"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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Four Years With Lila (and a couple of other celebrations)

It's not every year that we get to celebrate Chinese New Year and Lila's Gotcha Day on the same date. Therefore, it felt like the perfect time to try out my Braised Chicken Feet recipe. Especially since it's the year of the rooster...


Just kidding, we had pizza and ice cream cake. Because on top of everything else, we had three boys' birthdays to tend to...


We had lots of fun celebrating with all the grandparents. And I don't think Lila minded one bit to share her special day...


But just in case anyone was keeping score, she managed to convince me to pull her tooth in the middle of it all. 

I'd say she came out on top. And about those chicken feet, maybe next time. (You know she would eat it.)


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Four Years With Easton

Four years ago, on a cold January day across the globe, we met Easton for the first time. 
He was a literal bundle of joy...


We brought him back to the hotel and peeled off layer, after layer, after layer...


I couldn't help but think about all those clothes as we played outside on this spring-like day...


Although he may not have been bundled up, memories of the past four years with Easton bring us great joy on this day, and every day.  


Friday, January 20, 2017

Star Wars Sleepover

Our newest six year-old wanted to take Krispy Kreme to his classmates. So when his teacher said, "Just have Levi bring them when he comes to school," this momma was a little disappointed.

But his teacher was kind enough to send pictures, and I managed to sneak in at lunch, so it wasn't a total loss...


After school we brought out the presents...



And cupcakes...


But they were for a photo-op only. We were waiting for the real party to begin. Levi was expecting a few friends for a Star Wars party...


And to top it off, our neighbor friends stayed for a sleepover. That's all Levi has been talking about since we moved in, and all he really wanted to do for his birthday.

And I have to say, even though we may have been a little rough around the edges come Saturday morning...


The whole thing was a success.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oh, How They've Grown!

On the eve of Levi's sixth birthday...


I'm reminded of another memory...


Two boys, two years, and two birthdays this week!


Monday, January 16, 2017

"Two" Much Fun!

It was a National Holiday, the kids were home from school, and Declan turned TWO!

He started the day off with his very own vitamin...


Enjoyed a spring-like day...


There were cookies...


And candles...


Don't forget the presents...


Topped off by a story from our newest reader...


I think he got everything he asked for. 

I know I did.

Happy Birthday, Declan!




Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Day!

And just when we were getting back in the groove of school, the snow caught up with us. And it was cold, really cold. But no matter the temperature, if there's snow on the ground, there's fun to be had. So what if the time getting dressed is greater than the time spent outdoors?


Declan wasn't sure about any of it...


And when they asked to build a snowman. I said, why yes, yes you may...


And we managed to stay warm at the same time.  




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's Levi's Loss This Time

"What? I lost my first tooth, and my mommy even pulled it..."


(Never mind the fact that she flicked it across the bathroom, it was temporarily lost, and Daddy was about to take the pipes apart, until it was found on the floor just in time.)

And now it's Levi's turn for a visit from the tooth fairy...


I'm pretty sure she knows the way by now.