Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
As Everly has transitioned through different stages so far, from newborn, to little baby, to crawler, to toddler, each stage I have felt torn. I have equally declared each one as my favorite stage with her, and at the same time I've felt a sense of loss that she is growing out of a particular stage. I sometimes miss her as a tiny newborn, and I wish she could stay little forever. At the same time, I love watching her grown and learn. I think this strange dichotomy comes because there have not been any rough stages with her. Sure, just the fact that she requires constant care and attention can be a challenge, but compared to my other babies, she has not any any rough stages. I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. She is such a joy to be around.
I know I keep saying this, but it keeps being true: My momma heart just about burst when she put on a necklace, two purses, and pushed her baby in the stroller. All my dreams of raising a little girl are coming true and it makes my heart explode!
My tiny valentine!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I try every year to trick the boys into thinking that we aren't going to open one present on Christmas Eve this year, but they never seem to believe me. I do think they were a bit fooled this year, when they opened this one box for everyone, and there was no way it was big enough for four sets of pajamas. Inside were clues for a treasure hunt though, which eventually led to, of course, new pajamas. Tricking them year after year is getting harder and harder.
This was the view from the stairs, as we headed to bed on Christmas Eve to wait for Santa to visit us, for our first Christmas in our new house.
Is there anything better than Christmas morning with little kids? I highly doubt it. The excitement, the joy, the laughter, the exuberant "thank yous!" and the memories made. Every year, I really try to soak it all up, because I know that far too soon, there will be no more little ones in our house, and Christmas just won't be the same.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
2015 has been a wonderful, busy, exciting year! Here are some of the highlights:
~This summer, we sold our house and built a new, beautiful, roomier one.
~In February, we took a trip to California with Bart's brother's family and spent the week playing at the beach, hanging out with Mickey Mouse and enjoying the warm weather.
~In October, Bart was named the 2015 Wisconsin Physician Assistant of the Year! He also appeared on a local television show on two occasions to promote men's health. Besides being an awesome PA, he spent the year getting our house ready to sell, not playing nearly enough golf, and constantly playing football with his three boys.
~Ashli spent much of the year picking out paint colors, flooring, countertops and lighting for our new house. She also spent time this year learning how to do pigtails, french braids and more on Everly's ever-growing hair. Last month she attended a fun conference in Utah with her mom, and now wants to start her own business, get back into photography, make gourmet cupcakes and throw an awesome party. All in her spare time.
~Kade and Ky (10) spent much of the spring playing baseball. They have spent the last several months folding paper, watching origami tutorials, and filming their own origami tutorials. Although our house is completely full of folded pieces of paper, it's fun to see them so excited about a new hobby.
~They have also handled the transition to a new school very well. They have already made lots of friends, and have started playing the cello and the violin in the school orchestra.
~Kade's favorite part of the year was attending his first Green Bay Packer's game.
~Ky's favorite was riding Star Tours over and over and over at Disneyland.
~Krew (4) took a soccer class this year, likes to create origami tutorials like his big brothers, has become obsessed with watching football, and is the most amazing big brother to his sister.
~Everly (15 months) loves smiling (smiling's her favorite), playing with Krew, and shoes. We loved celebrating her 1st birthday in September, all while trying to figure out how she could possibly be one already. She has certainly grown into her nickname, "Boots" as her very favorite thing to play with are her black boots!