Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Baby 4

1. Thanks for all the congratulations for our coming addition. We are super excited ... the girls can hardly contain themselves! I can already say that it is going to be a much different go-round this time with a 6 1/2 year old in the house. She has lots and lots of questions. (None of the major ones, yet, thankfully!)

2. The girls have been throwing out plenty of name suggestions as well. N1's top pick right now? Peter Pan. Um, no. :) She told a friend at church her idea, and this other mother (who really was old enough to know better) said, "You could shorten that to P.P.!" I about died trying not to laugh. N1 looked at her very seriously and said, "We can't call him that - it's a bathroom word!" Ha!

3. Yes, we will be finding out what the baby is. N1 is rooting for a boy. She is the queen of fairness and justice in our home, and she really wants this baby to be a boy for her Daddy. (So sweet). N2 and BBoo are rooting for a girl. They are going through a insanely huge mommy/baby play phase. Sometimes they use dolls, sometimes one of them is the mommy and the other is the baby. This baby doesn't stand a chance.

4. I'm feeling fairly good right now ... there are moments of extreme exhaustion and moments of food funkiness, but I can't complain at all.

5. We woke up to snow AGAIN this morning. This time is was very wet and didn't stick at all, but still. We have had a crazy amount for us this winter. The weather says that it's supposed to get up to 60 by this weekend, and as N1 has her first soccer game on Saturday, I'm really hoping it does.

6. I can't remember if I mentioned it here on the blog, but we have been debating (again) whether or not to put N1 into a two-day a week school tutorial for next year. Throwing a baby in the mix added a little pressure to that decision. I have thoroughly enjoyed having her home all of this year, and after talking with Travis, I didn't have any qualms about taking on 1st grade. However, with a new baby, we also could see the benifit of giving me a few days a week grace from school. The long and the short of it, we've decided to go ahead and apply for the school and just see what comes of it. We have no idea what the waiting list for 1st graders is, but we're going to just head this direction and see what God makes of it. :) Truthfully, I'm just glad a decision is made and we're heading in a direction!

7. I was at a homeschool seminar on Saturday and was taking with another Mom. We were talking about our extremely active children that we each have and I mentioned my theory that our BBoo has the energy of two people trapped inside her little body. She mentioned that her son is the same way and they call him "concentrate." I loved that and stole the title for a scrapbook page about our BBoo. Fits her perfectly!

Betsy Concentrate

8. This week (and next) we are all about spring and gardening for our school work. I pre-ordered this book months ago on Amazon and am still waiting for my copy (backordered!). I can't wait to dive into it with N1.


9. This book is another gem we stumbled upon at the library: How Does a Seed Grow. The whole book is a narrative of a little garden experiment you can do with your child. They walk you through planting some beans into egg shells and then watching them over the course of several days and see how they sprout. Very, very cool.


10. I leave you with a recipe I made today ... Coffee Toffee Bars. My two-cent tip: sprinkle sweetened coconut over the top before baking. In my opinion, it makes them taste like an Almond Joy candy bar and that's never a bad thing. : )


  1. It's so fun to hear where your family is at. (Side note: Just noticed you are reading the new Sally Clarkson book! Oo. Curious for your thoughts when you are finished!) Planning for the fall seems like a really wise thing to do!

    AH AH AH! We just planted seeds in a jar for our first official science experiment. I hadn't used any books yet though. How a Seed Grows sounds like just what we need!

  2. Hmmm. . .Louise Concentrate--I like that. With the winter we've been having (snow for us yesterday too!!!), we've been cooped up far too long. Louise has been bouncing off the walls!

    I'm glad you finally made your decision about the school. I know it's a load off your mind, even if you still don't really know if she'll get in.

    Rest up! :-)

  3. What's wrong with Peter Pan? :) I love hearing the names older siblings want to give "their" babies.

  4. HA! Love the name- Peter Pan! :) So cute! I bet this pregnancy will be a lot of fun since the girls are older! Congrats again!

  5. Anonymous10:35 PM

    congratulations on the pregnancy!

  6. Concentrate. Funny :)

  7. I am so happy for you guys... congratulations!!! It will be very different and she will probably be TONS of help to you. I know my older ones always helped with my younger ones and still do. Also, if the baby is a boy it will rock your girl world! LOL Praying for a wonderful healthy pregnancy and lots of fun times with your girls as you prepare. :) What an exciting time for your household! <3


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