Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's official...

I'm old :-)  Before we get into the last of our July birthdays I need to tell you the good news that Flannery is doing better.  Thankfully for her, and for us!  She is able to touch her finger again, which was once very painful.  For the past two weeks there has only been maybe a few hours between one pain and it popping up somewhere else.  So far it's been a whole day.  So I think we are getting somewhere.  I am very grateful.  However, we now have a feverish and fussy baby.  But of course!  No sense letting more than a day go by with out someone around here sick and ailing :-) 

Below you will see the pictures from Jonah's birthday and mine, along with a few other odd and ends.

Jonah turned the big 3!  He was so excited that it was finally his birthday.  He picked out the cake he wanted, and his sisters were happy to bake it up for him.  I do believe Moira made some doodles on the cake, but then Jonah remembered that he had "ordered" sprinkles on the cake.  So sprinkles it was, and lots of them.  I am pretty sure they used up a tub of them.

Present time is always greatly anticipated!

One of his two new toys.  Granted after all the thinking, meditating and praying I think a lot needs to change in our family.  Toys being one of those.  When I was pregnant with Isabella I had really wanted to only own open ended toys.  Ones where the child did the movements (not battery operated) and had to use their imagination.  There have been many reasons, and even people who have deterred me.  But I really want to get back to that idea.  I have seen in my own children the negative effects of toys that passively entertain.  That isn't the only place we need to change.  I've already seen how the 'workbook' approach to schooling deadens my children's ability to think for themselves.  It's input and output, no thinking.  Which is why we have headed down the Charlotte Mason avenue of home education.  Um, wait, isn't this a post on birthdays?  Wow, talk about getting off topic :-)  We'll talk about home schooling later, as I did want to write separately on that to get my ideas down.  Right now they are on paper, and that's a dangerous place to be in this household.

Hmmm, I have to say that this picture really does not capture how swollen my knee is.  Oh, well.  Suffice it to say, it's swollen.  On Tuesday, the day after taking Flannery out to her appointment, I found my knee very painful upon walking.  We determined that it was probably due to the brace sliding down and putting too much pressure on my knee.  So on Wednesday morning we readjusted it.  The good news is that the pain decreased significantly!  The bad news is that I now have swelling in places that were not swollen before.  Crazy stuff I tell ya.

This is a snap of the sweater I was working on for the baby.  It has since been assembled and is awaiting the ends to be weaved in and some cute buttons to be attached. We tried it on and it is a bit big on him.  That is good since cold weather isn't even a thought at this moment with outside temps hitting 102-104 this week.  I am a bit disappointed that the hood doesn't come far enough forward to have good coverage of his head.  Jeremiah suggested that I put some sort of tie in so that the hood can be cinched up and tied to keep it on.  A very good idea that I may have to try.

I think this was seen in the above knee picture, I got a new brace for my leg.  This one is much nicer than the foam one I had before.  Much more open, and adjustable than the last one.  This makes it more comfortable, for which I am grateful for.

I have two containers that sit besides the couch.  One is this basket of yarn.  Currently I am working on a granny square style blanket.  I am having a hard time with this yarn.  It's by Carron.  I love the colors, but hate that the strands separate so easily and get snagged on my hook as it passes along.  I think I would really like to splurge one day on some high quality yarn.  I saw this pattern for a simple sweater that I may try.  For some reason adult sized sweater patterns intimidate me.  Not sure why, it's not like I've even attempted one before.

The other container that sits besides me is a Staples copy paper box (emptied of paper of course).  In it I have all the books I am reading, or looking through.  It also houses some diapers and wipes so I have them at the ready.  And it has some index cards (for notes), a pen and the cream/spray for my knee.  It's been great to have everything at hand, and contained.  Before I just had a pile which would invariably get knocked over and spewn around.

Aubrey was quite content to hang out in his exer-saucer the other night.  He was too cute so I had to take a picture :-)

This is not the best of pictures, but the only one I was able to snap the other night of my Mom and Jeremiah in the kitchen.  It's a long and funny story about the fate of my birthday dinner.  Everyone gets to pick whatever (within reasonable limits) they want for dinner on their birthday.  I have to say that there is something about sitting on a couch all day that deadens your taste buds.  So my Mom said she would make a beef stew for my dinner.  Sounded great to me.  Unfortunately by the time she got home from the store there wasn't enough time to make it. So we went to plan B.  Jeremiah had to go out to get my cake anyways, so he could just pick up some pizzas.  There was a small glitch in that plan which left us trying to come up with a plan C. Plan C had Jeremiah cooking Three Cheese Noodle Casserole!  He did a fabulous job.  We all love this new to us dish.  My Mom has been a God send!  It has been more than helpful to know that someone is over seeing that we are getting fed!  The poor woman has been stuck in the kitchen since her coming!  I'm glad to know it's not just me that can't get out of the kitchen....there is so much work to be done in there!  Phew!

Who can resist giving 'Squishy' kisses?  Not me, and.....

Saoirse couldn't resist as well.  I'm not sure how much 'Squishy' appreciated all the attention.

My birthday sign!  The girls said they didn't have enough time to make me one, so they bought one.  They made sure to pick out the *black* in the sign.  Grrr...:-)

This is where we celebrated my birthday.  If you look back at the rest of our birthday pictures we are mostly around our table celebrating.  A few birthdays have been held outside, but mostly we are at the table.  It got a bit scary when everyone was closing in to see my gifts.  I get very nervous when the kiddos get too close to the couch, too many close calls. 

Jonah really wanted to be in a picture.  He is our busy body.  He can single handily wear me out!  He is go, go, go, go!!!  Into anything and everything.  But just as busy as he is he is also very loving.  He loves to help out with all sorts of things that I am doing.  With me laid up he has been the first to jump up and grab my crutches for me, opening doors for me, etc.  Very cute.  He also loves to cuddle and have his picture taken, so what could be better than doing both at once.

The cake!  I think I've had this cake the last few birthdays.  Kind of a 'death by chocolate'.  We all love it.

Love, love, love the homemade birthday cards.  I always treasure them and keep them.  You have to love the "p"s in the above picture.

See those candles?  Yeah, it's the big one :-)

I received some very wonderful gifts.  One of them being these very fuzzy flip flop slippers.  They matched the pj's that my Mom got me.  She went shopping with the oldest two girls and they had a ball picking things out for me.  Funny thing was that we were talking about purses the day before.  I told my Mom how funny that of all the females in my house, I'm the only one *without* a purse.  And what should I behold in my gift bag?  A beautiful green purse!  Perfect.  I also got a wonderful outfit from Jeremiah's Mom as well.  Moira helped to pick it out when she was visiting her at the beginning of the month. 

It was a full day, and a wonderful celebration!!  It was great to have my Mom here to join in.  Too bad my sister, neices and nephew were not able to stay for another day or two.  Some day, some day we'll have a big birthday bash for all the missed birthday's over the years :-) 

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