Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer days

Summer is my favorite season, hands down. There is so much beauty to be found outside - everything is growing and green and blooming. And the boys just seem HAPPIER. Everyone is happier.

The boys' spring soccer season wrapped up the first week of June. Nolan was on a team with his cousin, and Ephraim played on a team with all new kids. They both had a lot of fun!

Sleeping through all the games!

Taking a nap on me after her first big morning at church!

My favorite view :)

Of the three boys, Nolan is the most interested in her! He's a big help to me.

Banana bread mornings.

When the weather is warm, all we can think about is ice cream!

Memorial Day in her patriotic colors!

When I first started my blog when Nolan was a baby, I got connected with Hannah who lives in Texas. She, too, was blogging about life with her little son. Hannah and her family came through Indy this summer, and we got to meet for the first time! Now, we both have baby girls! :) We had a really nice time at the Children's Museum!

The boys were pumped to see the Paw Patrol exhibit!

Little lemon girl.

I transplanted a peony bush last summer, but it didn't grow much this year, so I bought these beauties from Trader Joe's.

ONE MONTH OLD. At the doctor, she weighed 9lbs 4 oz - a big gain from her 6lbs 11 oz at birth! I was induced because the doctor thought she might be too tiny, and after one month, she was in the 50th percentile!

Junia's first time at the strawberry fields!

The strawberry season is quite short, so I'm glad we were able to pick this year! We came home with several delicious pounds that were gone in just a few days :)

 In June, the sun was staying up until almost 10, so we had plenty of late nights with boys who "couldn't fall asleep"!

Father's Day with the best of them!

 We learned to make s'mores in the broiler to get that perfectly browned top :) 

We went to Midsommar at the Swedish club, danced around the Maypole for the first time, and ate our fill of sweet desserts.

Tiny Cubs fan!


These photos of the boys holding her are such treasures to me!

 Some days (most days), we just have to get outside and walk around the block!

We spent two weeks of June with a lingering virus of the sore throat/pink eye variety. . . thankfully Junia never got sick (yay breastmilk!) I was disappointed about being sick during my favorite month of the year, but excited to get on with the rest of our summer!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

May girl

I love the newborn days when babies are in a constant cycle of eating and falling asleep in your arms. Junia's newborn days were very sweet. She was so tiny at six pounds that she barely fit into her newborn size clothes. The boys would argue over who got to hold her, and we all just soaked up how beautiful she was.

See how baggy these newborn jammies were? :)

This was her brothers' blue sleeper (the first baby item I ever bought!), so it was fun to see her wear it. She definitely looks like a mix of all three boys.

I love this photo so much!

Right after Junia was born, our little crabapple tree was in full white bloom, and I found a robin's nest in it! These eggs were gorgeous, but unfortunately, they didn't make it. :(

Our friends Ann & Tim bought us a onesie with Junia's birthday on it - May the 4th be with you!

My tip for nursing in the middle of the night? - Always have a granola bar or sweet snack ready at the side of the bed. It really helps me wake up, and gives me something to look forward to.

My four sweethearts!

This was Junia's first time at the boys' soccer games! She is going to be watching plenty of games in the next few years!

Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle David, and Abby came out for a weekend to meet the baby and spend time with the other six grandkids!

Kayla and Uncle Josh came out from Pittsburgh, too!

Nolan made Junia a headband out of purple pipecleaners and glitter foam. He was so proud of it, and she does look extra adorable here. ;)

Cousin love!

We haven't had a tiny baby in the summer before, so it's fun that she gets to wear all the cute dresses and rompers. And she can be outside without socks, shoes, a hat, or a coat!

She definitely has the best hair out of all four babies! 

We love you, our little May flower!


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