Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lovin' Summertime

Life is good here!  We have been LOVING the summertime weather, and literally living outside as much as possible.  I ABSOLUTELY could not be happier and constantly feel so blessed for the 3 amazing kiddos God has given me and the time I get to spend with them.  I want to hold onto each moment and freeze time.  I'm  lovin' my  Larkyn cuddles, Colton giggles, and conversations with my Summer - I am one lucky Momma :).

Big brother Colton is definitely warming up to his little sister!

First trip to the zoo with 3 kiddos!

Larkyn slept most of the time :)

We got to see the outdoor bird show for the first time this year!

The kids got trading cards with their favorite bird - Coconut - who talks :)

Sweet Larkyn

Napping with Mommy

Another adorable sleepy Larkyn

Larkyn just goes with the flo - sleeping in her carseat on the move with her big brother and sister :)

Sweet Colton loving up on his sister

He can make her stop crying!


We have been having such fun with these three - Hannah and Melanie are both 5 months older than my two, and baby Carter is only 1 day younger than Larkyn!

S and C checking out a new park on a date with friends Jessi, Hannah, Melanie, and Carter

After seeing a community puppet show at a local park Summer wanted to make her own puppets


Making Puppets!


Tummy time!

Summer keeping Larkyn happy while I fold laundry

Kids cuddling on the bed together while I fold laundry :)

Leprechaun Days Parade with friends (Jessi and Family) and Grandma and Grandpa T!

Grandma and Larkyn at the parade

Grandpa and Larkyn

Colton's favorite parade prize :)

Free carnival at local church after the parade

Bounce House!
 Video of Bounce House:

This past weekend, Paul ran the Tough Mudder race in Wisconsin with a group of guys from church.  Tough Mudder is a 10 mile obstacle race.  He had a blast!


The group :)

Love this pic of Summer and Larkyn!

Trying out the triple jogger!

Everyone fits!

My view :)

On our favorite lake path - headed to the park!

Playdate with Faith, Noelle, and Lilah

Larkyn slept through the playdate :)

More friends!  Playdate with friends Addison, Brody, Tenley, Adry, and Rylan

Time to catch some rays ;)

Freezie Pop Time!

Tenley and Larkyn (both "3rd" kids)

Love this shot - my view of S and C from the patio - they play so nicely together!

Love these two :)

 Here are a few videos...

Larkyn 3 weeks:

Larkyn first tub bath (2 weeks) (She didn't love it at first, but now she likes it a lot more!)

Tummy Time with Larkyn

Colton and Larkyn -
(Side Note: Summer holds Larkyn for me quite a bit, and will go put her pacifier in if she is crying.  She is SUCH a great big sister and really cares for Larkyn and helps out a TON!  Colton this past week just started loving on Larkyn in such a sweet way that I caught this video of him trying to soothe her...)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Verse of the Week

Here is this weeks' verse of the week.  The kids picked the book of Genesis, and Summer picked the following verse from the story of Cain and Abel:

Genesis 4:7 If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door.  It desires to have you, but you must master it.

We had a lot of great conversation about what this verse meant :).

Here is the video:

Pictures - Summer 4 year, Colton 2 year, Larkyn Newborn

Each year around their birthday I like to take the kids to JCPennies for a formal portraits.  Since Larkyn was due in July, in between Colton's April birthday and Summer's August birthday, I decided to wait until after Larkyn was born and take all three of them in together for pictures.  I was a bit nervous at how photographing 3 kids, 3 and under, would go, so I asked my mom to come with me (thanks mom!).  I told my mom I had high hopes but low expectations for how these pictures would go.  They went WAY better than I would have imagined...Larkyn slept the whole time, Colton's 2-year-old-self actually cooperated, and Summer (as usual) did great :).  Here are some of the pictures we took (if you are a family member you will be getting some combination of photos in the mail in the next few weeks).

My 3 favorite kiddos #1

My 3 favorite kiddos #2

My 3 favorite kiddos #3

My 3 favorite kiddos #4
My 3 favorite kiddos #5

Summer #1

Summer #2

Summer #3

Summer #4

Summer #5

Colton #1

Colton #2

Colton #3

Colton #4

Colton #5

Larkyn #1

Larkyn #2

Larkyn #3

Larkyn #4

Larkyn #5

The kids sat so nicely watching the DVD while my mom and I chose which photos to order.  Larkyn did great in the Baby Bjorn :)

Larkyn's Birth Announcement :)