Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Botanic Garden Fieldtrip

On Friday we had a field trip of sorts, to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. We originally planned to go to a plant sale they were having but learned after we arrived that it was on the other side of the huge garden and that we would have to get back in our van and drive there. The kids were having a blast checking out the place, so my friend C and I decided to do a quick tour of a small portion of the garden before heading to the plant sale. Here are a few pictures from our spontaneous field trip. (We never did make it to the plant sale...)

My little red.
So happy!
Hitching a ride
I can hear you!
Look at the giant tree.
Sam ran all over the garden.
What a picture perfect moment!
Lovely Glory
Pretty lady
My friend laughing at my crazy kids.
Silas being his normal self.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Life With Our Sweet New Baby

Things have only slowed down just enough to recover and recharge after having baby Joel in February.  He was born on the 22nd, right on his due date and made a grand entrance with his shocking red hair! The whole family has been overjoyed to have this little precious baby a part of our daily chaos. I have been enjoying the short moments of quiet while holding his tiny little body at night while the rest of the house sleeps. Joel is up! His sweet baby talk and bright eyes make me smile and even giggle a little, even at 3am.

It seems as though I have very little brain power left to accomplish my weighty goals each day. It may be a combo of baby brain and lack of sleep keeping me from my "normal" days. I have decided that when a day is in many areas disfunctional, not to push too hard to stay on track, but to back off and try to get as much accomplished as we can without being too picky about how or when it gets done. On those type of days I may just blow my top for no reason if I push too hard. I make a pot of coffee or a cup of tea (or 5) and take the day slow and steady. This is what life is like with 7 small children!

This week we have begun a new school year! It feels so nice to be somewhat back in the swing of things. I have added some new subjects to my kiddos curriculum and I am feeling very satisfied with my choices so far. We used to take every Monday off of school to catch up on chores and do errands but I have decided that my chores won't ever get done so why not take off Fridays and enjoy the weekend with my kids doing something fun?

I have so many things I want to write these days but I just don't have the energy for it, and that must be ok, right? I have a 6 week old baby boy and 6 other children under 10 years old. The laundry and dishes are never completely done but I choose to have a smile on my face and to cherish my little people for the days are slipping away too fast!

I hope you are having a blessed week.