In the meantime the blog has been neglected, not because I lack things to write about, but because I lack the mental organization and general writing skills to write something approaching coherent when everything feels just so big in my mind. School. Independence. Worries. Fears. Babies. Sibling Rivalry. It's all big and complicated and then further complicated by my own concerns about blogging as a journal vs. news feed, but in reality, life is made up of lots of wonderful little moments too, so to "catch up" I'm going to work backwards through my digital photo "in-the-last-month-stack" for a while, leave my photos unedited and share lots of the little things we've been doing!
This weekend, we got to celebrate the birthdays of 3 friends, which meant an entire Sunday afternoon of cake, fun and lots of party trinkets and cool sunglasses and harmonicas.
ole appointment by themselves. Catherine was pretty danged proud of herself! Matthew also took this opportunity to announce to everyone in the office what I was going to be for Halloween as well as (in his words): "the baby, you know, but it won't be born, it's just mommy's big fat tummy." However, Matthew is still extremely displeased that when we scheduled his appointment 6 months ago we didn't realize he would have to miss both gym and music which he found quite unacceptable. I tried to schedule better for next time :-)
The weekend prior to raptor fest, some very dear friends threw me and a good friend and fellow book club member a book themed baby shower! While I am very thankful I got pictures of all the lovely ladies who attended, I got so busy chatting (I know, me?!?!?!) that I didn't take any pictures of the details. There were themed dishes, each based on a children's book, lovely decorations, an amazing book-themed invite and the baby got lots of adorable clothes, new books and more! Matthew and Catherine even got a few surprise gifts, including these sibling shirts. As you saw before, I decided to let them wear them to sibling class, but here was the first time they tried them on after begging to do so! There's a matching shirt for the baby so I'm trying really hard to make sure they are all clean at the same time so I can get a shot with all three kids! I had a tough enough time with just Matthew and Catherine and their big brother/little sister shirts!