Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The End is Near

I started this blog eight years ago as a kind of weird journal for me to ramble about our happenings in Brooklyn. This weekend, I will be deleting this blog.  I found a company that converts the RSS feed into PDF format for archiving.  I'm stopping for a number of personal reasons, the biggest being censorship.  Last week, I started a handwritten journal and I find writing in a soft, leather-bound notebook to be more freeing and enjoyable.  Instagram is a better format for sharing more non-private events for now.

Thanks for eight years.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Abby started her physics lab today.  We discovered gravity and mass using a potato drop that we built.  All the girls had fun dropping potatoes on toothpicks.  I still need to get denatured alcohol so we can finish the chemistry lab.  I'm having such a hard time getting it! This weekend, I'm making the effort to find a cup.

Abby is close to finishing Math 4/5.  I hope to be finished with it before the holidays.  I want to start Math 5/6 after the holidays.  She's also finished First Language Lessons 3, and we're now totally in all fourth/fifth grade work. I need to work on making sure Vera gets her work done everyday.  Some days that's easier than other days.  Math 1 always requires extra things that I need to make sure to have on hand, and most times I am horrible at pre-planning, and Scott forgets or doesn't have the time to pick the stuff up.  Like we needed peanuts in their shells, and for some reason Whole Foods didn't have peanuts, and the CVS next door didn't either.  So I'm stuck trying to do this lesson with pistachios.  At least pistachios have two parts to their shells.

Penny's last two year molar finally poked through!  Joy!

I took a facebook break this week. I needed some separation. It doesn't consume my time, but it's more of a mental break to save my sanity. Alone time.

Greenberries is hosting a babywearing certification course through The Center for Babywearing Studies.  If anyone is interested in becoming a certified babywearing educator, please contact me ASAP.  This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your knowledge of babywearing to support parents and caregivers, and this course will offer continuing education credits through Lamaze and DONA. We still have a few spots open, and a special sign up sale.

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

The girls and I had a super busy weekend. Scott had to work all weekend, and so Saturday I took the girls to work with me. Right after work, we ate dinner, then drove to Ocean City to meet my mother. I drove both ways right at Penny's bedtime to avoid screaming. It kinda worked going there. Penny woke up at the Bay Bridge. On the way home, she slept the whole way and the rest of the night. The girls had a really fun time. Ocean City is best during the off-season. I wish we were closer to an actual beach. The sand and water make the kids so satisfyingly tired.

Scott started his new position here in Baltimore. He's working so hard right now. Twelve hour days, and then working at home after dinner, but his commute is 15 minutes. 15 minutes! It went from between an hour and a half to three hours to 15 minutes. It's lovely.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September, 4 2013

I skipped a month!

Abby's 9th birthday was on the first. She's grown so much this summer. Her little kid-ness is disappearing quickly. Toys aren't holding her attention like crafts and books are. Perfecting super fast turns on her bike and mastering all monkey bars are top priority. We got Abby's ears pierced. We took her to a piercer who did them fast and nearly painless. Getting her ears pierced felt like a rite of passage for her. Abby said she felt a bit more grown up afterwards.

Happy Birthday, my Abby.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

It's been a crazy month. By the time I get into bed, I am done.

Penny has been rocking the potty independence. It makes travelling that much easier. Her last two year molar is half way out! She's been nursing around the clock the last few days, and it's made me realize how much I love nursing. I do. I complain sometimes, like when we're on night three of continuous nursing, and I'm t i r e d, but for the most part it's wonderful. I noticed sometime ago, that if I nurse Penny on the couch at about 2 or 3 pm, I cannot stay awake at all. It's kinda funny. The girls will want a book read, and we'll all sit down on the couch, and Penny will want to nurse, and I am literally fighting to stay awake. There's been times when I've asked the older girls to let me quickly nap while Penny nurses. Those oxytocin hormones are beasts! I want to make it to a decade of nursing. I have one more year.

The girls and I have hit a nice stride with lessons. Everyone has been finishing by noon. Vera does handwriting, math, and reads either an easy reader or two BOB books. Abby does her usual with the math split over two days. I've been splitting Vera's math lesson as well. Meeting book and lesson one day, and worksheet the next. Why didn't I think to do this with Abby way back when? Though, Vera is not where I wanted to be by now. I wanted to be half way through Math 1, but we're a little more than a fourth of the way through. Penny asks to do lessons, too. She's usually satisfied with crayons and a coloring book.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

The Fourth was great this year. We were in an early morning parade with the shop. The girls were so happy, and handed out lollipops to kids on the sidelines. Scott wasn't going to go with us, but he ended up waking up the same time we did, and tagged along. On the way home, he said he was glad he went. It was fun. Once home, Penny, Scott and I took a two hour nap, while the older ones watched a movie. How Abby and Vera stayed awake is beyond me. Then it was time to head to the Inner Harbor for the aquarium party and fireworks. I will never see fireworks any other way. The aquarium was well worth the ticket price. The pier wasn't crowded, there were lots of crafts, activities and even a small play. The kids were so preoccupied they didn't get to go into the aquarium. Scott said the aquarium inside was totally empty and peaceful. Next year, we'll make an effort to walk around inside. The aquarium pier really is the perfect spot to see the fireworks. They were spectacular. Penny was not a fan. After the first few, she started screaming, Go Home! I covered her ears, and told her to close her eyes, and she fell asleep for about ten minutes. Towards the end, she was nervous but fascinated.

Penny is totally potty trained. If Scott can take her out of the house in undies all day without me, she's done with diapers. Guess I should pack away the rest of the diapers.

Vera has mastered her bike. I can't keep up with Abby and Vera anymore when they ride their bikes, and they get frustrated with riding way up ahead, and then back to me. I'd like a bike with a toddler seat to keep up! Penny just fits Vera's old balance bike, and soon she'll be keeping up with Vera and Abby.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013

Penny has gone over a week with only one minor pee miss. She's been wearing undies 24 hours. I packed up the prefolds. It's way too bittersweet. As much as I want to be done with diapers, I don't. This also means our ec journey is coming to an end.

The older ones are in summer camp this week. Both are at the same camp Abby went to last year. The first day went well, except Vera didn't eat and barely drank water while there. Abby said Vera's hands were shaking at lunch time. Poor thing must have been overwhelmed. I know she was nervous when I dropped them off. Vera was doing her quiet, yet brave thing.