Age Changes Things

There are some common phrases we say to/about our children that are intended compliments.

“You are SUCH a big girl!”

“Look at those chubby cheeks!”

“You are getting SO BIG!”

“I am loving those giant thighs!”

“Where’s your big belly?”

“I love all his rolls!!”

Now go ahead and read those again, but imagine someone’s saying it to you.  DO IT.

You sure don’t compliment adults the same way you do children. hahaha  This is the kind of stuff that keeps me awake at night, people.  I may need help, but I mean… this is great!


Eliana is Three Months Old!!!

Our youngest little sweet pea is three months old today!  She weighs 12 lb 4 oz and her growth percentages at her last doctor appointment were 61% for weight and 50% for height.

Cuddle Bugger

I can’t get over what an incredibly tiny baby her big sister, Evelyn was.  Elly is fitting in clothes that Evie didn’t wear until 7 or even 8 months old!!  She also weighs a solid 2 pounds more than Evie did at this age.  No wonder Evelyn was always in the 2% for weight!  She was REALLY small.  I remember people would ask me if she was about 3 months old when she was actually 8 months.  So funny.

Cuddle Bug

Eliana is mostly fitting 3 – 6 month clothes and some 6 month clothes now.

Cutie 2


I love my snuggle times with this precious cuddle bug!


This little one is such a sweetheart.  She has such a fun little personality and is so full of smiles!



These chubby little cheeks just kill me!

Chubby Cheeks

Although you can’t tell from the expression I got here, Elly is enjoying our Bumbo seat quite a bit lately.  She’s getting so big and holding her head up so well!  Tummy time is much more exciting now too.


Evie Grace

Head ups

Oh, I am loving these next photos!  I have been trying to catch this baby’s CUTE pouty face for so long and finally got it done.  I mean, I could probably look at this saying, “Awwwwww!!” all day if I didn’t have 4 little tots to keep track of.


Cheeky 2

Cheeky 3

Cheeky 4

Sweltering outside in this heat wave while the big girls are swimming.

Selfie 2

Elly started giggling a few weeks ago and it’s obviously adorable as can be.  She cracked up for the first time over her bout of hiccups.  She still thinks they are pretty funny.  She also laughs when I tickle her feet or sides.

Happy Girl

Eliana’s big sisters are always around to keep her company and smother her with their affection.  It can be pretty fun to fight over your baby sis.  She puts up with it pretty well.


Abby JoyEvie

This baby makes the best faces ever.  She is always cracking me up with her great expressions.



I am still having Elly sleep in her rock ‘n’ play at bed time, which is going stellar by the way.  This baby sleeps like a champ.  She still crashes around 8 p.m. and would probably sleep 11 hours until the morning noise wakes her up at 7 a.m., but I usually rouse her up for one more feeding at 10:30 p.m. before I go to bed – just in case.  Elly takes a morning nap around 9 a.m. (in the K’tan if we’re walking, otherwise I hold her or have her sleep in the boppy pillow) for about an hour.  Then she takes a longer snooze in the afternoon.  This varies in length/time, but is usually something like 12:30 – 3 p.m.  She takes a third early evening nap while I’m preparing dinner.  That one is usually pretty short, but gets her through till bed time.

Tuckered Out

Sweet Sleepy Baby

Naked babies are just so squeezy!!

Oh baby

Naky 1

Naky 3


I love pictures with all three of our girls!  We are so blessed to be their parents.  What wonderful gifts we’ve been given. ❤

Sisters 2


Eliana Hope, we love watching you grow and learn! ❤


Baby Girl loves to talk to me with her super tiny, cute voice.  She will gurgle and squeak, trying to be all helpless and adorable. haha  I love it.

So tiny

Tiny 2

Chatting away!



Somebody loves chewing on their hands.

Sweets 1

Nummy hands

Nummy 2

Elly has also been really loving our play mat and enjoys holding toys now too!


I have so much overwhelming love for my babies!  Being a mom is my favorite always.


Sweet Face

Smiles 2


We are loving every quick minute with this precious baby girl! ❤


Mama Time

Selfie 1



Baby Boy is 6 Months Old!!!!!!


Little Mr. Chunky Thighs has officially been with us for 6 months now!  That seems so crazy and hard to believe!  It’s so weird that this little guy has been around for six months and his life is still in limbo.  I know the DHS workers have a ton of cases they are involved with, so it probably doesn’t feel overly long to them when they pop in to snag him for his quick, supervised visits during the week…. but we take care of him every single day and are watching this baby grow up right before our eyes.

Monkey Butt

Friends (and strangers too!) are always so curious about his situation.  I don’t blame them for asking questions, but I always have to be pretty vague with my responses.  This isn’t because I want to be rude, but I either really don’t know or I feel that I need to protect his birth family’s privacy.  As foster parents, we aren’t supposed to refer to any little ones in our care as “foster children.”  I will often say, “he’s staying with us for awhile” or if people keep asking, I will say I am a foster mom to clarify.  I never give out his last name as a means of family privacy.  We’re also not really supposed to talk about why he was removed.




Foster parents are rarely in the know with anything.  It’s tough because we are the ones caring for the children on a daily basis, yet we are often the last to hear updates (if we even hear them at all).  I’ve (mostly) learned to just focus on day to day and to keep trusting the Lord has the long term plan in motion.  We finally have the next court date – it will be a permanency hearing in mid November.  Supposedly, there will be some kind of decision made at that time for BB’s future.  It won’t be finalized at that time, but hopefully the ball will be set in motion to wrap things up.  So much for all of their talk about settling cases by 6 months for babies.  He will be just shy of 10 months at that time and it is still likely the case won’t be finalized at that time.  Whew!

Happy Guys


BB weighs 17 lb 3 oz now.  He is mostly wearing 9 month clothes.  I need to figure out a time to go clothes shopping for this kid again!  I have so many girl clothes, I just whip the hand me downs out of bins each time someone stretches out a little, but I keep forgetting I don’t have any boy clothes to pull out!  Oops! haha


Babe Boy

Big Boy

Cabz and I attempted a selfie at the 4th of July parade and had to laugh when we saw this little bugger snuck into the picture. haha


Happy Day1

Little Guy is still eating 5 times a day, about every 3 hours, and sleeps all night from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.  He drinks 4 1/2 ounces for the two morning feedings, 5 ounces for the afternoon feedings, and 5 1/2 ounces for his before bed feeding.


BB loves to roll onto his stomach and is dying to learn how to crawl lately!  He will squirm his body and shove with his feet and hands until he gets somewhere new.  There have been a couple times he has pushed himself backwards pretty far!  I’m not sure he was going for that direction, but it worked. haha


Trying to Crawl

This picture is so horrible – the kids were not working with me here and it’s just rough in general, but I had to include it because it makes me laugh.  These three tots are all about a head taller than the next!  So funny!  The real question is, how long will Evie stay taller than BB?  ha!

A head apart

This little guy still enjoys spurts of gabbing (aka squawking).  He does this the most when he’s  really happy and in a comfortable setting (generally at home).  In public, he tends to be pretty quiet and observant, but trust me when I say this kid can really let it out!

Happy Guy


Your face when Mama puts a bucket on your head at bath time and you’re tired, hungry, and done.

No bucket

Abby, our lover of babies.

Big Sister

This is a photo Abigail wanted included.  She took this one of me and the babies and Evie climbing on the couch (shortly followed by my head of course) and was pretty proud of it.  “I got you and the babies in it!  And I even got Evie in there too!”

Abby's Shot

Hanging out at the zoo is always a fun time!  Do I look like I’m running a daycare? ha!

Zoo Walk

Some of the visits have been getting harder for him.  I know everyone is very excited to see him and loves on him, but he is often doing visits over his nap time, which gets tough.  He is so stirred up with all the interaction and not being in his crib that he doesn’t fall asleep.  When he finally gets back he will sometimes just be a wreck.  On the hardest days, he will scream for about an hour before finally calming down enough to take a nap.  As he’s getting older, I see him starting to anticipate the visits more and wondering why he leaves when everyone else stays.  As I buckle him in to his visit car seat, he will just stare at me without blinking.  This is how he often reacts when we’re around less familiar faces/settings.  He will just keep his eyes glued to my face and that seems to comfort him somehow.

Big eyes

This little grunter really is a lot of fun and we’re pretty blessed to have him in our home.  He can be such a little goof and always puts a lot of “umph” into whatever he’s doing.

floor play


Okay, this selfie is so funny to me.  I’m getting BB’s classic, “deer in the headlights” expression, Elly’s scrunchingly focused on her hands, and Abby’s being a goon.  I also love how you can see Abby and Elly’s very similar head shapes (from me I believe).  They’re almost squarish and very emphasized in this picture. haha!!


Our virtual twins!  These two are such a funny pair.  They look nothing alike, which makes it even better. haha

Virtual Twins


When I see pictures like this, it hits me….  We have a LOT of little kids in this house!  If we make it to the end of each day and I managed to feed everyone, keep everyone’s butts cleaned, and maybe do one or two necessary house cleaning/laundry things, I had a super successful day.  Bonus if it was also a grocery or errand day.  This is what 4 kids age three and under does to you. haha  I have officially become one of those people who has to do a load of laundry every single day and is still not caught up.

So many Littles

Somebody has recently been loving his feet.  He discovered them a couple weeks ago and now has something to keep him entertained at all times!


Trying to enjoy our time with this lil’ dude – however long or short it might be!  (I guess we now know it’s at least another 4 months…..)

Hi there

Havin Fun

The Rustic Run!

I officially completed my first race since making the decision to take up (short distance) running.  The sad thing is, the last time I ran this one mile race (pre babies), I hadn’t trained at all and had a much better time.  The good thing is, I ran the entire mile and got my best postpartum time yet!  I finally broke 8 minutes (barely!!) with a time of 7:58.  That may not sound too amazing, but it was exciting for me!  I was the 2nd female in my age group (19-39) which means there wasn’t a whole lot of competition. haha!

Shout out to my 9 year old sister who ran the whole mile in 7 minutes 52 seconds!!  Future track star in the making!!  We ran some of our mile together which was pretty fun.  She was verbally encouraging me while I could barely manage to give her a thumbs up.  ha!

I was also pretty proud of our three year old, who steadily jogged the entire mile with Daddy.  Her time was 13:35.  She only stopped once for a quick water break.  She wasn’t tired a bit at the end, while I was ready to pass out.  Age…… haha!

Rustic Run!


Q Week

Q Week!  Inevitably one of the trickiest letters to find activities for. haha  It wasn’t nearly as exciting as some previous letters, but I did manage to scrounge up a few ideas.

Abby made her block letter ‘Q’ into a quail.

Q is for Quail

Q is for quarters!  I dumped out our piggy bank (ISU paraphernalia, courtesy of my mother who thinks anything with ISU on it will make a great gift for us since Cabz is obsessed with them.  We’ve got candy cane tree hangers, wrapping paper, hats, and more!  Love you, Mom!  We think they’re stellar!  Keep it coming!)  and gave Abby four containers to sort the different coins.  She was loving it.

Qq is for Quarters

After she had a bowl full of quarters, we discussed how four quarters = 1 dollar.  Then, I gave her little paper cups and had her count four quarters into each one.  Then we figured out how many dollars we had.

4 Quarters Make a Dollar!

Quarter Sorting

Evie joined us after her nap and the girls enjoyed dropping every single coin back through the slot on the piggy bank.

Fun with Coins

Handwriting and tracer pages.

Qq Handwriting

Qq Tracer Page

We made “queen hats” (aka crowns) out of paper plates.  I found this idea from Pinterest off of Meaningful Mama.  The girls each colored a plate.  Then I folded them in half and made three cuts, stopping before the ruffled edge, and opened it up into a hat!

Queen Craft PreschoolQueen Hat


What begins with Q?

What begins with Qq

The girls both made paper quilts by weaving some paper.  Evie needed a little more assistance with this than Abby did, but they both thought it was fun.

Quilt Weaving

Quilt Craft

I made a math quiz for Abby.  She was very excited to show Daddy when he came home that she was doing math just like he was!!


I knew I wanted to have the girls do some q-tip painting and was really happy with the way my dandelion idea turned out!  Evie’s was a little rough since she was more into smearing than dotting, but Abby’s was so cool!  I loved them both!

Qq Painting

Q-tip Painting DandelionsQ-tip Dandelions

Q-tip Painting

Evelyn’s 21 Month Update


Okay, I debated whether or not I should do a 21 month blog for Evelyn and finally decided to go with it.  I know you might think this is overkill, but I can’t help it. haha  The deciding factor was when I scrolled through her 18 month blog – just 3 short months ago.  Evie looked so much younger I couldn’t believe it!!  If she is changing that much that fast right now, I have to jot down a few of my favorite memories, so bear with me. 🙂  Plus, I mean…. she is adorable, so who doesn’t want to see a bazillion pictures of her, right?!

Sweet Girl 1

Sweet Girl

This girl is something else.  She is definitely our little spitfire child.  We often call her our “wild child.”  She weighs 24 pounds now and mostly wears 2T and a few 18 month items.  Evelyn is at a stage where she gets very frustrated when her plans are foiled.  She wanted to hold Baby Boy and I told her not right now = meltdown.  She wanted to walk over to look at the construction trucks again, but it was lunch time = meltdown.  She wanted to stay outside longer, but it was time to come in = meltdown.  She had her bib all ready to put on, and no one was putting it on her! = meltdown.

Cute Toes

My major Evie highlight has been her potty training success.  I potty trained Abby at 18 months and she did really well with it.  I briefly attempted Evie at 18 months, but she wasn’t quite ready (“I scared!” she would tell me) and being extremely pregnant, I didn’t have the energy to really work at it.  I do think that little attempt, and a lot of talking about it since, really helped when I made my second, more successful attempt.  I decided to try again when Evelyn was about 19 1/2 months old and this time around it went great!  I think she only had 2 accidents the first day and then we were good to go!  I even braved an errand the third day and she did just fine.  She was definitely ready for it, and it has been AMAZING to be down to just two babies in diapers again.

Baby Girl 1

Baby Girl

I didn’t want Evie to wet (or worse… haha) during nap time, so I switched her to taking her nap out on the living room floor where she could use her potty as needed.  The first couple of days it took her awhile to fall asleep, but then she got over the change and has been doing very well with it.  She still really needs that nap to make it through the day.


Along with potty training, we decided to make the crib to toddler bed switch with our little Evie.  Abby’s room is pretty small and tight with just the toddler bed, one dresser and a bookshelf, so we came up with the following arrangement:  Evelyn sleeps in Abby’s old toddler bed and Abby is on a fold out cushion “bed” next to her.  It’s kind of funny, but it works.  I would just put them in the toddler bed together, but I’m afraid they would have a really hard time falling asleep.  Abby needs more sleep than Evie does right now (especially because Evie can make it up with her nap when she doesn’t get enough at night) and it’s hard enough to get Evelyn out of the room before she wakes Abby up in the morning.  For a while there she was giving a nice, loud morning scream to announce that she was awake.  I loved it when she woke up every other child in the house with that one.  NOT.

The first couple weeks of potty training, Evie would do pretty well over night, but would have an accident about once every few days.  After the first couple, I opted for a pull-up at night so I didn’t have to deal with the whole wet bed fiasco.  She definitely can’t hold it like Abby can.  When Abby was little, she would routinely wake up dry after naps and bedtime.  Evelyn NEVER would wake up dry with her diapers.  She was always majorly sopped.  She drinks a TON of liquid all day though – way more than Abby ever did.  I’m just glad naps aren’t an issue with wetting.

Bedtime 1

Because I am up all the time in the night anyway, I started taking Evie to the bathroom when I’d hear her stirring around.  I quickly noticed she was kind of light screaming/whining every time she had to go and if I got in there quickly enough I could get her on the pot.  This seemed to help her get the hang of things and with our new system she has been dry all night for the last couple weeks.  We usually take her before bedtime, again around 10:30/11 p.m. before we go to bed, and then once in the night if I hear her (this is happening less frequently).


I love Evelyn’s quick, contagious smile!  She can be such a lil’ cheezer.

Daddy and Evie

Evie Grace absolutely loves to run and jump.  She will spend close to an hour on my parent’s trampoline just jumping away.  She loves to practice running and it’s her favorite when I decide to have a slow enough walk that she can run along beside vs. riding in the stroller.  She’s getting faster and has a crazy amount of endurance.  We took the kids to a bike trail the other day so Abby could really fly on her Strider and Evie ran the entire time we were there.  Caleb and I finally decided we had to leave because Evie looked like she was about to pass out.  She was dripping in sweat and looked so exhausted, but every time we asked her if she wanted to take a break she would cry, “I run!  I run!”  She was so tired and then she kept tripping and scraping her knees on the pavement and it was so pathetically cute because she would hop up as fast as she could crying, “I brave!  I brave!  I run!” and take off again.  I could hardly take watching her. haha

Evie Grace

I signed Caleb, myself, and Abs up for a one mile run this coming weekend and I wasn’t thinking when I started telling Abby about it to prep her for the different schedule.  I was telling her how she was going to run just like her buds, Eli and Johnny when Evie began jumping around excitedly saying, “I run!  I run!”  Oops.  I tried to explain things, but it didn’t help.  “Oh, honey!  It’s a long ways!  When you get a little bigger….”  “I run!!  I BIG!”  Ya…  I told Cabz about it later and we decided we would try to have Evie run her own little “race” that day too while we all cheered for her.  Hopefully that will help. 🙂


Evelyn is very excited about colors lately.  She knows most of them, and enjoys telling me what color every single thing she picks up is.  She also enjoys counting to two.  She has this number down pat.  If there are two of something, she will let us know.


With all of our little ones, meal times are pretty early at our house.  We usually are eating breakfast around 7, lunch at 11/11:15, and supper by 5.  A “late” supper for us is 5:30. haha  Meal times have always been rough for Evelyn.  Although she gets 3 square meals a day and snacks in between, she always thinks she is about to pass away the second I start preparing food.  She gets SO EXCITED when it is “finally” time to eat.  She’ll run circles around the kitchen exclaiming, “Woo hoo!!!  Yay!  I ‘cited! (excited)  I ‘cited!!”  Makes me feel pretty special, I have to say….


Another outburst we usually hear at mealtime is, “Pray!  Pray!”  She is always reminding us of that one.  Often after Cabz or I are done, Evie will want a turn to pray as well.  We’ll get to hear her usual, “Uhh Jeeus, Bay Boooooy, Mama, Eh-yee Hope, Daddy, Bi Sis,” followed by a very emphatic, “Aaaa-MEN!”

Evie is definitely in the “repeat until you answer me” stage.  Will my girls ever get over that? haha  The worst is when she’s saying something I don’t understand because she not only wants me to respond, but she wants me to repeat the word back to her so she KNOWS I am understanding her.  Distraction is key! ha!

Piggyback Ride

The current most used Evie phrase is, “He nice!!” or, more accurately, “Ee nice!!”  This likely originated from her phase of bug fear.  For a while there, it seemed there was a fly in our house every day, buzzing around during quiet time.  Evelyn would have a little panic attack when she spotted it, “Bug!  Bug!!  BUUUUUUUG!!!!!!!!!!!”  I would calm her down by saying, “He’s a nice fly, Evie!  He won’t hurt you.  He’s nice!”  Now she uses that phrase to reassure herself whenever she’s a little nervous about something.  A really loud airplane goes by.  “Ee nice!”  A squirrel runs through our yard.  “Ee nice!!”

Outside Fun

Playing outside will always be our favorite.


Muddy Fun!

When we go new places or have people over, Evelyn has about a 20 second shy period vs. Abby’s longer one.  Then, she is running around, doing her thing.  I’ve been trying to make it to story time at the library again each week.  The first time we went it was an extremely crowded day for whatever reason.  Evelyn wasn’t sure how to react to such a full room of loud kids.  She decided to run around with her tongue out making some weird noise.  It was kind of strange, but has since become her go to thing when we’re in an unfamiliar setting.  I’m working on helping her move on because it’s a bit ridiculous. haha


Evie loves to talk to Abby through our monitor when she wakes up.  We have a camera on one so I can watch Abby while she’s in her quiet time without having to get up and check her every ten seconds.  Evelyn loves watching Abby on it. haha  She looks so grown up here!  Where did my Baby Evie go?!


Silly smug face! ha

Lil' Cupcake

During that beginning talking stage, it’s always crazy to see how much progress your kid makes in short periods of time.  From month to month even, it just blows my mind.  We’ll watch a video from a month or two ago and Evie is so much more of a baby!  It makes her look so old now – not good. haha  She’s been throwing around pretty big sentences lately.  Most people can generally understand Evie Grace – although they will tend to catch the gist and miss the cute little words in between.  Some of my favorite sentences lately……

Are you done?  I done too.

I not.

By you!  (when she wants to be next to me, or in an angry voice when Abby is scooting next to her, “Bi Sis BY YOU!”)

It is fun!

I think is nummy!  (it’s)

How ‘re you doin’?  (I answered, “I’m good!  How are you doing?” and she responded, “I busy!” ha!)

Revolving around mealtimes:

I grubby!

I slopped!

I mess….

When Evie hurts me (happens constantly) and I say, “Ouch!”  She will quickly respond, “You okay?  You brave?”  Probably because I praise her for being brave when she gets a little hurt and doesn’t have a hissy fit about it.  She is generally very brave – she’ll even fall and bloody her knees on the cement and get up and keep going with no tears!


I also love how she expresses likes and dislikes.  If it’s something she likes, she’ll have a very happy expression while cheerfully exclaiming, “I like!!”  If it’s something she does not like, she’ll squish her nose and face up and say very unenthusiastically, “I liiike,” as she shakes her head.  She’ll do the same thing with, “I nummy” (It’s nummy!) in reference to the food I give her.  Yes, I will sometimes get the negative version from her.  She is still pretty far from picky and will usually eat most anything.  She can be hesitant towards some fruits, although she tends to like them if she gives it a try.

Is nummy!

Is nummy 1

Evs has been figuring out pretend play a lot more recently.  Her favorite is making her little toys cry.  They are always bawling it up about something.  (usually about food)

Everyone and everything right now gets the pronoun “he.”  I think I hear it most often in reference to the babies.  Whenever one of them is crying, Evie always has the answer.  “He hungwy!”  I guess it makes sense when you realize Evelyn’s own contentment usually revolves around food. haha

Silly Girl

Books!  Book!  Books!

Books with Bis Sis

Thomas Jammies

My girls love the water and love playing in their pool to keep cool!  Can you tell which picture I asked them to, “Say cheese!” for?  Oh boy…..

Pool 3

Pool 1

Pool 2 - Say Cheese


When you want to swim at Emmy & Papa’s but forgot your swimsuit…. borrow a pair of shorts from your uncle, Johnny and with the help of a big safety pin, this is what you’ll get.  Dying…. haha

Johnny's Shorts

Evs is still pretty fascinated by big trucks, sirens, and tractors.  We went to watch a 4th of July parade and it had some pretty great firetrucks complete with horns and sirens blasting.  Evelyn sat there in silent awe most of the time.  It was hard to tell by her expressionless face, but she was taking it all in and loving every minute!  It kind of reminded me of the time we gave her 4-wheeler rides and she wouldn’t crack a smile to save her life, but talked about it for days afterwards and loved it! ha

Baby Face


Her truck shirts are her favorites.  The third one in the orange shirt reminds me so much of her Daddy when he was little!

Daddy's Girl 1Daddy's Girl 2

Daddy's GirlRumble

This girl is a very excited big sister.  Evie has all of the enthusiasm, but lacks a bit of carefulness.  She loves to take care of the babies.  She will cheer them up “chir up! chir up!” by setting books up for them to look at.  She likes giving Baby Boy toys to hold.  She will pry his fingers open and put a toy in them saying coaxingly, “Grahb it!  Grahb it!” (grab it).  He gets a kick out of her, although she is a whirlwind for the babies to keep track of.  One minute she’s handing them a toy, the next she is flying in for a hug.

She loves our babies, but doesn’t fully understand how gentle she needs to be with them.  A constant in our house, “Evie!  That was too rough, you need to be more gentle!”  “I sorry!”  as she runs over to “pat” their heads and make it all better.  This happens so often that now I start out, “Evie!” and she interrupts with, “I sorry!”

One of our favorites is how Evie will run up to one of the babies, get her face RIGHT in their face, wiggle her face back and forth saying, “Youuuuuu,” and then jump up screeching, “He ‘MILE me!!!” (He smiled at me!)  It’s the best when the baby “smiling” at her is actually bawling.  hahaha!

Baby Sis 1Baby Sis 2

Baby Sis

I think Evelyn’s favorite toys right now are her baby dolls.  She loves them and loves taking care of them.  It was funny because her and Abby were all about bottle feeding their babies when it was just Baby Boy at our house.  Then Elly arrived and I nurse her.  Now my girls are all about feeding their babies with their shirts up. haha  Gotta love it.


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Evie made the transition from high chair to “big kids’ table” a while back.  No one is using the high chair for now, but Baby Boy will be in it before too long!

High Chair

Big Table

Somebody loves playing at parks!!!!!  She also is obsessed with the swing we recently (finally) got hung up!

Park 2


Park 1

New Swing!

We have our popcorn/movie (quick Thomas or other 15 – 20 minute show) night every Friday.  Evelyn follows Abby’s lead and gets really excited when it’s Friday.  I’ll ask them in the morning, what day it is and Evie will start leaping around squealing, “Is Fi-yay!  Pah-corn!!  Yay!  Woo hoo!  I ‘cited!  I ‘cited!”

Popcorn Movie Night

Earlier this spring, Evie was always pushing this trike around our driveway during outside time.  She didn’t want to ride on the baby trike, but hasn’t mastered the art of pedaling.  She had fun, so I guess it was a good idea!

Pushing Trikes

Pushing Trikes 1

I love when these two are having a good time together!  They always remind me of how much fun my sister and I had when we were little.

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Sisters 5Sisters 4


Sisters 6

Our pretty little Evie Grace can always make us smile.  We’re so blessed to be her parents.  We love you, baby girl!


Daddy 1

Mama 3Mama 1













It’s been about a month and a half of (almost) nightly running for me now.  I have mostly worked through the ingrown toenail “fun.”  On the bummer side of things, I’ve been experiencing a lot of knee pain lately.  It can be pretty rough some times, but I have still been making myself get out there and run around a mile each night.

I’ve cut out ice cream and a lot of other sweets.  I still allow myself a little pile of M&M’s with almonds at quiet time, because I need something to get me through the day.  It’s kind of a good thing for me because if I eat my sweet snack in the afternoon, then I know I have to prioritize running that night to make up for it. haha

The good news is….  I have officially lost ten pounds since beginning to run!!  That feels like really slow progress, but it is still progress.  I have about 12 more pounds to shed to get to my goal weight.  I hope losing the pounds doesn’t become even harder at any point, but I guess I will find out!  My goal weight isn’t the very smallest I have ever been, but 3 babies later and in the middle of nursing, I tried to come up with something realistic that I would be happy with.

In addition to running, I’ve been doing a small amount of strengthening/toning exercises like push-ups (the knee kind haha) and some different weight work-outs for my arms.  I’ve also rekindled my daily dose of homegrown keifer.  I really did love drinking it every day in the past, but I had to take a break from it after being pregnant with Evelyn.  I drank it during my morning sickness with her (really bad idea) and I couldn’t even think about it for the next couple of years afterwards without getting sick to my stomach.  I hate that you can ruin things for yourself during pregnancy! haha  I don’t know if I will ever be able to love steak the way I once did or enjoy Hy-vee take out Chinese again. 😦  Sad.