My baby is half a year old! + a celebratory outing!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

HE’S HALF A YEAR OLD!!!!!! HOWWWW!?!? My oh my I love this little man! even if he was a fuss buss this month :) Oh my goodness he’s just so fun. Just the last couple of days he’s been working on sitting up and can do it like a pro now! I leave the room and come back and there he still is! I just love seeing that little square back from across the room, bless him. He learned to put his binky back in his mouth – just in time for me to take it away entirely ;) He’s been a rockstar sleep trainer… had to sort of postpone that because he got a little cold and I just didn’t feel right about starting when he wasn’t feeling great, but the last two nights this momma got her first two full nights of sleep. what. i mean. what. He’s the messiest eater! haha he’s making up for not spitting up by leaving my shirt entirely drenched when he’s finished eating. I’m starting to accept I will probably be covered in some sort of fluid forevermore. He’s also quite the little aerobic nurser. There are limbs flying, hands grabbing, booties bouncing. No wonder I’m soaked when we are done ;) Can I say he’s crawling? not really but he can sure army crawl his way around a room. He sees a toy he wants and he’s off! And if he isn’t working those arms he’s got a pretty good inch worm crawl down too! It’s basically the cutest thing I ever did see. Oh baby Noah, we sure love you. It’s all just whirling by too fast though! How ever do you slow it down?? Today I got to hang out with my sister and had the best time. Gosh I miss her! I’ve been wanting to take the kids berry picking for the longest time and finally got around to going! A few pictures below :)


I hadn’t been since I was a kid and remember getting yelled at for sitting on all the berries (never have been much of a fan of standing ;) ) but we had the BEST time! And my gosh are they delicious! Sorta wanna go back every week this summer ;)


Thanks for hanging out with us, Auntie Minnow! We sure love you! And happy half birthday, baby Noah! You light up our whole lives :):)

Hawaii!

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I feel like we’ve just been going going going this whole year, maybe longer! what with a new someone joining our family and then all the birthdays and guest after guest after guest and TAYLOR GETTING MARRIED and all the events that go along with that, and my goodness I’m so tired. But Hawaii was officially our last planned thing and ahhhh it feels good to be able to slow down – both on vacation and back home. Just kidding. I don’t know how to slow down. We’ve been home four days and I figure now’s as good a time as ever to sleep train Noah, potty train Luke, and redo my whole patio :D but before I officially lost my mind, we had the most lovely vacation celebrating all the things!

Can I just say how nice it is to travel with family!?! that are willing to hold AND entertain your kids!!! I don’t think I’ve ever watched a whole movie on the plane whilst traveling with them but I watched at least 3 this trip. I know. WHAT. It was a sky high miracle. And is there anything cuter than seeing your baby happily playing on someone else’s lap? :)

^^Whad and her mango. Because they don’t have them there ;)

The first morning we were there, Abbie noticed all the spoons were smiling at her :):)


I brought their sunglasses all the way across the sea but of course everyone only wanted to wear these green ditties.

It was my momma’s birthday! So naturally we celebrated in Waikiki.




I think it is humanly impossible for them to take a bad picture..



This would be a better picture if we knew those standing figures ;) Our people are the little heads bobbing way out there.

^^When there is no shade or umbrellas -_-

Poor Lukie got rolled real bad. He became a big fan of the pool after that..



Let’s just zoom in on these precious faces! HIS SMILE HIS SMILE I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT!!!

The REAL reason we all made this trip a priority was to celebrate my parents FORTIETH anniversary!!! So thankful for the gift of their marriage to our family <3


hehe and that is the face of a boy who keeps skipping naps in lieu of swimming all. day. long. Sweet boy.


Noah <3 I just can't with him. I took so many pictures trying to wrangle the blur of wiggly humans and this was his face in all of them with just blurs of siblings, twirling round :):)



^^Luke took this! He’s so dang cute! I can’t even believe his tiny little hand can wrap around the camera but he tries to hard and actually gets most pictures centered! My little photographers :):)


^^When you try to take a whole family photo, expect zero results.


And then there was the most dreamy fancy dinner where…

every

single

kid

fell asleep! Before we even ordered! So you betcha we ordered the tasting menu and enjoyed ourselves! The waitress even brought out extra chairs and pillows and made them little beds! And then my whole family forgot me and left me at the restaurant. I tell ya, you have kids and allofasudden you’re chopped liva ;)





My kids became little fishies on this trip! The pool was just shallow enough for Abbie to reach and she loved being without her floaties practicing her swimming. She improved so much in just a couple of days!





The goggles faces :):)


hehe he was so cute how he’d hold his nose until right when he hit the water… never did figure that one out :)


He just loved those little pods. I think he thought he was swimming too ;)




Someone gave the ocean another chance, praise the Lord!

And then the attempted naps…

You turn your back and they immediately start conspiring…

I have dreams that one day they’ll all be able to sleep in the same bed :) until then..


And then there was Father’s Day! Spent in this fashion. Always.

Abbie was so excited to see real coconuts in the trees. She’s very into where things come from so this was a big deal :)

Got to spend a day at Pearl Harbor!


My little ballistic missiles <3
I always forget how heavy those sorts of places are. You just sorta think of it as a landmark or famous place to visit but then it hits you how many people died there and what a horrible event it really was.


Abbie asked why there were flowers there and I explained to her it’s to remember those who lost their lives and to honor them. She immediately took the flower out of her hair and asked if she could leave it there for them. Heart. Melted.


We then thought it was a good idea to attempt a hike. Have you ever tried two events in one day with lil kids? It’s all sorts of fun.

These are there pre-hike faces :)

And this is at the trail head. Promises of a blissful future brewing.

Luckily we didn’t have to walk very far to see pretty.


And here are a few hundred pictures of SO MUCH GREEN!!! I couldn’t handle it! My dappled light loving heart was bursting amongst the ever present moan of CAAAAARRRYYYY MEEEEE!


Abbie keeps talking about how remember when we went on that reallllllyy long hike (I think we might have only gone for mayyybe 20 minutes) but it was certainly memorably long ;)


This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip even if it was short. I just loved all the twists and turns and gosh it was gorgeous. Obviously these aren’t doing it justice so just believe me :]



Someone was happy to get out of his baby carrier :):)


His sweaty little head <3 it was so hot!

Aaaand post nap faces :)

We even got some rain on the way home!


And then we were off to celebrate something else probably! Maybe Tay and Josh being married for a WHOLE MONTH! There is always a reason to celebrate ;)


Hehe Abbie just barely made the cut ;)


Oh his little sleepy hands <3


You gotta watch mom – she feeds the baby all sorts of things ;)

And then sometimes you’re nursing and all of a sudden it starts pouring… so people try to cover you with small towels ;)

Some people handled the sudden downpour better than others ;)

But back to these two <3

The scariest thing about raising boys. The bringing of the bugs…


His little back :)


They finally got to eat something out of a coconut!


Oh Hawaii, you were lovely! And happy birthday momma! Happy anniversary mom and dad! Happy Father’s day, you two! Happy one monthiversary Abbe’s! And happy something to me ;)

5 Months

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Five months with the sweetest baby boy. He’s been exploring nights of no sleep whatsoever, has forgotten he can roll both ways, and is starting to express strong frustrations with not being able to make his hands do exactly what he wants them to do but MY GOODNESS he’s as sweet as they come! Chattiest little man… often run in cause I think he’s crying/screaming/etc but no… just loudly chattin away! His eyes are starting to change… They are sorta like Luke’s but a touch lighter – everyone says Luke’s are brown but they aren’t brown brown… they are more of a grey green color. I feel like Noah’s are sorta like that. I’m gunna go with hazel. It’s the all encompassing eye color ;) but they are the prettiest eyes! Just LOOKIT!

He loves baths. Finally got him in the deep bath with brother and sister and he was in wonderland! Figured out that he can turn his head every direction while still nursing….

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….. oh the joys. but really he’s just the sweetest little human and has brought so much joy to our family. I have the hardest time believing he’s really mine! Luckiest lady. Little Noah, happy five months. We sure love you!

4 months with Mr. Smiles

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I couldn’t even get any more faces cause he wouldn’t stop smiling! He sleeps, he smiles, he smiles, he sleeps. He drools. He rolls over. He coos and chatters and squeals and smiles and smiles and smiles with those lil moon eyes. He thinks diaper changes are hilarious. He’s all sorts of wonderful. I had the hardest time tearing myself away to put him down last night cause he was cracking up over everything! But I laid him down and he fell right to sleep. WHO IS THIS CHILD!?! Lil Noah, I don’t know where you came from but we sure adore you! Happy four months little man!

The Kitchen Post

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Oh boy, where to start, where to start? Alrighty, I will do my best to not be a grumbly old lady, nagging about this and that because honestly, as hard as this project was, I am so thankful for it. I walk in and remember so many miracles that happened and see His hand everywhere – where things just happened to work out or where He provided money at just the right time when we had long run out and I can’t help but smile! We have a space that WORKS and that we love to be in and all is good. He is good. And I am thankful. But for a while there, it was real hard. Long story short, we needed a new kitchen. Rephrase. We needed a working kitchen. She was cute at first glance, but was extremely difficult to cook in, and well, just wasn’t workin for us. Which really just translates to the ever occuring scenario of me face down on the floor crying I HATE IT HERE WE NEED TO MOVE WAAAAAAA every day sort of thing. Let me just show you some tid bits so you can sympathize with me ;)

Ohhhhh aint she cute?! A little cabin kitchen in an old victorian farm house. I’m sure it made sense to someone. It actually smelled all nostalgic and I was so sad that part would be going away but mmmmmm yup. Don’t miss it. Here you are looking at the only cabinets in the entire kitchen, the only counters, and the only time it was ever this clean. This was the week we moved in.

Here we have our one three prong outlet in the entire kitchen. ONE. This small first world problem became quite annoying, quite fast.


Just a little example of how all the things excelled in cleanliness.

Oh hey fridge in the middle of the room. Whose idea was it to put the fridge here? To make half of the only cabinet wall completely inaccessible? I’m confused. Oh wait, there was another outlet behind the fridge. Hence the very very very high microwave.

And then the brick, oh the brick. I actually thought it looked sorta cool the first time I saw it… but it took up a ton of space and again, no counters… cooking without a place to put things is really hard, turns out. And then there were the rats. We saw so many go up the brick and disappear into the vent above. And despite the rodants… brick never feels especially clean, you know? But then especially with the rat poop. That makes it extra fun.

And then the vent was really just a fan… that vented into the attic.

Not to mention if it got smoky, just open the slatted windows that could never fully close. Winters were cold. Our heating bill was high.

But back to this situation. The stove. Oh the stove. Start heating it up when you get home cause it took a full 10 minutes to get hot. You’d be sautéing something and it would just turn off.. but you wouldn’t know because it was electric and you couldn’t tell until all the glowy red had gone away and it was stone cold again. Things would just stop sizzling. Only the back two burners worked and they were so close to the back wall, you couldn’t fit a whole pan on it. Meals had to be timed with expert precision especially if you had to boil water and sauté two different things.

There was a lot of this. So much juggling to try to find a surface that was hot when you needed it and cold when you needed to put something down. Maybe it doesn’t seem that hard but add two screaming babies in and you might begin to see why I was always a crumbled ball of misery by the time Greg got home. Ohhhh little stovetop, I do not miss you.

Luke loved to open these doors incessantly whilst I was barefoot and cooking. Curses.

We got a couple IKEA islands to try to have a bit more counter space and storage. Open shelving on the bottom cabinet is SO much fun with children. My neighbor told me Bentley doesn’t get enough exercise and told me I should get him a treadmill since I clearly don’t have time to walk him. Naturally I figured this was the best place to store it. This is me giving up ;) Anyways, we decided that despite not having all our ducks in a row, we needed to do something about this and fast. So I quickly drew up some plans amidst the ever screaming children (apparently they scream a lot… I remember a lot of screaming) and spent the following months up all night wondering if we would hate it and if we are about to just throw away all our money and so on and so forth. Although I did work in design for three years out of college, embarrassingly, no one that commissioned me on their own had ever actually used my ideas and my goodness when you’re about to spend everything you’ve ever worked for, that gets in your head a lot. Greg was so sweet the whole time, reassuring me it’s just money… if we hate it, we’ll just save up and try again! Whattaguy. Seriously he’s the only sanity in my head. So! I tried to think of it as an opportunity to be my own client and design something for how we wanted to cook and use the space. And ohmygoodness I love it. I’ll go ahead and skip over all the drama that ensued to make it happen and introduce our pretty and oh so very white kitchen that we love so very much :)

One of the big problems in our old kitchen was the opening to enter was so narrow – I knew I didn’t want a full on open kitchen cause I’m still the messiest and also sorta like being alone in the kitchen, cooking away :) It’s my happy place. So we widened the entry which made it feel so much more open and is great for party flow etc. Now you can just walk right through to the backyard and not get in my work zone :D I like to make zones so things are near to where you might need them. How thoughtful of me.

Here’s our baking zone. I love baking here with the kids. The marble is great for rolling out dough and it’s especially cozy on rainy days because the skylight is above :):) plus I wanted to have our every day plates close to the dining room for easy access to setting the table. PLUS guests don’t have to look through a million cabinets to find a glass. See, I thought through these things. THANK GOODNESS we don’t live in earthquake country.

Here’s an example of the Lord helping us out. I wanted a new skylight cause the one we had was all corroded and had that grid pattern on it and anyways, it was ugly. We tried covering it up to see what that was like but it was SO dark. So I ordered a new one that should have only been a few inches bigger but when it arrived, MY GOSH it was huge. Do you see the sandwiched beam above it? That is our deck. It literally could not have been an inch bigger but miraculously, fit perfectly… and when they put it in… it was centered exactly with the open shelving! I LOVE THINGS LIKE THAT. I’m so weird. I know, I know. But little things like that make me inexplicably happy.

So this wall had the sink and a giant unusable closet/ pantry situation on it. Now it’s our baking area, coffee station, and Greg’s bar area on the far left.



I love this because Greg used to be mixing his drinks right where I was cooking, people were getting jammed in the narrow door/ brick/ fridge situation and I would be trying to throw something together AND NOW everything flows so nicely! Zoning man, I’m telling you it helps out a lot.

We started out with an ice maker and a wine fridge here but after so many repair trips for that dang ice maker we ended up with a beverage fridge WHICH I LOVE. So happy about that. Not to mention those ice makers are LOUD. We could hear it from our bedroom. I could go on an on about that stupid ice maker but we’ll leave it with how thankful I am it’s not there anymore :D Our pantry moved to the free standing cabinet which I also love cause it’s narrow so things don’t get lost in the back, I can easily find anything in it, and honestly we tend to buy what we need when we need it so we didn’t need a giant pantry. Plus it adds a little bit of character to a pretty stark space. I really wanted to get an antique cabinet and be all authentic and such but Greg hated the smell of all of them haha and they were pretty short! So I was so happy this one fits pretty perfectly… oh lookie lookie there. I’m tellin ya… this was a hard project but there were so many things like this – things that just happened to work out, that I can’t help but smile and be grateful.

We ended up popping this wall out to line up with the rest of the house which allowed us to have a more cohesive flow and a nice kitchen island. I went back and forth on whether or not we should touch it but in the end, the other layouts were still so funky and not really what we wanted so everything just fell into place when we did this. That door is now our hanging pan wall and where Abbie is standing used to be where you’d exit the kitchen to go onto the patio.

Immediately it felt SO much bigger even though it wasn’t a huge patio… but anyways, my biggest thing was, I spent so much time doing dishes in our old kitchen, looking at a wall… I just wanted to have the sink looking outside. And I LOVE doing dishes now! Honestly, it’s so lovely! AND we have a dishwasher AND trash that’s nearby so you don’t have to drip drip drip all over the floor. These things were huge game changers on the dish doing front.


We had a hanging rack for pots at the first place we lived and I loved it. It’s just so convenient! Plus my parents got me those gorgeous copper ones for my birthday and you can’t just hide those under a bush no no! I thought it would be weird to have it so far from the stove but I honestly don’t notice it at all and love how it looks. Plus it makes me want to keep them semi niceish looking and not in the sink so the wall doesn’t look bare hehe. I need all the incentive I can get.

I clearly wanted to get as far from having a giant fridge in the middle of the room as can be so I stuck it in a wall. It was a nightmare but I love it.

^^When they go to put it in and it’s 2″ too big. No one trusted my measurements. I’m not bitter at all. I’ve almost forgotten how it fell on me twice cause no one believed that it needed to be screwed in. I apparently need to work on my believability.



And here is my dream work zone complete with my stove I have dreamed about since I was five and each thing! I used to sit in my car at work and calculate how long it would take me to save up for it. It was a long time. So I have no idea how it got in my kitchen but it makes my heart sing every time I use it :) I’m a lucky lady.

If I had one critique, believe it or not, I’d say it was too white. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!? ME!? I’ve thought about painting the pantry cabinet black or something but then again, I love how airy it feels in there and it gives me an excuse to always go foraging, no matter the season, to find a big bouquet to put on the counter so as to break up alllllll the white. And come on, trend or no trend, if someone is supposed to have white cabinets, it’d probably be me. So I guess I won’t complain :)

Oh little house, we sure do love you. Even if you’re more work than we ever could possibly imagine.


She’s a joy to fix up <3

This year thus far

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I suppose all my posts from here on out will be catchup posts ;) I’m currently trying to find activities that can be done from a lying down/ hacking up lung position. My voice left me last night and has been replaced with something that one might expect from a demonic man, causing Greg to beg the question, “tell me truthfully, have you welcomed Satan into your heart?” Not kidding. He’s so freaked out by me right now. So, we type and leave the newly discovered super deep voice to those in my immediate presence. Greg went back to work on Monday so naturally it would make sense for our entire family to be sick on this here first week of me soloing this mother of three business. And so life goes… But BEFORE I explored my vocally masculine side, Greg and I celebrated six years of married life and TEN years since the day we met! He surprised me with the most-gorgeous-rings-that-I’ve-totally-been-coveting-for-probly-forever-but-never-thought-would-happen-splurge-gift-but-he’s-the-most-amazing-spoiling-sort-of-man-and-I-should-never-tell-him-my-splurge-gifts gift.

There was so much wine… so naturally so much sleeping.

At one point the accents came out but we couldn’t seem to commit to one so our server must have been mighty confused. Aren’t we special to think we are actually that convincing…. even WITH varying accents?? Special indeed.

I finally had a moment to celebrate my sisters ENGAGEMENT! We got to have the most fun sister day and got massages and stayed at a fun hotel and went out to dinner and all the things! I thought it would be brilliant to walk into town for dinner with a baby, during the biggest storm of the year – everything that could flap was going sideways! I got the giggles and a cramp in my side. We both got severely soaked. But there were cordials and little glasses of port and tea so we could embrace our elderly selves by a fire when we got back to the hotel. And the breakfast the next day was SO good! I had the best time.

Unfortunately our leisurely morning was cut short because we were hosting Superbowl that day and Greg was trying to wait till morning to deliver the bad news that our whole garage had flooded the night before and could you please come help shovel and such cause everything smells like sewer and people will be here any minute!!! Last time we had a football party, a rat died in the wall and stunk up the whole house. It must just be a thing. With football comes a strong smell. Anyways, it really makes me feel for people who lose everything in floods or other sorts of disasters… this wasn’t even our main stuff or our house but I still cared about everything out there and so much of it was ruined :( ah well… stuff comes and goes, eh? Could probably do with less of it anyways :)

This was after hours of shoveling sewer filled mud out – it came up a foot and was literally a centimeter away from flooding Greg’s new car! So despite loving the rain normally, ever since then, we both get major panic attacks when we hear it coming down hard in the middle of the night… but hey! about this rain this year… it just keeps coming eh? Oh no, I’m becoming one of those people that complains about the rain we so desperately need.

But then Superbowl!!! Thanks everyone for humoring us and coming to our silly parties… I just love when our house is full :]

These are the things I’m discovering about three kids. Never nurse the baby when you just got the second out of the tub and dressed and there is still a full tub of bathwater. I’m learning.


He’s cute :)

Kitty snuggles <3

The kids saw me give Noah a bath in the sink and thought it was the coolest thing, so…

These kids sure love Mr. Mark. They are gunna be so sad when he’s gone! Abbie will sit out there and talk to him for hours, call his wife, eat his lunch… He’s pretty sweet with them.


Her outfits, man. They are my favorite.

This kid always jumps into the room with a HIYA! He’s all boy and I love him!

When your siblings KNOW you’ll love this toy if you. just. look. at. it!


She da bess Gummy. I just think my momma is the prettiest :)

We finally finished our deck upstairs!!!


I LOVE being out there! I invite everyone to come see it. Oh thanks for delivering my mail, would you like to see my deck!? NOW IF IT WOULD ONLY STOP RAINING SO I CAN DO NOTHING AND JUST SIT UP THERE ALL DAY!


^^Pretty typical things – Noah on the counter, fast asleep… Greg being the best dad… and all the baby smiles!!!

Just your basic dog pile :)

His little tuft <3 The only place his hair actually grows :)

^^not so typical but cute nonetheless… gotta remember the times when they weren’t screaming and violently tossing things at each other ;)

When he smiles in his sleep <3

Bentley’s still the best dog! Are these random enough yet?

Lory finally got to meet her newest grandbaby!


Abbie and I went on a little mother/daughter date to go see Bella in the Lion King! Wore the tall shoes, paid the price. We arrived huffy and puffy but she hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

Sat like this in wide eyed wonder the whole time :) precious girl.

There were ice cream days!


And ocean days!

AND ST PATRICKS DAYS!!!!!

I wanted to wake up early to surprise the kids with those sneaky leprechauns turning all our breakfast green but Abbie got so freaked out by the supposed leprechauns, Greg had to eventually spoil the fantasy. He also told her about Santa. Just kidding.

Look how giant our kitchen is ;) thank you again to everyone coming to MY FAVORITE PARTY OF THE WHOLE YEAR! I just love St Patricks day but mostly I just love being with you all :)

And thank you to my dear mother and sister in law for flying all the way out here to visit your lil CA family! We miss you!

My aunts threw Taywhad the most spectacular shower!


I can’t believe she’s getting married in just over a month!!!! Josh sure hit the jackpot, lucky sonofagun.

Guess what!? Naps are still oh so fun. This guy fights me till the cows come home, whatever that means, and then always ends up crashing right before dinner. Exhibit A. Ah the bliss of childhood.

Exhibit B.

Abbie saw the sweetness and wanted to join in ;) He’s so lucky he’s cute :):)

Oh look another sleeping baby picture. I still think she’s the most wondrous human. She’s so beautiful with those rosy cheeks!!! I must be her mother.

My future looks bright with all these sneaky babies and their can-get-away-with-anything smiles.

Always helping where needed ;)


I mean seriously. Their faces. I just can’t get enough of them!

She wants to be a dancer so bad. We picked careers for our kids the other day.. Abbie was obviously a dancer or artist of some sort, Luke was an architect, and Noah was a high school guidance counselor, bless his soul. ;)


I can always tell whos mess it is.. Luke is surprisingly neat and orderly for having all that energy and Abbie’s stuff is sort of just strewn about. Something about seeing that boy play so carefully with his trains just melts me <3

S U N please come again!!! Also, why does Bentley look so photoshopped?? He’s lost his shadow. Just call him Pan.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for following along with our simple little life :)

Three Months!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

Oh little man, how we love you so. Abbie and I were, oh you know, having a little musical listening party to Les Miserables the other day, and there’s that part that says, “to love another person is to see the face of God!!!!!” all dramatic and such. And me and my hormonal self thought OH HOW TRUE. If you only knew the thoughts I was having when I was pregnant with him – I was so dang low – but this lil guy! GOD IS SO GOOD! He gives you exactly what you need, right when you need it. When you think you can’t take on any more, he gives you a little man that lights up with the biggest grin whenever he sees his momma and LAUGHS and coos and does all the things she needed to heal her lil broken heart… I can’t say it enough, he’s just such a gift to me. And I don’t know why I always revert back to thinking God is out to get me or will pay me back for whatever I’ve done or thought or whatever but seriously… this kid is just one big smile of grace from Him and I’m so very thankful. So now that I’ve placed him on THAT pedestal, (I really do love all my kids equal… PROMISE! ;) ) this month was such fun! Little man started laughing and I cannot get enough! So far it has happened when: blowing in his face, biting his hand, and trying to fit his head through a shirt hole. We sound like great parents. But he gets the giggles every time and it’s the best. He loves being on his tummy and has rolled over a couple times! He found his hand to everyones cross eyed delight… and his foot.. and his tongue. He just quietly lays there and seems to take in the world around him. Loves being held up to look out the window, loves anything with some sort of contrast – his eyes get so big and he stares at it with such intensity :) he’s just the dearest! However, this month we did forget we had him… the kids were down for their naps and Greg and I could not figure out what was making that sound. We just figured Bentley was dreaming, but he never goes on for that long! haha sorry Noah! We did remember we had another child eventually! But ya! Still winning the most mellow baby award! Chins are still going strong – I’ve picked him up several times and looked and looked for where his binky went only to look down and find it was lost in his chins :D He’s the best. Happy three months Noah! So sorry we are celebrating it with a sick party… you’re still such a champ! We love you!!!

Two Months!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip





THIS BOY THIS BOY!!!! I can’t get over it… he’s just the sweetest! I had the flu last week and Greg took the older kids and I got to just stare and giggle with and smile at this little man all week and it was FLU HEAVEN! I’ll be working on my computer with him on my chest and feel someone looking at me and sure enough, I’ll look down, and there’s little man, doing his best to hold that little wobbly head up, looking so much like the sweetest little worm, with the smiliest moon eyes. AHHHHH! It’s just the cutest thing to look down upon. The smiles! The smiles! He gives them out freely and it is bliss! He loves when you whistle, or sing to him, or help him stand, or you know, blow on his face. That’s a new discovery but it gets a big smile every time. He did learn to spit up this month but still baby boy, you got nothing on your siblings so can’t complain :) He’s still so snorty, and has the deepest grunts when he’s mad. Ha! he either wakes up so happy or with one loud deep bellow! Either way it’s the funniest thing and he’s still so easy to calm down when he’s mad at you so know, although I see him perhaps approaching more normal baby status with the occasional fussiness and such, month two man… he was still dream baby status. He just has the sweetest temperament… hates being left alone but if you just place him in the room everyone else is in, he calms right down and goes to sleep. I just love him and love how he compliments our family so well. The kids are still over the moon in love with their new baby brother and are learning ALL about sharing and the happiness and hardness that goes with it ;) This kid is a trooper and just calmly lays there as they loudly work out their space and time with him. So many kisses on the head. SO many faces a millimeter away. He has signs of being very ticklish, he kicks when he’s happy, he HAS YET TO PEE ON ME bless his soul. Anyone with boys knows this is a big deal. He has major hand jam.. and toe and finger jam too but man, those suckers never get aired out and it’s so hard to pry the contents out of them! The hairs get wrapped around each finger and they start going blue and ahhhhh. CLENCHED. FISTS. But we are so in love with you baby Noah! Lucky family over here :)

Hey February, remember Christmas?

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the daily life

Oh look who’s behind again! Christmas was just so lovely, I just don’t want to forget! So here’s a few hundred photos from then till now ;)

Something about this Winter was just so magical! I don’t know if it was the expectant feeling of welcoming a new little one any day or just the Christmas spirit in the air but it sure was lovely! The kids and I baked almost every day. I gained 30 pounds. It was fantastic! There was much heater sitting and giggling and yup, plenty of fighting but for some reason I forget to take out my camera in those moments ;)


I just love their little friendship. They have their fair share of screaming and fights, but the moments where they play together nicely are worth the whole lot! They are so protective of each other and seeing them love on their new baby brother is just the best. Kids man, they sure are great.


This kid channelled his inner boy band and all of a sudden felt like a little boy and not :'( my :'( baby :'( anymore!


And if you only knew how much he talks about his Papi. It’s all he asked for for Christmas “Papi” …every time he hears Bentley bark at someone at the door, he goes screaming towards it “PAPI!!!!” When he was getting a hang of whispering, Abbie would almost always whisper to watch a “moooooovie” and Luke wanted to join in so he comes up and whispers ever so softly “Papi Papi Papi…” It’s the dearest thing.


I mentioned we baked…

Like, so much. Definitely made up for not having a kitchen last season :)

My floors will forever have crumbs ;)

There were naps

And surprise little gifts from Mr. Mark!

I kept getting bigger and bigger. I missed the bump when Abbie was born. I do not miss the bump with toddlers around. I think they thought it was a trampoline this whole time… I’m really shocked he didn’t come out with a dented head…

We took our last family picture as a family of FOUR!

And then there was Christmas :) I just loved walking in the door to all those twinkling lights… never actually captured by camera but it brings me joy to remember nonetheless!


The night before Christmas… and a visual reminder of why we always vow next year we will only give the kids one present each… still, is there anything more magical than all the glowy lights and all the presents under the tree the night before Christmas? I dare say not. These are excellent sentences I’m putting together. We have a newborn. Also, you know your brain is fried when you’re missing all your emoticons to describe your actual feelings and are left to search for words. When you start thinking in pictures, we gossa problem.




What is Christmas without Apple Sam!? :)



How sweet is my aunt on the floor with my kids? I swear, I have the best most loving family :]

The first year I got Greg to put up lights on the side of our house instead of just on the front. It was a big deal :D

Goggles: the best gift they received? ….or the worst… cause I find myself putting them on them at least 17 times a day.

And then the panic set in cause the baby was due any day and poor Lukie all of a sudden spiked a 104 fever! I just hate when my babies are sick and you don’t know whats wrong. So we prayed that baby would wait till the Lord’s perfect timing and this sweet busy little man would heal quickly and by His goodness, everything worked out. Those rosy cheeks though… and the cuddling… didn’t hate that part ;)

I was a disco ball for New Years. Oddly enough, I thought this would be a good, festive look… until we were headed out the door and I glanced in the mirror and noticed I was dressed in an unintended costume.

And then!

And then!

And then!!!!

I just noticed the other day, his hands aren’t wrinkly anymore :'( IT ALL GOES TOO FAST!!!!!!

Just lookit those beautiful lil eyes. AHHHH I can’t get enough of this lil guy. If that wasn’t abundantly clear.


It’s sort of a fight between me and Abbie on who gets to hold him the most ;) She keeps asking and I think… mmm…. nope. MINE! Just kidding but actually it is kinda hard to give him up hehe I never want to but her massive love for him is pretty irresistible too. And just in case you think it’s this sweet scene all the time and where is Luke? Well,

This is how the majority of my pictures turn out these days ;) Luke gets so excited to hold him, he clenches his little fists and shakes and all the pictures tend to turn out blurry ;)

And then, this sweet girl turned four! Oh I can’t wait to see what she becomes… because this is all her. She came down in this ensemble and began to pose.

and pose

and pose

and you can bet Luke didn’t pick out that outfit.

the godmother there did.

because she’s the best.

Truly.


I asked her, if she could have anything for her birthday breakfast, what she would have. Blueberries, pancakes, and blueberry muffins :D so a carb breakfast it was.

And then we went to paint pottery and experience the downfall of missed naps ;)

Plus first time making that poor stroller work for three! Just wish I could remember where I put those attachments so Luke didn’t have to be crammed quite so tightly in that seat ;)


But aren’t they the cutest little concentrated souls :) They carry their proud creations down every morning and Luke calls his truck his “RAH truck” which of course means monster truck. If speaking Abbie was hard, Luke is a whole nother ball game.

And then this guy <3

And then it was home again to celebrate with the rest of our family! I so wanted to throw her a proper birthday party with actual friends but I keep repeating my moms words of “life is not a Hallmark card” and figure, a week after giving birth might not be the right year for such an event. Plus, next year is the big FIVE! I might as well start my weeping now.


Luke :) hehe these kids are my favorite :D Abbie asked for steak, asparagus …and broccoli. Always throwing me surprises, that one! Oh and the night before, she decided she wanted a chocolate mermaid cake. … … … ok.

I should be winning all the Pinterest awards ;) again, life is not a Hallmark card. Plus she saw it before we could bring it out and ruined any chance of a surprise. Me and my hormones might have excused ourselves to sulk because the silliest things get me down these days. Sigh. I’m so good at adulting. However, the most fatal error we made on this here day was to let her slip away after dinner and go lay down on the couch. There was still cake and presents to be had! And three kids in, we should KNOW: never. ever. wake a sleeping child.

She did not like her cake.

She did not like her presents.

She did like her scepter. But you know? Some birthdays just don’t turn out perfect with joyous dancing and a wonderfully happy little child… and that’s ok. It’s your birthday and you can cry if you want to, they say. I added some gold stars to my excellent parenting skills as shown by my tantrum throwing overly tired kids and called it a night. I’m winning so many parenting awards these days. So many.

Luckily, with a solid nap, the extreme new baby smothering commenced.

And we continued on with our smitten-ness of this little lad.



We sure love him <3

But basically we are back to heater sits, and cheersing our apples. Can’t complain :) Sure love this little family of mine!

Happy February!

The dreamiest month

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12 months of Noah / baby #3

one monthone month-4one month-2one month-3Cause clearly I can’t pick just one ;) THIS BOY. I can’t even describe to you how in love with him I am. I don’t know if it’s because we had more time between Luke and Noah then we did with Abbie and Luke but AHHH the newborn phase just seems so sweet this time around. I completely forgot about the quick little breaths and the sweet little noises and how much they sleep and all the things! Plus it doesn’t hurt that he’s the most mellow little soul I ever did meet! His siblings will be screaming around him and he’ll just calmly lie there or keep on sleeping. He’s just the sweetest! Have I mentioned he’s sweet? ;) He is the first of our three kids to take a pacifier and MY GOSH is that a game changer. He’s the piggiest little eater… loudly snorting and grunting his way through all his feedings. It’s so funny! Probably the biggest, most wondrous difference of all is ….he doesn’t spit up… I never thought I’d see the day. I’ve had to wipe up like a tablespoon of something curdy mayyybe two or three times since he was born but that doesn’t even begin to count. Let’s remember how both Abbie and Luke spit up so much that a normal burp cloth did squat. If I left the house, I’d bring at least 4 kitchen towels and arrive home with them all fully drenched. And if they spit up on you, you’d have to change your shirt… and pants… and probably your undergarments. There was so much! And it was so sour and awful and so I mean… not naming favorites but… ;) this has been a lovely change in babydom. Oh! And not only that! HE BURPS! I’ve never been able to get my kids to burp on command or at least when I patted their backs. E-VER. He’s like a textbook baby. “When fussy, pat back to get out bubble.” This has never been the case. Before it was something like, “when fussy, let nurse for extended period of time and then run around shaking baby vigorously till child falls asleep. Repeat cycle every twenty minutes for four more months.” Seriously I think God knew my overwhelmedness and was being extra nice for at least month one. THANK YOU! My appreciation is through the roof! Anyways, little Noah, we are SO happy to have you in our family. Everyone remarks what a calm baby you are! You don’t like diaper changes but as soon as they are over and you get picked up, the crying stops immediately. There have been several situations where strangers ask to hold you. And for some reason I let them. And they keep holding you …and holding you… and holding you. One waitress held you and took you all around the restaurant to show you to all the guests… then back to the kitchen… wasn’t quite sure what to make of that but the point is, you’re such a sweetheart that people just can’t get enough of you! We sure love you little man! Thank you for making this month the absolute dreamiest!