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!

December 15, 2016

Second Week of Advent.

Light two candles for Faith.  On this particular night, we cured the wiggles with some milk and cookies.
St. Nicholas Day! Candy, an ornament, a couple books and a puzzle!
So here's a funny story from our St. Nick's Day.  The night before, the kids were all talking excitedly about the things they always got in their stockings: chocolate coins, candy cane, matchbox cars... uh.  Matchbox cars?  Oh shoot!  We forgot matchbox cars!  (Such a silly thing that we've always put in stockings but the kids do have fun with them.)  So, Ken had the idea that we would find the nicest, newest looking cars from the car bin and wrap them up.  Along comes St. Nick morning and the kids are enjoying their treasures.  First, Liz unwraps her car.  "Hey!" She says, "I think we have this one already!"  Then another kid and another kid until they all realized that these were "recycled" cars.  One of the older kids said, "actually, I probably wouldn't have noticed if everyone else hadn't said something but now that I think about it...this was Liz' car!!"  It was quite the hoot and we all had a good laugh over that one!  No one was disappointed, it was just plain funny.

On Thursday, there was Mass, of course, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  The boys also went to a gingerbread house building contest at the library.  They really enjoyed themselves and having friends to go with.
 Patrick came home with the second place with for his train and interestingly...more chocolate!! :)

 Friday was our last day of co-op for the year.  We always go caroling at a local nursing home before the party.  I always enjoy this time and the residents do as well.  They always love seeing the kids and having a minute to chat with them.
 Not many pics of the Christmas party but I thought it was creative that someone had the idea to set up gaga ball with tables in one of the rooms.  Great way to burn off some energy indoors!  Peter is there on the left with the green shirt.
Also lots of crafting fun for the kids while the moms chat!

It was a very good AND very busy 2nd week of Advent.

December 9, 2016

First week of Advent.

It's amazing to me that we've made it through almost two weeks of Advent!  This time always goes so fast.
We managed to get some lights up and the boys love nothing more than climbing on the roof.

This is the point when pool tools come in handy.  So far, we've been lucky and Rey hasn't chewed through all the strands yet.

We managed to go out and find the perfect Christmas tree.  We were pretty quick about it this year, too!
Lots of helpers and one sad little girl who apparently, didn't get to help enough.

That's okay, the promise of hot chocolate and popcorn cured her sadness and she even enjoyed the ride back on the truck.

 Then, in what seems to be our now typical whirlwind, we darted home and then to church so this guy could make his First Reconciliation!  The nerves were high with this one but he did it!  (I think he was still nervous when I took this picture!)   We celebrated with a blizzard at DQ.

Then, it was off to enjoy the annual Christmas Parade.  A good time and lots of candy canes was had by all.  Even Caroline who managed to snag one lollipop and her day was made.

The decorating of the Christmas tree was actually on Sunday but seemed to go better here.  :)  The kids hung all the ornaments and I haven't moved any yet.  (Though I might need to later for their own good!)

It was a good first week.  We enjoyed our Jesse Tree devotions.  It's amazing how peaceful that can be now that everyone is older.  I love the time we have together at this time of year!

December 8, 2016

Baby Baby.

 We are very excited to announce that we are expecting a new precious baby in June 2017!
These photos are from a week ago, I am now 11w3d and amazingly enough--feeling great.  Oh, I'm tired, very very tired.  But I don't understand how I'm not sick as a dog.  It makes me nervous!  But, I'm trying to not stress too much and I look forward to the days of feeling baby kick.

Of course, all of the kids are over-the-moon excited.  Especially Carrie.  She keeps asking if it's Christmas yet and when can the new baby be here.  :)  It's hard for all of us to wait!