8 months

Posted on: 4/16/15

Eleanor is a few days shy of eight months old and today is pretty great because she started crawling! Well, to be clear, she took one official crawl and then went right back to scooting and rolling about, but she is awfully excited about this whole exploring thing. I remember when Naomi was a baby, having so much time, just her and I, taking long naps and doing tummy time and anticipating all those very firsts. I mean, seriously, I remember her napping so long I didn't know what to do with myself. Clean the house, paint my nails, watch a movie. It was dreamy! And to be honest, it's a little bit different now. I feel like our days go by in more of a hurry, and I can't even really remember when Ellie first rolled over and now I'm walking in the room and there she is sitting up all on her own! Like, let's just slow this down a bit! So when she's all snuggled up in our bed and nursing for her nap, I'm pretty happy to break from the day and just soak it up for a while. I'm telling you, she has the sweetest, mellowist disposition of any baby I know. And let's not even get into the cuteness of her chubby baby thighs. That may be the cutest thing ever.

And speaking of chubby, we are barely on our second month of trying solid food and Eleanor is quite the little foodie already. Not even a year old and she has already tried chicken and waffles in Texas, french toast, macarons, bacon, sticky rice, sweet potato fries, nutella crepes, cotton candy, flan, and a whole variety of greek yogurt. Fifth baby much?! Plus she is crazy about bananas, and pumpkin, and beets, plums, cinnamon oatmeal, strawberries, the list goes on. So there you have it. Our sweet little Eleanor is taking on the culinary world. And before long, I'm sure, she'll be babbling up a storm as well. Especially since the kids love standing around encouraging her to say their names... Henry even recruited Violet to try to teach Eleanor to say HEN RY. She stands there chanting it. It's pretty cute. Also cute, how Violet loves to feed "baby Enor" and will sing the sweetest little song (she says Naomi taught her) as she gives the baby a bite and then one for herself "one for you, one for me, and we share, happy ever after!" I mean really, my babies singing to my babies?! Melt my heart. And how Vi will walk in after nap and say "look! he's awake!" at Eleanor, but every time I ask if baby Ellie is a boy or a girl she insists "no. he's a baby!" Oh Violet, how I love your two year old self! And the way the kids just dote on the baby, and every one just smiles and loves on her all the time, it's enough to make the entire nine months of hardship getting her here fade into the distance. And I think really, that's exactly how it's supposed to be.


Posted on: 3/24/15

I've been thinking we're a bit overdue for a little blog update these days, aren't we? I'm not sure if it's the lulls of winter or a case of delayed exhaustion from such an incredibly difficult year, but I've been feeling the need to withdraw a bit and recoup. I suppose that's one of the upsides to our homeschooling, and small space living, and Kenji's unexpected change in jobs... it all came together in a way that gave us some close knit time as a family just to breathe in a little. And I think we've really needed that. Sometimes life can get kind of negative and overwhelming and it's just really good to pull away and unplug for a bit. A sweet friend commented how we all coordinated our outfits so wonderfully at church the other day (ha ha ha a generous comment, for sure) and I felt I should mention that we probably hadn't even bothered getting dressed for at least the last three days, because hey, that's where we're at. It's a bit like hibernation really. The kids and I watched five seasons of Survivor and are well on our way through the Nancy Drew books, all in our pajamas, cuddling, and eating cookies for lunch at 3 pm. That's just what we've needed these days. And now that it's spring, I'm feeling like we can usher in a new season, not just on the calendar, but truly a new season in our lives. A season where we can move forward and be brave in our decisions and hopeful about our future. And a season where we have a new found confidence in ourselves, as a family. We can make it through these rough seasons. When life gets messy we have to remember, God is on our side, which doesn't mean things will be easy, but we can't be afraid to do the hard stuff.

And also, we have this incredibly cute, chubby little 7 month old baby, can we just talk about her for a second?! She is the smiliest, happiest, babe and she makes all of our hearts just melt. And that's the thing about kids. Even when you're going through a tough season in your life, life goes on with them. Everyday is a new string of hilarious toddler commentary and exploring new ideas and it's absolutely never boring. It keeps you in the moment. And you just can't afford to waste much time on negativity or the past, which is really a good thing in my book.

There was actually a moment this week when I was shopping at Costco and I lifted Akemi into the cart and realized, this was probably the last time she will ever be small enough to ride up there. The last time that I will gaze down at her little legs sticking out of the cart with that hole in her knee and we will walk by the rugs so she can hold out her arm and feel how soft they are from her little perch up high. And she will ask to get out and strum the keys on the pianos and we will stop for samples along the way and I will be surprised that she likes the spicy food. And it occurred to me that I really can't remember the last time Naomi was small enough to ride, or Henry was light enough I could carry him into bed after he fell asleep watching a movie. The time goes so fast! These things will fade and really, I kind of like remembering them. I like coming to this blog and writing about the silly little things like what the kids said in the car this morning or the art projects we did, or how we made pancakes together on Saturday morning. Of course there are challenges and hurdles that go on as well, but when you look back, these are the important things. These are the little moments that make up our lives.


Posted on: 12/29/14

December was a little crazy for us this year with most of us being sick the first couple weeks and then poor little Violet got sick right before Christmas, definitely not to best way to spend the holidays! Thankfully, we do celebrate all 12 days of christmas so we're still soaking in the christmas spirit over here. In fact, I think I'd like to drag out this whole hot chocolate and christmas movies by the tree thing as long as I can because I kind of love it. Nothing really beats Christmas morning waking up with the kids... making pancakes and opening presents and hanging out in our christmas jammies. It's the best. And this year we are extra thankful to have our little Eleanor with us too, all the kids just dote on her and she is the happiest baby (really, she is such a mellow baby. like the bob marley of babies). And with that, a few pictures of christmastime around here:

  doesn't everyone do a little pre-christmas grocery shopping in their jammies?!

 this panda chair was a gift for our little girls to share and oh my goodness did they love it. akemi had seen it before and wrote a letter to santa asking for it so waking up to it christmas morning was like the best thing ever!

naomi handmade this little stuffed monster for henry for christmas, it was so cute 

 violet was so excited to see baby jesus at church. but then she kept saying "and mama jesus and papa jesus" ha ha ha we are working on mary and joseph's names.

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