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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

...boys and their dump trucks...

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gabe can hardly contain his excitement for having a brother.
he does love his sister dearly and they are inseparable, but there definitely is an unspoken brotherly bond.

he comes up with the sweetest things that he will "teach" isaac.

i came down stairs one morning to the site of them "doing dump truck maintenance."

he is the best teacher. so patient. he was explaining the parts of a dump truck and how to keep it running properly. i held in some giggles. i have no idea where he comes up with this stuff.
boys. 


 these two are the cutest.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

...our chicks...

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we decided to embark on raising chickens this spring.
unfortunately, our little birds were lost in transit for an extra day and i was fearing for the worst.
we ordered 15 plymoth barred rock hens.
we have lost two (the company shipped an extra) so now have 13.

steve was gone over the weekend and they unfortunately arrived while he was away. i took quite a few videos to send him. their enthusiasm was precious. fortunately, the post office called at 6AM and told me of their arrival. the kids were in the car with out a peep. we spent the morning with them, pajamas and all.

they have spent hours staring at them, holding them and talking about them. they will be garage residents for a few more weeks and will then move to their coop.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

...8|52...

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I took these photos earlier this week when it was snowing!!! We have been enjoying the upper sixties for the past few days!
 gabe...4...you have asked to work on reading. you still devour books. we had a guest priest on sunday from a worldwide mission. his homily was about hunger and need in certain countries. he told a story about a mom not being able to feed her children. there were pamphlets in the pews with saddening photos. you were awestruck and devastated. i wanted so badly to protect you from those images as you are such a kind soul, but know how important those moments are for you. it was a beautiful opportunity to talk to you.

gianna...2...you said your first perfect sentence this week. dad mentioned we needed to go to home depot to grab x,y,z. you stopped me and said, "mom, where is home depot?" like such a little lady. dad took you and gabe on a date there and you were the proud owner of a wire nut container. you slept with them on your bedside table for two days.

isaac...4mo...my goodness little man, we are all in love with you. you roll constantly from front to back and back to front. your teeth are almost through..i think. you are a cuddler. a lovely lovely cuddler. you sing the prettiest songs. you really enjoy your jumparoo right now and spent the first afternoon on a blanket in the grass. you were in awe.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

...7|52...

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 gabe...4...so much love. dad was gone this week. every morning, you woke up missing him like crazy. this morning you woke up and said, "mom...where is my dad??"

gianna...2...you were a cuddler this week. you are working on no diapers at nap time.
isaac...4mo...i love you so much. you have been rolling over during your naps and night time. your lower teeth are almost through!!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

...making sugar cookies...

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a dear friend and her daughter came for a day while steve was a way at a conference.
it was the best trip.
the kids played so well together. the weather was perfect and everyone was healthy.
we have been trying for months and every other visit was cancelled.
we made sugar cookies.
i am not sure what they enjoyed more, the sprinkles or the frosting.
*yes i know they shouldn't be eating off the knives...


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

...St. Valentines Day...

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we made Valentines day cards for a few loved ones today. we watched a short little video on Saint Valentine. i always wonder how much they absorb, but they usually surprise me!

i am over the winter type decorations around the house. the kids love this little garland on the piano, that once held our snowflakes. so it got a cheery facelift!
we plan to make sugar cookies and enjoy them tomorrow!
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Friday, February 10, 2017

...6|52...

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 isaac...4mo...you rolled back to front today! a few times. it was one of the walk into a room and try to remember if you were just as i left you or if you rolled over. you gave an actual laugh at gianna this morning. you are working really hard at blowing raspberries.

gianna...2...you were working on your shapes with a dry erase marker. those markers make it so much fun. i think you are just about to go through a growth spurt. you have been soaking up some extra cuddles this week. every time you are in the room alone with isaac you rush to his side and say "mom!! me baby sit!!'
gabe...4...i thought we said goodbye to naps this week. you went two days without your 2.5h nap. i don't know if it will stick as you have been struggling to make it to nap time ever since. we had co-op this week and had a Valentines party. you wrote your name on every on and did fantastic.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

...making jam...

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strawberry jam is an essential in this house.
my husband's family made jam every summer all throughout childhood. we have made it with them since we married. last year, we made it a few days after we returned from Colorado. we are blessed with a fantastic fruit market. they bring in some of the most outstanding (often local) regional produce. 

we ran out of jam this past weekend. we limped through the week to make sure we had some for waffles on saturday morning. our market had a fantastic sale on strawberries yesterday, so off we went to buy a few flats. i greatly miscalculated the number of pectin boxes needed, so we are only 1/3 of the way finished.

my little helpers were ready to go this morning!
we washed, capped, pureed, mixed and ladled jam while isaac napped.

 someone was quite content sneaking berries from the bowl.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

...isaac: 4 months...

mister isaac. 4 months old.




i had been planning to do a three month shoot. i mentioned it to steve, and he informed me he was four months old. seriously. that is how fast this time around has gone. his colic was from 3-10 weeks. he hasn't looked back since!! i still haven't had ice cream or chocolate ;). so this is a bit more informal of a session. i need to try again next week.


Likes: his family. he is really really fond of eye contact. if you catch his gaze, he will give the best smile in the whole world. he sings me the sweetest song after every nursing session. daddy and gabe get the belly laughs. he loves to play with little toys. he loves to be held and rocked. he is a sweet cuddler. 

Official Stats: 14 lbs 14 ounces. 26.75 in. he wears 3-6 mo clothing consistently. i could probably bump him up to 6-9. working on some teeth!!! you are my tallest baby yet. 

Says: beautiful songs and coos.

Sleep. likes his naps at 9 and 1. his morning nap is about 2 hours and the afternoon one is closer to 2.5 hours. Nighttime is a consistent 7-7 and typically wakes typically twice. lately it has been three times due to teething.

Food. none yet!

Nicknames. tootsie roll (gabe). buddy (gianna). we usually all call him isaac, though.

he is the sweetest and happiest baby. yes he has moments, but generally, he is a smiley fellow. he had his first hotel stay and did great! he is trying really really hard to be a thumb sucker. i am hoping it will pass once the teeth pop. ha.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

...5|52...

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 gabe...4...he is the best big brother. he always wants to share what he is playing with isaac. he brought his legos into the living room and was making him "toys" to play with. isaac just adores him.
 gianna...2...she is really taking an interest in independent play. she has also been playing with legos nonstop and making "dinosaurs." No picture can thoroughly capture the personality of her hair. it is truly beautiful.
isaac...4mo...he is starting to enjoy more time in his jumparoo. he can't get enough eye contact. he has quite elaborate conversations with quite expressive faces.
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