Sunday, November 12, 2017

Evelyn is 3 Months!

3 months.

1/4 of a year.

Our sweet girl is growing fast.  Tipping our scales at 12 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 
23 1/2 inches in length.

She's a happy girl.  Dishing out smiles to most anyone who will talk to her.  She's starting to get into the baby babble phase and also has a few ticklish spots.

She's currently wearing size 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.  And for now, wakes once in the night to nurse.  She loves to snuggle, and loves her wubbanub paci.

.... and apparently if you dress her with a large bow, she might try to eat it.

Our baby girl is spoiled rotten, and I couldn't imagine life for this princess being any other way.

Happy 3 months little Evelyn!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What's in the diaper bag!?

Surely I'm not the only one guilty of watching diaper bag or purse videos online, right?  .... crickets....  HAHA!  I mean, surely!  The reality is that especially if I'm buying online, I need to see what the interior looks like and see what a bag is capable of holding before I buy it.  Plus we already know that I'm a bit of a nerd and I'm also super cheap so purchases are planned.  Anyway, since I don't think I'm the only one that enjoys or appreciates a good recommendation once in a while, here I am with one.  The Skip Hop Versa diaper bag.  I'm kind of in love with it!

I had a Skip Hop Studio diaper bag back in the day when we had only two tiny kids in cloth diapers.  The Versa is very much comparable to the Studio, but it's a tiny bit smaller, and works a lot better for our current situation.  We gave up the cloth diapers with the birth of Evelyn.  (The previous 3 were cloth diapered basically full-time.)  And now that the two oldest carry their own things when they have something they need to take out with us, I just don't need as much room.  Did I say I'm in love with this bag though?  I did, and it's true.  I'm also still loving my zipper pouch system from my thirty-one bag post a while back.  It seems like an extra step to have things in separate bags inside of the bag, but it just works SO much better.

So here goes nothing.... :)

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Evelyn 1-2 Months

A little bit of precious to fill your Friday.  

This little lady is growing too fast to keep up and is two months old today.  At one month she was 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 1/2 inches in length.  Still in newborn clothes and diapers. She loves snuggles and was still in her sleepy phase.  I always feel the need to knock on wood when I say this, but our girl is pretty content.  Just your typical eat, sleep, poop schedule kind of baby.

Not so keen on photos at 1 month.  At least not photos that don't involve being held and snuggled by Mommy.

And then at 2 months our sweet girl has definitely grown.  Her next check-up isn't for a couple weeks, but according to our scale and measurements, she is 11 pounds, 2 ounces and is 23 1/4 inches long.  Wearing size 1 diapers and her 0-3 month size clothes are definitely not as baggy as they were in the beginning.  

Sweet girl is mostly smiles, though she usually doesn't dish them out for a camera.  And she LOVES to be talked to.  Like she can seriously go from crying to smiling just with someone talking to her.  Not sure if that's a girl thing, or if that's a, "hey, don't forget me the 4th child, I need attention too." kind of thing. Haha!  She loves to snuggle and has grown to enjoy having a binky which is a nice change from two of her older brothers.  

Happy two months sweet girl! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

2017/2018 First Day of School

OK, so it's not really our first day of school for the year, but tomorrow is our first day back to co-op, and also it has been the first opportunity that I've had to snag some photos of the boys, so we're calling it our "first day."  The reality is that we started back to school at the beginning of July so that we could get into somewhat of a groove and check some days off on our attendance before Evelyn was born.  So in August we've taken three weeks off enjoying our new baby and today we drug out our books again.  The flexibility of homeschooling is kind of amazing!

So here's our boys for their first day photos.  I love comparing at the end of the year and seeing how much they have grown. 

Leeland's first day of 2nd grade....

... And Hayden's first day of Kindergarten! 

Love these big boys and couldn't be more proud of them already!  We changed up our school day schedule a bit in July along with some of our curriculum choices and I have watched them flourish. Also, they have both jumped into football this year,  (flag for Hayden and tackle for Leeland)they are growing and learning the sport and working hard.  I'm a little nervous with a two year old and newborn under foot, but I'm also incredibly excited for this school year and the blessing it is to get to see all of their "lightbulb moments" and learn alongside them.  We have some big goals, and lofty plans for the year with lots of fun planned along the way.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Joel's 2nd birthday!

This week, our little guy who in the past has often been referred to as "the littlest Kroh" turned 2.  Our Joel is wild, free, and fierce, but he's also independent, loving, hilarious and kind.  He's grown SO much over the last year since his first birthday and he's taught us that while toddlers can be exhausting, they can also be incredibly fun.

We celebrated his actual birthday with some chocolate "eclipse donuts" and spent the day hanging out at home to watch the eclipse.  He loved the donuts but was mostly clueless about the whole birthday thing.  Haha!

When you're 2, you can get away with diving right in. 

Eclipse ready!

Anyway, almost a week later we had his party.  We originally chose the weekend after his birthday knowing that we would have a newborn baby and fully knowing we would need that extra week to prepare ourselves and the house for hosting.  For the most part, we kept things pretty simple this time for our sanity... and again the whole newborn baby thing.  Had to make it all about the "choo choos" for him though, because that's kind of his thing right now. 

His invites were ordered here on Etsy and printed at Costco, and cut out to look like tickets.  (Address blacked out obviously.)

Dinner served could not have been more simple-- take out pizza, salad, and I made The Pioneer Woman's cheese bread. 

So I made both the regular cheese bread recipe and also the olive cheese bread-- ya'll, you have to try the olive cheese bread!  Nom! Nom!

Dessert-- chocolate cupcakes fashioned in a #2 train track. He actually ended up rolling the train through the icing tracks while we sang "happy birthday".... it was so cute!  And the birthday train, I got for a steal on Amazon when it was marked down.  The little cake on the back plays the tune of the Thomas theme song and Thomas has a little party hat on.  

Then a minor mishap-- see those wooden train whistles in the background above.  Well, we have a dozen of them and they sat on the counter all evening and never were given out.  Mom fail!  They were supposed to be parting gifts for the kiddos at the party.  Thankfully, all of our party guests were family, so I can now take a sharpie and write the names of all of the little cousins on them and pass them off as I see them next.  So dear family, get ready for train whistles!  You are very welcome! 

Sweet Joel, you keep us on our toes and bring smiles to our faces daily.  To see life through your eyes  each day is inspiring and reminds me to slow down and relish in the little things.  You are smart and strong, and your laugh is most infectious.  We love you so much big boy!