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.

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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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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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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Cart Photos

In my camera feed of pictures, there are two types of pictures that pop up all the time. One of them is “wish list pictures” and the other is “cart pictures”.

It seems that almost every time Daniel takes the kids on an errand, he takes a picture of them in the cart. At first I didn’t really get it. I think I have even deleted some of them. But now I am really enjoying watching our kids grow up this way….via cart pictures on dad errands.