We found a mama duck sitting on eggs in a bush at the parking lot of our church about 6 weeks ago. We've been checking in on her nearly every day and finally this past week when we came, we found about 6 had hatched!
Nora learned how to ride a two-wheeler with pedals this week! Just a week or so after she'd turned 4! She's been on a balance bike for the past year and we'd tried to get her to Jane's old bike with pedals for several months now because she's so fast on the balance bike, but she refused. She would respond with, "No. I'm not big enough. When I am four." She seemed scared of it when I tried to sit her on it before so I just let it go. Then a few days after she turned four she started talking about how she wanted Jane's blue bike down (I put it up high in the shed so it was out of the way), and I'd say, 'sure, we can some time.' But I figured it'd be like the last time when she sat on it, tried once and decided it was too scary, so I didn't think there was any rush. Then the weather was nice for awhile and I was outside every morning in the front yard weeding and she begged for the blue bike and I figured she needed something to do, so I got it down, she sat on it, and I told her I'd run with my hand on the back a few times but then I'd need to get back to my weeding. She agreed and we set off. I gave her some suggestions as we ran/biked like, push forward on the pedals with your foot, and don't push back, and go faster. We did this for a few minutes and then I told her to keep practicing on the grass, which was nice and soft in case she fell, while I worked in the yard. Oh, and we also put long sleeves and pants on her in case she fell, hopefully preventing scrapes. After about 20 minutes of her trying to figure it out on her own, while at the same time, begging me to help again, I told her I'd help for a few more minutes. I held onto the back, we started off, I told her to go faster and then I was barely touching the seat, and then I let go and just ran beside her and she kept on going and said, "Nora, you're doing it all by yourself!" and she smiled and kept on keeping on! Those balance bikes make it really easy for them to learn how to bike because they get the whole balance thing down and now they just need to pedal. No training wheels required. That's how Jane learned to ride too.
Jane lost her very first tooth this week! It's on the bottom, front, and, as you can see, there's already a tooth growing in behind it.
sweet potato muffins and banana muffins one late afternoon, just before the kids got home from school and there were 30 muffins, and within two minutes, this was the only one left! Granted, we did have Abby and Ethan, plus Maddy and Kennedy over so there were 9 hungry children, who had just gotten home from school. It's why I made them! They love coming home from school and finding a fresh, homemade snack, and I love that they love these 'healthier' whole wheat, no sugar, snacks.