Thursday, September 22, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Rory's blue, purple and pink spiked hair for "Crazy Hair Night" at AWANA
Abby's crazy hair
Our Little Ballerinas
Sweet dancers
Rory posing in her class
Abby's a pretty little ballerina
Rory posing in her ballet outfit
Abby showing off her ballet outfit
Daddy rocking his girls... he's got a lap full... LOL
Yummy Peas!!! :)
Maddy watching Rory and Abby ride their bikes. She loves to be outside!!
Abby riding her bike and taking her puppy for a ride
Rory is doing so good riding her bike. She is now riding it up and down the block (with Mommy close at hand... of course)
Maddy always wakes up with a smile on her face
Abby, Jonathan and Jacob
Rory snuggling Maddy in the morning
Rory showing off her new haircut
Jacob, Jonathan, Rory and Abby showing off their new haircuts. I gave 6 haircuts that day. LOL
All of my girls are fascinated with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse... :)
Maddy playing in her saucer. She's such a smart little girl!!
Maddy's ready for some food!!!

I wish that I had been able to keep up my blog over the last few months. When I found out that I was pregnant with our little Maddy, I remember thinking to myself "How much more work could it be to have three kids than it is to have two?" Well, the last few months have taught me the answer to that question. It's a lot more work, but I'm loving every single minute of it. I was meant to be the mother of three kids. I have no doubt about that at all. There is never a time of the day where I am bored... that's for sure. Our girls keep me on my toes every single second of every single day. LOL.

Madelynne is now 5 months old. I can't believe that it's possible that my baby girl is already that old. She's growing an learning new things every day. She started rolling over both ways a little over a month ago. She is sitting for short periods of time by herself. She is saying "ma" and "da" all the time (especially when she wants something). She is even starting to push herself up on her hands and legs. Maddy always wants to be a part of what the older girls are doing and it's fun to watch her get excited just watching them. When they aren't right in front of her or paying complete attention to her, she gets frustrated. The Little Princess believes that she needs the constant attention of her big sisters, and she usually gets it. I've never believed that it's possible to spoil a baby, but Maddy sure is particular about getting her way. :) Besides, as I've told many people, she is my last baby so I will spoil her as much as I want to.... thank you very much. :) Truthfully, Madelynne is the happiest and most easy-going baby that I have ever been around. She sleeps well at night. She eats well. She's constantly smiling and laughing. She is just a joy to be around! I honestly can't imagine my life without her. She's a wonderful blessing to our family!!

Rory and Abby are growing more and more every day. They are getting fiercely independent.... especially Rory (big surprise). Three has definitely been the most challenging age yet. There are days that I miss them being little where they needed me to do things for them instead of constantly hearing "I'll do it by myself!" Both girls started ballet on September 12. They are the cutest little ballerinas that I have ever seen (of course I may be a little biased)!! After class this last week, Rory proclaimed to me, "Mom, I think my class is cheap!" When I asked her why she thought that, her reply was, "'cause I've been to two classes already and I still don't know how to dance!" LOL. They will have a dance recital in the spring that we are all looking forward to. I just know it's going to be the cutest thing ever!! We have also started working on pre-school material at home. Michael and I looked into several of the programs around town for 3 yr olds and felt like many of them were simply baby-sitting programs. Since the girls won't be old enough to start a pre-school program at the schools for another year, I decided just to teach them at home. It's been a challenge juggling everything plus doing the pre-school material, but we are making it work. The girls are learning so much that it amazes me! They are already starting to write their letters. They know their letter sounds and are even starting to put the letter sounds together to make words. They can both count to twenty and can recognize their numbers. They are also learning many other things. It's wonderful to watch them so eager to learn!

Michael and I are busier than ever. Of course, our three little angels keep us on our toes all the time. Michael is busy with work a lot. He is teaching Latin and Texas History and has the more students in his classes than he has ever had before. It's crazy how many kiddos they cram into the classrooms now days. I am helping with a Bible study once a month at our church called "Manna for Moms." It's geared toward mothers who are busy and need to take a chance to fellowship with other busy mothers. It's actually a great group! I'm also teaching Sparks (K-2nd grade) in our AWANA group at our church. It's the largest group in the club. This last week, we had 21 kiddos in our class. It's crazy!! I love working with this group. They are a great bunch!!

I promise to try to do better with updating my blog. Maybe, one of these days, life at the Hanna house won't be so crazy, but I'm not holding my breath! :)