Tyler Turns Five

How in the world did my baby boy turn 5??? Now we all know that Ryan is the baby of our family, but if you know Tyler Johnny well, you know that he actually is the baby. Even at five years old he is my cuddle-bug. He loves to be held “tight” and he loves to be carried around and he loves ending the day with a sippy cup of chocolate milk.

Tyler makes our days very interesting. He’s got the “Jeckle and Hyde” mentality going on ~ he is sweet as can be one minute and the BOOM temper tantrum…we are working on this.

Over-all he is a boy’s boy. He plays hard with friends, makes huge messes, and always has dirty finger nails.  He prefers pajamas (or being naked) over clothes. And he loves to play dress up super heroes, baseball, football, and wrestling (especially his dad)

I love him more each day of his life and and honored that I get to see him grow up.

Happy birthday, sweet boy! I love you to the moon and back!


My Little 100 Year Old Lady!

Megan is a 100 days smarter today! In honor of the 100th day of school her Kindergarten class dressed as 100 year old people. Too much cuteness!!!!!

She said she was lucky because not everyone in her class actually knew someone who was 100 years old (Aunt Ruth). I love that she has memories with my sweet auntie!

Megan is amazing with numbers and she is starting to read and the world is opening up to her and I love watching it and being a part of this journey!

This weekend we will register Tyler for Kindergarten (hold me!!!) and I really can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

Ryan Robert

Ryan turned 18 months old and is just as cute as a button. He seriously makes my heart swoon. I never thought I could love another child as much as the first two, but, alas, he has expanded my heart in such a way that I smile just thinking about it.


this is how he is every.single.day. SUPER HAPPY!

He is a BIG BOY, wearing mostly 2T/3T clothing. He is in the 100% in height and 89% in weight. So big!


obligatory doctor visit photo

He loves his naps and he is the best sleeper in the house (thank the Lord!). He loves to eat green beans and chicken and noodles and eggs. And he LOVES playing with his brother and sister.


an oldie but a goodie

Oh baby RyRy you make life so so good!

A Wonderful Life

We just got back from Buffalo yesterday afternoon. It was a whirlwind yet wonderful trip and we saw almost my entire side of the family. We made the trip last minute to celebrate the life of this lady… 

My Aunt Ruth died peacefully in her sleep last weekend. She was 100.5 years old and lived a full, beautiful, wonderful life. She has been the matriarch of our family for many years and joined her four sisters and brother who we joked had the most amazing card game in Heaven as they have been waiting for her.

God called her home in her sleep with zero pain and no suffering. She spent the evening playing cards with her daughters, went to bed and passed gently into the Promised Land.

I have learned so many life lessons from this very special woman; take time to talk to people and always look them in the eye, serve others and don’t ask for anything in return, a good laugh, a can of Coors Light, and a handful of M&M’s can make any situation a little easier to handle.

I love you, Auntie. Say a big “hello” to my dad for me. I look forward to seeing you again…but not for a long time.

I’ve lost it

I’ve lost the joy for blogging.

or maybe I am just too busy to blog…but I hate that excuse because if you really want to do something you will find the time to do it.

So I will say I have been busy and we have had some life events that are making things stressful.  Overall, though, I just find blogging to be more of a chore than a fun hobby. And I don’t want to do anything in my life that I don’t enjoy. So I will pop in when I feel like it and when I don’t I won’t. 

Anyhoo…Halloween happened and it was a good one. My kids are funny. 

Megan always has two costumes because she hates itchy things and once something feels itchy to her she never want to wear it again. (Newsflash…all costumes are itchy.) 

Tyler dresses up everyday on the regular so he announced, “this is my word you are just living in it.” Before trick or treat began.

Any Ryan, oh baby Ryan. He is cute. Always.


Real Life

I am sitting here with one baby in bed and two children about to head down for the night thinking about how time is fleeting.  We only have so many hours in the day and days in the week and weeks in the year to make the most of.  I know this sounds so philosophical, but I have been taking inventory of my life and trying to see where I can improve the most.

I love my family and it is time to make them and only them my top priority. Not that I haven’t before, but I really need to soak in these years. They won’t be little for long and I know I will wish I had these days back.


I am focusing on being more patient, more present, and spending more meaningful time with my littles.  Another book? Sure. A few cuddles? Of course. Kisses, kisses and more kisses? Yes, please.  In a minute they will not need me to read them a book. Cuddles will be replaced with a quick wave. Kisses will be too embarrassing. I hate to even think about those days to come. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky; how God could have graced me with these beauties. I am so not worthy.

So tonight I will spend a few extra minutes making sure the three know they are the most important people in my life. I will tell them how much I love them. I will lay down tonight and than God for the most extraordinary gifts that I have been given.