"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, June 30, 2015

Sittin' Pretty

He's getting a little more steady with each passing day...


But there's usually someone there to catch him if he falls...


For now he'll just be sittin' around...


Practicing his senior yearbook pose. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Super Readers

Summer reading has never been better. 

We have a newly independent reader in the house. (And a really good one, at that.)

I'm on my third reading log. Yes! Even with five kids. (Not watching tv pays off.)

And the library's theme for the summer is none other than Super Heroes! (It's kind of an obsession around here.)


We had the opportunity to meet some real live superheroes at the library...




We weren't all interested in getting up close and personal with the characters. A look from afar was all Levi needed. 

Besides, he was much more interested in checking out the ones he could bring home...


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Look At That Hair!

"Look at that hair!"

This is the second most common remark I've heard over the past few months.
The most common would be some variation of, "You have your hands full!" 

(By the way I find the "hands full" comment to be bizarre at times and really not useful at all, but that's a topic for another post.)

Anyway, back to the hair.

All three of my newborn babies came with hair...




I think Declan had the most hair, and for whatever reason has gotten the most attention. Perhaps folks couldn't see past Piper's eyes to notice her hair. And Levi, well that poor boy is the typical middle child. I'm not sure people noticed him at all.

In any case, they got it honest...

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Yes, that's me and I have to say that I think I have them all beat. I was born with lots of hair and it didn't fall out...

Piper and Levi were the same. They had a few patches to rub off, a little color change, but no baby baldness...



But Declan, though...


There he is, sporting the comb-over and well on his way to being my first bald baby.

Look at that hair!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

Their dad...

They have no idea how blessed they are...


But they will someday. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Four Little Monkeys Go To the Zoo

Today we went to the zoo and something was definitely missing...


Or someone, rather. 

Piper is spending her days at Bluegrass Christian Camp this week. She is having loads of fun. She has to be, in order to leave everyone else at home AND give her blessing for us to go to the zoo. Piper typically doesn't want to miss out on anything. However, she went to the zoo just last month on a field trip and was perfectly fine for the rest of us to go.

Levi heard about the special exhibit of LEGO sculptures at the zoo and expressed an interest in going. (Advertising really works on this boy.) But we thought it sounded pretty neat too and decided to take advantage of Michael being off and see the sculptures before they were gone.

Just one of the many amazing sculptures...


And of course the "real animals" as Levi said...


Declan enjoyed his first trip to the zoo...


Despite the heat, this boy loved being outside, napped and hung out in the stroller the whole time...


Although he wasn't crazy about the humid hair day... 


At the end of the day, the zoo was fun as always and the LEGO exhibit did not disappoint...


But our missing girl made for a quiet trip...

I'm sure she'll make up for it next time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Five Months

Declan is turning into a busy boy these days...


A busy FIVE month old boy, that is...


Monday, June 15, 2015

A (Hot) Day Out With Thomas

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Kentucky Railway Museum with Thomas the Train. 



Currently we are not obsessed with Thomas. Batman, and all things superheroes, is a different story. But we like Thomas, we watch him, play with him and read about him. And a while back Levi said he wanted to go. 


Piper and Lila expressed no interest in going, so it was a boy trip.


And it was probably a good thing, because it was hot. Actually, it was sweltering. And the girls don't do hot. 

In addition to the real train, they had toy trains...


Tattoos, which had to be reapplied after they were sweated off...


Sir Topham Hatt, whom Levi wanted no part of...


And a petting zoo...


I actually waited until the night before to buy our tickets. We had other things going on and I didn't know if we could make it. So before bed I told Levi we would be going after church. 

"But can I watch Batman when we get back?"

Just as I wondered if Levi should've stayed home too, he was totally on board  with the train ride. And when it was over, he wanted to ride again. When he realized that couldn't happen, he asked to ride James and Percy. When he heard they weren't available, he was ready to go home. 

And watch Batman. 

And that he did.