Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer recap {4th of July}

Patrick took off several days around the Fourth of July, so it was a sweet week of family time! Edmond has one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the US  -- so naturally we have to participate! Although, the parade has to be one of the longest and hottest things we endure each year!

Either way, here are some pictures...










Thursday, August 21, 2014

First day of Kindergarten and Pre-school

Incase you thought I forgot about blogging, I have not.  Having three kiddos keeps me busier than I ever thought it would.  And, let's be honest, there are not many people reading my blog :)

Anyways.  I have two children in school.  Bleh. I mean, I'm glad for them.  They get to learn and be with other kids and learn.  But I want them nearer to me. Forever.  Really, though -- I'm letting go and loosening these tiny strings that have slowly tightened around my heart for the last five and a half year.  I'm fine, I promise.  As a side note: Being a mom is the pits sometimes. {end pity party}

Last year, Benjamin was anxious and didn't really want to go to school.  This year, he was bouncing up and down and couldn't have been more excited.  He LOVES kindergarten! He is loving his teacher, having new school supplies and having PE twice a week.  It has to help that he goes to a small school and knows so many people this year. For a minute, I thought my quiet introvert was actually an extrovert! Going all day hasn't bothered him a bit, yet.  It is only the second day. AND he has already been writing and sounding things out and reading a little.  I tried to get him to do all these things over the summer. Fail. I suppose this is another reason why we aren't homeschooling.









Andrew started preschool today.  He was so excited to be at school with Benjamin that he was in his uniform by 6:28am.  But come 7:52am, he was singing a new song called: tantrum.  When he realized that he was definitely NOT going to class with Benjamin, he threw himself on the ground.  I convinced him to get up.  And right in front of his classroom door, he threw himself down there too.  I handed Elise to a  friend and put him inside the class {forever to be scarred, I'm sure}.  He did not enjoy me taking a picture of him with his teacher.  She's so great.  I think he'll be glad I did that in a few months.

When I picked him up {this afternoon} he had just got up from his nap.  He was grumpy and frowny and not happy to chit chat at all.  I asked if he liked school and he scowled at me and said, "NO!".  So the happiest kid ever turned into a monster.  Not awesome.  I took him home, fed him goldfish crackers, covered him with a blankie while he sat in a chair -- and twenty  minutes later my sweet Andrew was normal again.

Good news: He did like school and thinks it's okay that he will go two days a week.  His favorite part of the day was sleeping on his mat.  Of all the things.  That's what he chose. To each his own.






And then it was just me and Elise. Having just ONE child is awesome. I could do whatever I wanted.  Kind of, she did need to nurse and nap and what not. But we did things! And it was so very quiet and a little to calm around here. Truly, I missed those crazy boys and was so excited to pick them up.

Here's to moving on and ushering in new seasons...even if it means shedding a few tears over what was left behind.  I'm going to be a mess every year for the next 21 years.  Sorry in advance. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A post of people I love....

In 2002, I spent 10 weeks in Santa Cruz, CA for the summer.  It was challenging and incredible and my roommates were the best.  We got together recently for the first time since summer project -- plus most of our kiddies!

Pizza my heart.

Just typical dinner time attire when daddy is out of town...

McBride's + Reid's // seven children

Everyone looking...

crying tears of laughter while looking at this picture. 

that time I kicked my baby in the head while trying to beat the camera self-timer...

Being with these people is good. And it's like family.  And it's fun and full and always chaos -- in the best way.  

Elise's first plane ride

Our sweet nephew Cole -- or "baby Cole" as the boys call him.

Isn't he adorable!?!!?

In Chicago, at the aquarium. 

Group picture

Silly group picture

Chicago date night! Thanks, Kate!

Just the man of my dreams, the love of my life...I'm a lucky girl!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elise {9months}

Well, well, well...my tiny {not really} baby is nine months old and that seems nearly impossible.  This is about the time where reality sets in and I realize that I am closer to having a toddler than a baby.  Which makes me want to cry like a baby.  And have more babies. Ah well...

Elise is such a joy. Seriously. I have no clue how a baby can be so smiley and content all most of the time.  She fusses, obviously.  And has bad days, but they are not too hard to deal with.  She has started voicing her opinion when the boys take something from her or she can't reach something that she wants.  And she recently started screaming as loud as she possibly can just for fun.  Think of the highest pitches squeal -- that is the noise she loves to make in public bathrooms. echo...echo...echo.  Sorry for your ears because I love hearing my baby get excited more than I worry about your ear comfort :)

Our sweet girl is long! She is about 30 1/2 inches, from my measurement.  I put her in a lot of dresses so she doesn't have to wear capri pants all the time ;) And what's not to love about a cute dresses with matching bloomers!  I can still put headbands on her and she will leave them on.  Sometimes she will pull them down and chew on them -- success for her, I'm sure!

Elise still nurses SEVEN times a day. Yes, you read that correctly. 7.  My goal in life was to get her down to seven times a day, from eight, before she turned nine months old. Win! She eats baby food at least twice a day and also enjoys snacks. I am much more negligent lenient carefree in feeding her real food -- so far, so good.  Just this past week she has started eating whatever real food I put in front of he -- bless it! I can't wait to stop buying expensive baby food!

Things Elise loves:
*her thumb.
*blankies. especially when sucking her thumb.
*brothers.
*playing with toys she stole from her brothers. {insert angry cry when they find out and take said toy away}
*playing with balls or stuffed animals.
*daddy unless I am anywhere in clear site.
*puffs or cheerios.
*clapping
*sleep.
*nursing.
*mommy! {In fact, of all her babbles -- she says "mama" when she sees me and on command. Yesssssssssss, yes, yes!}

Things Elise does not love:
*heat.
*taking things away from her.
*being hungry

Elise doesn't move, really.  I mean, she bounces while she's sitting.  And she has recently started to roll for things she wants.  But her motivation is lacking and her incentives must not be all that wonderful. The day is coming, though. As much as I like the gloriousness of her not moving, I am anxious for her to starting crawling and moving around with the boys!

Speaking of the boys -- Elise loves them.  Seriously.  She smiles and laughs at them so fantastically.  Andrew smothers her hourly and she makes it very clear when she is over his attention.  Benjamin is more of a distant lover.  As in, he talks to her from the other side of the room and touches her sometimes.  They are all so sweet together, though.  My heart is full watching them and being surrounded by them.  They are heart melting messes and it's a fair warning to you that if you see them you will want to squish them and kiss them and just enjoy the heck out of them.  Well, unless one of them is sassy or has an angry face -- you may just want to walk away and try again later...

I digress, back to Elise.

She's wonderful and fills my heart with joy.  Wherever there was fear of being the momma to a baby girl, there is now simply humility that such a delight would be called my daughter.  The Lord has shown such incredible kindness to me through my children.

So here are some pictures of our sweetie baby....


First plane ride. Destination: Chicago!

She loved it and did so great.

9 months.

9 months in {right before we left for the hospital}
9 months out!

6 days old // 9 months old 

Happy baby 



Clap your hands!




blankie lover.

Typical crinkle nose smile <3 td="">


Loves daddy and looks like him!

Angry Elise -- she wanted me to hold her, per usual, instead of take her picture.

little lady...

Me and Elise!

One more of the girls...