"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Farewell to Four

Ah, the four year old. 
 
This is quite possibly my favorite age so far. They possess just the right amount of independence. The toddler tantrums are all but gone and self-control is creeping in. 

It's before they go to school and pick up those obnoxious elementary school behaviors. (Come to think of it, Piper picked many up at church the summer before she ever set foot in a school.)

And they still think Mom and Dad hung the moon.

Even so, we are delighted to add another child to the five year old ranks. 
 
It's Easton's turn this time...


And now, as in every other year, we will have "triplets" for about six months....


As for me, I'll have at least one more chance to bask in the glory of the four year old...



 But let's not rush it.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Birthday Buddies

It's birthday season around these parts. 

Not just one...


Or two...


But three boys were celebrating...

And on top of that, it was BeBe's birthday...


The songs were loud...


The cake...egg-less...


And the boys...excited...


Happy Birthday to my boys, big and small. 

Happy birthday, one and all!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bleed Blue

Donating blood is typically a less than noteworthy experience. It is what it is. A few questions, a couple of pricks, a Little Debbie cake (Swiss cake rolls if you're lucky), and you're on your way. 

Unless, however, this is your view...


Then it's a whole different ballgame. 

On Thursday, Piper tagged along with me to a blood drive at Rupp Arena. I took the opportunity to shoot around a little before donating...


While Piper took the opportunity to fill up on popcorn....


Either way it was a memorable experience, and only one of us had to get stuck. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrations

Remember being a kid and celebrating the 100th day of school?

Me neither. 

However, it's a thing now. A big thing. 

But an even bigger thing is the fact that this girl has been with us for 1,095 days...


That's three years. 

And that's a reason to celebrate. 

*As part of the festivities, the kids got to see their 100 year old selves as projected  by a fun app. Lila's teacher sent me this scary photo...


A good reminder to always wear sunscreen. 


Monday, January 25, 2016

It's a Go!

It's not every day that we get a foot of snow. It was extra special and fun and beautiful. 

But...

After three snow days, a long weekend, and a surgery thrown in the mix, it was time to get back to normal. 

The girls went back to school and the boys were warned,

You better enjoy the snow before it's gone!

And they did...


But not this boy...


He couldn't go outside because he doesn't wear shoes...


And he's okay with that. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Adenoidectomy and An Anniversary

The past few months have been tough on Piper. In fact I don't remember a harder time in all of her seven years. Ear infections, fevers, and congestion have plagued her since August. She's felt downright miserable most of the time. 

So after trying everything else, it came down to surgery. We've been here before with Levi. Same bat place, same bat doctor. Fortunately Piper got to keep her tonsils. Today she was on the schedule for an adenoidectomy and myringotomy. 

Adenoids out and tubes in...


The doctor was amazed that she could hear at all. The fluid in her right ear was the consistency of wet cement. And it was not coming out on its own. So he cleaned her up, put in some tubes, and took out those big adenoids that cause so much trouble. 

She's well on her way to a speedy recovery...


The welcoming committee, led by none other than BeBe, did a fantastic job...


And it just so happens that today is the anniversary of Easton's Gotcha Day.

Three years later, still doing what he does best...




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Snow-Day Birthday

And another one turns five.

This time it's Levi...


For his birthday he got snow and it looks like the party is just beginning...