Monday, March 25, 2013

Swimming videos

This summer Finnan is going to be on the Decatur Gators swim team for the first time.  He will actually start on the mini-gators which is a developmental team, then once he can swim one lap of freestyle and one lap of backstroke, he will be moved up to the real team and be able to swim in meets.  Finnan is pretty excited about being on the team, so Atticus started working with him on his strokes.  His freestyle is looking good and he just started backstroke this weekend.  I took a couple of videos of the boys swimming on Sunday.  The first two videos are on Finnan swimming backstroke- once with flippers and the once without.  The last video is Jude attempting freestyle.  He is not yet there, but it is exciting that he can swim all the way across without any help.  Below are links to the videos.

On the way home from the Y, Finnan asked Atticus, "Do you know how I did so good today?"  Finnan followed up with, "Because I kept practicing and practicing."  He has heard that line over and over again from Atticus over the last couple of years.  It is clearly sinking in.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pancake breakfast

This is what I found when I came into the kitchen this morning.  A little too dangerous for my liking, but oh so cute.

After the boys consumed many pancakes, they took turns dancing with Rory.  

And then this little stinker zoned in on our coffee.  "Mommy, does your coffee have caffeine?" "Of course."  "Daddy, does your coffee have caffeine in it?" "No." "Ooo.  Can I have some?  I love coffee!" And that he does.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Another way to enjoy grits on a cold morning.  No cheese required.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New sand

Last year, Atticus bought a truck.  He endlessly researched and test drove cars weekly.  Finally, he settled on a truck the morning he and some buddies were leaving for a hunting trip.  A cooler wouldn't fit in any of the other cars, so he bought the truck (from his business partner) that morning.  I am not sure how much use Atticus has gotten from bed of his truck, but I certainly have taken advantage of it.  This past week, I got a load of sand to refill the boys' sand box.  Since then, the digging has begun and has not yet stopped.  One, two or all three of them will work on projects in the refilled sand box.  Even the chicken, Cuddles, wanted to se what the fuss was about.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rory at 15 months

Oh, sweet Rory.  You are a go-getter.  You do not know how badly I want to sit and cuddle with you.  But that is not you.  Instead, you are the baby who races up the ladder rungs to the dangerous parts of the playground.  You are the baby who insists on joining the under-6 soccer practice, attempting to dribble the ball along the white line.  You love to play outside.  You love balls, hammers, dump trucks, the bat-mobile, and feeding Scout and the chickens.  You are a Daddy's boy.  I am very afraid that you are going to start jumping off your brothers' beds.  I am even more afraid that one day you will want to jump out of airplanes.  Of course, now I know how mothers handle that fear: with practice.   Fortunately, for now, I still do see your two little arms reaching up to me, asking to be held.  You suck on your two middle fingers for comfort.  For now, I can still call you my baby.

Rory's 15 month stats: 19lbs 5oz (below the chart), length was in 75th percentile.  In one day, he went from nursing four times a day to only one time and he is wavering between one and two naps a day.  He typically goes to bed very easily.  He says Mama, Dada, Yes, Uh-oh and This/That.  He signs "eat," "all done" and "night-night" (a wave). 

The above photos were taken by Brita Photography during a photo shoot for Cradle&Thread, a baby clothing company owned by my good friends, Jarrett and Christi Helms.   Rory makes an appearance on their website as well,  Check it out!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Our new projects

Now that the chicken coop is done and the chickens have successfully become part of our life and routine, it is time to get started on new projects.  More to come on each in the coming weeks.

My project:

Garden expansion and the beginning of a new season!
Atticus' project:

1975 Coachmen travel trailer, complete with avocado colored stove and upholstery.


Rory and the chickens

Friday, March 8, 2013

The lottery

The wait is over.  We know where Finnan will be going to kindergarten next year.  Last month, our local charter school, The Museum School, held its lottery.  While many parents attended, we decided to take our crew to Mellow Mushroom and try to forget about what was happening.  When we got home from dinner, we got a text from Shelly.  "F is in!"  The school had 60 kindergarten spots (3 classes), 27 of which were taken by siblings and children of staff.  After those names were announced, Finnan's name was picked fourth.  There are over 150 kids on the waiting list.  We were so, so lucky.

We are so excited that Finnan will be going to The Museum School next year.  I feel in love with the school after our visit.  They promote an exploratory learning style which not only seems to have the kids wanting to learn but also has produced great test results over the past couple of years.  The halls (and ceilings) of the school are lined with amazing projects and every couple of months the students present what they have learned and created at "exhibit nights."  It is a place where I can see all three of my boys thriving.

While Finnan is at The Museum School, both Jude and Rory will be going to Gabriela's three days a week.