Monday, August 31, 2015

Fading Away


The slow, easy days of summer are slowly slipping away. September starts tomorrow and with it, cooler weather, falling leaves and the start of school. 

Summer is fading away.

But yet...


The memories of bright sun, warm rays and easy days are still fresh in mind.

A family canoe trip.




 A high school reunion, fifteen years in the making.




The Atlantic whispering a friendly hello, it's nice to see you again.



Pretty dirty faced babies swinging into the evening.




Fires so warm, protection from your hand is needed.
S'mores so sweet they stick to your hands long after consumption.




Determination to make it across the bar without falling.



Celebrations of little boys turning one.



Glimpses into the future of what this little man will look like.


Tiny flowers being held by up by brown-eyed girls.


Giggly brothers, taking a ride on their little sister's newly given Big Wheel.

These are the moments of summer.

These are the moments that will be remembered as the leaves begin the fall, the air turns crisp and the sun sets early.

These fading days of summer always seem the very sweetest of all.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Little Fingers



One whole hand.

That is how old my Colin is today. The big FIVE.

Oh my, this seems so old. So big. So independent. How can my baby boy be 5?!



This boy. He is something. Witty, smart, shy, adventurous, and caring.



He is competitive and loves loves soccer. He gets it. He gets the strategy, the control, the angles. It comes naturally to him.




 Getting to know Colin takes some work. It takes time. It does not come easy. He makes you work for it.


  But when he lets you in, when he befriends you and lets you know him, it makes all that work worth the effort.

He is loving and kind and fiercely defensive and protective. He is our little bulldog and he will fight for those he loves...no matter the size or consequence.


He is also naughty and silly and funny and feels ALL the feelings all the time...and when they are bad, you know it.


Colin is detailed and remembers everything. He can travel somewhere once and remember the directions, turn by turn. He reads maps better than his mom! (which is not really that hard to do)



This boy. He has captured my whole heart. We love him so.

Happiest 5th Birthday, my Colin. I couldn't imagine life without you.You make our life SO much better.

Just remember, you promised that you would give me lots of cuddles when you are 5, even when you are 8, and I plan to hold you to those promises! Because Colin snuggles are just the greatest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Independence!


The Fourth of July is always a special time for us. With my oldest having his birthday on the 4th of July, there is always a reason to celebrate just a little bit longer. 
How did you celebrate?

Ours looked a little like this...


Miss Macy, water balloon helper extraordinaire.


Toddlers making great heroic stands on tree stumps.


Girl cousins frolicking towards the woods, hand in hand. 


Freshly water-ballooned boys turning 7 and asking for a flag cake because " It is ALSO America's birthday, so I should get the flag cake."
Mr. Patriotic 7 yr old.


Sometimes you just don't know what to do when everyone is singing and looking at you. 



This was the best picture we could get of the girls. So, yeah... toddlers.



Blue- eyed boys with blue tongues and blue suckers. The perfect summer trifecta.



The annual golf ball hitting on the 4th. Colin's swing is both scary and impressive.



Boats loaded down with kids, anxious to get the sandy strip up river and splash away.



The Muskegon River



Boat rides at dusk,worth the work of rowing.



When do you know that it is time for some fireworks?
When someone puts on her special celebration sassy pants, that's when.


Happy Birthday, Jack!
Happy Birthday, America!


I hope everyone celebrated and enjoyed their Independence Day!





Saturday, July 4, 2015

7


Seven years ago, this little monkey came into our lives and made it 100% better, in every way!

I became a mother for the first time and it was love at first sight!


Happiest Birthday, my sweet boy!

We love your funny jokes, your never-ending, but amazing fact knowledge, your kindness, your questions and your zest for life.

You know all the kids at your school and call them friends, and we love that you are a good friend to all those around you.

Your dance skills are also on point!


We love you SO much and can't wait to see what the year brings for you.

Time has flown by, and I can't believe that my little baby is now SEVEN!

Thanks for giving us the greatest seven years!

Happy Birthday, Jack!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lost & Found


Missing: Baby




A brown- eyed girl who loves to give kisses and snuggles. Calls her brother Boo Boo and her daddy, Daddin. Little Momma to all that come into her house.

Chubby little belly with roly little thighs and sweet cheeks.

Sings "Happy Birthday" with gusto and with an added " cha-cha-cha".

Takes two naps a day.

Eats all her dinner.



Found: Toddler



A little lady who has to wear hair clips or pigtails or else her bangs will go directly into her nose and stick to her face.

Favorite words: Mine. Why? Mine. Why? NO. Mine. Why? NO. Mine. Why?

Naps, optional.

Sharing, also optional.

Stolen toys, ripped Pokemon cards and giggles.

Running away in an open space, no matter where, which is hilarious...to her.

Sings " Oh, Baby, Baby" from Salt N Peppa's "Push It" thanks to the Geico commercial. It is actually hilarious, and slightly embarrassing when belted out in Target.

Eater of snacks, not dinner, and only half of the said snack.

Decidedly independent.




I seem to have lost my baby.  However, I have found a toddler. If anyone can tell me how this happens, I am all ears.* The toddler is cute and funny and loving and silly...so, I guess we will keep the toddler.


*I actually know how it happens. I  keep telling those kids to stop growing up and they never listen. Time stops for no man, or baby...no matter what you do.





Sunday, May 10, 2015

For the Mommas


This crazy crew made me a Momma.
I am so thankful.
They are my greatest joy, my greatest gifts and my greatest responsibility.
Raising them is awe inspiring, gravely serious and overwhelmingly fun.
I am so thankful for my Jack, my Colin and my Macy.


I would never be able to do even half a decent job at this thing called Motherhood, if it were not taught, reflected and shown to my by these amazing women. Each and everyone of these ladies have been an inspiration to me. Thank you for being such a great example of Godly, loving Mothers.

From Left to Right: My Grandma, my Mom, baby Jack, me, my Mother -in- law and Ryan's Grandma


So, Happy Mother's day to all the mommas, whether biological or adopted in one form or another.
May your day be filled with Love and Laughter!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Favorites

I didn't plan on not posting for well over a month. But after a computer crash, Easter, the start of soccer and daily life, the days slipped into weeks and all of a sudden, another month is upon us.


But on this extra warm 80 degree Friday, these are a few of my favorite things.


1. Macy's nicknames.

 Our little lady is 19 months old now and talking up a storm. She has called Ryan "Daddin" for awhile now. She knows how to say Dad, Daddy and Dadda...but she prefers to call him Daddin.



Her latest nickname is for Colin. Once again, she has called him "Colin" for quite awhile now, but one day, she just started calling him Boo Boo. It may have been transitioned from Brother...but now, 80% of the time, she will only refer to Colin as Boo Boo. It is hilarious. Colin, however, is not so pleased. He is pretty patient with her, but will tell us to not call him Boo Boo, only Macy can do that.



2. Watching the boys play soccer.  

Both boys are back on their old team, which is great for the undefeated Colin and bad for the have yet to win a game or score a goal Jack. They both love it and except for one freak cold snap, we have had perfect outdoor soccer weather!



3. Kid-free trips.

Ryan and I were lucky enough to be able to take a quick trip to Chicago without the kids. It was the first kid free trip that we have had since long before Macy was born. We did a lot of eating, walking and shopping. It was a much needed, relaxing trip. I hope we can sneak away again soon!



4. Movie dates with my boys!

I was able to take Jack and Colin to see the movie Home during Spreak Break. It was a surprisingly sweet movie and I loved spending time with the boys. Now if I could just find a sitter for the Avengers movie with the biggest boy...

Colin and Oh, the main character of Home.


5. Kissing (and sometimes pushing) Cousins

We had my nephew and niece over for a few days and it was fun chaos. One thing that was constant was the great love that Macy has for her little cousin, Elliot, or as Macy calls him, Eyener. He was given many, many kisses and a few hugs that may have looked more like body slams. While the love between Macy and her 2 yr old cousin Audrey wavers with the toys involved, the love of Eyener remains true...until he can reach and take those toys.





Happy Friday!