...the garden dirt pile...

11:13 AM

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we made plans for a garden this spring. steve fenced in a plot right next to the sandbox. we had 10 yards of dirt dumped in our driveway on Tuesday. we spent countless hours removing the remaining gravel and river rock (from the previous owner's pool) and then had shoveled all of the dirt into the garden.

the evenings were late, the kids were tired and dirty every night when they turned in, but they were some of the best evenings! gabe was so much help. i have never seen a little kid work as hard as him. he never wanted to stop shoveling into the cart or wheel barrow.

we finished last evening. there was just a little pile remaining in the driveway that we will spread over a few low spots in the yard. we spent the cool morning playing in the dirt.
they were archaeologists. paleontologists. zuma and skye. gianna rode horses. gabe excavated golf tees.
they then had bathes by 11 AM.
there is talk of doing it post naps as well.
i am excited to plan our garden!!
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...18|52...

12:06 PM

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isaac...7 months...you are rocking the nightime sleeping. you have wakened only once between 1030-12 and then around 630. i am loving the sleep. you are starting to sit unassisted for short periods before you topple. 
gianna...2...you still love singing your songs (how four!!! jesus loves me/abcs/jingle bells/twinkle twinkle) every night. you can't go to bed without your goodnight kiss from dad. you love worms. you are right next to me when i am weeding and always want to hold them.
 gabe...4...you have been reading out loud to your siblings all week. you have quite the memory and recite as much as you can remember while reading to them. you learned to wiggle your eyebrows. you also have started doing a papa impersonation using your two pointers as a mustache and say "hey partner!"
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...splash...

12:12 PM

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today is our first warm day of the year, the 80s. the kids got a small splash pad from the grandparents for Easter. we set it up this morning before it was too hot.

they squealed non stop. our little neighbor friend came over to enjoy the warm weather. we took a break for naptime and intend to be back out their right after we wake. isaac was quite entertained by the excitement.
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...his pure heart...

11:58 AM

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it is fun to get glimpses of your children in terms of who they will become.

last night, at dinner, i got one of those. a sweet moment i hope to forever cherish. while hosting an Easter brunch this past weekend, we added our toyroom chairs around the dining room table for additional seating. as i glanced over at gabe, i noticed a distinct letter and name drawn onto the top of the chair.


i was furious and asked, "did you write your name on the back of this chair????" (i wish my initial reaction wasn't anger, but it was unfortunately."

i couldn't have been more prepared for his response. his eyes brimmed with gigantic crocodile tears, "it was a long time ago, mom. how did you know it was me?"

the look of shock and purity was one to behold. i had to stifle a laugh and turned.....and it was a long time ago as his penmanship has greatly improved ;).
how would i not know??? gianna can't write letters, isaac can't sit unassisted and liesel (the dog) only knows German (i kid).

i was ever so proud of his instant honesty. we promised to clean it off together, though i now never want it to leave.
he is so pure and innocent. i am often overwhelmed with how proud i am to be his mom.
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...flying kites...

11:29 AM

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we celebrated Easter with extended family this weekend. grandpa and grandma gifted the kids their first kite. i have so many memories of flying kites as a child. our ball field is a perfect area and i can see hours and hours spent watching it flit across the sky.

gabe flew his kite for almost an hour. gianna flied for a bit and then set it down and went off to pick dandelions. we flew it a few times over the course of the weekend.
gabe is so patient. they let the kite out almost the entire way and he was in awe of how tiny the little kite was in the sky.
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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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