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I know I haven't shared too much about Lilla Rose on here but some times I just have to!  We have been selling Lilla Rose hair jewelry for about a year and half now.  It has been such a blessing.  When Mark was furloughed last year, we made just enough from doing two shows a month and home parties that we were able to supplement our income.  Lilla Rose provided spending money and then some for our cruise we took in October.  Now, we are hoping to use our Lilla Rose profit to participate in New Horizons for Children program where we will have an orphan from Easter Europe come over for several weeks in December in hopes of finding his or her family.

But then, in December last year, I took the whole month off and only bought gifts for family.  When Emmie was born, I did nothing for May and very little for June.  I was still considered a consultant but did not feel the pressure to purchase a ton of items or try to sell a ton.  There was no quota that had to be met.

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Two Months

Emmie turned two months this past weekend and we celebrated with a trip to the pool and a date night.  Then the next day we did this:

 She's just playing possum.  Ya'll don't be fooled in to thinking she is actually asleep during the day.

 "Ha!  You really think I'm going to smile?!"

 "Alright, maybe a little teaser."

"Ta da!  Satisfied now?!"

Our Emmie is growing and growing and getting smothered with love.  Seriously, I have to fight to get her to look at me because there are seven other little people who are trying to get her to smile.  I have never seen so much love poured out from siblings on to their little sibling.  It just melts this mama's heart.  Of course, we all dearly love this little girl and I could not imagine our family without her.

She is obviously smiling now as seen by the evidence above.  She also sleeps anywhere from five or more hours a night.  Day time is usually short spurts on mama or in her crib.

Here's her stats:

13 lbs 3.6 oz (95%)
24 inches tall (95%)
15 7/8 head (85%)

Dr. B noted that she is actually tracking on  the curve as opposed to above it.  Still.  If you are wondering where she falls compared to her brothers and sisters, she's right in their with the rest.  She's not the heaviest or tallest.

May Randomness

 I love my kids creativity.  This slide is from our old play fort.  They have also rigged a swing on the inside of the dome.  I know.  It looks dangerous but they have made sure it was sturdy and Mark checked it as well.

 A fort is fun around here.  That's our friend, Laura, in front.

 Just because he's adorable.  And he begs, "Take picture me, peas" when we pull out a camera.

 Zoe was so excited to find a frog on a tree on the hill and grabbed the camera for a shot.

 Liam's hair was a bit sticky up one day after a pool trip.  Mark had him pose for this picture.
 Duck Dynasty, anyone?!  

Liam is getting really good at constructing things with legos.   Again, lots of creativity. 

 Malachi with his two favorite things:  Alabama hat and a truck.

 King of the Mountain.

Zoe's swimsuit this year.  I love the fabric she picked out.  If you look closely, you can see Ceili Rain hiding behind her.  CeiRai's swimsuit is the first one I made  Unfortunately, being stored for six years and worn by two people, it's been worn down.  I am in the process of making new ones out of the scrap fabric from previous swimsuits.  Yay for cheap cute suits!

Mad Scientists

Our local library has had a great summer with the reading program this year.  We haven't gotten to do too much but Mark was able to take them to the kick off  and they later sent us these pictures.







More of Emmie

Our dear friend, Tracy, came up to the hospital and got a few pictures and a lot of snuggles with the little princess.





 "I got my Aunt Tracy wrapped around my finger.  Oh yeah!"


Just saying hello!

What to do when you're overdue

Herein lies my photojournal of what we did to keep busy while waiting on Emmie.

Park Day







Watching "Da Builders" as Malachi calls them.  They have cleared land behind our section of the subdivision to build another section.   I knew Malachi just had to see them working.  He was so excited and didn't want to leave.  Neither did his two partners in crime.

Note construction hat in hand.
 Our last appointment with Dr. J had a longer wait time due to babies being born.  Like a two plus hour wait time.  Once we realized that he had not one but two deliveries, Mark offered to make a mocha frappe run.  Only one other person in the waiting room went for it besides us.  It was truly yummy though.


Our homeschool care group end of year party was at the local Kroc Center which just so happens to have an indoor water park.  Yes, it was a bit o' fun!



And two days before Emmie arrived we attended our annual Pops Under the Stars concert by the local symphony.  This is a family tradition now.  We were expecting rain.  And we got it.  It rained a bit before the concert and right before the fireworks were supposed to go at the 1812 Overture.  No fireworks and no overture but the rest of concert was a hit.

Another Awana Year...Done

We weren't sure that we would be able to have Awana this year.  Our church property is being renovated to work for our church so we have been meeting on Sunday mornings in homes and just were not sure how it would work out.  Finally, by October, Mark and I couldn't stand it and offered up our home as a solution to Awana meetings.  Our pastor agreed and Wednesday night activities have taken over our home every week.  We, again, are very grateful that we have a home large enough to accommodate meetings and neighbors who have yet to complain about the Wednesday night traffic.

Even though we had a late start and two "weather" days, the kids all worked super hard and so did the leaders.

Our kids were able to finish their books this year with a big push at the end!

One of our illustrious leaders brought her camera and got these awesome pictures.

 That's not a boogie (just need to clarify).  He banged his lip on something or other.

 This was before he realized he was having his picture taken.

And this was after.  Still handsome!

 He was hamming it up.  Don't let that expression fool you.

 Ace finished his second book for T&T.

 Zoe finished her third T&T book.

 Josiah, although shy as all get out, finished his second Sparks book.

 Liam finished his third Sparks book and next year I will have THREE T&Ters (or Boom Bangers as Mark calls them).  I feel old.

 Malachi was pretty much just a Cubbie mascot this year.  We considered him a fourth of a cubbie.  But he did everything the Cubbies did and by the end of the year was able to quote verses with a bit of help.
 Bryant finished his first year in Cubbies.

 Miss J had some fun goody bags!

 Ceili Rain finished her second Cubbie year and is going to be a Sparkie next year.  She reminds us of this fact every week if not daily.

 Enjoying Miss J's goodie bags!

So, this is our ninth year of Awana and our ninth year volunteering.  We have truly been blessed and have learned right along with our kids.  I love seeing our kids hide God's Word in their hearts and we know that these words will be with them for the rest of their lives.  We're looking forward to many more years of Awana to come.