Saturday, October 26, 2013


I love preschool.
I taught and directed a preschool for 7 years before becoming a mama.
I love, love, love, it. 

I'm THRILLED we found an in-home preschool that Alice and I both adore.
(I'm pretty picky about these kinds of things.)
She's been going there for a little over a year now.
It's a loving, enriching, learning environment.
I couldn't ask for more!

The following pictures were taken by Ms. Katie, 
Alice's awesome preschool teacher. 
(Shared with her permission. :) )

I love these little peeks into Alice's mornings at school
Thank you, Katie!

Life Lately...

According to my phone app, I'm now 9 3/4 months pregnant.
39 weeks, 3 days.
Hoping she'll make her grand appearance soon, 
but keeping in mind that it could easily be another couple of weeks.

Everyday I think, "Maybe she'll come today!"
And then I make toothpaste, or elderberry syrup, or bread to put in the freezer...
Or clean something.
I'll be right one of these days!


This one= completely obsessed with ballet.
She now takes a 45 minute ballet class once a week.
She's on Cloud 9.
I watch her ballet class on the spy cam. 
(Parents aren't allowed to be in the room- we're distracting, or something. :) )
She does every single thing the teacher does.
She's incredibly focused and determined. 

Ben and I hope she moves on to some other activity one day.
We're fine with having kids who try out soccer/ballet/fencing/gymnastics,
but then move on before it gets too expensive and time consuming. 
Minus 25 Parenting Points!


I love Chick-fil-A.
Honestly, I could take or leave their food,
though I'm very thankful for their wheat-free options!
Last weekend, they put on a little Princess/Pirate Party.
Free activities and food for kids.
They are so awesome.

Then, Ben and Alice took a train ride around the mall. 
Our girls are so incredibly blessed to get to have him for their Daddy.
He is so, so, so good with them.
He's patient with all of our mood swings, irrational requests, 
and he always reminding us how beautiful we are.
He is amazing!


These two...
They adore each other.
They are at an age where they actually play together and it's the cutest thing ever.

My theory with our current season of life is that it's going to be pretty nutty for the next 3 years.
Whenever we think about how we're about to add another little one into our
existing season of craziness with the foster care stuff,
we just chant,
"3 hard years! 3 hard years! 3 hard years!"
We can do this.
(I'm aware there are other challenges that will come as they get older,
it'll just be easier in a lot of ways when everyone can communicate,
walk, feed themselves, sleep through the night, etc. :) )

Speaking of foster care, 
I still don't want to share much here,
but it's looking more likely that the little one will be joining our family forever.
We still have a long, hard, road ahead...especially the next 3ish months.
We are so thankful for the prayers!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Pumpkin Patch"

We decided to take the girls to the "pumpkin patch" today.
Whole Foods.

You see, we've taken trips to actual pumpkin patches the past 3 years
and it has yet to be really worth it.
Long drives, kind of a lot of money, and either hot/cold/windy.
Also, we have to get permission to take the little out of the county,
and sitting (or standing) for a long time is not super fun for me right now.

(Wait! There was that one time we went to one a church hosted.
That was great, but I hear they no longer do it.)

So, this year, we went to Whole Foods.
I got the pumpkin pictures I wanted,
a pumpkin for our porch,
and some apple cider.
30 minutes later,

Here's Alice wearing the same little pumpkin shirt the little one wore today:

Nothing gives me the stereotypical "my kids are growing up too fast" mom nostalgia
like when the little one wears clothes that Alice just wore. 
No really, she JUST wore that shirt!
(2 years ago.)

Portal Bikes

Ben's sister, her husband, and their two boys are on an amazing adventure!
They just moved (back) to Nepal and have started a non-profit.

Portal bikes.
They take bikes and modify them to help people make money.
Crazy cool!

Check out their website here:

Or you can follow them on Facebook HERE.

And because I'm not afraid to steal people's pictures off of Facebook,
here's their super cute family:

A Shower for Clementine

My dear friends threw the sweetest little baby shower for us!
Every little detail was perfect!

I'm so blessed to get to do life with these women:

Danielle (with me in the picture above) makes amazing cakes.
She made this one for the shower:
Gluten free, chocolate with coconut filling.
SO good!!

Thank you so much, Carey, for hosting all of us and for taking pictures!