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10.7.17 – Fair Oaks Farms

7 Oct

We met my side of the family at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana for the Cowtober festival. It was another unseasonably warm fall day, which was great for being outside with the kiddos. The boys did so awesome with being off schedule and all of the driving. We had a blast touring the farm and eating yummy food. Here are a few pics and videos from our adventure.

 

9.17.17 – Birthday Recap

17 Sep

We had a super fun weekend with family and friends celebrating our girl turning five years old. She was over-the-moon excited about everything – especially presents, of course. She is one blessed little girl!

We started off her birthday extravaganza with her annual birthday doughnut and a few gifts from us.

We then had a little celebration with some close friends at a local art studio where the kiddos got to paint and draw. She was so excited about her party that we were counting sleeps, and she put her unicorn outfit on the minute she woke up that morning.

We had a family celebration on Sunday. It was such a fun, laid-back day. The kids even had a little water fun outside. I took a lot of video but not a lot of photos.

 

I think it was this little unicorn’s favorite birthday yet! Thank you to our family and friends for making our girl feel so special! We love you!

8.18.17 – Summer Reflections

18 Aug

There are so many pros and cons to social media. It can make us feel more connected, but it can also make us feel less than. Comparison is the thief of joy, as they say, and it’s easy to start comparing ourselves to others. We tend to put our best out on the interwebs, and it’s easy to forget that those moments are just a snapshot of a person’s day. Everyone has struggles just like you.

I caught myself in one of these comparison spirals this summer. As I saw everyone marking items off of their summer bucket lists full of fun, I was struggling to get myself showered and dressed before 3:00 PM. It was mid July, and I started feeling bad that Laney hadn’t been to the pool or to the library for the summer reading program or to any parks or to the lake…

But I stopped myself. There were lots of things we had done! I hosted and arranged one million play dates to keep Laney busy and give her some social time. We went on an airplane to the beach for a week, made road trips to visit family, attended summer music class, walked on the new trail by our house, and played on the slip-and-slide. She went fishing with Daddy and attended circus camp and VBS. We had dinners with friends. I even took all three kids to the library and to Target the other day, and we all survived!

Then Mimi and Annie came to visit and we finally made it to the pool and even went to the county fair! Laney declared that was the best day!

Last week we made a final summer road trip to Indiana for a swim and a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

And I reminded myself…it’s OK for her to be bored once in awhile. I tried my best to create a few fun memories while also doing what was best for the boys. She’s learning about being a big sister (and she’s an amazing one!). That sometimes we have to do what is best for someone else in the family for awhile. It’s a short phase, and this is one summer of many. And it was a pretty darn good one!

 

7.4.17 – 4th of July

4 Jul

Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July! We seriously had the best day. After a fun (but exhausting) vacation, we spent Monday relaxing and getting caught up on life, so Tuesday we were ready for a little family fun. We grilled out, had some water fun outside, played games, roasted some mallows, and wrapped up the night with fireworks.

I was back-and-forth on taking Laney to fireworks. I’m always a little hesitant to disrupt her bedtime (especially after a busy vacation and with her having circus camp this week), but she had asked about going a few times. We also had never taken her, and this seemed like the perfect year to try it. I am SO glad I did. She was just the cutest. Her anticipation and excitement was contagious. My heart could have exploded right along with those fireworks. I only wish Kyle could have seen her (he stayed back with the boys). She was missing her dad too and asked me a couple times if I took a picture of them so he could see them. (And then yelled at me to put my phone down, so I didn’t miss any of them. I was just doing what she asked!)

A few cute quotes from her during the show:

“I hope one of them looks like me.”

“That one looked like Ollie!”

“That one kinda looked like a bathtub!”

“I wish I had these in my room!”

“That one touched the moon! Did you see it, Mom!?”

The perfect way to wrap up vacation. It was a day and night I will never forget, and I made sure of it by making a video. You can see more of our fun 4th here.

Hope you all had as much fun as we did! God bless the USA!!

7.1.17 – Hilton Head 2017

1 Jul

Our annual beach vacation came and went in the blink of an eye. Gone are the days of relaxing on the beach and reading a book. But we are loving this season of life as crazy as it may be. I love spending time in this place with my babies. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting this island almost every year since my childhood, and seeing their joy and excitement makes my heart so full. As hectic and exhausting as it is packing, traveling, and trying to get kids to sleep in a strange place, it’s so worth it. Building sandcastles, going on seashell dead crab hunt walks, boogie boarding, and time with family – it’s the “good stuff.” And I even managed to read part of a book. 🙂

 

Our flights went fairly smoothly – especially for two first-time fliers. Kyle was congratulated on being dad-of-the-year by his fellow passengers for napping while holding a sleeping baby during the first flight while I worked my fanny off with the other two. And on the second flight? That’s me holding TWO sleeping babies. Kyle tried but apparently his dad-of-the-year accolades didn’t give him the “mom touch” with two overtired babies. Luckily, I’m not in it for the praise, and I was pretty dang proud of myself without outside recognition. #doublestandard (Side note: Kyle did give me lots of praise and was actually the one to comment on the double standard.)

 

It was probably the worst year of weather we have had in recent memory – quite cool, overcast, windy, and sometimes rainy. But we didn’t let that stop our fun, and it was better for the boys’ first beach experience. I enjoyed the sunshine, yummy food, and game nights with the fam. Laney enjoyed finding dead sea creatures on the beach, playing with Annie, and jumping the waves. Kyle enjoyed some quiet time during the boys’ naps, family time, and ice cream. The boys were not overly thrilled with the beach this year, but they loved all of the attention. We are all missing everyone already and can’t wait until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

I tried really hard this year to just enjoy the moments and not worry about capturing them, but we did make a quick and windy attempt at family photos before dinner one night. Plus our annual anniversary pic.

 

Until next year HHI!

6.18.17 – Father’s Day

18 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and father-like figures out there! We sure are thankful for you and hope you have a day as special as you are!

First, our annual Pinterest-y D-A-D photos. 🙂

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Previous years: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Our favorite dad isn’t big on social media PDA, but we have to give him a little shout out anyway. He is the kind of dad who chooses to take several weeks off of work when our babies are born; helps in the middle of the night without complaint; jumps on the trampoline or plays “chase” as soon as he gets home from work; and gives our babies a million fun nicknames. He never forgets a hug and kiss goodbye or to tell us how much we are loved. And most importantly he leads us by example. An example of how to continually strive to be better. To push oneself to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually. And to be a better friend, a harder worker, and a more loving, helpful member of our family. We couldn’t be more proud to call him ours! We love you!

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Photo by: Kennedy Crissinger Photography

And of course we have some amazing dads in our lives – both near and far, and we wish we could spend this day with all of you! Know that you are thought of and loved today and every day! Happy Father’s Day!

5.30.17 – Memorial Day Weekend

30 May

We had a really fun Memorial Day weekend at Grandpa and Mimi’s house. The weather wasn’t as warm as we had hoped, but we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying some time together poolside.

By the end of the weekend, Laney was swimming like a little fish – jumping off the diving board, going under water, and swimming without her floaties. Huge strides from last year! We were so proud of her! The boys had their first dip as well but weren’t quite sure what to think of the experience. 🙂 And no Memorial Day weekend is complete without some intense pool volleyball matches and some diving board stunts.

The boys also got to meet Great Grandma and Grandpa Minion on race day!

As the weekend came to an end, we felt refreshed but were missing our fun family time already! Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer!