i think it has been at least a month since i actually wrote a ten smile tuesday post on a tuesday. i kind of want to go take a nap right now instead of blogging....but i won't...because my camera and brain are full of memories i'd like to blog about before they slip into "prego-brain oblivion".
so...here goes...in no particular order (except, perhaps, the order of photo uploads!) and most definitely from the past few weeks!
1. we decided to spend labor day weekend at home...an odd thing for us, as it is a "summer holiday"...and thus, traditionally, a lake holiday. however, with projects at our house (and my parents' projects of their own at the lake), we felt like we hadn't had a lot of time together and life had been a bit nutso, so we stayed home...kind of! friday afternoon we took a road-trip to cincy to hit up ikea for a few misc. project supplies. in spite of an hour detour both ways since the interstate was closed due to an accident, we had a fabulous time. also, in spite of very little time spent napping by jilly (or kate, for that matter) we had no major melt-downs! the girls were quite excited to bring home a few new family members...so, without further ado...introducing.....
...and "curly" (also nam ed by her "mama" kate)
my little "scholars" all ready to head out...oh my, when did they get so big?!
4. seeds family worship...discovered these cds awhile back, but finally had the chance to purchase them through our church at a steep discount. we are loving them...the girls and my current favorite is definitely "seeds of praise"....you really must check them out if you haven't already.
5. a trip to the orchard...okay, i'm so out of order...this was way back on labor day. it was a gorgeously cool morning...jeans and sweatshirts! we stopped at our local bakery for donut holes and headed to the orchard to pick some apples and raspberries. what a blast! :)
raspberry time :)
7. this little love....who is growing before our eyes. yesterday she had the privilege of going to my OB check-up with me after we dropped the big girls at preschool. after finding the baby's heartbeat my OB said, "do you hear? BABY!"...and jilly grinned from ear to ear. i know she doesn't really get it...but the moment was beyond precious...and i cried, of course, since, you know, i do that a lot lately...watching my baby grin and hearing the incredibly precious sound of my other baby's heartbeat. i don't have any fabulous pics of her lately, because, well, she is on the go...seriously...the child never stops moving. last night she was crying after i put her in bed, which is completely atypical, so i went to check on her and rock her a bit, and the sweet little munchkin snuggled against me, then looked up with an adoring gaze, smiled, and laid her head back against my shoulder....and i held her and rocked her and thought to myself, "my oh my, where in the world did that first year go!?"
**and i leave you with a bonus "smile"...perhaps chuckle is a better descriptor. see this sweet girl (picture taken yesterday around 6 in the evening...the girls were so wiped out from their day at preschool that as soon as dinner was over we showered, pj-ed, etc., and kate didn't have energy for anything other than laying on the couch. (incidentally, she was in bed by 7:20 and asleep by 7:40...this from the child who has stamina most nights to be awake (and noisy) in her bedroom until after 9...even though she is tucked in every night by 8...so you know the pumpkin was tired...but i digress)....anyway...note the cow jammies...some of her favorite. mind you, i thought she was a little girl...though in these pjs she often dreams of being a cow and walks around "moo-ing"...but apparently this morning at 6:30 she must have mistaken both the little girl and the cow identity...because the sweet child was laying in her bed "cock-a-doodle-doo-ing" like a mad woman, loudly and repeatedly. what in the world?! apparently that is what happens when she falls asleep before 8!