Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yes, we are still alive


Well, it has been FOR-EVER since I have written a journal entry.  Life has been pretty crazy...it seems like I am always saying that...for the Greenwood family.  Maybe crazy is the wrong word...I guess busy is better.

We have continued with our normal weekly activities...family time, ministry, discipling, school, swim classes and then the normal household things like cleaning and cooking...and we can't forget playing with the kiddos.

Besides doing all of our normal activities, we had some extra things that have happened...my grandmother passed away on April 1st.  She lived a long and fulfilling 92 years.  She passed on many traditions and left a legacy for her family.  The biggest thing that she taught all of us is a strong love for our family.  I am at peace with her passing because I know she is in God's hands.  We then hosted 14 people at our house for Easter...we had friends over who didn't have family in the area.  We did a potluck style dinner and let's just say it was YUMMY!!!  A few days after Easter, we left for Vermont to attend my gram's memorial service.  We took two days to travel since the longest Kyrie had been in the carseat for a trip was an hour.  Our days were pretty long because whenever we stopped for lunch it was at least an hour and then we did a bathroom break/feeding Kyrie it was at least 20 minutes.  Kyrie did GREAT though along with Josiah and Sophie.  We did stay at hotels that had indoor swimming pools, so they looked forward to that each night and morning.  We are so thankful that our children are such great travelers.  We are praying that they will do just as well when we head on our big Southern Trip.  We got back from our trip, and two of the three kids got sick.  Some of my family had  a bug while we were there and even though we tried to keep hands cleaned they still got sick.  This bug is super contagious...it has gone through my extended family like the plague...Chris has named it the Nor-sick-ter.  We are thankful that the parents and Kyrie haven't gotten it, and we are praying that it stays that way.  

I know it has been awhile since I've updated what the kids have been doing.  Let's start with Josiah:  He is such a HAM!!!  He really has started trying to do things to make us laugh...and does a GREAT job at it.  He is doing great in school.  He has started reading books to us and has a chart to earn prizes after reading so many books.  He is working on counting to 100 and is getting pretty close.  I think he will do better once I get some of my teaching supplies that are being stored in NC.  We have started doing graphs and he is doing a great job with that. I continue to be very proud of how much of helper and protector.  The other day we were in church and there is this fire safety door that the kids have to go through to get to the nursery.  Josiah and Sophie were running ahead of me and when they got to the door, Josiah gave Sophie a "hug."  I told him it was so nice of him to give his sister a hug, and he told me that he wasn't giving her a hug but was protecting her from the door.  My heart just melted!!!

 Sophie is doing great in school.  She is really starting to take off with her reading, too.  I have noticed that she still has a hard time comprehending some things, and I have to often remind myself that she is only 2.  Her speaking skills and reading skills are amazing, and I often forget that she is 18 months younger than Josiah. She continues to have a fiery spirit...and we LOVE it!  She definitely keeps us on our toes, but we can't picture her being any other way.   We have really been working on her using the potty and is doing an AWESOME job!  She still doesn't tell us when she has to go, but she is keeping her panties dry.  

Kyrie is getting to be such a big girl.  She is doing so much better with sleeping...usually only waking up one time during the night.  She is putting herself to sleep which is nice.  She has also started eating baby food...rice cereal, green beans, apples, pears, squash, sweet potatoes and peaches.  This child LOVES her some food!!!!  We are pretty curious to see how much she weighs at her 6 month check-up.  She continues to be an extremely happy baby.  When she cries, then there is something wrong.  We absolutely LOVE her smile and easy-going personality.  She is able to stand up when we hold...she has some STRONG legs...and sits up when we support her.  She has decided that the rolling thing was over-rated and hasn't done it for awhile.  The other thing that she has discovered is her voice...she makes all kinds of different sounds.  She does quite a bit of fussing...especially when she is eating and we aren't feeding her fast enough!!!

I guess that is all for now.  I am going to try to do a better job keeping this updated.