Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kansas City- A Quick But Wonderful Trip

Chris was working and studying this weekend so I took Ben and Lakin to Kansas City to see some friends and spend some time at my parent's house.  They were wonderful travel partners and I'm so glad I was able to make the drive and be with our dear friends.
 Bennett has been more alert this last week and enjoys spending time on his play mat and on the floor looking around.  He was enjoying the morning sun on his new quilt my mom whipped together.

 We put a photo out for him to admire.  He inched his way over to the frame.  He loves his mommy and daddy.
 Lakin practiced her flower girl walk with my mom's flowers.  She starts out slow and then takes off.  There is also a little dance that happens at the end of her imaginary aisle.  Should be quite the show come December- get ready Dave and Jess!
 My dad read his fair share of books with Lakin.  Their favorite read from the weekend was "Are You my Muda (Mother)" read with a New York accent and some ad libbing from my father.
 Mom with the amazing quilt she made for Ben.
 And here is the back of it.

Saturday my best friends from college met up to welcome home our friend, Mary Kate, who has been in Bolivia for the last six months.  It was so good to be together.  There are five of us and six kids.  It was the first time all our kids were able to play together which was pretty hectic but also quite special.
 Here is Peyton (12months) posing for my camera.
 Adelyn (15 months) looking quite adorable.
 Adelyn proving that I am the LAST person in the world without an iPhone.
 Mary Kate loving on baby Bennett (2 weeks).
 Bonnie and Everett (14 months) snacking.
 Miss Lakin (26 months) with the sassy hands on hips.

And of course, we needed to take a group shot of the kids.  There were several takes.
 Adelyn, Lakin, Reece, Peyton, and Everett.  Not pictured: Bennett - he was snuggled up with MK at the moment.

 My mom also made the kids' Halloween costumes.  Lakin decided she would be a pink owl and that her brother would be a green owl.

 Ben was delighted to wear his costume...

My mom is amazing.  Seriously.

Such a good weekend.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

true dat

Lakin: Mom, I want to go to Sunday School.

Me: Do you like going to church?

Lakin: Yes!

Me: What did you learn at church this week?

Lakin: We learned about GOD!

Me: What about Him?

Lakin: That He's pretty cool.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall in Full Swing

Are you ready for a photo dump?  Saturday morning we ventured to the pumpkin patch for some Fall fun.  I adore this time of year.  As my friend, Kristy, would say, "Buckle up."  Bring on the photos.

 Our friends, Bill and Steph, were also at the orchard with their three kids.  Lakin and the girls are checking out the chickens.

 Family photo with Papa and Gigi...nailed it.

 Senior portraits...

Lakin disowned us for this picture.  She had better places to be.

Friday, September 21, 2012

High Five For Friday!

It's Friday, friends!  The weekend is here.  The in laws are in town, and I haven't cooked in days.  Holla!  Yesterday I took a two hour nap and sat and read a magazine cover to cover without interruption.  I'm going to cry when all my wonderful company goes home.

This is my blogging buddy for the morning.

I read him my draft and he makes editing suggestions in the form of dinosaur noises and toots.

My top 5 moments from the last week, in no particular order...

1. These two.
Lakin is now pretty cool with this Bennett character coming into her house.  She's trying to figure out just what he does besides eat and sleep and she's eager to play with him.  When he's in the swing she tries to give him toys.  It's not uncommon to find Bennett in the swing accompanied by Little People, Koosh balls, and with a few stickers covering his sleeper.  Every time he's on his play mat she wants to be right there with him.  It's a bit sensory overload for little man but so sweet for this mom to see the beginnings of a sibling friendship.  Praise the Lord!  I love that she's really in love with her brother and concerned for him all day long.  She's liking being a "little mommy."

2. Lakin's transition into "Big Sister"

My Aunt Cindy, my dad's oldest sister, sent a little package for the kids.  Bennett received a sweet stuffed monkey and Lakin, this cute purse.  Along with the purse was a one dollar bill and this note:

Dear Lakin: I am sending you a small token to acknowledge your promotion from First Daughter to Most Senior Sibling.  This carries more responsibility so I sent you a little walking around money for incidentals.  I am aware of your situation.  I too am a first daughter- if at first you find your underling distasteful remember they get better.  Try to enjoy him- and be grateful that your parents gave you a brother- he probably won't ask to borrow your clothes.  I love you very, very much.  -Aunt Cindy and Uncle Michael

Lakin and her purse have been a hit.  Thanks, Cindy!

3. Bennett began his modeling career.
Monday was Ben's newborn session with Midwest LifeShots Photography.  He slept like a champ and I'm so excited to see what we got.  Kadi and Jen are amazing- I am always in awe of their mad skills with babies when I sit in on a newborn session.  These photos were stolen from Kadi's tumblr.

4. I am not wearing a single maternity item today.  Hello old clothes, I've missed you.  I can't wait to do a little wardrobe revamping and just in time for all the cozy Fall fashions.  Being pregnant is  great, but after ten months of pregnancy, being not pregnant is AMAZING.

5. We've had tons of visitors and lots of love from our friends this week and last.
 I love this picture of Ben and my mom.  This was taken right before they headed back home.  He was giving his grandma some extra loving.
Cathy came over to play Tuesday and Lakin was delighted for some time with her Cathy.  We've had visitors almost every day and cards and gifts coming through the mail.  Man, we feel loved and blessed by this wonderful community here in Rochester and beyond.