Our adventures started in amazing Alaska, but have since taken us to beautiful Spokane Valley, Washington. Our family consists of Nick (Dad), Becki (Mom), and our four boys: Alvin, Alex, Rilie, and Jackson. I enjoy homeschooling our kids and we're excited for what adventures Spokane has for us.
February was spent finding a new home, wrapping up Cub Scouts (Blue & Gold), packing, exams/evaluations... well you get the point. March will be filled with Cub Scouts (pinewood derby, for both Alvin and Nick), unpacking, setting up in a bigger place (shelves, baby gates, outdoor fun - swings, teepees, etc.), and catching up on school. We love our new place! We may stay here longer than planned. We'll see what life brings us.
(at the apartment)
Rilie loves his scooter! He says, "Vroom! Vroom!" when he rides it.
We were building towers as high as we could.
Rilie is upset in this pictures, because he couldn't knock it down yet. Alvin and Alex want more blocks!
Now at the new place
The backyard was bare and the boys were complaining.
I bought a few things to get their creative juices flowing. This is a rocket launcher.
They each came up with their own special way to launch the rocket.
Alex does a running jump and Rilie uses his bum.
Daddy gets a Sunday nap nowadays.
Typically on his own, but this Sunday he didn't make it to his bed.
Jackson striking a pose!
Rilie has needed extra snuggles at night, so he's been sleeping with us more.
First bath together!
They loved it!
Jackson is splashing Rilie. Rilie is learning how to splash gently back.
Digging in the Backyard
Alvin and Alex can't wait to plant something.
Rilie was nervous to pick up earthworms.
Alex helped him.
Jackson's first time in the dirt!
I took something away :(
Nest in our tree.
There are so many birds in our backyard: robins, quails, and something we haven't identified.
I'm not sure what lives here... if anything at all.
Alvin helped dad set up the swing.
Overall, it's been fun!
Alvin's eyes are doing well. I really like the ophthalmologist a friend recommended. He even knows Alvin's last doctor! It made for an easy transition. Alex still wants glasses, but his eyes are strong. I'll have to get him some accessory glasses. Right now, he enjoys sporting his sunglasses.
Alvin received his Wolf Badge at Blue & Gold. We're very proud of him. I was pushing for it at the end, so he's a little burned out with scouts. He enjoys going, but isn't interested looking at his book. I'm trying to wait for him to take the lead again. He can work on Arrow Points, Conservation Badge, and his Religious Knot. Alvin's enjoyed swimming lessons last month and this month. Next month, we'll be doing soccer. He is very excited.
Alex loves swimming. He wants to join the swim team. If we continue with group lessons, it will probably take a year. If we start up private lessons, he may be ready to join sooner. His group instructor really likes him and compliments him all the time. This makes Alex so proud. We're considering doing a few private lessons, when Alvin starts up soccer. As for Cub Scouts, Alex loved the Blue and Gold. We introduced the future cub scouts there. He is helping dad make dad's pinewood derby car. We're hoping his enthusiasm continues. If so, he will be passing things off very quickly. He's memorized most the Bobcat stuff (with Alvin) already.
Rilie loves swimming. Rilie does not like swim lessons. We signed him up, because he is doing cannon balls in the deeper end (not a true "deep end"). The class is set up to teach swim safety for little ones. He was excited to play in the water, but not so much follow instruction. Daddy joined him for swim lessons to help keep him focused. The instructors were AMAZING! They were both very patient, and Rilie did warm up to them. He did great with a kick board and learning how to float (floating made him nervous). He loves the backyard and the freedom of going out whenever he wants.
Jackson is growing and developing a mischievous attitude. He's learned he can make Rilie scream if he grabs his hair. He doesn't even have to pull, just touching it will do the trick. Alvin and Alex can't help but feel sweet justice. Jackson is just starting to scootch around, mainly pivoting from one spot to another. He can pick things up and put them in his mouth. If he's hungry and I'm busy, I just sprinkly Cheerios on the floor around him. He eagerly picks them up. Definitely, revisiting the "Why did you put me down!?!?!" phase.