November 3, 2015

Because Treats are Her Love Language

Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat
This little corner of the internet has been quiet lately. Once again, I've debated whether or not I want to continue writing here and to be honest, I haven't decided. Part of me loves this little creative outlet that I've carved out for myself and being able to look back to see what our lives were like in 2009 is such a fun blast from the past. But life moves so quickly for us these days as a family of five, and my free time is often taken up with school volunteer hour projects (because I refuse to pay those bad boys off) or simply collapsing on the couch next to my husband after a long day of loving and playing referee to the tiniest members of our family.

For now, I found myself with an extra few moments (though that has officially ended as a certain tiny woke up and is now lying next to me on the bed while I type as fast my fingers will go) and I wanted to share two little snippets of our life lately.

This past weekend was Halloween and we geared ourselves up with a Stormtrooper costume, a Princess Belle gown, and a lamb getup (because the association with Mary wearing the little lamb costume was just too good to pass up this year). My sweet sister Anna joined us as Minnie Mouse and we were off with Nathaniel sprinting down the street and Evelyn on his heels, yelling CANDY!!! WHO-HOO!! at the top of her lungs. Oh, that sweet girl. We continue to joke that her love language is treats... looking back at old Halloween photos, it's pretty easy to believe.

It was a far cry from trick or treating last year when Nathaniel ran off with the neighbor boys and Evelyn had to be carried the entire time after walking a block. This year, we walked up and down our little neighborhood streets, collecting candy and having a grand old time... except for the part where a woman grabbed Evie and started pulling her into the house. That was one pre-Halloween talk that we didn't think to have with the kids and let's just say that the adults ran up to that door really, really fast! (Sidebar: it all turned out fine and the woman ended up being a sweet lady who was mentally handicapped... but until we realized what was actually going on, it was downright scary.)

All in all, the night was a raving success. Copious amounts of candy were collected and the kids consumed far more sugar than was advisable before bedtime. The mom candy tax was also collected and THANK GOD there were some Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in the bunch. And yes, I did manage to save one or two for the kids.

Huge thanks to my sister for joining us- the kids had a blast with their Auntie along for the ride. And I think it's safe to say that the countdown for next Halloween has already begun... at least for Evelyn.

August 20, 2015

This Parenthood Gig

Reading with Daddy
Our days lately have been filled with lots of family time. We are soaking in these final days of summer and Jonathan has been working from home frequently. I love these days, watching my boys go biking or running together over the lunch hour and knowing that I'm able to see my husband in the middle of the workday. It's so sweet to be able to make the most of this time that we have together.

The other night I handed the baby off to Jonathan so I could go make dinner. A few minutes later, I walked into the living room and saw my husband reading to all three kids. It was a moment that perfectly sums him up as a dad; he's so selfless and always there for his kids.

I know that our setup is unusual; most families don't have the luxury of having both parents around as much as we are. It's strange for certain, and comes with its own set of challenges, such as completing office work and meetings around the noises that come with three kids, two of whom bicker like it's an art form and one that's currently teething. Yet for all the challenges, my husband continues to be there with us as much as he can and it's something that I love and that I truly believe our kids will remember as they grow.

These days that their daddy gets to spend with our little family of five are invaluable and something that we all treasure. Every lunchtime bike ride with papa, every stolen kiss, every baby giggle while playing or reading is priceless. I don't know what I would do without this man. He's my rock and I'm so glad he's my other half in this parenthood gig.

August 14, 2015


Favorite Toy
Boo Boos
Trees are for Climbing
Now that our littlest girl is over five months old, she is taking a pretty keen interest in some of her toys. She is still madly in love with her blue octopus, but her adoration for this orange ball isn't far behind. Of course, the toys pale in comparison to the potential amusement of her big siblings. Watching her brother and sister jump and dance around in front of her is her first choice for playtime any day of the week.

Poor Evelyn has found herself the owner of many, many boo boos this summer. Between the mosquitoes in our backyard who absolutely love my sweet girl to the countless falls she's had on the sidewalk (usually running after her big brother), we are going through Frozen bandaids left and right. It almost makes me look forward to the end of summer, knowing that she'll at least have a bit of extra padding to fall on when she's wearing snow pants in the dead of winter.

Nathaniel has become our tree climber this summer, scaling several of the trees in our yard. Most recently, he climbed a flowering tree in our front yard while Jonathan was up on the patio that sits atop our garage. Imagine his surprise when my husband looked over to see Nathaniel at the top of the tree. New rules were immediately implemented about tree climbing and this mama is deeply grateful that Nathaniel hasn't discovered the huge pine tree that is perfect for climbing next to the house!

August 12, 2015


Garage Painting
Posting on here has become rather spotty as of late. This summer has been packed full of all sorts of good things for our family, like a baby who is happier but is still making every bottle a hurdle to be conquered or a mama who is spending hours hunched over a breast pump or a myriad of house projects that have been newly conquered (like a freshly stripped and painted garage)! All of these things are wonderful, but they've left little time and energy to do much else in the evenings except collapse on our sofa and slowly whittle away at the newest episodes of House of Cards or CSI.

Summer is drawing to a close all too quickly around here. I know that some parents look forward to the start of school and as much as I am thrilled to know that I will have lots of one-on-one time with Mary this year, my heart is aching as I only have a couple weeks left before Nathaniel will be a full-time kindergartner and Evelyn will be starting preschool. How has the time gone by so quickly? Summer has passed by in a flash and I'm already seeing friends announce the beginning of their children's school years online.

Right now, I'm counting my blessings, knowing that we have a few more weeks to soak in the summer sun together before we're back in the land of hot lunches and backpacks. Before it's all said and done, we need to make at least one more trip to the beach and climb many, many more trees. Summer's almost over, but we're not nearly done with it yet.

August 5, 2015


High Chair Baby
Little Helper
My sweet littlest girl is getting better and better about spending a little time in her high chair so I can do a few things in the kitchen. It's a huge relief, considering that I'm starting to cook a bit more than I had been and rely a little less on my dwindling stash of freezer meals. Meanwhile, while Mary hangs out in her chair, her big siblings are usually jumping around her, putting on a show and making her giggle.

Evelyn has been spending lots more time outside lately playing with her big brother and the neighbor boys. One of her favorite places to play is in the fort that Jonathan made for them, "cooking" for the boys. As a fun little fact, when I snapped this photo, she decided to pose in a way that perfectly exemplifies her not-so-little personality!

Nathaniel has been such a huge helper recently! Working on our garage project has gone hand-in-hand with tearing out part of our gardens so we can start from scratch next year (and in the meantime, rid ourselves of a wild and overgrown flowerbed). This sweet guy helped tear things out and haul it all away with me. He's turning into such an amazing little boy!