Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot Hot Hot!

Hero found a crucifix in Grammie's desk drawer and now uses it to help him drive safely. 

Hot day activities. 

Tomorrow the baby will be a whole 6 months old. I can barely believe it. He's been teething for a long while but has no teeth yet. Just this past week I've been giving him big people food to eat since he's grabbing and mimicing me as I try to eat. It's so cute to see him smacking his mouth with every bite I take. He's been rolling over solidly since 4 months. At 5 months he's been plowing his way around. Just yesterday he's been doing plank position and lunging foreward. He can scoot foreward in his walker taking real steps. He loves to bounce like a mad man in the bouncer. He's a great sleeper. My little baby is such a blessing. How could I have ever done without him. 

Pilot is busy bossing Hero about. It makes Hero very stubborn and he has an opinion about almost everything, whereas Pilot is not and does not. The dynamic between the two boys is a bit unmanageable at times but they do act loving to one another when someone gets hurt. 

Pilot entertaining the baby while Hero plays with his truck

Did I mention it's hot outside? It's 7:30pm and the temp outside is 99 degrees F. We reached a high of 107 degrees F today. The next 5 days are going to be the same. There's not much you can do when it's that hot. Going outside is too hard so we stay inside and lay on the floor. I was letting the boys watch some tv when it was too hot to be outside but a few days of whining and temper tantrums when I said no tv led me to ban tv entirely while Daddy is gone. I turn the tv and dvd player off at the power strip so the remotes won't work at all. The boys can push all the buttons on the remotes and the devices and nothing will happen. It's worked wonderfully. I just tell them it broke and won't work until Daddy gets home. They believe me and I've had no more problems since. I will just need to make sure the boys don't see me flip the power strip off and on or they'll learn how to do it themselves. 

I've been reading some great posts on NFP Awareness week. My favorite was from Catholic All Year blog. I feel the same way about NFP. It's wonderful but it's not for me and my family. My babies come at the perfect time for us, about 19-20 months apart, and we have no grave reason to abstain from having children. We welcome the children with open arms and know that I likely only have a few more years of fertility left to me since I am going to be 37 this year. Sometimes I wish I had gotten married earlier so I could have more babies but I don't know if I would have been open to life like I am now. What really changed the tide for me was listening to a talk on EWTN called "Contraception, Why Not" by Janet Smith. It is awesome.

A few weeks ago I discovered a Russian cartoon called Masha and the Bear. All 42 episodes are free on youtube and you don't need to know Russian to watch the show. It reminds me of Looney Tunes but much cuter. The show is so popular that some episodes have nearly 300,000,000 views. That's right, 300 million views. It's based on a Russian fairy tale and is about a little girl who's about 3 or 4 years old. She's a terror to all the local animals and finds her way to the home of a retired circus bear who takes her under his wing. It reminds me of those Pixar shorts before cartoons like Up. It's mostly gestures and lots of giggling. My boys love it, L.O.V.E. it. Here's the first episode:

Speaking of great videos, I saw a PBS documentary on Nova called Mystery of a Masterpiece about a painting that is believed to be an undocumented Leonardo Da Vinci. It was so convincing it makes me think it really is a Da Vinci.

There is so much more to share but I think it's time to say goodnight. God bless. 

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