No pictures today.
Thank you so much to all of you who introduced yourself by leaving a comment the other day. Reading through each of them as they trickled in were sure a nice treat. Trust me, I enjoy your comments as much as you enjoy hearing from me-- so thanks again!
Oliver is army crawling more and more. When we help him get his knees up under him in a crawling position he will actually push up with his arms as if he is ready to take off crawling. Too bad he just moves forward without moving his arms and so he falls on his face and tummy. Don't worry, we are there to break his little fall. :)
Tomorrow Dennis will see the oculoplastic surgeon for a check-up. I am taking Nolan with me so he can meet him and see if Nolan needs something done with his tear ducts that don't drain.
A few of the kids slept out in tents the other night.
Julia is at family camp this week babysitting.
Nolan has been accident free the last two days. Before that he was having accidents here and there. It was usually at naptime or in the morning and I think it was because he was afraid to get up and go on his own. He would always tell us that he had to go and then expect us to go and help him get on the toilet. Often times it was too late. But now that he has learned to get on the toilet himself and I have been encouraging him to go on his own, he is making it to the toilet on time. I just follow him a minute or two later to see if he needs help and to clap if he has done things all by himself!
Caleb is becoming an excellent driver.
I gave Annalyn and Rachel haircuts.
We were blessed with plenty of wonderful hand-me-downs from 3 different families that will more than supplement the back to school clothes I just bought. I was shocked to read that parents spend an average of $700 per child for back to school supplies and clothes. Yikes! When all is said and done, I will have spent less than the average cost of two children for fifteen of our children. No new back packs this year, shopping online with promo codes, and giving the older boys a set amount of money and having them buy everything themselves made a huge difference.
William made jello for fruit salad tonight.
Oliver is learning patience at meal times. He will actually eat veggie baby food with unsweetened rice cereal now. This is huge since last week he was screaming bloody murder when we gave him a bite of something that wasn't sweet.
There has been a few more trials than smiles the last day or two. Still searching for the right words to share if I share at all. Just know that like any family we certainly have our fair share of ups and downs.
P.S. The little 7 year old boy here in California on a hosting program that needed respite is now with a new family for the next three weeks. I was told he is doing great! Thanks!