Our New Adventure – One Week Old

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Well, our little man is turning one week old tomorrow.  That sounds so old and yet so young. haha  Before he came I thought, “I can handle a newborn.”  This is worth it because there’s a sliver of a chance we’d get to keep him and I’d be so happy I spent every minute I could with him.  After night one (I had one and a half broken hours of sleep), I thought…. “What were we thinking?!  This is going to kill me.  I’m 12 weeks away from giving birth to another newborn, already don’t sleep well, and I can’t nap during the day because even if he is sleeping, I have two nutty girls to keep track of!!!  Ahhhhhhhh!!”

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The wonderful “baby whisperer,” Amy Combs gave me some much needed advice the following day when I called her desperately and the next few nights have gone SO much better!!  Our current “schedule” is a feeding around 10:30 p.m. and then he eats roughly every 3 hours overnight.  His worst is after the 2 a.m. (ish) feeding when he cries a little, but it’s honestly not too bad.  I’m not going to say it’s easy being super pregnant and trying to take care of a newborn, because it’s not.  It’s one of those situations that you really should never be in, but somehow I am. haha  However, this baby is about 1,000 x easier than my kids were!!  I am so thankful to have my suspicions confirmed.  I always thought my kids were crazy difficult newborns (lots of screaming, crying, needing to be held constantly, very little sleep, etc., etc. lol) and now I know they were.

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This kid pretty much sleeps constantly.  I mean, he sleeps almost all day and sleeps great overnight for a baby this age!  It’s ridiculous.  I try to keep him awake in the evening time as much as possible and that seems to help him sleep better at night too.  Even when he does “cry” it’s more of a whimper in comparison to my kids as babies.  When they cried, I needed earplugs and it still didn’t help.  When he cries, it’s like… are you actually upset or just whimpering?  When he’s awake, he’s often just content laying on the floor.  I normally pick him up because I can’t help cuddling him, not because he is actually upset!

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He has the chunkiest little cheeks and is finally starting to open his eyes a little more.  At first it was hilarious because he could haaaaaaaardly prop them open even when he was awake. ha!  I feel like a professional bottle feeder compared to how I felt the first night he arrived.  It really is pretty darn easy.  A lot easier than nursing… haha!

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The girls are absolutely in LOVE with this little guy!  Evie always runs to his crib first thing in the morning to pat him and make sure he’s still hanging out with us.  They both love patting him (although I try to redirect head patting to stomach or leg patting).  Abby will sometimes sit by him and sing him songs and both girls like reading him books.  He is certainly loved.

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Abigail would hold him all day if I let her.  She just can’t get enough!

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Being so gentle while touching Baby.

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She loves to just cuddle close and watch him sleeping.  Sweetest. thing. ever.  Look at that love in her eyes!

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It really has been hitting home lately that there’s a solid chance he’s not going to stay with us forever and it’s making me ache a lot more than I thought it would.  I kept trying to tell myself, he’s not ours and he is going to leave, but it’s way harder than you’d think to fully believe that.  Ultimately, I know the Lord is in charge here and He can have him land in our family if that’s what should happen.  I need to trust that more.  Every time I catch myself getting miserable over the idea of saying goodbye, I try to cast it on Him and pray that His will be done in this situation.  So often, children in the system are taken out, put back in, and taken out again months/years later.  At that point, they have gone through SO MUCH more trauma, bad experiences, abuse, etc., etc., and they have to learn how to recover from and live with that.  Right now, this little one is so innocent and hasn’t had to go through any of that.  I want so much to spare him of that and give him a loving, nurturing life with a family who would do anything for him.  This is tough.

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On a lighter note, I had to go in and take my 28 week glucose test the other day and it was special.  Thankfully, I had someone to watch the girls until Caleb could take over, but I needed to take little man with me.  There are rules about who can babysit, etc., when they are in the system and we didn’t have anyone to help out.  He’s an angel baby and just sleeps all the time anyway, so it really wasn’t a big deal.  I will tell you though, nothing will get you stranger looks than being in an OB unit with a newborn and looking like you’re well… about 28 weeks prego with your 3rd baby (aka HUGE).  I’m sure there will be times the looks will get to me, but this time I just was in the mood to have fun with it.  I lounged in the waiting room, rocking my newborn in his car seat while I rubbed my protruding belly with that expectant glow in my eyes (at least, that’s what I was going for).  Let me tell you, people were staring in confusion.  I mean, babies a year apart are possible, heck… babies 9 months apart are possible, but having a baby days old and looking like you’re about to give birth a second time?  Come on….  Even the receptionist did a double take when I walked in.  She was checking her papers to make sure this wasn’t a follow up birth appointment. haha!!

When I went in to get my glucose test shots, the nurse was SO confused.  “Wait now…. who are you? Name please?”  “Now…. which tests are you here for?”  “They’re testing you to see if the gestational diabetes is gone now, after birth?”  At this point, I stopped her to explain the situation and she breathed a big sigh of relief.  She even admitted, “Oh good!  I was kind of surprised at how much you were still you know *gestures to my humongous stomach* and thought…. weeeeeell, sometimes that baby weight is HARD to lose!”  HAHAHAHA!!  The baby weight definitely gets harder to shed the more pregnancies you go through, but if I look like this days after giving birth… someone please take away my ice cream!!

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Our New Adventure…. diving in head first!

A couple nights ago we had a call asking if we’d take a newborn baby boy.  I said we needed to talk about it and would call back.  Caleb and I prayed, talked, stressed, prayed some more, talked, freaked out, prayed even more and called back saying we would.  The worker didn’t give us a final answer as she said it would be up to the case worker who wouldn’t figure it out until the following morning.  She said we’d hear tomorrow by 10 a.m. one way or the other.  We had just finished putting together our new crib (in preparation for Baby Miller #3 since it was time for an upgrade) but Caleb made a late night Wal-mart run to pick up newborn diapers, pacifiers, wipes, and a crib mattress.  I stayed up late cleaning the entire house because if we actually get a newborn tomorrow, cleaning isn’t going to be happening again for a while!

The following day, I kept my phone by me all morning.  I kept checking it just in case it somehow rang muted (has happened multiple times with my phone).  10 a.m. came and went.  Nothing.  At 10:30 a.m. I finally called back and asked if the worker had heard anything.  She said she hadn’t yet, but was going to call the case worker to see what was up.  More waiting.  Half an hour later she called me back to say the case worker hadn’t made a decision yet, but if the case worker called me it meant we would be getting him.  If not, she assured me she would call me to let me know.  I got an early lunch going for the kiddies so they wouldn’t be screaming their heads off when the phone rang.  Finally, I got the call.  I was going to pick up a 2 day old baby boy from a nearby hospital in a matter of hours…… WHAT?!?!  She said the hospital would provide enough formula to get us through the night and part of the next day, so I didn’t worry about that.

After the girls were up from nap/quiet time, we did make a quick run to Wal-mart and picked up a few newborn baby boy outfits since we don’t have an overabundant supply of those on hand for some reason…..  Then we zoomed off to the hospital.  We met the caseworker there and the process of paperwork and discharging took us about 2 hours.   The girls were kind of falling apart by the time it was said and done.  Abby climbed up in the stroller during the last ten minutes and flipped it over, falling on her nose in the process.  That presented some tears.  Evie was just sick of it and kept crying/whining.  And, of course, they were both hungry and wanting supper.  The baby was the only quiet one the whole time.  What’s up with that?  It took a little maneuvering to get the car seat (borrowed for the day) into the van in such a way the nurses considered “safe,” but we finally made it out of there, 3 (plus baby in belly) kids in tow!  I was quite a sight…. waddling out of the hospital dragging a 3 year old, 1 year old, newborn in his car seat, and looking like I was about to explode with my own pregnancy.  I’m sure people were thinking, “Poor soul.  She lost NOTHIN’ after that birth!!”

Caleb met us at home and helped unload all the children.  Then we stood there in the living room with 3 crazy kids in between us and looked at each other with that, “What did we just get ourselves into?!” look.  We’re good at that one. haha  A hectic 40 minutes passed in which we managed to feed all of the kids and ourselves.  I was forever grateful I had chosen slow cooker lasagna for supper tonight because we literally scooped bowls out, plopped them in front of everyone and called it good.

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Major highlights of the evening:

*I managed to bottle feed a newborn and he drank it!!  This might sound pathetic, but I nursed every feeding my kids ever had (a lot) and have really only ever bottle fed a 9 month old and I’m pretty sure my mom got the bottle ready, sooo…. bottles intimidate me.

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*We got three kids fed and 2 of them put to bed (the third one is hopefully going to sleep soundly too… right?).

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*We have 3 awesome kids driving us bonkers and it’s exciting!!

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Although we are SO excited about adoption, we have no idea where this current situation is going to go from here.  It’s scary and crazy to think about the journey we’re in for, but the good news is we feel confident we’re supposed to be doing this.  Someone needs to love and care for this sweet little guy right now and even though I would say newborn stage has been one of the hardest for me, we’re doing this!!

P.S. Right now I have a 3 year old, a 1 year old, a 2 day old, and a really pregnant belly.  I feel 100% like a lunatic, but it’s awesome!! 😀

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Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

This soup is the BEST.  Seriously, please make this for supper tonight.  It really is that good.  Now I just need to figure out how to double this next time since we downed it way too fast!  The inspiration came from Ma Nouvelle Mode.

Creamy Ham and Potato SoupPotato and Ham Soup

  • 5 cups diced potatoes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 – 3 cups diced turkey ham
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese

Bring potatoes, broth, ham, garlic, and spices to a boil.  Continue to boil over medium heat until potatoes are tender.  If you’re cool enough to own a potato masher, use it to smash up about half of the potatoes.  If you’re like me and not so cool, take the more time consuming route and use a fork.  This helps thicken up the soup without wasting time on a flour roux!  Reduce heat and cube the cream cheese in.  Stir over the heat until the cream cheese is melted and mixed in.

Copycat Panera Potato Soup

Chicken Stroganoff

I found this crazy easy gem on The Coers Family.  I tweaked it a bit to fit our style and it was delicious!  I left out the container of sour cream because *ahem* one of the adults in our family won’t touch anything with sour cream in it.  I was a little worried it would be too dry without it, but it was honestly just fine and healthier this way too!  I also used cream of chicken soup instead of mushroom, because…. mushrooms.  Yuck.

Chicken StroganoffChicken Stroganoff

  • 5 – 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs frozen
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 bags of egg noodles
  • salt and pepper

Place chicken thighs in crock-pot and pour chicken broth on top.  Sprinkle with poultry seasoning and garlic powder. Spoon chicken soup over the chicken.  Cube up cream cheese and drop around the chicken.  Add desired amount of salt and pepper (it’s easy to add more in later to get the taste right).  Cook on low about 7 hours or chicken is cooked through.  Stir a couple times while it’s cooking to help everything blend.  The chicken should generate plenty of liquid, but if you think it looks dry at any point, add a little chicken broth.  When you’re about ready for supper, cook egg noodles, drain, and add to chicken mixture.  Stir up to combine and break up the chicken.  If you’ve cooked it long enough, the chicken should shred apart pretty easily with a spoon.  Tasty!

Chicken Stroganoff in the Crock-Pot

Evie’s 15 Month Update

IMG_3109Sweet Pea is going through so many changes lately!  After that year mark, it’s almost like they just take off with crazy amounts of learning and growing up.  She is still our teensy little peanut just weighing in at 20 lb.  Last time we checked in at the doctors, she was continuing to hang out in the 4th percentile for weight.  Evie Grace still naps twice a day: 1 – 1 1/2 hours in the morning and another 1 – 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon.  She goes to bed at 7 p.m. and is usually up by 6:30 a.m.  Watching and “helping” with cooking is so much fun!  Here Evie was assisting with scrambled eggs for breakfast!

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Evie makes anything look cute, but check out this adorable hat!  I mean, come on! haha

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Evelyn enjoys communicating more and more every day.  She has really taken off with her signing and speaks a handful of words now too.  “Mama, Daddy, Abby, Evie, Bye, Hi, dump, Ya-ya! (yes), Dis (this), uh-oh, and beep,” are some of her most commonly used.  “Beep” is probably her favorite word.  Whenever she hears someone using the microwave, she races madly into the kitchen screaming, “Beep!  Beep!  Beeeeeeeeeeeep!!” in anticipation of getting something food related.  She is more obsessed with food than anyone ever (didn’t think this was possible after Abby, but it definitely is!).  People probably think I don’t feed her enough, when in reality, she is almost constantly eating!!  Her favorite words to sign are “food” and “eat” so at least she’s consistent.  She uses her version of “this” to ask questions.  She’ll ask to be carried and then point around the house saying, “Dis?  Dis?  Dis?” in the hopes of having everything explained.  Oh, and licking off the spatula after Mama makes mashed potatoes?  Major win!!

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She absolutely loves when I give her a whole, peeled apple (Abby eats an apple every day, and that’s why Evelyn thinks it’s the best).

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Another mode of communication Evelyn has down pat is head shaking/nodding.  She’ll often add a “ya-ya!” to her head nods and we may or may not try to ask her questions all the time since it’s fun having her respond.  The best is when Abby asks her things and she answers.  The two of them starting to have more communication is really fun to watch.  Maybe now Abby will slow up on putting words into Evie’s mouth.  She often will tell me what Evelyn is thinking or wants. ha

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Our little tot has loooong, intense conversations on her toy phones multiple times a day.

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Evelyn recently has taken a little more interest in books.  We can now get her to occasionally sit through a short board book.  She also loves “sneaking” off into the girls’ room with a book in hand, climbing up on Abby’s bed, and “reading” her book while lying on her back.  I think it’s hilarious.  She’s always so smug about it.  We quickly found out that books were NOT a good church activity for Evelyn because she will “read” them very loudly, just like at home!

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Getting to climb up on the rocking chair to watch the rain outside was so exciting!  Check out this first picture though…. does she have her Daddy’s head shape, or WHAT?!

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Little Sister is our blondie at the moment.  So far her hair is taking after mine.  I was very blonde as a little girl and had some of the slowest growing hair around.  I was mostly bald until I was nearing 2!  Evie’s hair is now finally long enough that I can get a little ponytail in there.  I love those tiny sprouts!!

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Each morning before Daddy leaves for work, he gives all his girls a hug and kiss goodbye.  Then he signs “I love you” as he heads down the steps.  Usually, his girls are at the top of the steps signing “I love you” back (Evie’s version is pointing) while both screeching, “BYE!!” and wildly waving.

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Hanging out with Daddy is always the best.  Lately, he has been playing Abby’s crow game with the girls at night and they think it’s the best!  Getting pulled around in a sled is pretty great too.

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Evie has reached the age where she likes a little peace and quiet to get her diaper duty done.  She’ll usually run into a different room or at least get in a corner of the same room.  If I ask her, “Evie, are you going potty?”  She’ll usually pretend not to hear me.  Then if I say, “You don’t want to talk about it?”  She’ll quickly shake her head, “no.” haha  Something recent has been majorly fighting diaper changes.  It actually is almost impossible sometimes to change her on my own.  When she gets in a mood, I can’t keep her hands out and get her cleaned up properly!  Abby will often help by holding Evelyn’s hands down and then I try to keep her pinned to one spot while cleaning her up.  I was planning to hold off potty training until after baby #3 because I didn’t want to deal with it, but I tell ya…. this makes me want to reconsider.  And this is the face of Little Miss Trouble herself!

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Climbing up on the picnic table with a toy and then sitting on the table and playing with the toy is pretty much the most exciting part of every day.

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There are times that Evelyn gets obsessed with REALLY LOUD screaming – often just for the fun of it, other times because Abby is frustrating her.  Lately, the two of them have been getting along really well overall and having a lot of fun together.  We still have the occasional bout of screaming though.  It seems to cycle.  Evie will get on a roll and constantly use screaming to communicate frustration.  Then I’ll work on an alternative signing word and she’ll train out of it.  A couple weeks later and she’s doing it again and we start over.

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Getting to play outside it always the best part of our days.  We’re definitely starting to miss the warm weather, but spring will be here before we know it…. right? 🙂

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Evelyn got new “boots” (more like house booties to wear around since she was constantly slipping on our non-carpeted floors) and was SO proud of them. haha  I have to admit, they looked so cozy I almost wanted a pair myself!

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Abigail is perpetually full of energy and will sometimes jump around the house to let some of it out.  Evie thinks she knows how to jump as well and will stretch up and down on her tippy toes while yelling, “uh! uh! uh!”  She’s always very proud of herself.

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Evs has a mouth full of teeth now.  It took the longest time for her to get more than two, but once they started coming in, it was like they couldn’t stop.  I’m not sure exactly how many are in there now, but there’s a good deal.  If you want an exact count, go ahead and stick your finger in there.  I’ll pass.  We try to brush her teeth every night, which she loves.  She loves it so much that it breaks her heart when she has to hand her toothbrush back to Daddy or Mama.  For a while, she would have a few sobs about it before moving on.  Now I think she realizes she’ll get another chance tomorrow. 🙂

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Evelyn still really likes finding baby dolls and caring them around the house.  She usually has them cry and then gives them kisses or wants me or Daddy to give them kisses.  She also likes to feed them out of the play kitchen food.  She’ll spoon things to them and make a loud smacking noise that’s adorably funny.

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Music is Evelyn’s favorite!  Whenever we play music, she can’t help but dance and she gets soooo giddy about it.  She will often sing along (loudly!) as well.  Big Sister has a toy that sings the alphabet song.  It’s funny because Evie has heard it so often that she knows it perfectly.  Although she can’t actually say most of the letters, she will sing that song all the time and it’s completely recognizable to us!

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I have a kitchen cupboard full of pots and pans that is one of Evie’s favorite spots.  She’s so tiny, it feels like a giant cave to her and she will often hide/play in there while I’m cooking.  It’s not the most ideal for accomplishing meals, but at least I can keep track of her this way!

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If Evie’s not in her cupboard, or tearing apart the can cupboard (taking out all the spices, cans, cereals, pastas, everything else and putting them all over the floor) while I’m cooking, she will often be giving my leg a squeezy hug. haha  She’s the best!  She really does give the most amazing hugs.  Every time before nap or bed, she will give me a tight hug and I treasure those little moments.  She’s much more of a cuddler than her big sister.

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We attempted staying in a hotel (for the first time with the girls) over the holidays and that was….. rough, to put it lightly. haha  I was in a bed with the girls and Evie woke up almost every 20 minutes to scream and cry for a minute.  She was also just awake most of the night, grouchy and reaaaaaaally overtired.  I think I maybe got 2 broken hours of sleep.  Abby had a rough time too since Evie kept kicking her and screaming.  Daddy probably got the best sleep after he decided to ditch our bed (this took him about 20 minutes to decide on) and use the inviting, empty, queen bed a few feet away. ha!  It’s always great to see people, but I think Caleb put it best when he said, “As far as sleep with kids goes, there’s no place like home.”  Truth x 1,000,000.  This was before we actually attempted any sleep – thus the cheerful expressions.

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Bath time is always a blast.  The girls love playing in there together.  Evie was throwing a fit every time she had to get out for a couple weeks, but after watching Abby consistently get out without a fuss, she is starting to move on.  One evening before bath, Evie whipped out one of my hairbrushes and began brushing her “luxurious” locks (a favorite activity for the past few months).  Abby exclaimed, “Look!  Evie is combing her hair!  She’s a talented girl!  That’s what Daddy says.”  I thought that was funny.  Abby always has so much to say and sometimes we run out of good responses.  “Yup, Evie’s a talented girl” was one of Daddy’s fall backs apparently.

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Evs has been on a kick with yelling for, “Ma!” almost constantly.  If I leave the room, “Ma! Ma! Ma!” until I answer or come back.  Sometimes she will leave the room, so she can enjoy screeching for me. haha

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Getting pictures of this busy, loud, little girl has become quite the task, but I keep trying because I love catching her on camera!  This sweet tiny tot is full of nonstop energy and destroying the house is her daily delight.  It’s crazy to think that her next update (18 months) will be right before baby arrives!  I can’t picture Evie as a big sister yet, but I’m sure she will be awesome when the time comes.  For now, we’ll let her enjoy her babyhood a little longer. 🙂

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Puzzlemania

Are there any other puzzlers out there?  I’m talking, the people who actually puzzle like it’s a sport.  Sometimes I feel like I’m kind of alone in this.  I have always loved puzzles in an extreme sort of way.  I’m one of those people who think it’s absolutely crazy to glue and frame a puzzle because then *gasp!* you can never do it again!  Why would anyone DO that?!  I’ve had multiple daydreams about winning in a puzzle competition, and most of my puzzles have been done at least twenty times and I have…. a LOT.  Here was my latest puzzle I did during our Christmas stop in Urbandale.  I didn’t have much time , but I don’t think my cheerleader, Grandpa D., ever doubted I could do it! 🙂

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Puzzling was always more of a winter activity for me, since even they couldn’t keep me inside for long when it was nice enough to be enjoying the lovely outdoors!  After having children, I definitely puzzle less.  This is mostly a result of my 3 year old desperately wanting to “help” me every time I pull a puzzle out (and I can’t say no, because she loves it so much!) and my 1 year old unashamedly trying to destroy any pieces I put together.  I’m also a little extreme and once I start a puzzle, I get kind of obsessed with wanting to finish it.  As in, every time my kids are napping or asleep, I’ll be feverishly working to finish my puzzle to the exclusion of pretty much anything else.  This doesn’t work well when there are a lot of other tasks needing my attention.

My go-to puzzle has been the 1,000 piece since I was about 10 or 11.  They seem to be the perfect size where I have a slight challenge, but can typically accomplish it within 4 to 5 hours (which means 1-2 days depending on my children). Before that age, I remember enjoying a few different 500 piece puzzles my family had.  I used to set our egg timer for an allotted amount of time and that was how long I had to complete the puzzle.  If I failed, I had to re-do it.  This isn’t an abnormal activity for a homeschooled child, is it?

Puzzling can definitely be a sport, although I think most people do them more as a relaxing, family activity.  Hands down, the best puzzling strategy is to start by flipping every single piece face up.  While doing so, quickly remove border pieces to a separate pile.  If it’s a puzzle with any obvious sections, I have also found it efficient to sort those into separate piles as I’m flipping.  The key is not to get excited and start building a section before you’ve flipped everything over!  You will definitely regret that.  After everything is right side up and you have, at minimum, your border pieces sorted out, quickly put together your border.  This is probably the fastest part of the whole puzzle and it helps to have your outline.  If you have a lot of sky at the top, or water/grass at the bottom, it gives you something to work with so those parts aren’t as daunting.

I definitely never buy puzzles with less than 1,000 pieces and have recently been really excited about more of a challenge.  I was scanning Amazon earlier today and can you believe it???  They have puzzles with nine thousand, eighteen thousand, and even MORE pieces!!  Whaaaaaat?!  I got my hands on one 2,000 piece puzzle when I was around 12 and it was burned in my memory as a really bad experience.  Not because I didn’t enjoy putting it together, but because it was a garage sale find and those can be hit or miss with actually having all the pieces.  This one was a miss.  To be exact, FOUR pieces were missing when I finished that bad boy and it was quite upsetting for me (the puzzle was a field of pink, yellow, and white flowers and it took me a while to finish!).  Any fellow puzzlers will sympathize with the complete feeling of failure if you finish with even one piece missing.  I never did that puzzle again, but I think it is time to man up and move past that bitter experience.  I’m ready for more 2,000 piece puzzles and hopefully a 9,000 one I’ve been eyeing before too long!  Really, the only reason I didn’t get the 9,000 was because I actually have no safe place to work on it.  Whenever we buy our own house, I’m getting a big puzzle table and then it’s for sure happening!!  Or I could always purchase one of those baby play area things and reverse it’s use…. me with my puzzle in the cage….. my children outside crying to get in….. hmmmm.

I love that Abby has been really into puzzles lately!  We have to keep upgrading her piece count because she’s so good at them!  She started with a 24 piece puzzle for her birthday.  She had that aced within a week.  For Christmas, we picked out a 35 small piece puzzle, thinking it would be a really good challenge.  Too easy!  She was doing it on her own the next day!  Her latest is a 46 piece and I’m already trying to find a good 60 piece for her.  It’s fun watching her puzzling skills improve each day.  I’ll see her doing my personal favorite – the old, eye the piece and pop it right in trick rather than turning and testing endless pieces.  I think it’s cute how she’ll get all of her puzzles out each day.  Then, she goes through and puts each one together at least once.  That’s my girl! 🙂

Three year old with her puzzle

H Week

Abby used heart stickers to fill her block letter H this week.

H is for Heart

I had Abigail practice writing uppercase H on a blank piece of paper first.  Then she enjoyed trying out her second letter tracing sheet.  I thought she did really well with that again.

Letter H Writing Practice

H is for Horse Tracing Page

Confessions of a Homeschooler had some hippopotamus size sequencing cards available.  After Abby had them sorted appropriately, I asked her questions like, “Which hippo is the biggest?”

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Hippopotamus Size Sequencing

Our letter Hh color, cut, and glue page.

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Since we actually had our letter Hh week prior to Thanksgiving, we made a turkey with hand traced feathers!  Abby enjoyed practicing tracing around her hand.

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Handprint Tracing Turkey Craft

Inspired by my old Bethel College days, we made homemade harmonicas!  Abs had a little trouble blowing, because she somehow forgot how to blow. haha  The harmonica pictured in the back is actually one I made in a college teaching class. haha  Don’t ask me why I’ve saved it all these years.  The tutorial for the one Abby made can be found at Make it and Love it.  While this one worked okay, the one I made back in college still is the best model I’ve found!  We would have done one similar, but I didn’t have any of that type of tape.  I’m not really even sure what kind of tape that was.  It looks similar to masking tape, but it’s smooth on top, not the more textured feel of your usual masking tape.  Hmm… I’ll have to look around the craft section next time I’m at Wal-mart.

Homemade Harmonica Instruments

Harmonica Craft

Honey-nut Cheerios, diced ham, and hot chocolate were a few snacks we had to celebrate letter Hh!