Friday, September 12, 2014

Boy or Girl?

We find out if this sweet little baby
is a BOY or a GIRL very soon!
Our ultrasound is set for
Monday, September 22nd.
We are planning on taking the kids with us!

and both boys were with us at our 1st ultrasound,
so it should be exciting for them!
1st ultrasound - at 11 weeks
Michael wants another little brother.
Christopher wants another little sister.
Either way, I am praying for good health
for this active little baby!
I can't wait to find out!
I'm ready to collect baby clothes,
consider names, and make space for new baby!
<>< Stacy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lefties and Laughter

It's been fun and crazy
around the Wiley house lately!
Check out some snapshots...
Casey surprised us with a froyo trip!
The boys were super excited to pick out toppings!

She insisted on wearing these arm warmers! 

Two very happy little boys!
I used to always take cute pictures
on Sundays after church...
so I've been trying to again lately :)
(Elizabeth fell asleep on the way home!)

Silly faces are waaaaay more popular!

We will find out if this is a baby boy or girl in 1.5 weeks!
I can feel baby moving around a little bit almost everyday!

Tiny baby bump a couple of weeks ago!
I am fairly certain that our little girl is a lefty,
just like her brother (Christopher) is and her Nana was!
Nobody in my family was a lefty so I am
learning new things through homeschooling them!
I am certainly pleased with her pencil grip
for only 20 months old  :)
Must have learned it from her brothers!

She loves puzzles, too.
I just love it when Christopher insists
on wearing a hat to church!
Michael has definitely outgrown hat wearing!
I can't say no to the cowboy boots either....
I just love these 3 to pieces!

Sporting their stick swords and guns....
Lots of laughter around here  :)
<>< Stacy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Schoolroom Painted!

I knew the minute I woke up today
that this was going to be a good day!
I got 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and
my pregnancy dreams weren't nearly as disturbing as usual!
I thought I would share some pictures of our
freshly painted schoolroom/den.

Michael brings stuff like this in the house!
We knew when we moved into this house April 2013
that it needed a lot of painting....
(at least 6 rooms)
and now, over a year later, we
finally got started on our FIRST painting project!

Cutting in edges and paneling grooves (my job)
And let me tell you, painting with
3 little kids in the house is no easy task!
But with the help of good ole TV babysitter,
we painted around a mess of furniture and got it done!

Messy!  Squeezed between furniture to get it done!
Now our den/schoolroom is one of the
most colorful places in the house!
Still some organizing to take care of...
The official 'school table'
Nothing on the walls yet!
We are using tape to teach Lizzy to stay out of our stuff!
The picture on the shelf is by Albrecht Durer,
the artist we are currently studying.
We moved the cd player to a more central location
so we can play our current composer's music more often
and just listen to more music in general.
I love it!

Michael prefers to work at the little coffee table.
So that's it!
The first freshly painted room in our house!
I don't have any big plans for decorating, but
we will be hanging a whiteboard and schoolwork displays.
Even though this rather large room took 10 hours,
I am definitely inspired to paint some more  :)
(while I can still bend over pregnant)
Sadly, I took these dim pictures on a rainy day,
but in case you were wondering...
it is called 'rushing stream'.
We did discover one perk to a rainy day...
cooler weather and lunch outside!!

Michael blessing our food

Cheesy smiles!

Another interesting spider Michael discovered.
We actually have 2 of these by our porch!

Ooooooh that cheese face!  Silly!
<>< Stacy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Poetry Teas!

I am so excited about our poetry teas
that I just had to share a couple of pictures!

8.28.2014   1st Poetry Tea!

As I may have mentioned before,
we are taking a few Charlotte Mason
approaches to education this year.
Several of those ideas include detailed
Artist Studies, Composer Studies,
Hymn Studies, Poetry, and lots more!
9.3.2014  2nd Poetry Tea!

Ready to eat!

Special moments with special friends!

Poetry and Tea  :)
 I never really envisioned having
"tea parties" with the boys,
but they are proving to be quite fun...
and educational!
Blessed Homeschooling!
<>< Stacy

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Typical Day

In my last post, I shared about
the boys' first campout in the backyard.

And an update as promised...
Christopher did not make it through the night,
but Michael and Daddy did!
Christopher didn't like the sounds
of the cats outside the tent,
so he came in for the night.
In other news....
I thought I would share a few snapshots
of some typical days around here!
Elizabeth loves bathtime!
Elizabeth in time-out....
and clearly not upset by it.
An update on bedtime...
First few days of having a big girl bed.

Elizabeth sleeps IN her bed now!!
Exploring bugs and more!!!
Playing video games with the family
Improvising when she can't reach (climbing!)
A little bit of school time!

And Lizzy, too!
 A bookworm like her brothers?

Just chilllin'
I certainly love it when this is what
I find them doing in their free time....
Reading time!
We were so blessed to have
a Friday date night last week!
My handsome hubby  :)

Little 15 week baby bump
We are currently in the process of
re-organizing our homeschooling den...
which means it is a disaster zone!
We are hoping to make progress this weekend
(and maybe even paint???)
In the meantime, we have been
floating from table to table for school....

The dining room worked quite nicely!

Bible Reader Workbook

Loving his headphones and
This was my first time letting
this girl color and she LOVED it!
This is the most cooperative
she has ever been on a school day!
(other than when she is napping!)

She LOVES to color!
And finally,
We represented our Gamecocks
yesterday for the first game!
Better luck next time, Gamecocks!

She says "Gamecocks"!
Those were just a few snapshots
of some typical days around here.
(well, except the date night...
we could use a few more of those)
<>< Stacy