Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 2015

This was a busy month for our family. The first weekend of the month we celebrated Madison's 5th birthday with a day trip to Galveston beach! 

We spent part of the day on the Pier riding roller coasters and then the second part just playing on the

She picked Cheesecake Factory for her birthday dinner and the weather was beautiful for the patio! 

We had lots of morning walks. It's starting to heat up now so we like to get outside right after breakfast and burn some energy and soak up some fresh air! The big kids usually like to ride their bikes (Madison taught herself how to ride her bike without training wheels last month!) and Audrey will usually ride her scooter. Caleb rides in the stroller. 

We sent a care package to one of the missionary kids (Gaines Tucker) in Africa. He and Hunter have similar interests so it was fun to shop for him and get to find things that we knew he missed and would love to have that he doesn't have access to in Africa! 

I threw Sara her first baby shower at the church the first weekend of the month (on Madison's actual birthday). She had a great turnout and is all set for baby #1!

We had a wonderful team of hostesses! 

We went home the second week of May to Dallas for Mother's day. We stayed with Papa and Vivi but split time between both grandparents houses as usual! 

That Saturday we met our good friends the Benton's at Six Flags. We took the 2 oldest kids and left the younger two with Nana. It was a fun day! (I love this picture of Jordan) 

 Hunter had his final piano recital of the year. He did a great job! 

Hunter likes to wait up for daddy on the nights he works late. I was reading in bed and he came to hang out next to me but didn't make it until dad got home. I loved the snuggles though. It's been YEARS since he fell asleep on me like this. I can't believe how fast time flies. 

Hunter and Madison have a group piano class once a month. Audrey usually likes to try to jump in on the class too. Laura, their teacher is always so gracious to include her as much as possible). 

I had to step outside to answer a call from the doctor and the youngest 2 kiddos were not too thrilled about it! 

Hunter and Madison wearing daddy's shirts... I forget how giant of a human he actually is. I am so used to him. I love that man! 

I printed off (Pinterest) new to do lists for the kids this month. I usually write out their list every day on the white board but this saves me a step and gives them some more responsibility for their time management. Madison saw it and said "oh thank you mommy! It's just what I always wanted!" 

My two little mommas love taking care of baby brother while I finish up school with big brother. Madison usually finishes her school a little faster than Hunter because she doesn't have as many subjects so she is a wonderful entertainer for the littles. 

The magnets are always a favorite for these two kiddos. They only get these while we do school at the table (with the big kids) so it keeps their interest pretty well! 

School time

Madison told me she wanted to teach Audrey her school. She was quizzing her on colors, numbers and letters. She is a great little teacher. 

We have had a TON of rain lately. The rivers are all flooded and we lost power for about 6 hours one Sunday morning. It was breakfast by candlelight, showers in the dark and wet hair to church! So thankful for power on a regular basis! 

Jordan took Audrey to swim lessons one morning (she has been doing a 2 week intensive) and on his way home (about 1 mile away) he was T-boned by another vehicle. It broke his rear axel so his truck had to be towed off. It will be in the shop for a while but we are SO thankful no one was injured! 

Painting time

Charity had puppies! She had 12 and 9 made it. 

The kids are LOVING this... absolutely LOVING it. 

Hunter loves to catch frogs, lizards, worms, just basically anything! Such a boy! 

He collected a handful of worms on our morning walk and brought them back to our flower beds.

Today I threw one of my best friends (Ashley) an adoption baby shower

We had a great team of hostesses! 

Ashley and her daughter (Abbey)

It was a full and FUN month! We are counting the blessings! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby #5

We are so excited to be expecting baby #5! 

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)

We found out we were expecting again on Caleb's first birthday! I was about 5 weeks along at the time and was actually pretty surprised! Caleb was still nursing every 3-4 hours at the time and I thought at first that I would just let him wean when he was ready but at about 6 weeks pregnant I began to feel some of the effects of nursing while pregnant and with my history I didn't want to risk anything. So over the next week he weaned without a problem and was fully weaned by the time I was 7 weeks pregnant.  He was over a year old anyway and was eating everything we ate and taking a straw cup with all of his meals so the timing was really perfect! 

This ultrasound was taken at my first appointment around 9 weeks. The baby looked great and the heartbeat was strong in the 170's. I have another ultrasound with my perinatologist on Friday and I will be almost 13 weeks. So far everything has been very normal! I have been tired and nauseous and dizzy the past few months but that's my normal for the first trimester and this week (12 weeks) I feel like I am getting some of my energy back! I've been able to get some cleaning and organizing done that I had not the energy to do the last few months which is exciting! 

The kids are so excited about having another sibling. Madison actually asked me if I was pregnant before I even knew that I was and then numerous times after we found out but before we told the kids (which was from 5 weeks to 9 weeks) she said she thought there was a baby in my tummy.  Hunter and Madison said they both think we are having a boy and Audrey said she thinks it's a girl. Of course we will be thrilled with either! We are just overjoyed that God has chosen to give us another precious child. 

For His Glory and for our JOY! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Madison is 5!

My sweet and joyful Madison, what a gift from God you are to our days! You have a servant's heart and are always the first to ask "how can I help you?" You are quick to notice how others are doing. You are empathic, sincere, creative, dreamer, thoughtful, kind and friendly. You are also spunky, athletic, competitive, you love to learn and you are driven! You are the absolute definition of pure joy! You live such a joyful life and add so much joy to ours! We love you so much and are blessed to have you in our family. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

13 months old

Another month down Caleb! You are walking more and more these days but still more of a crawler than a walker. You say about 4-5 words (mama, dada, God, dog). You sign for "all done", wave bye bye, give high fives and hugs and kisses. You love to be tickled and kissed and held. You love outside, water, food and praise baby in the car. You take 2 naps a day (9 am and 1pm) and you go to bed at 6pm and wake up at 7:00am. You are 24 pounds and 34 inches (big boy)
You are a complete JOY!

Evidence of you on the loose during school time