Monday, July 20, 2015

One Liners

Here's what we've been up to since the move.  

 Our first breakfast in St Louis: Bread Co (that's what they call it here) with a DRIVE THRU.

 Supervising the moving crew.  Not pictured: the Anna dress that sings the first line of First Time in Forever, which was played on repeat for the first hour of unloading.  You're welcome, moving crew.

 Lakin and Ben's happy place; bath time never looked this luxurious.

 She's got a drool situation.

 I spy a boy who needs a haircut!

 Costco restock with the whole family; thankfully this warehouse wonderland is a quick hop onto the highway from our home.

 We wondered if we could live without this horse head statue from Home Goods, I still lose sleep over the fact that we left it on the shelf.

 Chubby baby muggin' with a speckle of avocado on her cheek, I think someone is ready for her solids!

 It was boards study time for Chris and Lakin has been devouring books for the summer reading program - she's got her eyes on the prize, a new book for completing her book list!

 Jule Bear being accessorized by the sibs.

 Just a little pattern to kick off her Saturday morning.  Sister picked out this gem of an outfit.

 World's tiniest slip and slide was HOURS of entertainment for the fourth of July crew.

 After an epic fit, one must take a monster nap.

 We ran to Home Goods again (there are TWO within ten minutes of our house, hold me!) during nap time and I stopped the car to find Lakin snoozing mid-read.

Using a food processor to shred cheese and literally changing my life!  Thank you Thriving Home Blog and Erica for the tip and processor, my arm muscles thank you.

 Casually approaching the potty training situation, like real casual.  Bennett sits on the potty and expects it to do the work.  "This potty is broken, mom, my poop is not coming out." -Ben

 Kayla and Carly and I enjoying Ted Drewes after a dinner out with our husbands.  Let's all take a second to enjoy the photo bomber behind my head.

 Ben has a buddy!  He and Abe were grooving to the live music at the food trucks last week.  These boys love dancing and hitting things with sticks.

 Kristen and Kim came through St Louis and stopped for a visit.  The kids wanted to keep Kim and I think the feelings were mutual.  She graciously played with them, took a tour of their room and read countless books with them while Kristen and I caught up.

 Kristen and Sarah (and new baby, Olivia) after we visited.  Bennett photo bombed this one hard.

 Bennett at the "sprinkle pad."

 Lakin's diligence to wearing her swimsuit under her cloths finally paid off, the park we visited last Saturday had a splash pad and she was READY.

 Sneaky peek at the kids' new room color.  Maybe the dark color will encourage them to sleep in past 6 AM...

 We joined the Lodge in Des Peres and have been taking full advantage of their outdoor pool.

 Just sassing in her unitard, NBD.

 Julia in a sleep sack = heart explosion.

 Books, books, books.  Been to the library twice a week to keep up with this girl.

 Two goals we're working on with the kids by using bribery and behavior charts.

Sweating in the stroller because, humidity.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Besties and Babies

Fourth of July weekend we had some visitors in town.  Bonnie brought her boys for the fourth and Adam and Mary Kate brought baby Wilson for all of us to meet.  This weekend is one of the reasons we were so exited to return to Missouri.  So good to be with our friends.  Weekends like this will be a regular and easy thing!  




 All the momma laps were full.  There were five moms and eleven kids.  Can I tell you how amazing it is to watch your children befriend your friends' kids?  It was noisy, messy and so good for my soul to be with these families.

This series cracked me up.  The older kids were watching a little TV.  The expression on all their faces is identical.  Zombies.  Every last one of them.




Mary Kate and Wilson!  Mary Kate is such a wonderful and patient mother.  Baby Wilson was barely a month old and traveled like a champ.  This little guy shares a birthday with Chris.  Welcome to the club, MK.  You will never enjoy a hot meal again, at least not for a few years.  


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Julia {five months}

This update is long overdue.  In fact, it's almost time to take photos and write her six month update, but can we all take a moment and marvel in the fact that I have THREE children and we've gotten through 5 months of updates?




Five months was a big one for our little lady.  She sprouted two teeth (the bottom middle ones) and has been rolling like a mad woman.  Never a complete roll.  Just from back to belly.  Then anger and frustration.  And rinse and repeat.


She decided to ditch the whole sleeping through the night gig, who needs that anyway, right?  The last couple of weeks she's been up twice in the night looking for a little milk to ease her back in to slumberland and then she sleeps the morning away like a teenager on summer vacation.

We've been using her high chair to corral her while cooking and eating and she loves playing with various toys we put on the tray for her.  Best game ever is to push them over the edge and then break out in hysterics because they are gone from her view.  Julia's main goal right now is to get that mysterious ball stuck inside a larger ball out and into her mouth.  I don't know how to gently break the news to her that it ain't happening.  Since this game keeps her happy and occupied I guess it's best to let her continue to use her tongue to attempt to free it from it's cage.

Since moving to St Louis she's been doing all kinds of fun adventures.  She's content to hang out in the ergo while her brother and sister play and explore and she's been sweating her way through the humid Missouri summer.  The only thing hotter than Julia on a summer day is the mother who is wearing her in a thickly padded baby carrier strapped to her chest.  #motherslove

She giggles and squeals when her brother and sister play with her.  Bennett still brings a certain fear to her eyes but she's getting used to his ways of love.

We head to the beach tomorrow and I cannot wait to squeeze her delicious thighs into all the adorable baby swimsuits she owns.  I'll snap a few photos for sharing, I promise.







Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leaving Rochester: An Exodus Story

Well, we're in St. Louis and have been for two weeks now.  I have finally been able to slow down and take a breath.  Our final month in Rochester was eventful, crazy and nomadic.  And moving to a new state and home with three small people has been a teensy bit of work too.  I apologize for the lack of update, but you know, we were in the thick of it.

So let's rewind back to the month of June.  We spent all of June moving.  We moved out of our house at the end of May.  I then packed up our small army and we vacationed to Seattle.  Erica and Christopher graciously took us in during the transition and in return we watched their sweet kids for a week while they were in France. So began a week of home bound with 5 under five.




We started the week off strong with some homemade slime.  By Friday it was all I could do to not turn on the television for the third time in a day.  Steam lost.


Annabelle and Bennett both took Julia in as their own.  She was easily the most loved babe that week.


After a night of separate bed times and individual stories I wised up and began doing one massive before bed reading.


I laugh, this is the one time I ventured out with the kids and took them to "Castle Park" and the girls sat in the stroller the whole time we were there to play.  Forget the swings, slide and sandbox, this stroller was apparently where it was at.  



Queen Julia was decked from head to toe with Royal adornment more times than I could count.


Evidence that we got out, thanks to the help of Casey.  That's a whole lotta kids!


Annabelle and Lakin basically spent the week changing outfits.  If it wasn't dress up, they were trying on many different ensembles from Annabelle's closet.


Mister Bennett Camp, Bennett Jaeger's best friend and sword fighting buddy.



The Bennetts came clunking down the stairs, each having found some racy high heels from Erica's closet.  Of course I took a photo for memory's sake.


Julia rolled over for the first time.  I did not witness the roll but only its aftermath.  She was pretty ticked about the whole thing.


Here proof that she recovers fast.  Julia is always one snuggle way from a smile.

Our final week in Rochester we lived with Brandon and Chelsey Huffman.  Brandon lived with us for a month this year while he did a rotation at Mayo and Chelsey and I led Young Life together in college.  They just matched and moved to Rochester and we asked if they could take us in for a week while we finished out our time in Rochester.


I took the kids to the RAC pool a few more times.  I miss this pool and the RAC in general.  So many fun memories from this summer and last.








Julia suffered the most from our month of bouncing.  It was a ton of work making sure we had everything we needed and moving all our stuff from house to house.  Throw in a marathon for Chris in Duluth (in which I completely forgot to pack any clothes for Julia because #thirdchild) and I'd hit my pack mule max.  I hope to never pack another suitcase again, unless I'm packing for a tropical location, in which I might be able to muster the strength to throw a few items in...

All this to say, I'm using this as an excuse that more than once I was without back up outfits for the Jule Bear when she blew through her clothes.  When you poop all over your clothes you just might find yourself riding in a diaper for the rest of the day.


We said goodbye, for now, to our favorite Rochesterite,  Miss Cathy.  We're already counting down the days until she visits in October.


Cathy sent Lakin on her way with this light up, singing, Anna dress.  Early birthday present.  It has serenaded many movers, all our guests to the new house and her family many times.


We got to celebrate Brandon's birthday that last week.  Which really meant we blew out his birthday candles and ate all his cake.



And we saw our neighbors, Adam and Jess, and their girls, Audrey and Cora, one last time.


We had a final breakfast with my Urology wives.  Not pictured, Casey and Sara.  My heart misses them as I type.


We drove out of town Friday when Chris finished work and made it to our new home around midnight.  More photos to come of our new place and move.  Stay tuned.