Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Independence Day at the lake // where we've been

I know it is annoying to read about people being busy because everyone is busy, but I need to say the last few weeks have been equal parts stressful, exciting and fun. We closed on our new house June 26th and moved all that day and night. We were overwhelmed by the amount of help we received. Between muscles for moving, food delivered for nourishment and hands to care for our children, it was a team effort and we couldn't have done it without our AWESOME friends and family.  The following week we headed down to Lake of Egypt for the 4th of July to spend the long weekend with Zach's family. It very much felt like I was unpacking boxes to repack suitcases (gahhh what a horrible problem to have.) At the end of the weekend my mom drove down and met us where we then headed off to South Carolina with the three boys and Zach drudged back home for his regular work week. We had planned the vacation before Zach had gotten a new job and unfortunately he couldn't take off. I was thankful my mom could help me with the drive (we do it over night because my kids and day driving are a match made in horror.)  It worked out pretty well because Zach was able to get a bunch of house stuff done before we got back (pictures coming soon.) And by done I mean started and halfway finished but with the best intentions because he is truly the energizer bunny. Since returning it has been a lot of back to reality type things like finishing up all the change of address things and baseball and wow our house is a disaster and football evaluations (I'm serious Fall, you stay behind that corner.)

On with the pictures!




 Glamour shot. And this marks the summer that Reagan can't sit in front of me on jet ski's. I can't see over his head. Short mom problems. 


 The next series is entitled, "swimming with kids is super fun/totally relaxing/mostly getting kicked in the ____."



Chris got a charlie horse and until Kristi went and got him a banana we all just sort of stood around and watched him struggle. Then one of the grandkids threw their shirt in the water near the banks and we asked him to tread over and get it for us.




For an example of a cheap parent who is waiting until the end of the season to buy new life jackets see Reagan's epic wedgie picture above.





 The five grandsons (actually four, Jr. was sleeping) eating al fresco.



This was Roma's (and Irving's!) first time fishing. After he caught his first one he asked if there were any more down there!







Thursday, July 17, 2014

Father's Day // Steve's Birthday






We celebrated Father's Day with my dad last month and combined it with his birthday celebration. This was all so long ago that I can't remember what we did on actual Father's Day and this is what I get for waiting so long to blog about it because obviously if it isn't blogged about did it really happen?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LTW - 9 months




Likes- feeding himself, waving, sweet potatoes, playing in water, saying dada

Dislikes- avocado, car rides, seeing mom when being held by someone else

He learned to crawl and pull up on things over the period of time we were moving (adding an extra layer of challenge.)

STILL NOT SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT. And I might scratch my eyeballs out on this one.

He is probably the most sought after member of our party of five. If they had the choice, Reagan and Shepherd would probably pick Levi to hang out with, over any of the rest of us chop liver. Levi gets a lot of love with a side of roughness. It's not unrequited either, he totally feels the same towards them which makes me think we have a posse of Zachs softies on our hands.

Whoops, I scheduled his 9 month appointment for when we were on vacation last week and by the time I remembered, aka they called to remind me, I couldn't get him in for another month soooo... stats TBD.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

7 years and not itchy

























Zach and I were married 7 years ago on Sunday, June 8th! The Friday before, Zach's mom and sister had Reagan and Shepherd spend the night with them and my mom took Levi. We got all gussied up for one another (a Cubs shirt and I threw on a skirt with the shirt I wore to the pool earlier in the day,) grabbed some sushi and then headed to the movie theater. Once there, we realized how tired we were and how much we would rather just go home and watch HGTV because envelope pushing = our lives. I loved it, seriously. Sunday morning we went to church and my dad took us out to lunch, bing bang boom another anniversary behind us. Go us! I can honestly say we like each other and love each other more today then we did the year before. And the year before that and so on and so forth.

Sunday morning, (Levi was taking his shift at being the unhappy child, everyone has to pull their weight around here.)
Thank you everyone for all your calls, cards, and well wishes!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Turning two...

Shepherd turned T W O on May 30th!

If someone is going to get sick or injured it will be Shepherd. 
His first Easter... pink eye. 
This past Thanksgiving... stomach flu. 
Christmas 2013... again with the pink eye. 
His second birthday... hand, foot, and mouth disease. Of course!

So please disregard his spotted appearance in all of the following pictures. It appears similar to chicken pox but instead of being itchy the sores are pretty painful. He had them mostly around and in his mouth, as well as down his throat. As long as we had him on a healthy regimen of tylenol his spirits were up. We started the day off with some of his favorite homemade blueberry muffins. He loves to call them cupcakes and I never correct him. Then off we went to his well check up. His measurements...

27 lbs 7 oz
33.75 inches tall


We rarely do big parties for the kids but I like to do the kid's balloon number each year. So post-appointment we ran to the party store where I purchased Shepherd's birthday balloon, Levi fussed and Shep ingested two foiled covered chocolate basketballs (foil and all.) Then I stepped outside where I promptly lost the balloon. I have no idea why as the kids are SO EASY to corral inside a store where they basically only sell candy and toys. So off it floated... up up up... and us and fellow party store patrons stood and watched. Needless to say, we did not brave another trip in. After doing a few paperwork things for the new house (hey! we bought a house!) I went home, laid the kids down and made the tasty-but-aesthetically-lacking cake. Later that night our parents came over (along with many neighborhood children that Reagan invited unbeknownst to us) and we celebrated the birthday boy.










 The poor kid!! We basically didn't take him anywhere for a week because it looked like he had leprosy.



Reagan went to the (dollar) store and picked out the above little toy specifically for Shepherd and it turned out to pretty much be his favorite.

 Photographic evidence of how accident prone he is.





 Those fingers are just ITCHING to catch that bubble.


 My brother couldn't come down so we FaceTimed with him before we CakeTimed.





What I've said about Shepherd before.... He is our child of high highs and low lows. He loves salsa by itself and singing Jesus Loves Me. If Levi is sleeping he whisper-shouts BABYGONIGHTNIGHT. He is super accident prone and eats tactics like they are m&ms. He enjoys mauling babies and small animals but it's from the bottom of his hard-loving heart. he is seriously the best but also sometimes the worst. We love him anyway we can get him.


Reagan turns two here and here.