~ Charlotte - 7 Months Old Today! ~
~ Charlotte in her Turtle Float (she doesn't look too thrilled does she?) ~
~ Me and My Girls in the pool ~
~ Me and My Girls in the pool ~
~ Uh-Oh - Fast Foward 9 years ... she was a MANIAC on the Bumper Cars ~
~ Jaden on the Roller Coaster at the Scott County Fair ~
~ LOOK - Twin Cows - Ho-Ho and Twinkie ~
~ One of the Stalheim Farm Clydesdales - he is HUGE ~
~ The Stalheim Farms Horse Carriage ~
~ Jaden standing by a Horse Sculpture ~
~ Charlotte getting some LOVE from Jolene ~
~ Yup - This is her normal grin!! ~
Well it is official - I am a SLACKER! I have had nothing but time on my hands the past few days but still no post! Hmm - what the heck ... well if any of you have a facebook account and have read my status then some of you know that recently I was put on furlough at work - kind of a "lack of work' scenario. I could be called back in the next few weeks if we get enough work to support that decision or I will be laid off and be without a job. So as you may know the past few days have been trying and stressful! I am usually a pretty negative person in general ... usually upbeat but rarely do I look for the good in things first. Tha pretains to situation as well as meeting new people ... I joke - sadly - that I usually hate you before I like you ... so when this situation occured I realized there truly is nothing I can do about it. I will sit home for the next 2 weeks and hope for a phone call back to my job. If that phone call doesn't come I will take Charlote and Jaden out of daycare and stay at home with them for a few month while I look for work. In the end I will be a stay at home mom - something I NEVER thought I wanted to do much less be able to do it but I am excited for this opportunity to actaully be the one to raise my children ... in the end I have to make lemonade out of my lemons ... and with two beautiful faces like Jaden and Charlotte's I am sure to have the sweetest lemonade around! So bear with me if I sway towards doom and gloom ... I am not trying to be negative but we all know how life comes at us with fastballs and curves and alls I can hope for is a base hit - no need for a homerun!
But in the meantime we have been busy around our house ... Friday I had taken the day off since daycare was closed so Jaden, Charlotte and I met up with Jolene and Hannah for lunch. After lunch we headed to our house so the big girls could swim and the mooms could talk. It was a fun time to be able to spend alone with Jolene - usually we are both so torn between kids and husbands that we lose out on one on one time to just be us. Now that I am without a job at least for a few weeks I am sure we will have lunch often!!! Right Jo?
After the girls swam they asked if Hannah could sleep over - of course it was fine and a great idea so Hannah spent the night. Jason made a bonfire and we had ourselves some smores!! It was a good time ... Saturday was my Mother In Law Carol's birthday. She came up to spend the day with us at our County Fair ... it was a fun time last year so we made the trek again this year. Carol's Aunt and cousin have raised Clydesdale horses for a long time and they were showing their horses in the County Fair so it was fun to meet some family members and to watch the horses. Stalheim Farms in Wisconsin is the name of the farm - it was a great show to watch too!
Next we headed to eat some fair food - corn dogs, pizza, french fries and funnel cakes - YUM! After that Jaden went on rides and Jason won her a new stuffed animal this year - a TURTLE! I love it and want one for myself!!! After the fair we headed home where Carol hung out for a while before heading home.
Sunday wasa relaxing day with the usual laundry and such. Charlotte did use her turtle float in the BIG pool for the 1st time! She cried at first but once she saw the toy and splash area on her float she was happy as can be ... she did better than I did in that cold water. It was fun to watch her face too! I also can NOT believe that she turned 7 months old today ... it is pretty crazy how fast the time has gone by but also how much she has grown and changed! She is a pretty perfect baby if you ask me and makes me smile all the time. She has finally started rolling over and over and over - she has been rolling for a bit but would pitch a fit on her tummy but now she rolls all around. She prefers to sit all by herself on the floor with toys surrounding her. She will spend hours in her exersaucer chewing on all the dangling things. She also fell in love with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Channel. When she sees his face and hears his voice she squels with delight. It is pretty cute! She weighed in at 19 pound and was 26" long already! What a big girl. Speaking of big girl - when you say "Who's a Big Girl?" to her she starts clapping now - it is too cute! I just love her to pieces ... I have been blessed with both my girls!!
Well I am off to apply for more jobs ... wish me luck! I went to a seminar last night to sell some nutritional supplements from home - here's hoping that turns into something!
Have a GREAT Day!
Love ~ The Clark Family of Four ~ Rebekah, Jason, Jaden and Baby Charlotte