So, a bit of a recap on the last few weeks, since I haven't done too well on the blogging front. Mainly our days with Tim gone were full of trying to maintain some routine, working on completing chores and doing them well, school, extra practice with Nana, going for walks and bike rides with Nana, and me getting some extra cleaning and paper work done. It was a very productive time, really! =) Also, Kyla learned how to ride her two-wheeler without training wheels (not without several bumps to prove it!), Shaelyn lost her "double" tooth - she had two teeth that came up together and fell out as one. My mom and I taught the girls how to skip. Mika mostly knew how, but Shaelyn didn't, and then we taught them how to jump in and out while two people are turning. Made for lots of laughs! Mika's been working on learning how to clean bathrooms. She offered (!) when the Dyck family came and stayed over, cleaning all three, and then the day before Tim and Dad came, she cleaned them all again - doing a SUPER job! I was so proud of her willing spirit to do them (of course, knowing that it's still 'new' to do!) =) It sure is a big help to me, knowing they're getting done, and done well! Tim and Dad drove down with Jesse and Emily K, and arrived in Hermosillo just before midnight this past Monday night. I drove up and picked them up in the north end of the city so J and E wouldn't have to come all the way down to our place. My stomach was doing flip-flops and my heart was doing double time the whole way up to pick them up. Have I mentioned yet how happy I am that my sweet husband is home again!?!? =)
While things are not actually "routine" right now, things are going along pretty well. Gospel meetings begin here in Hermosillo on Sunday night, with Tim and Jesse K preaching. I took Mika and Shaelyn with me on Monday evening to the hall to help pack Seedsower texts, and it was neat to see the help they could be. There is a distribution planned for Saturday, to give them out around the hall. Last night, some of the young people, plus Tim and Marcus distributed invitations all around Tirocapes before the gospel meeting there, plus all our girls and I, as well as Eva went around our neighbourhood and put one at each door. We pray there will be many people who will come out to hear God's Word and be saved!
Before the summer last year, I taught Mika how to knit a little. Just cast on stitches, and do the knit stitch. She practiced some during the summer, but I only had one set of needles, and they were really too long for her. During our last trip to the US, I picked up some shorter ones - 6 pairs of them! Since then, Shaelyn has been asking if she can learn how to knit as well, so of course the other two littles wanted the same. Last evening, I sat down with Shaelyn, Kyla and Vivi, giving them each a set of needles and some yarn. Vivi just played, of course, but Kyla and Shaelyn both were able to cast on well, and then I went on to teach Shaelyn the knit stitch as well. Thankfully she was ready to be done after about 20 minutes, but it went well, and we have a base to work on. It even went better than I thought it would! ;)
In other news, Alisa is looking like she will be on the move soon - just about ready to crawl. Her second tooth came in recently, and she's eating lots more "real" food, rather than baby food. Vivian is clownier than ever, making quite the match with Shaelyn. Her faces, expressions, and what she says makes everyone around her laugh. She "lubs" people, rather than "loves" them, and there's something very sweet about hearing, "I lub you, Mommy!", and hearing her sing, "I lub you, Jesus..."! Kyla and Shaelyn have been working together at putting letters together, and Kyla is doing much better with which letters are which, and getting the sound correct. Shaelyn is taking off in reading, and enjoying knowing more than just looking at the pictures. Mika has been doing some extra work with Nana, which has been fun for her. I've been trying to rotate where we work (trampoline, dining room table, outside the front door, etc), and the girls have enjoyed that diversity as well.
This morning Tim and I went on a "date" to go for an in-depth ultrasound (including 3D), while my folks watched the girls. That hadn't happened in a long time, and it was nice to be out just the two of us!
It's almost time for lunch, so I need to get off of here, but just wanted to catch up a little, and share some pictures (mainly taken by my parents) with you. Have a great day!!
"Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things."
|Kyla learning to ride without training wheels|
|My Mom curled the girls hair one night, and I was reading Mr. Mocker to them.|
|Learning to skip|
|Teaching them how to "Figure 8"|
|Bestest sisters! =)|
|Goofy face by Vivi|
|Tickling from behind!|
|Sweet baby Alisa - 10 months old|
|Enjoying the swing|
|The girls' matching hair 'do's' - from behind|
|Four sweet girls!|
|More goofy faces - Vivi|
|This is called Bridal Veil falls. Although you can only see a little of the ice covering now, by the end of the winter it looks like a bride's veil|
|Coming in behind them|
|I love this one!|
|Christy made a little igloo in the back yard|
|Getting some extra cleaning done before Daddy and Papa arrived|
|I somehow deleted the one of Shaelyn scrubbing - here's Mika.|
|Vivian trying on Daddy's ear-warmer and gloves that he wore in the freezing cold north!|
|Quite the teeth!|
|Loving the bath!|
|Vivian practicing foot-washing! ;)|
|Enjoying the scooter|
|Skipping with Papa|
|Couldn't resist focusing in on Shaelyn in this one!|
|Vivi spent about an hour hauling around the mop bucket!|
|Learning to knit|
|Sweet little baby girl!!|
|Um..there's something on my plate!! =)|