Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kiddos Updates - Birthdays & Milestones

I've done a terrible job documenting the kids milestones lately as I'm a little more than busy. They keep my hands, feet and mind going strong all day long into the night lately as a few are fighting sleep.

Let's start with the oldest, Miss Isla Rae. Our big 5 year old!
Wow, I can't believe she is 5. Isla is my sidekick. She has the sweetest heart. Always helping, thinking of others and doing everything she can to put a smile on my face.
For our sweet girl's big birthday milestone, we visited Great Wolf Lodge on her birthday. She LOVED it! We all did. We were in the water for two straight days, celebrating with late nights, cake and yummy mac-n-cheese (one of Isla's favorites). Emery came along with us as well and it was so much fun for Isla to have a partner to do all the fun slides with.
We spent the summer going to parks, museums, libraries, pools and the Discovery place.
This week, we started her official first day of Kindergarten at home! Homeschool is our newest adventure and I can tell she is going to excel at it like she does so many things.
She has a deep love for cooking, art, singing, learning and Jesus. She makes my days so sweet!

Our little Laylin Jane just turned 3! This comes as a shock to most people we meet as she weighs a whooping 22lbs. But oh, she makes up for it in personality. There is nothing little about this girls strength, will and fierceness.
Laylin's birthday was a week+ celebration. We got to celebrate with the Jones family at the beach with a little party, then continued the celebration with the Bradbury family at one of Laylin's favorite places, Chuck-e-Cheese. On the day of her birthday, we had a small party at home, went out for ice cream and she went to Bible school where the whole VBS crowd sang happy birthday to her on stage! And guess what....she wasn't the least bit shy!
Our sweet little firecracker's favorite color is pink, she loves to change clothes 10+ times a day, she is hungry 24/7 for snacks and loves her siblings fiercely.

My little heartbreaker Jonas Finn is on the brink of taking his first step. Last week he started standing without holding on to anything. He's already improved his balance in just a few short days. He is nearly almost smiling. He recently got his first cold and even through being sick, he continues to have a smile on his face. He is such a light! He loves wrestling with Laylin, playling peek-a-boo and watching Isla. He's constantly on the go, but I love how he still loves to be snuggled by me.

These kids keep me busy and mostly crazy from sun up to sun down, but the simple blessings they pour out on me daily are irreplaceable. I thank God for calling me to be their mommy, chef, maid, caretaker, chauffeur,  nurse and teacher. It's a heavy weight some days, but such an incredible calling!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

JoJo Jonas!

Sweet baby boy. Our JoJo is growing up so quickly! This week he started pulling himself up to a standing position. He's all over the place when he's on the floor and his crawling skills keep getting faster and faster.

He loves to play in the floor with his sisters, eat and take a bath. He's such a content easy-going baby. He just folds right in with all our daily activities and makes our lives so much sweeter. From sun up to sun down, Isla and Laylin are loving on him, fighting over who holds him and tending to his every need.

He is still my cuddle bear and I am holding on to every minute of it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jonas Finn 4 Month Recap

I have never held a more snugly baby than Jonas. I call him my little koala bear. He holds on to me so tight and his little cuddly body just mushes in to mine. I've had less time to sit and hold him as I did with Isla and even Laylin, but that's made our snuggles even sweeter.

He is such a pleasant little guy. Barely fusses for me and when he does, it's been pretty easy to detect what's bugging him. He manages his reflux really well and seems to always be happy. He smiles so much.

At 4 months old, he weighs 15lbs and 1.2oz. He is in the 54% for weight and 59% for height at 255.5 inches long. He was my smallest baby length wise at only 18inches new but is growing so well! He's mostly wearing 6 month clothes now, but has started wearing some 9 months sizes. He drools a lot and loves to make spit bubbles.

He brings so much joy to everyone in our house. Both girls are so in love with him. They constantly want to kiss, bounce, hold and talk to him. (Which means I can never leave him unattended with them!)

Laylin will say "Baby happy at me" when Jonas smiles at her. Isla swears Jonas talks to her. Maybe they have their very own special language.

At 3 months old he rolled over from his belly onto his back. He's yet to accomplish rolling from back to belly but he's trying everyday and Isla is even getting down in the floor to show him how to do it and cheer him on. He also started laughing out loud at 3 months old and does it with out much effort now. At first it was over a tickle he laughed, now I can just talk to him and he laughs. He loves it when I sling my hair around while I'm diapering him. I imagine I do look pretty funny, but it makes him happy so who cares, right?!

He started really smiling at 2 months old. It was more because he recognized my face and intentional than the smiles we saw before.

He does well with the bottle, is usually content in his bouncer seat and recently started sitting more in the bumbo.

He's always had great head and neck control and is so STRONG!

We love our little cuddly, snugly, smiley, sweet guy so so much!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Welcome Jonas Finn!

We have been very busy welcoming our third baby and first baby boy to our growing family! Jonas Finn arrived on 10.06.16 at 7:14 pm after many days of labor and anticipation by us and the kids! Our strong boy weighed in at 7lbs and 8oz. He was the shortest of our three kids in length at 18 inches long.

"Home is Wherever I'm With You" was playing as Jonas entered the world and oh how we are loving having him be a part of our home. He is so sweet and so far, an easy-going baby. He is also very tolerant of all the loud noises and two very excited girls!

Isla and Laylin are like two little mama hens, constantly wanting to touch, kiss and fight over Jonas' time. It's sweet to see their love and bond form for our sweet baby boy. We love you Jonas Finn!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Laylin Jane's TWO!

Our sweet, feisty, tiny, brave, loving, snuggling, strong little girl is TWO! I can hardly believe it's been two years since I first held her in my arms and cried over how beautifully perfect God designed her. It felt like a dream then, and it feels like a dream now that two whole years have gone by. Her budding personality, giggles and kisses keep us smiling every day.

Yesterday, this feisty little thing managed to yell "no" to me probably over 100 times, throw herself in the floor for a good cry at least twice, hit me in frustration and give me 50+ unsolicited kisses before bedtime. She's both sweet and salty, and I love it! We've learned so much from her these past two years and what it takes to be parents to two fun-loving girls.

Every day with our Laylin Jane somehow continues to get sweeter and sweeter as we learn more about her personality and bottle up all the love she so freely gives.

Happy birthday sweet girl! We love you so so much!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Busy bees...

My girls have been keeping me busy lately.

If I could have one wish, I would wish Isla's non-stop energy and bigger than Texas personality was contagious! Being 6 months pregnant and already suffering from lack of sleep due to two little gals who try to climb in our bed every night... I could really use it! Her ongoing energy and enthusiasm seems to be limitless at times. I love this about her.

While Isla is bouncing off the walls, Laylin is following close behind. She tries to keep up with big sister best she can. She wants to do everything Isla does, but at the same time she is searching for her own independence. She may not say much, but she makes up for it in her feistiness.

Both girls are so different and so similar at the same time. I love watching their bond and love for one another grow daily. They are really starting to play together a lot more. Sure this comes with screams, fighting and usually Laylin hitting Isla, but none the less, they love each other. Isla tries to mother Laylin and Laylin rejects it by trying to run away. It's a push pull relationship, but the love these sisters are beginning to share is so sweet to watch grow.

They are both getting overly excited about the arrival of baby #3. As we prepare by getting the baby things out, I think Laylin is beginning to understand the concept of another baby coming.

I can't wait to see the relationship these two form with our third.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

24 from my 4 yr old!

I asked Isla these 24 questions just after her 4th birthday and here are her answers... some are hilarious including the fact that she thinks I'm 12 yrs older than Joel! Makes since that she sees him as a big kid :)

1.       How old are you? "Ummm...I am 6. Just kidding, I am 4."
2.       What do you want to be when you grow up? "But every time you tell me not to grow up!? I AM going to grow up. I want to be a nurse."
3.       What makes you happy? "Laylin"
4.       What makes you sad? "Laylin hitting me"
5.       What makes you laugh? "Daddy tickling me"
6.       How old is Mommy? "20" 
7.       How old is Daddy? "8"
8.       What is something mommy always says to you? "Don't you grow up!"
9.       What is your favorite thing to do? "Go to the Y and swim"
10.   Who is your best friend? "My cousins"
11.   What are you really good at? "Doing my princess puzzle"
12.   What is your favorite book? "Princess story book"
13.   What is your favorite food? "Noodles"
14.   What is your favorite song? "Let it Go"
15.   What is your favorite animal? "The Alligator"
16.   What is love? "Mommy snuggling with me"
17.   What does daddy do for work? "He looks on his computer and he does some work on there"
18.   What does mommy do for work? "She spells everything out"
19.   Where do you live? "North Carolina"
20.   Where is your favorite place to go? "To the store with the fishies and the tiny shrimps" (Great Wall of Chinese Restaurant)
21.   What is your favorite thing to do outside? "Throw Bella's ball"
22.   What is your favorite holiday? "Come here, it's a secret...Christmas!"
23.   What do you like to take to bed with you at night? "Baby bunny rabbit"
24.   What are do you thank God for? "My family"