Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Naomi!

She's reached the one year mark in record time.  Sweet Naomi.  She is a joy.  She melts hearts with her smile.  She is curious just like her big sister was.  She can crawl like a pro.  She's pulling up on everything and is learning to climb stairs.  She babbles and is very expressive.  We love her so much!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

He is Risen!

We had a busy week of remembering and celebrating Jesus' death and resurrection.  Seder dinner, neighborhood egg hunt and cookout, Easter Sunday, time with friends, etc.

The kids and I dyed some eggs with ties, crayons and food coloring

They are trying to look like bunnies:)

They found them all and then ate one for breakfast!

Aren't they cute??

She didn't fine any eggs, but that didn't bother her

Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Little update

I've missed adding quite a few things here on the blog including Justus's birthday in February.  No pictures, but we did have fun celebrating.  Aunt Alicia and Uncle Haroldo were here to help us celebrate.  The most notable thing to Justus was getting Thunder Cake for his birthday.  He is three!  He is a funny guy with a big imagination.  He loves wrestling, books, being a scary monster, singing and dancing (more like rhythmic stomping), being loud, being tickled, riding his balance bike, getting dirty, playing any kind of ball, pretending, being a working-man, etc.  He's very deliberate in his speech, but has a few really cute words.  For girl, he says girlu.  For ambulance, he says ambliance.  He's in that stage of knowing a lot of big new words that he's trying out but doesn't quite know how to use them correctly.  It makes for some fun conversations.

Here are a few pictures that I've taken over the past couple of months.  I need to pull out the camera more often, but here's what I've got...

The kids enjoying some hot chocolate

Naomi representin' our neighborhood

He likes mud!

He likes his Daddy!

Somehow taking all of the clothes out of the drawer and burying Naomi in them seemed like a good idea

Playing in packing peanuts...done with permission!

Getting big, pulling up, so sweet!

Some of Elise's original artwork

More of Elise's original artwork...this made me laugh!

It's warming up.  Playing in the sprinkler the other day.
The old house that we're rehabbing is coming along.  I'll try to do a picture update of that soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thankgiving and Beyond

Thanksgiving was at a lake house in Kentucky with Dane's entire extended family.  Canoe rides, Settlers of Catan games, cousin fun, good food and singing all happened.  Oh and we can't forget Dane's annual weird shave of the year.

An Andrew Peterson concert at the beginning of December was a good start for the Christmas season.  Thank you Alicia!

Visits with friends and family throughout the month of December.  These are the ones we have pictures of...but we saw Uncle Mark too.

Christmas in Missouri with Pappaw.

We rang in the new year soundly asleep.

Then a stomach bug hit our house:/  This is Dane and Elise after a rough night.  You wouldn't think it from Elise's smile.  I think she was happy for a sick day to watch movies.

Snow day!

Three Kings Day.  Elise found the king in her piece of cake, but she let Naomi wear the crown too!

Then our annual MLKJ Day weekend cabin trip with just the family this year.  We celebrated Elise's birthday while we were there with a special breakfast, a hike, and some s'mores cake.  We loved the wood burning fire place and Justus was great at helping clean it out.

That rounded out our celebrating for the season and we're ready to settle into a bit of normal!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Friends...Imaginary Ones

I wasn't sure if Justus would have imaginary friends since he had a sibling from the start.  But, he does.  In fact, there are two of them.  Moey and Parlek.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Overview of the past 2 months

We went to Chicago via Amtrak in September.  The kids loved the train ride and slept relatively well.  We met up with Dane's family there.  Several in the family went to a Cubs game.  Most of them are die-hard fans, so you can imagine the recent exhilaration (and tears...of joy) over the recent World Series win.  Dane got something rigged up at our house and we even watched the game while Skyping with the rest of Dane's family in Nashville.

More exhilarating for me was being present for the birth of my nephew, Gibson, on September 24th.  Miriam did an amazing job and was able to have a VBAC (you can look it up).  Her midwife was great.  I was the crazy sister in the delivery room!

At some point during the month of September we bought a house!  This is the place we've been looking for since we came to Memphis.  We have great dreams for this house.  More on the house later.  As you can tell from the pictures it will involve a story or two.

I offered to go to Miriam's for a visit when Gibson was 2 weeks old to "help".  I showed up with our three kids.  It was fun, but not all that helpful of a visit!  We also got to see Gran, Uncle Chris and Aunt Rachel, the cousins and some friends on a quick trip into Nashville.

We had our second camping experience with all three kids as we met up with a friend and her son to celebrate the Feast of Booths (you can look it up).  We camped in our temporary dwelling and feasted on camp food and s'mores!

Then it was off to a church retreat at Trace State Park in Mississippi.  It was a good time to be with our church to worship, play, and brainstorm together.  The kids had a blast, even breaking the rules and swimming in the October.

Next, New York City for Dane's birthday weekend.  I was originally planning it as a surprise until I gave it away accidentally.  We took Naomi along with us, but Dane's parents, sister and Miriam all shared the care of Elise and Justus.  That was a huge gift!  We stayed with our friend Hollie in her very New Yorkish apartment and just had to get Chinese take-out our first night there.  Hollie and her fiance also babysat a crying Naomi one evening and Dane and I went to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.  Dane got a temporary urban fix that will hopefully last him until his next big-city visit.

And now we're here in November and we haven't done much beyond our neighborhood's border.  And we are completely fine with that.  For next week brings more travel to celebrate Thanksgiving in Kentucky.