Where to begin... I'll break it into two halves: Before Vacation and After Vacation, since Vacation was its own post.
|Thomas sits in the playroom playing in the sunlight.|
Thomas is quite ticklish. And he learned to clap!
|Felicity and Elizabeth, side by side.|
|I began sorting through baby clothes to discern what we should keep and what we shouldn't. I began at newborn and have only gotten up to size 9 months.|
|Thomas has been practicing cruising.|
|When you are little and want to throw a tantrum, it is easier to knock the little books off the shelf.|
|But you still might become distracted by them, because... books!|
|Even in early July the girls were so eager to start school they began working in their workbooks a month before school began.|
|Thomas, getting big enough to get caught in the bars.|
When we got back, the weeds had taken over the front of the house and the grass way overgrew the back of the house.
I did manage to identify a few. This is wild mustard
And this one is velvet leaf.
A couple seemed to be a kind of thistle, but in the end, they all got the boot.
I had quite a weed pile.
And I got busy mowing the
Then we discovered, courtesy of our beagle, that, while we were gone and despite all the dog poop in the fenced yard, a rabbit thought it the perfect place to dig a nest and have her bunnies.
The Wisconsin Humane Society website says to re-cover the nest and then cris-cross sticks over the nest and wait overnight to see if mama comes to nurse the babies. If the sticks are undisturbed, they have been abandoned.
It was a little tricky because the babies would assume I was mom and tried to crawl out.
But I got it in the end and it was clear the next morning that mama wasn't too far away and still nursing her babies.
So Rosie spent over a week basically leashed to a tree to keep her from digging up the bunnies or worse. And I put a green basket over the nest so no one would forget where it was and step on it. It wasn't like mama bunny picked a nice quiet corner either. She picked right behind the playground. Rabbits are clearly not the brightest of creatures.
About a week later, mama rabbit had not realized Rosie was still in the yard after sunset because Rosie was muzzled and asleep and when I came out to get her and move the basket, mama rabbit took off running. I got to see where she was coming in and out of the yard and that coward left her little baby in the grass.
I made sure he got back into the nest before I left.
This and That
|Multitasking: Brigid brushes her teeth while nursing her baby.|
|While I have 3 kids who love salad, Brigid is the only one that, so far, will eat it no matter the dressing. So far she will eat Italian, Ranch and 1000 Island.|
|Pirate Teresa with a jelly face!|
|At a friends' birthday party, Felicity rode "Sparkles" off into the sunset. She loved that horse.|
|Brigid still likes to get into the bassinet with Thomas and play with him there.|
|I'm in awe of some of the ways my kids sleep.|
|A local mom was giving away this accent table for free. It is made of solid wood and I was thrilled to get it.|
|I'm going to use it in the living room as a kids' prayer table!|
|James bought a squash, which Teresa has adopted. And by adopted, I mean she holds it, rocks it and even kisses it. I hope we aren't in trouble when he decides to cook it.|
|My kids no longer ask for apple juice. Now they want minion juice. Apparently we drink the life essence of minions.|
|He is just so stinking cute!|
Brigid and I read "I Like It When" at bedtime:
We had a nice thunderstorm roll through that dropped marble-sized hail. The kids were fascinated.