Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Packing and playing

My whole goal for the last month in our little house is to pack as much as possible without the kids really noticing or getting all freaked out about it. We've had so much change lately. I think this would be best for everyone. ;)

Little Miss woke up backwards in her bed one morning. SO sad because this means the swaddle is about to need to be retired! :(

Y'all. My number one question I get when people find out I'm a writer is "how do you do it with the kids?" Some days, this is how. Baby in the lap, word count to meet. I've written while bouncing with a baby in the ergo, I've written while eating lunch, I've written while sitting in piles of laundry or on the back porch so I don't have to look at the mess and get distracted. ;) I've written while nursing and gotten up (many times) at 4:30 in the morning to have some kid-free time so I can make deadlines. You just do it. :)

Sweet big boy graduated his first year in Sparkies! We love Awana - such a fun, wonderful way for kids to learn Bible verses!

My proud boy. :)

I asked Parker to put the remote away one morning and then I couldn't find it the rest of the day. That night, I pulled out this drawer to make dinner and low and behold. ;) We are head first in the "putting away" stage. I can't find anything. ;)

We have talked about doing this race that benefits our local zoo for years and so this year, since you know, we had nothing else going on, we decided to finally do it. ;) We were so excited but when we woke up, we were having the COLDEST, nastiest day ever! Ha! It was raining sideways and FREEZING cold. But, we powered through it! Nathan did fantastic - Jon and I were so proud of him! He did way way better than his mama. ;)

The stroller buddies. Bless their hearts. As a side note, this is the hat I made for Eisley right before she was born that was supposed to fit her as a newborn. It fits her well now. ;)

We finished the race and immediately went straight home to put on dry clothes and get hot chocolate. :)

Sleeping beauty. :)

She's got a little bit of hair coming in!! :)

This day I had been busy making to-do lists and trying to pack closets and organize and I was so overwhelmed and nervous because the house we found that both Jon and I liked was not responding to our offer and we had looked at a million other houses and not found one we liked as much. We had to be out of our house in 30 days and we had nowhere to go and I was just completely worried. So I cried, put away the to-do lists, got us all popsicles and we played outside in the yard until bedtime. Sometimes everything looks better after a popscicle. ;)

Eisley had her four month check up and got a couple of shots and a clean bill of health. ;) Our little love is 12 pounds 12.6 ounces, which puts her in the 14th percentile. She's 23.5 inches tall, which is the 7th percentile and her head circumference is 40.5 centimeters, which is the 36th percentile. After both of our giant boys, we are just delighting in this sweet girl's littleness!!

Less than a month in our house! I am officially sentimental about everything. :(

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eisley is four months old!

Sweet little Eisley is four months old!!

She is so precious. We are absolutely soaking up every single moment with our tiny, happy girl. Eisley is the best little sleeper, the best little smiler and the best little spitter-upper out there. ;)

Eisley discovered her hands this month and they are constantly in her mouth, unless she has a pacifier in there. ;) She loves to be held and loves to be right in the middle of the chaos - and there has been a lot of chaos this month to be a part of!

She nurses every 3ish hours and is sleeping all night! She's amazing! She is still pretty small for her age and we are working on a few fine motor skills that she was slightly delayed in - but she's catching up perfectly and she's actually right on track as far as her gestational age. :)

We love love love our Little Miss and I just can't believe how quickly four months has gone by!! I'm so thankful for her!


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Soaked :)


This one got a haircut this week. Finally. I swear, this kid can grow hair like it's his super power. We joke that he's our little Chia pet. ;)



We have spent almost every single day outside this week. We poured our life and heart into this yard, so we are spending as much time as possible out there before the big move!!


The boys asked if they could play with the water table after rest time and I at first said no, because it's still not super warm out but then I changed my mind. Better use the yard while we can. ;)

I think they were shivering before they had hardly even been out there for three minutes.

Parker's lips are blue by this point. I kept offering for them to come in and they kept turning me down while shaking uncontrollably. They looked so cute (and dorky - ha!) that I let them stay out just a few minutes longer. Then we hit the showers amidst screaming and gnashing of teeth. ;)

This little love. Bless her heart. We packed all the baby toys when we were preparing the house to sell and put them in a storage unit. We are so thankful that our dear friend Leigh Ann sent this little bunny to Eisley! Eisley LOVES her bunny and gets so excited when we pull it out. ;) My girl is the master spitter-upper (she makes Nathan and Parker look like the minor leagues), so note the rag that my other dear friend Eryn made for Parker between her and the newly cleaned carpet. Thankful for friends. ;)


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Friday, April 22, 2016

The one where we all breathed into paper sacks

After the whirlwind of getting the house listed and selling it so quickly, we were a tiny bit in panic mode. So, I did what most mature adults who are on a tight deadline with three small children who just found out they were moving in forty-five days does...

We left it all behind and went to the zoo for the day. :)

These two were so thankful for it. They needed a fun day after the chaos that was their last week. We cleaned the floor right out from under them, so it was much needed to just walk around and look at the animals and sit in all the "secret hideouts" our little zoo has to offer.

Gammy came with us too!

Me and my babies. I never get a picture of myself with the kids where I'm not the one taking it! ;) These three are troopers. So blessed to be their mama.

We got home and this little stinker was just SO excited for her bath and wanted it to come during rest time so badly that she just busted right out of her diaper so she could get it and some snuggle time with mama. ;) I love snuggling with this girl any time of the day, but when she's all clean and fuzzy-haired and smells like lavender and vanilla, I just could eat her up.

This little girl. Every single one of her pants fits her like this. Her legs are so short that the only "pants" that fit like they are supposed to are capris. ;) At least pants keep her socks on! #shortgirlproblems

Time to start packing up!


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

So it begins

This little pumpkin head is such a good sleeper. Especially in this season of insanity, we just absolutely are SO thankful for that!!!

I mean, I just could not love her more.

She convinced me to stop packing long enough to take a short nap with her one afternoon. I blame the cheeks for putting me slightly behind schedule. ;)

It POURED down rain at one of Nathan's baseball games and the umpires decided that our little t-ballers were probably training for the major leagues and kept the game going. You can probably guess how all the mothers felt about this decision. ;) Parker, Eisley and I camped out in the car during this game and I just poked my head out and cheered for Nathan whenever he came up to bat.

She was pretty content to just sleep and not get all wet.

Later that day, we went to a birthday party for this sweet girl who keeps getting older even though we as the Lunch Bunch Moms voted against all these kids growing up. Happy birthday, Julia! We love you much!

Eisley helped me make some wreaths to replace the pictures I had hanging around our house before we officially listed it. The first of what I hope are many days of crafting with my girl.

And then... The Day was here. And I cried.

It was time. It was beyond time. But oh, how I love this little house.

At 9AM, we had our first call from a realtor. I cleaned, vacuumed and dusted. Our house was pristine. We got two more calls that morning and by the evening, we had five different people come to look at it.

We did a lot of this that day. Driving around with Kody and all our laundry and personal items and kids and Sonic drinks.

And we did this. Because baseball season doesn't care if you just listed your house. ;)

At 9PM that night, exactly twelve hours after we listed it, we got our fifth offer. And accepted one. Which meant...


Time to move. Insert the sad, happy, panicked tears!!

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