Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Best of... Spring 2015 edition

I am so behind with this blog... Tiegan maybe has MORE pictures of her than the others since I am constantly taking pics of her with my phone, but I never get my big camera out and I have yet to blog about her monthly updates or milestones (I'm sorry T, Mommy loves you sooo much though!).  So here is the most random assortment of pictures from our lovely spring...!
Many Monday evenings whichever of us who got to take Lainey to dance, would grab a quick dinner with her afterwards and before bible study.  This particular night was IHOP (kids eat free on Mondays!).  This girl inherited her mother's love of going out to eat.  She'll typically say and repeat something like, "This is so fun!" the whole time you're out to eat.  The one on one time is so sweet too.

Tiegan has and continues to love the water and her bath time.  She requires more frequent baths with all of that hair too!

Easter was so fun this year.  We hit a few different egg hunts, decorated eggs and did Resurrection eggs with the kids too.
Easter Sunday

With the nicer weather, we are loving getting outside and enjoying many parks.  There is a baseball complex near our house that is jam packed on many week nights and weekends but during the weekdays it's totally dead so we take advantage of the playground in the middle of all of the fields.

I love this baby and I wish I could hold her and snuggle her all day long.  She is not a high maintinence baby who NEEDS held very often but I sure do love to steal my snuggles whenever I can.

My dark eyed girls!  They are still absolutely smitten with each other.  Their love is so mutual and so lovely to watch grow.

One night as I was feeding Tiegan before bed, Lainey waltzed in with her sound machine (we rely heavily on those things around here) and said that she didn't need hers anymore and Tiegan could have it.  It was the most precious thing - she was so genuine and sweet about it.  She is such a fabulous big sister.

We registered Lainey for a spring soccer league through the city of Des Moines Parks and Rec largely because it was held right down the street from our house and Jed said he would coach.

I don't think soccer is in her future but she sure looked cute and I think she still had fun.  I couldn't believe even at this age, the difference in athletic abilities and intensity between boys and girls!

The cutest greeters at church!

We hit one of our favorite spring spots at the peak of lilac blooming season and it was so glorious!  The kids frolicked around the most giant lilac bushes and T and I followed and sniffed the blooms!

I love my little crew!

Lainey invited her friend Mia to "bring a friend week" at ballet.  It's funny to watch 3 year olds be friends.  These girls are 4 weeks apart and have been friends since birth!

We enjoyed a homeschool field trip with many other church friends a few weeks ago to a farm!  The weather was awesome and the kids loved it!

Tiegan...not so impressed.

Wyatt loved it most of all I'd say.

Sometimes I have just my littles at home and I love watching Wyatt really own his big brother role during those times.  Lainey, as the oldest, typically just runs the show when she's around but Wy is such a different kid when she's gone.  He LOVES his baby Tiegan and really truly is gentle and sweet to her.

I love baking (and much prefer it to cooking) and while it's typically easier, faster and less messy to just do it myself, I want to include the kids and let that be something they remember about their mom.  They are great at dumping in ingredients, getting started stirring things and helping me set the timer.  Oh and especially at licking the beater/spoons and watching things bake in the oven!

Spring was so wonderful and we are excited as summer is just getting started!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

February & April Minnesota Trips

[Seems a little bit silly to be blogging about something so long ago but I already had the first part of the post nearly done and then decided to just lump two posts together so I'm just gonna roll with it...]

We planned a trip up to Minnesota for mid February since it had been awhile since we had visited and we had a new family member to introduce!

All of my kids were excellent travelers.  I've learned a few tricks over the years and that is a) travel during nap time and b) snacks, snacks and more snacks.

Ma is an expert garage sale and swap site shopper and has collected tons of fun toys, puzzles and books for the kids to enjoy when we visit.

I do believe Tiegan has a soft spot for her Papa and the feeling seems to be mutual.

We were excited to spend some time with Grandma Carey while we visited.  I love watching my kids with her.  

Tiegan is her 14th great grandchild!

Tiegan was just starting to smile during this visit but we had to work pretty hard to work them out of her!

We took the girls one afternoon to the IKEA and the Mall with it ALL because we had promised Lainey a trip to Lego Land.  Surprisingly, she didn't remember the existence of the Disney store (thank goodness) and we had a fun time.

We are just entering the Lego love years but I have a feeling we will all enjoy them as time goes on.  It is so fun to watch their minds explore and create such intricate things.

Working on her new set when we got back to my parents.

The ride home was another adventure but we made it safe and sound.

A couple months later we ventured north again, this time to go to my cousin Kelsey's bridal shower.
We typically pit stop at a McDonalds for bathroom breaks, feeding the baby and smoothies.

Once we arrive, the first question is usually, "Can we go to the park?"  My parents live in a townhouse association with a really nice park next to it and the kids love walking down there.

She's always happy to be along for the ride!  Such a joyful little go with the flow baby.

My parents make it easy for us to visit, even with 3 kids.  It's a tight squeeze, but there's beds/cribs/pack and plays for everyone and my kids typically sleep pretty well there!

Papa makes the BEST breakfasts!

My cousin Kelsey's shower was so fun and it was great to see some extended family and introduce them to Tiegan.  Lainey absolutely adored following around my cousins big girls.  They were so sweet to her and included her all day.

Abigail and Isabel (top R and L) were our flower girls in our wedding 5 years ago.  They are growing up to be lovely young ladies!

Had to round out the day with one more park trip!

I wish my parents (and Jed's too) lived closer but it sure is fun to make a big trip out of visiting them for the weekend!  Love my little travelers!