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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Thursday, April 7, 2016

The one where we all made huge life decisions

It was Saturday, it was kind of cloudy outside, all three of these people were crowded with Jon and I in the rocking chair corner of our room and we both looked at each other and knew.

The time had come.

We had talked about moving off and on for a couple of years. We actually almost put the house on the market when we found out we were pregnant with Parker, but decided to wait until the market had bounced back a little more. Then we redid the backyard and hoped to stay for a while longer. When Eisley came, though, we realized very quickly that our little house that felt huge when we first bought it as just the two of us had become pretty tight pretty quick.

Thankfully, we knew a good realtor. ;) So, we decided to start the process.

My oldest and Type-A child immediately got to work drawing diagrams of how we could move bookshelves and where we could store them. ;)

In the meantime, there was still much to do! And look who flew all the way from California to watch her oldest nephew play baseball? ;) At least, this is how Nathan told the story. ;)

Nathan LOVES playing catcher. He could play catcher all day. He loves catching, he loves being right in the action and he LOVES throwing his helmet off to catch a fly ball or a toss from a teammate. Jon may have shown him one too many MLB clips but he definitely keeps the crowd entertained. ;)

Parker loves to be doing exactly what Nathan is doing. Sitting on the bleachers is akin to SLOW, PAINFULLY LOUD DEATH when Nathan is on the field and Parker is not, but when Nathan is sitting on the bleachers? It's AMAZING and he could sit there ALL DAY.

Bald, blue-eyed beauty. She's losing the small amount of hair she actually had. I think Parker got all our hair-growing genes. By this point, he had a small mohawk going on.

We paused packing to visit with Cayce and we invited her over to come sit in the mess. Parker decided to join her. ;)

Y'all. This kid has epic bedhead. #shouldhavetitledthispostAllAboutParkersHair

Guess who decided to move too? Gammy and Pops listed their house this week after getting an offer accepted the day before on a new house! They called the best realtor they knew! ;)

A little breakfast with the family at one of our most favorite local restaurants before Cayce had to go back to California. I had to take the opportunity for a picture with this one. Love my sister. :)

Eisley adores Gabriel. She gets so excited whenever he is around. Gabriel kind of tolerates Eisley. I see this happening for pretty much forever, or at least until Gabriel realizes that Eisley has cute friends. ;)

You know you have a good realtor when your house sells in less than 36 hours... Goodness! We were so excited for them! My parents know how to stage a house. ;)

So it begins!!!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Easter 2016

Oh this Easter was SO fun!!

Three littles at church. This was the best we could do, but you know, that's okay. ;) It was early and we all wanted breakfast. Ha!

Every year, we give Easter baskets and every year, they get more and more simple. And there is no bunny taking credit for my work on these. Ha! We gave books and candy this year and the kids were ecstatic. ;)

Our favorite part of the day and what I hope is a new tradition!! We hosted an Easter brunch with my family and our dear friends. We LOVED it and it was just so much fun. We laughed, we ate, we visited and the weather was perfect.

The "big kid" table. Parker was super stoked to be there this year. ;)

Little Miss in her Easter finery. ;) She was never put down the entire day.

Gabriel knows he's a stud. ;)

The dads all hid the eggs and hid some on three different difficulty levels. ;) Ha! The kids LOVED it. Loved it loved it. And I think the dads enjoyed hiding them almost more than the kids liked searching for them.

Even Gabriel got in on the Easter egg action. ;)

Love this. :) So thankful for Jesus and His work on the cross and how He has richly blessed us! We love dressing up and eating well and having friends and family over but there would be no joy without Him.

Eisley Girl chilling afterward. Her toes. I just kiss her all day.

I tucked this one in bed at night and we went through our whole bedtime routine of tucking in every single buddy with him. Just makes me laugh.

Happy Easter!! :)

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The days are getting warmer!

We love love LOVE spring! As soon as the days start to get a little  bit warmer, we are outside all day long. On this particular day, I couldn't even get the boys to come inside to eat. ;)

Teaching the kids the game I grew up playing - Cup Ball! Supposedly, it was named that because you use to use a wadded up paper cup for the ball, but we just used an actual ball. ;) You hit the ball with your hand and then it's like baseball. We used "ghost runners" in this game and Nathan thought that was just the most hilarious idea. Then he started naming them. Ha!

Little Miss loves being outside just as much as her brothers!!

We had such a happy visitor come one afternoon!! Nicole's family lives about an hour north of us and she was in town visiting them and so she drove down so we could get all the cousins together for a little bit! So fun! Love all these sweet babies so much!!

Sometimes, you just have to put the to-do list away and take a nap with your growing-way-too-fast baby girl. :)

Outside. Again. I think Nathan was trying to explain how to make sandcastles to Parker. Either way, this is how they live. Outside. Playing (or fighting) together. ;)

This is the face you make after you poop all over Mom's bed, she decides to give you a bath and then you pee all over the bed in the process of getting disrobed for said bath. Little stinker.

I just cannot get enough of her. Or those cheeks. Or those eyes. Or those eyelashes. :)

Parker did not adjust to the Middle Child very happily. Actually, it was kind of the opposite. But I will remember this day forever. Eisley was playing on the floor and Parker was watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, which is a really cute little show that is by the Mister Roger's Foundation. Daniel Tiger's mom had a baby in the show and Parker came running in, looked at Eisley, looked and me and said, "MAMA. Daniel Tiger has a baby sister and I have a baby sister." And from that point on, he has (mostly) loved Eisley and been sweet and protective of her. Thank you, Daniel Tiger. ;)

Baseball is back! We were so excited for the season to start again!

Two tired little boys after the first practice. Coach Jon told everyone to huddle up and Parker just listened to his dad and huddled up with the team. Ha! Could be an interesting season. ;)

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