"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

She's Here

Introducing Kaitlyn Renee.

Much more to come. I'm so behind in this blog and in uploading pictures to my computer, but I wanted to share this one from my phone this morning. She is our beauty. Her first appearance on the blog, but get ready because this space is soon to be flooded with her. She has brought so much joy, and we can't get enough of her.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wordless Wednesday // Strawberry Picking

We chose a Saturday morning that wasn't too hot and headed straight for the strawberry fields. It was on my bucket list this summer to make Joanna Gaines' homemade strawberry shortcake, and this was the weekend for it. We picked our strawberries just the four of us... and envisioned a little baby girl sitting in these fields next summer with strawberry juice all over her pudgy cheeks. Cody - thinking 12 months ahead - told me we better not put her in white. ;)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Early Summer Happy Things

It's been an unusual summer around here. With our early extreme heat and my extreme pregnancy, we've spent a lot more time in rest and leisure than we normally do this time of year. We skipped Sturgis Falls entirely, decided not to host a 4th of July party for the first time in years... and both kids decided to skip out on baseball this year. Surprisingly, I haven't missed those baseball nights, and I can only imagine how hot I would have been in those bleachers had they decided to participate. I've been forced to take it easy, rest when my body has told me to, and I've personally only made it to the pool four times so far.

That being said, there's been enough sweet stuff to make memories off of, and now that I'm officially on maternity leave, the rest of this summer and early fall is looking pretty sweet, too.

Some of our early summer happy things...

|| spending as much time in this backyard as we can when the weather allows. Cody finished most of the landscaping around the back edge of the house, we've planted some new trees and flowers to watch bloom and mature over the years, and we have plans for a finished fire pit by sometime this fall. We even bought Lucy a little cat tent that she loves to spend hours in, watching the birds and the squirrels while keeping us company on the patio.

|| getting to know the neighborhood and the neighbors a bit more. These kiddos decided to throw up a kool-aid stand right when school got out, and they actually had quite a few customers before the afternoon was up!

|| ice cream bars and popsicles always on hand... and sticking the sprinkler under the trampoline for some post-summer water play at night.

||when Daddy works late but gets home just in time to rinse off his muddy, dirty boys and start up a hose fight.

||we had to take a couple of months off of guitar lessons due to track practice during that time slot, but we got back to it in June, and I've enjoyed listening to him strum those chords again. He's so excited to play sweet nursery songs for his baby sister, and he's already started learning a new Christmas song. ;)

||continuing to love the views from our living room window. We are never short of backyard entertainment and wild life... ranging from deer to turkeys to an assortment of birds and bunnies... and most recently, a new litter of baby kittens hiding out in the trees on the far corner of our lot. They came out the other night right at dusk, and it was so fun watching them jump after the lightning bugs and chase each other through our backyard. Cody has put a water dish out there for the mom and the babies, and we may or may not have fed them some leftover lunch meat and hamburgers. ;)

|| time for rest. I'm insisting that the boys read at least a couple of days a week, and I have finished almost two books this summer, myself.

|| squirt gun and light saber fights.

|| slowly working our way through Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Cookbook. We've made desserts, pasta dinners, sandwiches... and her amazing homemade biscuits and strawberry shortcakes. These were a hit, and I had the biscuits with my breakfast every morning for a week. Melt in your mouth good.

|| our very first backyard movie night. We received a movie projector for Christmas, and this big white canvas wrapped screen was left in the basement of this house when we moved in. We had our families over for movie theater candy and popcorn, put the boys in their pajamas... and watched the newest Jumanji movie amongst the lightning bugs under the stars.

|| s'mores over the fire and Sunday nights just the four of us. We entertain a lot and we are with family a lot, and we love every moment of it. But some of my favorite moments... especially at the end of a social weekend... are spent with just my people - right here in this spot.

...and we don't have to go far to collect free firewood. :)

|| a backyard big enough for hitting home run balls... and our new love... badminton! My parents' gave us a badminton set for Valentine's Day, and the boys have fallen in love with it. The net also makes for a great clothes line to dry all those wet swim suits and towels over night. ;)

...there's more pictures to come. 4th of July celebrations and beach days and strawberry fields. And I will do my best to keep up with this blog, but - we're about to have a baby! So be patient with me because life is about to get even bigger and fuller!