BOYS IN SEPTEMBER

It has been so fun having the boys around this semester! Occasionally trying sometimes as I try and juggle the needs and desires of four children, but I couldn’t ask for better kids to have around.

G is eversograteful anytime we’re able to go outside. His favorites right now are riding in the wagon, chasing cats, checking on his ladybirds and collecting their eggs, swinging (yes please!), riding his bike in the yard and playing with the water gun.

He is obsessed with the cats. He is always just as excited about his fifteenth daily sighting as he is at his first upon his arrival in the morning. He’s becoming so much sweeter and tamer around them, they often gravitate towards him now.

G is never far from Rae. She’s mostly okay with this. Haha.

^ photos of A sitting up were taken by Rae ^

We made pretty regular trips to the library this month. It’s always a little daunting taking four kids anywhere solo, but we tend to go when we’re the only ones there. That helps.

We’ve got plans to see these boys outside of our home tonight at a town movie night and tomorrow at their grandma’s house. I’m so glad they never seem sick of me or react as one does when they see a teacher in public.

My phone’s two-year mark has come and gone. With that came the usual side effects – quick draining battery, slower reaction time, etc. What I didn’t expect was my camera to stop focusing. My camera has two water spots on the lens which was well, I dunno…annoying? Not enough to fuel a desire to order a new lens, though.

Well, I finally decided to leave my Nikon permanently dusted off.

Day one yielded such good results (according to me). I caught myself noticing little details like I used to, like the girls’ matching stance as they worked through a poem and I played with the baby on the floor. G looking oh so cool biting his nails, staring off into space, while wearing “boss glasses,” and Rae scrubbing dishes from above as I grabbed cinnamon from the spice cabinet for Mae’s pancakes.

Rae even took an interest and snapped a photo of me changing a diaper…and about twenty photos of the “flamingo parade” from Planet Earth II (not pictured).

MY BOYS!

The new school year has begun here, and that means that our boy, G, is back – and this year, he brought a friend! I have to say, his brother, A, may steal Mae’s Easiest Babe of All Time crown. I’m pretty stoked.

As I began to type the August round-up post (I write it slowly throughout the month), I realized I had too many photographs of these fellas and decided to give them their very own post.

So here goes…

Rocking a baby has to be one of my favorite ways to spend an hour. A seems more than happy to go along with it anytime I feel so inclined.

G still adores the hens. He picked up right where he left off with his bird-related chores. So far he’s only broken one egg!

The girls are over the moon that they are now five and seven – both suitable ages for holding and feeding babies.

^ Illegally sitting on the table (scissors and Sharpies!). But there was a Mario maze game up there, so at least it was for a good reason.

G typically follows Mae around. He repeats nearly every word she says and sometimes mimics her movements. They cute.

G fits on Mae’s American Girl scooter. Whatababe, but I think I need to find our balance bike…

A, like his brother, enjoys dancing any chance he gets. We’ve never had so many ‘dance parties’!

A joins us for afternoon school. It’s so nice when we are able to study outside!

His momma has red hair and it looks like he has red hair, but after both of my girls being ginger-teases, I’m not holding my breath…

I believe my favorite moments have been when the girls take over and really care for the boys. For Mae, that usually means helping change diapers and read book after book to them. For Rae, that means sharing her things with G. Neither Rae nor G are too keen on sharing, so seeing them flip through dinosaur books snuggled close or playing with Star Wars “figure actions” together really makes me happy.

I was worried Rae would feel like a middle child again, but so far (in the past three weeks -ha!) she is doing well and not feeling over-shadowed.

I plan on schooling these boys until they head off to school – and for G right now, that means learning colors, counting to ten, learning names of animals and their sounds, the ABCs (or the “BCs” as he calls them), and getting into a habit of basic chores he’s able to do – unload his own dishes and take them from the table to the kitchen counter, sweep, pick up his toys, wipe the table, feed the hens and collect their eggs, and wash windows – all things he already enjoys doing anyway!

It is going to be a good school year!!