I am so thankful to have two dads in my life. I love both of them and am grateful for their presence in my life.
I am also so blessed to have Theo as the father of my children. He is an amazing dad and loves his kids with his whole heart. I am wishing I was celebrating father's day with him today. I know Carter, Olivia, and Isaiah miss him.
We made it to Louisiana! I must say, my kids did exceptionally well! Olivia literally did not so much as grunt or whine or whimper the first day (which was 10 hours in the car). Yesterday she was a tad whiny but only for a minute or two here and there. Isaiah only fussed for a few minutes when he got hungry and was so happy the rest of the time. Thank the Lord he's taking a bottle now which made our stops much less frequent :). Carter did well too but was constantly asking the famous question: "Are we there yet?" I am so thankful for God's provision and "travel grace" he bestowed upon us for our long drive down. Let's hope and pray our even longer trip back to Colorado from South Louisiana will be just as great!
I'm so excited to be back in my home state and am adjusting back to the humidity and heat! We've already been swimming in Omaw and Papaw's pool and even little man dipped his chunky little legs in the water.
My parent's kitchen flooded the day Isaiah was born due to a burst pipe and I'm LOVING the new kitchen! Can't wait to share pictures of it :) I'll try and blog as much as I can the month we are down in Louisiana but I can't make any promises! I'm enjoying having some time with part of my family and having some help with my three youngins!
So you might have thought yesterday was a joke? I could have easily taken 50 pictures of the kids playing with their cans but I'll only post a three :) It makes such a cool picture!
Two more sleeps until Omaw gets here. We are all so excited!!!! Can't wait to be back to my mother-land but I'll admit, I'm not looking forward to the 100 plus temps! Good thing both of my parents have swimming pools :)
Who knew my kids could spend hours playing in a water-filled one of these:
I'm not sure what the duct tape is about. I know the bin is cracked and Theo's tried to tape it up but these are random pieces stuck on there....who knows?
Anyway, my kids LOVE the water. Poor Livie, by the time I brought her back in, her feet and lips were blue. We have bought two inflatable pools in the past. The first one literally blew away the first storm we had shortly after we moved to Colorado. The second one has a hole in it because I told Theo to put in on the rocks. One series of jumps and the rocks poked a hole in it! So, we were left with a tupperware tub and water hose!
Livie had fun playing with her little watering cans.
Carter likes the water hose the most.
And enjoyed making it into a "rainbow"
Isaiah hung out with me in the sling and it was hard to get a good picture :) I'm trying to hold him more and put him in the swing less. He's such a happy baby that he really would just hang out in the swing all day if I let him. But he's growing so fast and I want to hold and cuddle him as much as I can!
I finally had to put Olivia in a disposable diaper because she always pulls her cloth ones off. I was afraid she might "fertilize" the yard if you know what I mean. And if this isn't THE cutest little backside I ever did see!
And stay tuned for tomorrow....how I can take 20 pictures of a toy watering can!
I LOVE summer! I always have. Now that I actually live somewhere that's cool enough to enjoy sitting outside, it's even better. We've been outside a lot lately. This may be our last full summer here before we have to move and I really want to take advantage of it. Theo's been firing up the grill.
We've been eating a lot of these:
(Turkey burgers: a lot less flavorful than the real deal and much drier! We piled on some avocado, turkey bacon, pepper and onions and it was much better. But from now on, we're sticking with beef, unless I make the turkey patties myself.)
And of course, we've been spending a lot of time outside with these guys:
I can't believe my baby man is a third of the way through his first year of life! He's changing so much all the time and is THE most laid back baby (most of the time!). I think God gave Theo and I a special grace with Isaiah knowing how much Carter and Olivia demand our attention. Isaiah wants to eat and sleep and he's happy otherwise.
At four months old Isaiah you:
-are rolling over from your tummy to back but daddy has yet to see you do this
-still nurse pretty frequently and still all night long. Sigh.
-now make sucking noises during your sleep when you are about to wake up and want to eat.
-even made sucking noises at church this past Sunday while we were in the nursing mom's room and a woman sat down right beside us and started nursing her baby. You were salivating! I couldn't stop laughing!!! You know what that nursing cover meant and you thought you should have some of that too :)
-have your four month check up on Monday so we'll see what a BIG boy you are then
-are such a happy baby and laugh and smile all the time. You love when Carter gets in your face and squeals "Only on DVD!". You crack up so much when he does this and I'm not sure why :)
-have such strong legs and stand up all the time, with us holding you of course.
-have recently discovered your feet and play with them all the time, often trying to suck on your toes which is not so easy in your cloth diapers since they're a little bulky!
-love being sung to
-so far have no stranger anxiety but do prefer when mommy or daddy are close by
-are so good anytime we go out anywhere
-are really laid back considering some of the abuse you take from your sister
-are the love and light of our lives. Your brother and sister adore you still and you make such a wonderful addition to our family! We love you little man more than you know!
I turned the big 3-1 on Monday! Where did the past year go? I felt like I just celebrated my 30th birthday but alas, that was last year :)
Having almost the entire day to myself on Friday was a birthday present to myself! I had a great time seeing a movie with a couple of friends. Saturday and Sunday Theo spent trying to finish up his finals so the kids and I just tried to stay out of his way! The kids and I went to a new park and had a picnic which was a lot of fun. It was super windy all weekend but the kids didn't seem to mind too much being out in it. Sunday, the kids and I all went to church and I got some one on one time with little man in the nursing mom's room. It was delightful!
Monday, Theo made me breakfast.
He tried to make it look like a face! I thought it was really cute :)
I opened this gawgeous bracelet from my dad! It goes perfect with the fleur di lis necklace he got me last year for my birthday. Thanks dad!
We spent the rest of the day hanging out with these three:
running errands, grabbed some ice cream and then just hung out. Theo and I watched the movie Due Date that night (funny, but not as funny as I was hoping it would be)
Tuesday was back to life, back to reality! We finally made it back to the gym and it was fabulous. We had a playdate at Amy's house yesterday afternoon and as always, it was good to have some adult conversation :)
We met over nine years ago and have been married for seven years. We have traveled all over together, have shared good times and bad, and now spend most of our time chasing our kids around! We believe God chose us for each other and we strive daily to keep him at the center of our marriage.
Our energetic six year old, and firstborn. He's a self procalimed genius. He loves playing with his friends, watching anything on PBS and VeggieTales, building with blocks, practicing his cartoon artist skills. He rules the roost and we couldn't imagine it any other way.
Our three year old daughter, a precious princess with her daddy wrapped around her finger. She is the daughter I always knew I would have long before I ever got married. She is a smiler and talker and lover of food, hugs and kisses, making puzzles, helping mommy in the kitchen, and loves both of her brothers (mostly!) She is a budding ballerina but loves the play in the mud and wrestle with the boys too. She is the most beautiful girl we have ever seen and we look forward to watching her grow and change over the next several months.
Our baby of the family...a walking, talking destructacon. He is hillarious, keeps us on our toes and is the funniest little toddler going on grown man I've ever seen!