Monday, July 18, 2016

Riding the "Caro-horse"

Ellie and Nathan earned certificates from the reading program at the library for a ride on the carousel (or "caro-horse" as Ellie and Nathan call it) at the park, and today they wanted to use them. I thought Jonah would be sad that he didn't get to ride, but he was happy to just watch.

It's always fun to watch kids on the carousel, waving and saying "hi Mom!" every time they come around. 

Nathan was especially excited to see me each time.

Ellie has been saving up her money earned from doing jobs around the house, and today she wanted to spend her money on cotton candy. She was so proud as she walked up to the counter and put her change down.

Ellie is excited to share with her brothers when they wake up from naps, but I'm not looking forward to the sugar high... 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

7 Little Strawberries

We moved our strawberry plants closer to the house this year, so we weren't expecting many strawberries due to the shock of being transplanted. Last night, however, I picked 7 cute little strawberries!

Sam and I shared them since the kids were in bed, and they were delicious! Yay for gardening!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


What's not to love about summer? We are soaking in these warm, sunny, beautiful days!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

6 Months Old

I can't believe this cute little boy is 6 months old already!

He can sit up on his own, (though we don't ever put him on the table like this... He was just looking very dapper in his big boy clothes on Sunday so I shot a quick picture as we ran out the door) and he pushes up to his hands and knees and rocks back and forth... Sometimes onto his face. Poor little guy! He gurgles, smiles and laughs, and is just all around in a very cute stage. 

He started eating a little bit of solid food, and he likes baby oatmeal, tolerates apple sauce, and loves bananas and avocados. It will be fun to see what other foods he likes as he gets older. 

He loves it when people get down on his level and talk to him - especially his dad and siblings. He has a gigantic smile that he reserves for them.

He still loves to bounce in his jumperoo, and still likes to be swaddled at night and for naps.

He absolutely LOVES to play in the water. He doesn't even mind if it is cold, like at the splash park - he just splashes around, happy as can be.

He still doesn't care to be restrained - he hates the baby carrier, doesn't like the stroller unless he has something interesting to look at, doesn't like to sit on anyone's lap, and he doesn't like to sit in his high chair for any longer than necessary. But he does love to be carried around, and he is more than happy to roll around on the floor and play.

We are so glad to have this little boy in our family! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

No Hands

Making a boring spaghetti dinner a little more interesting...

For them and us!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Path to Motherhood: Thomas

This post is a continuation of a series I started after Jonah was born:

I thought it would be fun to take the time to share the story of how we decided to have each of our kids, starting with our first little blessing, Ellie. In sharing each of these stories, I hope to share my belief that when to have children and how many to have is a personal decision between a husband, wife, and the Lord. I have a very real testimony that the Lord does have a unique plan for each of His children, and often the Lord's plan for us is not what we may have imagined. And, most likely, His plan for you is not the same as His plan for me. And that's ok.


Starting when Jonah was about two months old, every so often the thought would pop into my mind: "Someone is missing." I didn't bring those thoughts up to Sam, though, until Jonah was 4 months old. When I brought it up he told me that when Jonah was only two weeks old he had the feeling that our next baby was ready to come to our family soon, but of course two weeks postpartum wasn't the right time to share the news. That settled it. My recovery after having Jonah had been the easiest and fastest of any of my kids so far, and I was feeling great physically and emotionally. We looked forward to another pregnancy, and especially getting to meet our next little blessing.

On May 1, 2015 - when Jonah was 13 months old - I found out I was pregnant again. Sam was out working in the yard with the kids, and when I showed him the pregnancy test he picked me up and spun me around. We were so excited!

Around 9 weeks I started to have some spotting, which scared me and had me emotionally preparing for the worst, but at the first ultrasound we heard the happy sound of a tiny heart beating and saw a healthy little baby growing. What a relief.    

At this point we shared the news with friends and family. I had already started to show, so it was getting too obvious to wait any longer!

It was new for me to not be in school or working during this pregnancy, and I enjoyed being home - though I think the lack of the strict daily schedule I had during college made it a little harder because I wasn't so easily distracted from my morning sickness. I always forget between pregnancies how hard morning sickness is, not just on me, but on the entire family - especially Sam. He picks up most of what I normally do on top of his already packed days. He's amazing.

In August we found out we were having a little boy. Ellie was disappointed at first because she really wanted a sister - she prayed daily asking for a sister, actually - but she quickly became excited about the whole thing.

Ellie started preschool in the fall, and we enjoyed the holidays as they came and went, anticipating the new baby boy that would join our family after Christmas. 

My due date of January 1 passed by with no baby, but our little Thomas was born on January 3, 2016.

This little boy is so loved.

What a blessing it is to have these four sweet children in our family, even though it is physically and mentally exhausting. It is amazing to see how our hearts have expanded to love each of our children individually and completely. I have always wanted a large family, but I never thought I could feel as much joy as I do in my role as a wife and mother to Sam and our four beautiful children. 

I am grateful every day for the blessings God has given me in the form of my five favorite people.

Girls Night

Sam took Nathan and Jonah on the fathers and sons camp out a couple weeks ago, so Ellie and I (and Thomas got to tag along) had a fun girls night together. 

We started out the night with heading to dinner. 

In the car she wanted to be right next to Thomas.

Ellie really wanted to go to McDonald's because they have chocolate milk, but I thought she would like a different sandwich shop, so I told her we would get chocolate milk for her at the gas station on the way, and that convinced her. When she saw all the drinks in the fridge at the gas station, though, she decided on this juice:

She was quite obsessed with it - she kept saying "Tummy Yummies" over and over again since that was what it was called.

Her favorite part of the meal was the ice cream. I can't blame her! 

When we got home we watched Cinderella and made a photo book of pictures of her, both per Ellie's specific request.

During the part of the movie where Cinderella goes to the ball, she ran upstairs and put on her Cinderella wedding dress and twirled and twirled.

Then she slept in my bed with me, which she thinks in the coolest thing in the world.

In the morning we went to get doughnuts. She picked bright green... It cracks me up how kids are always attracted to the nastiest-looking colors on food.

Then we did some stuff around the house while we waited for the boys to come home. The kids were all quite happy to see each other. It was sure cute.

I'm glad I got to spend some time with Ellie! She's turning into such a sweet and funny little girl. 

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