Siblings {June}

This past weekend we spent some time on a beach house of one of our friends. We go there a few times a year. I tried to get photos of the kids together. But the big kids were always off on their next adventure and it was hard to carry around the baby ­čÖé

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Hello June! Hello Summer! (Sort of… depending on the day…) We’ve been doing lots of hanging out outside. The big kids have been playing *mostly* nicely with each other.

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Karl seems to be keeping up just a little bit more with the two oldest.

on the beach

Zachary is pretty much content to sit and watch. Except for when he’s done. Then he’s done. He absolutely doesn’t know what to do with himself if the others aren’t around for him to watch. For example, this morning he was up before the rest, he had eaten, I had set him on the floor because I was trying to read a book (mind I’d already been holding him for a good while). He was fussy and generally not happy… until.. he saw Johnny. Then he was all giggles and smiles


Again… sitting on the side lines while they “grill” with their Papa (grandpa).

I did capture one picture of them all together, from the other day

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Here’s to getting them all in one photo looking at me next month!

~Ruth Anne


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Into’s here

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Karl’s world {June}

I thought, since it’s a “month”-day of Karl’s I’d share some of what he’s been up to recently. He remains my most challenging child, as well as ┬áthe most advanced in many ways. He’s also in that perfect stage where he spouts some perfect gems. {For reference he’s 3 years and 5 months}

Saying things like…

{Under a tree, on a cloudy day}
“I’m laying in the sun”
{two minutes later…}
“The shade is getting in my eyes”

“sneakers are for sneaking outside in”

“mom, you don’t have to take your clothes off”
{in reference to going pee, said while putting his pants back on}

“Johny’s not crying.” – “I’m crying.”
“Crying people wanna have books”

{While using a pencil crayon, doing “school”}
John: It’s tricky
Karl: Yeah, it’s trippy.


His “lion” shirt:

Karl613-6(Its just more orang-y in real life, and up until a week ago he was still wearing it)

His “wedding” shirt


(I also have a wedding shirt, BTW. He excitedly informed me of that fact the other day!)

Light-sabers in his shorts


(admittedly, not stored in said shorts, but this was a very important light-saber bicycle battle)

“Worker Pants” (jeans or jean shorts) {not to be confused with “smooshy pants”}

Favorite bedtime song…

The “you, you, you” one

{very similar to this one, except we have a different line in the second verse}


Favorite┬áother songs….
{sung/hummed, literally: All. The. Time.}

Star Wars theme song
Silent Night

Nuance of the month…

Needing to have his blanket on his pillow.
If it’s not straight he’ll tell me to “straight it”…
If it has wrinkles in it he’ll tell me to “flat it”…
I asked him why he wants his blanket on his pillow, he told me “so it doesn’t get cold”


A Brilliant idea…



{Also as a side note, his baby “book” is the least complete of everyone’s, so I thought this could be a way to keep his record. – Not saying anything about how often this will happen, but right now seemed like a good time!}

Siblings {May}

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This past month has seemed to go a bit better than last month. I mean we still have many, many squabbles. But they seem to be genuinely liking each other a lot more.

Katherine has really embraced reading to the boys. (Mostly only if I’m not available to read.. if I’m sitting there waiting to read to them, she won’t do it.) There have been quite a few moments like the one above where they’re all squished onto the couch reading!

A few days ago we took Zachary for a ride in the cars. The big kids LOVED it, Z, was just trying to figure out what was going on. Karl did take a short ride with him as well, but wasn’t really able to hold on to Z and move the car at the same time, so… I had to hold the baby (and move the car for them), so I didn’t get a picture.

I’ve noticed so much more working/playing together from all of them. Maybe it’s just the increased time outside. We’ve spent almost every possible moment out there. Some days, like today, starting before 7:00 AM…. Or maybe it’s just an increase in my saying to them to “work it out”. Either way, it’s good to see.

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I especially love this photo because it shows Karl and Zachary looking at each other and (sorta) smiling. I always, in the back of my mind, wonder how Karl is doing with losing his place as the baby especially because of the tantrums he’s able to throw. But I’ve heard on more than one occasion from him in the past month “I luv you Zak-a-wy”.

~Ruth Anne


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Into’s here

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Also joining up with CoomeMills for Country Kids, I know this isn’t a single solitary outdoor event, but we’ve spent so much time outside, I’ve not had a chance to share all the individual adventures, so just giving a short version here.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Siblings {April}

Oh what a difference a month makes!


If you recall, last month’s sibling photo had them all wearing snowsuits! And now look! Bare toes! (And shoes on the wrong feet)




They were playing hard-to-smile and I was trying to get them to do *anything* to loosen up before Baby Z totally fell apart… hands in the air was all I could think of at the moment.

Let’s see sibling-y news for the month? Well, it’s been a lot of the same around here. Like I said, warmer weather, so more outside playing time.

Zachary has really been wanting to join in the fun, but he’s still a tad on the young side, he can’t really sit unsupported.┬áSo mostly he just lays and watches what he can. When I try to prop him on the couch he’s taken to propelling himself forwards; haven’t lost him off the edge yet, but he’s so forceful that I’m just not horribly comfortable with that set up anymore.

Katherine has taken to being a bit of a bully to the boys this past week (just random walk up to them and pull their hair, push them down, pinch them… all for apparently no reason) :(. I’m really at a loss for how to handle the situation because she basically doesn’t respond to *anything*. The latest punishment is to not play with anyone… that started tonight and is going through Friday morning…. so we’ll see how tomorrow goes. If you have suggestions, I’m open to ideas. (She’s just about 5 1/2).

This is just totally unlike her because she loves the boys and they adore her – can barely do anything without her it seems. I dunno.

Karl is trying desperately to keep up with the older kids.



He has been doing marginally better with the tantrums these past few days. I know people have said “Oh, he’s just reacting to Zachary being born, etc…” But then he told me on Monday, I think it was “I love Zachu-wy” “You do?” I asked him. He smiled his goofy smile and shook his head “Ye-ah”

And Johnny. He’s decided he wants to start reading lessons, I think mostly to do the same thing Katherine is doing. If I don’t push anything while we’re doing it he actually does OK.


~Ruth Anne


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Into’s here

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