Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Queen

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This girl has spunk.
The range of emotions she goes through within a time period amazes me.  
She is our firecracker and we all can't help but to fall more in love with her everyday.

She loves all things Dora, Minnie Mouse, painted pretties (finger nails), lipstick, high heels, anything her older siblings do, chewing gum and swallowing it, her rain boots, pretty twirly dresses, kitties, monkeys, sidewalk chalk, legos, little peoples, swings, slushies, green beans, dancing, and singing.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unfailing Love #2

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Although she is my feisty one and at most times I would rather do things and leave her with a sitter, she was the funnest to have at the fireworks last week!  

The way these 4 love each other! There is no greater joy than watching my kids love their cousins. 

Long talks with this one, it was just her and I. 

Watching him sleep, he rarely naps anymore but there is this off day when we crawl in bed together and he is out.  I could watch my kids sleep for hours. 

It is like her right of passage jumping with the kids, but actually jumping getting her little feet off the ground! 

Summer living, I can't be more thankful for inlaws who love when I stop by even if it is every day!! 

The way these 2 make me laugh, they are like having twins but not living together. 

Oh coca cola!! These bottles are making my summer bright, I am on a mission.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unfailing Love

I was telling a friend tonight that with everything that has gone on in the past month, it makes me hold tight to my little life.  

I hold my kids tighter.
I rub their backs or arms or leggies longer.
I want to remember their little quirks longer.
I hold tight to the words my husband says to me. 
I hold tight to the friendships that have been bonded together.

These are my reminders...they aren't amazing pictures but my reminders of God's unfailing love.

Vivienne making new friends with the flamingos that have been in my in-laws yard for years.  
She was entranced with them, petting them, talking to them. 

The kids fight over who gets to sleep with me when Matt is away, Maddy used to be this crazy all over the bed sleeper, the roles have reversed.  This guy at one point in the middle of the night climbed on top of my legs and slept with his arms and legs wrapped around me like a koala bear. 

The way she sits like such a lady when she is doing everything.

The way this guy complains about doing something, but once he gets somewhere he is all in! 

The way these 2 love and adore each other!!!

His weirdness!  "Mom take a picture of me, I have a bear shirt on and am sitting on top of a bear.  That's crazy."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Sunday we spent the evening at the Bunk's house for Father's Day.  The weather was gorgeous, the kids didn't fight, we ate amazing food and laughed till we cried (literally).
I love getting pictures of the kids jumping in the pool it might be one of my favorite things about summer.  Maddy and Isaac were having a jumping contest, you be the judge.

Now these 2!  They have a love/hate relationship, they are either loving and sharing or fighting and pushing, they are almost like Maddy and Isaac reincarnated.  They are 2 months apart and look like they could be twins.  Lori and I wanted to see how much they would look alike with matching fountain ponytails and we just about lost it!  Jacob kept his little pony in for quite some time and then put Viv's rain boots on, from the back we all thought he was Vivienne.

Monday, June 9, 2014

School's out for summer

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The 2013/2014 has officially come to a close.  i feel as though i was running a marathon those last couple of weeks of school and now that it is over we are ready to relax. 

I took this picture the morning of our very last drop off! 

Amidst all that chaos here is the rundown...
in the last month of school
  • was awarded student of the month for showing self-control throughout the school year.  
  • She made the principal's list 
  • she was also awarded an academic achievement in History
  • has grown leaps and bounds 
Needless to say 2nd grade was good to her.  She had a great class this year and an amazing teacher in Mrs. Turner.  

Mrs. Turner & Maddy last day of 2nd grade

  • Had a rough go of it at the beginning of the year complaining of not having any friends and hated being dropped off in the morning, by mid year he was loving every second of it. 
  • he had an amazing pre-school teacher who I will miss not seeing 3 times a week.  
  • He graduated pre-school and put on quite the performance, especially after the week we were having, he had us rolling in our seats during his performance. 
  • He tested already for kindergarten and he is testing at almost a 7 year olds level!  woohoo!
Mrs Round & Champ last day of school

Preschool Graduation
Because this is real life!

1st day of Preschool                                                       Last Day of Preschool

1st day of 2nd Grade                                                          

Last day of 2nd Grade


I cant remember the day I met Jaimie, thats how long we’ve been friends.
WE were The type of friends that knew almost too much about each other. 
The type of friends that talked every single morning whether we had anything to really to talk about or just to see how morning drop offs went.  
The type of friends that popped over when the other was still in their pajamas. And in honesty, it was mostly me in my pajamas. Because you know Jamie always had it together. 
The type of friends that our husbands were never ever surprised to see us together when they rolled in from work at night.
We were at small groups on Tuesday
Of course I was crying in the laundry room most of the time and mrs pat came over to give me a hug
after she mentioned my youngest had a dirty diaper, my oldest had chimed in and said "well mrs Jaimie always had the diapers."
See that is who Jaimie was, she didn't just have 3 kids she had 30 kids.  She was always prepared and always looking out for others, she was always looking out for me.
she made me want to be a better mother, a better wife, a much better friend, and most of all a better follower of Christ
I never had to sugarcoat things around Jaimie.
I never had to pretend I was something I wasn’t.
I never had to over explain how I was feeling because She just got it and She just got me.
I loved every second of every moment I got to spend with Jaimie, especially our quick coffees in the morning before a run through costco, or our long coffees in between morning drop offs and pick ups
She never cast judgement,
she loved hard,
she gave generously and had such joy. She truly was joy.,
she was patient beyond belief, almost to patient with me at times
she thought of others before herself ALWAYS!  and because she was all that wrapped in one person it gave me the opportunity to open up to someone, and to be myself around someone, and be vulnerable.
The years I spent with Jaimie are a piece of my heart that I will hold onto for the rest of my life, I pray at night that my daughter and her daughter find that one day and who knows, maybe it will be with each other.
On Wednesday, Andy gave me the honor of taking care of his kids and I watched Drew, Kaylie and Zachary as they played with my kids and the only thing I saw was Jaimie.
Jaimie is in them. She’s in Andy. She’s in me. She is in every single person she touched.  The moments we got to share with Jaimie weren’t temporary. They changed us. She changed us.
I love you Jaimie.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This Dress

Almost 5 years ago my Aunt Diane gave Madeline her very first dress up dress.  She loved it and it was very well loved.  She then grew out of it and it got out in a box for hopefully later use, I'm surprised it lasted through quite a few purges actually.  

We'll fast forward to about a month ago, now that Viv goes up and downstairs as she pleases I am surprised at some of the stuff she brings up to me.  Anyway she brought this dress up about a month ago, I didn't think anything of it until 7 days later every morning she woke up she would ask to wear it.  She will go to my parents in this dress, she will sleep in this dress, she helps me bake in it, she dances in this dress.  She does everything in it.  
It is so beat up but it fills my heart seeing her love this dress.  
That's all I can say without choking back tears. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Her first presentation

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Maddy had to do a presentation board for her book report this month.  
She had to do a nonfiction book and write 5 facts she learned.  
She is so sweet because she is so nervous to do her presentation in front of her class so we have been practicing it extensively the last couple of days. 


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