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Friday, June 24, 2011

This week in photos (Part 1)

A typical Malcolm experience: Now we're happy...

Now we're not.
Margo let me do pigtails on a really hot day. Took five minutes of her moving and whining and pulling away. Then she left them in a for ten minutes.

The other boys admiring the current dinner centerpiece.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's the Dad life

This video never gets old for me.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Illness

Something seems to be going around as most families we know have at least one sick or recovering child at the moment. This illness has hit our family as well with a mix of pink eye and high fevers. Due to this and Michael's intense work schedule the last week I haven't been doing much blogging. A family of sick and grumpy children aren't much fun to photograph.

Here's a photo from the day before illness struck. Told we have no fevers and are on the last few days of the pink eye medicine. Please pray that this is over for my family and that we don't start another cycle of illness as other families have.

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Dresses

This is a dress made from the scrap bin to see if I liked the way it turned out before I used good fabric. With the right fabric I think it would be really cute. Margaret adores this dress. I think it makes her look like a rag-muffin.

This dress turned out really cute. I will definitely be making more of these!

Kid Photos

 Malcolm seems to be growing up twice as fast as the other kids! We tried the Bumbo seat, and he did really well! He is not quite strong enough to hold his head up, so we inserted a thin cookbook behind him and that helped a lot. He was happy in it for a while.

 The kids are all about the baby stuff. Anytime he uses a new piece of equipment, or wears a new outfit, everyone must have their photo taken with him.

I have four sons. It still amazes me. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Look Ma! I'm not crying!"

Malcolm sits in his swing without screaming. (It didn't last)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Father-Son Camping Trip

 Michael was invited to join a group that goes on a yearly Father-Son camping trip to Ohiopyle State Park. He took the older boys for three days of camping adventures.

There were waterfalls and campfires and big rocks to climb on, s'mores and natural waterslides and hikes and late nights and camp skits. Most importantly there were fathers making memories with their boys.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Bed

 A friend was no longer using her Pottery Barn girls bed and so she loaned it to us for Margaret's room. Margaret calls it her Princess Bunkbed.

 Malcolm seems to approve of the new bed.

Living Treaures

 While Michael and the older boys are away on a Father-Son camping trip, Margaret, Malcolm and I went to a local place that has rescued animals. It was cheaper and closer than the Pittsburgh Zoo and Margaret loved it!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011


Summer has officially arrived at the Krom household. And it is not just the weather that marks this special season. We have completed the government mandatory 180 days of schooling for the 2010 to 2011 school year. Although we will continue to do some schooling almost every day, it will be a much more relaxed and enjoyable time for all (read: kids will complete work while parents enjoy breakfast on porch).

As with every summer, we have set some goals. Sometimes these goals are met, most times they are not. Looking at our past summer lack-of goal meeting, and the fact we have a newly born member in the family, I have tried to set more realistic goals.

1. My boys love to sew. They want to sew more over the summer. Usually I am too tired/annoyed/impatient to help them with this interest. Since all three of the older boys can now read, I bought them a kids sewing book and set the sewing machine up in the schoolroom for the summer. They have taken possession of the scrap box and are busy planning and sewing out various projects. So far so good. My assistance has only been necessary for tangles and feed-dog problems. I am trying to be the type of mother nurtures this interest without being so involved and instructional that I ruin the experience for them. 

2. Get rid of stuff. My house is filled to capacity with stuff. Five kids and homeschooling is the main cause. With so much stuff laying around, fun and useful items get overlooked or lost. My goal is to get rid of one bag of stuff a week. I have two bags in the car right now to donate to the pregnancy center. Yeah me!

3. Live more in the moment. I am constantly counting the minutes until I can do that one thing I've been waiting for, constantly counting the days until I can go to my sewing group, constantly counting the weeks, months, etc. until this or that happens. I often forget to take time and just look around and appreciate what I have right now. Five great kids. A devoted and husband home for most of the summer. A million other blessings. Never again will things be the same for us. My friend Sarah wrote an amazing post on her blog about living in the moment. If you have a chance pop over and read The Life I Wanted.

I know there are tons of things that I have thought about taking care of this summer, but I am going to focus on these three and see if I can actually meet my summer goals.

What goals does your family have?