Monday, July 15, 2024

A Peek Into the Previous Two Months

It’s been two months since I’ve posted a news-y household replace. We did a LOT this summer season and tried to only soak all of it up and luxuriate in it, so I wrote only a few weblog posts consequently. (For those who don’t comply with on Instagram, that’s the place I all the time share day by day updates on our life — and I share a whole lot of issues there I don’t have area to share right here!)

Guess who determined to start out loving meals?? He’s been persistently consuming no less than two small oral meals on daily basis now and we couldn’t be extra excited!

Kathrynne spent every week at a management coaching summit and it was such an amazing expertise for her. It was in downtown Nashville so we acquired to go go to her as soon as and drop just a few issues off. She didn’t actually know anybody going into it, so it was nice preparation for faculty. She ended up loving it and signed up for his or her year-long management program which she’ll be doing alongside her school courses.

We acquired to spend so much of time with C this summer season. Most weeks, we watched him 25-40 hours whereas his mother labored. It was quite a bit so as to add in an additional energetic three-year-old to our combine, however we are also so grateful for it!

The relationships these 4 have are simply one of the best!! They’re fierce buddies and likewise combat like siblings, too. 🙂

Kaitlynn spent a whole lot of time behind the wheel this summer season as she’s taking her driving take a look at in just a few weeks. She even drove among the strategy to Arkansas on our household journey and did such an amazing job!

Micah celebrated his first birthday and David loved attending to eat among the cake! (He began strolling just some days earlier than!)

This was among the finest pics I acquired of all 4… it’s nearly inconceivable to get all of them trying on the digital camera and in the identical shot at one time!

Kirstyn cherished having her older siblings residence for the summer season and made so many reminiscences with them.

We spent a number of time on the ball fields in numerous close by cities. And headed to Alabama for just a few baseball tournaments, too.

I attended a really inspirational Influencer’s Occasion and acquired to satisfy some cool folks (are you aware these two girls? Go away a remark in the event you comply with their YouTube channels!)

It’s all the time enjoyable to be surrounded by individuals who do comparable issues to what you do!

David continues to carry such deep pleasure to our lives and we’re simply so pleased with the progress he retains making!

Kierstyn’s Peppa Pig Boots from a consignment sale are one among her most-worn articles of clothes!

For those who can’t inform, this boy is such a fun-loving little man! He began speaking early and is consistently cracking us up with what he says and does!

He additionally retains us on our toes — he discovered the right way to get within the rest room, elevate the bathroom lid, and flush the bathroom… and a $300 plumbing invoice later, we now have our very first bathroom lock!

Jesse and I’ve created a system for protecting 3-4 toddlers on the sidelines of baseball video games for hours (C involves among the baseball tournaments with us). One in all our largest helps is carry the playpen, an awning, and followers. Plus a number of drinks and snacks!

Silas and Jesse went on an 8-day deep sea fishing journey along with some buddies. They went to Louisiana and got here again with all kinds of enjoyable tales!

Jesse perfected the artwork of holding the fish so it seems to be extra spectacular than it really was. 🙂

Kaitlynn celebrated her sixteenth birthday with a household journey to Prime Golf.

I can’t consider she’s beginning her senior yr and might be going to varsity subsequent yr! (She examined up again in sixth grade to be academically challenged.)

Kierstyn LOVES preschool and begs for us to do it on daily basis! I’m trying ahead to beginning homeschool preschool within the fall with each Micah and Kierstyn within the fall. We’re planning to make use of Memoria Press.

Kaitlynn has been having a lot enjoyable fixing Kierstyn’s hair.

Celebrating the fourth of July!

She cherished the hearth crackers!

“We’re babysitting for you for 3 hours this morning so you possibly can go on a date.” One morning lately, the women awoke and instructed me that they had talked with Silas late the night time earlier than (they’d all gone out collectively to hang around) and determined they have been babysitting for us and so they wouldn’t take no for a solution.

“Inform us what you had deliberate to do and we’ll do it for you so you will get a while simply with Dad.”

I listed off that I needed to do some cleansing, that Kierstyn had swimming classes, that David wanted a shower and to prepare for remedy, and that I used to be planning to go to Aldi.

“Give us an inventory and we’ve acquired it.”

They usually did! Jesse and I ended up having essentially the most superb morning!

We did a exercise collectively (sure, we could also be bizarre, however the first concept we considered was that we might really do a Mayhem Nation exercise collectively with out interruption!) after which went to the Manufacturing unit and acquired paleo doughnuts (as a result of I used to be nonetheless on the 21 days of no sugar problem!) at 5 Daughters Bakery and simply sat and talked and laughed and dreamed and simply loved being collectively.

The final year-ish has been a wild trip of so many alternative milestones and stretching experiences: birthing a child, adopting a toddler, graduating a senior, strolling with C and his mama and in search of to like them effectively, the ups and downs of parenting a toddler with particular wants/medical complexities, launching a ebook… it’s been quite a bit and there have been exhausting days and superb days and lots of days that held each. However there’s nobody I’d relatively be on this journey with than this man!

An enormous thanks to our older three for the surprising reward of a spontaneous date morning on a random Thursday. It meant greater than I can adequately put into phrases.

Silas began his first official job just a few weeks in the past! He’s working in meals service with Kathrynne and loving it!

Once we requested the children what they needed to do that summer season, the one request all of them had was that we’d go to Silver Greenback Metropolis in Branson, MO — a spot that holds so many core reminiscences for us all!

It was such a particular journey — regardless of the warmth (it was a excessive of 101 each days we have been at SDC). I’m truth, the warmth ended up being a present as a result of the park was fairly empty in comparison with what we often have skilled in July and we acquired to trip so many rides and spend little or no time in strains!

This was Kierstyn’s yr to fall in love with rides (she had principally been terrified final yr!) and the primary journey to SDC in three years the place Jesse and I didn’t really feel like we spent your entire journey simply barely making it as a result of we have been taking good care of needy, tiny ones the entire time.

This yr — as a result of the three youthful ones aren’t so tiny and needy — we acquired to trip a number of rides with the older children, had a lot enjoyable driving rides with the youthful children, felt like we might breathe slightly extra, and we even acquired to go off for an hour to trip and store by ourselves — due to our teenagers providing to babysit! It was a reminder to us that these years of little ones really do cross by shortly and that life might be a lot totally different in just a few years once we don’t have any toddlers!

All six children had one of the best attitudes and have been troopers by so many alternative issues — together with the 7 1/2 hour drive the place we have been all packed within the automobile, the late nights, and the warmth. We ended up staying on the park till closing on the final day and acquired to trip a number of rides at the hours of darkness — which was a primary for us!

Jesse and I checked out one another on the finish of the journey and mentioned, “we didn’t notice how a lot we would have liked this!” Simply getting away from normal life and all being collectively away from distractions and to do’s was such a present — and I’m so grateful our older children requested if we might go on this journey. We got here residence so refreshed and rejuvenated for all times — and speaking about plans for our subsequent household journey (we’re considering of attempting Dollywood or going again to Vacation World… are you able to inform we love theme parks?? Any recommendations of the following family-friendly locations inside a 7-hour drive of Nashville?)

We additionally stopped at this brand-new espresso store on the best way residence. We extremely suggest it!

A couple of weeks in the past, The Youngsters’s Place had a giant sale and I ordered Kierstyn and Micah some much-needed garments, together with matching jammies. David didn’t want any garments (he doesn’t develop as shortly so hasn’t outgrown something like the opposite two had!) so I hadn’t ordered him something.

Nicely, the primary night time we put the matching jammies on Kierstyn and Micah, David acquired all excited and saved motioning to them and attempting to take his garments off. It was the primary time he’d clearly observed and communicated one thing like this — that he needed to place the jammies on, too.

You higher consider Jesse and I acquired on The Youngsters’s Place web site immediately and ordered him his personal pair of matching PJs — as a result of we wish him to know that his voice has worth and we’re listening to his communication!

Look who’s all signed up and registered for faculty?? She and I went to her school orientation day collectively just a few weeks in the past. We’re excited for this new chapter of her life!

He’s turning from toddler into little boy and he simply melts our hearts!

We made so many particular reminiscences throughout our annual prolonged household journey to Bull Shoals Lake!

We cherished having @realwillhump include us once more this yr — it was a particular end-of-summer trip earlier than he and Kathrynne head to totally different schools within the subsequent few weeks.

My mother watched two of our little ones just a few occasions so Jesse and I might go on the boat/hang around with household. And Jesse and I tag-teamed in order that each of us acquired to do enjoyable issues and make enjoyable reminiscences with household and our teenagers.

Kierstyn fell in love with the lake and needed to swim, swim, swim in all of it day. She saved attempting to “swim to the opposite aspect” as she instructed us. I cherished her confidence and pleasure!

Along with a number of double and triple slaloming, our ladies *quadrupled* slalomed with their cousins for the primary time ever!

A giant thanks to my mother and father who work so tirelessly and provides so generously to make this week occur yearly. As I instructed my dad as we left, “I believe it was our greatest Bull Shoals journey but!” (Are you able to consider this was our twenty second yr??)

There’s slightly peek into the final two months! I’m hopeful I’ll be again to weekly updates now that summer season is over and college is beginning again!

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