A Covid Summer

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the daily life

Shall we take a stroll through the weirdness that this spring and summer have been? What have you been up to? We’ve missed you so much!

Mostly all of our spring was spent sunbathing naked and watching this bird. Or hotel of birds.

My goodness those guys were busy. They went in and out in and out all day it seemed! And I STILL never got a good picture. Oh but how I love spring :)

Just before covid hit, I was cooking up some delicious steaks and lovingly basting them with the butter, and just so happened to accidentally, oh so barely, graze the side of the cast iron pan leading to the most insignificant, minuscule burn on my hand, but the most outrageously giant, spoon shaped spaz burn on my face. It literally felt like my face was melting off… I kept waking up all night cause puss was running into my eye. HA! I’m such a dork. It seems like things like this keep happening. I stepped on a rake the other day, yes like a cartoon, and now have the most giant painful bruise on my cheek… I got shingles all over my stomach with a scar that just does not want to go away. GOODBYE YOUTH! Hello loneliness and harrowing sorrows. :D Anyways, so thankful it didn’t take out my eye too so let’s just remember it as the blessing it was :)

This became a new reality :)

And as soon as we got the stay home orders, we got a little stir crazy with the string and started to dream up a new yard like everyone else in the world.

There were lots of picnics…

And creepin in on my kids sleeping cause HOW CAN YOU NOT!?

Abbie and I even made it into US Magazine. Just LOOK how happy that beverage makes you.

We figured out how to entertain Noah and all our neighbors for hours at a time.

This is my favorite scene in the whole wide world. If I remember correctly, they were all on top of each other moments before, clawing and screaming and somehow turned that into this so let’s remember THIS. It’s the best 30 second moment to look over at :)

And for a more accurate representation of everyday life… found this on my camera from one of the kids and I sort of adore it :) all the dishes and me always overwhelmed and breaking down and the sweetest of all husbands trying his best to figure out how to handle his hormone filled wife :)

Didn’t even want to celebrate mother’s day this year cause I’m the absolute worst, but I DID think it would be funny to hold all the kids one last time. My back was not happy with that decision, turns out :D when did I get so old and when did my kids get so heavy!?

Is anyone else like me? I could have the messiest house but if I make one pretty corner, I’ll be happy. Now if you want to reverse that jovial mood, go ahead and put your takeout bag right there in front of it. Does no one else see the sacredness of this sanity spot?? I have my ways. :)

This is a 100% photoshopped picture but I love those kids and their sweet little faces so let’s pretend like it was completely naturally obtained.

So covid’s been hard.

Like really hard.

On all of my furniture. Some of us over here have been going through yet another “decorating” phase. Not one piece of furniture has been left unscathed. Hence,

this picture on repeat :) So, nothings white anymore, carpets, sofas, chairs, dressers, walls, you name it. We have marks and lipstick and pens and all sorts of fun coloring situations that literally happen when I leave the room for A SECOND. I have officially lost my mind and now we are just living with it. So come on over and join the coloring party. We have pens at the door for your convenience. But seriously, how do you make it stop??

But then I look outside and see the light coming through my bleeding hearts and everything is calm again, because the door is shut and you can no longer hear their screams… and I remember the purpose of life is not to have a perfect house or even a clean house! To make a home that is welcoming and loving and allows us to love on others amongst all the marks and stains – that’s so much more important and needed than any perfect white couch or :'( lovely :'( leather :'( barstools ;) so we hide the pens and forgive again and again …and again.

WE FINALLY GOT OUR TRAMPOLINE IN THE GROUND!!!!!!! Three dangerous years later :D

We planted a garden!

I’ve been occupying myself with projects that nobody notices – can you see the two different whites?? Ok well, I do… and now it doesn’t bug me anymore so there.

I’ve been replacing furniture that nobody notices. Do you remember our black chairs? Well, now they are brown. Again, I’m more happy so there’s that ;)

There have been science experiments…

And smore nights…

And more science experiments…

And toilet paper treasure hunts!

And pretending like we get to go to a pool!

And this scene over and over again <3

And drawings…

And Passover celebrations!

And trays of goodies brought to me whilst already relaxing! Can we just take a moment to appreciate the bugles and rosemary sprig!? I’m tellin ya… that Greg Nettles is really good :)

There has been a lot of bread experimentation and I am oh so happy to report that after MANY different recipes and trials, I have FINALLY found a bread I love. HALLELUJAH! I didn’t have many goals during this pandemic but that was one of them – to be able to make a bread I’m satisfied with :):)

We’ve been soaking up the last bits of our wild yard

But were so excited to not sprain an ankle every time you walked out there so this was an exciting day when things started getting smoothed out.

Our garden started springing up which was equally as exciting! Have you ever planted things from seed? It’s such a magical experience cause it really looks like nothing will happen AND THEN AND THEN!!!!

My snowball bush finally FINALLY after 5 years decided to bloom!

Some small piles of dirt were delivered!

And our yard was finally put in place! It was only after I took this picture that I saw it. I accidentally created the most phallic yard of all time. So HEY, there’s that too.

I took that as an OK to run out and get some plants. I think I told Greg I was getting 8. I guess I got a little carried away.

Hehe but anyways, there were naps…

And Noah just could not get into his precious little head that there was a flour shortage in the world.

There was more nudity.

And plant floodings and budding gardeners…

Let’s just pause here for a second cause MY ROSE FINALLY SHOWED OFF and she was so pretty.

Bentley officially went down in history as the BEST DOG!

Like seriously, the best.

And Sabrina won worst cat. I’ve literally been watching my delphiniums get sucked into the ground by those blasted gophers and there she is lazilly stretched out RIGHT NEXT TO THE CRUNCHING AND SUCKING of the plants! WORST kitty. But I did find a dead gopher next to that spot the next morning so maybe she’s good… one can’t really tell with her.

He’s such a ham <3

These boys and their little relationship. It’s the best.

Our yard finally went from this

To this! And our ankles rejoiced!

There were lots of popsicle breaks…

And days where I finally got to see my sister!!

Greg built me some compost bins!!!

We aren’t happy at all that he’s home all the time now :)

We became carrot farmers

And had the most glorious beach days

Greg kept making the most delicious basil gimlets from our garden! I feel like the homegrown basil obviously made all the difference ;) obviously.

We got our money’s worth out of our doggy pool.

^^Typical brother

And yet, he only has love for him <3

There were church distractions

And attempted sleeves

There was a chair that is not pictured but that is now infamous in our household. Is this another chair situation? he says. The story is, our house is very white. Too white. When we moved in we did not have much money and it was old and dirty and smelled so I bought a lot of the same white paint and went to town trying to freshen everything up. And it has stayed that way. And I always think, it’s too white. But I hate painting and I really do love the airiness of it… so I keep trying to think of ways to warm it up. Hence the “character chair” we shall call it. I thought, if we have a cool old chair, it will solve all our problems for the time being. So I found it. And it’s beautiful. And it’s from France from the 1800s and has cigarette burns all over it and is all things lovely… but while we were waiting for it to arrive, I started to look around. Our new pretty chair will feel so out of place in our stark white house! So I began to look for other things I can warm up… like this railing that was started in July and has yet to be finished. Cause my gosh that’s a long and messy project! And then the railing didn’t feel quite right so well then there was plastering to be done and then and then and then :D the chair.

And don’t you just love that scaffolding?? :) Makes me feel better about how I do things. So yes, Greg keeps cursing the chair that was promised to be “like putting on an old pair of loafers” and is the most uncomfortable thing you’ve ever sat in. Ha! But she’s so pretty… AND if you picture yourself in a corset in the 1800s, it would definitely seem mighty comfortable ;)

I sure love seeing their little relationships :)

Our yard went nuts this summer! It was glorious! There were so many buzzing bees and butterflies and hummingbirds all swirling around you! Ahhhh it was so magical! So magical that I hardly took any pictures :[ you couldn’t capture it though so you might as well enjoy it :)

Noah has been going through the stage of the open mouth :)

Lukie learned to swim! That kid is fearless.

Boys learned how to make farting sounds. Just kidding. Boys come out of the womb knowing that.

We got to go on a camping trip!!!

Obviously everyone stayed perfectly clean.

^^You know he was saying “Hai” in his very Noah way

This boy and his kisses for his dog <3 DEAR GOODNESS!!!

The world is her stage :)

Oh yes… it happens even on camping trips…

But what with the face…

Noah’s mouth :D

I did love setting our table. I felt so prairie. It felt so right :D

Bentley was obviously happiest of us all. He went nuts the first day. We all noticed he was moving a little slower by the second :) dear doggy.

This one had the best time dropping stones in the water for h o u r s! Seriously shocked he wasn’t burnt to a crisp!

Naps on towels…

Naps on Papi…

Naps on boats..

Papi took Lukie fishing again :):)

I think the fishing was more fun than the eating for him ;)

And then we came back the day the fires started. The skies turned red…

Just kidding that’s just a sunset. But my goodness the sky has been weird lately! Really eerie…

Luke split his head open and got his first stitches… bravest boy!

Abbie started kindergarten!!!

Mom and dad got evacuated which was really so much fun for us – probably not so much for them… We spent the time having hymn sing nights and watching foreign films about water going away!

Naturally, our well collapsed the next week and we had no water. Ha! Oh what a whirlwind :) But the good news is, there were some enormous trucks in our yard that the boys couldn’t get enough of…
We got three apples and two pears off our fruit trees haha…

I find pictures like this on my phone, and all my kids are still alive…

We are still busy making friends from train sets…

And forts from whatever else we can find!

Truth is, we are all just hanging in there. So thankful for His grace and provisions every single day. I’ve been so blown away by how personal our God is and how He provides for us so specifically. And what a cool place to be in – with all the craziness happening around us, we can either only go up from here or things are gunna get a whole lot worse and we have the most amazing hope that He will be returning soon! Either way, look up! Good things are coming :)

Luke turns four!

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Luke Blane

Here we are, back with another birthday, complete with sadly decorated cake and all, as we do around here :) Sure love this boy and the flavor he brings to our family. Some pics from his day!

^^This is about as crafty as I get. Be oh so inspired.

^^I think boys have their sword fight brain engaged and ready for action at all times

^^A stance girls hardly ever assume

^^I don’t know if this whole party was for Luke or Greg… while wrapping the presents, someone *may* have shown more enthusiasm over each new piece of armor than the actual receiver… later the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made an appearance… not pictured – a delighted father beaming in the corner ;) we don’t project our childhoods on our kids at all…

^^he’s been asking for a real bike (with pedals!) for ages… naturally he had no interest when he actually received such a thing.. KIDS. Also, what’s with the bike shortage in the world right now!? AHHHHHH!!!!


^^finally got him to just *try* it AND HE RODE IT IMMEDIATELY what the heck.

So corona’s fun, eh? Poor Luke was stuck in a car for 10 hours when we drove up to Oregon on his 2nd birthday and now nothing’s open on this here his 4th. Luckily we got to go to Gummy and Papi’s pool for the day where I took zero pictures to document the preciousness. LUKE CAN SWIM! WHEN DID ALL THESE THINGS HAPPEN!?! We haven’t been able to go with them because clearly the disease is just spreading through the parents of non resident pool goers but they let me in this time so I could see ALL THE GOODNESS! So very proud. All this good led to more good and a miracle happened.

^^this. They always beg to sleep in the same bed but it’s never happened because no sleeping ever gets done BUT LOOKIT. Birthday miracle.

^^Lookit those heart eyes for his Papi!!!

^^When your neighbors toys are way more fun

^^can you tell I made abbie take her brother home on her horse? he was thrilled, obviously

^^Did I mention parenting is hard and I did not want to throw a party? And then this man stepped in a threw the WHOLE THING!? Complete with drinks, appetizers, AND dessert!? He’s amazing.

^^homemade refried beans and rice and killer quesadillas with the most delicious chicken and mushrooms and all the fixens. umm yumm. Luke originally asked for PB&J’s so we were all excited when he changed it to a Mexican theme :) or at least I was.

^^if you let him shoot a rocket in the house one time, he will ask to do it all day, every day, forevermore. I have found. We also now have a few rockets on the roof.

^^again, I now know exactly what to do for Greg’s party this year.

^^these things always work out swimmingly in my head. I did picture very intricate and convincing designs on each and every cupcake. I officially salute all cake decorators and am now strongly reconsidering the homemade cakes from here on out ;)

Happy birthday, sweet boy! We sure love the heck out of you!

Tidbits from Tahoe

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terrific trips

The kids had never been to the snow so we decided to wait and take them when there were small batches of the iciest goodness possible. Luckily, they had nothing to compare it to so they were thrilled :)

They slid down this small mound with such glee…

They found a snowman that couldn’t even be knocked over cause it had turned into one small snowmanish shaped block of ice…

They were so happy! I was getting such a kick out of their little giggles and wonder of this crunchy slippery white stuff.

And then Luke fell into a tree hole..

…and it finally set in that it was cold…

I’m always so amused by what they decide to bring in their backpacks… Luke brought change, some baby toys, a dinosaur, a bouncy ball, a car, some magnatiles, a random bus, and my personal favorite, a paw.

Oh and somehow he fit his cape and Abbie’s in there too, which they wore a total of zero times.

My favorite was walking down to the lake. Just put me by water and allofasudden I’m a delight to be around ;)

Well aint he a cutie <3

Clearly we are on a mission to find the most beautiful playgrounds in America :)

We are still learning how to use slides.

When he throws a tantrum in the sand. These are Greg’s nightmares colliding…

Asked her to sit like a princess. This is it, guys.

Mom picture.

Dad picture…

If you keep the expectations low…. they loved this “mountain” for sledding. Ohhhh the joys :):)

I just think he’s really pretty. Even if he did refuse to sleep this entire trip.

We’ll try for more snow next time, kids :) but Tahoe, you make mine eyeballs happy, no matter the snow coverage. Till next time!

Happy FIVE! + Disneyland

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Abigail Elizabeth / terrific trips

Last week my baby girl turned FIVE! I cannot believe we have a five year old. She is the sweetest big sister, absolutely brilliant – seriously I wish I had her memory, passionate about all the things, feisty, oh so feisty… and yet, has the sweetest most compassionate little heart. I love her so much. How often do you turn five, right?? So, Disneyland. Obviously. Because I went when I was five and was absolutely terrified so why not have my daughter experience the same on her birthday? Seriously… what is with Disney? Almost every ride had a dark, scary element! Ha… anyways, we had such a fun time and mostly just loved celebrating this little lady. I’m shamelessly stealing everyone else’s pictures because again, this lil blog is my visual memory and I forgot all about cameras and such ;)

^^I gave the better looking Mickey pancakes to the kids, OK? In retrospect, definitely would have headed down the night before and gone on her birthday… apparently, “it’s your birthday, let’s travel today and go tomorrow!” isn’t as exciting to peoples of this age ;)

^^sort of adore she tucked her sweater in <3

^^side note: cannot wait to not have to travel with three car seats :D And now some pics from the happiest place on earth!

All my Disney dreams came true – got to take her to the Blue Bayou last minute, which I thought was the COOLEST thing when I was a kid… pretty sure it was what got me interested in hospitality design :] got to see my husband nerd out over all the Star Wars things, got to see her face light up just like I hoped it would when she got to meet the princesses! and I even got to ride most of the rides with that lil beebee of ours! It was just lovely. And ya, the princesses. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT THEM BUT THEY TURNED US ALL INTO BLUBBERING MESSES. Had the hugest lump in my throat every time, dang them.

Such a treat to get to go with my whole family. Happy heart, over here :)

And let’s just throw this in here cause those boys in the bath bring me an equally ridiculous amount of joy … despite the tremendous amount of water exiting the tub..

And then it was off to see the Klein’s and their new baby girl! So glad that we have our kids all married off. Abbie and Luke were arguing over who got to marry Jacob and Luke was so sad Abbie snatched him up first because they are BEST FRIENDS… until he realized Olivia was still available ;) this kid. I’m sure he’s terrifying to new mothers cause he is just a trembling blur of excitement most of the time EXCEPT around babies… he’s so tender! He kept sneaking over to her and reading her stories and giving her the sweetest kisses on her head. Goodness I love him <3

Anyways, such a fun time. So thankful for such wonderful family and friends that made it all possible. And so SO thankful for that precious little girl I get to call mine :) happy five, Abigail Elizabeth! We love you more than you’ll ever know <3

Happy Birthday Noah!!!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

The sweetest – and I mean the SWEETEST boy turned one yesterday! Just thinking back to how depressed I was his whole pregnancy… and I mean, we are talking a verrrry dark place – to be gifted with the cheeriest little soul…. he’s just the biggest hug God could have ever given me and I’m so thankful for him. So anyways, a few pictures from this celebratory day! I know I’m probably projecting entirely but he really did seem to know all this was for him :) just loookit!

Special banana breakfast for my banana loving boy…

The celebratory hands started a goin…

Wouldn’t be a birthday without a meltdown or twelve :)

^^I love these pictures cause it looks like Luke’s holding him hostage with his water gun…. I don’t know why that would make me so happy :/ guess it’s just cause he’s real cute RIGHT!? RIGHT!?

AND THE PEEK-A-BOO!!! This kid.

Greg and his beautiful mommy :)

The progression of opening a present as the third child… the struggle to get it out…

Excessive excitement from all who surround…

An attempt to play…

Aaaaand brother ;)


Always trying to keep up, bless him

I feel like Ray must only be shown in black and white, right? the steam! the expert soup pouring precision! ;)

He did seem to enjoy wearing his little crown ;)

^^You know he’s Greg’s son cause he’s the only baby I know that prefers to eat with a fork. Clean children are alarming..

How cute is my sister :):) she should always have a hooray sign behind her, in my opinion

Most mellow kitty in the world :)

Thanks to everyone for coming to celebrate our little man! We love you!!! And thanks to Uncle Dot for taking pictures :):) Hooray! IT’S THE WEEKEND!!!

A few from Thanksgiving

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Because it’s one of my most favorite days of the year! Just lookit these babes all snuggly in the morning watching the parade from on top of their brother

And because I clearly can’t get enough of these faces..

Or these little heads..

They are my favorite. Also, Fall flowers are my favorite so let’s take a quick pause to look at 292 pictures of these beauties!

I felt like making a cornucopia this year… my crafty self keeps emerging and taking me by surprise :/

GOSH DANGGIT I LOVE FLOWERS! Now if only they’d actually grow in my yard, my pocketbook would be much more happy :) pocketbook…

God bless people who don’t mind being smashed in our lil dining room :):) I can’t tell you how much I love holidays with everyone together

His first Thanksgiving and all alone! ;)

And the sweetest little kids table ;)

Now if this doesn’t look like the most correct picture in the whole world :):) someone please tell them to start making these STAT. They are tired of hearing my nagging.

And then the next day we obviously went tree hunting!

And decorated!

I like the way he rolls. Gimme some food, a chair and a pinecone and you can decorate all the things yourself ;)

^^he kept his backpack on the whole time, dear boy

She took her job very seriously, bless her.

OHHHHH if life was exactly how it looked in the pictures… but I’ll just put these here cause sometimes my momma heart needs to pretend they are always like this ;)

^^I told you I was feeling crafty..

Noah figured out there was free food on the tree.

^^When you try to flee the scene but the evidence is stuck to your foot

Judging from Josh’s feet, I’m thinking he took this but it was just the sweetest thing to find on my phone. They just love their auntie cinny pinny <3

Not to mention their Gummy! THE FACES THE FACES I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT!!!

It’s the CHRISTMAS SEASON!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Once upon a time there was a baby who liked baths – 11 months!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

That baby is no more. Poor buddy! Despite the pictures, he really is still the sweetest thing! My little man turned 11 months yesterday! I can’t even either believe it! WHERE DID THE TIME GO!?!? He is such a joy MY GOODNESS I can’t stop staring! The cheeks! The little chin! The curls that are coming in at the nape of his neck! THOSE EYELASHES! Not to mention the most edible tummy and foots and waving hi and bye hands. He’s such a dream baby and I love him so much. He’s a little monkey and would live on a diet of solid bananas if you let him. Actually I could be wrong but I do think nana was his first word. Followed by DAH! for dog… and cat.. and dadada for dad and mamama for the melting mother over here. Sometimes he’ll carry on full conversations with you with loud inflections and concerned looks included. It’s the best. He’s stood a total of two times on his own and loves when you walk him around the room. Hands down my favorite thing he’s done recently is, I laid him down in his bed, he got all snuggled in and I see his little hand pop out and the fingers start to flap in a waving motion… so tired but still managed to wave goodnight. I didn’t describe that very well but it was really cute ok?? He still lights up around all music, loves to reach up and play the piano, loves to watch his siblings running round and round him and is drawn to the stairs faster than you notice he’s gone. I’m just not ready for the baby stage to be over :( but then again… :) Noah, you are one loved little man. So so SO glad God put you in our family! Happy 11 months sweet pea!

That Hike

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little stories

Sometimes there are little things that happen that I want to pause to remember. Like today! I love my kids an absurd amount but there is one thing about them that drives me up the wall. They appear to hate being outside. We live in California – the land of notoriously perfect, 72 degree days. If it’s 73 it’s nooooooo it’s too hot!!! if it’s 71 IT’S FREEZING!!!. Each time they utter such absurdities a little part of myself dies inside. I hate it. My friend asked Abbie if she plays any sports and she said, “What are sports?” I get that we aren’t the most active family in the universe but MY GOSH peel your limp body off the couch and go build a fort, child! Anyways, I will do my darnedest to make them see how magical nature can be. Today we peered outside and I thought, enough with these backyard shenanigans… let’s go on an adventure! There are SO many gorgeous hikes and trails around us and yes, they terrify me because every. single. time. we venture out on one, there are an insane amount of tears and protests to the beauty that surrounds. Today, however, there was something in the air. It was crisp! The birds were singing! The light was dancing through the fall leaves and Abbie actually exclaimed “THIS IS SO FUN!” We moseyed by a stream, making our way through the beautiful woods… I could even hear Abbie practicing her memory verse… “He leads me by peaceful streams…” MY HEART ABOUT BURST. There were so many exclamations on the beauty and fun they were having! And then. Abbie tripped over a root and landed in a patch of poison oak. We climbed over a fallen limb and almost stepped on a mouse that appeared to be convulsing and struggling for his little life. The horrified screams began. The trail got smaller and the hills got steeper… we decided to head back in search of a better trail that did not include injured animals and poison leaves. I knew if we could just get across the creek, I could see what looked like such a better trail! There was convincing. There was wetting of pants. There was more crying. But then, my scared little girl became so brave! She took off her shoes and headed across the shallow rocks! There were more exclamations of the fun she was having! My heart soared! And then plummeted as the shallow bit ended and in we both went, mid calf into the very cold stream. The pants were wet. The tone had changed. This was now a horrible idea that led only to talk of “NEVER HIKING AGAIN!” We made it up the steep bank, wet and now covered in mud, we learned that in nature, it’s okay to get a little dirty! And that a bath awaited at home. Hey, I might have even thrown in promise of cake! We tried another trail that was littered with belongings… thoughts of the red capped killer danced across my mind but instead of ending this sad adventure with, sorry we crossed the river to hang out with the homeless, I tried one last attempt to make the memories happy. There was a tree. There were leaves. We made a pile and jumped. There were some balancing acts on logs and once again the mention of fun was murmured. So we called it a day, headed back down the steep steep hill, came to the icy stream, the wailing began again, and in we all went, all three kids somehow placed on my giant birthing hips, shoes and all… you know? Something happens in adulthood where the magic leaves. Nature is dirty. Things are impractical. Christmas is expensive. Part of the joy of having kids is getting to experience a little bit of that all over again. Christmas is all sorts of magical getting to see it through your kids eyes. The impracticalities of life often lead to opportunities of such tremendous wonder – slowing down enough to see things you surely miss every single day. And nature… oh yes it’s dirty but taking the plunge and treading through that water, shoes and all? I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun! So even if my kids have sworn off voluntary nature excursions for the rest of their lives and changed their tune from never hiking again to never WALKING again… one might call it an utter failure… but this momma literally just got her feet wet again and can’t wait to do all the nature things! Buckle up Nettles Three! You’re about to get all sorts of dirty!

10 Months!

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

Does he look happy? Does he? Cause he wasn’t… why with these pictures WHYYYYY!?! I say it with every child. Anyways! dear sweet sad boy, this month we are up to FOUR TEETH! And he’ll crawl (properly on his knees, mind you) across the room just to bite you. I’m so excited about the crawling. Life just got very busy but it’s so much fun to see his curiosity blossom. That is when he’s not sad. Did I mention he’s sad?? ;) He loves to be held. He wouldn’t mind if you never put him down. He loves to dance to Ed Sheeran’s take me back to london. He gets his big diaper booty going and it’s the most glorious thing. Also the little hands. Dancing baby hands might be my favorite thing ever. If everyone’s drumming on the table, he wants to drum on the table. He has a newfound desire to be one of the big kids. He has opinions. All of a sudden so many opinions. He’s pulling himself up on all the things… he’s getting back down… it’s all sorts of amazing. He’s been spitting his binky out so I took it away… until I needed it for his Halloween costume and tried to get him interested in it again… he was not… hence only one picture with the complete ensemble… actually, let me put these right here cause the chances of me getting around to doing an actual Halloween post are very very slim. I still have Easter pictures…

Ughhh Halloween…. when will I learn? Anyways, Abbie just loved finally getting to be royalty, Luke could not care less and begged to trick or treat in his underwear and Noah I just know resented me for making him wear his brothers jacket and not splurging on his own appropriately fitting one. But back to the boy of cries and smiles… been trying to phase out the binky… only had a couple moments of public panic when it would have worked swimmingly to stifle the screams. His appetite is insatiable, he loves when Greg gets home, and is drawn to all the outlets. Lil Noah, you sure bring so much joy to our lives! Happy 10 months lil man!