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May Recap

Excuse my grandmotherly ways as I exclaim “Oh my, I can’t believe it’s June!” I mean, I feel the same shock every time another month passes so you’d think I’d be used to it. Is this shock going to continue for the rest of my life?

Also, today is National Donut Day–which I normally go crazy over. I can tell you that it’s not quite as thrilling when you’re 22 days into Whole 30. I still let my children celebrate like the festive mother I am. But I’ll rehash that in next month’s post (sorry for SUCH a cliff hanger.)

Back to the real reason for this post–my May recap…featuring a new crib sheet from this adorable shop, lots of new swimwear for Evangeline from Stella Cove, and the most adorable Jedi baby.

These group shots from the abandoned church that we saw a few weeks back are just some of my favorites! (and I just realized that I say that about almost every group shot.)

I’m not sure if I already shared on my blog, but on May 11th, I celebrated 13 years being cancer free. It also happened to fall on the same day that Don had a work meeting out in the city. We ended up dropping him off and finding Turtle Park, which I’ve driven by hundreds of times but have never actually visited. And just as it sounds, it was a park…with turtles. That’s all it was. Big turtle statues. But the kids absolutely loved it and were very sad that we didn’t get to stay long. Their sadness quickly faded because we went to our absolute favorite ice cream shop, Ice’s, to celebrate my health! It was also my last hurrah before I started Whole 30 the next morning.//Also, Clem channeling her inner Mr. T vibes. If you haven’t seen his music video, it is a must.

The best thing about having a big family is all of the relationships. They genuinely love spending time with each other. It is so special to watch their friendships. We are so blessed.// And Clem in her milk bath–totally giving me all kinds of sass in the most adorable way.

Sister pictures are my favorite thing ever (for some reason, the boys don’t get into the brother pictures quite as much 😉 ) They have their own sister hashtag on my Instagram–#sweetestsisterfriends. Also, in case you aren’t on Instagram but still are interested in what I share there, you can always view the web version that I linked or if you are looking from a desktop/laptop, you can see the most recent IG pictures across the bottom of my blog.

She’s only 2 days away from turning 8 months old. Cue the tears. Yesterday I was watching a video of her from when she was just hours old and it made me want to rewind time like crazy. But I am so enjoying the sweet stage she’s in right now.

This picture of Evangeline and Desmond may be my favorite thing ever–partly because I just wasn’t expecting her to come alongside him and put her arm around him.//Also, the picture of Mabel and Clem is another favorite. BFFs, just like their mommas.

I was really bad about getting my Month in a Minute clips this month. I guess just the busyness of life had me forgetting most day so I ended up using my phone instead of the DSLR on a lot of days. Don’s video, however, turned out much better than mine (like always.) If you haven’t already subscribed to our family vlog (Don’s channel,) please do! We need enough subscribers to create a custom URL and we still need quite a few more. Don works very hard on each video (usually taking weeks to complete each one in his free time) so I can guarantee they are very well made.

(my video on top, his on the bottom. As always, if you only have time/patience to watch one of these 1 minute videos, I recommend Don’s .)

And the best way to end the recap–with some Kids Say.
Have a happy weekend and go eat a donut (or two) for me!

As we pulled up to the strawberry fields and saw a donkey..
Evangeline–“Hey look! It’s an elephant.”

The kids were talking about time and AM/PM.
Me–“12pm is when we eat lunch.”
Kingston–**excitedly “is it 12pm right now?!”
Me–“No. It’s past that. We just ate lunch.”
Kingston–**disappointed “Oh. I forget things sometimes.”

Evangeline and Desmond had blankets tied around their necks, like capes, and she was trying to state that they matched.
Evangeline–“Look Desmond, it’s like we’re married together.”

Kai and Kingston kept saying that person mowing the lawn next door was a girl because they had long hair. Liam, fed up with them debating it, finally yelled “He has a beard!”

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March Recap

The past few days have been a bit crazy–more sickness and then Kai’s birthday–so I’m a little behind with the March recap. BUT! I have a few entries for Kids Say this month! So those will be at the end of the post. So without further ado, here’s the recap for March…starting with some iphone photos!

These kids–they’re the cutest, I tell you! But if they could just stop passing germs back and forth, I’d really appreciate it, ya know?

This picture of Evangeline reminds me of a Glamour Shots photo haha. Raise your hand if you ever had Glamour Shots taken **hand raised–yep, #noregrets//The two bottom photos on this set pretty much sum up most of March–sickness and sleeping.

These pictures below were all taken on the same day. Clem’s fever shot up to 104.7 on a Saturday night and she was not on our insurance at that point. So I frantically texted my nurse friend to figure out what I should do. Ultimately I decided to stay home and wait it out because she was eating well and wasn’t dehydrated so I didn’t feel like the hospital could really do anything except for charge us thousands of dollars for sitting in a room. Thankfully her fever went down the next day. But I did take advantage of her sickness by getting some pictures of her while she was sleeping unswaddled. She’s officially 6 months old now and still will only sleep if she’s swaddled up–unless shes very sick, of course.

While we were battling the flu, we also were trying to make a video for the beddy’s contest (voting ends tonight at midnight!) Only the top 10 will move on for judging and unfortunately, I don’t think ours will make it 🙁 I am pretty positive that people are buying votes (did you even know that was a real thing?! I didn’t find out until yesterday!) But the contest hosts aren’t really doing much to stop it. I have to be real with you, after they told me that they couldn’t do much about it, I briefly considered buying votes to give us a chance. I know–that’s horrible. But I realized that just because other people were getting away with cheating, it didn’t make it right for me to cheat as well. I’m kind of nervous just admitting that here–my sinful, tempted-to-cheat thoughts–but I’m just trying to be real with you. I’m just an ordinary person, with faults, like everyone else. Anyway, after that long paragraph–if you would like to vote for us and share it with your friends, we’d really appreciate it!

Oh, and that ^^^chubby baby in the sink with our new Tubby Todd in a huge pump bottle!! It makes bath time sooo much easier now. (I feel like I always have to follow up with “**not an ad” after a post like this but it really has been so helpful!

The many faces of Clem. Her smiles are the most contagious thing ever!!

So, a little story–I keep going back and forth with wanting bangs/afraid to get them. So I bought a $5 clip in set from ebay. I kept laughing at myself because I feel like they make me look like the female member of The Beatles. But Clem rocked them, for sure!//and that bottom right picture–Desmond found the steamer and was cuddling with it and we couldn’t stop laughing. I’m so glad I was able to capture a picture.

Even though I’ve been discouraged a bit with our never-ending sickness, I can’t help but be so thankful that these sicknesses are just little sicknesses. We landed in the doctor’s office a few times this month but we were sent home with nothing much to worry about. My dear friend, Rose, is sitting in the hospital right now with her 3 month old baby, who has Trisomy 18 and is currently battling for her life with RSV. To babies with T18, even a tiny little cold can be fatal. I can’t imagine being in Rose’s place right now. So if you could pray for her and her precious baby, I would so appreciate it. You can also follow along with her journey on her Loving Lavender Facebook page.

A couple weeks ago we were able to celebrate at my Grandma’s house for her 86th birthday! I’m always amazed by that woman and the energy she has. And her house/property is one of my very favorite places.


I apologize for being long winded today! So much going on in my mind right now. Anyway, if you have a minute (or two 😉 ) here are mine and Don’s videos for March. And below, a few quotes from my kids from March. I REALLY hope to get back to blogging more regularly–I have lots to share.  But I always say that–so we’ll see.

I hope you’re having a great week!

Kids Say

As Don unswaddled Clementine…
Don–“Are you free now?”
Evangeline–“No, she’s zero!”

 

Kingston–“Is it snack time?”
Me–“Yeah, you need to have something healthy for a snack.”
Kingston–“So, like, can we have another piece of chocolate?”

 

Liam–“All of the Lovings have had their arms fall off before!”
Don–“You mean they broke their arms?”
Liam–“Ohhh…yeah.”

 

I took Evangeline’s temperature and it was 101.1°. When she saw the thermometer light up red, she got excited and threw her fists in the air and said “yes! I have a ‘Justin Bieber!'” (She meant fever–not sure how she got that wrong)

 

Me–“Are you allergic to donuts?”
Kingston–“No. I’m not allergic to anything…except everything that I don’t like.”

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January Recap

Happy February! I’ve been a little MIA around here because our 2017 got off to a rough start. Every couple of days, it seems like someone else is puking. Desmond was hopefully the last one to get it–he was sick yesterday. Clem is the only one who didn’t officially get any kind of bug!! Anyway, we did have a lot of good moments that were mixed in with the sick days so I’m recapping our January without the puke…you can thank me later.

First up, our month in a minute videos-

mine:

and Don’s:

And January’s iphone photos–some from my instagram and some just treasures from my camera roll…

 

Our first snow day of 2017 and Clem’s first experience with the snow. Nothing beats that defeated look on her face. That picture has given me tons of laughs over the past month.

And of course, nothing says “you live in the midwest” like a 70 degree park day the week after an ice storm.

Clem got to spend the day with 2 of her baby best friends. They are such a cute trio!

Love these two girls and their personalities! We had another 70 degree day which apparently meant it was time for swim wear haha

The sea lion tunnel at the zoo is one of our favorite places when we go. The sea lions were so playful that day and kept coming over to the kids to interact with them. If you know anything about me, you know I am totally not an animal lover. But these guys are okay in my book.

Also, hippos. And a baby girl who look like a real life doll. This bonnet is from Yarn Republic, the same place where I got the Santa bonnet. Obviously we are a bit obsessed with it.

I posted the picture (below) of Desmond on instagram and captioned it with a few facts about him that I feel like I need to share here–This kid: takes 5-6 hour naps every day//legit eats more food than I do in a sitting//loves to whip nae nae//smothers everyone with kisses, all day, every day (especially his baby sister!) He can be a lot of work some days but we love this kid. He is hilarious and so much fun when he isn’t hangry.

Yesterday I took the 3 big boys to the dentist for their cleanings (where I learned that, while none of them have cavities, all 3 of them have jaws that are forming incorrectly and will definitely require braces if we don’t take steps to correct it now $$$$$$$) Afterwards, we picked up Evangeline and ran a few errands and stopped to get frozen custard from Culver’s (a treat from their dentist for being cavity free!) A few short years ago, taking 4 kids in public by myself was overwhelming. Yesterday it felt like such a breeze! Whether you have 2 kids or 10 kids, when you are able to go out with even one less kid, it always feels like such a huge difference!

 

I don’t have a ton of entries for Kids Say this month but I finally do have a few things!

When talking about what they wanted for Christmas, Kai said he wanted pig underwear for him and Evangeline so they could have matching underwear.

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Kingston–“Wake up…go potty…take a drink…go potty…feeling better!”

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Kai thought the Beatles’ lyrics that say “and I do appreciate you being ’round” actually said “and I do appreciate you being brown.”

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Don–“Evangeline was walking around and kissing that potato.”

Evangeline–“No I wasn’t!!” I was just learning about it with my mouth.”

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Kai–“It’s a good thing Clementine eats from a bottle now and not from you…so she won’t think you’re a cow.”

(Haha not how we feel about breastfeeding but I thought that was so funny.)

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Liam–“I had a nightmare that I actually enjoyed.”

Me–“Ummmm….what?”

Liam–“Our house was on fire and we were trying to get out but our stairs were really weird.”

(On multiple occasions, I wish I could use emojis in my posts to emphasize my feelings about stuff. This statement would be one of those occasions. What a creepy thing to say!)

If you made it all the way through this post, I applaud you! Thanks for reading! Have a good day!