July 2016 in Review

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Oh for seriously, is it really August now?!?!  Please someone tell me how that happened.  Let's have a little recap and update for all of those who only follow me on one social media avenue or another.

We were so glad to have Daddy back to enjoy this month with us!  Even though we had just been there, we celebrated the Fourth of July with my parents as we do most every year.  We kind of can't beat the swimming pool we don't have to share and general quietness of their land.  This year we just went for the day and when we made it back home, Tim took the older few kids to fireworks in town.

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After the Fourth, we started back to school for the year.  You heard me right, we have returned to our year round school roots.  In all of our years since making it back to Minnesota from Utah we have stuck with a traditional schedule but I bit the bullet and we jumped in.  We are doing a little bit of daily language, weekly nature study and/or art, and lots of geography with the Give Your Child The World Summer Reading.  We got a little stuck this last week with life getting crazy, but I'm hoping to get back on track now.

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In addition to our summer gardens which are looking better than ever, we have been keeping Tim busy with odds and ends projects.  He built us a little lean-to off the side of our shed to keep bikes, strollers, etc corralled and we totally decluttered and reorganized our basement family room.

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I've been saying for three years that the family room begged for a sectional, but never wanted to actually jump in.  Since we didn't take a family vacation this summer or do any taekwondo competitions, I decided to say let's do it.  Of course, then Tim had to get a little creative in getting the thing home and again when it was time for moving the cable lines from one side of the room to the other.

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He promises me the holes will be repaired before too long....

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 Lots of dates this month!  Tim took Logan out for a special birthday date (a month late).  Ever a boy after my own heart, he wanted to play at Chuck E Cheese, but not eat there because the food was gross.  He wanted Mongolian BBQ instead.  Watch me complain.  Logan also built a tiny frog habitat and lost a fight with the driveway.

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I also took Lucie out for some Mommy time.  Ice cream makes little girls very happy!

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Tim and I even had the chance for a night out completely alone- our first since Tomas came home from the NICU (although I'm pretty sure those nights don't count either).  We went to the annual benefactor dinner at our favorite spot (the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe if you actually didn't know that) and had Mass with Cardinal Burke followed by a lovely dinner.  I got to wear my birthstone necklace for the first time since adding Tomas' stone.

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Tomas has been keeping us on our toes in lots of ways this month.  He went from only starting to sit to fully sit-up-lay-down-turn-around-bear-crawl-stand-on-hands-and-feet-crawl-when-he-really-wants-to mobile.
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Unfortunately he also decided that oats, chicken, pears, carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes are not for him.  Like all out retching, dry heaving, vomiting not for him.  This adds to the dairy that we already knew caused that from our experiments in dairy based formulas.  Our GI thinks maybe something called FPIES, but we are still working out all of that.  More testing will probably be forthcoming.  As of today he can eat blueberries...and alimentum formula.  We are no longer breastfeeding other than a little bit at night.  I had naively convinced myself that we had him figured out and we were going to be done with these little feeding adventures of his, but alas...apparently not.  I'm hoping to have a better update on that next month.

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In Heidi blogging-writing universe news, I am very close to finishing up my end of three different book projects for Peanut Butter & Grace and Gracewatch Media.  One manuscript is almost through content editing on its way to our local imprimatur, one is submitted for first round feedback from my editor, and one is making its way through a few final touches before being sent in for round one.   Hopefully I will have more fun updates soon, in the meantime enjoy this sneak peak of Tomas assisting me on a read through...

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On Peanut Butter & Grace this month, DIY Backyard VBS (from the archives here), 3 Questions to Help Your Kids Judge Their Favorite Media in Light of the Faith, The Summer of Mentoring, and Children of Infant Loss.

On the Mighty, The Story of "Not Quite" When Parenting A Child on The Autism Spectrum.

I also finished up the How to Homeschool Through Just About Anything Series, and did a lot of recycling of formula cans and other NICU leftovers.  I pulled out the Co-Sleeping Continuum from the early Work and Play archives and had some fun with long time readers looking back at their old comments.  I've been keeping an eye out for other old favorites, so stay tuned to see what I pull up next!  I also added a free Word Type Review Sort to my Teachers Pay Teachers store, look for more new products in the next month as I look to get my back to school stuff wrapped up.

Finally, this month I joined Instagram (@workandplaydaybyday).  I feel like Instagram is my long lost best friend, truly.  Its the behind the scenes- sneak peak at our life that no one was missing more than me.  It's a great place for me to laugh at my kids antics (like when Lucie turned herself into a mud monster) and smile at their sweetness in the same place (like when the girls turned Tomas into a chamomile king).

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I apologize to all of you who are on Facebook because I just don't find it nearly as fun as Instagram and haven't been spending much time there.  That being said, I've decided that I want to have fun with social media and since I'm not much good at following the promote yourself on social media "rules" I might as well just do things my way and enjoy it.

Not nearly as much as I enjoy living this crazy life...can't wait to see what August brings!


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