Thursday, January 21, 2016

Violet - Three Months

 WE
ARE
CRAZY
ABOUT 
THIS
SISTER
SUE!!
-got even chubbier this month

-still in disposables. I have no excuse, only reasons - we're remodeling a house, I have three kids now, I work part time and I'm tired. Does that count?! 

-is seriously pure sweetness. will sit in her bouncy seat for HOURS while I clean or help the other girls. ONLY cries when starving or it's been too long between diaper changes, etc. Basically, she's so low maintenance and JUST what this family needed. I have a feeling I might learn a lot from her. I wish I was low maintenance - really truly. It's something I'm working on! Pray for me Violet!

-13 lbs the last time I weighed her

-we think she might be teething already?! never ever had a baby do this so early but last night she woke up SCREAMING in pain, and was inconsolable. she had been gumming her hands like crazy and drooling a lot lately and I just thought it was normal baby stuff. Finally, we gave her some teething tablets and she settled down in seconds. SWEETIE PIE! She didn't really want to nurse either which was unlike her. Praying it all passes quickly and she'll be back to nursing normally in no time.

-is wearing 3-6 months clothes.

-ADORES her sisters. Both of them. Watches them and smiles and now is LAUGHING at them.

-coos and talks and laughs at us. we've even found a ticklish spot on her that makes her laugh!

-is famous for her cheeks. In real life or on the computer, the comments are always "those cheeks!!" and yes...we agree. None of us can stop kissing them. Like, she patiently waits while we shove our faces into her cheeks and body.

-LOVES DIAPER CHANGES. It's the time that whoever is changing her yells out "guuuuys!" to everyone in the house and we all come running to see her mostly naked. We oooh and aaaah all over her rolls and soft skin. She smiles her famous smile, flashes that huge left cheek dimple, and turns her head to the side slyly like "oh shucks" Then once the fresh diaper is on she will just lay there for a long time, pleased as punch like "ahhhh this is so nice..."

-she is so agreeable. So go-with-the-flow, so sweet, so positive. I LOVE HER!

It's babies like you that make me want to have a million, Violet Amelia <3 br="">

Violet - Two Months Old


Believe it or not, she got even dreamier this month. This second month is the month we truly got the "Violet is the perfect human" revelation. The first month was a little tricky sleep-wise and one can never rightly discern anything while exhausted. I kind of thought she would be another um..."passionate" kinda gal like Nora and braced myself for two powerhouse kids back to back.
And then, like a true Violet, she bloomed a bit and turned into pure SWEETNESS .

-started smiling this month
-got chubbier
-nurses well but is kind of a snacker like her mama and nora (ruby and daddy eat less often but eat FULL MEALS)
-no idea how much she weighs - sorry honey!
-starting to hold her head up more and more
-sleeps all night except to wake up to nurse maybe once or twice if it's a loooooong night's sleep

WE LOVE YOU SUGAR PIE!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

the water park

This summer we weren't able to get to Florida like we usually do (saving up for baby) so instead we bought passes to the local water park. No surprises here - it was our happy place all summer!

River and Nora, "bess fends" almost 3



Father's got in free on Father's Day!

Nora, 3 - Ruby, 5 - Justin, 15

Ruby declared this summer as the year she would learn to swim and learn to ride a bike. She DID IT! She worked hard at swimming and completely nailed it.
By the end of the summer, she was jumping off the big diving board and swimming to the side by herself to get back in line to jump again.
We are so proud of her!


Nora, River, and Grace - all born on the same weekend - 3 years old
 I'm so thankful for these friends of ours.
So fun that our little ones all get to grow up together.
So good to learn and draw from and be encouraged by such a great group of mamas.

30 weeks pregnant with Violet girl


Needless to say, we will now be buying passes every summer!
Sun, fun, and good naps afterwards - the perfect summer day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nora Says...


Me: "Nora, what's your husband's name going to be?"
Nora: "Peace"
M: "Peace? (surprised and pleased with such a deep thought from a barely 3 year old) That's so cool"

N: "yeah, like piece of toast"



I smiled and thought ah, there it is. There's our little Nora:):)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

life lately - fall 2015


 School is going great. Ruby is flying through her lessons but there's a good balance between challenging her enough, yet keeping her feeling confident in said lessons because they are at her understanding level. She's so smart and an excellent student.
She can certainly get distracted and chase rabbit trails and say "wait!" and draw hearts all around the page before she lets me start teaching the lesson of that page, but hey, that's Ruby and that's cool with me.
 (However much it can test my patience!)

Ruby, 5 years and 8 months old

Nora's art - the cutest. This is she and her sisters.
Nora likes to wear as little clothes as possible these days, even though it is November.
She also wants her board-straight hair to be down and doesn't mind it a bit when it just hangs in her face.
Mommy, however, very much minds and I have to chase her down to get her hair pulled up and out of her face:)

Which is precisely what my mother had to do to me and my siblings. She hated hair in our face and now I'm on the other side and totally get it!
Good thing her spunky personality and cuteness makes up for literally all things.


nora, 3 years and 3 months old

The first week or so of being on my own with the three kids I burnt approximately 70% of every snack I made for them.  I figured this needed to be documented:)


Violet at 4 weeks.
I can't really put into words how madly in love I am with this baby!



Our first time out without Kevin and we went to the Amazeum with our cousin, Margaret.
I lost Nora once. Workers with walkie-talkies found her about the same time I did. Thankfully it was a quiet, slow day and not too many people there and lots of workers watching for that very thing but still...
Left my purse on the floor and walked away. A worker had to remind me to probably grab it.
Nora had to poop, always fun wiping a toddler in a public restroom while wearing a baby. Plus my sister called at that moment and for some reason I answered? She's cool and let me go:)

All in all- we made it and it was fine but I may wait a wee bit longer until I start trying to go to play dates. Play dates at my house, please!


They have so much fun at this place, though- it's so wonderful!!


Speaking of wonderful...
4 weeks old

I loooooved being pregnant with her and getting to wear her is just as special. 
Her face is cracking me up here!
"i take sleeping very seriously..." 


Ever since I was little, I mean, all I've ever known is wanting to be a wife and a mom.
I LOVE who I'm married to (more so every day) and I LOVE motherhood just as much as I dreamed I would. I love looking back and seeing these 3 people in my rear view mirror.
I often find the goodness of my life overwhelming.
Not because it's perfect, but because God is. And He's alllll up in my life - I see Him everywhere. And I'm so so thankful.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Violet - Three Months

 WE
ARE
CRAZY
ABOUT 
THIS
SISTER
SUE!!
-got even chubbier this month

-still in disposables. I have no excuse, only reasons - we're remodeling a house, I have three kids now, I work part time and I'm tired. Does that count?! 

-is seriously pure sweetness. will sit in her bouncy seat for HOURS while I clean or help the other girls. ONLY cries when starving or it's been too long between diaper changes, etc. Basically, she's so low maintenance and JUST what this family needed. I have a feeling I might learn a lot from her. I wish I was low maintenance - really truly. It's something I'm working on! Pray for me Violet!

-13 lbs the last time I weighed her

-we think she might be teething already?! never ever had a baby do this so early but last night she woke up SCREAMING in pain, and was inconsolable. she had been gumming her hands like crazy and drooling a lot lately and I just thought it was normal baby stuff. Finally, we gave her some teething tablets and she settled down in seconds. SWEETIE PIE! She didn't really want to nurse either which was unlike her. Praying it all passes quickly and she'll be back to nursing normally in no time.

-is wearing 3-6 months clothes.

-ADORES her sisters. Both of them. Watches them and smiles and now is LAUGHING at them.

-coos and talks and laughs at us. we've even found a ticklish spot on her that makes her laugh!

-is famous for her cheeks. In real life or on the computer, the comments are always "those cheeks!!" and yes...we agree. None of us can stop kissing them. Like, she patiently waits while we shove our faces into her cheeks and body.

-LOVES DIAPER CHANGES. It's the time that whoever is changing her yells out "guuuuys!" to everyone in the house and we all come running to see her mostly naked. We oooh and aaaah all over her rolls and soft skin. She smiles her famous smile, flashes that huge left cheek dimple, and turns her head to the side slyly like "oh shucks" Then once the fresh diaper is on she will just lay there for a long time, pleased as punch like "ahhhh this is so nice..."

-she is so agreeable. So go-with-the-flow, so sweet, so positive. I LOVE HER!

It's babies like you that make me want to have a million, Violet Amelia <3 br="">

Violet - Two Months Old


Believe it or not, she got even dreamier this month. This second month is the month we truly got the "Violet is the perfect human" revelation. The first month was a little tricky sleep-wise and one can never rightly discern anything while exhausted. I kind of thought she would be another um..."passionate" kinda gal like Nora and braced myself for two powerhouse kids back to back.
And then, like a true Violet, she bloomed a bit and turned into pure SWEETNESS .

-started smiling this month
-got chubbier
-nurses well but is kind of a snacker like her mama and nora (ruby and daddy eat less often but eat FULL MEALS)
-no idea how much she weighs - sorry honey!
-starting to hold her head up more and more
-sleeps all night except to wake up to nurse maybe once or twice if it's a loooooong night's sleep

WE LOVE YOU SUGAR PIE!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

the water park

This summer we weren't able to get to Florida like we usually do (saving up for baby) so instead we bought passes to the local water park. No surprises here - it was our happy place all summer!

River and Nora, "bess fends" almost 3



Father's got in free on Father's Day!

Nora, 3 - Ruby, 5 - Justin, 15

Ruby declared this summer as the year she would learn to swim and learn to ride a bike. She DID IT! She worked hard at swimming and completely nailed it.
By the end of the summer, she was jumping off the big diving board and swimming to the side by herself to get back in line to jump again.
We are so proud of her!


Nora, River, and Grace - all born on the same weekend - 3 years old
 I'm so thankful for these friends of ours.
So fun that our little ones all get to grow up together.
So good to learn and draw from and be encouraged by such a great group of mamas.

30 weeks pregnant with Violet girl


Needless to say, we will now be buying passes every summer!
Sun, fun, and good naps afterwards - the perfect summer day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nora Says...


Me: "Nora, what's your husband's name going to be?"
Nora: "Peace"
M: "Peace? (surprised and pleased with such a deep thought from a barely 3 year old) That's so cool"

N: "yeah, like piece of toast"



I smiled and thought ah, there it is. There's our little Nora:):)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

life lately - fall 2015


 School is going great. Ruby is flying through her lessons but there's a good balance between challenging her enough, yet keeping her feeling confident in said lessons because they are at her understanding level. She's so smart and an excellent student.
She can certainly get distracted and chase rabbit trails and say "wait!" and draw hearts all around the page before she lets me start teaching the lesson of that page, but hey, that's Ruby and that's cool with me.
 (However much it can test my patience!)

Ruby, 5 years and 8 months old

Nora's art - the cutest. This is she and her sisters.
Nora likes to wear as little clothes as possible these days, even though it is November.
She also wants her board-straight hair to be down and doesn't mind it a bit when it just hangs in her face.
Mommy, however, very much minds and I have to chase her down to get her hair pulled up and out of her face:)

Which is precisely what my mother had to do to me and my siblings. She hated hair in our face and now I'm on the other side and totally get it!
Good thing her spunky personality and cuteness makes up for literally all things.


nora, 3 years and 3 months old

The first week or so of being on my own with the three kids I burnt approximately 70% of every snack I made for them.  I figured this needed to be documented:)


Violet at 4 weeks.
I can't really put into words how madly in love I am with this baby!



Our first time out without Kevin and we went to the Amazeum with our cousin, Margaret.
I lost Nora once. Workers with walkie-talkies found her about the same time I did. Thankfully it was a quiet, slow day and not too many people there and lots of workers watching for that very thing but still...
Left my purse on the floor and walked away. A worker had to remind me to probably grab it.
Nora had to poop, always fun wiping a toddler in a public restroom while wearing a baby. Plus my sister called at that moment and for some reason I answered? She's cool and let me go:)

All in all- we made it and it was fine but I may wait a wee bit longer until I start trying to go to play dates. Play dates at my house, please!


They have so much fun at this place, though- it's so wonderful!!


Speaking of wonderful...
4 weeks old

I loooooved being pregnant with her and getting to wear her is just as special. 
Her face is cracking me up here!
"i take sleeping very seriously..." 


Ever since I was little, I mean, all I've ever known is wanting to be a wife and a mom.
I LOVE who I'm married to (more so every day) and I LOVE motherhood just as much as I dreamed I would. I love looking back and seeing these 3 people in my rear view mirror.
I often find the goodness of my life overwhelming.
Not because it's perfect, but because God is. And He's alllll up in my life - I see Him everywhere. And I'm so so thankful.