A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2015

IMG_2640

It’s been an eventful 2 weeks since my last “A Peek Into Our Week post” — of course, there’s lots more “Dekker news” to share.

For starters, James hit the 3-month milestone last week Wednesday and he’s officially rolling over! He is also starting to develop a little personality, and from what I can tell so far, he’s quite sweet.

He absolutely LOVES his play mat — and grabbing for the dangling toys. Neither of my other two kids really loved the play mat (or being on their backs) so it has been fun to sit in the living room and play with James.

He coos, and makes all sorts of noises — and as I mentioned earlier, it’s impossibly easy to get a big gummy grin (and even a laugh) out of him!

Oh yeah, and he found his thumb 🙂

.

Simon met with a speech therapist for the first time on Thursday. We aren’t super concerned with his complete lack of words yet (he literally doesn’t say anything but “good”). However, we also don’t want to wait too long to start doing anything.

Right now, we will just have monthly appointments with homework in between. However, if we don’t see any progress by the time he is 2, the plan is to move to weekly appointments.

Simon’s eye teeth are officially in, so he has been (mostly) in a better mood. Of course, he is 19 months old, so there’s no telling what could set him off at any minute of the day!

He’s big on “helping” me with yard work — mainly putting pine cones in buckets and pushing the wheelbarrows around — but boy can he occupy himself for a LONG time outside! Winter could be rough for us this year.

More big news from Simon… he got a big boy haircut!

12109205_1034570513241496_4214013875583517748_n

He was not thrilled to have me cut it… but has enjoyed looking at himself in the mirror ever since. He also keeps feeling the back of his head and smiling!

I’ve never been someone who wanted to “wait” to cut their kids’ hair — I’ve cut his with a scissors MANY times already. However, it was time for a more grown-up look.

.

Miss Nora has been keeping busy with her various social endeavors… she sang in front of church with the Children’s choir last week and then confidently marched off to Children and Worship after singing.

She is having SOOOOOO much fun at school; and although she isn’t big on talking about what she does at school, I can see new things she is learning all the time.

For example, she can now write her name all on her own (something she’s been working on for a while now). She is also getting very good at drawing shapes and other letters.

She’s constantly singing songs she learned at school and telling me “my teacher said ______” or “a girl at school did ________”. I can tell she’s just soaking it all in — and I’m really glad we decided to send her to school this year.

The big news from Nora is that she started Dance class! It’s only a 4-week class with a little performance at the end of the 4th class — but I can not even tell you how excited Nora is.

She is constantly dancing around our house and always wants to wear a dress or a skirt so she can twirl. Yes, I’m super excited to see what a 3 and 4 year old dance recital looks like 😉

nora dancing

Nora is quite persuasive and can convince Simon to do just about anything these days, including their latest favorite outdoor game… “walking the dog”. Nora pretends that she’s a dog and Simon is taking her for a walk — meanwhile, Simon really has no idea what’s going on and essentially just chases after Nora while holding onto a jump rope!

.

A few weeks ago, my sister found a really old Betty Crocker baking set to make “filled” cakes.

I’ve had my eye on a Brownie Peanut Butter Cake recipe that I wanted to make. Of course, Nora was my trusty helper and thoroughly enjoyed licking all the beaters and spatulas I used.

The finished product was delicious!

Along with the $1.50 Betty Crocker baking pans, I splurged a little and bought myself all new baking pans from Bed Bath and Beyond. My 9″ x 13″ pans were ruined over a year ago thanks to an egg dish I couldn’t clean off. My 9″ x 9″ pan was very scratched, my muffin tins were terribly stained and I think one was starting to rust, and one of my bread pans “bit the dust” earlier this summer.

So thanks to a handful of $5 off coupons and a gift card from many months ago, I restocked my baking pan cabinet for right around $20!

 

Along with all the baking I did with my new pans, my 3 main “projects” for the week were cleaning up our yard, cleaning up our kitchen, and cleaning up our church nursery.

I spent the better part of 3 afternoons outside weeding, deadheading perennials, pulling out annuals, sweeping pine needles, and stuffing our yard waste container to the brim! There is still a lot to do, and of course, the leaves have hardly even started to fall yet, but I’m glad I accomplished what I did.

Oh, and we picked the last of our garden!

I also spent a little time every day (usually while the kids were eating lunch) cleaning up our kitchen. I cleaned out the refrigerator and freezer, the stovetop, the oven, the dishwasher, the sink, and even a bunch of our small appliances. I’ll be blogging more about this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

And finally, I spent several hours on 2 different days at our church nursery cleaning, sanitizing, sorting, organizing, throwing out broken toys, etc. etc. The kids played and James slept while I worked — I’m happy to have this project done before cold and flu season hits!

.

Dave has been helping me a lot with the yard work, and thanks to a huge limb that fell out of one of our trees, we have a local tree company scheduled to come out in the next week or so to cut down all the rest of our super overgrown, super “sheddy” pine trees back by the swing set.

I’m sure it will take a while to adjust to the openness after the trees are gone, but I certainly won’t miss the sap that constantly dripped on our swings or the massive amount of pine needles we need to sweep and rake every fall.

On The Blog:

In case you missed it, I’m offering a fabulous deal on a Seventh Generation Diaper + Wipes bundle via ePantry.com — but you need to hurry!

These Pop ‘n Store boxes arrived last week — and yes, there will be a giveaway!!

And speaking of giveaways, I talked with the people over at Personal Planner last week and we’re doing a giveaway with them next month as well!!

Our Menu Plan:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

  • Baked Sandwiches
  • Green beans
  • Apple slices
  • Chips
  • The chocolate brownie dessert I showed pictures of above

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

  • Leftovers for lunch
  • Frozen pizza and salad for dinner

And finally, my favorite 2 pictures from last week!

7Shares

Filed under: LifeDaily Life

Leave a comment

16 comments

  1. Debby

    10/20/2015

    My girls never liked talking about school when i asked. Especially when they first came home. I think they had to decompress. Even though they loved school they still needed to veg when they came home. But as the day went on or at dinner they would start to tell me things. And this continued all they way through high school and now into college. Adorable babies!

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debby… and yes, Nora talks more later on in the day (or even the next day!)

    [Reply]

  2. MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    10/20/2015

    Gosh, those kids are cute!

    I got really sick of my kids always saying “fine” when I asked about school. So this year each day they each have to tell me about 3 happy moments they had. They tell me a ton (sometimes I can tell they are exaggerating a bit). However, it opens the door for them to tell me about times where they didn’t have happy moments and they open up on why. I’m sure Nora would talk your ear off

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    This is a great idea — thanks for sharing! Usually, if I just give her a little time, I end up hearing all sorts of stories about school eventually. Sometimes it’s the next day, sometimes a full week later 🙂

    [Reply]

  3. Chris K in Wisconsin

    10/19/2015

    I have to say I am so happy that you did put Nora in school this year. This is a great step for her. And dance class…. oh, fun. The Dance Recitals…. those can be very very long and a bit painful, but we all “do our time.” It is another part of growing up!!
    James really does look like a pretty happy little guy. Each one is so different. And as someone else said, with Nora talking enough for everyone, Simon probably thinks “why bother?” One day he will start and won’t stop again….and once he starts, you will have the 2 and then all 3 of them arguing a lot of the time. Oh, what fun!!

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Chris! Yes, Nora is really “blossomed” the past 2 months and I’m certain part of it is because she is in school.

    [Reply]

  4. Karlyn

    10/19/2015

    Your comment about Simon’s speech reminded me of our 3rd daughter, who spoke no understandable words until she was well beyond age 2. Her development was perfectly normal in every other way. In fact she was advanced in her motor skills. So in looking back, I think she was concentrating more on that aspect of development than on the verbal part. Also, she had two older sisters to talk for her, and answer her beck and call. So why exert the effort, when she could just point and get what she wanted! Since she was the 3rd child, I was much more relaxed about intervening than I would have been with my first child. I’m thankful now that I waited her out. She started talking around age 2 & 1/2, and hasn’t stopped since! She continued to quickly develop verbal skills and caught up with her peers in no time at all. Not trying to talk you out of speech therapy if you feel this is best for Simon, but he may just need more time.

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    sigh… I hope Simon starts talking before he’s 2!! But you’re right, he’s just like your daughter in that there is no other developmental delays of any kind (and his hearing is amazing). He understands every single thing we say — he just doesn’t talk.

    I suppose having a kid who doesn’t talk is better than one who doesn’t eat or sleep (like Nora) so in perspective, things aren’t too bad 🙂

    [Reply]

  5. Barb

    10/19/2015

    I love the peek into our week updates! The pictures of the kids are so cute, especially Nora in her dance outfit!

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    haha –thanks! Yes, she wanted to wear the dance outfit today to the library! I told her that was not going to happen 🙂

    [Reply]

  6. Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

    10/19/2015

    Well done, Andrea! You all are certainly keeping busy. What mom doesn’t though? 🙂 Great deal on your new pans, too! I’m glad you had a speech evaluation for Simon. Like you said, it’s probably nothing, but as a (former) preschool teacher, it’s always harder for the kids when parents wait to start speech. Have a great week this week!

    [Reply]

  7. Emily

    10/19/2015

    Love Simon’s haircut!! My three year old can’t stand getting his haircut. Scissors or clippers it doesn’t matter, he is not happy about it. This past week I bribed him with chocolate chips to get through it. A couple when we began, a couple in the middle and a few at the end. He did so much better! Love the weekly updates but you make me tired reading all that you do! 🙂 Maybe it’s just because I’m still sleep deprived… 😉

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    yes, he had snacks AND was watching a show on the iPad — still threw a fit the entire time 🙂
    Also, I’m positive that you’re sleep deprived.

    [Reply]

  8. Dana

    10/19/2015

    Sounds like a great week! My now 3 year old was in speech weekly from 17 months-3 years old. It helped him so much, less tantrums and more independence! He had no true words at 17 months and now speaks in full sentences. Good luck and I hope you love your speech therapist.

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks! Yes, the main reason we decided to start speech therapy is because Simon is getting frustrated and becoming more difficult because he can’t get us to figure out what he wants. Hopefully we’ll make some progress soon so he won’t be as frustrated.

    [Reply]

  9. Paulette

    10/19/2015

    Simon’s haircut is SO cute! Adorable pics of the children. I love the “peek” updates!

    [Reply]