25 January 2015

Oh hello there!

It's a funny thing - how life and time have this way of flying right on by.  I never quite understand how it goes so quickly.  There are moments I wish time would go faster and there are moments that I desperately ache for time to slow down.  But always, I get past a certain situation, milestone, place, moment, and wonder how it happened to be over so fast.  

I keep threatening to delete my blog.  I think it's because I feel like I haven't been contributing to it lately.  That it's this wasted space.  That I don't make time to sit down and type the thoughts in my head.  

But I don't really want to delete it.  This blog holds precious, beautiful memories and reminders of where we've been, who we are, what we've done.  There are pictures and updates, stories and adventures - and being able to look back at the past few years that are captured here on the blog is so amazing and special.

I know that right now, my hands are busy and my brain is full of tiny details that keep the days on track, but that won't always be the case.  And I also know that taking the time to post updates and stories, pictures and milestones is so worth it.  I don't scrapbook or document our life in any other way - and this has become such a special journal of our family, as it has grown and changed over the years.  

So, here I am, just saying hello.

Time to dust off the keyboard, fire up my brain, and share our life once again. 

12 January 2015

Emmalee Grace - 2 months

Our Emmalee Grace is now 2 months old.  She weighs almost 13 pounds and is 24.5 inches long. Emma loves "talking"/smiling/laughing at us, eating, and watching the ceiling fan. She is a fantastic sleeper - sleeps an 8-10 hour stretch at night - and naps a few times during the day.  She is still fairly laidback, and is adored by us all.  One year ago, we had no idea she was going to be a part of our lives, and now I can't imagine our family without her.  She is the sweetest addition!

15 December 2014

Life Lately

The last few weeks have been filled with our usual routine: preschool days for L, gymnastics one morning a week, afternoon walks with George (to burn off puppy energy, and to keep me sane in the afternoon hours before dinner!), and many snuggles with baby Emmalee.  They have also been filled with Christmas activities: cookie baking day, putting up decorations, shopping for gifts, and planning some fun things to do in the next few weeks.  We are looking forward to L's Christmas program at preschool, a girl's Tea time, an observation day at gymnastics, wrapping gifts, looking at Christmas lights, and Daddy coming for a visit - he arrives in a week, and we can't wait!  Here are a few photos from the last week: 
morning walks // sweet girl // a boy and his pup
funny Evie // coffee & Christmas lights & movies // sleeping beauty
afternoon snuggles // Sunday morning coffee // cookie baking day
park adventures with my clan // afternoon walks on the adventure trail // smiles!

10 December 2014

Emmalee Grace - 1 month

Our Emmalee Grace is already a month old!  She is such a sweetheart, and is still pretty laidback.  She likes to sleep in, stare at the fan, and be carried around.  She weighs between 10 and 11 pounds now, and is wearing 0-3 and 3 month size clothes.  That's what happens when you have a 9lb 9oz newborn - they don't really ever wear newborn clothes!  She has just started smiling at me in the last few days, and it makes my day every time it happens!  She does not really appreciate bathtime, sleeps 4-6 hour stretches at night, and loves it when her siblings talk to her.  The other day Ezra asked if she would have to go back (where?  I have no idea...) when she was Evie's age.  I think he was making sure we wouldn't "get rid" of Emma - no idea why he asked, but I assured him we wouldn't be sending her back  ever!  I think we all agree she's a definite keeper!

02 December 2014

Newborn snuggles & sentimental moments.

Hello, my name is Kaylee, and I can't stop taking pictures of our sweet new baby - I have way too many sleeping newborn pictures.  But hey - she's only this little once, and so I'll keep snapping away.  I don't want to forget the way her little body squishes into my shoulder, or the way she breathes loudly while she naps, or the way she furrows her little brow when she's awake.  Maybe it's because I know she's the last baby I will birth, or maybe it's the postpartum hormones making me all sappy, but I have been overly sentimental about the little moments, wanting to soak them all up, holding them close to my heart.  

The last few weeks have been good.  It's definitely been an adjustment, as we navigate what it looks like to have 4 kiddos, especially as we live here with my parents and Max is away.  There are so many layers to this transition, and it keeps life around here interesting and full of adventure!  Eliana, Ezra & Evie are doing good.  They are still in love with baby Emmalee.  Ezra adores her, and is constantly wanting to hug and kiss her, or rock her, or help me get things for her.  Evie is very observant when it comes to Emmalee - she always notices fussiness or spit-up, and loves to "help" me change her or dress her.  Eliana is very proud of Emmalee, and loves showing her off to her teachers or people we meet.  She doesn't like to see me change Emmalee - Eliana says it's gross (she's become quite the little dramatic diva!), but she LOVES picking out outfits each day, to dress Emmalee in! 
Emmalee is still pretty laidback, except during bath time or while getting dressed/changed!  She has been sleeping really well - giving me a 4-5 hour stretch each night, and then going back to sleep for a few more hours!  She had her first bath last week, and was not a fan.  She basically cries through the entire bath, until she is dressed and bundled back up!  She has a few times a day where she is awake and alert - and those times have grown a bit over the last few weeks.  It's been fun seeing her wake up a bit more, and watch us more!  I can't wait for some smiles to show up!  She also has a fussy time, usually for an hour or two each evening.  She loves being held and carried, and has been a good car traveler so far.  It's crazy that she is already 3 weeks old - I feel like we were just going to the hospital to be induced, so excited to meet her!  
We were invited to a family friend's house for Thanksgiving, and had a great time.  They love on and spoil my kiddos, who LOVE going over there for dinners!  The day after Thanksgiving, my mom pulled out some Christmas decorations.  I made hot cocoa for the kids, we cranked up the Christmas music, and the house got decorated a bit for the season.  It feels much more festive around here now!  My cousin, Alison, and her husband, Nick, also came to visit over the weekend.  It was so fun having them here.  The kids loved having them here, begging them to play and read books and go to the park.
Max is doing well at school.  He started his second course, and is getting into his routine again.  He will get to come back here in a few weeks, for a short Christmas break.  Then he only has a few months until he is done there!  I am looking forward to being back together as a family, and having our own place again.  It's been such a blessing being here with my parents, and they have been such an unbelievably huge help to me, but it will still be good to have our own space again.  Until then, I am trying my best to soak up these newborn snuggles, appreciate the time we have with my family, and get in the festive Christmas mood - because I know these days will be gone before I know it, and I will miss the little moments that fill them up.