.

We did a unit study on the ocean and the kiddos made a gigantic picture of the ocean! We had a lot of fun ( I’m not sure how much we learned but it WAS fun 😉 ) We decided Mom can’t stay focused enough to do unit studies so we bought a science curriculum that we started today but it was fun anyways.
(the hole in the bottom of the sea is courtesy of Miss Anna)

Today Anna is ONE! She has turned into such a sweet little girl. She is always quick to give kisses and is such a loving little thing. She’s just started walking too ( which is the CUTEST thing) She got a baby doll for her birthday and when she saw it she started kissing it over and over and saying BABY!!!! Since it’s her first birthday I thought I would share her Birth Story and some pictures. 🙂

Annabelle Sophia’s Birth

Annabelle Sophia’s Birth March 14th, 2008

I was 41 weeks and 3 days pregnant and starting to get a little impatient to meet my new little one. This was going to be my first homebirth which both thrilled me and made me a little anxious. This same week was the week of the Churches Teacher Appreciation dinner that Joe cooks ALL the food for (over 150 people). I was terrified all week I was going to have the baby at a time that would make it impossible for him to fulfill his commitment to cook the dinner Thursday night. He also had 8 fancy desserts and other prep work to do during the week. Well the prayers of many for things to work out well must have been heard.

Thursday started off normally until I was on my way home from dropping off the boys at school. I realized in the car my contractions were different than they had been. Uh oh I thought …. The dinner was that night. I quietly labored gently throughout the day. The contractions weren’t painful yet just different. I didn’t bother telling Joe yet because he was running around like crazy preparing for the dinner that evening. Well things seemed to settle and I got the boys from school and went up to the church for a bit. Came home feed the kids, cleaned up the kitchen and decided to go back up to the church and help clean up after the dinner. As I was driving to the church the contractions came back but were starting to ache a little. After being at the church for about an hour I realized it was truly labor and told Joe. I am still amazed my labor started just as the dinner he needed to cook ended, God truly does have perfect timing. We both got in our cars and started driving home. It’s about a 5 min drive which about halfway home I realized I could barely complete.

We got home and put the kids to bed, which was no small task. By then they realized the baby was coming and it was worse than Christmas Eve they were sooo excited. Joe called the midwife- Nancy but I told her not to worry because I was sure we had plenty of time. At this point it was almost 10 PM. Shortly after that during a contraction I told Joe to shut up and quit talking to me. He laughed and called Nancy back and said on second thought you had better hurry LOL. Nancy arrived around 11 PM. We sat and talked and laughed for quite a while. By this point I was thinking it was going to be a looong night. At some point I told Nancy she should check me because I didn’t think I was very far along and we probably called her too early. Well she said I think you’ll be happy. I said am I at least a 6? Well you’re a 9.. Almost 10! I was in shock. I was in very little pain and still in total control even during contractions! It was so comfortable being at home and was such a vividly different experience. I went back to my comfy chair (this time with a chuck pad under me) and we talked and laughed some more. I started feeling some intensity and wanted to get in the tub. I was in there for a while when I decided it had stalled my labor. I was about to call to Nancy and tell her I though things weren’t progressing when my water broke. At that point the pain hit the roof. I had a contraction that seemed to last an eternity and I started screaming to get me out of the tub. Joe and Nancy got me on to the bed and Nancy told me she was crowning. At that point I decided no I didn’t want to push LOL. Since there was meconium and Nancy could tell from the size of her head she was big and her head was grey looking she was anxious to get her out. She had Joe help me get on all fours and started very intensely insisting I had to push. I realized at that point she was worried but I was too lost in pain to cooperate. Finally they got through to me and she was out in 3 pushes. From the time my water broke to the time she was born was only about 15-30 minutes. Nancy suctioned her out to prevent her from inhaling the meconium and she promptly started to scream and gain color …. oh and hasn’t stopped yet LOL. She nursed immediately with the cord still attached. We snuggled and nursed until I felt the urge to push again. Nancy delivered the placenta and Joe cut the cord. We took a bath together and then went back to bed. I was bleeding a little more than Nancy wanted so she had me drink some Shepard’s Purse tea (BLECH). Then put a tincture of it under my tongue …. worst thing I’ve EVER tasted. It made me sick to my stomach and made my uterus start contracting very hard so I vomited a couple times. After that Joe was able to take the baby for a little while after I nursed her again while I took a nap and Nancy slept on the couch for a bit. When I had a chance to recover from the intensity of the quick birth we woke up the other kids. They were SO thrilled to get to see the baby so quickly after the birth. At that point Nancy checked on me again and declared we were doing well and left us to enjoy our time as a family. I will NEVER birth in a hospital again. I am still mourning the loss of that special birth I never got to experience with my other children. It was so wonderful and perfect. We laughed we cried and we shared a joy I have never before experienced. The true form of birth is something that cannot be interfered with. It is quiet and peaceful yet the most intense and exhilarating thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Instead of fearing the next time I can’t wait to experience it all again. Giving life to a being is supposed to be like this!

Just Born

Just Born

Anna on her Blessing Day

Anna on her Blessing Day

7 Months

7 Months

10 Months

10 Months

Whats In there?

What's In there?

Kissing her baby

Kissing her baby

I am so ready to get back to normal every day life. My curriculum I bought is pouring in every day and I’m ready to dive in and get a routine going. Yes I know its the end of the year but you know what? I don’t care… we’re just starting where we are and we’ll roll with it. On a positive note after listening to all the problems we’ve had installing the new floors my Dad decided to save us and drive up and finish the job!!!! YAY ( he lays flooring for a living) So he says he will be finished tomorrow so then we paint… and by the time we’re done Weylin will be in Texas. Maybe our routine should revolve around the fact that we may never have one??

So we’re trying to refinance our home. We got aproved for the loan but our home has to apraise for a certain amount before we actually get the loan… so the improvements begin! I’m painting the kitchen, living room, hall and our bed/bath… and possibly painting over the wood paneling downstairs.I started on the kitchen yesterday and…. I hate it 😦 I THOUGHT I was buying a nice deep rosey red… instead its orangey red 😦 Hopefully when I remove the tape it will look better. In the meantime Joe is installing tile in the kitchen and all 3 bathrooms. Doing this type of stuff with a 1 YO and 5 other kids is…. interesting to say the least. Hopefully we’ll survive it.

Today is a beautiful, breezy warm spring day. We should be at the park for HS park day but we aren’t, we NEEDED to stay home today. Its way too easy to fill up every minute. So today we are taking it easy and finishing up our ocean projects but mostly playing. The kids are outside and Mom is sewing… ahhhh the day couldn’t be better 🙂

Whew I am TIRED… who knew this would be so exhausting! This week has been great but I’m going to have to get used to going at a MUCH faster pace. Whoever said Homeschoolers don’t have the opportunity to socialize has obviously never homeschooled. There seem to be a constant stream of activities in the local groups, so many we couldn’t possibly even attend them all! On other topics I shelled out quite the chunk of change this morning for curriculum… can you say OUCH. I hope we like it, I spent so much time researching what we wanted, I’ll be really sad if it’s a bust.

Day 2 went OK we went to a Homeschooling Science fair and the kids left really excited to do experiments on their own. The girls made some “slime” that kept them entertained for most of the afternoon. We didn’t get anything done by way of schoolwork but the experience was good. I really need to crack down and buy some curriculum because they want to do the work. I think I’m going to buy the math u see program to get them going and we’re going to start the reading lessons next week. That should help them. We’re also doing a unit study on the ocean. We’re researching and writing papers/stories and the kids are making a giant mural on the wall. We also rented every DVD on the ocean we could find through the library and netflix. I’ll have to take a picture of our work when we get finished.

Well here we are… day one of Homeschooling! We got up at a blissful 7:30 AM and are bustling about starting our day at the moment. Kids are showering/getting dressed and eating and I am vegging for a moment before starting lessons for the day. We’re going to venture out to the library for a bit and work on the garden later. Here’s hoping for a fabulous start to our learning experience!

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