Friday, September 2, 2016

August's Account

Our crazy little piece of Rhys turned 8!
We celebrated with friends at Rock River Rapids, family dinner at Hog Wild, and bedtime treats with neighbor friends.

The triplets moved to their permanent big kid rooms.
Well, sort of. The old nursery was repainted and decorated to become Keira's new bedroom. Downstairs has now become the "boy zone" with the big boys in one room and the little boys sharing the room next door. Having said all that, I just can't stand to separate the triplets yet, so Keira has joined the party, sleeping temporarily on a futon. (Confession - "temporarily" could last a while.)

Keira's Room (Someday)

Little Boy's Room

 Griffen and Rhys started school at Sunrise Christian Academy.
We are absolutely beyond excited that God opened up the opportunity for our older boys to transition to traditional school this year. With nine days under their belt already, we have heard nothing but positive feedback so far. They love their teachers, classmates, and opportunities. Griffen has even started band,working diligently to learn the French Horn. He gives the new school a 10 star rating!  

Griffen - 5th grade
Teacher - Mrs. Meier

Rhys - 3rd grade
Teacher - Mrs. Buchanan

Awana started up again.
This year we have three in Puggles and two in T&T.

 With big brothers away at school all day, I have much more focused time with these three cuties!

Plain and simple - Taerik is the golden child. (I can't believe I just admitted that publicly.) This happy little redhead is so very, very easy to love. He is full of snuggles and giggles. Plus, being fairly timid in nature, he is rarely the source of trouble. 

And then there's Drake. Do you see that little face??? It is T.R.O.U.B.L.E. This quintessential class clown is so very, very hard to discipline because he is so stinkin' cute and funny. Whether he is sitting there holding the 20 opened suckers he crept into the kitchen to enjoy or smiling with his chipped front tooth, he just makes me smile. 

And Keira is my little chunk of spunk. She still loves her jewelry and bows, but she also loves her fighter jets and "pow-pow's" (guns). 

She is developing quite the sense of individuality. She loves to pick out her own clothes in the morning and she even put together this lovely ensemble all by herself.

This girl knows what she wants. Who knew that getting the diapers with the big monkey's, as opposed to the little monkeys, could be SUCH a big deal? 

At about 4:15 each day, we sit by the front window and wait for "Pippen" and "Ree" to come home from school. They are welcomed by a very happy trio and a mom eager to hear about their day. The evening is filled with dinner, homework, music practice, baths, and clean-up. And while I wearily crawl into bed at night, I am reminded that this is God's goodness to me! Five healthy children. A godly husband. Strength for each day. Sleep. So many answered prayers.

 "I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my please for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live."
(Psalm 116:1-2)