1. Last week I didn’t post on Friday because I didn’t have much to share. We were sick all last week with Influenza A virus (despite my children all getting the shot/mist at the beginning of December). We still have some lingering coughs, but are all feeling much better overall. Josh always gets hit the worst with sickness, and he had a fever most of last week, poor guy. Michael still has a runny nose, but me and the girls are doing fine. Alison’s burned hand is still recovering as well, but looking good.
2. Before the sickness hit (and this is where we believe we acquired said sickness), we had a small Pine Wood Derby at our church. I had never been to one. Josh did not spend much time working on his car… okay, it was a bus. It was two pieces of wood glued together, colored with markers from our daughters, and with a headlight (literally) strapped onto the front. It was hilariously awesome. And we even ended up winning a few rounds, though that could’ve had more to do with our non-regulation weight standard of 11 oz. 3. Speaking of church, I am now a nursery worker. I am no longer teaching the CTR 6 class. The good news of working in nursery is that they are letting me bring Michael in with me, which wouldn’t normally be the case (in the LDS church children aren’t allowed in nursery until they are 18 months. Don’t ask me why). Plus, half of our nursery is now in the Sunbeams class (like our twins) so it is much smaller than it used to be with around nine children.
4. Michael turned 10 months!! He is adorable and we love him. He cut his second top tooth this week, for a grand total of four teeth! He greatly enjoys grinding his top and bottom teeth together, much to the great annoyance of my husband. He had a 10 month well-child appointment and weighed in at 21lbs (~60th percentile), 29.5″ tall (~70th percentile). Mike cruises along the furniture like a pro, goes from object to object, loves feeding himself crackers, bread, and Cheerios, and enjoys drinking out of a regular cup (he’s never taken a bottle, and thinks sippy cups are funny). He can stand on his own for several seconds, and sometimes walk while only holding onto one of our hands, but greatly prefers walking around while holding fast with both hands. He still loves pulling his sisters’ hair and his dad’s chest hairs. He still gets up at least once a night (though last night it wasn’t until 4:30! Woo-hoo!). He makes the cutest babbling noises, says Dada all the time, Mama rarely, and Baba frequently as well. He is such a happy guy and has the greatest smile and laugh. He loves playing with his sisters and is currently in a “sharing” phase and will offer everything to you. He loves climbing stairs, playing in the toilet water, messing with the trash can, and taking baths (thankfully!). He takes two naps a day, one shortly after getting up in the morning, and one in the afternoon when his sisters also take a nap. Cars are probably his favorite toys right now and he greatly enjoys clapping his hands. We just can’t get enough of this cute baby (who will one way too soon!):5. I took the girls to story time at the library for the first time this year. I plan on taking them every week again. Also, we checked out the movie “The Phantom Tollbooth.” I had never seen it before, and neither had Josh, so we watched it as a family. Certainly a different movie. I’m going to try reading to my kids more often as well.
6. Lisa is a color-holic. She pretty much is coloring in a coloring book (she got like four new ones for Christmas, and so did her sister) or drawing/writing 50% of her day. She LOVES to color. And she is getting way good at it. She stays in the lines mostly and chooses her colors carefully. She colors on and off all day long. Her sister will frequently join her (because Alison is a social girl and “can’t be alone” ever) and will color some “fun” colors on her pages and definitely doesn’t stay in the lines. We encourage them both and have a lot of fun coloring some of the pages ourselves, as they often ask us to color something. Unfortunately, there are now crayons and color books everywhere, and Michael has “mysteriously” gotten an orange or blue tongue a time or two.7. I don’t know if you noticed, but I had TWO sponsored posts on my blog this week! Yeah! The first one was the Home Run Inn Pizza post, the second one the EmbarK12 preschool post. Slowly, I am turning this blog into a business and starting to make some money! Yeah! I really want to make enough money to make my student loan payments each month. I really hate applying for the IBR every year. They always take forever to process it, and I really would like to start tackling that debt. So, thank you everyone for clicks, shares, likes, comments, tweets, etc on my blog and social media platforms. I thank you all for your support and encouragement!
8. While we’re talking blogging, I actually have my next month’s posts all planned out, for the first time ever, thanks to a blogging planner I made! I have some great posts in the works! I’m excited to share them with you all!
9. Josh has officially applied to some Ph.D. programs. He will be officially applying to six schools – Western Michigan University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Montana, and Texas State University. Right now we don’t have a strong preference for where we’d like to go (although Montana seems kind of cold and lonely), but hope that we will get some acceptance letters in due time. If not, we look forward to him getting a job and making some real money… finally.
Have a great weekend everyone! And tell me what you are up to!
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