June 16, 2017

Welcome Sophia!

Sophia Anne
Born June 1, 2017
7:53 pm
6lbs 15oz, 19.5 in long

Sweet Sophia surprised us with a 4 week early arrival!  My water broke around 4:30 am and it was my longest, most stressful labor ever.  We are so thankful that she is here...safe and sound!   Ken likes to call her "tiny thing"  ...if you've ever seen the movie Storks then you'll get the reference.  Lots of Storks quotes going on here lately!

Tired but happy!

The look on Carrie's face says it all...she's so happy to be a big sister!
The two little boys were too nervous to hold her in the hospital but have been happy to snuggle her at every chance they get since we've been home.

A quick family photo before we headed home!

May 6, 2017

April in pictures.

I love when the weather finally turns nice enough for a lot of time outdoors.  Kites, bubbles, and tree climbing have all been the big things to do lately!

 We think baby girl has some really chubby cheeks going on!

 When the weather is not so nice, coloring and listening to audiobooks are always a good diversion.


 Fun at a local park while the older boys were away.

 Oversized, over-chubbed mini rex.  It's like an oxymoron.  But he's cute.
 We found the Easter bunny and he much prefers eating my hostas over carrots.

 Lots of work to be done!  Dad gets a lot of help.

This handsome guy went to Prom with friends for the first time and had a blast!  I'm so glad that he did and enjoyed himself!

May 4, 2017

Easter blessings!

A few of our memories from Easter this year:

These three helped me make the Resurrection garden this year on Good Friday.  We didn't plan ahead enough to plant grass but we pulled through with sedum and moss from the garden.  They really love the hands-on aspect of this project!  After a busy Holy Week, it was nice to tie everything together for them.

These two bunnies had a fun Holy Saturday spent with my side of the family.  Egg hunt and all.

The required Easter morning photo on the steps!  It has to happen before baskets can be found!  :)

 The baskets were hard to find this year and we had to resort to a lot of "hot/cold" to help some out.

More required photo taking before Mass!  Just the girls...

Add in five boys...

And finally, a slightly awkward (yet glad to have it!) family photo right before Mass!

Easter blessings to all of you and yours!  Alleluia, He is Risen!

April 20, 2017

March Fun.

In totally random order.... some of our March fun.

Ken and I went to the Children's Hospital Celestial Ball for the third year in a row.  Good food, good fun, lots of dancing and an excuse to get all gussied up.  Once a year, I get to see Ken in a tux!

Liz snapped this pic for me before we left.  It seemed like a good opportunity for a bumpie.

 Snow made a very unwelcome appearance mid way through the month.  After 70 degree temps, it seemed unfair and I can verify that my daffodils did not like it.
The only bonus to snow was that Peter finally got to give his Christmas present a try.  It surely seems a bummer to get the one thing you really wanted and then not have a chance to use it!  So, we were thankful for the opportunity.
These two are peas in a pod.  Always creating.

 Took a hike with the crazy dog for Jake's bday.  We tried to wear her out but I think she wore us out.
 Carrie is always looking for a snuggle.  Even on a hike.
 Ultimate is in full swing.  We had our locally hosted tournament in March.  Fun but cold.  Patrick enjoyed winning at rock-paper-scissors against the opposing team.

 Junior Ultimate started as well.  Nicholas was pretty against playing until he actually gave it a try (albeit with threats and promises both from Mom).  Now he looks forward to it every week!

Quintessential March.  In like a lion, out like a lamb.  Good old fashioned tree swinging is always fun!

April 19, 2017

March Birthdays.

 Nicholas turned 8 in March and requested a dinosaur themed cake.
 Jacob turned 12 in March and requested a cookie cake.  I'm pretty sure that he was just going easy on his mom since I had to make two cakes for one party!  ;)
 Thanks to Nicholas' aunt who came through with the dry ice for his cake because...ahem...mom forgot!
 In addition to a family party with Godparents and cousins, we have a small little celebration "just us" and there isn't anything better than getting a bottle of coke in the middle of Lent, eh?
I can't believe how big everyone is getting!  The years go faster and faster!  We sure are thankful for these two boys and for all the joy they bring to our family.

Happy birthday Nick and Jake!  We love you lots!

February 9, 2017


Why, hi there little Jellybean!

We've made it to the halfway point with this little baby and for that, I'm very thankful!  We had our normal midway anatomy scan last week and everything looks good!  We go back in 4 weeks for another scan because this baby was so wiggly that they could not get a good look at her spine.  Interestingly, that was the same scenario way back at week 10 and part of the reason they did the 3D image.

I've sort of dropped the ball on staying updated on the ol' blog... mostly because migraines and nausea hit me two weeks before Christmas and screens were not my friend.  Because I never blogged anything about Christmas, I didn't get to show our little "reveal" we had.

I chose to do the cfDNA test this time because of our previous losses (which came back great) but the bonus was that I knew gender the week before Christmas.  So I bought a little outfit and we told the kids that there was a special present under the tree on Christmas morning.  It was one of the most anticipated presents to be opened! They couldn't wait.  Even Ken didn't know if the baby was a boy or girl.

So, you can imagine the excitement when they opened the present and discovered a cute pink dress!  There were shouts of "I knew it!" amongst the "Yay!"and squeals of Carrie.  Caroline had insisted from the beginning that she was getting a baby sister (and I was really hoping she wouldn't be disappointed if it was a boy because I thought for sure we were having a boy.).  At any rate, it will be fun to add another sweet little girl to the family in June!

Now, we just need a name....

February 7, 2017

One, two, three... FOUR!

Our sweet Caroline turned 4 last week.  Can you believe it?  I can't!  Four seems big.  In fact, Carrie has been pretty insistent that she is "little" and downright upset if you say otherwise.  Until her birthday.  At the end of her party, she declared that she was most definitely, "big now."   Carrie's cake request was a rainbow cake with a pony.   I don't know why the top of the cake looks dented in this picture because it wasn't but it was the cutest one of Caroline!
 Celebrating with godparents and grandparents.
 This cake was so easy to make.  And was so much fun when you cut into it!  Carrie is not big on sweets so I think its funny that she requests a cake still.  However, she did at least try a bite and said it was good before bouncing off to play.  (How many kids do you know that you have to ask them to try their cake? LOL!)
 This photo has absolutely nothing to do with her birthday.  I just thought she looked super cute.  And peanut butter and jelly is kind of her thing.
 So, for her actual birthday, we HAD to attempt to do something fun even though it was a school day and a busy errand day and mom really just wanted to go back to bed.  Two hours before the zoo closed, we left the two big boys at home and zipped over.  We ran from inside exhibit to inside exhibit.  The bonus? We saw one other mom there with her kids.  That was it.  We had the place to ourselves and it was wonderful.

And we sat on the hippos.  We always have to sit on the hippos.
 We also must always do this with the alligator.  It MUST be photographed.

 The only downfall of our time?  Sleepytime for a lot of the animals like the manatees.  The other bonuses:  birds tried to sit on our arms in the aviary exhibit and we had our own personal penguin feeding show!

We came home to our warm and cozy house, with a request of pancakes for birthday dessert.  Easy enough!

Happy birthday, sweet girl!  We are so thankful for your smile and your spunk and the joy that you bring to all of us.  We are wishing you a blessed, beautiful year!