August

This little guy is a monster on the scooter.  He is all courage and no fear.  Yet, what I love about him is that he is also all smiles and all snuggles and all sweet.  Sometimes when I put him down for nap he will reach up his arms, give me the biggest hug around my neck and say, “I want to keep you forever.”

I can’t imagine life without our littlest man and thank God for him every day.

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First Snow

After our couples trip over the weekend, we snagged the kids from Grandma and Papa’s house and headed up to our friend’s cabin in Big Bear.  The last time we were in the snow, Dayla was about 2.5 years old.  So the boys were excited to experience snow for the first time!  Dreams of snowmen and snowball fights!

 

We did have some snowball fights, built a snowman, lots of puzzle and game time, fun with retro rollerskates we found in the cabin, and visited the local zoo. There was cold moments and tear-filled moments….but there were also a lot of smiles and memories.

 

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Couples Trip To Temecula

We met 13 years ago at a Young Married’s Bible Study.  Still friends.  Amazingly we  found a way to leave our collective 16 kids with family members so that we could sneak away together.  A weekend of studying God’s word and encouraging one another in marriage…a blessing and a joy!

 

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Packing List

We’re going on vacation and I asked August what’s most important to pack. BLUE POWER RANGER MASK! Anything else? NO!

Hardware Store

Whenever it’s just me and the boys hanging out we find any excuse to go the hardware store. You can see that neither of their feet are touching the ground.

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Sebastian is holding our shopping list. Metal, Wood, Screws.

Dinner

When our neighbors the Carlson’s moved in two years ago, I remember their daughter Adalee asking herself over to dinner at our house pretty much at first meeting. Her mom graciously moved the conversation elsewhere, but I remember thinking to myself, “One day, but we just aren’t there yet.”

This summer marked that day.

This last summer Dorothy gave birth to their 3rd child Charlotte and in taking time off from work and the craziness of three kids, we have just seen their kids a lot more….which means a lot more coming over to play…which led to a lot more “I watch your kids this day, can you watch mine that day” scenarios….which lead to dinners.

I recognize what a gift and a blessing this is. As I set the table tonight for 5 little kids, I smiled. I know one day there won’t be any plastic colorful dishes, or paper plates, and there might not even be neighbors that come over for dinner. I am so thankful for this moment, this part of the phase we are in, so I snapped a quick picture to document this blessing and this sweet time in our lives.

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Step Three: New Office

At the beginning of this year we realized we wanted to give Dayla her own room, which lead to a three step room make-over.  First the living room updated, second Dayla’s room transformed, and last a new work space that Daniel and I could share.

Our shed got transformed to a work space a few years ago (thanks to the amazing advice and help from Daniel’s dad), but this year we needed to make it into a office and storage space that Daniel and I could share for years to come.

I really wanted a work space that I love to be in, but is also not too girly for Daniel.  Last December we spent a few days in San Antonio and we realized that we both really liked the “industrial” style decor that is exploding in popularity. San Antonio had some amazing examples of it at Hotel Emma, Local coffee, Cured restaurant.  Gorgeous spaces.  We love the mixture of modern, the metal, and the wood.  We plan on adding burlap coffee sacks to the wall to give it our own twist. We dreamed up a design for our office…

It started with our vision of a desk that we could share.

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Shelves for Sundin Photography stuff:

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Our office is not exactly the way we want it yet, but it is getting there and we love it!

 

Lindsay Kids

Yesterday I watched the Lindsay kids.  What I meant to say was I GOT TO watch the Lindsay kids.  I love these kids so much…not only because they are great kids with big hearts, but they seem to bring out the best in my three monkeys. They just jive.  It is a huge blessing to have them in our life.

I knew I had to snap some pictures from our day because I want to remember how sweet friendship can be.  I pray my kids always have friends like the Lindsay kids….that make them laugh, bring out their best selves, understand them and their quirks, comfort them, and love them with a sweet love.

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The boys playing dress up….cause that is what boys who have older sisters like to do.  ;)

We have a black bird, a peacock, and a phoenix. Makes me laugh out love and melts my heart all at the same time.

 

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Step Two: Dayla’s Room

Letting our girl get her own room was such an interesting process. Daniel and I were both transported back to the years we got to get our own rooms as teens. We remembered how our parents lovingly let us have some choices, but did not let us be dictators, as it was THEIR house. We appreciate now that we are parents that they didn’t give us all the power, so we tried to emulate that with our own Dayla.

There were some hard conversations. There was some joyous shopping time. All in all it was a beautiful time of growth for Daniel and I as parents and for Dayla in gratitude. In the end, Dayla has a beautiful room that she loves (that she got to make SOME of the choices on) and we are proud to be able to give her.

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After:

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