Thursday, June 26, 2014

Week one

We are sleep deprived but enjoying our time together.

 The nice thing about having a baby this time of year is that we can sit outside and the big kids can play.

 Lainey likes to lay on the play mat and look at the birds and butterflies.

 How sweet is this little face??!!!

 We've had lots of time just to hang out with each other this week and snuggle.  Katelyn's had VBS at church each morning so she's been tired by the time she gets home and just wants to relax.    

This girl sleeps a serious number of hours a day.  Life on the outside is apparently exhausting!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Welcome to the world, Lainey!

We are so happy to announce that Elaina "Lainey" Joy entered the world on Friday, June 20th at 2:32pm.  She weighed 8 lbs, 11oz and was 20 inches long.  

 We had a c-section scheduled for July 2nd but I had a feeling she wasn't going to wait that long.  My water broke early Friday morning and we headed into the hospital.  

 Katelyn was so excited about meeting her baby sister.  Noah wasn't quite so sure about it all.  (He's come around in the last couple of days though.)

 Of course Grammy and Papa had just headed up to Michigan for my cousin's wedding and they were kind enough to turn around and come home to stay with Katelyn and Noah while we were in the hospital.

 We have been very blessed by friends and family this week who have all loved and helped us a ton!
Grammy loves her new granddaughter.

 The proud big sister.

 Delivery and recovery have been much easier for me this time around and I am really thankful for that.  
 Lainey is such a sweet baby and we love her so much already.

 Daddy's having a good time with her already.

 After a few nights in the hospital we were pretty excited to head on home!

 Lainey slept through the whole thing.

 Katelyn just wants to sit and hold her and give her kisses.  I think this baby will be well loved on.

 She found her thumb.

Daddy and Lainey were enjoying some snuggle time.

We are home and resting.  Michael is off work all week.  Our friends that live here in our neighborhood have been picking Katelyn up each morning this week and taking her to VBS at our church with them so she didn't have to miss it.  

It's really nice to have the baby on the outside.  I'm thankful for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.  Onto the next chapter as a family of five...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter - Part 2

Okay, blogger just put all my pictures in random order but here it goes...

The kids got Easter baskets and had a little Easter egg hunt in the backyard this morning.

 They found all of the eggs!

 We dyed Easter eggs this afternoon.  The kids did a great job.

 Noah got a couple of new trucks in his basket. The trucks and the block city that Michael built with him kept him busy all day.

 Katelyn was very kind and let Noah have a head start so he could find some eggs also.

 "Hmmm...how do I get that out of there?"

 More playing.

 Michael and Katelyn worked on growing crystals this afternoon.  Quality time with daddy doing a science project.  Katelyn was in heaven.

He did get it out of the little bush..in case you were wondering/

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

We had a super fun time today at the church's petting zoo and Easter egg hunt and then stayed for the Easter service.  
It was such a beautiful day and the kids were all so excited. 

 Noah was a good little egg hunter this year.

 Katelyn is of course a pro and was serious about finding some eggs.

 I love this sweet girl.

 These two are the best!

 Once the eggs were found Noah only cared about finding out what was in them.



Here's a pic of our growing little family.  
Happy Easter everyone!
He is risen!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring finally showed up!

It's spring!!!  It's spring!!! Finally!!!!!!

 I realized that with this pregnancy there hadn't been a single belly picture.  I guess it's true that with each child there's less and less time to commemorate.  Whoops.  Anyway, this is week 27, the beginning of the third trimester.  

 Noah loves his little cars and plays with them every day.

 Katelyn picking "flowers" (weeds) in the backyard.  I did teach her how to actually weed by pulling them up by the roots and she was a good helper the other day.  Weeding the garden is just not so comfortable for me at this point.

 Oh this little boy.  He's a handful and such a joy all at the same time.

 Katelyn loves this time of year.  She wants to be outside all day.  It's nice because the kids are both old enough to play outside without me having to be out there all the time.  I can watch through the window while making lunch or dinner and they are happy to entertain themselves.

 We have had some BEAUTIFUL days in the last week or so.  This is the perfect time of year to be in Kentucky.

 Katelyn found a four leaf clover.  It's the second one she's found in the last couple of weeks. She searches hard for them.

 We did get one of the garden beds weeded and got broccoli and cabbage planted.  It was a family project and everyone helped.  Noah likes to water and he hasn't pulled up any of the plants yet, so that's helpful.  :)
 Yesterday morning Katelyn and I had a mommy/daughter date and went to see Disney on Ice.  It was super fun to just get some one on one time with my big girl and she loved the show.  She got to pick out a treat (Twizzlers) and she picked out her fanciest dress to wear.

 We stopped at McDonald's on the way home and got ice cream cones today.  It was a beautiful day to sit out on the back patio with a treat.

 Have I mentioned lately that Michael is the best daddy??

Noah started eating his cone from the bottom up.  This is where it got messy.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day I first met Katelyn.  Her "gotcha" day.  I can't believe it's been six years.  Where has the time gone.  We went out for Chinese food tonight.  It's such a blessing to get to celebrate her and the family that God has given us!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March, in like a lion...

Isn't the saying, "March, in like a lion, out like a lamb."  Well we've yet to see the lamb.  We've got another week though, so here's hoping for the best.

 Here's a picture of Michael shoveling the driveway earlier this month.

 God bless this man.  He LIKES shoveling snow.  So strange, but I'm not complaining.  Marrying a Michigan man turned out for the best.  :)

 This is what happens when Michael comes home and we've been inside all day.  Daddy becomes the playground.  I love it when daddy gets home.  I'm too pregnant to be the playground.

 Noah loves his trains and cars.  The train table I got at the consignment sale ended up being a good purchase!

 We have had a few nice days here and there this month and we've all loved being outside when we can.  Katelyn is ready to plant the garden and she's been "practicing" by planting weeds in the flower box that's up in the kids' play set.

 If this isn't a look of determination, I don't know what is.  I'm sure he's planning on doing something naughty.

 Katelyn was trying to do math today and was using her cuisenaire rods to help her and Noah had to do it too.  Some days getting through school with a two year old in the mix is quite a challenge. 

So here's Noah doing his math too.