Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our Arizona Trip

Yay for Grandma Girl! I don't know how moms fly on their own!

Waaaay back in the end of October my mom and I took the kids to Arizona. We were able to visit my one sister and her husband and my other sister flew in from California!! We had a blast! It was so good to all be together. (It has been three years since I saw one sister as she has been living overseas.)
Waiting for the rental car. You would think we had been there for hours!
My mother met us at the airport that just happens to be in the middle of our two homes. We had a straight flight, which was awesome with kids. The flight went well and then we rented a van at the airport where we met up with my sister when she landed.
Yay for Aunties!!

We filled our time with trips to the zoo, science museum, and even drove up into the mountains. Since we flew out on Halloween we brought the kids costumes and attended a story time at the library my sister works at. (She even was the librarian running the story time!)
Helping us navigate at the zoo. He loved the monkeys!

Our return flight was smooth as well. We landed on time, but it was after 10 pm and we still had to drive home. All three kids fell asleep and slept the entire hour and a half home! The next day I was totally wiped out, but it was a Sunday, so we all just chilled at home.
Walking in the snow in Arizona!

One of the best parts of the trip was my sister announcing that they are expecting their first baby in May!!! I also got to share the news of our baby with my sisters.
My three gnomes all dressed up to go to Halloween story time.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Our Family Is Growing!

My highly photoshopped attempt at an announcement with the three kiddos.

As I mentioned in my last post, there were some pretty wonderful things that happened that when I wasn't blogging. The most extraordinary being, we are expecting baby #4 at the end of May. It is so, so exciting to think of a new little one joining our family!! Being that we have seen the babe on the ultrasound screen and I can now feel the movements, it is starting to feel more and more real. We told the kids by giving them a baby book and asking if they would like it if we had another. Peachy and Cream are pretty excited. Shortcake is living in sweet denial. :o) 
Our announcement in Facebook.

So far everything has been going well. (Which we are so thankful for.) I am so much more tired this time around. I think we can blame keeping up with the other three and my "advanced maternal age." Ha! We are at a new clinic and hospital because of our move, so I am learning the ropes there. I have decided to see the midwives at our clinic. I am enjoying the midwife experience so far, although I have only been to them two times now.

Shortcake looking at the baby book we used to tell the kids about their new sibling.
We really are amazed at God's goodness in allowing us to experience the joy of adding one more child to our family!
And just for fun, here are the other three's ultrasound pictures.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Blogging Again?

Trying on winter gear to make sure we were ready for the cold and snow.
Wow, I didn't really intend to take a blogging break, but apparently I did. After a while, I didn't really know if I would come back or not. However, I am constantly writing posts in my head and I miss keeping track of what is going on in our lives. I often look back at old posts for reference or simple nostalgia, so I decided to give it a whirl again.
Playing dress up. She said that she was getting ready to play football.

I may not post much other than our daily lives. If I do find the time to complete a project, I don't always get around to taking pictures. And while I do cook for my family everyday, we usually consume the food before I capture it on "film."


There has been lots of everyday things going on around these parts with a few extraordinary events sprinkled in. I will try to catch up over the next few posts and see where it goes from there. :)
Peek-a-boo!! Snacking in the van while his sisters play after school.