Thursday, May 26, 2011


today was rainy...but when rest time ended for the big girls and jilly and luke were still sound asleep, we decided to go puddle jumping. elizabeth loved the opportunity to wear her curious george rain jacket from grandmommy...and kate was quite excited to test out her dora umbrella. we did lots of splishing and splashing...and giggling and laughing!

the recent rain brought storms last night...they were bad enough that we decided to get everyone out of bed and hide out in our "safe room" under the steps. elizabeth was a bit grouchy from being woken up, but kate and jilly thought it was a fabulous adventure (getting to watch an episode of backyardigans on my iPod helped!). luke just wanted us to put him back to bed ;). (and yes...almost all those diaper boxes reaching to the back of the closet are boy clothes--95% of them have been given to us from sweet generous friends...what a blessing!)

and...just for fun...jilly LOVES sunglasses (makes me remember when libbers used to call them "eyes" back when she was jilly's age...eekkk!!! how did she get to be 5 1/2!!)

and here she biggest girl...doing 90% of the work to make enchiladas for dinner...opening the cans, dumping, stirring, filling tortillas....she was SO proud! and dinner was so yummy! i'm so proud of my libber-girl!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the big 3-0!

"What's that you say!? Really!? Its daddy's birthday?!"

"Let's make a cake...."

"...blow out some candles..."

"...and have at it!"

Welcome to your 30s daddy! Its good to have you join me. :)

Friday, May 6, 2011


it has been, seriously too long. i can't believe i last blogged april 12th...really?! luke is now 10 weeks old (WHAT!?!?). i've recovered from my nearly 4 week bout with a sore throat (we landed on the solution randomly...actually through my wise aunt via was acid reflux...oddly enough). we enjoyed a low-key Easter, a trip to fort wayne the week after Easter, my birthday, and on and just keeps moving! :) here are some snippets from the past month!

today we took our first zoo trip of the summer. we joined some of our favorite friends, and we had a blast (in spite of the fact that the zoo was an ABSOLUTE zoo!).

here is luke taking it all in...

have you ever wondered how many girls can fit in a sit and stand stroller? apparently one nearly 3 year old, a nearly 4 year old, and two 5 year olds (and one sweet 7 year old to help push!)....and then, see how our family "rolls" on the way to the van after an exciting time (mr. luke is hanging with mommy in the moby!).

we've also been just plain silly...we've spent lots of time stuck inside with rainy weather and not-so-springlike temps...but hopefully spring is here to stay! the girls have been super busy pretending and imagining...(a beautiful thing when they are having FUN, but i must admit, it also comes with more "power" struggles and squabbles as well!).

kate likes to spend time writing all kinds of words...she seriously LOVES making lists...loves it! (good thing "bab" made this family list!)

...and someone has been busy growing like a weed! he was 13 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. and 24 3/4 inches long at his 2 month appt. he loves to smile and coo and chat, and is seriously the most lowkey baby...taking in all that is constantly going on around him. he has blessed his mama by sleeping through the night for 12 hours off and on since around 7 weeks (and every single night for the past week!). he also likes to take at least two 2 1/2 hour naps and a short evening nap every day. what a great blessing!

the week after Easter i took the kids and headed up to my parents. it was a shortish visit, but lots of fun! we enjoyed some time outside whenever the rain would decide to stop intermittently. we visited with grandmommy and poppy, GG, and even got to see great grandpa and great grandma Ethel, and great grandma j.

poppy and luke and GG and luke

great grandma j and luke

great grandpa and great grandma Ethel

and here is Easter...

we enjoyed a leisurely Easter Sunday. early service, then some tasty bagels afterward...afternoon naps, and then some pizza, guacamole, texas caviar, and great fellowship with friends that evening...with a fun indoor egg hunt as well!

mike's parents came to visit the Saturday after Easter...jillian thoroughly enjoyed the Crayola color bubbles grandma brought! thank heavens for non-toxic! she isn't one to put things in her mouth too much...unless it is liquid apparently (because she did the same with the paint for the you'll see!).

and we did color some eggs...we discovered paas "color snaps" much fun!

and seriously, this sums up elizabeth lately...diva!

and so, so, so much more...many, many blessings...

--finding a front-back double stroller for $10 at a garage sale
--an entire summer wardrobe for luke NEXT summer for $5 at that same sale
--a sweet friend who let us pick through her boys 18 mo-3T boy clothes...resulting in nearly an entire wardrobe for our little man as he grows
--God's grace and mercy as Mike worked LOTS of overtime the past week or so...
--a dear friend who came and mowed, fertilized and trimmed our lawn in the midst of that overtime craziness...these friends also happen to have an even more newborn than luke of their generous!
--other friends who offered to watch all four of our children for free so mike and i could enjoy a much, much needed date night and have an early celebration of my birthday
--my birthday! it was honestly one of "those" days at home...but my hubby swooped in and helped redeem it...once the kiddos were all tucked in bed we enjoyed some tasty sushi...
--anticipating another surprise of some hubby was very secretive and told me, "don't look!" as he walked in the door just a few moments ago...home EARLY!!!...and stashed something in the fridge...hmmm.... :)