Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mothers Day 2015

I had a great Mothers Day this year.  Nick went above and beyond to make sure it was special for me, and I am super grateful for that!

Saturday we went to Caleb's game, went to some yard sales, had lunch, and then I enjoyed a 4 hour nap!! That night we went bowling for the first time with the kids, and just enjoyed each others company!

Sunday we went to church, spent some time at home, and then celebrated at my in laws.  It was a great day!

I am forever grateful for these three blessings!! I still can't believe I get to be their mom!


Every New Beginning Comes from some other Beginnings End

My boy officially graduated Preschool, that stirs up emotions for me! I am so beyond proud of him.  I am so excited or the little MAN he is truly becoming, but gosh does it hurt.  Time is seriously so fleeting that it is painful.  I swear I just brought him home from the hospital yesterday, but some how all those yesterdays are gone, and now a future of NEW tomorrows are a head of us.  In a few months he, and I will be entering into a new reality.  Gone are the days of toddlerhood......gone are the days of comfort....gone are the days where I feel like I know what I am doing.  I have never parented a school age child before, just as he has never been one.  It is a new world for both of us, and  I am both excited and scared for that. 

Caleb is so beyond ready, and he is super excited to be in Kindergarten.  I pray I can share in that excitement, and not be overcome with anxiety and sadness.  I mean after all, God did not make him to stay under my wing forever.  He formed him to become his own person, to step into this world and make a difference.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to watch him become that man.  I see daily that he is taking the wisdom I have given him, applying it and making good choices.  He stands up for the rules when his friends do not, he loves deeply, he is kind, he plays with friends who are lonely, he listens and obeys.  I have been told that I am doing a good job because of who he is.  I know he will rock Kindergarten!!


Mckinlee also had her last day of preschool for the year.  You all think I am overly emotional now....just wait until she graduates next year.  One in "real" school is enough, but two will be too much for me to take!


Paxton 13-15 Months

Sweet boy, I am sorry that you do not have consistent monthly posts.  Life is a whole lot busier than it was when your older siblings were your age. Forgive me and give me grace :).  I promise it doesn't mean I love you any less.

Eating: Your new favorite food is banana's.  This is funny because you would not touch them in baby food form.

Sleeping: 1 nap, and sleeping 8-8:30. 

Size: I do not know your exact size right now but I would guess 20 lbs.  You are wearing 12 months. A size 4 diaper. A size 4 shoe.

Teeth: You have 11 teeth now.  Your molars came in before I even realized what was going on. 

Speech:  You say
  • more
  • woof
  • dahh "dog"
  • uh oh
  • mama
  • dada
  • grrrr
Exciting New Things:
  • You are WALKING now.  You started mid April.  You have just now started mastering standing up from falling on your own.  You waddle all over the place.  You are still pretty unsteady at times, but you work so hard at it.
  • You throw tantrums now.  Full blown, throw yourself backwards tantrums....those are fun...
  • You point and say "dahh,woof woof" anytime you see a dog.
  • You love to play kisses with Bella.  You will bend over and put your head between your legs, and she will come and kiss your face, and you crack up.  It is so cute.
  • When you wake up in the morning you have to touch the dog on your lamp.
  • You have started saying "more" and actually pointing out what you want.
  • You sign all done.
  • You know your head, and how old you are.
  • You grab shoes and try to put them on your own feet.
  • Caleb is still your favorite.
  • You love to ride in the blue car with the bigs
  • You love playing in the water table on the deck. 
  • You love being outside.
  • You bring me books and say "more"
You are a little more opinionated now a days but you are oh so cute and sweet! We love you to pieces!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Soccer and Life

This past week began with life getting back to normal.  I went out of town last weekend, so when I arrived home there as laundry, cleaning, and shopping that I needed to get caught up on. 

Monday we dropped Caleb at school, and then the littles and I ran to Sams and Kroger. Kroger was out of car carts, but thankfully they were fully stocked in the free cookie department. This my friends is called survival.

I worked Tuesday night, had a girls night Wednesday, and Thursday night we began our Brave journey with church. 

Saturday was Caleb's first soccer game of the season.  He is number 3 this year and is playing for coach Adam once again.  He scored the first goal of the game, played an extra quarter, and scored 3 more goals! He did so great!

Saturday night we went to Jenn's wedding.  I unintentionally coordinated the kids outfits, but they would not corporate for a picture! We had a lot of fun! Caleb enjoyed playing with his cousins, and Mckinlee loved dancing.  My sis kept Paxton!

Today has been very rainy.  We skipped church and I caught up on cleaning/went to the grocery. 


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter 2015

We had wonderful Easter weekend.  We decided to attend church on Saturday this year, and Nick's parents joined us.  The service was beyond amazing.  I don't even have words to describe it.  Our church brought us a service from the streets of Jerusalem, and it as so moving.  I am so beyond grateful for the church we have found.  Nick has become a Christian, and was baptized, we have both grown spiritually, and our kids love it. It was such an answer to prayer after years of church hoping. 

I tried to get some pictures of the kids before and after service.  The pictures crack me up.  Kinlee would not stand still, Paxton hated the grass, and Caleb was cold.  I laugh every time I look at them, but I know I will cherish them one day when my kids are grown.  This was Easter 2015.

I don't even have words for this girl. Trying to get a family picture with her.......goodness. She is hysterical.

Sunday morning the kids awoke to a scavenger hunt from the bunny.  They enjoyed finding the clues, and they could not wait to find their basket.  Once the basket was found they were so excited about their toys and candy.  They ate way too much candy, and bounced around the room playing.  We then had breakfast and spent a few hours snuggling on the couch.

We also colored eggs before heading over to Nick's parents for family Easter.

Nick's parents always get the kids fun summer toys for Easter.  They had a blast looking at all their goodies.  The rest of the day was spent enjoying family, hunting eggs and eating yummy food. 

It was a great Easter.

**Things I want to remember**

  • Kinlee evangelized to the Dollar Store when she saw the chocolate cross.  She told the entire Easter story, and explained that Jesus died so we could go to Heaven.  So sweet and cute.  I told her the candy cross was symbolic of the cross Jesus died on and she said "What's bolic?".  Everyone started laughing.
  • Paxton stood on his own a lot this day.