Wednesday, October 3, 2018

september wrap up

Here are some highlights from the month of September:

We kicked off the month with a very special baptism.  Gosh, that seems so long ago.

A friend let me use her sweet, chubby baby as a model to build my portfolio.  I just want to squeeze him!

Jackson finally got to start preschool.  I'd say he was ready :)  Now our MWF mornings are pretty busy as we manage 3 different schedules, but it's worth it.

Summer decided to run for school council representative for 2nd grade, and was elected!  {I didn't even know they had student council in 2nd grade...}.  She wrote a speech and delivered it to her entire class.  Out of 7 candidates, she and her good friend Emma were chosen.  She'll do such a great job spreading joy and positivity to her fellow classmates.

London and I happened upon the coolest park.  It has a nice long paved walking trail, 2 playgrounds, a carousel (!), and mini golf.  To tell you the truth, we had been to this park years ago for a church activity... I just forgot.  So it's practically new to me :) 

Later that week Josh and I took the whole family there.  The kids had a blast.

These dual swings are the best.  London loved it!

We got a new niece/cousin!  Meet Raven Marissa Jefferson, born on September 14th.  I can't wait to snuggle her up in a couple of weeks!

I'm still getting used to my new haircut.  Some days I miss my long hair; other days I feel like a rockstar.  It's kinda fun.

Kylie joined the ASL club at school.  They meet twice a month after school.  Several of her close friends are also in the club, so she's really enjoying it.

Speaking of Kylie, she hasn't hit the teenage years yet but we're getting a preview of what awaits us.  Josh and I have stayed up late with her on several occasions to finish homework that waited until the last minute.  Nothing that a few oreos can't fix...

My friend Kelsey and I ran a 10k together.  If you're not a huge fan of running, I highly recommend running with a friend.  It makes the time go by so much faster!  For some reason, not many runners had supporters along the sidelines.  I was so grateful to see my whole crew cheering me at mile 5.  Even London was clapping!

On a bittersweet note, my dear friend and her family are moving out of state in a few weeks.  I'm SO sad.  As far as girlfriends go, she's my person.  But I'm happy that she's not going too far away!  Another friend of ours threw a farewell party for them and we all had the best time.  We'll miss them!

And that's pretty much what happened in September!

Monday, September 24, 2018

3/4 years old

As Josh would say, she's been out as long as she was in.  Happy 9 months, London!  Here are her stats:

Length: 26 inches (10th percentile)
Weight: 19 pounds 1 ounce (50th percentile)
Head circumference: 43 cm (25th percentile)

The numbers confirm what we already knew: she's a shorty!  She finally has begun to outgrow her 6 month clothes.  The timing is perfect actually because Fall is on its way and we'll need to replace her wardrobe anyway.

She may be short and squishy but she's a determined little thing!  Although she's not officially crawling, she has been experimenting with scooting backwards on her tummy and pushing up on her hands and knees -- quite the workout I'm sure.  When we check on her at bedtime, she's often laying on her tummy and facing the opposite direction we set her down in. 

London has also been working on getting some teeth!  She now has 4 teeth on the bottom and *almost* 2 on the top.  She can certainly handle soft table foods now but seems to prefer the pureed stuff still.  Unless it's Cheerios :)  

She still loves being outside, looking at books, observing her siblings, and toys that make noise.  She has become even more interactive, which has been fun.  She is learning to clap, play peek-a-boo, and shake her head no.

And she LOVES music.

Happy 3/4 birthday, LoLo!

jackson is five!

Wow.  FIVE.  This boy has grown tremendously over the last year, physically and otherwise.  He's tall for his age and is looking more like his dad every day.

Since infancy Jackson has been all boy.  You may remember that he was all about cars for the longest time.  We collected matchbox cars like they were going out of style.  Well now he's moved on to TRAINS.  He had a wooden train track that sat untouched for years but suddenly piqued his interest.  He soon discovered that his allowance of $1 a week could easily buy him Thomas mini trains, and the obsession grew from there.  You can imagine his delight when he opened a birthday package from Josh's parents that contained a whole pack of Thomas minis! 

Since we had family in town for Summer's baptism, we decided to celebrate his birthday a little early.  He was also incredibly excited to open a remote control race car from my parents.  London was just as fascinated!

Rather than telling you 5 things I love about Jackson I thought I'd share a list of some of his favorite things.  This conversation happened one lazy afternoon on the hammock:

Favorite book: Little Critter
Favorite movie: Cars 3
Favorite show: Bubble Guppies
Favorite breakfast: Peanut Butter granola bars
Favorite toy: trains
Favorite color: rainbow
Favorite thing to do outside: lay on the hammock with mom
Favorite thing to do inside: play Candy Land with mom (he's a bit of a mama's boy :)
Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip
Favorite dinner: sausage and potatoes
Favorite super hero: Captain America

We sure love this sweet, independent, rambunctious little boy!!!

summer's baptism weekend

Summer's birthday fell on a Friday, which fed right into Labor Day weekend.  We had a great time celebrating her and her decision to be baptized.

Our neighbors joined us (along with my parents) to open gifts and have cupcakes.  She also got to open the package that Grandma Steorts left for her when she visited back in July.  She made the most beautiful baptism quilt for Summer.  It captures her personality and the beauty of the occasion perfectly.

Later that night, Josh's sister Rachael and her daughter Adaeze arrived from Iowa.  We felt so privileged to have them with us!

Summer has been preparing for her baptism day since she turned 7.  I'm not kidding.  To put it mildly, she was ready.

The room was packed with family and friends.  We are so grateful to have such amazing people in our lives! 

We had a great time having family in town, especially since we don't get to see them as often as we'd like.

A friend had told me about this great little ice cream place.  It was delicious!  Believe it or not, the Lemoreo (lemon oreo) was the biggest hit of the night.  Mmmmmm.

I have a feeling that Summer will always remember her baptism weekend with fondness.  I know I will.

august wrap up

What a month!  School started, we ventured out and about, and Summer had a very special birthday.

We kicked off our month with a lovely trip to Silver Beach.  We love Lake Michigan but it's even better with friends.

We spent as much time outside as we could.  At the beginning of the month our church time changed from 1:00pm to 9:00am.  Although it means early mornings, it also means relaxing afternoons.

The girls went back to school.  It starts the first week of August here!  The day before they went back, I took the kids to Josh's work and we all had breakfast together in the cafeteria.  The food is actually delicious and the kids are always excited to check out his office.

Due to scheduling conflicts I had to miss out on Summer's "Meet the Teacher" night.  My friend texted me this picture that was hanging up outside of the classroom.  I think the kids had to choose a quality they liked about themselves and write about it.  Summer's says:

"I love my mouth.  Without my mouth, I could not speak.  Without my mouth I could not eat, and if I could not eat I would not be alive...and if I was not alive I could not write this for you.
Thank you."

You may have noticed a few spelling errors in her version.  That's normal for a 2nd grader, of course, but part of that is due to her speech.  She now meets with a speech therapist for about 15 minutes once a week to work on certain sounds, particularly S, Z, and TH.  At first she was disappointed that she had to be one of "those kids" (her words), but she instantly perked up when she realized that "those kids" got to have stamps, stickers, and treats.

I've been working on building my portfolio.  Several friends from church were kind of enough to model for me.  I had a blast doing my first-ever maternity session.

When I came home from that shoot, though, I could not stop sneezing.  That happens to me every once in a while, especially as the seasons change.  I met with an allergist and underwent the most cringeworthy testing process.  I was expecting to be lightly scratched with certain allergens.  Nope.  I got poked, over and over and over.  About 75 times on my arms and about 50 times on my back.  Guess what I'm allergic to?


{Insert eye roll here}

Since Jackson wouldn't start preschool until after Labor Day, he and I got to spend some quality time together.  The train table at Barnes & Noble and countless games of Candy Land became his new favorites.

Summer and I went to the Indianapolis Temple and took some pictures to celebrate her upcoming baptism.  I'm not sure if we had more fun taking pictures or eating at Red Robin afterward.  She's such a hoot.

I encountered my first at fault "accident."  I put that word in quotations because when I think of an accident I envision major wreckage or perhaps bodily harm.  Thankfully my situation didn't involve either.  I'm still frustrated it happened because a) I bumped the car next to me as I pulled into a parking space to avoid a car backing into me, and b) I've never had a traffic violation in my life.  I'm grateful that the person I bumped was gracious and understanding.

This girl grew and grew!  She suddenly chunked up (even more) and began outgrowing her clothes.  She is still the sweetest little baby.  We lucked out with her in sooooo many ways.

I got to go to a Greek festival with some friends.  It was my first time ever going to one and it was so fun!  The food, oh my gosh....

In the month of August, London turned 8 months old and Summer turned 8 years old.  They are both such bright spots in our family.

That's pretty much what happened in August!  I'm sure there are a bunch of things that I have already forgotten or don't have pictures for.  'Til next time :)