Six!

August 9, 2016

Our beautiful firstborn turned 6 on August 1, and she just keeps getting more amazing by the year.

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This past year has definitely been one of much growth for her. Not only is she getting taller by the day, but she had her first year of all-day school with K5 and absolutely loved it. She adored her teacher, Mrs. Murphy, and really thrived. She is such a good student and loves to learn. She’s so looking forward to getting back there in a few weeks and starting 1st grade!

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She loves the monkey bars, riding her bike, scootering all over the place, running around the yards with her neighborhood friends, any show on PBS Kids, America Ninja Warrior, Masterchef, and still all things Frozen and Hello Kitty. She has become the best reader, with the Magic Treehouse series being her favorite. And she is the most wonderful big sister, constantly playing with Lana and Morrison.

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Della is one of the kindest, sweetest, most conscientious, and gorgeous people I know, inside and out. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my daughter. The size of her heart and the limitless expanse of her mind inspire me and make me prouder every single day. She truly is a friend to all.

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Happy 6th birthday, our sweet Della Jolee!! Words can’t even describe how much we love you!

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He’s One!

June 23, 2016

Morrison turned 1 year old on May 31, so this post is extraordinarily late. However, I just realized the other day that we didn’t even have his 12-month well check until June 15, then I forgot to get the sheet from his doctor with all his stats on it so have been waiting to receive that in the mail, so I didn’t even have all the info I wanted to put in here anyway to write it earlier. So there, I feel better about that now.

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Here are his official 12 month stats:

  • Height: 31.5″ (93%)
  • Weight: 23 lbs. 5 oz (76%)
  • Head: 47 cm (72%)

There honestly isn’t a whole lot of new stuff to report since his 11 month post (including the posterity stats and sizes), so I’ll just fill this one with pictures. His walking is great, he now loves to scream with excitement (literally. he is so loud!), he transitioned to a little Thermos sippy cup for all of his milk except a bedtime bottle with ease, he’s enjoying playing outside in the summer weather just as much as his big sisters, and he is becoming more and more of a funny little person every day.

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As a new twist, here’s a month-by-month look at this little guy’s first year. And then the usual Goonie trifecta, along with Della’s 1 year post and Lana’s 1 year post. Sorry for the really poor quality of these collages; I’m not sure why they’re so blurry this time.

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Happy birthday, little one! I can’t believe you’ve been with us for over a full year now. We love you more and more each day!

 

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Summer vacation!

June 20, 2016

School’s out, school’s out! The night before the last day of K5…

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Della has been out of school for a week and a half now, and it has been so great! I absolutely adore having all 3 of these munchkins with me all day again, and it’s so much fun to see especially how Della entertains herself all day. I got her a summer workbook for kids going from K5 to 1st grade and she loves it. She’s also already made her K5 teacher, Mrs. Murphy, a card and a couple pictures that we mailed her last week. Seeing how much she grew and thrived this past school year was incredible, and I’m so excited to watch her passion for learning continue in the years ahead. Can you even believe how big she’s getting??

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We started off this summer vacation with a bang, too. On the very first day off last week we went for a run (Della’s first one joining us on her bike this season), went to the library to sign all 3 up for the summer reading program (yes, even morrison gets to participate in the read-to-me part and get a free book at the end), walked over to check out and throw wish pennies into the fountain, and the girls had a picnic lunch in the backyard.

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Since then, we’ve been to the zoo, Bookworm Gardens, playing in the sprinkler, and generally enjoying days without too many schedules.

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The summer weather is in full swing, so the kids are always outside playing with their friends. And the parents are out together having a glass of wine or a beer, so it’s a win-win. I love summer and am thoroughly embracing every single day of this one!

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M 11 month stats

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Morrison turned 11 months old on April 30, so this post isn’t even 2 weeks late! Excellent. I feel like I’ve said this for the past couple posts, but, overall, things are pretty much the same with this sweet little boy. He loves to talk and shout all over the house, he eats like nobody’s […]

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These days

May 6, 2016

These days are filled with the voices of 3 tiny humans. Some days contain more shouting than others, but all are full of love. These days are filled with tiny hands and feet and faces. These days are filled with wiping those tiny hands and butts and noses, hopefully not at the same time. These days […]

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M 10 month stats

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Terribly, terribly late, since he turns 11 months in just 4 days and then 1 year old (!!!?!?!??!?) a month after that, but here is Morrison’s 10 month update post. It’ll be short and sweet since the next one is coming so soon (hopefully!). Life is very much the same as it was in his […]

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TEN!

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10 years, 3 incredible children, 1 wonderful decade of marriage. Then… …and now (of course we have no recent pictures of just the 2 of us). Wait, I found one! This is a late edit to the entry, as this picture was taken at my mom’s house the day after our anniversary, right before we went […]

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