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!

November 18, 2016


I tried to think of a clever title for this post, to no avail.  I can't believe I'm so deliquent in posting this (I'm going to back-date it.  Oh yes I am.)

I considered calling this: "I can't believe he's so old.  (Insert crying emoji x3)."

But I didn't.

Yes, Nathan is 16 and as you can see, has an adoring fan.

Not his car.  Not ours either!  Staged with the help of his Uncle Jim.

No, we did not buy him a car for his birthday.  (Yes, we've been asked that.  And, yes, he is saving his cash towards one.)  He quite enjoyed his birthday celebration with extended family in spite of no car.

We love you, Nathan.  We love your spunk and your zeal and dependability.  We look forward to what the future holds for you!  God bless you this year and keep you safe on those roads!!

November 15, 2016


I think this October was one of the best we've had as far as weather goes.  So many beautiful, warm days.  So much time to enjoy the outside!

 The last of the garden.  Liz was collecting these small ones to use in her play kitchen.

 Okay, okay, this photo was actually taken in September.  But, October was full of soccer so it fits.  Everyone was playing this year except for Carrie!

 October means a trip to the pumpkin patch.  Always so much fun and good to support a local farmer.

Corn maze by full moon is oh-so-spooky and exciting!  (Thank goodness for flashlights on phones!) 

Pumpkin carving!  We had princess Leia, Kylo Ren, a panda, and 4 funny faces.

A cute sickly little one.  I can't resist when they're asleep.

 The sickies meant that only the boys trick-or-treated this year.  They generously shared the candy though (and there was plenty to go around!)

It was a full and busy month.  We're so thankful for our many blessings!