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April Recap

Looking through all my April pictures really has me missing the warm, DRY days. Missouri has so much flooding right now. So on this chilly, rainy day, it’s the perfect time to recap April and dream of the nice weather returning!

Sometimes I try to get a picture and can’t decide which one is my favorite. Usually I pick one and the others never get any love. And sometimes I make a collage of some of my favorites.

And usually I have to work really hard to keep Desmond from photobombing the picture haha. Speaking of Desmond, his favorite thing to do right now is to stand at the window and point out every bird or car that he sees.

Spring is my favorite (probably because I don’t suffer with allergies) and I really have been loving getting out of the house with all the kids. I know I’ve mentioned this before but it’s just become such a breeze to get out with the whole family. I used to feel frazzled, frantically counting children in busy places. But I feel like we’ve finally found our groove. I’m already looking forward to getting out next weekend!

These lemon pictures were taken for a company that ended up using a different picture of mine but I couldn’t just not post them. Also, I just realized that they aren’t even iphone photos so I kind of cheated.

And of course the Easter bunny ears were worn frequently over the month of April!

Our church has this very hip distressed white wall on the side that has become a favorite spot for taking pictures haha. I love that Clem and her BFF, Mabel, are starting young with their pictures in front of it. Also, I love Mabel’s big personality. It’ll be fun to see how Clem responds to it when she’s a bit older. Mabel always lights up when she sees Clem and it is the sweetest thing in the world.//Also–baby bffs with their mama bffs.

I’m pretty sure I already posted about it here but our front door got a little makeover recently. I asked the kids if they wanted one more picture in front of the teal door before I painted and they ran outside and did this–I love it!//And now I’m loving the pink door!

Clem was outgrowing her bassinet and started rolling over in her swaddle so she was upgraded to a big crib recently and was cut off from swaddling. She is doing great! And now I stop to take a picture pretty much every time I pass her because there’s no sweeter sight!

In addition to Kai’s birthday at the beginning of April, we celebrated Don’s on the 25th. Our new birthday tradition is going out for donuts! Evangeline’s birthday is on Friday. Since Don works that morning, we may need to have a backup plan. But you better believe that plan will involve donuts!


And if you don’t get Clem’s letterboard reference, I don’t know if we can be friends. Just kidding 😉 Don didn’t understand it either. Just look up Justin Timberlake and “it’s gonna be May” and you can join in on the inside joke. But you better be prepared to enjoy the joke next year!

I’ll leave you with Kids Say and our Month in a Minute videos. If you only have time to watch one, I would definitely recommend Don’s because his is always much better haha. I hope you have a great week, without any flooding!

 

The balloon guy at Culver’s, making conversation with Liam…
Balloon guy–“So who brought you here?”
Liam–“God.”

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Liam–“Today I washed out my toothbrush with flamin’ hot water.”

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Liam–“mommy, can I ask you a question.”
Me–“yeah, what is it?”
Liam–“if there was a guy in town who was like the best at juggling..and then another guy who is also good at juggling comes to that town, is it good or bad if you say that the first guy is still better at juggling.”
Me–“well, that wouldn’t be very kind to say that to someone.”
Liam–“I know. I just mean is it okay to think that?”
Me–“yeah, that’s fine if you think that.”

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While it was raining–
Evangeline–“Look! The windows are drooling!”

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Kingston–“Mommy, when I touch my boo boo it feels like a pokey-pine. It feels like it shots me.”

 

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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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Spring is here!!

Finally!! My favorite season. I always say it’s my reward for surviving winter (my least favorite season.) And I feel like it’s especially true this year. I think I’ve mentioned this before but we have had back to back sicknesses since the last week of 2016. 3 solid months of having sickness in our house, with only a few breaks (each break only lasting a week, at most.) We have been fever free for one week now! And I’m just hoping that the way I’m feeling right now doesn’t lead to another sickness because I will probably cry.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop over here and just give a little update on our lives because I haven’t had too much of a chance (or the energy/motivation) to keep up with my blog lately. Last week, on the first day of spring, (when these pictures were taken) we had a beautiful 86 degree day! Last year at this time I was pregnant and we really didn’t spend too much time outdoors. But this year will be different. We try to get out there as much as we can. We live on a pretty quiet street. So even though we don’t have much of a backyard, we spend quite a bit of time in the front yard and taking walks up and down the sidewalks. Everyone is much happier and kinder to one another when we aren’t stuck inside. And I’m less stressed because I don’t see messes that need to be cleaned up 😉

Clementine gets so much attention in our family. Everyone is obsessed with her. It’s so special to watch each of their relationships with her. It makes me wonder if they’ll always treat her this way. For the most part, the boys still treat Evangeline like royalty so I’m hoping the same will be true for Clem.

These smiles!! Every time I set the camera down, someone else would ask me to take a picture of them…just because they thought it was hilarious to smile every time I said “don’t smile.” I always have mixed feelings about that little game because I wonder if they’ll start to think they can turn disobeying into a game. But so far they’ve figured out when it’s “okay” to disobey and when it’s not. And I end up with these beautiful smiles. So I think i’m okay with it for now.

Kai had a fever this day and started dealing with daily headaches for a while too. He would complain about it being too bright. Of course my brain has two settings. 1) way too laid back. 2) panic and google every symptom. In this situation, I started to panic. With my history, my brain always makes me assume cancer. Thankfully that worry slipped away as soon as it came into my mind. I also worried about migraines or the need for glasses, but thankfully it must have been some weird little virus because after one week, the headaches stopped!

Clem’s obsession—grabbing onto her feet! It’s totally adorable! And because I’ve been asked before, her bracelet was a gift from my mother-in-law from June and Penny

Also, this camera? It’s one of the kids’ favorites! I had a blog post in mind to share some of their (well, mainly Clementine’s) favorite toys right now. But sick kids have prevailed lately. The blog post was going to be “Clementine’s favorite toys at 5 months.” She will be 6 months old next Tuesday. So I’ll have to rename the blog post but she still has the same “favorite toys.” So it works 😉

We have been coming up with some scavenger hunts to do along our walks. Nothing that creative. But if anyone has some fun outdoor spring activities to suggest (that don’t require a lot of prep or money) send them my way because I trust my readers more than a pinterest board!

Also!! We entered a video contest to win $10k. The top 10 videos will go to the judges who will decide who the winner is. Thank you to everyone who has already voted for us or shared our video. This would be an amazing blessing for our family to win. You do have to have a facebook account to enter but voting only takes like 30 seconds and you don’t have to register for anything!

Vote HERE!!!

So anyway, that sums up what has been going on with us! Now that spring is here, I hope to have a lot more to add to this space and hopefully Don
can get back to vlogging. Here’s his most recent upload for anyone interested. Thank you for reading along!!