First day of 7th, 5th, and 1st Grade

20 08 2014

I dropped Luke off for his first day of school today, two days after his sisters starting. I had thought it would be nice to have my kids get back into a routine and nice for me to have a little more quiet and to not have so many arguments to break up. But, now (only an hour into it!) I have one lonely little baby girl, who is really missing her big siblings. It should be a good year for the three kids, though. And don’t worry, you’ll get there soon enough, Harper!luke1stday IMG_2442 sad harper2 IMG_2433





Happy Birthday to my 12-year-old Daughter!

17 08 2014

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Rocks and Dirt

11 08 2014

Lily is my rock-collector and Luke is my dirt-digger. The two of them are training their baby sister well! So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when yesterday after church, still in her dress, Harper begged to go outside so she could search for more rocks for her collection. I did have to put my foot down when she took off for the dirt, though! Harperdirt Harperdirt2 Harper dress1 Harperdress3Harperdress2





Summer Vacation- 2014

15 07 2014

Last week our family was able to get away- and though we didn’t travel far, we had a great time of fun and refreshing. We spent the first half of our week in Okoboji with Kellie and Dustin and their kids. We swam in the lake, we talked, we shopped, we talked, we ate, we talked, we played games, and we talked some more. I remember my mom asking Kellie and me years ago if we had run out of things to talk about yet. And it still hasn’t happened!!

Then our family took off from there to spend the second half of the week in Sioux Falls where we enjoyed Falls park, swimming at the hotel water park and jumping at a Sky Zone. We didn’t want our fun to end, but as soon as we arrived back home, my sister and her family had arrived from Washington State for the week. So the fun continues…!photo-37photo-35 photo-34

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Arnold’s Perk Coffee Shop, formally known as Funky Java-Doug and my first coffee shop experience the summer we met!

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The BFFs

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SkyZone socks. Ready to jump!

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Falls Park

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Happy Birthday, Harper!

3 07 2014

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I Don’t Wanna Grow Up!

3 06 2014

Harper is 11 months today and at first it seemed I wasn’t going to get one of her famous smiles out of her. It was like she was saying she wasn’t too happy about getting older. Me neither, Harper! I want to keep you a baby. Of course, once I got Luke behind me doing his famous comedic moves, Harper couldn’t resist! She also couldn’t resist taking a few steps today, so I guess no matter what I do, I can’t slow her down!IMG_2264 IMG_2273





An Owlsome Birthday with a Little Horsin’ Around!

31 05 2014

Lily celebrated her 10th birthday today. How has 10 years flown by so quickly? I won’t ever forget the day she was born because we had prayed for several months for her after finding out she had a cyst on her brain. Then when, a week early, she decided to be born, she came out as quiet as a little mouse. Everything was fine, but she was just content to take it all in! Though she still isn’t one to clamor for the spotlight, she spent her birthday week rehearsing and then performing at her tumbling recital. Instead of a party, she chose to decorate her new basement room (in owls!) and also had one friend overnight. We all got to enjoy her birthday cookies from the bakery that were made in the shape of her two favorite animals. We love you, Lily Grace! IMG_2244 IMG_2242








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