Good Buddy

Ollie is my little good buddy since Lily started school.  Last year he was still just a little guy and we would hang out while she was gone but he still napped and I was pretty busy with Em.  That has changed and I am really enjoying spending time with him (I mean, I loved spending time with him before but now it is more like big boy fun…).  He gets most of my attention and likes helping me with our work to be done during the day.  Giving up his nap coincided with school.  Often by 6 (or dinnertime) he is totally spent and has fallen asleep soon after…with the lights in his room still on.   But some days we curl up to read and snuggle and he begins to snooze:

Ollie snoozing



Lily, oh, Lily.  I miss you during the day!  I am so grateful you still have a spring in your step as you bound off the bus!  Lily's First Bus Ride

Last night Lily chose to read a book I got her when we found out we were going to have Oliver.  It is all about babies….so we read it.  She had many more questions last night than she did when she was 1-imagine that!  She is one bright 5 year old and I am going to have to be on my toes, ready with answers to all her questions in life 🙂


Bow-legged, belly leading

She peeks around a corner, certain she will find what she is looking for.
This little peanut of a girl really knows how to charm.
Sociable and babbling away.
Head down and buried-her response to frustration or play.
Giggling at the big kids.
Louder than most and intends to be noticed.
Doesn’t she know all eyes are already on her?

You Can’t Soar with the Eagles

If you are chasing turkeys through the woods….
That’s not the quote I quite remember but it is what we were doing this afternoon. Vegetation is dying back in the woods and this time of year is perfect for exploring without being overwhelmed by growing things. Ollie, Lily and I took the opportunity while Emmy slept to see what was happening down in the woods and at the creek. There was excitement right away as we startled three turkeys who ran off as quick as can be. One left a feather behind that Lily wanted to add to her collection (of things lying on her bedroom floor). Ollie brought back an acorn. Both were happy to jump around in the water and on the rocks.  I even captured a nice picture of both of them!IMG_2731


We all made it to gymnastics today! Let’s hear it for the Wellers! Way to go. Class is very early {Lily starts at 8:30} so Saturday morning has become our get up and go get ’em day. Even school starts later…
But we made it. Everyone was dressed. Everyone was fairly clean. Everyone was excited to be there.
It was Ollie’s very first class. Since Lily wanted Sam to watch her in the “big girl gym”, I took Ollie into the Jungle Gym. Free play begins the class. He wandered in and tried the ladder leaning on some mats-literally 2 inches off the ground. And he fell and hurt himself. This boy is such a sport, though. He got over it quickly and was off to climb on something new. He even went back and found success on the ladder.
It was nice to be out all together and then split up to get other things accomplished. The girls went to the craft store and the guys went to Lowes. We met back up at home and planted mums and played all afternoon.
…and, I am trying to be less attached to my phone so, sadly, there is no picture to show the first day of gym. Maybe next week I’ll remember…