Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Weekend!

We have spent the last few days preparing for Easter, going to the doctor for H, playing soccer, Family Fun day for T, and partying with Campbell for her Birthday.  Lots of family time, which is what we like:)

  Harper woke with a fever Thursday which extended my weekend by a day.  Kevin had already taken off to spend the day at his Family Fun Day.  Mimi, Boo Boo, and Aubrey joined them and they had a great time!  I took H to the doctor and she had a double ear infection and staph.  She is on a 20 day antibiotic and I see tubes in our near future.  I was able to sneak off at lunch and surprise Maddie at school.  She was excited and I realized there we hadn't done her homework for the week-whoops!  I love her teacher and she told us not to worry about it.  Maddie has blown the class away with her AR points (111!) and has done great this year.  A good example of grace by her teacher!

  Friday we headed to the mall for last minute pics with the Easter bunny.  Harper cried but the other two loved it.  Memories:)  We colored eggs galore that afternoon and the big kids headed to soccer practice with dad.

  Saturday we played soccer and headed to our church's Eggstravaganza.  It was a huge hit and we all had fun.  Harper went on her first hunt and got lots of eggs holding daddy's hand.  Precious!!  Our last event for the day was taking the big kids to a park in Lakeland for a Easter egg hunt/birthday party.  It was a lot of fun and we found a new park to play at this summer.  Never knew it was there!

  Knowing the Easter Bunny was coming, meant easy bed time for the kiddos.  It was a great weekend and Easter post will be next.  He is alive!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Our Crazy Life!

Things are busy around here...probably a little too busy.  The school year is coming to an end, soccer, football, and gymnastics are heating up, a baby is getting close to walking...and this mama is tired.  But we are all healthy and happy.  That is a blessing and we are thankful for all our little activities.
  Here is a recap of our day:
8:30- Kev leaves to ref a 9:00 soccer game
10-  Maddie and Turner have a game and Nonna shows up as a surprise.
11:30- We have lunch at Applebees
1- Maddie has gymnastics
4- pick Mo and friend up from gymnastics and head to swim party at hotel.
6:30- Kev takes Turner to PNO at River City
7:30- I leave party and Maddie stays for her FIRST sleep over!!!!  Not sure how much sleep I will get tonight!
8- I procrastinate and have to work on sunday school lesson for the morning.
9:30- pickup Turner and get him in the bath and bed by 10!
10:30- feeling the need to document our day:)

Whew!!  Sweet Harper was just along for the ride and is thankfully an easy going laid back girl-her days are coming!!

I write this so I will remember.  Remember to be be thankful for the slow days and enjoy the time we have at home.  We were going in all different directions today and sometimes it is nice to take it easy.  It was a good day, just busy.  Already wishing we could schedule a naptime for tomorrow, but betting it wont happen.  If only we had the same amount of energy as the kids!!!  Here are a few pics from the day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Treats!!

The kids love making and eating Birds nests.  This is our third year to make them and we always do it before Easter and to celebrate spring.  We had the afternoon free yesterday and made them while Harper was sleeping.  Next year she should be old enough to join in on the fun.  The kids also made rolling animals that turned out cute.  I didnt take a pic but I love the $5 crafts Target sales for the different holidays!!  They each made 3 and spent about am hour working on them.  $5 well spent!!

Friday, April 4, 2014


On pretty days we have gotten into an outside routine.  Maddie leads the pack riding her electric scooter, Turner is behind her riding his green machine, and I walk Harper in the wagon.  Today Turner's machine was low on battery and moving at a snail's pace.  Maddie got frustrated and said she was going home because we took took too long.  Turner's words-
"In case you didnt realize Maddie, mom is kind of old.  Not a bad kind of old,  but she is getting old".
  Way to blame your old mom kiddo!!

  Today Harper learned how to give sweet closed mouth kisses.  Before today she would stick her tongue in your mouth.  I could just eat her up!!  She has also taken up reading as a favorite past time.   I would love to know what is going on in her little head.

  Maddie has had all kinds of attitude this week.  I am scared to think too hard about what is in store of us.  I have spanked her twice in the past two days.  That is more than she has gotten in the past year.

  Mimi finished radiation yesterday.  She has done great and we are so very thankful.

  Kev is back in football.  I am getting adjusted to handling the herd on my own.  The grocery store is not one of my favorite things to do with the kiddos-craziness I tell ya!!

  I am pretty sure we are about to have to buy a new air unit.  Not sure how we are going to pay for it, but God has shown me too many times that he will provide.  I will just rest in that.

  Busy days ahead.  Think I will go to bed:)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday School!

Our church has been going through a transition period and was in need of some Sunday school teachers.  I love my Sunday school class and couldn't imagine not being with them.  I had been feeling like I needed to get more involved and do more to "serve".  After praying about it and speaking with some staff....I now teach the 3 and 4 year olds on Sunday mornings.  I just cant seem to get enough of the littles:)
  My dear friend and wife of my sunday school teacher graciously agreed to help me.  We have been at it for about two months now and it is going well.  I love kids and there is nothing better than being able teach them about God!  I have the best little helper too...Turner.  He is in my class and loves going early with me to set everything up.  It is good time spent with him.
  Church is keeping us busy and I cant think of a better way to spend our time.  To God be the glory!

State Competition!

Two weeks ago we ended Maddie's competition season with State.  We are so proud of our girl and how far she has come this year!!  This has given her so much confidence and taught her so much more than gymnastics.  She brought home the gold medal in vault in her division and bronze on bars.  She finished 3rd overall!
  She had a big support group there to watch her.  Mimi, Boo Boo, Nonna, Megs, and her brother and sister were there to watch.  Afterwards we ate lunch downtown to celebrate and Saturday she had her nails and toes painted.  She has worked hard this year and cant wait to see what the future holds. 
  We go tonight to see what level the girls will be competing at next year.  We have debated about doing it another year because it is such a huge financial and time commitment.  We are leaving it up to her and I think she will stick with it.  She really loves the girls on her team and is constantly doing gymnastics at home.   I kind of like being a "gymnastics mom" and just want her to be happy and able to do what she loves:)  Great job Mo!!

Upwards Soccer!!

It is soccer season and Maddie and Turner are both playing at church....with their daddy as coach!!!  They are excited and this is their time to be on the same team.  They started practicing last week and their first game is Saturday.  Looking forward to the next two months on the soccer field!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

12 Months Old!!

Our baby is now 1 and this will probably be the last monthly post.  She weighed in at 23 lbs and 30 3/4 inches long.  Our girl is in the 95% and doing great.  She talks all the time and we understand about 5% of it:)  She still isn't walking and doesnt seem to be in any hurry about it-that is ok with us!
  She is off formula and is drinking milk like a champ.  She probably drinks 4-5 cups from her sippy cup during the day and we are still giving it to her in a bottle before bed.  She has gotten back in a good sleeping habit and we are so glad!!!  She will put herself to sleep and is mostly sleeping through the night again.
  She is eating great and doing pretty good about trying new things.  She loves blueberry muffins, ham, pizza, cheese, and applesauce.  She loves her Boo Boo!!  If he is around, that is normally who she wants.  It is sweet:)
  Enjoying this time with Harper and can't wait to see what the next few months will bring!!  It has been a quick year.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

1st Birthday-Circus Style!!

I cant believe our baby is one years old!  This has been the quickest year ever and we have enjoyed Harper Doodle to pieces.  She brings everyone joy and her brother and sister adore her.  She loves them just as much!  We invited a few family and friends over for a circus style party.  I love having a springy birthday.  First time ever to be able to celebrate outside!!
  Mimi and Boo have had all the grands first birthdays at their house and this one was no different.  How awesome that my mom is in her second week of radiation and still insisted we have it there.  Dont know what we would do without them!  Nonna and Marci made the trip to celebrate Harper as well.
  I think everyone had a good time and Harper loved munching on her cake.  She wasn't messy, but she just kept on eating:)  We finally just got her out of the high chair.  Our girl received a whole summer wardrobe and lots of fun toys. 
  It was a great day and I will do a separate post about Harper at 12 months.