Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Miss Cece

Happy, happy birthday Miss Cecelia.  I really can't believe that 3 years have came and gone so quickly.     I am so very blessed that almost 13 years into my parenting career I still have a little one to cuddle with and carry on my hip.  Just last week she forced me out of the "hamster wheel" of holiday prep when she was admitted to Childrens Hospital very sick with RSV.  For 3 nights I slept (or didn't sleep) holding her in the hospital bed, loving her, thinking about her, thinking about how precious our girls are and this life I have been given.  Today and always I am so very thankful for this birthday girl.  She has fit in so well to this chaotic, happy family.  Since the day she was born she has let us know that she is our sassy 4th born.  She doesn't have a passive bone in her body and has always held her own as our baby of the family.  This little girl makes us laugh every day and has brought so much joy to our family.  I love you so much Cecelia and our whole family is so excited to spend your birthday with you today.  It is your first day out of "RSV quarantine" and we are going to make it so much fun for you.  An after Christmas birthday can be a bit of a bummer but having your family off and together is pretty special.

Love you to the moon and back.

Photo by Stacey Montgomery photography

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

here we are, on today

I keep trying to keep up with the blog and always get behind but for today I am no caught up.  Things have been busy, but good.  Our Fall has been unbelievably beautiful.  Since we moved from Boston I have longed for the beautiful New England Fall and this year was the first year that it almost seemed close to a New England Fall and I will take it!!!!  We started our heat for the first time today.  Pretty amazing.  Hoping this will help me get out of bed in the morning because I won't freeze.

The girls are keeping busy with fun things.  Sydney painted some fun pen/maker holders.  I think she did a great job.

Tess made her first crepes and they were fabulous.
Miss Gabby and I took a trip to the MOA to spend a gift card that has been burning a hole in her pocket for a long time.
I took a field trip with Gabby's class to Gibb's Farm.  Very cute.

We harvested the rest of the garden.

We tried a new place to eat.  

We survived the election with the realization that no matter what, we are going to be okay.

This little girl got to go along for bridesmaid dress shopping with these 2 special ladies.
She loved this fun time and being a "big girl."

Last but not least we are attempting to become real adults and graduating from our full size bed.  The first mattress we purchased would not fit up our stairs.  Fun times.  The mattress went back and a different one will be delivered on Tuesday.  The saga continues.  Hoping to be sleeping on a new mattress Tuesday evening.  What a Thanksgiving gift!  That is all of our excitement.

Love, Gina

Orchard fun and family party

We had our annual trip to Holmberg Orchard this year and sadly this might be our last year as This Orchard is planning to close after this year.  This is something we all look forward to every year and it is one of my favorite things to do with our family.  I always take too many photos and can't weed them out.  Watching the girls in this environment makes me so happy as I think it reminds me of my childhood.  Life growing up on the farm was so good and left me with so many wonderful memories.  Even though we are not raising our own children on the farm I still hope that they will still have fond memories of doing fun things with Grandpa and Grandma and their cousins in the small town and on the farm.  We can have the best of both worlds, right?  We try at least.  Thank you Mom and Dad for the fun visit.

My Dad wasn't able to ride the hay rack so he opted to take a family photo.  ha.

After a day at the orchard it was party time.  

My Aunt Nancy and Uncle Ron celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and unfortunately I didn't get one photo of the 2 of them.  It was a fun celebration and I am so happy for them, they are a special couple to me and have worked hard in their marriage.  A wonderful example for all of us.  Their children hired a band and our children enjoyed the band immensely.  

Epic Mom fail, I didn't realize she would lose the tights so quickly and didn't bother with bloomers so with her sleek dance moves her diaper was there for all to see.  Classy.  

But honestly, doesn't the big diaper sticking out just make the photos even better?  Cheers to another Mom fail.  Love, Gina