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7.12.17 – 9th Anniversary

12 Jul

9 years together! It’s hard to believe. Kyle painted this year’s number while I cooked dinner a week after our anniversary. That’s just the stage of life we are in right now. Multi-tasking and sharing the workload. You do this while I do that. Nothing getting done in as timely of a manner as it used to, but the important stuff gets done. And traditions are important to us. The paint job for this year was inspired by a yin-yang in green and blue to represent the year of the twins. When we sat down to write this past year’s milestones on the back…the boys were pretty much it besides Kyle’s new job. Because #twins

The boys were such a wonderful gift, an answer to many, many prayers. But the first six months of twins was one of the most mentally challenging periods of our lives. There isn’t much that brings out the worst in a person like pure exhaustion. But I also think it brought out the best in our marriage. Teamwork, true partnership, and so, so much grace. “It’s OK, I know that frustration wasn’t really directed at me.” “I’ll take this shift so you can nap and then we can switch.” “Give him to me, you need a break.” “You are doing a great job.” We were totally in it together. We certainly grew from the experience, and I really couldn’t be more proud of us.

So today we celebrate! Cheers to 9 years of adventure…so many highs…helping each other through the lows…three beautiful babies…growing up and growing old together…and making it through the first six month of twins. I’m not sure if you showed these two young State Farm interns a picture of their life in 12 years they would have believed you.

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But I certainly couldn’t imagine a life any better than this one or a better person to have by my side.

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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!!

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!

4.16.17 – Easter Weekend

16 Apr

We had a great Easter weekend – the boys’ first Easter!

First, Laney had her class Easter party. She enjoyed hunting for eggs and tossing them around on the big parachute with her classmates. She made a super cute bunny bag.

On Saturday, our neighborhood had its annual Easter egg hunt, and we had some beautiful weather! Laney said she wasn’t scared of the Easter bunny this year and walked right up for a photo op.

Saturday night my parents, Jacob, and Annie arrived. Kyle’s parents joined us Sunday morning. We had a fun egg hunt in the morning followed by church and a yummy lunch. We attempted to get a family photo, but they boys in our family have very sensitive eyes. 🙂

Laney found her first toad of the year too. 🙂 The weekend went by in a blur, but it was a blessing to spend it together with family. Hope you all had a blessed weekend!

3.17.17 – St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from my three little lucky charms!

Here is a little past year’s recap:

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2.14.17 – Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Delaney, Greyson, and Oliver

How did I get so blessed to have the best valentines? 🙂