Harvey Adam, 17 Months

Tiny Dancer!


You are a ham. SUCH a ham. You know when you’re being funny, and you throw your head back and laugh hysterically with us, which never fails to make us laugh harder. Then when you’re not getting your way, you can flip the switch to pissed off toddler in a heartbeat. It’s almost shocking! When you’re excited, you shuffle and stomp your feet really quickly and flap your arms in excited anticipation and it cracks us up every time! That’s where the nickname came from – whether you are excited or impatient, you do that foot shuffle to get your point across. You have a big personality for sure. :-)


You still aren’t talking very much, though you’ll randomly bust out words and just refuse to repeat them, so we know that eventually the flood gates of speech will just open. You have started using sign language more all of a sudden, which is really nice. More, all done, milk, and please – you know, the basics!

This past month we got the scare of our lives when you pulled one of the bar stools over on yourself. The Nanny called to tell us you weren’t breathing or moving, and my boss (a doctor) and I made it to the house in 2-3 minutes. By the time we got there you were screaming, and I’ve never been so happy to hear you cry. Turns out you probably had the wind knocked out of you and were in shock for a bit, but you suffered only a few lumps on the head, bruising on the abdomen, and one heck of a black eye. It could have been SO much worse. Thank God you healed up so quickly!


Random Stats:

  • Length: not sure this month
  • Weight: 26#
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 12 – the 4 front teeth top & bottom, plus 4 molars (2 top, 2 bottom)
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: 12-18 month clothing
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-10:30 and 1:30-3), sleeping 8pm-6:30am


Favorite Things:

  • Your blanket. It goes EVERYWHERE with you.
  • Giving high fives and knuckles
  • Climbing EVERYTHING
  • Being outside whenever possible
  • Folding your hands to pray
  • Using Daddy’s iPad to look at pictures & Facetime people
  • Going down slides at the playground
  • Dipping in sauces
  • Playing with your sister

You’re a running, yelling tornado in our lives, Harv-Man, and we love it!


Love you to the moon and back…


Mom, Dad, & Stella

Stella, 3.5 Years

Stella Joan,

You are truly fantastic, did you know that? The past 6 months months have flown by, and every once in awhile I try to step back and just marvel at the little lady you’ve become. We have long, thoughtful conversations full of LOTS of details and interesting follow up questions and opinions, and it’s so fun to imagine our conversations as you continue to grow up!

You are such a ham, always raising that eyebrow and making funny faces for us. :)

Lately, one of your favorite things to do is to run into the back yard with your arms thrown wide singing whatever song comes to your lips. Sometimes it’s “Let It Go” from Frozen, sometimes it’s whatever song you want to make up as you go – either way, it’s adorable! I totally love how much you love singing and dancing. You’re a musical child, and it makes my heart sing. ;-) In February you and I took a road trip to Denver together to hang out with your Auntie Audie and spend some quality time together, and we had SO much fun spending some one-on-one time together having dance parties and vacationing together for the first time since your brother was born!

You are a very Type-A child, which means you remind me more and more of myself. Ha! You really are so much like your Dad, both in looks and attitude, but from time to time we see the Type-A personality rear its head, and as much as it drives me nuts, it also makes me a little happy that I totally understand where you’re coming from

You’re also the greatest big sister EVER. I hear so many stories about siblings who are serious rivals, but *knock on wood* you are SUCH a help with your little brother, and it’s so awesome to watch the two of you together!

You’ve also discovered the hilarity of funny faces, so it’s getting harder and harder to get a normal smile out of you. LOL!

Art is a favorite pastime of yours, and DAMN girl, you are good at it! Drawing and painting are definitely your favorite activities, and it’s so fun to watch your repertoire of drawings grow. You draw pictures of our family, write names without help (Mama, Dada, Nana, Papa, Harvey, & Stella), and love to tell us detailed stories about the pictures you create. It’s amazing!

Helping is one of your favorite activities, be it cooking or cleaning or folding laundry or cutting the lawn. You want to be involved with everything we are doing – it’s frustrating at times when we are trying to be efficient, but it’s pretty adorable that you love to do what we do. We love you so much!

At this point you continue to tower over most of your same-aged friends as you weigh 40# and are 40″ long – about the 90th percentile for both. Happy and healthy, just the way we like you. :-) You have been pushing bedtime back a bit lately, so it’s usually closer to 9pm by the time you’re down, but you sleep really well (usually 9pm-6/7am) and nap from around 1-3pm. You’ll be starting school in the fall, so I’m guessing we will drop naps at that point, but you are such a sleeper still that we’ve decided to hold onto naps for as long as we can with you!

You also cut your own hair about a month ago. We were NOT happy about it, but thank God you didn’t hurt yourself. Thank God the pixie cut is honestly pretty cute and we can pretty much cover the SUPER short section on the left side of your head with barrettes and headbands. Ha!

A couple of months ago we moved you into a big girl bed (aka, a twin mattress on the floor), and the icing on the cake was adding your Auntie Jaime’s comforter to the bed. It’s so bittersweet to see that blanket on your bed, but we love that you have that connection to her and that you talk about her all of the time. We all miss her so much!

Last month your Uncle Tommy moved into the house, and MAN it’s awesome to have you living close to an uncle/aunt again. You and Auntie Jaime were so close, and we miss her SO much every single day. It’s just so great to have you getting to know a family member again in such a close way.’

You are truly a remarkable little lady. We love you so much!


Mom, Dad, and Harvey

Dayton & Chicago Sister Trip!

A couple of weeks ago I got to take a trip up to Ohio to hang out with my sister Audrey for a 5 day weekend. It was the first time I’ve  traveled without my husband or kids in 5 years, so as you could imagine, I was pretty excited. :)

Once I got to Ohio, Audrey and I went through a drive-thru liquor store (SO weird, but apparently the norm there?) and stopped by her place to change clothes before heading out on a quick hike. Everything was so lush and green – it was awesome!

After the hike, we headed back to the house to get cleaned up, and then we headed out on the town with one of Audrey’s friends. The restaurant was Pies & Pints, and we had some fantastic beer & pizza before walking over to a couple of other bars to enjoy the live music and nightlife!

On Sunday, we went to church in the morning (and were only 45 minutes late thanks to a service time change, ooops), went to Dayton’s campus so we could walk around see my sister’s office and the facility where she coaches, and then we headed over to Audrey’s boss’ house for a BBQ. Lawn games and drinks in the sun – it was awesome!

Monday morning dawned bright and early, and we got in the car and headed up to Chicago. We witnessed a car wreck just 2 vehicles ahead of us on the freeway (NOT cool), but we made it to Chicago safely, and went directly to our first baseball game at Wrigley stadium. So much fun!

After the game, we went out for a late lunch / early dinner with Audrey’s coworker, and then we checked into our hotel downtown and cleaned up in order to head out on the town. I dropped my phone into the toilet and didn’t have it for the next 24 hours (Boo!) but we had a great time bar hopping around downtown and enjoying the city nightlife! It took us awhile to find a fun night spot (50s diner, nope), but we had fun in the meantime!

On Monday morning we slept in, worked out, and had a leisurely morning at the hotel. For lunch we walked down to Millenium Park and met up with one of my blog friends. I stayed with Annette about 3 years ago, so it was really fun to see both her and her kids again!

Monday evening we were able to catch another game (#GoNats) and had great seats thanks to Audrey’s boyfriend! The Nats sadly didn’t win that game, but it was a ton of fun to be at the game anyway. Baseball + great weather + great company = perfection.

After the game, we decided to grab a drink in a nearby bar and wait for taxis to become more available, and we ended up hearing the greatest live music. SO FUN!

We eventually headed back towards our hotel and hung out a bit more before hitting the hay. Wednesday morning we went to see a friend of mine and got mani/pedis done while we chatted. It was such a whirlwind of a trip, but SO much fun.

Thanks for making it work for me to come out and hang out with you, Audie! xoxo

May 2015 Video Recap

May was such a fun month in our lives! My little brother, Tom, moved in with us for the summer, and the kids absolutely adore him. I also took a 5 day vacation to hang out with my sister, Audrey. We spent time in both her town in Ohio and in Chicago to take in a couple of games at Wrigley Field. Around all of that was lots of time spent outdoors with the kids. It’s been a rainy spring, but summer is a comin!

May 2015 Instagram Recap

May was a month full of sunshine and rain, vacations and family. Life flies by so quickly!

Harvey Adam, 16 Months

Dear Harvey,

IMG_6011How grown up you look all of a sudden! Your hair had started to lay down flat and look like a true mullet, so the day after you turned 16 months old you experienced your first haircut (I obviously took your monthly photo a few days late!). Honestly, we had gone there to try to fix your sister’s hair because she had chopped it herself with my sewing scissors on Mother’s Day, but they couldn’t do anything for her, so instead we got your hair cut. You’re such a little man now (and your hair is sticking straight up again – ha!).

Pre-haircut awesomeness :)
Pre-haircut awesomeness :) Your hair is always so soft and sticking out everywhere!

You still don’t have as many words as your sister did at this age (though you love when we read books to you), but you are very physical and adept at climbing and running and being a little hell raiser! You’ve definitely hit the age where tantrums have started, and it’s amazing how quickly you can flip the switch from completely upset to completely happy. Impressive, really. You don’t enjoy being told no, but your receptive language skills are obviously very good because you seem to understand the vast majority of what we say to you, whether or not you choose to listen to us. LOL

On a fun note, you and your sister both get along fantastically well still, and your Uncle Tommy moved into our house just a couple of days before you turned 16 months old. I can’t wait to see how much your relationship with him will grow over the course of this summer!

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Random Stats:

  • Length: not sure this month
  • Weight: 25#
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 10!
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: Mostly 12-18 month clothing
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-10:30 and 1:30-3), sleeping 8pm-6:30am

Favorite Things:

  • Giving kisses & blowing kisses
  • Climbing up the steps to turn the light switch on and off repeatedly
  • Being outside whenever possible
  • Being naked whenever possible
  • Destroying a newly cleaned living room
  • Running & squealing (usually Stella is pretending you’re the dragon and you chase her around and around and around!)

This month marked my 2nd Mother’s Day as a mother of two, and it isn’t lost on me how lucky we are to have you kids in our lives. We love you both so much!

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Marissa’s Baby Shower!

Yesterday I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for the most amazing woman. Since our husbands introduced us 5 1/2 years ago we have gotten closer and closer, and we are so grateful to have this couple in our lives! This coming June, Marissa is due to have a little girl (she’s actually due on Jaime’s birthday!), and I was so excited when she said yes to my offer to throw her a party.

After looking through baby shower invitations I decided to do a star theme, and I might have gone a little Pinterest crazy. I quite honestly spent more time planning this party than on all of the birthday parties I’ve thrown for my kids combined (which is not hard, because I tend to be a low key burgers & beer type of party-thrower), but it was so fun once I got into it! I tried to stick to colors that were already a part of the baby’s nursery so that decorations (like the baby clothes!) would all be fun little additions to her nursery after the party. It was a long day yesterday, but more importantly, it was a fun one, filled with so many of Marissa’s family & friends who love her dearly, just like me. What a fantastic day!

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The lovely guest of honor!
This magnetic chalkboard wall is normally covered with Stella’s artwork and the kids’ chalk drawings, but I cleared it off and made it a part of the design for the party!
Stars, stars (and bacon!) everywhere :)
Stella found it to be quite amusing that I made a cake out of diapers, because “EWWW, gross Mama. We don’t eat diapers!”
Baby girl clothes are so fun to buy <3
Marissa’s sister-in-law and mother-in-law drove down from the front range just for the party (about a 5-6 hr drive). Riss was so happy there were able to make it!
I have the most fantastic friends. Seriously.
What an awesome group of women! We are all so lucky to have Marissa be the tie that brought us all together for this occasion.
Miss Eira loved Marissa! I think the feeling was mutual. ;-)
I love how women always congregate in the kitchen. :)
The bigger kids amused themselves by playing in the guest room all day. When I walked in for something, they told me I had to be quiet, because Stella was the baby and they were taking care of her while she took a nap. LOL
The last time we took a picture like this, it was Mary and I who were pregnant and Marissa who had the flat stomach! It’s so great to have her joining us on this parenting journey. :)
Stella was in love with Eira
Everyone brought a bead to add to her birthing bracelet. I *might* have cried the entire time that people strung their beads and shared love and well wishes with Marissa.
Later that night, we joined Marissa and Ryan and his family for dinner at the local taco place. It was so much fun to get to spend some extra time with these amazing people! What a perfect day.

April 2015 Instagram Recap

Harvey Adam, 15 Months


IMG_5700You are the craziest little boy that ever lived, I swear! You love it when Daddy pretends to chase you and you run laps around the kitchen island, and if we stop you think tackling us is great fun as well. You are such a little ham and you know it! You’re constantly flashing us your big, goofy grin and laughing hysterically which cracks us ALL up!

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Even though you’re a very physical little boy, you also have a huge heart and love showing love. Your new favorite thing is to wave and exclaim “HI!” to everyone you see, and if you hear anyone saying goodbye, you immediately wave and blow kisses and yell “aiy.” You also blow us kisses when we say “I love you.” It’s pretty much the most adorable thing ever. <3 You’ll also give us kisses whenever we ask, which makes our hearts melt every single time!

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You and your sister are still the best of friends, and we try to do a dance party with you guys almost every night before bed. You guys love to dance! Sadly you’re not very coordinated when it comes to the rest of life, because you are CONSTANTLY falling and giving yourself new owies every day. Poor kid!

Current Words:

  • Mama
  • Nana
  • Da (dog)
  • Hot
  • Hi

Random Stats:

  • Length: 30.625″ (28%)
  • Weight: 23#3oz (57%)
  • Head Circumference: 18.625″ (65%)
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 8, with 2 more that are partially in. It’s been a hard month of teething for you :(
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: Starting to be mostly in 12-18 month clothing
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-11 and 1:30-3), sleeping 8pm-6:30am
  • Eating: Anything and everything
  • Praying: Before every meal. You love to fold your hands and “aa-aa-aa” along with us. :)

We love you so much, little man!

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