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12.27.17 – Christmas Recap

27 Dec

It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and the new year is fast approaching. We have enjoyed having Daddy home this week and have started a little purge/cleanup process while still finding lots of time to relax and unwind after a very busy December. But before we rush into another year, here’s a little recap of our holiday:

Kyle enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas with the Wagner boys to celebrate Jacob’s 21st birthday. The Wagner girls plus Logan hung with us all week, which was a lot of fun. We went to Indiana later in the week to reunite with Kyle have Christmas with the rest of the Wagner crew. It was our last time staying in Mimi and Grandpa’s house – the house of most of childhood. Very bittersweet!

We left early Christmas Eve, and our drive home ended up being quite eventful. We ended up in the ditch in rural Indiana. The tow truck ended up getting stuck trying to get us out, so we were there over two hours before finally continuing on our drive.

Not exactly the Christmas Eve we had planned, but certainly one to remember. The kids were troopers, and most importantly, we were very thankful to arrive home safe and sound 8 hours later.

After an eventful Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a nice, quiet day at home. Laney and I went sledding in the afternoon, which was so much fun. She declared it, “The best day EVER!” while we were hiking back up the hill, and that was all I needed to make my holiday complete after the hustle and bustle of the weeks prior.

We hope your Christmas was just as merry! Happy birthday, Jesus!

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!

 

7.12.17 – 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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5.14.17 – Mother’s Day

14 May

 

I had a super wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! It was beautiful weather. It was the first time my family had all been together since before the boys were born. Our first long overnight road trip with the boys was a success. I got my wish of a family photo session with a wonderful photographer. I now have my arms full with sweet babies. My heart is so full! It could not have been more perfect. Love these people so much!

3.21.17 – Cousin Love

21 Mar

We had some special visitors this week. My sister-in-law and nephew came to visit since their planned visit with my brother had to be cancelled earlier this month because of illness. We had so much fun watching the kiddos interact and catching up. Made me wish we lived closer. Isn’t my nephew the cutest!? I had to include a couple of outtakes of Logan petting Greyson’s head in the group shot. 🙂 Love these babies so much!

Logan and Laney had a lot of fun together. 🙂

3.12.17 – Four and a Half

12 Mar

Our girl is 3.5 feet tall and 4.5 years old today! Delaney makes us laugh daily and seems wise and grown-up beyond her years – especially these days as I watch her love on her brothers. She is a rule-follower, a perfectionist (most of the time), and likes to keep everyone else in line – including us. She learns so quickly and has a great sense of humor.

Her loves: listening to music, bustin’ a move, coloring/crafting, cats, watching Doc McStuffins, and anything sweet!

Dislikes: when anyone cries – especially her brothers, making a mess (unless it’s her toys), and not being able to do something the way she wants to the first time.

She is the perfect combination of silly and sweet, and her big-sister-skills can’t be beat! We love her so much!

From Wacky Wednesday at school:

Her favorites today (in her own words):

Color: Purple, pink, blue, and red

Toy: Kitty

Fruit: Carrots

TV Show: Diego/Dora

Lunch: Avocados

Outfit to wear: A lot of them (and in the same day!)

Snack: Fruit snacks

Animal: Giraffe

Song: “Cheetah, cheetah, cheetah” (see this – thanks to the movie SING)

Book: The dolphin book (we brought home from Hawaii)

Breakfast: Waffles

Thing to do outside: Play on the swings

Drink: Thunder water (aka blue Gatorade)

Holiday: My birthday

What you bring in bed at night: cat and blankie

Dinner: Eating chocolate after dinner

What do you want to be when you grow up: Teacher and a doctor

We started a new tradition of a half cake for her half birthday, and I couldn’t help but set it to one of her fav songs right now:

We are so proud of our sweet girl!

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! 🙂