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 🙂

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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.

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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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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. So 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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Siblings {March}

Oops, March 15 came and went. So, here’s this months sibling photo:


(I really do hope we are nearing the end of snow suit season). But in sibling news: Baby Z. really enjoys watching his siblings from a sitting position (preferably with someone holding him… but when that isn’t possible he sits in his little jumper)

They seem to be getting along pretty well this month. They’ve been doing a little more of “playing” card games and simple board games and figuring out things like taking turns, and things being fair and all that good stuff.

Katherine has been trying to get the boys (all of them) on the reading boat. Asking any of them at any time “_______ what does the “M” say?” and things like that. She is just starting to read regular books out loud and sometimes will attempt reading something to them depending on the mood of the moment.


Baby Z isn’t really into taking bottles, but Karl was wanting a drink after being outside so he happily finished a good potion of this bottle (just a little pear juice and water), and then decided that Z needed to have some.

Any other sibling news for the month? Not really.

Oh, but one funny comment from today:
{Katherine looking at the photo album where I keep all the ultrasound pictures of the kids}
Is this Sophia?
Me: No, honey, I’m not pregnant right now
K: Why not? You just have to wait a minute?

I’m not putting words in her mouth or anything, but I’m guessing (especially since this was the second comment RE: Sophia today) that she has already planned for our next child and that it will be a girl and that it is arriving imminently.

~Ruth Anne

P.S. Sophia is the current name we have picked out for the next girl baby we have, if we are so blessed
P.P.S. I’m not pregnant right now.


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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Siblings {February}

I am so, so glad I decided to join in this monthly sibling photography project.
{See last month’s entry for cast of characters 🙂 }


This has been an interesting month for their relationship, or maybe it’s always an interesting month, but I happened to notice several things.

Katherine and John decided to get all buddy-buddy with each other for a good week, to the point where John had a multi-night sleepover in Kat.’s room. I really didn’t mind this seeing as they had fun and seemed to sleep a little better (or at least were quieter in the morning)… But… they totally excluded Karl and that’s just no bueno. Most especially heart wrenching for this mama was when Karl woke up one night, noticed Johnny wasn’t in his bed and absolutely melted down. After that the sleepover stopped.

And the very next day it was Johnny and Karl playing together to the exclusion of Katherine.

I guess that’s normal?

Anyways, they always seem to have good snuggle times all together when we’re reading. Especially in mama’s bed 🙂


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