I've become a very poor blogger! Jeesh! At any rate, I have a LOT to catch you up on, but wanted to give you a few snap shots of what's been going on since July at our house!
First off, we found out in July that we are expecting baby #4! We are absolutely thrilled! What a horrible pic below (in vacation hotel room), but I was 8 weeks here and couldn't believe how quickly my belly popped out!
And of course Justin and I took our annual canoe trip on Current River! The drive there and home on a newly pregnant mom was NOT fun, and honestly, the canoeing wasn't all that great either...I was sick! And the weather kinda sucked, as you'll see below, I wore a jacket and it poured rain the second day!
and the bus ride back to the hotel is hellacious anyway, not to mention extra so on a sick pregnant woman! Although the bus full of drunks kept a smile on my face! And Justin is ALWAYS so much fun and can make me laugh no matter how crappy I feel!
While we were on a mini-vacation, my sister took all the boys to the Ozarks with my mom the same week! It worked out perfect! With more than 2 kids, we are usually having to split them up to make it easier on caretakers, and Blaire was just a little too young to go with them this year, so she stayed with Justin's parents.
You have to be a pretty brave soul to take these 3 muskateers anywhere for a week!
And when we got home from our trip, we had a few days alone with this bag lady before the boys returned!
Then, before I knew it, I was buying more school supplies and sharpening a quazillion pencils! Out of no where, this homeschool mom made a compromise with our anti-homeschooling families to send our boys to a private Christian school. We decided on Friday, had our interview Saturday morning, and the boys started their first day that Monday! It was a whirlwind of excitement!
Both boys were excited to start back at a school, although it took Heith about 6 weeks to adjust. He had a couple days that he needed to stay home with mom and several days (and weeks) of crying to be homeschooled again. My heart ached for him, but now he LOVES it and is THRIVING!
Here they are in their classroom. They are in a combined class of first and second graders, which thrills my heart! I wanted them to be kept together to reenforce their brotherly bond and God worked it out perfectly!
Although, most of the summer was pretty mild, it got really hot once the boys started school, so Blaire and I spent most of our mornings outside in the pool! She's very sneaky too! On this day, I was eating my breakfast on the patio and she decided to get undressed and take a dip!
Then in September, after less than 3 months of dating, but years of knowing each other, my sister got engaged! Her ring is huge and gorgeous!
After having my sister single and all to myself for 5 years, it's been a bit of adjustment to give her up. Below, the photographer at her engagement party says "okay, now lets get the 3 of you." I automatically thought Amy, my mom, and myself...afterall, that's how it's been all these years! The photographer meant my mom, Amy, and her new fiance, Bobby...not me. Like I said, adjusting.
We also celebrated Clark's 8th birthday with family!
Then my mother-in-law took the 3 kids to the pumpkin farm, where I happened to be with friends, so I got some pics!
Here's Heith clowning around.
And while Heith was showing off, Clark and Blaire were patiently waiting to be photographed together with the year sign.
And my wonderful mother in law, always pulling her weight! :)
always sucks is always a great time! Okay, it's actually my least favorite holiday...lots of stress for the mom!
My beautiful cheetah who won't let me touch her hair...she had a cheetah ear headband, but it was a no-go!
We trick or treat 2 nights where I live, so the first night we do family, and the second night we went to my church's Trunk or Treat where there are a ton of people who dress up their car trunks in a theme and they also have lots of games and free food! Here the boys are racing up a climbing wall!
I've been trying to get my house in order, which involved hiring a terrific cleaning lady, vacuum sealing lots of things, organizing Justin's side of the basement storage, and most recently, sorting through baby clothes. Here the boys are helping me one night sort boy and girls and sizes. We need to be prepared since this round, we didn't find out the gender!
So that's whats been going on, in a tiny nutshell! I'll try to post soon about our school choice and some other going-ons. I'm reminded of why I don't post often anymore...this post took me nearly 2 hours!!!
I hope you're all having a great fall and gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas...right around the corner!