Hi everyone, thanks for all the notes of hello! We’re all still here, just busy! I’m not sure when I used to find the extra minutes to write on my blog, so I am sorry for the long absence. I will try to update when I get a chance here and there . I am very behind on getting pictures into my computer, so Hannah gets to top the blog for now, until I get new pictures of them all together!
We’re still schooling, of course. It’s funny, I seem to start the school year with so many grand plans and schedules, and by this point in the year we find our selves just keeping up with the basics – phonics, writing and copywork, Bible, and reading aloud and such. I suppose that’s the joy of having little ones! I realized next year Isabelle will be starting second grade, so we’ll have more latin, cursive and other things to keep up with. For now I’m enjoying listening to Isabelle read her McGuffy’s Third Reader lessons – I love all the old fashioned words she learns this way. She likes me to "recorderate" while she reads, and she does a lovely job putting "feeling" into the stories. Hannah has learned to read simple words, and I love snuggling her while she works hard to sound them out. She was quite excited to be able to take a little book to bed that she could really read – "just like Isabelle", she said! Naomi is still working with speech therapy, and we’ve started combining phonics into that. She’s wanting to start writing letters like her big sisters. We found out she may have some hearing loss in one of her ears, so we’re looking forward to the audiology test results to hopefully help her hear and speak even better! Juliette likes playing with the preschool toys, and little princesses while I read, and snuggling for her favorite kinds of stories. Alyssa sits with us for circle time now, and she’s very cute and rather grown up about it! She’s had a bit of a "language explosion" in the past few weeks, and she’s saying all sorts of words. I just love this age, and we delight to hear her sweet little voice saying things we can actually understand!
In other sorts of news, we have a dog now! Matt was so sweet to get me the horse I loved that I wanted to do the same for him. He’s wanted a basset hound for awhile now, and since the girls are a bit older we started looking for one. We found a "hound from the pound" who, thankfully, has turned out to be the perfect dog for us! Matt named him Dobby, The House Dog (we all call him Dobby, of course), and he is incredibly sweet! He loves the girls and is wonderful with them. And they all just adore him. Alyssa often wakes up from her nap saying "Where Dobby? Need Dobby!" I like that he’s already housetrained, and incredibly mellow. We’ve affectionately nicknamed him the great lump! I’ll have to get some pictures of him up soon, but they’re all still on my camera!
I am sick with a respiratory bug this week, so I should probably sign off now and get some sleep! Hope you all are enjoying winter… which will hopefully be spring soon! The snow is lovely, but I’m quite ready for it to melt and the sunshine to stay! Here are some more recent pix of the girls, since it’s been a few months and I’m sure they’ve all changed!