Monday, September 22, 2014

Levi Tripp Williams - O N E


There are no babies in our house! Now I am supposed to say, "our kids are seven, two, and one."  Man this one really snuck up on us! I've heard that with your first they always seem so old to you and with the subsequents they tend to seem "so young still" and I am sitting here emphatically shaking my head yes in agreement.

Here are things you might like to know about our not-baby:

He prefers one side of his blanket over the other.

At 9 months he started speed climbing our stairs, yet he's not even close to walking. Pulls up on anything/everything but has not figured out he can side step while holding on.

Loves to roll a ball back and forth to you.

Eats whatever we eat and drinks exclusively out of a sippy (whole milk and water only.)

Shakes his head no.

Says dada and mama plus other babbles.

Loves baths, hates carseats.

Has 4 teeth and 2 more working their way in.

Gives big hugs and big kisses (the good ones with his whole mouth.)

Zach thinks he needs a haircut but remember those are a hard pill for me to swallow.

He's just sweet. That's the best way I can describe him. He smiles easily and distributes cuddles liberally. I'm excited for him to grow older and for us to learn more about him. The transition from two to three was harder for us. I think once we had Shepherd, Reagan was already very independent because he was so much older so we did not have the typical "two children" experience. Going to three, and especially having the younger two so much closer in age (it felt like we had two babies for a very long time) caused us to readjust in ways we hadn't anticipated. For instance, I used to try to have most house stuff done during the day. Then when the kids went to bed it was just Zach and I time. A couple months after Levi was born I realized I could never quite get to the bottom of my to-do list and I was doing laundry at all hours of the night (literally, wake up to nurse and switch the wash to the dryer on my wake back to bed.) Sure, some days it is exhausting but goodness gracious, I am so thankful I have people who need me to wash their clothes and people who fight me when I try to suction their noses with the aspirator. I know there are families who are waiting on their people and I feel for them. I never want to take for granted the frustrating things. (But kids if you read this please stop planking your body when I try to buckle you into the carseat.)

a n y w a y returning to the hot topic - All 4 of the rest of us really love to love him. Happy Birthday Levi!

Monday, September 15, 2014

summer recap

A summery of summer via phone photos. Alliteration alert! Scroll away.

Drew's 24th birthday below. Everyone should feel really sorry for him because he recently left to work for a congressmen in Florida until the end of the election. I'm sure it is disgusting and super boring. #opposite

Monday, September 8, 2014


Since Zach works in Deer Creek he is able to volunteer for Deer Creek's fire department while he is working during the day (he got his EMT license this past Spring.) I took the boys, plus Reagan's buddy Cade, to the fire station and met Zach over his lunch. The competition for favorite parent is ON.

Look at those grown-up rabbit teeth coming in up there.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sylvan Lake 2014 - land

The boys caught a bunch of frogs/toads. Shepherd was surprisingly good at it. 

Evan brought his friend Alex this year and they made this trip SO FUN for the boys. Both Drew and Zach could not take time off of work to come and so I was very grateful that Evan and Alex were such good sports for the week.

I don't know if I've said it enough, or even if I could say it enough, but Reagan is just the best brother ever. Gush.

Reagan and my Dad funnily sporting matching swim trunks (who wore it best?)

iPhone pictures....

Let me just say this. The lake is the only place that would get me to drive 13 hours alone with my three kids. And I'll leave it at that. But not before I mention that by the time we pulled in to Normal (via the wrong exit by the way, the only wrong turn I took in 580 miles had to be within 2 miles of home,) Levi had eaten a bag of cheetos and been pants-less the last 5 hours...I let the boys eat ice cream in the car- no, no, just NO... and we had all apologized to one another many, many times for poor attitudes/voice raising. "Voice raising" is the kind term for yelling.

 Just a terrible place for morning walks. 

 I texted Debbie in the middle of the night that she was going to cut me bangs and like the supporter of rash-decisions she is, she trimmed away the very next morning. Zach has told me at least a handful of times since we've back how much he likes them.

The blurriness of the pictures above makes me crazy but in Zach's absence I tried to be a fun mom and do things like tubing with the boys. Reagan surfed most of the time (he rode faster/wilder with Evan and his friend) but Shep seriously loved the whole experience. Even when we fell in!