Family Time and Back to School

big brother little sister time

We thoroughly enjoyed our time together as a family over the holidays! The kids were happy enough to go back to school, but they went back Wednesday and by Friday Johnny was home with a stomach bug and Lily was home just because she didn’t seem to feel fantastic. They are both still sick today; I’m hoping Emma and Anna continue to stay healthy. We’ve been enjoying the David McPhail books we discovered through this month’s Virtual Book Club – so far the “Pig Pig” books are my kids’ favorites!

getting better at tummy time

Anna turns five months old tomorrow (!) and she is growing up quickly! She likes tummy time better, but gets frustrated that she can’t quite get places yet! She LOVES the unbelievably soft aden + anais blankets I splurged on, and carries one with her whenever they are clean (I have four). She likes to chew on them, too…

See all that stuff on the floor? That’s called the after-school chaos! My kids all come in and throw their stuff on the dining room floor! They also ALL save their school snack for after school, so they can eat it together!

light table fun

Anna is also getting very interested in being a “kid” instead of a baby! I picked out the kids’ Christmas gifts with this specifically in mind (they only got group gifts from Mike and I this year – a light table and Prism Bricks courtesy of ALEX Toys, and Magna-Tiles to go with it), and it’s working out really well. The above photo also illustrates perfectly the ideal use of a Bumbo Seat – to help kids who can’t yet quite sit up on their own play on the floor with parents or siblings.

Japanese maple tree leaves in January

And this photo I’m putting in just because I love this tree, I love this picture, and it is STILL hanging onto its leaves! The above photo is from December 21st and it has lost several leaves since then (and we have snow), but there are still too many to easily count!

How was your week?



  1. says

    Oh no stomach bug is the worst! The bumbo seat really is great to help be part of the big kid action!
    I really like toys that appeal to boys girls young and older!

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