Thursday, September 19, 2019

Catching up

When Junia was born in May, I got really behind on blog posts, and I've spent a long time trying to catch up! I finally have gotten all of our summer photos on here - there are several posts to peruse - so feel free to read all about what we've been up to!


Monday nights and Saturday mornings are all about soccer. Steve has been coaching Nolan's team, and Uncle Phil coaches Ephraim's team. Both boys have been improving and really enjoying the season - I'm not sure what we'll do when it's over in two weeks!


We've gotten back into the habit of nightly chocolate ice cream. It is truly my vice.


When Junia sleeps in the car, I sometimes let August play with the steering wheel. He is a wild man!


Baby's first swimsuit! Looking so good in her Hanna Andersson orange creamsicles! :)


Most naps, I have to shush her and sway and hold the paci in her mouth. Other naps, she falls asleep on the floor all by herself. ;)


Our harvest is nearing the end, but we've really enjoyed green beans, cherry tomatoes, and sweet peppers! We had a giant caterpillar eat an entire pepper plant, which was frustrating, considering I planted it from seed in April, but such is gardening!


Shine.FM radio station out of Chicago gave us free tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians! It was one of the last games of the season, and we had a blast!


Since we watch so much Cubs baseball, August thought we were at a Cubbies game, and I didn't correct him...



MorMor and Papa Don were there too!



Nolan said it was the "best night ever!" He was on the jumbo-tron for several seconds in the "show off your muscles" segment. . . and someone gave him a baseball! I think it's likely he'll remember this forever!


On my birthday, we spent the morning at our friends' pool. Usually my birthday is quite hot, but this day, the high was only 70!


My mom and Don watched the boys so that Steve and I (and Junia) could go out to dinner. We ate overlooking the lake, and it was lovely!




My mom bought these cupcakes to celebrate - aren't they pretty?!



Us and our friend, the giant praying mantis.


It feels like Junia wakes up bigger every day! Time, slow down!



On Labor Day, we had a little picnic at the park and played on the playground, which made for a very nice night.


And just like that, it was time to start our homeschool again! Nolan is in second grade, and Ephraim is in Kindergarten.




On our second day of school, we ate these cute pencils for lunch! They're made of freezer waffles, toasted bread for the tops, raisins for the lead, and raspberries for the erasers. Easy - and memorable!



I loved this post-nap hair!


Cozied up watching a cool animal documentary, "Expedition China".


I kiss these cheeks all day!




The older two boys started AWANA on Wednesday nights, and August is loving the time alone with Steve and me.


Our friends Ruth and Jake and their family stopped by from Michigan on their way to Nashville! We had such a wonderful dinner with them!


On September 7th, we had a little birthday party for Nolan. It just so happened that two of our butterflies came out during the party - perfect entertainment!


We can't believe our sweet firstborn is already EIGHT! We had hot dogs, chips, pineapple, watermelon, and a chocolate chip ice cream cake at the party.

 

Passing one of the butterflies around! I'm happy my nieces got to be here for that!


Daddy and Junia at church.


Nolan's actual birthday (Sept 9) was pretty low-key. He was disappointed he had to do schoolwork on his birthday :) That night we had soccer practice, he opened a couple of presents, and we all ate leftover ice cream cake.


Junia is now FOUR months old! Right now, my hip is her favorite vantage point, looking out at the world, and chewing on her hands. She rolls in every direction, has found her feet, and grins from ear to ear when we smile and talk to her. She has a new sense of stranger danger, quiets down when we go outside, and prefers all her naps to be in the sling. She is getting easier at night - she's not swaddled and can sleep on her stomach, which she likes. She's still waking up a couple of times (4 month sleep regression), but hopefully that won't last long!

Thanks for checking in on us!

xo
Rachel

Thursday, August 22, 2019

August highlights

We started to get the swing of our new normal in August, right in time for Steve to go back to work :) I don't think I would have survived the transition to four kids without having him around to help during the summer. Here are some fun photos of Junia (of course), the boys at soccer, the state fair, and our visit to Pennsylvania to see family and friends.


Ephraim really wanted to make a dessert out of Mix and Match Mama's recipe book, so he chose this red, white and blueberry pie, and we made it together :)


Our garden was really in its prime at the beginning of August, and the boys were extra proud of their giant sunflowers.


We have also enjoyed growing a variety of red, yellow, and black cherry tomatoes.



Nolan asked for a bike as an early birthday present, and Grandma and Grandpa Z came through for him! He LOVES his bike and asks to ride it every night.



Steve and I weren't crazy about our basic beige linoleum kitchen floor (with some holes and stains), so we decided to lay down a tile floor.


This was the state of the floor underneath the cabinets. 


Here's the new floor, before it was grouted! I'll have to show you what it looks like now - though our kitchen is still a work-in-progress!



Sweet Junia at THREE months! At 3 months, I wrote :  She gives us wide smiles, loves to chew fingers, wiggles but hasn't rolled yet, is gaining good neck control, calms instantly in the sling, has kept her head of dark hair with new blonde highlights, and enjoys sleeping outside in this beautiful summer.


August loves Culver's! When we go, I ask him, "Do you want a hamburger or chicken?" and he says, "Ice cream" every time. He gets very excited every time we drive past it (which is often)!


Fell asleep with his little Ranger Rick magazines :)


Getting some pizza at Giordano's on a Friday night.


Check out that cheese.


My niece wanted to take a photo of them after a soccer game, so I snapped one too, and I love it!


Enjoying all the lights and sounds at Lowe's.



We made our own Forkys from Toy Story 4. :) :)



Cousins playing soccer together! 
(Ages 9, 8, 7, 5, and 4.)



Ephraim holding on to baby sister.


We went to the Indiana State Fair for the first time, and it was really fun! We went on $2 Tuesday, which was a really good deal.



We saw cows and award-winning pumpkins, ate pineapple whips, and called it a day.


We squeezed in a trip to Pennsylvania before Steve's semester started. This was Junia's first road trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania!



The boys found Uncle Josh's Darth Vader head, and it was really a popular toy.



My friend Heidi and I got ice cream together and had a chance to catch up, and it was wonderful! I forgot to get a photo of her with Junia!


Junia and Carol in their matching blue polka dots!


I was happy to spend time with Meghan!


We ate hamburgers and strawberry shortcake outside at Carol and Dave's house.





Steve and his dad got to go for a run together a couple times, which was so good.


The boys were envious of my ice cream date, so they begged to get some, too :)



Grandpa and Grandma with the kids!


And with Uncle David and Abby. Notice Ephraim's pose :)



Our trip went by so fast! We swung by our favorite donut shop on our way out of town.


Stopping for Starbucks somewhere in Ohio.




My mom was a gracious babysitter for our 9 caterpillars while were gone!


And then the butterflies started hatching! I'll have to do a post just on them!




Since my mom had me when she was 31, and I had Junia when I was 31. . . here we are at 62, 31, and 0, right before our next birthdays. :)


Going to need a frame for this one of my oldest and youngest!


Happy Birthday to MorMor! We are so happy she lives so close now!

xo
Rachel


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