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12:16 PM

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 isaac...6 months...he is scoooooottting like a champ. nothing is safe right now. he can stay seated for a few seconds before toppling over.


 gianna...2...she has been telling me she loves me non stop. it is so sweet. she wants to help in the kitchen and is always "keeping liesel safe." we went to the barn and she mucked her first stalls this week.


 gabe...4...he got a beloved zuma toy for Easter. we have colored almost an entire paw patrol coloring book since sunday. he is such a hard worker. we went to the barn and mucked 5 stalls. he was as helpful as an adult. the first thing he said was, "papa will be so proud."
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...Isaac: 6 month update...

11:55 AM

Mr. Isaac. 6 months old.
LIKES: anyone looking at him, his feet, toys, swinging, his siblings, chewing on books; scooting.
Official stats: 16 lbs 13.5 ounces; 27 1/4". he wears 6-9 months consistently, but they won't last much longer. 4 teeth.
SAYS: nothing yet.
SLEEP: naps at 9 and 130. his morning nap is somewhere between 45min - 2 hours based on when you wake up. your afternoon nap is typically 2 hours (unless you roll over). you sleep from 7-6/7 and wake up twice.
FOOD: nothing yet.
NICKNAMES: gabe calls you tootsie roll. cutie, isaac.

heis the sweetest, happiest baby. he will contently play on the floor with his feet or toys for quite tome time. you love to be held and worn. you love to chew on anything you can get your hands on. you can now get on all floors and scoot. you have brought so much love and laughter into our home. i just adore you. you sing songs to me after you nurse. you love to touch my face. you still will talk into my neck. you are loved.

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...Easter 2017...

11:16 AM

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Easter was beautiful. Simple and beautiful.
This was the first time we were home for Easter.
We started with Mass and came home to our Easter baskets. I begged the kids for just one picture.




 They happily played with their new little Paw Patrol toy while the cinnamon rolls baked.
Gabe received his first crucifix necklace. He was so happy.



 My little men. Isaac had a matching bow tie, but it didn't quite make it around his neck.

 We relaxed for most of the morning and spent every spare second outside. We surprised the kids with a basketball hoop and we played a few games of around the world.

I baked ham, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussel sprouts, rolls, and a carrot cake.
The kids woke from their nap and we enjoyed a fun meal.
 We will be hosting Easter this coming weekend with our extended family, so Part II!
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...marking up plans...

6:04 PM

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these two love to draw and color. we have spend many an afternoon coloring countless pictures.
our medium tends to be recycled engineering plans.
steve will bring home a batch every so often. the kids are ecstatic. they make up stories about the towns they create. they make stop signs, draw trains on the train tracks, create rivers and swing sets.

their stories are priceless.

we met steve for lunch today and acquired a new batch of plans.
as soon as we got home, they got right to work. they didn't want to stop.

there were all sorts happening in this town.

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11:32 AM



 gabe...4...we read his bible for around fifteen minutes every night. he impresses me with his memory. while we were at the doctors, the nurse told gianna that she would listen to her heart. he quips, "it's ok gianna. we want to hear it go pump pump. that's a good thing. it pumps blood. blood carries oxygen to, well to all over. all of your organs." i was so very proud.
 gianna...2...she now calls me silly goose. i had to take her to the doctor for  recurring sty in her eye. she hops up onto the table and the PA assesses her. she puts her glasses down and looks at me and says, "you will never guess this but she has two ear infections." she hopped down and skipped around the room. one tough little lady.


isaac...6mo...you had a cold for most of the week. in spite of it all, you hardly stopped smiling. he is just starting to be able to sit up. his top two teeth are almost through. we have been blessed with a few of your giggles. you constantly pull of socks and chew on them. you have the sweetest stories.

...my little chicken farmers...

11:11 AM

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our little ladies have been here for almost a month. they are now living in the coop, which means we have morning and evening chores. gabe is quite proud of feeding and watering his chicks. liesel is quite fond of them being outside.

we let them outside for for a few hours the other day. the kids sat in the run, in hopes of holding them. they didn't quite understand that they wouldn't be super friendly quite yet.

it was super foggy when we went out the other day. they couldn't wait to see if they laid any eggs yet.





...these three...

11:02 AM

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we are in a pretty solid groove once again, which i am particularly fond of.
the kids are at really fun ages right now.
gabe is showing an interest in reading, is recognizing things we have learned our discussed while out and about, he loves to explore in our woods right now.
gianna is working hard on full sentences and is understandable almost always. she is super sweet and sensitive and she will try her hardest to keep up with her brother.
isaac is so close to sitting and can almost get up on his knees. he loves toys, being held, and is just a super content little man (unless TEETH!!)

they were rolling around on the carpet, begging to tell isaac stories. so i added him into the mix. they had each created something with legos and were telling him stories about their creations.
this spring and summer will be so much fun. we are already soaking up as much of the daylight as possible.
our chickens are now outside residents. the garden will be in before we know it. camp fires, hikes.
yes, please.
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...11|52...

11:13 AM

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 isaac...5 months. he slept through the night on tuesday (7-530). it was amazing. we have definitely had extra snuggles in the night with these teeth. two are through, and i think you might be working on another one. you almost got up on all four and are incredibly frustrated that you aren't mobile. soon, little man.



gianna...2...we have been venturing on nightly walks in our back woods. you get so excited to find little animal footprints. you were hopping like a rabbit for part of it. you wait for a kiss from dad after we pray at dinner. i love how you lean in.
gabe...4...you were making an F-16. your imagination is incredible right now. you have been pushing your lawn mowers on our nightly walks. some nights, you use it as a snowplow. some nights, you are a dog sledder delivering medication like Balto. you and i were discussing something the other day, you stopped me and said, "mom...i love you." my heart melted.
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...weekly loves...

11:51 AM

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we made some of the best banana bread this week. honestly, banana bread isn't my favorite, but this wasn't too bad (probably due to the inordinate amount of sugar). i think i will keep trying recipes.

i finally tried this classic tee shirt. they had a pretty emerald color on clearance a few weeks ago. i must say, i can see why they are so popular.

i love these. if only they weren't super expensive.

this was a pleasant start to a morning. i am a terrible creature of habit (which isn't all bad), but enjoyed this for a few mornings.

these are cute.

i purchased these for the kids a few weeks ago. they have held up really well so far and would make excellent Easter basket additions.

i am guessing on the size for gianna this fall, but couldn't pass these up for $8!

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...your first teeth...

11:15 AM

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finally. you are the proud owner of two teeth. they officially popped through and you have been chewing nonstop ever since. books and chunky wooden puzzle pieces are your favorite.

you are still one of the most content babies.
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...10|52...

11:22 AM

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 isaac...5 mo...the proud owner of 1.5 teeth. he has started to hold conversations with his hands or toys. he loves to play with toys. duplos are a current favorite. he loves to be held and talked to.
gianna...2...she learned how to say "awwweeesoomme" this week. she has been telling me all week, "mom, jesus died for me." we haven't looked back from naptime diapers! she is a rock star. she has been reading books out loud and loves to have dance parties.

gabe...4...we purchased some garden gloves for the kids, these adorable ducks. he wears them constantly. he left his first complete phone message. we have been working on spelling his complete name and numbers. he noticed this week that grocery aisles were numbered. we spent the shopping trip with him navigating and finding the correct aisle. he had a major growth spurt this week and all of his size 5 jeans are waaayyy to short.
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...fat tuesday...

12:04 PM

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these are from a last week. we made some cookies to celebrate mardi gras.
my kids love to cook and bake. our island is such a blessing as they spend hours perched on top each week, helping with meals.





 she made sure each one fit perfectly.


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