Sunday, July 05, 2015

Dear Finn Mostyn { 11 months }

Dear Finn Mostyn,

We are just 1 month away from your first birthday... and we are in denial with how fast this all happened. This last month has been filled with so much change, it's crazy... you're quite a little quirky boy... and we wouldn't have it any other way. We love seeing your personality come out more and more each day that passes.




















You laugh at SO much now. You love peek-a-boo... in fact, before we even say "boo", you say it for us. You say "Bahhh." It's the cutest.














You laugh when you're playing cars, and when your sisters are singing, screaming at eachother, or playing beside you. You are super ticklish... and laugh even if we're not intentionally trying to tickle you (like when we're cleaning in your neck rolls with a wipe to get all the dirt out). You laugh when the cats are running around chasing each other... pretty much when anyone laughs, you laugh along.

Last month, after your 10 month birthday, we moved you into your very own room. There were only 2 nights that you didn't sleep through the night, otherwise, you'll fully sleeping through the night... and we couldn't be more happy about that. In fact, we're wondering why we didn't make that change sooner. You're still napping like a champ as well... two times a day (each one 2 hours typically). You've finally figured out how glorious sleep feels. Those two nights that you didn't sleep through the night, were nights when you were teething. You finally popped out both top front teeth, and working on another 2 that are on the sides of them. EVERYTHING goes in your mouth, including your cars... which are some of your favorite toys to play with. You just really like wheels and things that go round and round.... SO different from your sisters.
















You are really beginning to understand words... especially "no." You frown or cry whenever we say it. You're very sensitive to it. You don't like to be told you can't do something... not at all. You really are starting to have a mind all of your own, and you're beginning to see how you can voice it... especially when you do this ear piercing shriek. Everyone in the house shudders when you do that.



























You are eating everything and anything still. We don't have to cook special for you... everything we eat, you eat along with us. You don't like much cut up anymore, because you really like being able to take a bite out of things, like a slice of watermelon. You love watermelon.

You started pulling yourself up and standing on your own this month... and then just 2 days after you figured that out, you started walking along furniture. Pretty sure it won't be too long until you start toddling around all on your own. Curious as to whether you'll do it before your first birthday, or after... just a few weeks and we will know... Let these next few weeks linger... don't want to rush it too quickly.

You have totally stolen our hearts sweet boy...

You are so loved, so so loved...

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte and Marley


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Thursday, July 02, 2015

I love "us".

 To my hunk of a husband:

10 years... a beautiful, challenging, amazing, at times exhausting, wonderful, crazy adventure of a 10 years has passed... and there's no one I'd rather spend the next 10+ years alongside. You are my lover... my adventure partner... my protector... my baby Daddy... my breakfast cook... and you love me and my faults. God sure knew what He was doing when He brought you into my life... I was meant to love you. Can't wait to see what the next 10 years look like... I know it'll be better than anything I can dream up in my head... God is SO SO good. 

I love you ... I love "us", 
Karen



























First photo taken as a family of 5, was taken by the super awesome Michelle, from Magnolia Adams Photography

One of my most treasured pieces of art in my house, was created and gifted to me by the sweet Mandy England

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

HIS 10 years

July is here... I have seriously NO IDEA where this last month went... I have no idea where the last few months went... goodness, I don't know where the last few years went. It's such a beautiful season of life right now. We are falling into a rhythm as a family of 5... God has knit this family together in such an intricate way, no one else can receive the glory for it.





























Tomorrow the hubs and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. If you asked us on our wedding day, what our lives would look like in 10 years, I am certain, it would have "looked" WAY differently than the way it's played out. It has in no way been an easy 10 years... in fact, they've probably been some of the toughest years we've ever faced... But they've been 10 years that I'd do over and over again. They haven't been MY 10 years... they're HIS 10 years... and I'm so completely thankful for them.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Other Kids

We spent the whole weekend outside... in the flowers beds, gardening, and of course the hubby was woodworking. It was a much needed time, pulling weeds, cleaning up flowers, and tending to our sweet little plants. They require just as much attention as the kids, it's amazing... I was a little late at planting our peas and beans this year, but they're growing nonetheless and we'll just expect a later harvest this year. Our tomato plants seem to be struggling somewhat in the "growing" department... so tonight, I'm going to give them some extra love... I'm going to tuck them into bed with extra fertilizer and epsom salt... and see if that does the trick. My flowers are taking off, and I have high hopes this Fall to do some "cutting and rooting" with clippings from some of my favorite perennials (butterfly bushes mostly). My herbs... they never disappoint... It'll be time to make some batches of pesto in a few weeks. I'm trying to gather ideas on what to do with all that sage. Summer really has only just begun... so many more weeks left of tending to these sweet little babies.











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Friday, June 26, 2015

4th of July DIY

I have a ton of scrap fabric and felt lying around... and when I say a ton, I mean a TON. I'm always trying to come up with creative ways to get rid of it... and with 4th of July coming up, I figured it would be fun to create some "homemade" flags. They're an easy sew up, or if you don't have a sewing machine, you can totally use hot glue.

All you'll need is some white felt, scrap fabric that resembles the colors of our flag, and a dowel rod... bamboo skewer or even a stick could work.














First, cut the red and white fabric in a rectangle, and the blue and white fabric in a square. You'll also want to cut two pieces of felt the same size that you cut the red and white fabric.














Next, you'll place the blue square in the corner of the rectangle fabric and sew (see photo as to which edges you'll sew)... or you can glue this fabric on to the other.














Then, you'll take your flag, and place them on the white rectangle felt pieces. You'll double up the felt, so that it'll make a sandwich, in which you'll slide in the dowel rod, and sew. Remove the dowel rod before sewing. I "eye balled" the width of the dowel rod, so you know, where NOT to sew... but you can even place the dowel rod in place, and pin it, before removing the rod, so you have the exact width.














Last, slide the dowel rod into place.






























They're a little wonky... but I love that about them. Stick them on a cake, add them to a plant for a host/hostess gift to the picnic you're going to, or just let your kids have fun waving them around.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ringmaster

Most days I feel like my life is a circus... juggling, jumping through hoops, balancing... I imagine it would be an amusing show for most to watch. 3 kids is tough... if you have more than that, I applaud you. 3 kids is also fun and entertaining... and I wouldn't have it any other way.






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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Summer Bucketlist

There's nothing quite like being able to simply enjoy Summer. Homeschooling Charlotte, summer means that not only does she get a break, but I get a break... and it's a glorious break. I LOVE homeschooling her... but sometimes it's nice to have a "schedule" break. I think most homeschooling Mamas can agree with me. I love adventure, and I'd love for my kids to get a thrill out of adventure. Summer bucketlists are fantastic..Years ago, Lindsay from Pen + Paint created a free printable Bucketlist graphic. I bookmarked it, so that I could snatch it when Charlotte was a great age for bucketlists. You can print it out, color it, hang it up, and start marking/checking off your list as you do the things on them. You can get it printed out at Staples or OfficeMax as a poster size and hang it on a door/wall. You can print it, color it, laminate it, and write on it with a dry erase marker. If you do it that way, you'll have a bucket for each year that you can recycle. Either way... I had to pass along the link... it's a super fun way to welcome in this season.







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