Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday update

We took all the kids to the doctor yesterday for their well visits and everyone is doing great. The girls both weigh in the 10lb. range and the boys are both 31lbs. Dr. Schutte said the girls are advanced in that they are smiling for strangers something they don't normally do until 3-4 months. They are just social little butterflys! Jackson, Joel and Julianne all seem to have a little cold or allergy thing going on right now. Julianne seems to be doing better but the boys are still snotty. We were at Adventureland on Saturday for Jon's company picnic (I'll do a post on that later after I get pictures from my sister-in-law since I didn't take my camera in) and it was rainy all day and the boys woke up the next day snotty so it could be from that or their seasonal allergies flaring up too. Hopefully, they are less snotty soon, they seem to forget they need to get a Kleenex and wipe their nose or hand on just about anything. So I'm constantly saying "get a Kleenex" and washing pillow cases, blankets and walls!

This weekend is Jon's 10 year class reunion in Marshalltown. He is looking forward to going on Saturday night. They have something Friday night and then Saturday during the day and then a dinner Saturday night, talk about a big event. Us small school folks aren't doing anything that elaborate for our reunion that is the following weekend. I'm looking forward to mine just as much as he is, hard to believe it's been 10 years for both of us!

I have a small wedding to photograph tomorrow night, I'm honestly happy this is a small wedding meaning I have to be there at 3:30 to set up, the pictures are from 4-5, wedding at 6 and I'll be home by 7. It's even here in Ankeny which makes it even better. I'm glad I don't have a full/all day wedding again until the middle of August! I'm looking forward to having just my small photo shoots for awhile to work on! Speaking of wedding photography, I got an email from a high school friend of mine saying she was doing some research for work (she works in marketing) and she came across this link​s/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/loca​l-wedding-boards_iowa-des-moin​es_photographers-near-dsm WOW was I shocked and soooo surprised to see my name on here TWICE!!! You never know what people are going to put on message boards but it sure made my day seeing that I'm actually being recommended as a photographer!

We're going to get in a lot of pool time this weekend since it's going to be a hot one again! Can't wait to get some sun and work on some more swimming lesson stuff with the boys.

Well that's my update on this week/weekend! Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Semi Wordless Wednesday

I came downstairs the other day to see this.... Jackson showing off his Thomas books and reading to his baby sister, Jocelyn. Joel tried to read to Julianne but she was sleeping and not interested.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Thomas & Friends Party!

On sunday we celebrated the boys' 3rd birthday with family and friends. As you can tell everythinh was Thomas & Friends from the pictures I taped on their gifts to the confetti on the tables We had a good lunch, Jon made beef burgers and did a fruit salad in a watermelon rind bowl and our moms made the cheesy potatoes, pasta salad and baked beans The boys were excited to open their presents.... {Joel} {Jackson}

{Miss Brynna}

"Brella mama it has McQueen on it!" New backpacks to take to preschool in a few weeks

A train mat, "Me play right now?" said JacksonCamping gear and our very own sleeping bag!

New table and chairs! I had a friend make the boys cakes, she did a great job and they said, "WOW!" when they say them! I made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes...yes they are to die for! {Joel's Thomas cake} {Jackson's Percy cake} {Jackson getting sung Happy Birthday to} {Joel getting sung Happy Birthday to on his turn} "Cheese mama!"


They had a GREAT party and a huge thank you to everyone that came, got them something and helped out. We are so blessed to have so many people that love our boys! And this is how we spent our night playing with all the new trains!

Monday, July 25, 2011

3 Years

That's how long I've been a mommy and Jon has been a daddy, wow that time has gone so very fast and now we are parents to 4 beautiful kids. Tonight at 11:18 and 11:20 p.m. Jackson and Joel will officially be 3 years old but we're celebrating all day, I think a zoo trip for mama and the kids are in order! They amaze us every single day and are turning into such little boys. At 3 years old Jackson you are the ring leader of the group, you are a little mother hen to your brother and your sisters and are always concerned about them and looking out for them. The bond you have with your brother grows stronger everyday and I just love watching you interact and talk to each other sometimes in your own language. You are learning the ABC's song, love to imagine and dream up train games with your brother. Joel at 3 years old you are more of a watcher, you like to sit back and see how its done and then you jump right in. When asked you say that Jackson is your best friend (and Jackson says you are his). Joel you are such a lover and give the biggest hugs and kisses to your mama and I just love it. When asked you can pick out any letter and when asked about preschool you say you are excited (for now). Jackson and Joel you both love to read books and have them read to you, you love it when your daddy tells you stories and you love to sit and snuggle on the couch with both of us and watch a movie. You both are so very special to us and we love you two more than anything. You guys bring so much joy into our lives, happy 3rd birthday to you both!

I took the boys' 3 year pictures a few weeks ago at some train tracks and an old building and then we found an old steam engine to take their pictures by, these truly represent what they are into right now. Here are a few of my favorites...ok a lot of my favorites, it was just too hard to pick!


{Jackson}{Joel}{ this picture it truly shows off his personality!}{Joel}{Joel & Jackson}{Jackson}{Jackson}{Joel}{Joel}{Jackson}{Joel}{Jackson}{Joel}{Joel}{Jackson}{Jackson}{Jackson & Joel}

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fatherhood Friday's

The other night we decided to go to the ICubs game. The kids had never been to a game before so I figured why not since I can get free tickets from my work, it was also $1 hotdog night so we could all eat for cheap. We got there early so that Jen could feed the girls and we could leave early and not venture too far off our normal nightly schedule. The boys loved it being able to walk/run around a new place. We sat in the skybox for most of the game since it was so hot out (130 heat index on the field at the start of the game and 114 in the stands). I wanted to take the boys down so they could see the game a little closer and we lasted about an inning in those seats before the boys were soaked in sweat. The whole time we were down there all the boys wanted to do was hit the ball so I had to keep telling them that they can after the big kids were done. All and all it was a fun night and I think everyone had a good time. I can't wait to get back down there when it is a little cooler so we can watch more of the game.

Love, Jon/DADA

{Jackson & Joel}{Going down to our seats}{Hi mama look at us!}{The girls were good the whole time and sat in the stroller, Julianne & Jocelyn}{Baby Jossy}{We have to put a burp cloth over Julianne's mouth all the time so she doesn't lose her paci}