A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our Thanksgiving Week

Kind of a different week, with the holiday and the high school kids being off 3 days, but a good week nonetheless!

I love it when the kids play together.  Weekends and days off make for more down time to be creative and to hang out with siblings.

Not sure who or what they are, but they look quite fierce.  This was Eli's artwork.

The dot markers made an appearance this week.  Katie's really doing well with learning her letters and numbers.

And Katie continues to enjoy her new alphabet color book from last week.

Both Hannah and Jack are still working on XtraMath.

Cleaning the school room, I came across a puzzle that we hadn't pulled out in a long time.  I set Katie to work on it, but it quickly became a group effort.

I love listening to them talk about all the letters and pictures.

I posted a picture of Luke on Instagram and had someone ask how he's doing, so it must be time for an update.

We've settled into a routine.  I'm very grateful to have Josiah home in the mornings so Luke can stay here when the rest of us take the big kids to school.  Luke now weighs in at 37 pounds, and unlike Hannah or Katie, he doesn't lean into you or hang on when you hold him, so it's an awkward, squirmy 37 pounds.

If you missed it, this picture was part of a toy review.

He is more smiley now, which is a good thing, since he's having more diaper blowouts.  It helps to be cute when someone discovered you've drug poop all over the carpet.  I can't fault the diapers; Luke scoots around on his bottom in a sitting position.  No disposable diaper could possibly withstand that kind of abuse.  I'm considering putting cloth diaper covers over his 'sposies as an extra layer to help contain things.

He's outgrowing the current settings on his wheelchair, both in his Buddha belly and in the foot rest area, and I seem to have lost the card of the guy who delivered it, so I need to do some research to find out how to get it made bigger.

One of the days off, I turned around and saw Jack and Sam reading.  Made me smile.

Lots of fun continues to be had with the building toys we reviewed earlier this week.

Although we didn't quite finish a full week of school this week, with the big kids home W-F, we did come close!  I think we'll end up back on track at the end of next week.

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this week, we had another special day, Hannah Day.  This sweet girl has been part of our family for 5 years now.

As we careen into December, my hope for you (and for myself) is that you will find balance between stressing out over doing everything to make Christmas "magical," and the paralysis of doing nothing because you know you can't possibly do it all.  May you find a way to make Christmas merry without making yourself resentful or crazy in the process.

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  1. What a lovely Life you've built. Joy, love and goodness surrounds you and yours. Visiting you as your neighbor at Mommy Monday link up. Feel free to visit anytime, Shandra

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shandra! Your post about advent reminds me that we have Jesse Tree ornaments somewhere that I should be pulling out, if we're going to start in 2 days!

  2. What a lovely week.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks, Dawn! It's a different vibe with the big kids home all day. :)