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July Recap


Yay! It’s August! Is anyone else as excited about August as I am? Our family, along with my two best friends and their families, will be going on a vacation together this month to the Outer Banks. We’ve been planning this trip since the beginning of this year. So it’s exciting that it’s almost time! Also, please pray for us as we drive the 15.5 hour (one way!) drive with 6 kids! I may be walking home if I lose my sanity haha. I can’t wait to share all of our pictures!

If you’re new around here, each month I like to do a little recap of the month before with pictures from my iPhone. Usually, about half are pictures that have also been posted on Instagram (for family and friends who don’t use the app) and the other half are just photos that didn’t make it to my IG feed, for one reason or another. I usually also post the funny/cute things my kids have said in the past month–but the past couple months have been so crazy that I’ve been totally slacking in that department. So that will be back soon…I promise!

 

July started great. I love pulling out all our red, white, and blue clothes and wearing them as much as possible on the days leading up to the Fourth. I love being festive at all times. It just makes life more fun!

We went to a firework show–which was totally worth it for the funnel cake below and the chilled out Evangeline, resting on the blanket. Oh yeah, and the fireworks were alright too haha.// Also, Clem with her two best friends. I’m so excited to watch these 3 girls grow up together.

As I’ve already shared, as we were enjoying our 4th of July, the evening took a turn when I thought I was miscarrying. In the following week, I was on a roller coaster of emotions. But one of the things that kept me going was the way the kids were able to bring a smile to my face. I’m pretty sure they also drove me crazy more times than I can count. But I just look back at these pictures and I don’t even remember the crazy moments. I remember the smiles and the laughter and the sweet sleeping baby that I snuck pictures of as I walked by her bed.

Thankfully, as you probably already know, the ultrasound showed a healthy baby squirming around. And he/she even waved their little hand at me. I truly don’t feel like I deserve this outcome. But I thank God for the gift that He has given us. The day after my ultrasound was Desmond’s 2nd birthday. And like all Roberts’ birthdays are celebrated, we went out for a donut breakfast. Desmond’s little hand below as I was trying to get a picture of the donut box–totally the cutest thing. He loved every bit of that day…being showered with love and attention from both parents and 5 siblings! It was a hot day so we also took a trip to the very crowded Science Center.//Also below, two very summery photos–the one from National Ice Cream Day when we stayed home and celebrated. And the other filled with pineapples. I don’t know if you can tell but her bow has pineapples. It’s from Purple Rose Bows.

After our pregnancy announcement went viral, I got very discouraged and once again, kind of stopped taking pictures. Or at least, stopped trying to get anything great. But one day Clementine fell asleep standing up and I was so glad I was able to snap a picture really quick before I picked her up. Poor girl was actually sick but it was the cutest thing ever.// Also, that picture of Desmond in Clementine’s bed is one of my favorites! He likes to climb in there in the mornings and pretend to sleep.

How anyone could look through my pictures and think we are living a miserable life with so many kids is something I’ll never understand. I look through my pictures and think about how blessed we are. Even if last night we were so frustrated with them because they were way too wound up at bedtime. I’m so glad I get to call all these children my own.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with us this past month. Lots of ups and downs. Multiple social media breaks. And now tons to catch up with. Now that everything is slowing down, I hope to get back to taking pictures and sharing them! And of course, responding to as many people as I can because I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write to me! I may sound like a broken record but I truly am so thankful for all the encouragement! It encourages me to keep sharing.

One more thing–we have a family vlog that my husband works very hard on!  We’re going to be working on a video to share how the kids feel about a new sibling–but for now, you can watch the Month in a Minute from this past month. And if you don’t want to miss the videos, make sure you follow the link to subscribe!

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June Recap


Hi! Remember me? I took an unexpected break from blogging. I don’t really have much of an excuse besides just the lack of motivation. But I’m back and hopefully won’t be taking that long of a break again anytime soon. Anyway, I never updated my final thoughts on Whole 30, but I’m going to make you wait a little longer before I do. For now, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the month of June.

At the beginning of June we celebrated National Donut Day–or I guess I should say my family celebrated. I suffered in Whole 30 agony as they ate donuts. But leave it to me to still help them celebrate.//We also went to a surprise party that night where Clem’s BFF, Mabel, showed up wearing the same outfit–cutest thing ever.

That face Clem is making in the photo below (with the flower garland)–my favorite! She never fails to bring a smile to my face. That garland is made out of paper. I’m seriously so in love with it. It was made by Paper Kat Designs on etsy.// Also, those little matching outfits that Desmond and Evangeline are wearing are from Thirty Five and Lime. She makes such beautiful clothes for kids.

As I’m looking back on these photos from the past month, I’m reminded how blessed I am. Some people think we’re crazy for having a big family (and they may be right haha) but it is so special to watch their relationships grow. They do drive each other crazy quite a bit, but they’re also each other’s best friends. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

My BFF, Stef, celebrated her 30th birthday in June and her husband was so thoughtful to set up a time for us to surprise her with a girls’ day (along with Maggi, our other BFF.) We started the day at the most sought after location for a girls’ day, a nuclear waste site, of course. We spent the rest of the day hitting up yummy food places and a pretty flower shop in the city before ending the day at our favorite ice cream shop. I was so thankful to have the chance to spend a day with these two, without our kids.

A little bit of summer vibes–complete with a picture from the splash pad that my kids didn’t like. Look how cute that rainbow sprayer is! My kids love splash pads but they were ready to leave within 20 minutes of getting there. Guess which splash pad we WON’T be going back to?//But the picture of Evangeline in the pool is pretty much my favorite. She’s living the life that I want to live.

On the days/weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, we love to include all kinds of red, white, and blue to our wardrobes. The girls are both wearing headbands from Purple Rose Bows (a subscription bow shop.) We have loved all the bows we’ve gotten each month!

All the clementine themed stuff that I’ve gotten for Clem has definitely made me regret not naming our other children after fruit. All the missed photo opportunities with children named things like Kiwi and Melon.

By the time June was over, I had determined that I wasn’t really very interested in doing Month in a Minute anymore. I love having the videos but it was just becoming way too much to remember, which therefore resulted in quality I wasn’t happy with. So I decided to take a break from it again. Don will be continuing (his videos were always better than mine anyway) so I will continue to share those here each month.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I hope to be back to blogging more consistently now. As always, thank you for reading along!