Monday, July 26, 2010


I now interrupt these vacation posts to bring you some everyday photos and update on our boring life back in Texas!

I'm trying to learn to use the camera better. It's actually been cooperating really well since we went to California, so maybe it won't need to go in for repairs after all!

I was working on A mode, trying to get a blurry background...but all I got was a blurry book, LOL!

We are back to homeschooling a few days a week, and Mary Clare is getting more excited about reading. On this day she read to her siblings as well as the 6 friends they had over to play! I was so proud of her! I'm happy with our Mother of Divine Grace lesson plans for her 2nd grade curriculum, and Ellie is progressing well just doing her reading (100 Easy Lessons), writing (Handwriting Without Tears), and arithmetic (Math U See). A few more weeks and our homeschool activities will be starting. We had a big mom's planning meeting on Friday night and I didn't get home until 1:00am! We homeschooling mamas know how to party!

On Saturday we finally made it out to see our friends' new home in the country. Their house is beautiful and it's so much fun for the kids to get to spend time in the fresh country air! Steven Joseph kept saying he was not going to go out in the tractor because he was scared of the cows, but he worked himself up and went on the ride with the crew! It was so nice to have time to just sit and visit with friends; we all get so busy, especially with Steven's work schedule, that it's nice to have an evening to relax and enjoy each other!

The girls got some new dresses and headbands for church, and NeNe got them new purses. Here they are modeling after Sunday Mass :)

The girls have started Dance Camp in the mornings this week. They love it! It was so nice to go thrifting with just Steven Joseph, and to have a little "break" with only one child. But he missed his sisters terribly and had several hysterical fits about silly things. Hopefully he'll do better tomorrow!

And a quick Baby update. I'm now 29 weeks and am still having my weekly injections to ward off contractions. Last week my belly measured at 32 weeks, so it looks like I'm growing a big one! We still can't believe we'll be meeting this little guy or gal in about 8-9 weeks...and we still don't have names picked out either. We usually have a "name talk" about once a week but don't really get anywhere. I think I realized that it's my turn to choose a name though, since he picked Mary Clare and Steven Joseph while I chose Elizabeth Ann Marie. Feel free to post any name ideas for us! (as you can tell we prefer traditional saint names) I'm all ears!

Have a great week! More CA photos to come...


Anonymous said...

I love the name Patricia Anne,,,you could call her Patty Anne for short. For a boy I would call him Levi Matthew, or Matthew Levi.
CUTE outfits BTW :-)
Theresa in Alberta

Kimberly said...

Rachel or Anna for a girl

Nathan or Daniel for a boy.

I like the simple, traditional names myself. ;-)

Blair said...

Thanks for the suggestions! forgot to add that we like to put some form of Mary in the name. Theresa, my mother-in-law is Patricia Ann! Kimberly, I love Anna. Hopefully the name just comes to us as we approach baby's birth!

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