Friday, May 3, 2019

Recently


We had a wonderful April, and it is surreal that it's May already - baby month!! This is a little recap of our Easter, our baby sprinkle, and a few other things we've been up to. Steve is currently grading students' finals, which means our summer is basically here! Nolan has to finish up about eighteen days of homeschool work to finish first grade, but we can be a bit flexible in our timing with that since the baby is coming soon.


So rewinding back a couple of weeks, this was Palm Sunday at church. The boys were really excited about waving the palm branches! And August did a great job following the crowd of kids down the aisle.


This was 35 weeks with our sweet girl! We'll be at 39 tomorrow - I can't believe it! This fourth pregnancy has been pretty hard on my body, so I will be ready to move on to the next stage. With all this heartburn, maybe she'll have a full head of hair ;)


On Good Friday, we dyed Easter eggs. No one spilled the dye, and the eggs turned out great, so it was a win-win. ;)


Brown eggs make for pretty colors!


Simple little Easter baskets on Sunday morning.


I carried my Cadbury Creme Egg bundt cake on my lap to church. It's a rich cake to pass off for breakfast, but it was a holiday! ;)


After church, we celebrated Easter with my sister-in-law Dana's family. We had a blast! We ate ham, cheesy potatoes, sweet rolls, berries, and drank lemonade. Then there were two big egg hunts in the backyard - one for the kids, and one for the adults! Dana's mom is like the Easter Queen, and we were so happy to be included in their family for the day!


All the kids with the Easter bunny.


It was the most beautiful springy, sunny weather!


Daddy helping August reach an egg up in a tree during the egg hunt.


It was important to take stock of the candy back at home :)


The boys came home with so much, I think they'll still be eating Easter candy in July!


A couple of weeks ago, we started the seedlings for our summer garden - peas, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and sweet peppers.


And for Easter, my in-laws sent the boys seed kits, so we planted some more - sunflowers, tomatoes, and edible wildflowers!



Things are growing, which is exciting! Nolan is keeping a journal on the progress we see each day because it's such an amazing learning experience.


Last Thursday, we welcomed my mom and Don to Indiana! They spent the last few months packing up their Pennsylvania house, and now they are now living in a freestanding condo only about a mile from us!


My mom got here just in the nick of time for my baby sprinkle at church last Saturday.


My friend Mykiea and me.


The food was delicious, the games were really fun, and the gifts were wonderful and adorably pink! We're grateful for a church family who cares for us so well.





We had dinner with our friends who just had their new baby boy in April. They now have three girls and a boy, and we'll have three boys and a girl!


Sweet baby Wesley at 12 days old.


August helped me water the peonies outside. They're new transplants that I moved last fall, so at this point, it doesn't look like we'll get any blooms this year.


He insisted on taking the baby doll in the car with him, which was super cute.


Steve's big news this month is that his book got published!! It was so fun to hold copies of the book in our hands when they came in the mail!


August is still a pretty good napper, but on this particular day, he played in his crib for over an hour, and then he crashed on the way to Target.



Watching airplanes at the park :)


Our new carseat came, so the boys put the baby doll in it to test it out. They're going to be the best big brothers to a little girl!


One afternoon, I thought the house was rather quiet. I found Ephraim under this table - sound asleep! This was the first time any of my boys have fallen asleep while playing, and it was extra funny that he had his mask and cape on.


Building wooden birdhouses at Home Depot on a Saturday morning.



They're always so proud of what they make!



Trader Joe's had the most beautiful ranunculus. I loved these peachy pink colors!


We spend two nights a week at soccer practices for N and E. When it's not too cold, it's really nice to be outside these nights! 




Getting some ice cream at Culver's!


We had to buy a second crib after we heard about the Rock N Play getting recalled. The Rock N Play was our plan for the new baby for the first few months of her life. :(  August is still perfectly happy in our first crib, so we don't want to move him yet. Yesterday, Steve and the boys put the new crib together in our bedroom, and it's ready to go!



It's been a rainy week, but everything is in bloom! This pink dogwood tree was stunning last night!


Reading one of our fave books, "Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?". We haven't found any nests yet this year, but we really enjoy seeing our cardinals in the backyard a few times a day, as well as lots of sparrows, mourning doves, robins, starlings, and a cute red-headed finch.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hello April


It's April, and it feels like there is so much to look forward to! We have a countdown to Easter, a countdown to the baby, and the weather is finally starting to warm up! I even saw daffodils over the weekend (well, before they got covered in snow). March went out like a lion, but everything is definitely coming to life now. Here is a recap of our last couple of weeks:


At the end of Steve's spring break, we headed to the most-crowded-day at the Children's Museum. My mom and Don were visiting for the weekend, so we took them along with us. The new Star Trek exhibit was fun for some of us (Steve), and unfortunately the Paw Patrol exhibit was so busy that we didn't get in, which was a bummer. We'll have to go back soon!



Cuddling while the older boys rode the carousel.


We went to Culver's for dinner, and it was so good!



I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet - but my mom and stepdad are moving here very soon! I'll be happy to have my mom's help with the big kids while we adjust to the new baby!


For St. Patrick's Day, we made our traditional cereal rainbows.



August preferred just to eat the cereal.


One of these things is not like the others... :)


And we made shamrocks out of regular pretzels, pretzel sticks, Rolos, and green mint M&Ms. They were a great snack!


August spotted me attempting to trim my toenails and paint them by the front door. As soon as I knew it, he was there trying to do the same :)


Free cones at Dairy Queen on a very rainy night!



A new friend of mine offered to watch our boys for us (after she heard how long it had been since we'd been on a date), so we went out for hamburgers! It was such a peaceful and quiet dinner!


And we ended our date with a quick walk through Goodwill :)



August is finally a fan of Sunday night pancakes!



My friend Lindsay is due four weeks before me, so the baby will be here any day now! She has three girls and is having a boy - the opposite of me! This photo was taken at her lovely baby sprinkle.


 We're so glad it's warm enough to go for walks now!



We met Lindsay and her girls at the park last week. The kids had so much fun together!





I cannot get enough of cute little girl clothes! Our collection has started growing, and it's so exciting! The little bows and headbands and ballet slippers - adorable!


Nolan and Ephraim started spring soccer last week! It's going to be so good for them - though I am a little nervous about adding 2 nights of practices + 2 games on Saturdays when we're having a baby in the middle of the season.


August wants to play so badly! He carries around his ball during their entire practices.


Another sign of spring - The Cubs season opener! We love cheering for the Cubbies!


 

On Saturday, Nolan asked me if he could count the coins in our loose change jar. I said, sure! He counted $66 worth!


On Sunday morning before church, we stopped at Trader Joe's for some snacks and flowers.


We had tacos with Steve's brother & family on Sunday afternoon, and I brought Shay's Key Lime Pie bars. They were yummy!


We also had  Pink Unicorn flavored ice cream, whatever that is ;)


The boys in their Sunday best. Love them so much!

xo
Rachel


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