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Friday, March 31, 2017

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 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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

...my little chicken farmers...

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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.





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

...these three...

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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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Friday, March 17, 2017

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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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

...weekly loves...

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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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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

...your first teeth...

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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

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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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Thursday, March 9, 2017

...fat tuesday...

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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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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

...playing together...

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these two are inseparable. there definitely moments of disagreements, but they are truly best friends. we had a very wet week. the kids spend outside time bucketing water into this little wagon and then driving it around the yard. gabe would then dip it into the bucket with our marshmallow stick and "sprinkle holy water."

they are such a great team. i can't wait to see isaac toddle around after them. oh the good times.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

...playing together: magnatiles...

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there are a few toys that you both will play with (together) for hours. we brought out the magnatiles and you played together for an entire morning. you told stories about the structures, you each had a role building part of a town. you were fire fighters, policeman, builders. your friendship is really special. gabe, you are so tender and patient, gianna you are so passionate and occasionally reach over and pat his back and tell you "love you, dabe."

once isaac was up from his morning nap, you wanted him right in the middle of everything. you guys were discussing fire trucks.

he listened so intently to your stories.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

...9|52...

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gabe...4...a rare moment where you weren't too busy to look up. you have been quite helpful taking care of your chicks! 

 gianna...2...someone is now only wearing a night time diaper. you just decided you didn't need one for a nap.

isaac...5 months...you aren't quite sitting up yet, but you are starting to scoot on your belly.

these were taken on Ash Wednesday. the four of us went to see Fr. don. you were complimented on your behavior. 
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