"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Friday, July 3, 2015

Independence From England

This is our 4th of July tradition we innocently started many years ago.  I've gotten more artistic as the years go by.  Looking at my work... I think I might have a career ahead of me by the time all 4 girls are grown!!!!!
We've been having fun with nails this summer a lot.  Here are some more pics:
& one bonus: 


Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's summer time & the weather is hot

Boy it turned from spring to summer and it has gotten HOT around here!  
The kids went to Yellowstone with nana.  Turbo, buttercup, & I went to a birth without fear meet-up.
I held a make&take essential oil class.
Wolfe had her wisdom teeth ripped out.
We had a week of vacation Bible school
and jones & binkles went to church camp.  
Wolfe got her real deal grown up driver's license!
We've had a few trips to the water park.  
We've had fun running through the "sprinkles" (as buttercup calls them).
Cousins came over over for over nighters!
It's hard for me to get anywhere with such a busy schedule.  But I did attend an oils in the garden class.  That was fun!

Friday, June 26, 2015

6 weeks

What a cute dude!!!  

Monday, June 8, 2015

4weeks old

Bubby Turbs is 4 weeks old today.  He has these amazing alert eyes that gaze into your soul.  His hair just keeps tinting orange and even now has me wondering if we'll have another redhead.  His eye brows and eye lashes aren't orange (yet) though...
He's smiling responsively a bit more each day and has let out a coo or two too.  Aw, what a doll!

Turbo is just about adjusted to being alive outside my womb although he still really really loves to touch and smell and be held by me.  And eat.  He loves my food I make for him.  We weighed him this morning and he is exactly 12 pounds 0 ounces.  That means he's gained 2 pounds in 2 weeks because he was still under 10 pounds at his circumcision appointment at 9 days old.  Wowsers!  

We do have another redhead though.  
Danke's parents came in on Saturday.  They met the family last night.  It was great!!!  I'm happy to extend our family with theirs!!!
And we're taking them dirt bike riding this afternoon.  A good event to celebrate Turbo's 4 week-niversary.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2 weeks with Turbo

The biggest adjustment we've all had to make with the sweet little man in our lives, happened last Friday when he got circumcised.  
He went from being an easy going baby that didn't require much (other than a warm blanket and a hot meal every four hours) to a rather fussy baby.  For the past two days his hot meal is required every few minutes from about noon to... Well, tonight it's going on 9:30.  

He's not hungry really.  He just wants his mama and to suck.  I REALLY would like him to find a pacifier... But have yet to find one he doesn't start gagging with.  
I love my son and if this was written before noon each day, you'd hear about his sweet smile and beautiful/handsome features.  He's so precious!!!  Such a charmer....  
He started sleeping better after about two weeks.  He went for 8 hours one night...  

The kids absolutely love him.  Buttercup has nicknamed him with an -ey (or -ie) at the end of his name.  She gets his name right 100% of the time though.  

The rest of them still call him turbo, or -like me- call him his older cousin, Pax (almost 100% of the time).  I'm catching myself now before it comes out, so he won't be little baby pax forever.  It's kinda strange.  
School is starting to wind down.  Most of the schools are getting out for the summer this Friday.  My kids still have another 12 days.  
Danke's german parents are coming on the 6th of June.  They will stay in the U.S. for almost a month seeing what our great state has to offer.  
We will really miss having her in our family.  She has been a big help especially the past few months.  She also is a good friend and example for the youngers.  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Little and big scholars

The first graders celebrated their hall of fame awards and this little smartie did great!
And then later the same night, Wolfe had a presentation.  She did wonderful and then it was followed by another awards ceremony where she won TWO -I repeat T.W.O!- student of the year awards!!!!!!!!!! She won drama and digital photography.
What an exciting day!!!!  And it was turbo's first public appearance: