Friday, July 31, 2009

I LOVE this guy!

While many of you visit our blog to see the plethora of adorable pictures of Kylie, I decided that I should post more about us as a family. I hardly ever post anything about Josh but lately I have just been feeling SO grateful for him. He has been in D.C. three different times for work, and he's finally coming home tonight. Of course I appreciate his help with parenting and household responsibilities, but most of all I missed my friend. I married my best friend and I just couldn't be happier. He's such a wonderful person who is so full of life. I appreciate that he's willing to work so hard to support his family. Perhaps the quality that I admire most in him is his ability to recognize the needs of others and serve them. He is so service-oriented and it comes so naturally to him. I'm glad he chose me :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Do you ever have days like these?

Today was definitely one of those days for me. Being a stay-at-home mom is much more challenging than I ever anticipated. Many of you are probably thinking well, duh! I guess it's just surprising because when I was juggling motherhood, church callings, and school I managed just fine. Now that I have all the time in the world I can't seem to get a grip on things. For the most part I really enjoy being able to stay home and play with Kylie, read books, and just be spontaneous. But is it terrible for me to say that there are moments when I feel bored and unfulfilled?

I need some advice. What do you stay-at-home moms do to keep busy? What do you do to keep you and your kids happy? Any input would be much appreciated!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Today was Kylie's first day of nursery. For the past few weeks (ok, months) I have been both anticipating and dreading this day. I definitely liked the idea of going to church and actually get something out of the meetings rather than hang out in the halls with a fussy toddler, but I was leery about "the drop off."

I am happy to report that she did GREAT!!! It really couldn't have gone any better and I just hope that she will continue to do so well. I dropped her off, made sure that she was playing with a toy, and when her back was turned, I snuck right out. The nursery leader said that she never cried (except when she got caught trying to go up the slide instead of climbing the stairs) and she was genuinely happy there. She played with toys, played well with the kids, ate her snack, colored a picture... *sigh* I'm so proud of her.
She ALWAYS blinks in pictures, but you get the idea-- she looks like a little girl, not a baby! And yes, she is the one who turned on SportsCenter.


It has been so fun to watch Kylie interact with her grandparents, and lately she has had some cute moments with granddad. She has learned everyone's routines, so she knows that granddad is the one who empties the trash and puts a new liner in. Whenever he does that, she HAS to get a Kylie-sized liner and copy everything granddad does.

Kylie seems to laugh more and more, and around this house there is always something to laugh about! Here's another cute little moment that I had to capture. Kylie is pushing buttons on the phone and Granddad is trying to play keep-away.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dance Moves

We have all been trying to figure out why Kylie has grown SO attached to her Uncle Kramer. I think it's because he presents many opportunities for her to explore her true passion: dancing. Who knew that his beat boxing would be so fascinating to an 18-month-old?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Independence Day

This post is obviously coming a little late, but Happy 4th of July! We had a lot of fun spending time with family and friends.

We went to the Grandville parade in the morning. Kylie would "conduct" the music whenever a band would march by.

There were a lot of interesting floats this year. But we live in a country where you are free to express yourself in interesting ways, so... rock on.

I have to admit that I got a little teared up when these marines walked by. We really are so fortunate to live in a free country, freedom that we are able to enjoy because of the price others have willingly paid.

A shout out to my brother, Kyle, who is currently serving in the Air Force over in Afghanistan. We love you!

A Nice Day

The other day, the weather was just perfect so we spent some time together outside. Kylie helped Grandma plant some flowers. She actually didn't do too bad.

Ok, so she's not great at planting flowers, but she knows how to transfer dirt from one place to another pretty well.

Schooling Kramer in basketball :)