Monday, December 29, 2014

Sprinkle for Audrey

We are looking forward to welcoming baby Audrey in January! Amazing that we'll go from three to five kids in such a short amount of time!

We celebrated with a sprinkle at my house in early November. We used the purple as a theme and had fun making lots of tiny appetizers. Planning and crafting for showers is much more fun on maternity leave!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Halloween with the Culdesac kids

We had our second annual Ember Sky block party this year for Halloween. It's been so nice to have so many kiddos on the street so that everyone has a friend. . When we moved in there was no one, and now there are 7. It will be fun to watch everyone grow and change over the years and see how their friendships develop. It is fun to imagine the proms, dances, and milestones ahead in these little guys futures.

We set up a movie for the kids outside and after trick or treating, and Emmy was the last kid standing at 10:30. Everyone was too tired to even sort the candy, so we did that the next morning. Another successful October in the books. On to more holidays!

3 month pictures

I thought that Sutton was starting to look less and less like Emmy but boy was I wrong. Here they are at 3 month. Pretty sure that could be the same kid.

Sutton's Baptism

We baptized Sutton on October 26th in The Element service at our church. We were so happy to celebrate with friends and family. She was just barely able to wear the same dress that Laura and I and Emmy were baptized in. Squeezed it a little close on this one!

She was a great baby during the ceremony, only fussing a little bit when the water hit her head. After the ceremony, she fell right asleep! In our hurry to get out of the chapel, I realized we never took a picture of just her in the dress. Might have to stage that later. Whoops!

During the ceremony, we used the verse Psalm 139:14, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." as the reading. The older I get and the more  I truly count my blessings. We are so amazingly blessed to have three beautiful children. They are continuously crazy, but they're here safely, and growing up so quickly.

Michelle is Sutton's godmother and Josh is her Godfather.

Trunk or Treat

Yep, we did it again. Just like we say we're not going to do every year. This year, Clara decided to join in the crazy.

(I like this picture because B is clearly over it)

Once we got there I snuck off with Sutton to take the last of the "Mom I hate my hot first Halloween costume pictures." She was so stinking adorable in this outfit. She looked like a teddy bear come to life. I got a little teary that this was the last first Halloween pic in the pumpkins. They are pretty  much the cutest things ever.

Once we unloaded, we headed out for the fun. The kids actually did really well.
In traditional style, B and Clara got a few pieces of candy and were pretty much done once they found that one special piece.

 and Emmy wanted to play each and every game.
I would say that overall it was a pretty pleasant experience =) hooray! Next year when there are 5 kids to wrangle, we'll see how it goes!

The SHARK! (a nice shark) starts Halloween early

Beckett knew he wanted to be a shark a long time before Halloween. Finding a non-hot shark costume was a bit of a chore, but I did it (walmart special) Then when I was finally getting ready for the party the night before I, of course, burned a hole in it. A little emergency "scar making" for the shark worked out ok. Love how I finally find a costume and then proceed to ruin it.

B got to start Halloween early with his costume parade and party at school. The costume parade is always a bit overwhelming for the little guys. There are a ton of mommies with cameras yelling. I guess a little like the red carpet. They slowly walk down the route with big eyes, not quite sure what the hell is going on.

This is B with his buddy Tyndall.

B really likes his class this year and has a lot of friends he plays with.

His best bud from last year, Connor, has been replaced by a girl!

Chandler is his new bestie. They evidently pick each other to hold hands with when they're line leader, sleep by each other everyday, and are pretty much inseparable. He even told me the other day out of the blue "Chandler's a cool girl." From what I can tell, B pretty much chooses to play with the girls in school. Poor little dude has been princess brainwashed. And since I'm still on leave, you know I made cute little Halloween gifts for the party. Imagine we won't be doing that for Christmas =)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Cupcakes: 3 months

Here we are again, another month flown by. I will admit, this is the first time in three kids, 26 sets of cupcakes, that we have missed the actual day. These are a day late. We thought about it and then never actually made it to the store. I can't believe we made it that far without it happening. I hope she'll forgive us =)
At three month Sutton is:
  • We didn't have an official weigh in for this month, but she's growing! The 0-3 month clothes are just about too small. We're moving in to 3-6. She has the chubbiest cheeks and is working on 3 or 4 chins.

  • Spitting. and spitting and spitting. Blowing bubbles is really fun, and so is just spitting for fun!
  • Sleeping really well finally! She officially sleeps from around 11 pm to 6ish. Naps are another story. They are off or on and last varying amounts of time from all day to NONE.
  • Is talking and talking. Particularly after she eats she'll scrunch up one shoulder and gurgle at you. I have tried for two months now to get this on camera and she refuses. As soon as she sees the camera she'll immediately stop.
  • We got a giggle! Of course not on camera. It will happen once or twice in a row and then she's done.
  • She loves to kick kick but is mainly interested in sitting up. She can pull her entire body upright from leaning back. She is incredibly strong!
  • Just like her brother and sister, standing up is the best. She can't support her weight for long, but she loves it.
  • Has found her fingers! Chewing and sucking on them keeps her busy. She also loves the blanket to chew.
  • The fake cough has arrived. She's not a huge fan yet, but will use it here and there.
  • YOu can see her actually thinking about using her hands to bat at toys. It's fun to watch the level of concentration. You can see the wheels turning and the delight when she gets it.
  • Is a happy happy girl.I will go ahead and call her an easy baby. I will probably regret that later. She rarely ever cries. Even her fuss is sort of just less happy.

  •  Will do "big eyes" when she's scared or surprised.
  • Is my first child who will fall asleep in a restaurant. I can wrap her up, rock her, and she'll just fall asleep and stay asleep while we eat. I am in complete awe every time it happens. I think I earned it after the last two!
  • Has been fully indoctrinated into everything Aggie already.

  • Has started taking baths in the big girl baby bath tub. She's always pretty unsure about it at first, and then tries to kick all the water out quickly after that.