Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Highlights

We hope you all had a great Christmas!
Amanda enjoyed opening her pretty packages with fun ribbons.

She had a great time grabbing her cousin's penguin bib. Reilly wasn't too sure about Amanda.

Cousin Mari decided Amanda was her baby and didn't want anyone else to hold her or touch her. She was willing to help carry Amanda to me so I could feed her. Also, when five-year-old Cousin Elizabeth arrived she looked at Mari and said to me, "Did your baby grow up really fast?"

This is the Christmas story told by four-year-old Cousin Joshua. He starts out quiet but as his confidence grows his public speaking skills improve. His Daddy taught him to memorize Luke Chapter 2:1-20. It was so beautiful.

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Day at the Sledding Hill

Last Tuesday it was relatively mild outside so we headed for the sliding hill. The boys did the sledding and Amanda and I just watched.
This is Amanda tucked inside her blanket in the wrap, under a sweatshirt and jacket taking her nap.

This is what she looked like from the outside. I can peek at her and snap a picture through the neck hole. These were Mike's sweatshirt and jacket.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Our little Christmas angel!

At four months, Amanda is 13 lb. 1/2 0z. and 24 1/2 in. long. She is very active and involved in the family activities. She grabs for her toys, our noses and the letters on Mike's shirts. She talks and coos all the time. She is sleeping 7-8 hours at night, although she likes to go to bed a bit later than I do. I usually pump after she goes to bed and early in the morning to keep up my milk supply. The boys are really enjoying her attention and smiles. She adores them and follows their voices around the room. Evening feedings are quite a challenge, because she's trying to nurse and take part in the conversations.

School is going well as I can read, correct homework, doing Latin drill or memory work while pumping or nursing. We are reading Little Men and King Arthur. Amanda does not like King Arthur so we read that when she's sleeping. Mike has gotten excited about memorization work and the boys have memorized the 23rd Psalm and "O, Captain, My Captain." Now they are working on the beginning of the Declaration of Independence. Our life is blissfully full and for that we are thankful!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Big Snow Storm

Amanda's first big snow happened on Sunday, December 1, 2007. Ten or twelve inches fell overnight. Then today more snow began to fall. Five inches have fallen already in its still coming down.

The boys have been thoroughly enjoying the newly fallen snow! It's wonderful to have snow so early in the year. We've had some pretty slow snow years.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Cutie

Amanda is almost four months old, 11 lbs. 11 oz. and 23 inches long.
She is very happy most of the time.
She can be quiet and inquisitive.

And sometimes she is very sad!