Saturday, March 24, 2012

What We Do

I promised a "real" update on the family, so here ya go!

Kylie is absolutely loving the warm weather.  We spend quite a lot of time at parks and playgrounds these days, but when we choose to stay home, Kylie will still find her way outside.  She really enjoys all aspects of gardening and I happen to adore that about her. 
Kids tend to go from one stage to the next fairly quickly, but it seems like Kylie just jumped to the next one without any warning.  Suddenly she's big enough to be riding in a booster seat in the car.  Not only that, she can unbuckle herself, open the door, and roll down her own window.
In the event that we can't make it outside, Kylie usually finds something creative to do inside.  One of her favorite things is playing "haircut"...which actually has nothing to do with cutting hair at all.  She finds a willing participant to play with her and dolls them up with chapstick, lip gloss, and hair styling.
It's always fun for me to watch Kylie interact with her peers.  She is great at making friends of all ages no matter where we go.  The other day, her cute little friend from church, Isabella, came over to play and they had the best time together.   
Here they were watching Toy Story 2 and pretending to be scared at the beginning.
Summer is the one that keeps me on my toes, and I'm pretty sure that will be the case for the rest of my life.  If she isn't touching other people's stuff or doing something to bug Kylie or making a mess of some kind... then she just isn't doing her job.  But we sure love her :)
  She's an observant little thing.  It's not unusual to catch her singing a song that she's only heard a few times or grabbing a spoon out of the silverware drawer when I grab a yogurt from the fridge.  It's fun to watch her try to keep up with her older sister :)  Lately she's been more interested in animals, particularly dogs.  Sometimes when I go to get her out of her crib in the morning, she responds to my greeting with a cute little "Woof!" or a series of pants with her tongue hanging out (pictured below).
Josh absolutely loves his job!  He's a hard worker and he stays busy, but for the most part he has an 8:00-5:00 schedule.  We love that his office is right down the street so we can do things like this, spur-of-the-moment...
Josh has also been working very hard at his goal to lose weight... and he's succeeding!  So far he's lost about 25 pounds and has noticed a big difference in how he feels.  He wouldn't let me post any pictures yet, but they will come later.  He enjoys lifting weights and playing basketball, but when he can't hit the gym he's always happy to stay active with the kids.
I (Kourtni) have been staying busy too.  At the beginning of this month I got a job cleaning someone's home one day/week.  Josh's boss allows him to work from home that day, so it's kind of perfect.  I would like to think that cleaning is something I do well, plus it's therapeutic for me, so I really enjoy it.

I am also training for a 25K that will take place in May.  I generally do my workouts early in the morning before the kids wake up, which has actually proven to be an invigorating way to start my day.  This is my first race (besides a 5K I ran for fun in high school) and I'm really excited about it.

I'm even more excited now that I have finally replaced my shoes.  They're older than my children... combined.
Like Josh, I am feeling better now than I've felt in a long time.  
My first workout consisted of running 2 miles.  It took me 25 minutes and I may have thrown up afterwards.  Today I ran 10 miles in under an hour and a half.  WHOO!
The diabetes is managed, for the most part.  It will take some time before I'm 100% on top of it, but I've learned a lot and haven't had to make too many lifestyle changes.  I test my sugar 4 times/day and give myself 3 injections, one at each meal.  I'll be meeting with a diabetes educator soon to discuss the possibility of an insulin pump.

So that's what we've been up to, in a nutshell!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Josh had a birthday!!!  Sadly, turning 33 isn't very exciting (see below).  A friend from Josh's old ward back in MI lives in the area, so we had dinner that day with her family, which was super fun.  Of course, I don't have any pictures to document that, but trust me, it really was a lot of fun.
Kylie sure is moving up in the world!  She got a new spring/summer wardrobe, a booster seat for the car, and a new bike.  She is growing up too fast!!  

We were planning on getting Kylie a bike for Easter, but since the weather has been so nice lately, we decided to give it to her early.  We actually gave it to her on Josh's birthday (how messed up is that?)  Anyway, when she saw it she ran right up to it, sat down, and said, "It fits!"  (We kept telling her that her old bike was too small).  She LOVES riding around outside on her new big girl bike.
 Grandma J sent the girls a package with some cute St. Patrick's Day stuff inside.  They both got these darling little homemade milk cartons that say "Got Green?" on the side.  The girls were thrilled to discover that they were filled with skittles.  Kylie also got a snap-on bracelet (remember those??)
 Summer also got a cute little gift: a light-up clover necklace.
 Sorry for the blur, but you get the idea.
I will actually do a more detailed update on everyone very soon.  Things have been happening in our lives but I'm working on getting some pictures to document those things.  More to come!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


That is how much I spent on a summer wardrobe for Kylie today.  An entire wardrobe!  I bought: 12 tops, 6 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of capris, 2 skirts, and 2 dresses (and a cute swimsuit and a pair of flip-flops for Summer).

I have no problem buying kid's clothes secondhand, especially when I have to buy large quantities.  These shirts were $2.50 a piece and nobody would ever be able to guess that they have been worn before.  Works for me :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Uncle Corey

My dad's brother, Corey, came to Indy for a trade show and stopped by to see us.  Kylie and Summer helped me tidy up the house (sorry it's blurry...)
 *Side note: I put Summer's hair in pigtails today.  It's adorable but she looks so old!  Stop growing up!

Kylie kept hanging out near the slider door throughout the day to keep an eye out for Uncle Corey.  Of course, Summer followed suit.  They both jumped around like crazy when he finally pulled up.
 Since it was GORGEOUS outside today (75 degrees in March?!) we picked up a couple pizzas and headed to a park.  Kylie loved showing Uncle Corey all of her favorite things.
We all had such a blast!
Summer was slightly confused.  Since my dad was recently here, she had "Granddad" on her mind.  Eventually she realized that Uncle Corey was not her Granddad, but it took a while.
Whenever anyone comes to visit-- friends or family-- Kylie always insists that we play baseball.  Since that happens to be Corey's passion, he had no problem obliging.

And all too soon it was time for him to go.  But we had such a great evening with him and are so glad that he made time to stop by to see us!  We'll miss "Co-Wee."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gumma & DaDa

My parents came to visit this past weekend, and as always, the time went by way too quickly.  In typical Steorts family fashion, we battled illnesses the whole weekend (someone is ALWAYS sick when the family gets together).  My parents were due to arrive Friday evening, and as I spent the day getting the house ready for company, Kylie spent the day like this:
Fortunately, she gradually became better and was able to enjoy spending time with everyone.  (The following day she developed a weird allergic reaction on her cheeks, then on Sunday Josh came down with the cold that Kylie had.  Throw in daylight savings time, and we were all sorts of "off."  But I digress...)

During my parents' short visit, there was a lot of this:
 And this:
And we definitely enjoyed some crazy times out on the town!  OK, not really... but we did have lunch at Red Robin one day.
There are 2 pictures I really wish I would have remembered to capture.  

1) Early Saturday morning, my Dad and I went to the gym and worked out.  Just imagine us running side-by-side on treadmills.  It was really cool that we were able to spend that time together.  

2) There are two families that we knew in Grand Blanc years ago that live only a few miles from us.  On Saturday night, the three families got together at one of their homes and had dinner together.  I wish I would have remembered to get a picture of all 16 of us gathered around that dining room table.  We had such a great time reminiscing with them!
And now it's Monday and we have to snap back to reality.  Even though it was short, it was truly a special visit.  Summer said "Grandma" (Gumma) for the first time and is still going through the house calling her name.  We loved every minute of it and look forward to the next time we'll see them.  They are definitely missed!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dodging Storms

For the better part of the day on Friday it stormed here like crazy.  It rained buckets, the sky became very dark, it began to hail, and then the sirens went off.  Luckily the scary tornado-like weather passed pretty quickly but it definitely got me motivated to become more prepared for emergencies.  I'm grateful that we only had a tornado watch because there was a HUGE tornado only 2 hours south of us that did extensive damage.
However, not all storms passed us by.  There were some clouds covering Summer's usual sunny disposition, so to speak.  Summer is officially 18 months old, which means she's old enough to attend our church's nursery program on Sundays.  Today was her first day and Josh and I thought it would be such a breeze for her because she's so social and outgoing.  Dropping her off was fine, but within 20 minutes the nursery leader had to call us in because Summer was inconsolable.  Once I got there she did great and I think she'll be fine once she becomes more familiar with routines, people, etc.  She did look cute though :)
 It's a different story for Kylie.  She LOVES attending primary each week.  Her teacher is fantastic and Kylie really enjoys going to class with her friends.

Last week she was chosen to be the "Superhero of the Week."  Every week a child is spotlighted and they are recognized for making good choices that week.  A primary leader read clues (I emailed her earlier in the week of 3 good choices Kylie made) and the other kids guessed who was being spotlighted.  Then she got to wear a cape and she got a cool sucker that was decorated like a superhero.  

Do you think she liked it???

I'm feeling grateful today that I have places where I can go to dodge life's storms.  I have no desire to be in an apartment forever, but right now it is my haven and the place that I call home.  Church is another haven for me, in a different sense, and I'm so glad that we get to attend as a family.  I love that my kids are already learning about their worth and their important role in our family.  I'm glad that we have the resources we need to be safe, strong, and happy.