Chapter Books

January 2014 was full of lots of time reading, creative play inside and taking advantage of the warmer days to get outside and burn some energy!

At the beginning of the year, we started reading Little House in the Big Woods and read it within a few days. I wasn’t sure how the boys would do with a chapter book but Paxton loved it – sitting right beside me and listening. Weston wasn’t quite as engaged but that’s to be expected for a 2-year-old! ┬áThen we started reading Farmer Boy and The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook. We have a few more chapters left in Farmer Boy and are excited about starting Little House on the Prairie next!

Home

When John David and I were discussing our ‘goals’ for the new year, one of them was to limit our kids to 30 minutes of screen time a day. This means television and iPad/iPhone usage. We have seen positive results from it. They’re no longer begging to watch something and their imaginations have really taken off. While 30 minutes is the objective, we’ve gone several days at a time with no screen time at all. It’s been fun to listen to them pretending to be Almanzo and Royal (from Farmer Boy) and Milly Molly Mandy and Little Friend Susan (from The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook). Blankets are used as forts, cabins, beds, beaches and cardboard boxes are some of their favorite toys. Our home looks messy most days but these boys of mine are having fun.
28 Weeks

Baby #3 is growing, growing, growing. This picture was taken at the very beginning of January when I was 28 weeks pregnant, I’m now 31.5 weeks and the belly is even bigger! We have a very active little one that we can hardly believe we’ll be meeting in 2 months or so. There’s not much to do in preparation for baby since we really don’t need much. (By #3, we’ve realized how little babies really need.) We have gender neutral newborn clothes, diapers, a car seat, swaddle blankets and a baby carrier and feel ready for baby’s arrival!
Napping

One of the big focuses of this month has been teaching Weston to nap on his own since I rock him to sleep everyday. While we’ve not reached the goal, we have had a few days where he has read books and then fallen asleep on his own. This gives us hope that in a few more weeks he’ll be able to nap on his own daily by the time baby arrives. Although,Paxton has offered to rock the baby every afternoon so I can still rock Weston (such a sweet big brother – if only it was as easy as this plan sounds!)
Snow

This past Tuesday, it snowed!! It hasn’t snowed here in 3 years (when Paxton was just 8 months old!) I hope for at least one snow every winter and I don’t know who was more excited – me or the boys! The boys loved the snow. We bundled up in several layers and headed outside when it first started snowing and then came in and watched it accumulate throughout the afternoon.

Tractor in the Snow

Daddy even got his new (to us) tractor out and gave the boys a wagon ride! (He purchased this small tractor as a mower/tractor to use for ‘farming’ on our leased land!) We have plans to expand our agricultural efforts in 2014. And, when I say we, I really mean John David. I will have a new baby this spring and will adjusting to life with 3 little ones. So, I doubt I’ll be much help when it comes to growing plants and animals.

We’re looking forward to February, savoring the last few weeks as a family of 4 and looking forward to soon becoming a family of 5!

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Rachel

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