May Madness

Sheesh. Where does the time go? I am in denial that the baby I "just" gave birth to is now 8 months old! So, because we all survived May and lived to tell about it, here are some pictures to prove it!

Here is Julia's famous silly smile that she mastered during the month of May:

The older girls were in a play at school... they were rats.

Kailyn's orchestra concert:

My Spring/End of Year piano recital:

Three sisters who love each other an awful lot:

Look who turned 8 MONTHS OLD!

Kailyn wanted to be baptized after reading Jesus' commands in the Bible, and after sitting through a 4 week one-on-one with our pastor, she was baptized on May 31, 2015!

And this picture I sent out to my church people because I was tired of apologizing for how grumpy Julia can be (at church she is usually very tired and hungry and we are pushing the nap window) and to prove to them that she does indeed know how to smile:

And now we can breathe. School's out and a different type of madness is already here... It starts with an S and ends with UMMER. Enough said.


Easter 2015

Yes, I know- picture overload but we took advantage of baby J's happy disposition that afternoon and I am so glad I have these pictures! It's hard to remember to take pictures of the family and all three girls together in one place, so this was a perfect excuse.

We had a great time celebrating His resurrection with my in-laws who were here for a quick weekend trip! We did do a lame egg hunt indoors since our backyard is so tiny and lacks any sort of dimension.

Hooray for indoor egg hunts!


Mom & Daughter dates

Since baby J was born four months ago, I've been really struggling to have quality time with my older girls (who are 9 & 7). When January rolled in and Steve and I started talking about goals, I thought that I needed to make it a goal to spend quality time with each girl.... As in: write it on the calendar and make it official! So I typed it into my google calendar, making it official looking.
But then I realized that if I am not specific with what we are going to do, then it could very well get put off or excused away to busyness, and I did not want that to happen. So after entering dates (I picked a night/morning the last weekend of every month), I went back and brainstormed fun things to do based on their personalities, likes/dislikes, the weather and a budget... Also needed to be something that was somewhat special.

Anyways, last weekend, I took my oldest daughter out to our first date and it went super. Loved that I didn't have to carry on multiple conversations while trying to communicate... What a concept. Also, she was very excited and really looked forward to our time together which made it even more sweet. I kept what we were doing a surprise until we got in the car and I think she enjoyed the surprise aspect even more than if I had given her a heads up.
I thought another mom might need some similar inspiration or ideas for what to do, which is why I am listing these here. Although if you googled this, I am sure a million ideas would come up, but whatever- this is what I came up with (and if you have any fun ideas for me for next year, leave a comment- I'd love to hear it!).
January (with Kailyn): Ceramic Art Cafe- we painted pottery pieces! & then had some hot chocolate.
February (with L): brunch at the American Girl Cafe (big splurge for us)
March (with K): thrift store shopping where she can buy any 5 items of her choosing (hoping this will facilitate talks about smart money and fashion/modesty)
April (with L) : Barnes & Noble - let her browse and pick out a new book, probably also stop by their cafe to have lunch somewhere. P.S. Does any one else still mourn the loss of all the Borders stores???
May (with K): same as above but with the other girl- both girls are huge readers
June (with L): bike to The Brown Cow (our local ice cream parlor that makes the best ever brownie coconut ice cream!)
July (with K): go see a movie. We hardly ever go to the theatre and the girls have only been ONCE in their lives and that was a few years ago to see the Winnie the Pooh movie. Yup, they're sheltered on this point and I'm ok with that. They don't do well with movies and get too involved with them. So, since my oldest is nine and will be almost ten this summer, I thought it was time to slowly introduce her to the theatre so that she isn't totally unfamiliar with it and looking like a nerd when her friends start wanting her to go to movies with them. That being said, if there isn't a decent movie being shown, we'll have to come up with plan B.
August (with L): visit the local Bead store and make a bracelet/jewelry together, and grab lunch too.
September (with K): Trail ride with horses
October (with L): she gets to pick! (Within reason, of course)
November (with K): she gets to pick!
December (with L): see a showing of The Nutcracker ballet
Any other ideas for me??