Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Baby Isaac Turns One!

Back in November our sweet baby boy turned one! So hard to believe that he's been with us for a year now. I thank God every day for my dear son, and how wonderfully he fits into our family. 
Josh and I threw a big party for him. Kind of a thank you to all who helped us with the last year and a half with the move, being on bed rest, etc. We also just wanted to celebrate his life! My dad counted 65. Ha! Who knew that many people would fit? We wouldn't have been able to do it without Josh's family, who just jumped in and helped anyway they could! It was so nice!

The eats. The cute elephant cake was decorated by my friend Natalie. 

The birthday boy loved his cake alright!

Isaac and daddy opening presents with a lot of "helpers". 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reminiscing on Years Past

My last post on our trip to the pumpkin patch has me thinking on the years gone by. It sure does go by fast! 
One reason I began blogging was a way to capture and remember these special little times. I hate that I never seem to find time to blog anymore. 
My life is full, and I am so happy. I am thankful for my four little blessings God has given us. 
Can you even believe my girls were this little? Crazy!


Playing in the Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I loaded up the van with the four coolest kids we knew and headed to the pumpkin patch!
Earlier that week, Josh actually won a gift certificate to the pumpkin patch through a local radio contest. I am glad he did! We had never heard of the place, and it was so close to home. 
We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. It was so nice, we decided to walk out to the patch and pick our pumpkins, and carry them back. We went on a hay ride later. 
I am thankful for this time in the busyness of the fall semester just to get out and enjoy each other and nature. 

Josie and Emma found their perfect pumpkins. 

Addie and Daddy with their pick. 

The cutest pumpkin in the patch!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Camping

We decided to take the camper out one last time before we put it up for the winter. Autumn is my favorite time to go camping. The air was crisp, and the leaves started to change colors. 
We camped with seven other families from New Tribes at a wonderful campground not too far from home. We had a lot of fun just hanging out together, and I can't forget eating! We had a yummy fish fry from one of the staff guy's bountiful summer of walleye fishing!
My guys. 

Our weekend home (just before packing up. I forgot to take a picture while we camped)

Tavy, Adelaide, and Adelaide. That's right, two Adelaides. :)

Me and my sweet boy!

Lovely campfire.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sporties for My Shorties

I am not one you would call "athletic". Hey, I'm not even considered coordinated. Clumsy is more often used to describe me. 
Thankfully that is not so for my offspring. 
Last spring Josie and Adelaide participated in gymnastics that the local rec department puts on. At $15 for six weeks, it is a deal not to be passed up! The girls both enjoyed it. 
This summer, all three of them joined some friends at a kids fun run, and ran in the race just down the street from out house. Emma won second place! (You can't tell from the photo but there was a lot of kids, and she was not the oldest).
Speaking of Emma, she has left the rec soccer days behind her and now plays for her school team. She plays on a 5-8th co-ed team, who play mostly middle school boy teams. She is one tough cookie on the soccer field. 
Isaac isn't playing anything yet, but he sure is a fan of football! He will sit and watch with daddy, and loves it. "Football" is one of the few words he says, and he calls all other balls just "ball". It's pretty cute. 

Josie's cartwheel.  

Addie working the trampoline. 

Getting ready to run. 

Go Emma! Go!

We love number 22!!!

Cheering on our favorite team! Go Blue!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Starting A New Year

It's hard to believe we are almost a month into the new school year. The last time I blogged I hadn't even gotten to summer yet! I fear I will always be behind as I am one busy lady!
I don't want to miss these moments, so I like to write them on this "online scrapbook" of sorts to preserve them for the years to come. I already enjoy looking back to when I first started blogging. Adelaide was just a baby!
Our children are growing so quickly before our eyes! 
Emma (age ten) is now in fifth grade! She is in the middle school wing at her school and does fun things that middle schoolers do like playing a clarinet in band, and playing for the school's soccer team. She sure is growing fast, and likes to remind us of that. "Hey mom, did you know that I am closer to the age you got married than you are?" *gulp* Does that make her old, or me? Or both of us? 
Our sweet Josephine is eight now, and loving third grade. She has become quite the little bookworm as of late. If she would just finish one before she starts another! Josie has a very creative mind. We had a lot of fun playing mermaids this summer, and she always had some interesting story lines. 
Dear Adelaide is my toothless six year old first grader. She is smart and is picking up math pretty quick. She is definitely still a snuggle bug, and for that I am thankful!
Isaac is such a mover! He is ten months old now, and is such a fast crawler! He is always into whatever he can get at fast enough and keeps momma on her toes for sure! He even took his first steps, from the couch to the dog) on Saturday!
There is a little update on the four cutest members of our home. I hope to be able to pick up blogging more often soon. 

The four blessings from God in our lives. 

All ready for the first day of first, third, and fifth grade!

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Flower Girl's Flower Girl

This past May something very special happened. 
My flower girl walked down the aisle as a bride herself, and she asked if Adelaide would be her flower girl. 
We felt so honored to share in Josh and Carissa's special day.  

This was my cute little flower girl in 2000. 

This was their cute little flower girl. :)

Here is Addie and the bride. 

*photo credit to Jack, and Cody, and Martha. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Learning the Art of Eating

Isaac is such a sweet boy. I am so thankful he is part of our family. 
I have had so much fun watching him learn how to eat. I forgot that it was something you learn. Babies don't automatically know how to eat (at least mine didn't) so there is a little bit of a process to it. 
First waiting until they are showing interest ( in Isaac's case, he would grab at my fork or plate when I ate.)
It's so fun! 
There have been foods he has loved (squash, and banana) and foods that he outright hated (avocado actually made him shutter!)
He is now learning about textures and how to self feed. 
I can't wait to see what his favorite foods will be. 

  First bite of rice cereal. Not too sure about it. 

Eating with the boy cousins. 

Learning how to pick up his own food. 

Practicing to use a cup.