March 30, 2011

My Mobile Thomas

I can't believe he is crawling at 6 months. Oh wait he is a Niall child!! They have all crawled early, pull themselves up early and walk early!! Ugh! Beginning stages A week later, he is a pro!

And now he is trying to master pulling himself up. Mama is sure in trouble. Just a reminder he is not even 7 months yet, oh boy!! Luckily it is almost spring!! Yes and pun to My Mobile Mechanic was intended.

In the Family

They are all absolutely siblings.

Smiling a Happy Birthday to their big sister Amanda!

March 27, 2011

What's in a Name - Gabriel

Our Baby was named for the late Abbot at St Benedict Abbey. Today was the 1 year anniversary of his death. After mass was went out to Abbot Gabriel's burial site to pray.

Thomas Gabriel at Abbot Gabriel's burial site.

Couldn't help adding this really adorable picuter of daddy and Thomas!

March 25, 2011

9 Months Until the Birth of Christ

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation

"Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with you!" said the Angel Gabriel.

This is the art crafts we will be be doing today. I had fun doing it.

Click here for a copy of the template. I had add the halo to Mary, it was a congregational protestant site.

Read Luke 1:26-38 for more about the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary and the Annunciation.

This beautiful picture of the Annunciation by Fra Angelico is found in so many Catholic homes.

I amazingly found a small copy at Job lot the day before the Feast for only $1.99. It is a miniature ArtBook. I'm sure it will help with homeschooling Art Appreciation

Enjoy your feast day!!

March 23, 2011

Umbrella Girl

Can you guess what Adriana is doing?

Yes of course she is being silly, but what else?

She is standing on a fan at the Museum of Science.

March 22, 2011

First Child to Prepare

Adriana is our first child and soon she will be receiving her first communion. Wow people always say time flies , now I believe it!! She has been waiting for this for a long time.

This dress was given to her from her cousin, Adelle. I would have gotten her a new dress but she loves this one. It is a beautiful dress.

Sr Cecilia is her teacher and in the first class they learned all about the cross behind her.

March 21, 2011

To Eat or Not to Eat

We decided to give Thomas his first solid foods today.

What did we feed him? We decided to give him a some chicken.
And why? According to the "Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple" book, by Nancy Mahrbacher, the first foods for babies are not meant for increase the babies caloric intake. Meat is a chosen as a first food for iron increase. We will also start in a few days with a veggie probably avocado. We do not do jarred foods just give our babies finger foods and they only eat as much as they can feed themselves. Another thing Nancy Mahrbacher recommends is babies 6 to 8 months only eat 2 to 3 meals a day slowly increasing 1 to 2 to 3 meals. I would say that Thomas barley got a 10th of a meal last night. Starting solids are so fun!!

My Food is in front of me but I really haven't noticed it yet!

My first bit

Even after eating chicken I still love my fingers!


This video is 4 minutes with in the first 2 minutes you will see Thomas taking bits of his chicken.


Tongue and food together

Food Face

Seriously Silly

After a birthday party with the Bell Family James decided to dress up in the jewlery his sister was given. What a silly site!!

Upside down crown and earings hanging from the tops of his ears, classic picture. Will forever embarrass him. hee hee hee!!

March 19, 2011

St Joseph's Feast Day and James' Baptismal Day

Today is James' Baptismal Day which is also the St. Joseph's Feast Day!! Can't have a baptismal day much better than this one!!!

Happy Baptismal Day, James!!!!

March 18, 2011

Thomas Growing and Growing

Thomas turned 6 months today!

Now the questions is should we start to feed Thomas solid food or hold off.

Let's start with are the signs for starting solids there:
1. Does he still have the tongue-thrust reflex? I think that maybe slightly but for the most part it is gone!
2. Can he sit up on his on and reach for food? Video below and pictures above to demonstrate

Yes he does. He not only sits up on his own but he has started to scotchs forward, he is moving and grooving. Better start vacuuming my floor much more often otherwise he choke on the popcorn kernels.
3. Eruptions of Teeth?
Yes Thomas has started getting teeth. He has two on the bottom and very much teething with all the drool coming down his face!
Can't believe Thomas is growing so quickly!!! Will we feed Thomas? Still don't know but will update and let you know with the first foods we feed him!

Birds and Worms

Adriana spotted a book that teaches how to draw at the library today. We decided to get Animals by Joan Holub to help Adriana with her drawing. She loves to make art and this book really intrigued her. Below is her first drawing and the book she learned from!

I am so amazed by her first drawing project. Wow a fast learning. She is so much better than her Mama!

March 17, 2011

Twice St Patrick's Day

We celebrated St. Patrick's day twice.
We enjoyed our green clothes and corned beef cabbage along with a Irish Step performance on St. Patrick's day.

Then of Friday we went to a St. Patrick's Day Homeschool party.

We started the party with a treasure hunt. Pot of Gold at the end of the raunbow!

They found the Pot of Gold!

Lindsay and her family snacking!

Our goddaughter, Joni, all dressed in green with a beautiful bow!

Adriana and her friends performing a jig for the Homeschool group. 

The jig with Bridget playing the violin. 

The older children had tons of fun jump roping!!!

Crafts with Lindsay.

Nicky showing me (Mama) his craft.

A game with the biggest group kids helping the little kids. 

Moms hanging out enjoying some social time.

Children being attentive as Lindsay reads them a St Patrick's Day story. 

Adriana, Erika, and James listening to the story.

Mrs. Hougham with Thomas, she loves babies!!