Last weekend we went on a hike at a local forest preserve. It was a bit chilly out and none of the trees even had buds on them yet. But, it was nice enough out to take a walk in the woods.Continue reading The Hike (Early Spring)
We got Scout about 6 years ago, when Asher was still a baby. June 25th, 2012 to be exact. He’s definitely part of our family, as anyone with a dog would know. Scout (or Scouty or Scouty P.) is a black lab mixed with some mystery breed that gives him a stumpy/squished tail (kinda like an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog or Brittany Spaniel).
James our now 7 year old, is our first born. We thought we knew what to expect before having him, but OH! were we wrong. James had classic colic: three hours of crying EVERY night from weeks 3-9? It’s really all a blur now. I do know that the comment was made AT THE HOSPITAL when he was 2 days old that the nurses had never seen a newborn awake and alert so much. We should’ve known then…
We live by an awesome place called Phillips Park, which is run by our park district. I have gone there since I was little. It is a very small zoo, but you can tell the staff that work there really enjoy what they do and do their best to give the animals a nice home. AND they have an awesome playground area. AND it’s free! High score for us!
Last week the boys had their Christmas program at school. I was forewarned that over 300 people had RSVP’d which put me in a panic.
“Is that even safe with fire codes?” “Do you remember the little angel school story in Chicago in the early 1900s?” “There is NO parking for that many people” “How am I going to feed these little people dinner, get them ready and back to school by myself?” “oh GOD, Asher please behave”
Put that on auto-repeat, and you have what went around and around in my head that whole day.
It ended up FINE! I spent the day nursing, showering, getting the boy’s clothes ironed, and making a baby nap. We picked up the boys, ate early and got to school early with Gramma. There were PLENTY of seats, so I picked out an “I-can-make-an-easy-exit-with-a-screaming-baby” aisle seat that was still close enough that my poor eyes could make out my children on stage.
Asher was a peach. (That’s not even sarcasm). I don’t know if it was the snowflake lights or the nice singing, but he didn’t even flinch. He didn’t even get fussy until after they were done and when I made my way to the exit, he was asleep by the time I hit the back of the gym. Everyone clap for Asher!!!
James wanted us to get him a babysitter because he was afraid, “Asher (was) going to embarrass” him by crying in front of the whole school. Poor boy. He later thanked his baby brother for being so good. With three kiddos, and one eternally in someone’s arms, we found it hard to take pictures, but here’s what was managed…
It takes a discerning eye, but all three boys are wearing matching ties! I made them all from one 0.60 thrifted tie!
Asher patiently waiting for the festivities to begin…
I love that in the midst of all these grades getting onto the stage, James is the only one in this grainy shot looking at the audience!
Quinn is in the very front shielding his eyes from what he later called “lights as bright as the sun.” Check out some of the expressions on these other kiddos faces- priceless!