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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!!

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!

12.25.16 – Christmas

25 Dec

Christmas was a bit of a whirlwind this year with getting home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. We loved having extended family coming to visit and meet the boys – even if we were quite sleep deprived. Here are a few quick snapshots I took during our visits the week of Christmas and New Years.

12.10.16 – Twin Nursery

10 Dec

As of this morning, the twins’ nursery is officially complete! We were waiting on the new chair we ordered, which arrived Monday but wasn’t working (we have the worst luck with furniture). The tech fixed it this morning, and we are excited to share the final result!

Early on, Kyle and I talked about incorporating Shel Silverstein poems in the nursery. We both grew up reading his poems and have read them to Laney since she was a baby. This got me thinking about a black-and-white color scheme, and it kinda took off from there. Once we knew we were having boys, we decided to incorporate a bit of a wilderness/adventure theme too.

My favorite part of the room is, of course, the awesome wood wall Kyle and my father-in-law installed for me. 🙂 Kyle and my dad also did a great job painting the dark grey walls, and I love how they contrast the lighter wood wall and furniture. I also love the tree stump end table Kyle made out of a stump from an old pine tree in my parents’ backyard. I think it is a space that we can tweak as the boys get older and will grow with them.

The room does not get a ton of light, which will hopefully be great for sleeping babies but is not so great for pictures. But here is a peek at the room and the boys’ names (or initials anyway). 🙂

I hope the boys love their room for years to come!

 

If you’re interested, here is where I shopped:

Tutorial for wood wall from Lay Baby Lay

Target: book racks, lamp, decor

Hobby Lobby: frames, decor

Land of Nod: curtains, initials

IKEA: shelves

Gordmans: locker

White Faux Taxidermy deer head

Wee Gallery animal head pillows and decor

Baby Jives mobiles

Ivie Baby linens

Mountain pillows

Other prints and decor also found on Etsy.

I did a lot of spray painting to get things to coordinate. 🙂

 

 

12.3.16 – Weekend wrap-up

3 Dec

It was a busy week of firsts at our house this week.

Laney had her first “basketball game.”

We are really blessed to live in a town with a great parks & rec program. She loves basketball nights!

Saturday (after our Santa visit) was her big dance recital – The Littlest Nutcracker. She was so excited and looked adorable, and we were so proud of how hard she tried during her performance. I’m not going to lie – I got a little emotional as I saw her running up to the stage with her “big kid dancer.” Between the basketball game, the recital, and my pregnancy hormones…my heart just couldn’t take the cuteness this week. These are some of the moments I have dreamed about since finding out she was a girl. And that little smile and pose at the end when her classmates walked off stage? heart.melted. I couldn’t be more proud to be her mama!

She may have had the biggest and best fan club there. We love our family so!

It was her first recital and it may be her last. She’s already decided she wants to go back to gymnastics next year, which surprised me a little…but we really just want to give her the opportunity to try different things. I really can’t say enough good about the dance school she went to – if you are local and looking for a place for your little dancer, let me know!

We also had our first snow of the season! Had to break out a couple of Christmas gifts early, but it was worth it…Laney, Annie, and Kyle made a huge snowman and had a blast in the winter wonderland!

It was a super fun weekend! Can’t believe our next family visit will include our new additions!! Better go rest up now. 🙂

 

11.24.16 – Thanksgiving Weekend

26 Nov

Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving with full hearts and full bellies! We started the week off with celebrating some special birthdays. Laney was so excited to celebrate her daddy – especially since there was cake and cookies involved. 😉

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Then we headed up to visit Kyle’s family for Thanksgiving day. The day was filled with delicious food and wonderful company, and Laney had so much fun playing with her cousins.

We got home yesterday, and Laney just couldn’t wait to put up the Christmas tree. We have some more decorating to do today, but witnessing her excitement with each ornament makes me look forward to all the magic this holiday will bring!

Time to get back to my holiday shopping. Thank goodness for online shopping! 🙂