Yesterday

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Yesterday we baked cookies. We danced and I cried from being so dang tired all the time. I googled answers to my tiredness and all was better ;) Yesterday we ate dinner outside amongst our rubble. It was the first meal I made in our almost done kitchen that was pretty dang delicious ifidosaysomyself. Yesterday was good. Today I shrunk my new curtains four inches. Let’s look back to yesterday.


His thing right now is saying “DAT HEE!!!” – well that’s what it sounds like but he’s really saying “catch me!” and he runs away squealing. I just feel so bad for people who have no interest in having children. Despite parenting being the hardest job on earth, those squeals MY GOSH there’s just nothing like them! Makes every brain frying day 100% worth it.

We stacked blocks on Bentley’s head.

And Abbie’s.

And Luke’s. Seriously, someone come get me out of my house. I’m going insane.

Some meals just make me fall in love with food all over again. I still remember the duck I had up in Napa the last time we went. AHHHHHHH. This one might not be much to look at but it had hints of fall magic in it that made made my mouth go POW. It gets a picture.


Greg took Abbie out to the apple trees to pick the “tiiiiiny litttttle apple” she so desired. Luke saw…

He stood there for the longest time, knowing if he ventured out, the prickly burs would hurt his feet so he ran and got his boots. Isn’t seeing their little brains figure something out just the coolest thing?? I sure love that son of mine.

^^His face when he got to copy sister :):) Ps I can’t wait for a giant water heater to not be in every shot ;)



And then they quietly wandered over to their chairs like little old people ;) doesn’t our yard look lovely haha … next project! = to not look like a hoarder of all recyclable materials.

Happy Thursday one and all! IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!!

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An attempt at catching up

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Oh hi again! My goodness it’s been a while. I honestly have no idea where to start cause looking back on my bajillions of photos, so much has changed and happened and and and. But let’s start here cause these are some of my favorite pictures of Luke and I never got a chance to post them and now there’s absolutely no reason to except that I love them and my dang computer keeps telling me it’s full again so onto here they go ;) Feel free to never read this because it’s about to be the longest post of all time.

^^this was like the first time he actually sorta posed for me and it was just cracking me up. Plus, what’s more cute than a naked boy on a bike!?

I sincerely apologize if i’ve already posted some of these and yes these are from LAST summer hahah that’s how behind this lady is but I have high hopes of getting back on track this year ;)


So much trampoline fun. That sucker is proudly in the ground now. So many bee stings later, its one of the few things I’m supremely proud of ;)


He really is the best dad.


^^I don’t miss anything about our old kitchen except …. that step and stoop ….and I didn’t even really like it but I have so many memories of my babies sitting on it and I must say, it did make me a little sad to see it go… BUT onto new memories and I must say, so far they have been oh so lovely. Wooden plank leading to our back door and all :)



^^His poor swollen ear… The bees loved Luke too. I think he got stung like three times that week? Poor lil guy.



There were beach days


And so many home depot days

And then Fall began to poke it’s pretty lil head out :)







And then renovations started.

You guys, as excited as I am about this new space, I’m not gunna lie – it has been H A R D. If you are thinking of redoing your kitchen, laundry room and main bathroom through the holidays and sick season with two little kids, MAY I SUGGEST DON’T. Not one bit of it has been easy. I’ve been such a pain to be around. I know this because each of my family members has come to me separately and mentioned something along the lines of perhaps practicing gratitude :) and I AM so so grateful! but stressed out of my freakin mind. I’ve gone to the doctor twice for heart issues that, you guessed it, come back to stress stress stress stress. Every time a bill came in the mail, I’d just break out in hives and start itching my head incessantly. HA. I’m a bundle of fun. SO. Here’s the best we could come up with for a makeshift kitchen:

Cute, right? Yup, that’s our master bathroom. It was the only sink situation we could think of and then for bigger pots (because that sink truly is tiny) we thought we could wash them out in the shower. Hardy hardy har. Dishes took me about two to three hours every day whilst the kids reeked havoc on the house. Whoever lived in our house before us must have been very short because all the counters are unusually low. This particular counter hits me about mid thigh so any amount of time doing dishes k i l l s the back. Hence I frequently put them off. This led to so many ants and so many sleepless nights cause the stink was so bad. haha.
^^you know somethings not working when…. aaaand this is what it looked like the majority of the time. Everything got tossed in there. It was very very hard to navigate around and I was in tears most days :) and this was a good day.

Moving on! Luke was mighty adorable. He has LOVED watching the guys. The whole demo period, it took everything to tear him away!

We cleared out the garage and I had my own cheer team!

These are the places I find my daughter. I freakin love how weird she is :)


^^Swing pictures – I just can’t get enough of them :):)

^^Also my entire family on our stoop. It warms my whole freakin soul. Am I saying freakin a lot? My vocabulary and all mind sockets have plummeted in the last couple of months.


^^Alrighty. Their little relationship has full on blossomed and it’s the sweetest thing! They’re always hugging (and then tackling) and chasing and loving on each other. There’s plenty of screaming and crying and whining too but for the most part, they are just the sweetest. Luke looks up to his big sister SO much and wants to know where “Abbayyy?” is at all times. They are my favorite. So before you think all we do over here is giggle on swings and hug all day long, NO. My kids have been on a steady diet of cereal and TV for the last 8 months. All my good parenting has gone swiftly down the drain and I’m gunna have to work so hard once we get our house back, to get their brilliant lil minds working again. I am ashamed. But I’m just trying to survive over here so I’ll just give myself heaping amounts of grace thank you very much ;) Between all the decisions needing to be made, the mountains of dishes that would breed in there despited using paper plates, and the big ol saws outside that Luke what gravitate to like a fly to a lite, we stayed inside for a good portion of the time watching the same ol things over and over and over. I’m looking forward to outtings.



These are the majority of my pictures… but how cute are they all snuggled up together?

And here are some flowers to show there were moments when I tried.

I turned 30. This is the only picture I have from the sweetest surprise party Greg threw for me. I was actually surprised. It was a miracle. He planned the most amazing trip in Napa but then Napa started to burn so we had to postpone it till our anniversary which was just as fun :)

Then there was thanksgiving. I’m remembering it fondly now but if I really reach back I remember Abbie (supposedly) taking a nap in my parents room, but actually trashing it. Red wine everywhere. I believe there were other things too but this is a good reason to wait this long to post pictures. It looks so lovely! ;)


^^Their little table <3

Taylor fell in love :D


And we attempted another family picture.

This family of mine. They are my everything.


She’s all sass. I must say I love being a mom. But someone asked me a couple months ago if I loved motherhood and honestly I had a hard time saying yes. Life has been kickin my booty lately and it has just been hard. I swear there are days when no one stops crying and the freshly cleaned house becomes a hazard zone in a number of seconds and I just wanna quit. But thank goodness for new days and the sweetest husband and forgiving kids. So so thankful for it all.


Isn’t she the prettiest when she’s sick? Those rosy fever cheeks! Let’s talk about sicknesses. My kids were steadily sick from November to probably March. I’m not huge on medicine – I tend to turn to food as my first defense against sickness so it was definitely hard to not have a functioning kitchen for those couple of months. I remember simmering my chicken bones all night for a nice bone broth and I had about 3 hours left in the morning, so I made some coffee and promptly blew out all the power in our bathroom/kitchen. I rushed to the next room trying not to ruin my simmering stock and promptly blew out the power in the rest of the house. This happened quite frequently. We learned we had to disperse all our plug in cooking gear in different rooms to keep the lights on cause there were many days and nights with no lights. The roaster was in Lukes room, the fridge was in the dining room, the hotplate was in the bathroom and if you needed to plug in something new, my goodness, good luck. It doesn’t sound that hard but it got so old so fast, forgetting and not having power for a couple days. So thankful for outlets.


These were taken the day before Luke broke out with what I thought was chickenpox so we were quarantined for a week or so while it ran its course. I think it ended up being hand foot and mouth disease except that he got like one on his hand and one on his foot and millions everywhere else. But they never got itchy – they seemed more painful so I’m thinking that’s what it was. Abbie got it after him but not as bad. So there was that, there were the colds – there had to be at least 10 colds, there was the week where everyone was projectile vomiting out of the blue, I decided to get my wisdom teeth removed during demolition because i’m the smartest human, Luke and I got a wonderful case of the stomach flu – every morning I would pick him up out of his crib which would just be COVERED in poo, our only working bathroom was upstairs during that fun episode so… stories there ;) and let’s all remember, no washer or dryer. The cats. THE CATS. Didn’t like using their litter box and it got nasty. I got a corneal ulcer which turned my lovely bright house into a den from hell, Bentley ran away – like to the pound, and lastly I had a horrific cough that pulled my entire chest muscle out and although that was over six weeks ago, STILL hurts when I cough or sneeze. It’s been fun. I’m sure i’m forgetting things but man, for a while there it was just like, what next!?
But you guys, CHRISTMAS!


^^right before dad would come home, the couch would turn into a playground, the ornaments would go missing, and the presents would be snuck into. But you just gotta love em.


It was so nice to escape to my parent’s house of coziness when ours was cold and torn apart :)


Christmas morning with kids is the best. All of Christmas with kids is the best, really.

I don’t know why more people don’t go to the beach in December. Fall and Winter are my favorite times to frequent such places.
Supposedly we need another child? Is this a thing? Also, Abbie haha


I just love how he sits on the stairs :)


^^My most favorite thing <3 <3

So that little trip Greg was planning in Napa? That crazy man took me back to the French Laundry cause I was pregnant last time we went and I didn’t get the full experience ;) He’s nuts and I’m pretty dang lucky.



There was even an attempted hot air balloon ride!

Luke tried his hand at plastering

And painting

And house cleaning

The Lord gave me such peace about everything here. I was seriously struggling if that hasn’t been abundantly clear in this post and my goodness am I thankful for such a loving, patient God. He is such an incredible provider – not only financially when I can’t seem to find a way up, but just in everything. He is so so good.


^^Not kidding. SO so excited about every. little. thing. Like walls.

This was when OUR WALL OPENED UP after, what, four months of being closed off? It was like Christmas morning all over again. Every single little thing that has happened has made such a big difference. Not kidding about the obnoxious excitement over everything.

^^When your soap falls out of your car and the top breaks for the millionth time.

So many laundry days… I looooved when Greg would come with me because two kids alone and piles and piles of laundry is a mother of a workout


Greg braved our scary kitchen situation and made this for me on Valentines day. That guy blows me away! He just whips this stuff up and all of a sudden is Mr. Handyman. He fixed the toilet the plumber couldn’t figure out and installed a bunch of our lights and basically anything I ask if he could do it, he actually looks into fixing it and figures out how. OOOOOO BOY! I’m mighty impressed.


So many forts!

This is typical… she’s in his crib, she asks me to put him in there with her… I come back to this. Sneaky lil gal.




St Patricks Day was a bittersweet holiday cause it was supposed to be the day everything would DEFINITELY be done haha. A big party was planned. Sigh. Ah well. I have the best sister and she threw our little family a st pattys lunch bash to cheer us up. Bless her!
There was even a rainy day in there.

HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE HER!?


The outfits are my favorite. She is passionate about what she wears. Which is usually a lot or nothing at all ;)

^^When we rescued Bentley from the pound :[ So as I was sobbing in my car realizing we might not find him after driving around the neighborhoods, I hear this little voice in the back seat: “it’s gunna be okay momma… take a deep breath… Lord! Please help momma feel better!” My goodness children are a gift :)

That one time they slept together all snuggled and such <3


Easter was another holiday I was looking forward to hosting :-P instead I completely forgot about eggs AND baskets so, points for me there. Thanks goodness for Gummys.

Hey look! I finally found a place for my broken fish!

Her first all-by-herself-mani-pedi!


Banana Split Dates!!!

The :’) day :’) my :’) washer :’) and dryer :’) went into the same room :’) :’) no more snakes or scary neighbors!!! I might be more excited about this than my kitchen. Fa reeeeel.

But then the oven. You better believe we’ve been baking.

and baking

and baking

It’s been so dang fun.

The kids don’t even know how to handle a new waste basket…


How Abbie feels about being clean ;)


The clean pictures! The clean pictures! They are so rare!

When your little girl ASKS you to take a picture of her :D in your dress..

Not to mention, this kid.


Seriously, having a kitchen again has lifted my spirits so much. I consider myself a fairly easy going person but man. I had no idea how hard that would be. Still not done but so much closer!

So here we are! Whew that was a lot. HA! Happy Tuesday! Is it still Tuesday??

Beads

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Here are my children feeding each other beads. Luke definitely swallowed at least one. I’m winning at parenting. This is life right now. Abbie wears an evening gown of some sort all day every day, and Luke never leaves his pajamas. He hates footies (and socks) but they just look so dang cozy, he keeps ending up in them. I hate that I’ve been too busy/not in a state (hardy har har) to record all their happenings cause gosh danggit it’s going by too fast and I know I will miss all of it when it’s done. So here’s the now. Bad parenting and all. But their precious little relationship. I so hope that will keep growing. Abbie dragging Luke all around the house, him either squeeling with delight or annoyance – either way it’s always loud and crazy and although there are definitely days I wish I was alone in a cave, the mess is so beautiful. To hoping I can always see that *raises not so imaginary wine glass ;) * Cheers!

Abbie turns THREE oh and hiiiii New Years

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So, I think I’ve really just been holed up, trying to survive this renovation. I’m so dang stressed, I’m getting bumps and rashes all over my arms, poor Greg comes home from work so happy and is instantly hit with the presence that is me and my goodness I just can’t wait to be done with it. If you think I’m joking, here is our cheese plate for our New Years party.
I’ve clearly given up on all things life.

Anyways, in other less depressing news, let’s go back to new years which is a marvelous memory because THIS YEAR I GET A KITCHEN THAT WORKS. I can’t even express how excited this thought makes me.
For Christmas, Taylor’s boyfriend gave me what I like to call “friendly lights” cause they just make any patio oh so happy and I mean really, do unfriendly people possess such joyful luminaries? No. Since my patio is covered with said renovation things, they obviously went up in our living room to show our guests how friendly we are and distract them from the cheese plate.
Just look at that precious little back shoulder combo. Little girls are just the dearest.


Aaaand this is pretty typical. Why she’s suddenly into bottles again? Who knows… I’m thinking it has something to do with the one on the right there. It’s so amusing to me how early the sibling rivalry and games start. And it goes both ways – the boy who is silent and toddles from here to there like a slow drunken sailor, can all of a sudden possess the swiftness of a master ninja if he sees something of hers that she loves and he knows she won’t let him have. It is amusing ;)
This is Sabrina. She lives outside now. I don’t wanna talk about it. You guys, so much poop in our life. From everyone and everything. How does everyone in the universe know my washer is not hooked up right now!? HOW!?

But then came baby girls birthday!

 

 



We really wanted to take her to a little horse riding lesson for her birthday but the weather didn’t allow such wonderful ideas to come to fruition soooo naturally we went bowling. As all people do when their first idea doesn’t work out.


This kid was so dang cute clapping for everyone <3



Also, all she asked for was a pink cake and a dance party. This cake is not pink. She noticed. THEY ALWAYS HAVE PINK CAKES. BLAST YOU YEAR OF NO OVEN! I thought carrot cake would be sweet cause that’s what I baked Greg when I found out she was coming. She didn’t get the sentimentality either. I thought I could easily find some bunnies to be all cute like on top. I went to four different places… guests were arriving… no bunnies. So into the cake went her brand new toys. She was so confused as to why they were in there. She’s a very practical girl ;)


I got her a tutu which saved me a little. I forgot the slippers… I am learning so many things.

Papi demonstrated how to ride the horse. She was confused why it didn’t have a body.



And there was pizza and a whole bunch of things I didn’t make (which really just means one plate of sad limp vegetables) because remember my brain does not think to think of other people on account of being in my first-world-survival-mode. I’m so fun to be around these days ;) Bless that husband of mine. BUT THEN she was playing so nicely in the front room by herself and we put her favorite song on… those lil eyes lit up and she exclaimed “I HAVE TO GO PUT ON MY PRETTY BLUE DRESS!” And away she pranced to put on her proper dancing attire and led the night in the sweetest little dance party. Bless my family for putting up with all this. It warmed my whole dang soul.

Happy birthday to the sweetest little girl I know, who daily holds her mess of a mommas face between those sweet little cupped hands and whispers “it’s okay momma! It’s all going to be okay!” I sure love you, Abigail Elizabeth. Happy three.

If you could only hear the sounds

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We have a little slideshow that plays family pictures when our apple tv is on, and the other night Greg and I were just sitting there watching it go round and round, listening to music and I thought, my goodness I really haven’t taken many pictures lately cause I’m tired and lazy and sometimes just wanna enjoy the whole dang experience doggonit but I sure do love looking back at all these times I would most certainly forget had that picture not been emblazoned in my mind. So this is now – lots of feet in the face, lots of personal space being shot to hell ;) but lots and lots of the sweetest giggles you ever did hear and so much heart bursting I can barely stand it. These people are my everything.



This girl <3 they don't come much sweeter!


^^HIS LITTLE SMILEY EYES. I. just. can’t. take. it.^^


^^YOU GUYS THAT FACE. He gets away with freakin everything because LOOKIT.


And one more of Bentley being dominated ;)

HEY! The kids are napping, the dishes are DONE… I KNOW. (If you’ve visited me lately, you know this is a rare occurrence and a modern day miracle…) maybe I’ll just keep posting away and play catch up ;) get ready for a potential bombardment!

A city day

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Don’t you just love the city at Christmastime? I do :) I love to go up there this time of year hoping it will be especially festive …which it wasn’t …but we still had the best time! Abbie’s been begging to go ice skating recently and I was all geared up to watch Greg take his daughter around the rink till he switched up the game and said that I in fact would be the one precariously holding up a wobbly child on sharp blades and slippery ice. All good days start at the ocean so that is where we began.
The winds were a blowin and MY GOSH it was cold but by golly it is December and I’m so thankful for just the slightest chill in the air! I hate hot Decembers. Except the last couple of days when our heat was not hooked up… it would have been nice to have some freakishly warm nights then ;)


^^When your baby doesn’t want a booster seat or high chair and orders her own meal and looks like a proper ADULT :’) :’)


I’m just so proud of this little lady for trying ice skating and being so big and brave! We went around three times and my back is still recovering. My goodness it is hard to balance and help someone else balance. We were a sight ;)


Aaaaand we looked like this most of the time.

This is my favorite picture Greg took ;)

BEST BOY. Sat all day and didn’t complain :) Sweetest lil guy!



And all of a sudden she’s a giant girl :'(

The rest of the day was filled with chasing bubbles and perusing shops. It was delightful :) I just love this lil family of mine.


When you try to get the bubbles like your big sister but you’re strapped in a stroller ;) heheh Hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Houses

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HALLOWEEEN!? That’s the last time I documented anything?? My goodness I have a lot of photo vomit to throw at you but for now we’ll start with last night cause it was just the sweetest thing.

This is hard for me to say, but we got a *gasp* kit gingerbread house…. and I must say…. I just may be a convert. It was all the fun without the tears! AND it actually got made this year and the memories are warm and fuzzy and all the good things! Some pictures to document how lovely an experience it was ;)




I think of all the things I’ll miss, the little foots might be right on up there. I’ve noticed Greg hardly ever takes pictures of my reaching foots… ;)




This is my boy – lover of all animals <3 I just can’t get enough of the squat and “hiiii” combo he does to all creatures, chickens included. LOVE that little man!


Someone didn’t read the part about waiting 15 minutes before starting to decorate. Hence the icing props.


She was mighty proud of her little creation :)




They are obnoxiously cute together.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season! Merry merry Christmas!

Happy Halloween!!!

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Oh yes, there’s more! Imma just put these up here cause they make me unbelievably happy. Luke lit up when he saw this mass of feathers on his head and I just got such a kick out of him toddling around with that giant hair. So worth all the pricked fingers trying to find that dang needle amidst the mess of blue fluff. I’m so behind on sorting through my pictures so let’s just start with Halloween and perhaps skip over the bit of me turning 30 last month and then while we are at it, move on to the fact that IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!! ;) I got so excited last night realizing that well, now that Halloween is over, it’s basically THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!! And since I was basically in grinch mode last year HELLO NO SLEEP AND SOME SORT OF HORMONAL THYROID DISEASE, I’m very much looking forward to experiencing all the cheer I missed in the rage that was last Christmas ;) Anyways, Halloween was so dang fun this year. I made the simplest costumes of all time and the kids actually didn’t cry the entire time they were in them – they didn’t rip the stickers off immediately and the wigs held together for the most part so I’d say it was some sort of a spooky miracle! Behold! 750 photos of fluff! I’m seriously struggling with decision making these days so you can’t possibly expect me to choose one!


THE HAIR! THE HAIR!


^^This one may be my favorite cause he’s literally rubbing his eyes and it was just the cutest thing :):)


In case you were wondering, the girl that will not let me touch her hair ( :'( ) would only tolerate such frivolity for so long – hence the excessive pictures of the man in blue. I swear I don’t have favorites ;) But while we are at it, here’s one more :)


Despite not ever receiving one trick-or-treater while living here, we decided to just try our street. I’m so glad we did cause we met so many of our neighbors and everyone was so friendly! Also, Abbie was so shy and scared to go (despite the promise of candy) but by the last house, she was telling me “come on, mom! we got to go knock on the door!” I hope she understands our neighbors won’t always be handing out candy…. what a strange holiday! haha. Anyways, I was so proud of her and so happy that we have so many nice people on our block :) who knew! Happy Halloween! AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON! sorta.

CA >> TN >> KY >> IN >> IL >> CA

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^^How cute are those two walking through the airport? WE MADE IT! We flew with one spinning, screaming baby and a thank-the-Lord-quiet-toddler across the country, drove up up up from state to state and finally made it to visit Greg’s family for the first time in way too long (sorry guys!). We had the best time!

^^They were really into looking out the window before we took off. You guys LOOK! WE ARE LITERALLY FLYING THROUGH THE AIR!!!! Nothing. :/ One day they’ll see the wonder of it all ;)

^^Greg has been looking forward to using his new headphones on a flight for the longest time. So when I saw him hand them over to his daughter cause hers kept falling out of her ears, I might have just fallen in love with him all over again :) it’s the little things :)

First stop was Tennessee to see Greg’s friends from way back when. They just had their first child and Abbie could have not been more excited!

She got my smothering gene.


We got to explore Nashville on a cold blustery day which was quite fun ifIdosaysomyself! There was delicious barbecue and some killer music for a Wednesday at 1pm and these kiddos loved dancing in the street. I sorta adore this picture Greg took of Luke even if my camera did feel like being blurry that day.

How can you not love that face <3
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ONE DAY I will get a picture with my kids where they are actually looking at the camera. One day.
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She’s a music girl. They both are really. Luke starts clapping immediately when it comes on and this girl just loves to dance. It’s safe to say they loved this town :)
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We got some coffee in a little shop where Abbie came with me to the bathroom and cheered SO loudly that MOMMY! YOU ARE DOING IT!!! YAY MOMMY!!! Can you tell we’ve been potty training?? Anyways, that was funny and slightly embarrassing considering I’m sure everyone in the shop could hear how well I was doing at using the potty ;)
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^^One day, guys.
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Thanks for having us Caleb and Shannon! Your daughter is beyond adorable and has sparked the baby fever in one little persistent girl ;) WE LOVE YOU!!! Now come to California!
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These pictures are trash but the drive was just so dang pretty, I couldn’t help myself!
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I LOVED driving through Kentucky! I don’t know why but I thought it would sorta be real dry and ugly but it was gorgeous and GREEEEEEN! And we happened to stumble upon the BEST friend chicken and frosty beer and mamma mia I was so happy and full!



I just love how much she puckers up :)
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So when you’re a Christian in Kentucky, you go see the Ark ;) And so we did. With an hour and a half till closing. Somebody didn’t plan the drive time correctly and my goodness it is large! but the good news is, we missed all the lines, it was practically empty and we had the best time even if we did have to basically run through it to see the whole thing!
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Abbie was slightly terrified at first cause when you walk in all you can hear is animal noises and she sorta had the ‘what the’ face plastered on for the first bit, but then she seemed to really like it. She said woah! that’s a big big boat! when we were pulling up. I got strangely emotional walking through hearing the rain and such but that’s not really new news in my life these days cause HELLO hormones! but all in all we had a real good time. I hope Abbie remembers it forever and ever. Is that asking too much? ;)

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Then it was off to Indiana to finally finally finally visit Greg’s family! I must say, it meant so much to me to see everyone welcome these kiddos and just love on them even though we don’t get to see you very often. They just seemed so happy and you guys welcomed them so warmly so thank you! It happened to be Greg’s brothers 50th birthday which was so much fun. There was a party. Everyone could make it. This was the first time all those siblings have been together since our wedding!
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THERE WERE THUNDERSTORMS!!! Abbie was sometimes a fan, sometimes not so much ;)

We got to meet up with some more of Greg’s hometown friends and their little girl! Abbie, sweet child. She needs more friends her age. She just lights up around anyone her size that might be willing to play with her. I love that little girl more than I can say :)

Greg showed me around Lafayette and it was so beautiful. I know you mid west folks don’t consider this Fall quite yet, but this California girl was beyond happy with the hint of changing seasons!

Greg kept saying, “now what exactly are you taking pictures/videos of?” ;)

It was so so good to see all of you! And to my dear mother in law who slept on the couch for a week :'( I’M SO SORRY! but thank you for putting up with us and not saying anything about the crying babies all night every night and for feeding us and loving us and and and. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful family on that side of the country. Just wish we could see you more! trip-63
And then it was off to Chicago to fly on home! There was less crying, just a touch more sleeping, and all was well. trip-64
AND YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS NOW!?!? FALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Happy Fall y’all!
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Camping with chillens Round 2

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We tried our hand at camping with littles again! It was so dirty! It was so fun! I seriously had the best time. The weather was glorious and the smells were all I could hope them to be and the lake was stunning and I am so glad to be sleeping in my own bed again but I also can’t wait to go back :) Some pictcha pictchas to document!

^^Just try to find Luke’s feet. And this is after lightening the photo…

These girls were SO cute together – holding hands and jabbering away about who knows what. Abbie LOVED having a buddy around, poor friend-deprived child.

This hammock. I think we need one STAT because I’m fairly certain they would have stayed in there all day if we had let them. Think of the sanity this lady could acquire. JUST THINK OF IT!


We finally found the dog beach for Belly dog! He was that happiest guy for those couple of hours :)


Those people. I love.

Their relationship. I’m so jealous.

Aaaand these are the pictures I get with my kids :/ ;)

^^This was definitely one of my favorite moments of the trip/my life. I took the kids back to the tent to get their nap in but as nature would have it, it started to thunderstorm. Bentley was SO nervous but Abbie just went up to him and held him and kept saying “It’s okay Bentley, I’m here, I gotchu. I’m here, it’s ok!” It was the sweetest thing :):) and Luke just thought the storm was the funniest thing. No naps were had but it was so dang fun. I LOVE STORMS. WHY DO I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA??


The camping ensembles. They are my favorite.



^^You know it’s been a good day when all three of your kids are asleep at the same time *insert HALLELUJAH hands*



There was an outing to other pretty places!



^^We wonder why it’s difficult to make friends… ;)

And went to see a meadow and some horsies. Many horsies.


^^She says her favorite animal is a horse right now so her face was pretty priceless when she saw them. I freakin love that girl.

And I may be biased but I think this boy is the cutest boy in the world. CUTEST. boy.

Some rear ends for ya.

The last time I took the kids to go see some horses, Abbie was obviously so excited but Luke :) I’ve never seen him hang on to me so tight. He’s a pretty brave n tough lad but he seems pretty aware these are pretty big animals :D his finger warmed up to them this time :)





Did you know my momma had horses growing up? She was a horse girl! I love to see her gently stroking them when she thinks no ones looking :)


Greg and I are in the matching hats stage of life. Wish us well.


There was a Saloon. Greg was so happy.

And then down to the river for picnics and whining dogs!



He’s just the sweetest most content little guy. How do I keep him One forever!? I love One.


This kid and her faces :D

She saw daddy put some on his face and wanted in on that action. How can you not love every little thing she does!? Innocence. There’s just nothing like it.

AND THIS BOY. He is the most tender ice cream licker I’ve ever seen. I could watch him all day. I sorta really like my kids.


And then we lucked out and got to take a spontaneous ride on Papi’s boat!


Fish were caught! Impressions were made! Abbie is still talking about how Papi kissed the fish ;) She also informs me daily that when she is three, and a big girl, she will catch a fish too. Also, she will see Spiderman when she is a big big girl. These are her life goals thus far.




Till next time, Pinecrest! You were awfully fun!