Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Easter Sunday!

What a Fabulous Easter Weekend!

We enjoyed the gorgeous weather so much and spent tons of time outside!

Braden also fell in love with 2 new sports, baseball and basketball.  He can't get enough of them right now and I am really thankful for all of the time the guys (Papa Bob, Uncle Dave, and Daddy!) spent playing with him this weekend.  It's so fun to watch his excitement. 

Here are some pics from Easter Sunday.  Mimi and Papa sent the kiddos an awesome care package for Easter and in the box were these 2 adorable dresses for the girls which were perfect for Easter!

 Papa Bob planned an Easter egg hunt for the kids in our backyard.  The weather was so warm that the chocolate was melting!

Hope Everyone had a wonderful Easter Weekend.

My kids are still waking up out of bed singing songs about how He Has Risen!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Sunday

From our Family to Yours!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday!

When I was a kid, I had NO idea why we called Good Friday, "Good."  What is good about Jesus dying!?  Many years later...(like college), it finally made sense to me and I realized the significance of this day.

And wow, is it significant.

Jesus's death brought life.

The cross changed it all.
Thank you to our wonderful Nanny for making this craft with my kiddos.  What a great painting activity!
Now, we can have Hope.
Now, we can have Peace.
Now, we can have Life.
Now, we can be with God in Heaven, forever!

This morning, my older kids and I read the Easter story in the Jesus Storybook Bible (fantastic book). 
We talked about why Jesus had to die.  We talked about what it all meant.
And when I told them,  Jesus had to leave, so that we can have him with us forever.
They knew what that meant.
Kayla immediately said, "Jesus lives in our hearts."

We have spent all week getting ready for this very special weekend.

We've been doing crafts, reading stories, having play dates, playing with our Easter eggs and we're really looking forward to the arrival of Uncle Dave and Papa Bob (any min. now!) to share the weekend with us. 

My favorite artwork, their little hand and footprints, thanks Miss Lindsay!
Aren't these children precious!  They certainly are a gift to us. 

So, let the weekend begin!
The kids can't wait to dye eggs, have an Easter Egg hunt and receive their special Easter Baskets.
Lots and Lots of Eggs, the symbol of New Life.

We are so thankful for the Cross.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Growing up!

This "18th month" has been a HUGE month for our little ladybug!

Literally, every single day, she has blown me away by all of the new stuff she is doing!

Let's just say, language explosion!!!!!!!
I remember blogging around 15 months saying that she had a handful of words, the basic, "Momma, Dadda, hi, bye, and ball." 

Now, she is basically talking non-stop and surprising us everyday by the way she is putting words together.  She probably has around 50 words now and is starting starting to put 2 words together.

Just last week, when she started laughing about something (she is quite the comedian), she said, "Me funny!"  It made me stop in my tracks because I couldn't believe she just said that, surely I was making up what I heard.  But, then she said it again and again and again.  And always in the right context.

The best part, If "she" is being funny, she says, "Me funny!"  If something else is funny, she says, "that's funny."  Pretty smart little gal!
When she sees us in the morning, she has to tell everyone around, "My mommy, My Daddy, My Reese," while she points to us. 

When she finishes her meal, instead of signing done, she says, "all done."  She's very good about saying thank you for everything, but it sounds like, "tank too."    She loves to pray with us, and she always asks for more, "cak-ker and cheese," her favorite foods.  
Some of her new tricks include...
turning on and off all of the lights, she thinks it's hysterical :-)
singing songs, she has about 1/2 of the words in twinkle twinkle and is just starting to sing my little sunshine
pointing to ALL of her body parts as well as body parts on other people now
she now knows ALL of her animal sounds, at least all of the animals I can think of....
pointing to just about anything I ask her to point to in a book, we are loving "Good night Moon right now!"  
kissing everyone in sight as soon as I say, "It's bedtime."
giving a BIG cheesy smile when you tell her to smile
kicking a ball
holding hands when we go places, she went through a running away from us phase for a couple of weeks, but now we are doing good at holding hands, hoping this continues!
choosing books to read, she always says, "boom boom" for chicka chicka boom boom, so cute
swinging high, her favorite thing on earth...
Adalie is a huge burst of sunshine.  She's definitely the comedian in our family.  She ALWAYS wants to be laughing, dancing and having a great time.   She grabs your hands to do "ring around the rosie" just so you can fall down with her and laugh.  Let's just say, She is the life of the party.   And everyone around her adores her.
We are so very blessed by this sweet girl!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More time with the Grandparents!!

For the past few months, my parents have taken the older kids for a long weekend... Which is wonderful!

I get baby time and my parents (and usually brad's parents) get kid time!

Which looks like this.

When they are in Cleveland, their days are always packed with FUN!

Most text messages have pictures like this and captions that say, Braden and Reese are on the last cart of the roller coaster, they are having a blast!
Well, yes, I would say they are!  I would too if every moment was filled with wild crazy fun.

And here, Braden is actually "in" a dog show.    What!?  Hundreds of people are in the audience and my son got picked to help in the show.  Pretty wild!

And here she is, at the rainforest, of course.
I really can't even keep up with everything they do, but I always hope they want to come back, at some point! :-)  

But, while they are gone...I get some seriously fun QT with this babe!
Peek a Boo....All.Day.Long!

Oh, that belly! :-)
My sweet babe, I love you, I love you, I love you!

Thanks Mom and Dad for another fabulous weekend to catch up on life, relax and take care of just this one!
We love you!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Spring!

Since we just finished spring break, I needed to get a new spring pic. of my kiddos! 

After such a long snowy winter (don't get me wrong, I enjoyed every one of those snow days) it's time to say good-bye to the snow and hello to bare feet!

I can't wait to get some late spring/early summer family pictures as the flowers start to bloom, but I just thought I'd pop into my new favorite photo place (Flash Photography) at the Greene to do a 5 min. ($25) mini-session.

After all, we needed to get Adalei's 18 month picture.  They change SO much during these first couple years.

Here's my sweet baby at 6 months old right after she learned to sit up.  
 12 months old, learning to stand (still with support)
 And 18 months, bursting with smiles, giggles and lots and lots of words!
 Now we are heading towards the big #2, which just seems impossible really!

These days go so quickly and I am loving every minute of being home with my loves. 
I even jumped in for a picture to capture what my life looks like these days raising these little ones.

I told the photographer, "Don't worry if the pictures don't come out perfect, our days are certainly not perfect, and I don't care if someone isn't smiling, or if someone is crying, or is someone is running away....that's cool, it's just us!" 

He just took one shot, and I love it!
 Crooked smiles and all (middle child :-), it's us and I'm amazed we really pulled anything off in just 5 min!

So, thanks Adalei Rose for getting us into the studio for your 18 month pic!
You are bursting with cuteness, and your Mommy sure does adore you!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two peas in a pod

I love the bond these two have...

Caught playing trouble and candy land at 6am!

Reading to each other 

And building forts 

Love that their partners in crime!


In preparation for Easter, my dad has been sending me emails everyday that talk about heaven.

It is so important to live in light of eternity, because really... that's all that matters!
So, it's been so nice to meditate on some of this scripture during the season of Lent.

The psalmist says that in His presence "is fullness of joy;"  and at His "right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11).  When we get to heaven, when we are in the presence of God, everything we do will bring about perfect satisfaction and reward.  We will never engage in anything that leaves us feeling even a tad bit empty.  Everything we do will bring us absolute and total fulfillment and joy, because that's the way God has created us.  In fact, Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says that God has actually put eternity in our hearts.  What this means is that God has built us, as believers, with a space within us that can't be satisfied with anything except heaven.  And that's the reason we aren't going to be bored in heaven--it's everything our hearts long for!  In Paradise, we will finally feel the completeness that we were created to enjoy.

 Dad, I'm looking forward to celebrating Easter with you soon!

Saturday, March 29, 2014