Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dear Grace

Dear Gracie, 

I love how you love on Gavin.  You are such a good big sister.  You can make him smile like no other.  
I love how you are growing and learning.  You came home from a night away with your Dad and Grandpa and I swear you grew up 5 years.  The look on your face, your actions, even wearing jeans (she does not like clothes with buttons closures!).
I love how you are finding your independence.  Getting dressed yourself, doing chores, taking showers.  Even riding the BIG water slides! It doesn't come without growing pains and there are many parts of that you do not enjoy but you are finding it nonetheless.
I love your imagination.  You can play for hours with dolls, legos, even sticks outside.  You've taken to making "creations" with twigs, roots, dirt, and water.  I love it.

I think we are a lot alike and that means sometimes we butt heads, but Grace, someday when you read this I hope you know how proud of you I am and how much I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

Love,
Mom

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dear Gav

Dear Gav,
I don't want to forget-
-the heavy feeling of you sleeping so hard on my chest.
-they way you wake up sweaty and a bit cranky ready to eat NOW
-your superman stretch, both arms up in the air like you're flying :)
-your sweet little baby cry. It's changing to a bigger baby cry but for now it makes me smile
-your first laughs. They sound like you're trying to catch your breath as you squeal.
- the way your eye light up when you see your daddy, or sister, or brother
-how you search for your paci in the middle of the night right after nursing and then settle down to sleep in my arms.
-how special you are and how you have made our family so so happy.

Love,
Mama

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bath time

I can't get enough of this sweet smile.  Seriously 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Memories

The kids and I made a quick trip t Michigan a few weeks ago.  I'm so glad we did.  It was such a nice visit.  At my parents the kids were in heaven with all the toys.  And the great part was that so many of them were toys from my childhood!  It was fun to see them play with toys that I have so many memories with. 
Someone got real comfy on Grandma's lap!
My Dad got down and put puzzles together and read books with Grace and Graham.  But my favorite part?  His front two teeth are fake and he can take them in and out and he popped them out and smiled at the kids.  HA!  I wish I would have had it on video! 
We also were able to see my sister and her family.  My brother in law loves littles.  :)
All the grandkids together! 
My mom and sister are always so good about doing Easter baskets and hiding Eggs for the kids.  Even though we were early, they had a little hunt for them.  The kids loved it!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Superman stretch

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When Gavin wakes up he stretches like this and I always say "Superman!" when his hands get in the air.  The kids have taken to saying it to him when he does this too.  :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A weekend away

Shane had a conference in Ohio and so Gavin and I went with him for the weekend.  We dropped the kids off with Grandma and hit the road.  Just having the three hours in the car to talk uninterrupted was lovely. Then we went here.  This grocery store in Ohio offers FREE child care.  Did you read what I just wrote?  FREE CHILD CARE. While you grocery shop.  We stopped and asked a few questions.  It's two hours of child care, the ladies in there are CPR trained and have gone through background checks.  Each day of the week has themed activities and did I say FREE?  TWO HOURS?  and they have a coffee shop in the store.  I would go there every.single.week.  To grocery shop alone without hissing and glaring and giving the evil eye to whichever child is running/hiding/grabbing things off the shelf/begging for something.  I would move to Ohio for this store.
This time away was just what I needed. It was so nice.  I had no responsibilities other than to take care of Gav.  We went for a few long walks downtown and I loved that.  It was nice to spend time with just Gav too.  The belly laugh video from below is from that weekend.
We were able to see our friend David.  He works for Destiny Rescue and they had a booth at the conference.  Look at how Gav's checking out his Dad.  Not the last time he's gonna embarrass you bud.  Get used to it. :)
They had these huge bean bags all around. Shane got comfy in one with Gavin during worship so I could enjoy it.
This weekend was so what I needed.  I was feeling really overwhelmed with everything and it was great to just take some time off and relax and also reconnect with Shane.  I'm so thankful we had this weekend away!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Baby Laughs

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This kid.  He is seriously too much cuteness. I almost cannot take it.  Watch it till the end to hear his high pitched laugh.  Seriously.

:)