Monday, July 30, 2012

It's That Time of Year

This is the time each year that I step back, take a deep breath, and feel like I'm diving into the ocean.  The fall season is the busiest for our family, and today marks the beginning of it.  H1 left before 6:30 this morning for football practice that began at 7:00.  He'll be going in at that time each morning until August 20th, when teacher workdays start, and then the students will return to school on September 4th.  Once school is back in session, H1 will be working from 7am - 7pm on Monday - Wednesday, and then with games on Thursdays and Fridays, his day usually extends until 10:30 at the earliest.  As a blessing though, I think all of the away games are less than 2 hours away this year.  Some of the 3+ hour commutes in the past have found him getting home around 2am!  Football usually ends in mid November and we get a one week break before basketball begins, then Thanksgiving, more basketball, and Christmas break.  There.  In one paragraph, I've summed up our lives between now and the end of the year!

In the meantime, I'm still trying to figure out how this whole mom of two things works.  H3 seems to be very content with the change and generally unruffled by her world turning on end.  H4 is a very sweet baby and sleeps quite a bit, though the past few days have been a bit rough.  She spent almost 2 hours crying last night and we never could figure out what was bothering her.  My biggest challenge is trying to coordinate everything.  H3 still needs help with quite a few things during the day, and right now H4 is nursing roughly every 2 hours.  Usually by the time I finish with one, the other needs something.  My house looks like a hurricane has been through it (and right now I'm glaring at the potato chip crumbs that are under my feet, courtesy of H3's lunch today).  I know I'll get organized at some point, though I'm not entirely sure when that will be.  Maybe by the end of the year?

Speaking of organizing, time to see if I can round up H3 and get her to take a nap!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

In the Last Week

After H4 was born on the 8th, we were discharged from the hospital on the 10th.  Here is little H4 in her car seat, waiting to begin her first car ride back home.

Pop-pop came to see his new granddaughter and hang out with H3. He brought quite a few educational tools with him to play with H3, who loved everything.  He left a few of them for me to use, like the piece below that they are working with.

A matching game

Family hug!

I wish I'd gotten a picture of our sink before H1 took it out, but I was too late.  This was his project this past  Tuesday.

My old sink, sitting out in the backyard right after he removed it.

It's a bit hard to see, but there is a hole in the sink that isn't supposed to be there, and the previous owners had caulked it.

H1 had to cut the counter-top a bit to fit the new sink.

My new-to-me sink, courtesy of craigslist.  

H1 bought it for $120, and it's normally around $300 brand new.  The sink wasn't very old, and the family selling it had done a kitchen renovation and this sink couldn't fit in their new design. Their loss, my benefit!


Pics and Activities From Before H4

Whenever H1 mows the lawn, he takes a few minutes after he's done to give H3 a ride.  It's usually a highlight in her day!

The week before H4 arrived, we took a trip to the Portsmouth Children's Museum with H3 and a little friend of hers.

Daddy's grocery bill

Organizing a balanced meal

Bubble room!

There's a room with a stage where you can change the background, lighting, and sounds.  H3 was putting on a little dance for us

H1 enjoyed playing too

After the museum, I needed to pick up a few things at Walmart, so we got the girls some milkshakes too.

On the 4th of July, we had a friend over along with her 4 kids.  The older two boys spent the afternoon playing Settlers of Catan with H1, while the younger ones played outside in the pool and sprinkler.  My friend and I hid from the sun under the carport while our munchkins played.

Heading to go see fireworks!

Hanging out in the backyard 

Drawing pictures with Daddy while waiting for breakfast to arrive 

I think that about covers the week and a half leading up to H4's arrival.  We tried to pack in a lot of things during that time, to help me pass the time and to spend some extra time with H3 before her life changed drastically!  It was a good time, and we look forward to making new family memories with our family of 4.


Look What We Found - roadside sale

These were actually found about two weeks ago, the day before H4 was born. I just didn't get my post together before she arrived!  That Saturday morning, we decided to go to a diner for breakfast and there happened to be a little yard sale across the street, so after we ate, I stopped in!

A princess dress-up dress, a ballet leotard (H3 will be taking ballet this fall), and a Gap fall dress, $3 each

This is the kind of odd purchase, I know. The set needs cymbals and a foot pedal, but since it was only $40, it came home with us. We have discovered that H3 not only loves drums, but can actually keep a beat. I thought this little splurge would come in handy to figure out if this is an instrument that she will be able to play in the future.  We are going to clean it up and get the missing pieces and give it to her for Christmas.  

It's once again in the 90s and low 100s, so for now I'm staying inside and hiding from the heat!


Monday, July 9, 2012

She's Here!

H4 has arrived!  She came at 12:50 in the afternoon on Sunday, July 8th, weighing in at 7lbs and 15oz.  She was 20.5 inches long too!  Much to our excitement, the cleft palate we'd been told to anticipate is not there!!!!  I firmly believe this was a direct answer to prayer.  I saw the ultrasounds and I could clearly see what the doctors were looking at.  There was a black space on that ultrasound picture where there should have been grey tissue showing. I have no doubt that God has touched our little baby, and I give Him praise!

Welcome sweet Baby H4!  We are so glad God has given you to us!