Rohn River Gives 5 Months the Thumbs up!

  
Our little man is happy and talking more than ever. His favorite is when I talk to him by way of Chewbacca coos, he absolutely loves it.His appetite has jumped quite a bit and we’re excited about the possibility of wee rolls. Testing his chops by biting me while nursing, hasn’t been so cute. We think he might decide to teeth without my consent. ;)

He’s quite interested in what everyone else is eating and even got to suckle on a chicken bone after staring longing and determinedly reaching for it! 

His motor skills are keen and his interest in the outside world is breathtaking to watch. Grabbing his feet is his next feat! He tries and tries and this month we’re betting he’ll grab hold. We love our sweet, laughing boy and can’t help gathering round to see what he’ll do and how he’ll make us smile. Blessed beyond with our little man River.

I leave you with these adorable gummy smiled photos of our prize and joy! Red for the month of love and dressed up in fire engines in honor of his grandfather’s birthday month. (Now retired, he worked over 30 some-odd-years for the Scottish fire brigade.)

   
 

Little Man River is 4 Months Young

  
Little man River turned 4months this week! Still loving, peaceful, and calm, River loves to be held and loves loves loves trying to reach for your face to pull you down for a kiss. He is now at that faze where you can’t always cuddle him like a newborn and wants to be held upright so that he might see all that is going on. His play mat is a must and the cowbell is his particular favorite to reach for. He adores being sung to by his big sister Apple, being read to by big sister Sparrow and is calmest when big brother is stomping about where he can see and hear all that Samwise gets into. Our string bean has graduated to 6month clothing with the length capacity to fit into some of the 9month clothing too. He loves being kissed to sleep and his hands being held. We are so very happy that he is ours! 

  

2016 the New Year +Last Year’s Questionnaire 

It’s the new year! 2016. I intend for it to be a brilliant one. You see, 4 is my lucky number, and 4×4 is 16, which is MY number((I was born April(4) 16th.)) Biblically, 16 means love. Love is my word, and I hope to fill this year with love. First, love for myself. When I am so full of love I intend to let the love pour out of me in waves. It will be difficult at times to share what love I have, and at times my cup will feel quite shallow. Ever the more, I hope to feel and be filled with the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit so that their love might pour from me like everlasting rivers.
This questionnaire has been sitting in my notes since my last birthday in April of 2015. I can image that I forgot to publish it…well, because I forget a lot of stuff these days. The children stole my brain I swear! ;)
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Taken April 2015, Hair getting done was a gift from husband and SIL.

 
 

 On to the questionnaire!

I did this last year, but this year it is better put together.

 1)What are you saying goodbye to?

My 27th year, and some small form of organization. 

2)Did you travel anywhere?

We went on two special trips. One was a surprise affair to Arkansas to see some of Pete’s family who moved there the year before. We got to meet our nephew Cailean for the first time and it was his 2nd birthday to boot!

We also traveled to Utopia and the river for my husbands last birthday in his twenties.

3)Did any one special pass on, give birth or marry?

Yes! Myself. I gave birth to our son. 

4)Did you read much?

Ha! If you count children’s picture books, then yes, I read a ton. Otherwise, Wild was the only book I can think that I read…

5)What music will forever represent that year?

I got back into some of my childhood albums.
Julie Miller and Rich Mullins stick out the most of comforting and relating the most.

6)Did you watch many shows?

My husband and I picked up a show called The 100, we finished a season or two but need to catch back up.

7)How about the movies?

Cinderella.
 I connected yet again with this story line. Having had a ‘word of knowledge’ from a pastor years ago that my life was parallel to the story, I’ve come to think of it as my story.

I found myself weeping at the end of the movie when the main character turned around and simply said, “I forgive you.” What a moment of conformation and love and relief I felt.  

8)Did you make any friends?

No one who sticks out. Been quite the homebody.

9)What did you meditate on?

Kindness 

10)What did you spend most of your time doing?

Adoring my son. Seriously, such a well loved child.

11)Who inspired you?

John the beloved. He is the disciple I relate to the most and I find I understand and connect and grow higher from reading what He has to say. 

12)What’s some favorite moments?

Surprising my in-laws with our trip. It was also comforting to have my husband with his kin. 

That first week with our son. How we stared and smiled and loved and a family unit was one of the most comforting things I’ve ever experienced.

13) Hardest moment? 

Driving to Arkansas with an infant and the school run with that same child. He’s not a fan of the car seat. It drives me crazy.

14) Favorite item? 

My phone, with it I capture and record a thousand memories and moments.

15)Best song to belt out to while driving?

At this time, I’m happy if there is silence in the car.

16) What is your motto?

Have courage and be kind

17)Who is your best friend?

My husband, my rock. Peter.

18) What’s the next book you want to read?

Still flippin’ waiting on Winds of Winter or whatever Martin’s new novel is called.

19) How do you feel about your body?

Like I don’t think it can stretch anymore. 

20) What are you chasing at the moment?

Unity and Understanding 

22) What do you want to buy?

Some land. I’m ready for a home closer to the wilderness.

23)What did you want that you did get?

My husband replaced my phone/memory life line after it had a big accident with my son and water.

24) What has improved?

The natural flow between my husband and I. We know each other and what we each bring to the table.

25) Write a phrase that sums up this year?

Love conquers all-

26) What are you really excited about?

Have to copy and paste last year’s response. Ha!Meeting our new baby!! I can’t wait.

27) What three words describe your family.
Connection. Laughter. Growth 

Little Interviews 

  
Found these in my notes from last year. I was frustrated with my children this morning, but after reading this, my heart feels tender again. It’s a good reminder of how quickly they grow and how much you mean to them as a mother and leader in your home.

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think. 

Apple age 5

1. What is something mommy always says to you? 
To clean up

2. What makes mommy happy? Surprises 

3. What makes mommy sad? When it’s not cleaned up

4. How does your mommy make you laugh?  By tickling 

5. What was your mommy like as a child?  Cause she’s sweet

6. How old is your mommy? 27-8!

7. How tall is your mommy? (blank stare)

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Go to bed

9. What does your mommy do when you’re not around? Pick up Audrey

10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? A rock star

11. What is your mommy really good at? Writing

12. What is your mommy not very good at?  I don’t know

13. What does your mommy do for a job? Photo shoots

14.What is your mommy’s favorite food? Honey

15.What makes you proud of your mommy? Because she’s a good mommy

16. If your mommy were a character, who would she be? A Queen

17. What do you and your mommy do together? Snuggle

18. How are you and your mommy the same? We use to have the same hair.

19. How are you and your mommy different? You are big and I am small

20. How do you know your mommy loves you? Because she’s mine

21. What does your mommy like most about your dad? Because he spends time with you.

22. Where is your mommy’s favorite place to go? 

To wal-mart

23. How old was your mommy when you were born? (I got a shrug)

Sparrow age 8

1. What is something mommy always says to you? Be quiet

2. What makes mommy happy? A foot rub 

3. What makes mommy sad? When we don’t listen

4. How does your mommy make you laugh? Tickle me and make me happy

5. What was your mommy like as a child? She was adventurous and always liked to play outside and ride her horse.

6. How old is your mommy? She is twenty….eight.

7. How tall is your mommy? I say about,…1 1\2 meters.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Spend time with her children

9. What does your mommy do when you’re not around? Sleep!

10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? Taking pictures as a photographer.

11. What is your mommy really good at? Helping us with things that are difficult for us.

12. What is your mommy not very good at? Fixing electronics.

13. What does your mommy do for a job? She works as a photographer

14.What is your mommy’s favorite food? I’m gonna have to say…salad or soup.

15.What makes you proud of your mommy? When she does something she hasn’t done before and she accomplish, or whatever I don’t know…

16. If your mommy were a character, who would she be? She would be a horse rider that is lost and trying to find her way.

17. What do you and your mommy do together? We do arts and crafts and we watch movies. And we also cook.

18. How are you and your mommy the same? We sometimes think a lot together. We both really like to draw, and play and have fun.

19. How are you and your mommy different? I talk more.

20. How do you know your mommy loves you? She always helps me when I need her.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? That he’s from Scotland and he can help her with computers so she doesn’t have to ask someone to come in.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? To a farm.
23. How old was your mom when you were born? Let me think, so eight years from now is..28…wait wait wait…you were twenty or you just had your birthday, yep I’m gonna say twenty.

On the 12th Day of Christmas

  
Last night I put together a quick batch of dough for sugar cookies. ((I also made a batch of my own creation. The dough still in bowl in icebox-so we shall see if they are any good.))I threw the sugar cookie dough into a ziplock baggy into the freezer. I later came to regret that.

As soon as we woke up the kids were hyper as all get out. They noticed that each stocking had more inside it and they squilled and squilled.

We got the kitchen tidied up and then we prepared to roll out some dough and cut some shapes. However the damn dough took so darn long to unthaw that I knew I would run out of time for River to stay asleep so I put the bag in some hot water. 
After some time I came back and wouldn’t you know it, there was a hole in the bag. So now we had wet dough. I did what I could and we began. I should have made more but I felt so over it that I didn’t try harder to make it extra special for the kids.

   
 We cut our shapes and cooked them. The. For the first time ever(I’ve never done this) we made a frosting for our Christmas cookies. My friend(shout out to Charity!) who is a mother of three giant boys, gave me a quick recipe she uses, and I modified it to what I had.

I melted one stick of butter, stirred in nearly one pound of powered sugar and about a 4th cup of milk. Stir stir stir. The look was nice and creamy.

I then divided the batch into 4 separate bowls and added food coloring to them.

   
    

Little brother Samwise helped by eating

 We used spoons and mostly our (washed) hands to apply the frosting in an artistic way. ;)

No matter what, kids have a blast making sugar cookies, but this ampt it up like 5 volumes!

We also sprinkled color sugar sprinkles on top. They look almost to beautiful to eat….almost. Santa is going to be super stoked. ;)

   
    
 
 

all our sweet yummys-iphone picture

 
This concludes our Christmas cheer activities. I want to note that though I didn’t have a blog dedicated to it, every year we go and find toys and belongings to donate. This also helps us de-clutter. This year we donated over 200 pounds.

I also want to share that Jesus is so good to me. In honor of his birth our family gives each child 3 gifts each. Just as baby Jesus did. Though on top of it he was blessed by his Heavenly Father abundantly. So we try to stuff our stockings until they overflow. Like our cup of blessings from the Father.

Merry, happy Christmas. I can’t wait until the morning!!!!! xoxoxo

  

Making Mitten Keepsakes 

  
Day 11 of our 12 days of Christmas was spent making mitten ornaments!!!

I still had salt dough left over from the very first batch. I kept what we didn’t use in a ziplock in the freezer and I found it very handy to pull out through out this season.

I wanted to make these handprint ornaments I saw online and with just going by the picture I remembered in my head, I took on the challenge.

They didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped but I’m thinking i might do better next time.
I found that it was smartest for us to roll a big ball, smooth out a good space with a rolling pin, and to put it on your baking pan after you have sprayed the hand with oil(so you don’t stick). Pressing your kids hand down in the dough anywhere other than the pan is hard because you have to try to transplant the pressed dough without distorting the print.
  All four of my kids got their hands printed. I thought trying to get the little ones to keep their hands open would be tough. However, Samwise was very interested in what we were doing, though he tried to grab a handful of the print right when I was pulling his pressed hand away.

Little man River was also a surprise as you know how babies like to keep their hands in tight fists. Yet, once again I was surprised at how easily he let me press his hand in. It only took the first try with both the boys.

The larger hands were more difficult because of the dough being not as even when I rolled them out, I think. 

   
 We used the colors to make a nice gloss over our mittens. Poor Sparrow used and ugly brown she thought was gold and hers turned out not very pretty, so we tried to fix it by putting a violet color over it. 

Even though the bigger ones weren’t the best, I’m in LOVE with River’s. I made sure to write, “1st Christmas” on the back. 

   

theyre heavy so mack sure you double wrap. the hanging wired


 
   
   
     
 

Ginger Houses and Santa Rings

  

 My sister brought both girls ginger bread houses from Ambleside school, (I think they had a fund raiser or something).
It was a surprise and quite honestly, an answer to prayer because I had yet to go out and buy us ginger bread house kits.

What is so great about having more kids is that when it comes to projects, I’m not as much as a control-all-they-do-so-it-looks-better-mom. I relax(ha!) and just let them handle what they want to do and if they ask for help, I’m there.

The girls did all their decorating themselves and I’m sad to say I forgot to take a picture of their finished product.

  
   
 For this 10th day of Christmas cheer we had to deal with the death of our beloved cat Ophelia, who got hit by a car. We had video messages from Santa for the kids to all watch, but we didn’t know how to continue when we had just discovered what had become of Ophelia. We decided it was best to tell the girls, have a good cry and then distract them with Santa’s messages. It worked for the most part except afterward we could hear poor Apple weeping into her pillow throughout bedtime. Ophelia was after all her baby.

We made a video of the kids watching one of the videos and their adorable excitement, but my husband is so busy he has yet to send me the video from his phone.

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