Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Year of Adoniah

Last week, we celebrated the first birthday of this little bundle of joy!  It's hard for me to believe my solidly-built, blonde-headed, toddling, tantrum-throwing, smiley guy used to look like this!  He's changed so very much!  Enjoy this year of pictures.

Adoniah Wesley
Born at home on his due date, August 4, 2015.
8 pounds, 10 ounces
20 1/2 inches long

He doesn't even look like the same baby here!

He started out with reddish-colored hair.

So tiny and snuggly!


Lookin' so handsome for church. :)

Learning to smile!

A little tongue action. :)

Starting to really develop personality. :)

Going on a walk with Mommy.

Standing up like a big boy.

Mr. Mess Pot

Never one to be left out of the action!

Happy 1st Birthday, Addy-Boy!

Enjoying his new toy.

Even though it's blurry, I love this facial expression!

Such a big boy, now!

He loved putting coins into his new piggy bank from Mema and Papa!

Look at that face!

Trying to take in the concept of cake with a candle.

Yes, I think I'll take that!

And the verdict is...

(Another fellow chocolate lover!)

We love our little third-born who has gone from a peaceful, laid-back baby to a routine'-tootin' Pistol Pete with an opinion about everything and a determination to not miss anything!  He enjoys eating, being held by Mommy, zooming cars around, practicing his walking skills, swimming, making messes, and snuggling with his favorite green blankie.  He has a belly laugh that is contagious and a smile like sunshine!

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Little (or a lot?) of This and That!

Summertime has officially been super-mega-crazy-busy for this little family!  Seriously, since the middle of May until now, every weekend and multiple week nights have been packed with activity.  Everything from graduation parties to garage sales, homeschool group meetings to book club meetings, hosting friends and family for dinner parties (sometimes up to 30 people!) and overnights, from speaking engagements to VBS drama practices, AWANA meetings to mission trip meetings, and a whole bunch of birthdays in between...our family has been going non-stop.  

Add to these commitments three energetic children, a big garden, a dozen chickens (minus two now), three turkeys, and two fish, and well, you know why I haven't been very present on the blog lately. :)  I've missed it!  And I've still been snapping pictures of our day-to-day lives in the midst of all the craziness, so please humor me while I upload away to my little heart's content in this delightfully quiet hour...

Isaac, our budding pianist.  
He loves to play his own "compositions" while singing words from familiar Sunday school songs. :)  It's really quite adorable.

Back in the day when we did school-type activities more consistency (before the full summer craziness hit), Isaac enjoyed playing with pattern blocks on a mirror one morning.  

It gave a whole new dimension to the usual block-building fun!

JoJo enjoyed the activity as well!

Some days are just a muffin-in-a-mug kind of day. Chocolate, specifically.

Adoniah enjoying his rice cake with apple butter.

The rodeo came to town back in May, so Isaac and I went on a special date to see it!  His favorite part was jumping in a bounce house, of course. :)

My little buddy.

For a small town rodeo, there were a lot of neat events to watch.  

Meanwhile, back in school, we made a caterpillar out of an egg carton.  Isaac had to put the numbers 1-12 in a row and then fill each piece with the right amount of blueberries.

He LOVED this activity, and it made for a convenient snack too. :)

Building birds' nests out of play dough.

The very first harvest from our garden - spinach!  Much more came off those spinach plants as the weeks progressed.  We've also had great success with lettuce, grape tomatoes, potatoes, squash, and zucchini.  Corn, sweet potatoes, and melons are still growing nicely.  Other vegetables like green beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower didn't do so well.  There was a lot of learning and experimenting taking place this year!

Adoniah has learned to stand and cruise around the furniture.  He also just started taking unassisted steps last week, so I'm sure he will be walking in no time!

Happily cooking in their kitchen. :)

Since we were studying about bugs in school, we collected a whole bunch of "cabbage worms" (i.e. little green caterpillars) that were devouring our broccoli plants.  They were fun to watch inside the bug catcher (instead of on the plants!).

Eventually, they made what we thought were cocoons, but they have yet to break out of them, so we're not sure if they're still alive.

Adoniah has turned into an eating machine...and a messy one at that!

Isaac built a "scuba sub" all by himself out of scrap materials lying around after watching me begin the process of building one for our VBS drama.  (Turns out I never had to finish the project as another church gave us theirs, which was much bigger and better.)

I was so proud of his creativity and imagination as he described all the parts to me!

Painting outside like they saw a character in one of their books do.

Despite how serene and peaceful this looks, it only lasted for a short while before the attention span had come to an end and a melt down ensued over some minor frustration.  (Just keeping it real here, folks.  Actually, it was me who had the melt down.)

Oh well.  It was fun while it lasted!
(All of 5 minutes...)

Baby brother looks on with happy smiles.

Isaac's masterpiece.

More creativity at work!  Here, Isaac used two kitchen chairs to build a car like the characters in his Dick and Jane book did.

Of course, Josiah is always the tag-along who wants to be a part of everything Isaac is doing.

They had a blast in their makeshift "car"!

Doesn't everybody empty the dishwasher in their goggles?

I'm pretty sure Josiah is thinking here, "Uh...Mom, you totally put Adoniah's pajamas on me last night and they're just a little small...can we please fix this?" :)

Adoniah's delightful experience with...spaghetti? tacos? I don't remember, but he sure liked it, whatever it was!

This, my friends, is what the real Scuba Sub ended up looking like!
(photo credit: the Jarvis Family)

And this is what so much of my time was dedicated to (along with this fabulous cast of characters - and a few not pictured), from April until July as we rehearsed our church's VBS drama.
(photo credit: the Jarvis Family)

They did a great job, and I am so proud of all their hard work!  The story was a hit each day of the Ocean Commotion VBS program!
(photo credit: the Jarvis Family)

Once again, Isaac found a way to make his own Scuba Sub that he and his brother maneuvered just like they saw the superheroes in the drama do.

It was so cute!

And just in case you're wondering about the toga look Josiah is sporting, it's called learning to dress yourself and insisting on doing it without help. :)

And that's a wrap!  
To a very full blog post, that is, and a summer calendar that's been busting at the seams, leaving everyone exhausted in its wake.
We are looking forward to August.  A visit from my mother.  The county fair. Adoniah's first birthday (be watching for his birth story!). A much needed vacation to the beach.  
I think it will be more relaxed than May, June, and July.  
Maybe. :)