Sunday, June 26, 2016

Twins turned 4!!

 4!!!   Time seems to go by faster and faster!  We had a great party yesterday.  It was so much fun.  Hello Kitty theme. 
 Birthday Girls

 Little Brother getting in on the action
 Our Family
 With Papa!

 Grandma, Jerry and the kids
 Papa and Nana with the kids
 GG and Cassie
 Alex even got a new pool floatie
 I made a Hello Kitty Cake.  Same one I made for Cassie when she was 3 years old.   I have not made one since because life has been to crazy.  Now that I was able to make a cake again....that is proof things have gotten easier!!

 Everyone singing to the girls


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Play time outside

 Daddy has been very busy at work.  The kids always look forward to him coming home and we try to get out and have lunch with Dad every so often. 
 We have had some beautiful weather.  Matt took Cassie to see The Avengers a few weeks ago so I had the littles and hung with them outside.   They played, ran, danced and laughed.  I sat and enjoyed watching them.

 They love to race to the tree and back
 It was a dance off between Mandy and Alex

Grandma got re-married

Grandma met someone at her church and they got married last month.  His wife also died of cancer 7 years ago.  The girls were all flower girls as was his granddaughter.
It was hard.   We keep thinking that it should be Monkey Papa living in his home with Grandma, enjoying his grandkids, but its not and that is sad.  

I missed the majority of the ceremony as Alex was "All Done" Those were his words.

My baby is 2!

My baby boy turned 2 in March!   He is very mature.   Counts, sings, says his colors and is climbing up that swing set after his sisters...sometimes giving me a heart attack.  It is so much fun to see the boy come out in him.  Trucks, ramming trucks, being a monster and fighting his Dad and sisters with swords.

 He is actually the easiest to put to bed.  I lay him down and rarely hear a peep from him.  The girls usually have to go to the bathroom or need water a trillion times before they fall asleep.
He is a mommas boy.  

Monkey Papa

Monkey Papa has been in Heaven for 4 years now.   It is so crazy that its been that long since we have last seen and talked to him.   Life keeps on going.  We always talk about him to the kids.  We talk about how much he would have loved them.   We have his picture up in Cassie's room.   We took all the kids to his grave a month ago.   Before we took him Mandy said "But Mom, Monkey Papa is not there, he is in Heaven" 
Right you are Mandy.  Miss you Monkey Papa!!!

The fun stuff we have been up to!

 Each summer Cassie and our neighbor friend have had matching dresses.  This summer the youngest members are joining the tradition!   Mandy, Emily and Violet.  

 We have some really good friends who we met by homeschooling.   They homeschool as well.   Katelyn and Cassie are best friends.  I get along great with their Mom and Dad.  Its perfect.  This summer they are taking a Spanish class and Soccer together.
 All the kids at the Memorial Day Ceremony.  It was a beautiful day and after this we enjoyed the parade. 
 Mothers Day at Old World Wisconsin.  We ended up getting a family pass as I will take the kids there often.   Its so beautiful and peaceful and a great place to go and learn.
 Last weekend we went to the zoo and ran into our neighbors!  The kids were so excited about that.   We hung out with them awhile before parting ways and taking a train ride.
We were supposed to go to my parents cabin up north on Memorial Day weekend but the weather was not looking to hot so we took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge instead.  We had a great time.

I would love to have more babies but the baby stage is hard.  Sleep deprivation is a killer for me, especially with having multiple children to take care of during the day.    I have to say I am loving this season of being able to get out with all the kids and having fun with them.   This is what I have been waiting for. It is such a blessing.  Also with homeschooling I think I will have my hands full with 4!   So thankful for this family that God has given me!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hello!!! 6 months have passed!!

Things are good.   Things have gotten easier!    The crying and whining have subsided!  My sanity is 99% back!   I am loving this!    I rarely go into the bathroom to hide and possibly cry!    That was a hard couple of years.

Cassie - She is now 7 years old.  We are still homeschooling and love it.  We have chosen a new curriculum called Heart of Dakota.  I have nothing negative to say about it, we love it.   Cassie would be in 1st grade if she were enrolled in the public schools but we are working on 2nd grade curriculum now.   She is learning multiplication, division, reads chapter books.   We will begin teaching cursive within a few weeks.   She is an awesome big sister.

Mandy and Emily - The girls will be 4 in June!   There was a huge turning point at
3 1/2.   Emily my terror, strong willed child has chilled out just a bit.  She is still strong willed and most likely always will be but she is so funny, outgoing, not afraid of anything, she has become a lot of fun instead of giving me headaches.  Mandy is getting better with her whining.   She is still the one who will cry about something almost every day, no matter how small.   Besides that she is funny, so sweet, loves stuffed animals and her and Cassie are best buddies.  In fact  if someone gets bad at someone else their threat is "You are not my best buddy anymore" and the other person will dissolve into tears because they are no longer best buddies.

Alex - he will be 2 in a few weeks!!   He is right in there with the girls.  He outweighs Emily by 2 lbs and Mandy only has 3 lbs on him.   He loves Monsters Inc movies, trains and trucks.  A typical boy, however he isn't afraid to wear a dress, headbands and hold baby dolls.   He starts his fair share of fights.  
Sleeps from 7-5:30.  Once in a while he gets up at 4:30....that is a killer.  He did jump his crib a month ago.  We took out the box spring and put his mattress on the floor inside of the crib.  That is buying us time....thank goodness!!

We are in the process of finishing our basement.  We are framing now and putting in electrical.  So exciting.  It will be so nice to have that area done!!

Matts Mom is getting remarried next month and all 3 of the girls will be flower girls.   That will be fun and I'm crossing my fingers things go smoothly for the twins.