This Moment

This was my view from the kitchen this morning while I was busy getting everyone ready for the day. They sat snuggled under blankets while watching Nickelodeon. Beckett usually gets up an hour before Lucy and has his banana while watching Mickey Mouse but today he actually slept in!! 

Little moments like these are the ones I always want to remember. 

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This Moment

I think the terrible twos hit about a week and a half early. This little monkey has been throwing temper tantrums all week long! Is it a boy thing? I don’t remember the girls throwing massive tantrums like this. Well, Chloe did a few times but it was short lived (fingers crossed B gets over it quick, too). Last night when we were leaving the football game Beckett had a full blown meltdown. He didn’t have a nap, it was an hour past his bedtime and it was freezing! As I was walking out an old man laughed and said “boy, you have your hands full (probably also noticing the gaggle of children walking with me). I just smiled,because tantrums don’t really bother me all that much and said to him “better full than empty”. I try not to take any of these fleeting moments for granted. Three years from now both Megan and Chloe will be in college. I’m sure Emma will be out of the house by then too. My house will seem so quiet with only the little ones here. 

I will forever take the temper tantrums over a quiet, boring house! 

As I rocked Beckett to sleep tonight and his little body melted into mine, I sat and listened to him breathe in the quiet. All the tantrums of the day were quickly forgotten and I just thanked God for sending me another sweet little baby so late in life. 

10 Years Ago Today, A Look Back

I honestly can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since Jon and I packed up our first little house and moved up north with our three little girls. It’s amazing all that we’ve been through over these last 10 years, including welcoming two new members into this family. Here’s a look back on some of our memories from the last 10 years (warning, there are a lot of them!)

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The holidays, parties, first days of school, family movie nights, playdates, ice and snow storms that knocked out our power for days, traveling (and living abroad for a little while) long walks through the neighborhood, playing in the yard, rocking babies in the middle of the night quiet, sending kids off to college, helping with homework, bedtime stories, picnics, our thankful tree, family dinners and bringing new babies in the house. Too many moments to list here. It’s all been exciting. My favorite memories are the everyday moments. We are in the middle of “the good old days” right now. Watching this family grow and change has been the greatest joy of my life.

Home is wherever I’m with you.

I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings!

Thankful

Our thankful tree is so full that it fell off the wall today! It’s fun to see all of the things that the girls are thankful for this year. Things like their sisters, their friends, their parents, You tube, candy, sports and their animals. The list is HUGE! Over 100 leaves on the tree this year.

This year, like every year, I am most thankful for the special people in my life.

Like my friends who love my kids and always make a big deal out of them:

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My inlaws who treat me like their daughter:

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My mom and dad, the 9am phone calls are one of my favorite parts of the day.

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They love us more then anything and we can feel it

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I’m thankful everyday that I’m their mother and that I get to stay home with them. There is nothing in the world more important to me then my family. Being able to stay home and take care of them has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.

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I’m thankful that I get to be married to my best friend. I’m thankful for him every day for doing his job, and doing it well. So that I can stay home and raise our girls.

I love you, Jon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful For My Helpers

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and I had a lot that I wanted to get done around here. Image

Starting with something big for Jon. He’s been working so much lately that I wanted to make sure when he gets home this weekend he won’t have to clean up the yard.

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So, the girls and I spent a few hours raking up all the leaves.

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I’m thankful for the help the girls give me around the house when I need it or for watching Lucy whenever I need them to. Like yesterday when I took some time out to go running. I’m thankful that I had another great running partner while Jon was at work. Image

I’m thankful that I had a few minutes of peace yesterday to sit and have some tea (and that these two found me and kept me company)Image

I’m also thankful that these two are getting along:

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Thankful For Sunday Dinners

We’re at a time in our lives where the kids are even busier then we are. Between after school activities, sports, work, drivers ed and hanging out with friends, my kids are always on the go. That’s why I’m so grateful for family dinners. Even though some nights there are only 5 of us (4 or 3 even) I make it a priority to sit down together every night at dinner. Jon has been traveling a lot lately so when he is home we treasure dinner time even more.

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Our thankful tree is growing!! It’s nice to see my girls appreciate even the small things in life and write them down. I hope they always know how blessed they are.

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