Sunday, January 26, 2014

Celebrating Kylie

Since Kylie's birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, we chose to hold off on celebrating until the weekend.  We let her make all of the big decisions:
  • Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
  • Dinner: spaghetti and garlic bread
  • Dessert: carrot cake
  • Decorations: streamers, confetti, and balloons
  • Activity: children's museum
  • Guests: Grandma, Granddad, and Uncle Kramer :)
Easy enough.

Here are some pictures from her special birthday weekend.

Lately, Kylie has been expressing interest in having a pet.  We thought we'd start with something super easy to care for: a Betta fish.  Without hesitation, she named him Blueberry.  Welcome to the family.
Amidst all of the birthday excitement, Kylie lost a tooth!  She actually lost her first tooth last week so this makes for #2.  At this rate, she won't have any teeth left by summer vacation.
 Happy 6th Birthday, Kylie!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Six Years Ago Today...

 ...this sweet little girl made me a mother.  And my life changed forever {for the better}.
Here are 6 things that I absolutely love about Kylie:

1. She knows how to have fun!

2. She's a fantastic big sister.

3. She's not afraid to try new things.  Or if she is, she'll suck it up and do it anyway :)

 4. She's not your typical girl...


5. Her creativity knows no bounds. 

6. She's incredibly persistent, which has paid off in swimming, skating, reading, etc.
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never ever the same."

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ice Skating

Today the whole family attended a skating party with Kylie's school.
Kylie has been looking forward to this event ever since she heard about it at school, and I'll admit that I was a little nervous to take her.  But her skills on the ice absolutely shocked me.  I'm so proud of her! {Sorry for the itty bitty iphone video}.

Things didn't go perfectly...
  But we still had such a great time!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Big Kids

We've started the new year with a new sport: gymnastics!  The girls absolutely LOVE it.  Kylie is especially passionate about it, and I'm eager to see if that will hold true as time goes on.

Summer really enjoys it too but she's still pretty young.  If anything, it gives her an outlet for her endless energy and an excuse to climb on everything :)

And this guy is growing like a weed, I tell you.  Here are the stats from his 4 month check-up.
Height: 25 3/4 inches (75th percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs, 5 oz (75th percentile)
Head circumference: 41.5cm (25th percentile)
Overall, he's a tank.  A very happy tank.  He has recently become more interactive, which is so fun.  We get such a kick out of his babbling and his cute baby giggles.  We've offered him rice cereal a couple of times but he hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  He drools constantly thanks to the 2 little teeth trying to come in on the bottom.  He's definitely a growing boy!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Our Crazy Christmas

We had a pretty chaotic holiday season this year!  In addition to the typical busyness that accompanies the month of December, we were also preparing for a trip to Washington.

Since we would be traveling on Christmas Day, we celebrated as a family the day before.  We wrote letters to Santa, did a few more Christmas crafts, set out some cookies and milk, and hoped that Santa would visit us a little early.

He did.  The girls were so excited to find the gifts under the tree with their pictures on them.  Isn't Santa clever? ;)

How do you travel with three children ages 5 and under?

Very carefully.

We had to bring a ridiculous amount of stuff: 2 suitcases, 1 carry-on, 2 backpacks, 1 diaper bag, 2 booster seats, 1 car seat, 1 stroller, and 1 infant carrier.  But, being prepared absolutely paid off.  We breezed through the airport and kept occupied on the airplane.  We're SO fortunate to have kids that travel really well!

It felt so good when we finally pulled up to Josh's parents' house!  

Here are a few snippets from our time in Washington:

For the first time in years we were able to exchange gifts in person.

I was constantly in awe of the scenery.  Washington is so beautiful.

One day we drove to Mt. Baker and went sledding.  The kids LOVED it!
Josh was able to go snowboarding, which he hadn't done for about 6 years.  He had a great time.
One thing I really appreciated during our trip was the down time.  We didn't jam-pack our schedules with a bunch of expensive activities.  We had a great time just being together.

Kylie and Colton are 3 month apart, and the oldest grandchildren.  Two peas in a pod!
Storytime with Aunt Rachael and {soon-to-be} Uncle Prince
Train sets with PaPa
Even more story times
Pedicures with Uncle Vasu {how cute is that?!}
My running buddies, Bryce and Bethany
Leisurely walks with {almost} the whole gang, even the dog.

The Steorts family is just so cool... and very diverse.  Josh's siblings have married people from all over the world: the Philippines, India, South Africa, Oklahoma, and Nigeria.  I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing family!

Prince {Rachael's fiance} really took to Jackson.  Whenever we needed an extra set of hands, Prince was always willing.
I'm so looking forward to attending this happy couple's wedding in April :)
If you think traveling from Indiana to Washington is tough, try flying in from South Africa.  I am so thankful that Josh's sister, Amber, and her husband, Vasu, were able to make the trip.  We hadn't seen her since Kylie was Jackson's age.
Unfortunately, Josh's brother was unable to be with us this time, but we look forward to seeing him in a few months.

We had SO much fun.  And now we have plenty of inside jokes to last us until our next trip :)


Josh got a workout shoveling snow

I got a new haircut

Kylie got a really loose tooth {it will fall out any day now}

Summer got croup :(

And Jackson got a seat at the table.

Welcome, 2014.  Let's do this!