Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Busy Season Begins...

The past month has just flown by! It seems like once October gets here, the next few months come and go in a hurry! The excitement and anticipation of all the holidays builds for 9 months and then in the blink of an eye they're in our rear view mirror. Adding a 4th child shortly before this season has definitely added to the busyness. Even with all the chaos and busy schedules, this is still my very favorite time of the year. I LOVE fall!!! You will notice how much I love it by the many pictures I've taken over the last month. The foliage here is beautiful, as always, and makes it so fun to visit pumpkin patches and parks. The slideshow consists of a trip to a pumpkin patch for some friends of ours 4oth birthday celebration, a trip to a local park, Halloween, and of course, lots of my girls! :) Enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A little catch up...

I didn't have much time to blog before, but now I know that I had way more free time than I realized. It's funny how crazy you might think your life is, and then you add another child and realize just how easy it was! :) It's happened to me every time we've added a child. Everyone has told me that once you've had 3 children, adding more is no different. I tend to disagree. I think it has been harder because we had finally moved out of "baby season" and had everyone potty trained and fairly self-sufficient. It's like we've hit "re-set" and started over with our first child. I have also learned that my first 3 children were nearly perfect babies, so I'm getting a taste of what it is like to have a more high maintenance one. I guess I should have been more specific when I prayed that God would give me more patience...he's teaching me the hard way! :) Love her to death, but she has not been easy thus far. We're trying to figure out if she has reflux, a milk allergy or both. Please pray that we can figure this out sooner vs. later! I have tried to cut out milk, but it is much harder than I realized. EVERYTHING has some quantity/type of milk in it. Needless to say, I'm having no problem dropping the weight off. I'm now below my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm really missing the fat calories...especially the chocolate!!! I've also been blessed with babies that sleep through the night between 6 and 8 weeks. I'm not seeing that happen with K4 for quite a while. In fact, just to survive, we've caved and put her in the bed with us. I never thought I'd say those words, but hey, it is the 4th child! I think the fact that we have to get 2 children to school in the morning has also made things harder. It was different when you had a sleepless night and didn't have to be anywhere the next morning. We complicated things even more by sending them to 2 different schools. We are adjusting, however, and this crazy and chaotic season of life has now become our new normal! We wouldn't trade it for the world...well I might trade it for a few hours of sleep (for those of you who know me really well, know that sleep is my first love). :) Despite the possible milk allergy/reflux, K4 is growing like a weed. As Bryan has always said, I have uber milk and it quickly grows our girls into rolie polies. K4 is right on the verge of smiling and I can't wait for that! She really is a sweetheart and has really charmed her way into all of our hearts! She has all 3 of her big sisters' wrapped around her little finger, which is part of the reason she has become so high maintenance. No one in this household ever lets her cry! :) She is the perfect addition to our family and we couldn't be happier! Unless God has other plans, we are closed for business...that is the baby business, anyway. This works out well for me and my obsession with even numbers and patterns (darn my OCD tendencies)!. Just a little weird tidbit about me...I've always had this pattern in my head of needing to even things out...ABBA. Stay with me here...coincidentally, K1 was born in Charlotte, NC, K2 and K3 were born in Plano, TX and K4 was born in Charlotte, NC. I've noticed other strange tidbits with the girls that fit this same pattern, but I'll spare you those little known facts, so you won't have me committed! :) Cut me some slack...I am going on about 3-4 hours of sleep a night and am surrounded by lots of chatty little girls.

So, here are some photos that I'm way behind on posting...

These first ones are of the flowers in my front flowerbed that my dad planted for me when he was here in April...they are beautiful! Thank you, Daddy, for the beautiful reminder of you that I get to look at and enjoy everyday!

And, yes, K3 dressed herself for these pics. One of the hardest things for me is letting them have their "own style".

When my dad planted these this past April, they were tiny. We have been super amazed at how much they have bloomed and grown into a mound.

These are from K1's first day of school. I got K2's posted, but realized I never posted any of K1...

I guess you figured out that she is into the "peace" thing now. I get that in every stinkin' picture now...where has my little girl gone??? It's also strange hearing the word "dude" come out of her mouth all the time. Did I really ever talk like that??

Here are a few more pics of our "little sweetie" (K4)...

You know you want to eat her up...so sweet! :)

And, last, but certainly not least, here is our little "Mudcat" (K2)...

Love this kid!! She has fun, no matter what she is doing...I love that about her! Notice her 2 cheerleaders in the background of this last picture...they're really watching her! Too cute! I am blessed with 4 of God's most awesome creations...Thank you, God, for the privilege to have these 4 precious girls call me "Mommy"!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our newest miracle has arrived...

She's here and we couldn't be happier! K4 arrived on Wednesday, August 26, 2009. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. It's hard to believe she is already one week old. With school recently starting for the two older girls, this past week has just flown by. K4 is already spoiled rotten, as she is hardly put down. Between Mommy and Daddy, Grandmama and her 3 big sisters, she is pretty much constantly in someone's arms. It should be interesting once Daddy goes back to work and Grandmama goes home. K3 is getting to be a pro at popping the pacifier back in her mouth, though, so she will be a big help to me. I'm hoping to post a little video of the girls meeting K4 for the first time a little bit later. Thank you, God, for this precious gift you have given us!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

All about K2...

I've got quite a few pics of K2 that I've taken lately, so I thought I'd put them all in one post.

When my parents were here in April, my dad planted a tomato plant and an okra plant for me and K2 is the only one who likes cherry tomatoes, so I took some pictures for my dad of her picking and tasting them.

This next picture is also for my dad...I know he would be proud. I've never seen anyone clean a chicken drumstick like my dad, until now. Amazing!!! She ate every bite...ugh!

K2 just started her first T-Ball season. She has had several practices and has her first game in mid-September. Bryan is helping coach the team, so they're enjoying some father/daughter time!

She has also recently lost her first tooth and is very proud!

K2 is very excited about the new baby and can't wait for her arrival!

She started her first day at her new school yesterday and seems to really like it so far. I think she looks adorable in her uniform...so grown up!

Here she is sitting at her desk getting ready for her big day!

These pictures were from this morning...her 2nd day of school. Again, so mature looking!

She is such a blessing and adds so much fun to our family! We are so proud of her and her willingness to try new things!