Wednesday, July 23, 2014


She is finally better!  Last Thursday, I mentioned that she got really sick with a high fever...
Well, the next day I saw the rash, and we went straight to the doctor.
She had hand foot and mouth, poor baby! 

I've already been through this with my other 2 so I didn't panic this time, but still felt so bad for her.
There's basically nothing you can do except offer Tylenol for the pain. 
She had blisters in her throat, so she did not eat for a few days and continuously said, "Ouchies!" 

It was a sad few days, but she turned the corner yesterday and we are officially in the clear!
Now we praying (hard) my other two don't get it!

This picture is the definition of summer for us! 
Yesterday it was 90 degrees out and we lived up summer to the fullest!
The kids had VBS in the morning, then came home to a picnic lunch outside followed by a 4 hour water fight!  The chased each other around in the backyard for hours laughing their hearts out.  Pure bliss! I sat back, watched, smiled and took some videos.  Love watching them enjoy these summer days!
The also made a water slide.  I may have given them that idea, but I did not think about the fact that Reese was in white shorts!    They are brown shorts now, but it was worth it!  I'm pretty grateful they did not break any bones as they FLEW down the slide and wiped out in the mud puddle each time over and over again!
This is what summer is supposed to look like, right!?? :-)
Afterwards, I hosed them off, threw on their swimsuits and headed to the pool.  We found a lady who has a pool in her home and teachers private swim lessons, so this week we've been going there.  She lets me get in the water with the girls as she teaches Braden how to swim.  He is sooo close and I am grateful for this extra practice that he is getting.  After his first lesson, she had him diving in the pool, literally head first into the deep end.  I was amazed by all of his progress after just one 30 min. lesson.   

After swim we flew through the chick filet drive through and grabbed some dinner to eat on a blanket while Braden had t-ball practice.  He sure was worn out by the end of the night!

We headed home, I passed off the kiddos to Daddy for bedtime and went out with a friend to have margaritas on the outside patio of a favorite restaurant of ours.  

We sure are loving summer around here!! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My hubby is Back!

It's been a long 2 weeks with Daddy out of town for work, he just came back from Australia!! 

What a cool place to go for work, right!?

I never really exactly know how to explain what my hubby does for work, the last time someone asked me, I answered by saying, "It's complicated!"  :-)

Because everything he does seems to be complicated.   He is the guy that steps in to "solve" the problems and create the solution when no one else can. 

So, here is a picture of what he was doing in Australia.

He went straight to the middle of the Outback to fix the structure of a Gold Mine that is breaking down, that is how I would put it.  

His company newsletter put it like this... 
A global mining company in Newmont has a distressed protective structure in Western Australia that needs a strong, fast solution to reinforce an aging steel framework without requiring much down-time for the mine.
Advantic is finalizing the purchase order to begin manufacturing structural components for the structure’s remediation later this year. 

Either way, it's pretty cool stuff. 

I'm so thankful my husband finally gets to do his dream job after working so hard for the past 5 years to get to this point.  I have a feeling there will be lots of crazy trips like this for him in the future, but hopefully they all won't be half way around the world!

We sure missed Daddy and we're glad he's back!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Potty Training


My baby woke up sick....  like crying, shaking, 102 fever, won't eat anything sick! :-(

So, today will be reserved for cuddling only, thankfully she's sound asleep now and I'm hoping this passes through her quickly. 

On a happier note, I've been partying like a Rock Star with my friends this summer! 

Girl Time is Good for my Soul.

So, I've taken EVERY opportunity that has come my way to spend time with the treasures God has placed in my life.

I am sooo thankful beyond words, for these girls...

Whether we are getting pedicures together at the Greene...

Or hanging out together in my parents basement letting our little ones run around...

Or vacationing together in Ocean City...

Or spending a Day together in Put in Bay...
I feel so blessed to be surrounded by girls that make me laugh, lend a listening ear, encourage me, pray for me, and walk through life with me side by side.  I'd be lost without them.

Friendship is such a gift, embrace it tightly!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A new journey has begun...

Very Big Day around here!

Someone just turned 22 months...
And with that magical age has come a whole new chapter in our lives.

Good-bye Baby, Hello Big Girl!!

We now have a very independent girl on our hands, who demands to be one of the gang!  She refuses to sit in a high chair (you should see the look she gives me if I even try!), refuses sippy cups, and especially wants nothing to do with diapers.

It is a battle, people, and she is winning.  And if you are going to be spending your whole day in the bathroom with a baby big girl who desperately is trying to pee on the potty, you might as well be potty training.

So, we woke up this morning, threw away the diapers and sang a "Bye-Bye Diaper" song.
(some lucky mommy will be getting lots and lots of diapers from me soon, the throwing away part was just for her to have closure :-)  

And so we've been in undies all day!  Let me tell you, it's been a party! 
I feels a little like getting a new puppy....lots of chasing around and cleaning up pee from the floor.

So, if you are wondering what I'll be doing for the next few days, this is it! Exciting, I know!  :-)

I'm even letting her nap in her undies right now, I know, I am being really brave!

I decided I'm going to give it a Go and see if she gets the hang of it by the weekend... I don't really know what to expect.  I didn't potty train the older two until the day they turned 3, so this potty training before 2 business is uncharted waters for me! 

I'll update more this weekend and hopefully I'll be sharing positive news, or maybe not at all and I"ll just have a lot of wrestling to do in my future! We'll see! :-)

Friday, July 11, 2014

We took 6 kids to trader joes...

I don't think everyone else in the store had as much fun as I did with 6 very energetic kids bouncing, literally bouncing, around my cart...but it sure was fun!

And it's partially there fault, I mean they give you cat Cookies when you walk in, like huge cups of them, and then have you search for A stuffed cow as u shop and then give you suckers when you check out if you find the cow!

I think they slightly promote the craziness!

So a crazy, but fun successful 1st trip to trader joes!! :-) def going back!!! And I'm loving all the new foods in the house! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My fav summer shot!

This captures it all...
Cheetos and swimsuits, this is the life!!
You JUMPED off the diving board today for the first time!! 

I saw you standing there from across the pool and I felt just as nervous as you did.  I literally jumped out of the bleachers and grabbed my camera to capture this moment.  Because I knew it was big.  You had just told me that there was "no way" you were going to do this.  
And then you did.  You jumped.

I was so proud of u it brought tears to my eyes!!! You are so close to swimming, you almost got it! I love watching you grow and cheering you on!  It's simply the best.
Your mommy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th!!

Hasn't the weather been just PERFECT this weekend!??

The past few years July 4th has either been rainy or in the 90's, so I was extremely thankful for this beautiful weather.  The past few years, I've either been 'really' pregnant on July 4th, or with a newborn in tote, so rain or sauna temps have always made it a bit challenging...

I feel like I finally was able to fully enjoy the day with my little loves. 
We took lots of fun pics at home with the kiddos in their wagon.

And then we set off for the parade, our annual tradition!

We spent time with Nana and her friends as we watched the parade.

We got to spend time with friends too!
The kids were mesmerized by the parade, so it was very enjoyable for us to just watch their smiles!

After the parade, Braden and I hiked to the very end of the festival to get this yummy ice cream!
Totally worth it!

Then, we went home and played in the backyard for awhile while we waited for the fireworks!

Dad took one more of us!
Then, we went to a friend's house for a cookout and fireworks!  Uncle Brett joined the party!
I'm really bummed that I accidently deleted some of my fav. pics of the kids from the night...
but it was definitely a night to remember!

My friend threw a fabulous July 4th party!
There were snaps, sparklers, lighting bug catching, glow bracelets and necklaces, ice cream sundae bar and a beautiful field to watch the fireworks in.
Adalei kept saying "twinkle twinkle" every time a firework went off in the sky. She loved it! 

It was such a special July 4th and I loved all of the new traditions this year brought!
Thankful for our Independence Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Welcome Jacob Gabrielle!!!
I have been waiting months and months to hold this little love!!

He is the sweetest thing ever, I could hardly stand giving him back to his beautiful momma!! 

During our visit, adalei was obsessed with helping the baby ...she had to give him his Blankey, paci, lovie, etc and couldn't stop saying "hi baby!!!!! And giving sweet kisses!"   She just loves taking care of babies, it's so sweet to watch!  

Thankfully I have 2 good friends that just had babies so we are enjoying wrapping our arms around these sweet blessings as much as we can, another treat to our summer!!