Sunday, July 5, 2015


Oh, hi there! Remember when I blogged? Yeah, me too. I'm hoping I can get back in the groove soon! I've missed this space. June was an all around crazy month. And I feel like I use the word "crazy" frequently to describe our schedule, so it might be better said that June was overwhelmingly overbooked, chaotic, and both emotionally draining and exhausting. But, of course, when there are kids around as cute as mine, there were a ton of opportunities for smiles. Here's what we were up to

Belle insisting on wearing ALL the clothes at once.

Superhero games at the library!

Flooding in our yard = the perfect opportunity to bring bath toys outside

This is what happens when you lose your normal adult sunglasses are MIA and the sun is SUPER bright...

Ladies Night at the Royals!

Tons of baseball this month- even when there were boo boos!

Movie night at Arrowhead with the cousins!

A nice Sunday afternoon motorcycle drive with Dad

More baseball

Jack got a MUCH needed haircut (while Belle worked on his car). This might be my favorite picture this month. :)

Lego club at the library with friends!

The little sister club :)

Several games of pretty, pretty princess 

A few rounds of pink eye for this poor sweetie.

Sunday Sweetness!

We welcomed Derek back home from annual training. He got promoted to Staff Sergeant!

VBS with friends

Bounce house birthday parties

Pool time with the cousins

More baseball

More Lego club

And then I signed Jackson up for a subscription Lego club. We got a set in the mail in just a couple of days and spent a few days putting it together!

Caroline got pizza EVERYWHERE!

Belle and I had matching braids-- thanks Grammy! :)

Tending our container garden! :)

The finished Lego set: a Star Wards something-or-other. Derek and Jack could probably tell you. We mailed it back on Thursday and are anxiously awaiting our next set. 

Here's looking to a less crazy July. We're hoping the month is far less eventful than the first couple days at least. In a period of 3 days, we had a leaking faucet, an overflowing toilet, and the air conditioner broke. But Derek managed to fix everything without having to pay hundreds of dollars, so that's pretty awesome. 

Derek will be out of town two of the four weeks again, but I won't be working double shifts this month and baseball is over this week. I am STILL working on organizing our vacation photos. The good news is that I have officially finished all of the vacation laundry.

I think. :)


Monday, June 29, 2015

Nine Months: Caroline

Caroline, your 9 month "birthday" has come and gone! I'm a week late posting about you, but I made sure to take pictures on the 23rd. Granted, they were taken at the ballpark because that's just our lives these days. As the third baby, you just tag along to all of the stuff we're up to and you're a pretty good sport about it. Especially when it means bedtime doesn't happen until 9:30 or 10:00 some nights! 

This month you got so, so sick again. It was such a busy time when Daddy was gone at Army work and I was escorting with Jackson and Belle to baseball games and pictures and all sorts of errands, so Grammy took care of you. It was heartbreaking not to be there while you weren't feeling well, but I know Grammy provides excellent care. You started out with a double ear and eye infection. And then you had a terrible reaction to the new antibiotics so we stopped those. And then when we went for your 9 month "well" check up last week, the ear and eye infection had come back! I barely even noticed the symptoms. You have been such a trooper throughout all the germs and sickness you've endured.

When you were sick and weren't eating, you plummeted down to the 26% of weight, but you recovered with a nice 2 pound weight gain in the last two week. Now you're back at your typical measurements of 38% height, 95% head circumference, and 60% weight. 

This month you caught us off guard with some full nights of sleep! Oh, glorious sleep! There was about a week that you slept unswaddled, but then you started pulling up and screaming your little head off when it was bed time, so back to swaddling it is. Still no teeth, but you're a great eater. You have zero interest in straight baby food. You require food with texture. You also started crawling and getting into ALL THE THINGS! It's more of a normal crawl these days, but you had a funny limping crawl to begin with. It was so funny. 

You still HATE to have to lay down for a diaper change, get dressed/undressed, and to be buckled into the car seat. You simply hate to be manhandled or bothered!

Your personality has blossomed so much this month. You're happiest smile is a fully-blown open mouth smile. It's my favorite. You like to give kisses and those are my favorite, too! Oh, and you wave. It's so cute. And you love to talk. And talk and talk. No clue where you get that from! ;) You still have a very special relationship with Jack and Isabelle. You give them special smiles and words. In fact, I had to do two rounds of pictures in your sticker photo shoot because you were just serious faced and somber when it was just me. After I enlisted Jack's help, you shared all the good smiles. 

Oh! And you have hair long enough for clippy-bows! :)

We love you baby girl!!! I'm so glad you get to be your Mama. XOXO


Monday, June 1, 2015

Sunday Funday

Having two kids in baseball has created a jam packed schedule for June. Especially considering that Derek's annual training is at this time each year. Our next two weeks are the most chaotic that I have ever managed to schedule! I have even run out of room on my calendar boxes. My work is requiring a few extra hours these days and we have some fun things to look forward to, as well! Derek left early Saturday morning and we've stayed quite busy with birthday parties, baseball practice, and church. 

I've realized that it is really important for me to prioritize my "mother" role while Derek is gone, which then means that my "get all the things done" role has to take a backseat. When we are both home, it's easy for one of us to manage some housework and chores while the other plays with the kids. And when one of those tasks has to take the backseat, I don't want it to be the kids. Especially because the "getting all the things done" doesn't ever happen and it leaves everyone frustrated in the progress. Yesterday, I left my house messy and went out to play and do things just for the kids. It turned out to be a great time! 

I did manage to mow the lawn-- with three sweet "helpers!"

Jack's friend Carter came down to join in all our fun

Earlier in the day, I helped out with a group of ladies to prepare 22 freezer meals for our sister church in downtown Kansas City. I love serving with these women!



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