This Time Last Year

My sweet baby boy is turning ONE YEAR tomorrow!

I absolutely cannot believe it.

I thought we would have a stroll down Facebook-memory-lane.

During my time overdue (all 3 weeks of it, thankyouverymuch) if my facebook wasn’t updated I would get calls/texts/comments asking if I was in labor, or if Zachary had FINALLY decided to arrive.

March 15th- Well, I am definitely NOT having a baby today. BUT 17-years-ago I endured the most boring birth ever (at least to a 5-year-old.) Happy Birthday, baby brother! Love you, Adam! Sorry your nephew won’t be here to share your day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 16th- One day “overdue.” Once again the doctor’s magic pinwheel is incorrect when telling me when I’ll have babies ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 18th- I am so buying a giant snickerdoodle cookie tomorrow. Maybe 2. Or 50. [I must have had a bad day…]

March 19th- Dear Zachary, in case you were wondering you have 7 more hours to be born in order to be a winter baby like your mama. I think that would be awesome. But if you really want to be a Spring baby, I support you in this endeavor. Love, Mama

March 20th- Alright, Z, if you aren’t coming tonight, please stop teasing me, and let me sleep. Teasing is rude. You’ll learn that once you get here ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 22nd- Ahhh, week 41 my old friend….

March 23rd- Me: There’s nothing on the internet!!
Jordan: You’ve discovered everything on the internet, have you?
Me: Yes…

March 24th- Off to walk the baby out! I’m going to need sunscreen…[It was hot and sunny this day.]

March 25th- That walk was a big mistake. No baby, but hurting feet instead. Boo.

March 26th- To do laundry or not to do laundry….I vote on having a baby, but unfortunately my choices are limited to the laundry decision.

March 27th- Sydney told me yesterday that Zachary was coming in 100. She didn’t specify the units though. But I’m sure I don’t care for it…

March 29th- Ugh 42.

March 30th- Alright, Mr. Zachary, Mama finished the Hunger Games books. It’s time to come out!

March 31st- 1000 piece Cinderella puzzle. It’s what you do when waiting for Z. [I never finished this puzzle…]

April 1st- “It’s the pregnancy that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends…”

April 2nd- Nope.[Clearly I ran out of witty ways to say I was still giantly pregnant.]

April 3rd- Stuffing Easter eggs with sweet tart jelly beans. [4 days later I was unstuffing them, as my girls were with their grandparents during Easter.]

April 4th- Sydney was most upset by it bring April. “How can Zachary be born in March if it’s April?!”

“We have orange juice, salsa, ham and milk….I see no possibilities.”
“I do!”
“Sami, I am genuinely scared…”
“BURGERVILLE!!!!” [At 42w6d pregnant I lost all interest in cooking or grocery shopping. I’m hoping that’s a good excuse…]

One of my favorite things that happened during my time overdue was I had a mysterious message left on my front porch. These people had excellent timing, really. Jordan was only home for about 15 minutes and they managed to do this during that time. We left this up for about 6 months! :)


Seriously, tomorrow my little boy is going to 1. Nope, he’s still not walking. He’s going to remain stubborn. :)


Zachary is 11 Months

Yeah, this is a little late, but better late than never, right?

And guess what? Tomorrow (March 15th) is the day the doctors told me I’d have a baby. But I didn’t.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, SOMEHOW this little boy is now 11 months. And. Still. Not. Walking.


Don’t worry, Lauren took some of him smiling too ๐Ÿ˜‰


I think he’s going to break dance before he walks. Seriously.

The poor little love is teething again, and he isn’t happy about it.

He can stand, and does so unintentionally, and as soon as he realizes that he is standing he sits back down. He will walk if he is holding our hands, but most of the time he just jumps while holding our hands. And sits down. He’s my latest walker, Sydney was a few days shy of being 11 months and Audrey was 9 months.
So much for “light babies walk faster.”


He says, “Hi” and “Tickle, tickle tickle” and “Ma” and “Da.” The “tickle tickle tickle” makes me laugh everytime. I’m trying to get a video of it, but the little stinker knows when I try to catch it, and just laughs at me.

He HATES being thrown in the air. This is the face he makes.


Him blowing kisses melts my heart <3



Happy Valentines Day!

Love, The Sherman Kids <3



Zachary at 10 Months


I am so in love with this little boy. Seriously. He is the sweetest thing ever.

He is now 16lbs 3oz, he has finally made some good weight. According to the chart he’s at 1%, but I feel like he’s doing pretty well, comparing him to my girls.

He is 27 inches tall.

I can’t believe he’s 10 months old now, it makes me so sad how quickly the first year goes by.

In the last month he has started to show more independence, he doesn’t want to be held anymore! He just wants to crawl around and stick everything in his mouth. He wants to be doing whatever his sisters are doing, and fully on belly laughs when he thinks he’s being included in their adventures.

He still thinks that his Jumparoo is a medieval torture device.

He is not fond of baths, and starts crying as soon as you walk into the girl’s bathroom.

His new best buddy is his Daddy. I’m becoming chop liver to him, daddy is the new cool thing.

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He has started to eat all kinds of yummy goodies.

He loved my lipstick kisses.



A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 10]

ย  8:00 AM – Stayed up too late the night before (story of my life) and am purely exhausted. I get up when the girls do, and realize we are on our last bit of oatmeal. I gotta go to the store…

9:00 AM – Breakfast is done, dishes are done. And Zachary is already ready for a nap. He’s so cranky lately! I blame teeth. I ask the girls to go play upstairs so I can finish the last few edits of a post-partum hospital shoot that I did a few weeks ago.

10: 00 AM – I give the girls some crayons to color with and some Goldfish to eat while I finish up. It’s taking longer than I thought. But they are turning out awesomely! So I guess I shouldn’t complain.

10:15 AM – Both girls come downstairs with pens in hand, and wave them at me in unison making “wand” noises.

10:30 AM – Bribe the children with cookies while I print off the CD label.ย And recheck another order that I had to make sure it was perfect as well.

11:00 AM – Girls are rewarded for their good behavior. And we have lunch. I check on Zachary to make sure he’s still alive. He’s alive and wake, just chewing on Batman. I bring him downstairs so he can eat something more substantial.

NOON – I help the girls clean their room, during which Audrey has a melt down. Time for her naptime!

12:15 PM – Audrey is down for a nap. Or rather she’s kicking and screaming. Sydney and I go downstairs to start school. We only have a few subjects today since it’s Friday. Zachary happily eats rolls while in the highchair.

We start every day of school with a prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance.


While doing math I am reminded, yet again, how much I would like to buy a bead holder and use it for the Math-U-See blocks.


ย For gospel we watched a NEST movie, to illustrate what we had been learning about. I love these movies! After she finished the movie she took their DVD quiz.


While she was watching her movie I found a sticky note from her in my New Testament binder. I love that girl :)

After she finished her few subjects for the day she got to do her favorite. ART TIME! She finished her water color painting from last week. I adore Home Art Studio, it’s really the best for elementary ages. I love all the projects!

Fridays are a great day of school. They are usually very easy light days! Sydney was thrilled when she finished her All About Spelling reader and understood that she had read every page of that book, all 146 pages! She felt SO proud of herself!

Now, I’ve got to find my bee stickers that Audrey has run off with!

(Am I allowed to say I’m proud of myself for finishing this challenge? I hope you all enjoyed reading about crazy days!)


A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 9]


7:30 AM – I realize that I might have stayed up too late the night before. I am SO exhausted. I decide to listen to a General Conference talk while I eat my breakfast. I could use some of the Prophet’s wise words to help me get through the day.

8:15 AM – Girls wake up, and I ask them to clean their room before breakfast. They haven’t been very good at cleaning it before breakfast this week, and we have a “if your room isn’t clean, you don’t eat rule.” There room has very few toys, and no books in it. All of the books are in Zachary’s room to avoid the mess. The only thing they have to have picked up are their clothes and their stuffed animals.

8:30 AM – Zachary wakes up and I feed him.

8:45 AM – Play with Zachary on the floor for a while. He likes to eat Batman.

9:30 AM – We still haven’t made any headway on that bedroom. In fact the girls took the toys out of Zachary’s room, and have put all their stuffed animals and blankets in the hallway and down the stairs. I become VERY angry. I pick up all of the toys/blankets/stuffed animals and put them in their room. I also threaten the livelihood of their toys if they are found on the stairs again. Ahem. I’m not always perfect…

10:30 AM – After getting my dining room clean and doing a load of dishes I check back at the girls. Still no progress.

11:00 AM – Ugh! We are bordering on neglect now. Zachary is getting tired and I know those girls are hungry. I put him down for a nap and I stand in the doorway of the girl’s room and stare at them. This confused Sydney and Audrey. They seemed to think that it was time to talk to mama and tell her all about their day.

11:15 AM – I set a timer and tell them that anything left on the floor will be thrown out.

11:16 AM – Hysterics have ensued. I remind the girls that the longer the spend crying the less time they are spending cleaning, the more stuff that will be thrown out.

11:20 AM- With 15 minutes left on the clock their room is now spotless. It’s amazing what they can accomplish when threatened properly motivated. Beds aren’t made, but really who cares? I declare it to be breakfast time (brunch?) Audrey sings a song about it.

NOON – After our oatmeal breakfast I am reminded that I probably should go to the store and buy some more cereal, we are still out and now we are almost out of oatmeal. It’s also naptime, Audrey is very unhappy about this. “But I just had breakfast!” She tells me. I remind her that she should have cleaned her room sooner.

12:30 PM – Sydney and I start school. Thursdays and Fridays are our light days around here, to play make-up with whatever we have missed during the week. I am glad that I moved the “Days of the Week” calendar down so that I can easily reach it. Except, I don’t have to! Sydney now moves the chair by it and moves the pieces and tells me what Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow are.

Sydney learns how to perfect her penmanship with the letter “k.” Her handwriting is becoming superior to her father’s. She’s impressive! ๐Ÿ˜‰

All About Spelling has readers to add into their curriculum to reinforce the spelling rules. Sydney loves to read these books to me! I love that they are quick and easy for her, and she hardly needs any help with them at all.

While she does her Math-U-See worksheet I put together our binder for Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Expedition Earth. Upon looking at it I realize that our 1st Grade Yearbook will probably be huge. But it’s still exciting!

2:00 PM – Despite the crazy schedule that we’ve been doing this week, Sydney has remained amazing and has gotten through her work very well! Audrey and Zachary are still sleeping so I deem it to be quiet time, while I take a nap.

2:30 PM – Ugh, nap time is over. Zachary has woken up. He’s been napping for long periods of time this week, I think he’s cutting more (giant) teeth. I come downstairs to find that Audrey woke up during my nap and her and Sydney are playing quietly downstairs while eating goldfish. I have some great kids.

I expect to find a hidden disaster as the day progresses.


A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 8]

7:30 AM- Boo, that alarm! I go downstairs and realize that I’m out of cereal. Ugh! So I heat up some water for oatmeal. I do not like instant oatmeal very much.

8:00 AM – I wake the girls up, and ask them to clean their room.

8:30 AM – Girls are not cleaning, they are playing on Sydney’s bed. I become frustrated and ask them again to clean their room. Zachary wakes up, and I get him up and feed him his breakfast.

9:00 AM – Zachary is finishing his breakfast, so we go to check on the girls. Room still isn’t being cleaned. In fact I think it’s messier. Ugh! More stern words.

9:30 AM – Audrey is grumpy, hunger has set in, and she’s not happy with me. Sydney is also unhappy. I ask them to just clean the Barbies and I’ll call it good for today. Wednesday always end up crazy, so I should just let it go for today.

10:00 AM – Girls are finally eating breakfast and I realize that we have to get ready to go to a playdate. So much for getting school done beforehand!

10:45 AM – Play date it up with some friends! :)

1:00 PM – After a fun play date and lunch with our friends I tell Audrey to take a nap, and Zachary goes down too. I tell Sydney we will do as much school as we can before we go to dance class.

2:00 PM – Still working on math. Making Sydney rewrite her numbers, she has a hard time remembering that handwriting should be neat and legible, even when the subject isn’t handwriting. Audrey only fell asleep about 10 minutes ago. She is not going to be happy when I wake her up.


2:15 PM – Finally finish math. I decide we will stop here until later. I run upstairs and get the girl’s dance clothes together. I tell Sydney to practice before her piano lesson.

2:30 PM – I wake Audrey up, luckily her first words were, “I dance with Teacher Annie?!” She’s not too upset.

2:40 PM – Finally get the children into the car, and realize I need gas. Audrey has a meltdown getting into the car. So, I guess she is upset.

2:45 PM – Internally cry when I fill up the mini van.

3:00 PM – Piano lessons and dance class. Annie told us to choose a woodland animal for Audrey to be in the June performance. Do they have the option of a bunny? Why, yes, they do have bunnies, yey!


5:00 PM – Pull into my drive way wondering what on Earth I am going to make for dinner. Then Lauren calls and asks if I want to go to McDonald’s and then go to Goodwill to shop for props.

7:00 PM – Get home after shopping and eating. Audrey is pretty much in hysterics and Zachary isn’t too happy either. Luckily Audrey went down quickly. I pushed my luck with their lack of naps today. Zachary is still hungry, and after he finished his bottle Sydney gave him a roll. (I was in the bathroom at that moment.) He was a happy boy then!


Sydney wizzed through school. And I discovered a new way to keep track of all the subjects we have to get through. Normally, I write them on the white board, but they get erased by an over zealous two-year-old. So instead I wrote the subjects on a piece of paper and put them in the binder, and I mark them off with a white board marker.



A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 7]

7:30 AM- The usual alarm, hit snooze, get up, read scriptures. Everyone is awake this time, so I just eat with the kids. Audrey and Sydney scarf down breakfast, and then Audrey asks if she can have mine. I seriously consider eating in the bathroom.

8:30 AM – Clear the table, Sydney does the breakfast dishes. I start a load of cloth diapers while Sydney practices piano, Zachary screams in his bouncer and Audrey tries to make him happy. She gives up and tells me that Zachary “hates” her.

8:50 AM- Helped the kids make a video to send to Grandpa Smith for his birthday. They are ADORABLE. <3

9:00 AM – Organize kids clothes. My goal is to get them all in labeled organized bins that are easy to keep up with. It’s slow going, so it looks like a tornado went through Zachary’s room. Zachary screams at me in his crib while I clean his room. So I get Audrey and put her in his crib. They giggle together.

9:30 AM – Audrey and Zachary stop giggling. Zachary becomes REALLY angry. So it’s nap time! Audrey is given the option of sitting quietly at the table and playing with puzzle or playing in her room. She chooses to play in her room.

We start school. I feel guilty because the “What day is it” calendar says it’s still Friday. The thing is too high that I have to stand on a chair and still stand on my tip toes. During the prayer I decide to move it. So after morning exercises are done I ask Sydney to work on her thank you cards while I finish rearranging.

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Sydney finished the last of her Thank You cards from Christmas. Yeah, they are a little late, but she wrote them herself, so I am proud of her. :)


She wanted to show you all her Scripture Journal. Her Grandma Sherman made it, and she loves it because it’s pink. I’m glad she likes it so much. We use Discover the Scriptures, and I LOVE it! We are currently studying the New Testament, and although it says it’s for 1-3 Grades Sydney is doing so well. And I am impressed with how much she knows!

The brightly colored papers on the wall (that I moved) are all New Testament scriptures that Sydney has memorized this year.


Today was another good day, and it didn’t take too long to get through it. In math she started doing addition, and she is doing SO well with it! She never ceases to amaze me. Normally on Tuesdays we do handwriting, but since she finished her Thank You cards I counted that.

While today was a good day, we didn’t get to our Read Aloud until much later that night. We got distracted by daddy coming home, Zachary woke up, lunch had to be eaten (Audrey asked for my lunch when she finished her lunch) and dishes that needed to get done. It was also Cub night, so I was busily reading over notes and lessons and trying to stay organized. So when I came home from scouts I read Dolphin Treasure as the bedtime story.


A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 6]

6:44 AM – wake up to Audrey screaming her head off. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic. But it was 6 am, so it felt that way. Regardless, Audrey came crying into my room bawling. I told her to go back to bed. She stopped crying and said, “Okay!” and went back to her room. Not sure what happened, but I have another 45 minutes until my alarm goes off.

7:15 AM – wake up again to girls screaming. Run into their room, and both girls are on the top bunk. Audrey bit Sydney. Again. I grumble at them to stop biting and to clean their room. After my “stern talk” I fall back onto my bed.

7:30 AM – my alarm goes off, and I wake up, get dressed and eat my Kix downstairs while the girls are still cleaning their room.

7:45 AM – I hear a thump, a crash and then Zachary screaming. I run back up the stairs in a panic. Luckily the thump and crash didn’t belong to Zachary. They belonged to Audrey. She’s crying too. She jumped off her bed and landed on a lego that she was suppose to be cleaning up. Stern words about picking up blocks are issued. Zachary is a happy boy, and expresses said happiness by patting me on the back. Love that kid.

8:00 AM – Sydney comes down to tell me that the room is clean. It’s not.

8:15 AM – Audrey tells me the room is clean. Sydney yells down the stairs that it’s not.

8:25 AM – Both girls claim the room is clean. It is! Breakfast time.

8:45 AM – Sydney does breakfast dishes. Audrey is instructed to go upstairs and get dressed. Zachary screams in his bouncer. I clean off the table to get ready for school.

9:00 AM – I wonder if we should start school now, or wait until after Zachary’s doctor appointment? I decide now, we’ll just see how much we get through. Audrey comes downstairs wearing different pjs, I tell her to try again.


We start with our prayer, pledge, and calendar time.ย We skip our “what day is it” and I just ask. I hate having to stand on the chair to change the days around.

Sydney choose Gospel to be first, because “it’s the most important.” Smart girl I have!

Next up is math. She loves playing with the colorful blocks. Today is the last lesson in section 11. I’m shocked at how quickly she remembers which color block is what number. I still have to count them!

Science is about under the sea life, and she is super excited about crabs. But sea urchins are her favorite.

Reading about Anna and Jack in her Bob Books readers makes her happy. I think she might actually be getting bored at the slow pace with the Bob Book. She goes through it so quickly!

Finish the second half of her spelling test with AAS today. Every single day I am amazed at her spelling skills. Every day. She is incredible. And I am so grateful that I get to spend everyday with her, and marvel in her awesomeness. I don’t like sharing ๐Ÿ˜‰

And lastly, we started our new read aloud, Dolphin Treasure, she was so excited to see that we are reading another dolphin book!

Today was a good day.

10:15 AM – I tell Sydney to practice piano for the next 10 minutes while I get everyone ready to go. Audrey has since changed her pjs a few times, and mix and matched jeans with pj tops or pj bottoms with everyday shirts. Or tried to get away with a skirt. So I help her get dressed, I change Zachary and get him ready to go.

10:25 AM- Sydney puts on the outfit that I lay out for her. I announce that today is going to be a Converse day. NO rubber boots (AUDREY!) Audrey cries about the declaration, and then asks if she can wear her pink shoes. I realize we are running out of time and I can’t find the second pink Converse, so I tell her she has to wear the red ones. More tears. Sydney gets her shoes on quickly, I scold myself again for not getting her the Velcro Converse so that I don’t have to tie shoes. I also scold myself for not teaching her to tie her shoes yet. But hey, she’s beautiful AND smart, that counteracts her inability to tie shoes, right?

11:00 AM – Get to the doctor’s office exactly on time.

Noon – Leave doctor’s office, and realize that it’s snowing. I enjoy driving in the “snow” and watching the flakes bounce off the windshield. The snow is light and perfect and doesn’t stick. Yey!

12:30 PM- Have a lunch, put Zachary down for a nap.

Oh, and have a dance party.


What a lovely Monday! :)


Zachary Orlo at 9 Months

Oh, good grief. My baby has now been in my arms for as long as he was in my belly…CRAZY! :(

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Zachary is 14lbs 12oz and 27 inches long. <3

He has gone from 0.03% to the 0.10% for weight, which makes his doctor pretty happy! :)

Since the last month he has had his first Christmas, in which he got spoiled.DSC_8482

He is now standing using EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING! He is cruising around my coffee table.

He hates the bouncer, and acts likes he’s just been beaten when you put him in it.

Loves that thumb!

We had to stop breast feeding this last month. He now has 4 teeth, and he uses those teeth to BITE hard. I wasn’t having it. And nothing could deter him. I was sad to quit, and I miss the morning snuggle time with him, I wasn’t a fan of the teeth marks he left. :(

He loves to chew on his toys, he thinks they are so much fun.


(Say it with me in a really deep voice, “I EAT Batman!”)

He puts EVERYTHING in the mouth.


He has this thing for taking off his socks and snuggling them. I don’t exactly get it, but he fights me on this one!



When you pick him up, he pats you on the back, just like how we pat him on the back. He gets so excited and giggles.

And he’s still King of the Cheesy Grins. That boy melts my heart ๐Ÿ˜€