Nolan is such a happy camper. He thinks he is such a big boy too! One of his favorite things to do is to pull our footstool up to the counter to stand on. Did I mention how much he enjoys hot chocolate? His mustache looks extra cute. No more potty accidents either. Now if I can only teach him to remember to wipe. 3 1/2 is a bit young though so I say that in jest. It will come in time.
We were given this massager. The kids love to play with it. It doesn't even scare Oliver the kids showed me one afternoon. If you put it on your nose it will make you sneeze they told me another day. It is so loud I don't know how they can hear the movie.
All summer I have encouraged the kids to find other things to do besides watch movies and play on the computer. Julia started doing puzzles. Many of the kids have helped her. Here she is showing off three of them.
Look at Oliver. He is our angel. His smile is addictive-- we cannot get enough of it. We all love to talk about all of the new things Oliver is learning to do. He now feeds himself Cheerios. He eats foods that are unsweetened. He eats foods that have a little texture. He opens his mouth when he sees the spoon coming. He doesn't thrust his tongue out when the spoon enters his mouth anymore. He enjoys drinking a bottle of baby formula but not unless he is in our arms. Forget trying to get him to drink one in his high chair-- he will not. He wants that closeness that he can only get when he is in our arms. Oliver is starting to cry when I put him down for bed at night. This is something new. He wants to be rocked to sleep. Lucky for him he has plenty of us that love to do this. However, I am insisting that if he wakes up after being rocked to sleep when we lay him down, he is only to be patted on his back so he can learn to get himself back to sleep. So far so good.
We made homemade chicken pot pie last night. The homemade butter crusts were delicious. I have no doubt that my kids are going to grow up to be great cooks. Even the boys who helped with dinner tonight.
Galina poked holes on top of the pie crusts to let the steam escape.
We serves all four pies at dinner. They were placed every four people at the dinner table and one of the kids helped serve up the other kids. Anna ate half of a pie all by herself-- I would know because I served her. :)
Oliver asleep with Mama.
Here are a few fun pictures I took tonight. They are evidence that kids do indeed live here.
I am told that this is Nolan's doing.
This is how a few of the boys thought they would leave the peanut butter jar after making their lunches for school tomorrow. They thought wrong. And yes, school starts tomorrow-- a whole hour earlier than last year. Thankfully Alex and Dennis actually went down around 8pm and Andrew and Jonny at 9pm.
This big giraffe was given to us by my Mom.
A few of the girls got in trouble for visiting a chat room they didn't have permission to visit. One of them went a step further and talked a sister into letting her text a boy. The boy is definitely after one thing which was evident by their conversation. After talking to them last night the same daughter whispered under her breath on her way out, I hate this family. But the Lord is faithful. He always is. Praising Him that her attitude was much better today and as we talked more John mentioned that a more mature thing to have said would have been, "I hate what I did." Maybe next time.
For now though-- they are grounded so out of boredom they cleaned their room, wrote this sign, and hung lights, and bible verses from their ceiling.
What are telltale signs that kids live in your house?