Thursday, April 28, 2011

My 30th Birthday

 Well......I didn't have my third baby before I turned 30.
But it's okay because I got to eat THAT cake tonight! :)
It is a double doozie cake....with plenty of buttercream frosting between the layers and on top.

 My wonderful family of four! (for a little while longer!)

 The inside!  YUM with a glass of milk!
Perfect follow up to dinner out with Corey at one of our favorite places: Appalachian Grill.
It was a wonderful evening....celebrating my 30th which really hasn't been that big of a deal today since I am really counting down to something a lot more eventful....

The day that this bump decides to makes her way into the world!
30 years old, and 38 weeks pregnant! A milestone day for sure!
 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Update: Part 4

We're making a little bit better time on this to-do list than the last one, ha.  I guess we are really feeling the pressure with 38 weeks looming!

1. Get all the baby stuff organized in the baby room. DONE
2. Buy stuff needed still on our must have list. (changing pad for dresser, robe for me, nursing bra, replacement parts for breast pump) part done.  still need changing pad, robe, and pump parts. I also realized today that we don't have any baby washcloths.  I really prefer using them especially at first because they are so much softer and their skin is so delicate. 
3. Get bags packed for me, baby, and kids. started
4. Buy supplies we/I need to have on hand post partum at home. DONE
5. Get the flower bed area in the front yard presentable for post baby visitation. nope
6. Wash baby supplies (esp the cloth diapers) to have ready when we get home from the hospital. DONE
7. Finish getting house deep cleaned and keep it up! ha! started
8. Get sheets for the bed in the baby room! um...there's a quilt thrown over the bed! ha!


Side list (need to accomplish but not urgent)
1. Get Katie's costume together for her play at the end of May.
2. Get homeschool stuff/records from this year put away and stock cart with next year's supplies.

Well...I guess I thought we had gotten more of that stuff done, ha.  But, #1 and #6 were biggies! Quite time consuming.  Today Corey helped get some heavy chores done that I can't do.  Since we are finished with school now, I can spend my mornings when I actually have some energy, accomplishing these other things.  The packing will probably be done really soon.   We also got the sheets we needed for the co sleeper which was a big priority.  The cloth diapers are all prepped and ready so we can start using those as soon as we feel brave enough to give it a go! :) (After the meconium stage has passed anyway.)

Basically...the house just needs a good cleaning now and the bags packed and we're ready to go!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wrapping Up 2010/2011

We are halfway through our last week of homeschooling for the year 2010-2011!
We began on July 5th, 2010 and will complete our 180 days this Friday, April 22nd, 2011.

Even though I was very sick during September and October, we have still been able to stick with our books and stay on schedule.  This has really been the best school year we've ever had in my opinion.  We've completed everything and stayed consistent with our work throughout the year.  We had plenty of breaks, an awesome trip to Chicago full of great experiences and field trips...and I am very proud of all three of us!

For the first time, I ordered and completed a standardized test with each of them.  I used Seton Testing Services because it was very affordable and concise.  It only covers Reading, Language, and Math.  The basics.  We may or may not use the same company next year, as a test like the ITBS gives a lot more information as far as grade level equivalents, and since more kids take it it's easier to see how they compare.  But this test was a great introduction for them into the world of testing at only 1st and 2nd grade.
We got their results in the mail today and I am thrilled that they both scored above average in every category except one subcategory of language mechanics/expression!  And even in that they were both at the very upper edge of average on the scoring!  I am very happy with how well they did.  Especially since they only missed one or two in each section at that!

I will be slowly sorting through the papers and records for this year...storing them away.  My goal is to go ahead and get our school cart stocked up with next year's books/supplies and get the first 9 weeks planned out...in hopes that having that already done will make it easier to go ahead and start our year on time with a newborn in the house!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Update: Part 3

1. Laundry closet cleaned out, upper shelf organized for linens/sheets. DONE
2. Hallway closet cleaned out, reorganized for board games and school supplies instead of linens. DONE
3. Kids toys moved into their new room, organized on shelves. DONE
4. Noah's clothes moved into Katie's closet with new closet organizer rods in place. DONE
5. "Playroom" reorganized into baby storage space with extra bed set up. DONE
6. Our closet cleaned out and reorganized. DONE
7. Our bedroom completely cleaned out and readied for painting. DONE
8. Paint our bedroom and bathroom. half DONE

Look at all the stuff that is DONE on our list! YAY!  But how is it that we still have what seems like a million things left to do?!?!?! ha ha.

We JUST got the bedroom furniture set up in the baby room.  It looks so beautiful!  Corey and I are both having last minute panic about "she" turning out to be a "he" but it's probably just finding something to worry about.
I'm not sure the bathroom is going to get painted/done before she gets here.  But our bedroom looks so much better with the fresh beige covering the marker scribbles that Noah bestowed upon them as a toddler.

Time to move on to a new to-do list:

1. Get all the baby stuff organized in the baby room.
2. Buy stuff needed still on our must have list. (changing pad for dresser, robe for me, nursing bra, replacement parts for breast pump)
3. Get bags packed for me, baby, and kids.
4. Buy supplies we/I need to have on hand post partum at home. (assorted pharmacy and Walmart items)
5. Get the flower bed area in the front yard presentable for post baby visitation.
6. Wash baby supplies (esp the cloth diapers) to have ready when we get home from the hospital.
7. Finish getting house deep cleaned and keep it up! ha!
8. Get sheets for the bed in the baby room!

Side list (need to accomplish but not urgent)
1. Get Katie's costume together for her play at the end of May.
2. Get homeschool stuff/records from this year put away and stock cart with next year's supplies.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Giveaway!

My online friend is hosting a Giveaway of a great scrapbooking album that is the easiest kind in the world to do!  Go enter!!! And if you win, then you can pass it on to me! HA HA HA HA!

CLICK HERE to visit the Unworking Mom and enter the giveaway.  HURRY the contest ends tonight!