ZARA - 5 MONTHS

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Roly Poly Chub Chub. Zara Jayne. Chub Chub baby. We love her : ) 
She is so very sweet. 
At 5 months she… 
is wearing 6-9 month clothes
rolls around like a pro
stares at our food like a vulture
loves bath time
is smitten with Neal
things anything Selah and Maddox do is just hilarious, she's always giggling at them
has the chubbiest most wonderful thighs
is easy going most of the time
wakes up once or twice at night but in general sleeps great
loves to be outside and just stares at everything around her











SELAH IS FOUR!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


She's four. I can hardly believe she's so big. She's so adventurous, so girly, so wild and free. We love her so much. She teaches us how to be humble. She teaches us how to enjoy the simplest things. She teaches us how to laugh : ) She loves all things pink, getting dirty, and laughing with her friends. She kindly and gently cares for her brother and sister and is always willing to help Mommy. She's stubborn and feels each emotion fiercely and seriously. She's independent. She's strong. This year we've loved watching her ride her bike, learn how to be a good friend, share selflessly with her siblings, perfect her alphabet and counting skills and sing her little heart out whenever she so desires. She dances through her days and we are thankful for her goofy smile and crazy antics : )







MADDOX IS TWO!

Saturday, August 2, 2014


This little man is so great. We adore him. He's full of life and cuddles and craziness! He's such a big boy already, I can hardly believe it's been two years since we first saw his face. 

He's a tank. Super solid and built so differently than our string bean Selah.

He sweetly answers "nuffing" whenever I ask him what he's doing : )

In the last few months he's gone from calling Selah "Ya Ya" to "Say Sa" and now sometimes he actually says Selah. 

He loves to wrestle with Daddy.

His favorite pastimes in the car include yelling at me until I acknowledge that he saw an airplane or squealing with delight when he sees someone "building stuff".

He eats like a machine…so muuuucchhhhh foooooood.

Two of the most important items in our house are his blue blanket and his green water cup.

He is still so very snuggly. He still always wants to hold my hair. His two fingers are still always in his mouth.

He loves to pretend with Selah that they are riding horses, making pizza etc

He only has one volume. Loud. He is very offended if you ever ask him to be more quiet.

He talks. A lot. I'm constantly impressed with his vocabulary. Selah was still so quiet at 2 years old so it's new for us to have a little chatterbox on our hands.

He likes to read books…mostly he likes he rip books : (

He just loves Zara. He's super sweet with her…most of the time ; ) 

He's our tender one. Always asking if someone is okay, always quick to say "I love you" and offer a kiss or hug.

I love having a little boy. I love watching him with Neal. I love watching him grow. 

Two years old! Me oh my.





SELAH LEARNS TO DANCE

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Selah took a ballet class for the first time this year. I haven't posted much, if anything, about it. We had a great experience! I've never danced in my life and really had no idea what to expect. She learned a lot, and it was fun to watch her grow. We watched her focus improve sooo much and she made some sweet little friends. Overall we loved it. We're taking a break this year after buying the house and because we joined a homeschool co-op and I don't want to pile our plate before fall even begins. She loved it so much though so my guess is that we'll start again next fall. I HIGHLY recommend the school we went with, let me know and I'll message you the information if you want it. The environment was loving and wholesome and every teacher that I encountered really cared for her students. We loved it. 

Sweet Selah, she surprised us at her recital! She did more of her little routine than she had all year. We were so proud of her…I cried : ) She's so big!









ZARA - 3 & 4 MONTHS

Sunday, July 27, 2014


This little one is so loved. She is my easiest baby yet, always happy, always smiling. 
She plays with toys. She rolls over. She coos and giggles. She's growing growing growing!
She wears 6-9 month clothes, in fact, a lot of what she wears are things that Selah wore around a year old : )
She's our first baby to love a pacifier...woohoo! Soothe baby soothe! 
It's funny, I feel like with Selah I always had a million things to say about her as she grew but with baby #3 a month goes by and I think to myself "well, she does normal baby things I think...and um...she's cute". That's about all I've got : ) But oh we love her so.




REUPHOLSTERY PROJECT

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Whew. I'm done. Finishing an ongoing project is such a good feeling : ) 
I'm pretty proud of this one. I've never done reupholstery before and so I wasn't sure how this would turn out. Compared to buying brand new chairs I did save money but I still spent more on this project than I normally would so I was nervous that it would all be a waste. But that didn't happen! They turned out exactly how I wanted. Tackling things I've never done before is probably one of my favorite things to do. I like to figure things out and I like to problem solve, so this was a lot of fun. But goodness it's good to be done. 

I did the first chair a couple of weeks ago and after starting the second one I realized I wanted them done differently than I originally planned. The first time I did it I covered the seat in one piece, without the straight band on the bottom. I like how the band gives it a more finished look. Plus, the batting stays in place better this way and I think it will wear better. I'm especially happy with the back panel piece and how all of the lines turned out cleanly. Woohoo! When I bought these chairs I looked into having them professionally done and the average price I found was $350 per chair, plus the cost of fabric. Crazy! However, after ripping out all of those staples and getting a few blisters in the process I can see why they charge that much : ) 

In a perfect world I'd have a photo tutorial for you. I don't : ) But I'd be happy to answer any questions. I'm a bit amazed by photo tutorials in general. It's a miracle that I found the time to finish the chairs, forget taking lovely pictures of each step along the way ; )







TAKING STOCK

Monday, July 21, 2014


A dear friend of mine shared this handy dandy list and I thought I'd join in on the fun. Besides, who doesn't love a list?!?

Currently I am...

Making: chair covers...still. Now that I've finished one, the mystery is gone and I'm having a hard time being motivated to do the other one

Cooking: blueberry scones for a playdate...they are seriously one of the most delicious things I have ever made

Drinking: more coffee than I should

Reading: a lot of Psalms for my anxious and fearful heart. I can't remember the last time I picked up a book. Any suggestions?

Wanting: the rest of the summer to be full of 75 degree days

Playing: my cello. Ha. Not really.

Sewing: I'm a sewing machineless dreamer : ) though I can imagine a lot of pillow covers would be on the roster

Wishing: I could hire someone to schedule appointments and take my kids for their check ups

Enjoying: this summer with my babies...it's the first time in a long time that I've had fun with them

Liking: picnics whenever we feel like it

Wondering:  what to do for Maddox's birthday...which was last week...

Hoping: that we don't melt in this weeks weather....phewww

Marveling: at Gods great mercy and my great lacking in this season of life

Needing: to go on a date with the hubs

Smelling: spit up. Zara is a pukey baby. All the puke all the time. 

Wearing: anything that's flowy. flowy. flowy. It's hot out and we don't have AC : ) 

Thinking: that I should probably go to bed but Neal isn't home yet and I hate going to sleep alone

Feeling: thankful for the women in my life who are so quick to encourage me and lift me and my family up in prayer

Bookmarking: birthday party ideas for a certain almost 4 year old. Can it be? When did she get so big?