Catch Up

Well, it’s been awhile. So much has happened since we made strawberry jam last summer.


We had a baby! Ethan was born on February 19. His delivery was terrible, to be honest- emergency c-section and 5 days in the special care nursery, but he his healthy and happy and we are so thankful! He is such an easy baby. He is content to just sit and watch Sophie play or watch us do whatever it is we are doing. He’s so laid-back! He’s been sleeping pretty well too, can’t complain! He has brought a lot of joy to our family.

Sophie is finally adjusting to having Ethan here. We had done our best to prepare her for big sisterhood before he came, but of course having him really here has taken some getting used to for her. The first few weeks were rough with many tantrums and sassy behavior, but it’s getting better. She has warmed up to him and is a bit more affectionate toward him these days. The other day she declared “Ethan is my best friend!” So, that’s nice to hear 🙂

Here’s a recent one of Ethan in his bumbo seat.

New Job

Still working for SAU, but now I’m on main campus in the Admissions office. I love it! I’m a part time secretary/receptionist. The schedule is absolutely perfect for me & for the family. A great balance of being a working mom & a stay-at-home. The people in this office are so fun, energetic, and kind. I’m so happy to be here!

What’s New With Sophie

Oh Sophie-lou. You big 3 year old, you. Our baby girl is 3. When did that happen?! In March we celebrated the birthdays of Sophie and Steph with a fun joint party.



The highlight gift was a Bitty Baby from Mimi & Nana.

Age 3 looks good on Sophie. She’s so articulate & has an amazing memory. She’s a smart cookie and is becoming more and more independent. She’s fully potty trained during the day and we’re working on getting rid of her overnight diaper. She does have tantrums and can pour on the whine when she wants to, but overall she’s happy & silly.


If I’m honest, I’ve had a pretty hard time adjusting to being a mom of two kids. Ethan is a very easy baby, but Sophie’s rough transition was draining to me. I wish it had been easier for her, but I know that she loves him and when Ethan can do more they will be good buds. I’m feeling so much better with the improvement in the weather & Sophie’s adjustment. It just took a few months to get there.

Kevin and I haven’t had much quality time together though. It’s hard to get away when we don’t have a babysitter in town! Last weekend Steph stayed with the kids for an hour to allow Kevin and I to go on a walk at the trail. It was great to spend some time together  and not have to focus on meeting the needs of our kids. As much as we love spending time together as a family (and we do LOVE that!) it’s nice to talk about anything but the kids sometimes. We’re going to need to be more intentional about having little dates. I can see how married couples can become disconnected from each other in the process of raising children, and we definitely don’t want that! So, we’re learning how to balance parenting and being a couple.

Catch up.

I need to write more, but for the past like…year, everytime I think “oh I should go write something in  my blog” I come to a dead end. Any topic I think I should write about seems flat to me. I lose motivation because I think I have nothing interesting to say. Maybe I don’t anyway. But there used to be a time where I’d blog everyday and never run out of things to write about.

Maybe I should start the annual season depression posts, because I think it’s setting in. The daylight is short, but it’s so cold that I don’t really get to spend time outside. I am a person that thrives on fresh air. Being out in nature is crucial for me-for my emotional and spiritual wellness. That is why the winters are so hard for me. It’s not the snow-I find the snow quite beautiful. It’s Michigan’s cold temperatures and biting wind that make me want to curl up in my bed and hibernate until spring.

I realize I didn’t do a Christmas post! We had a great Christmas. Sophie was spoiled as expected. We hosted our families in our new home and had a wonderful day! I love the look on her face in this one:

She actually got into opening presents this time.  After all the gifts were opened, she signed “more” and said “More. More gifts!” I told her no more gifts until her birthday 🙂

We enjoyed a full week off of work between the holidays. Kev and I put our time to good use by getting many things done around the house. We went to Ikea to get office furniture:

New bookshelves, desk, chair, rug, and table & chairs set for Sophie. Everything looks so much better and the space is so much more enjoyable. I decided to organize my books by color, and I think they look great. I truly, truly thought I had more books than this. Looks kind of empty, doesn’t it? I allotted two squares for Sophie’s things-one for her coloring books and crayons, the other for a small collection of her reading books.

But I think the highlight of Sophie’s holiday season was getting to spend enormous amounts of time with her beloved Mimi! She talks about Mimi everyday. We are so blessed to live so close.

Making cookies on our Baking Day at Kim’s.

On Christmas Day, opening up the new owl pillow that Mimi made.

Sidenote: Sophie has a weird mild-obsession with owls. Those pants she’s wearing in that picture? Owls on them. She asks to wear them just about every day. She calls them either her “ooowlll nants” or her “hoot hoot nants” (nants=pants). Also, I’ve been oogling this PBK owl bedding for her big girl bed.

Can’t think of a good way to end this so….adios. Good-bye.

Happy 4th of July!

Here’s Sophie shortly before the fireworks began. There were lots of kids running around us and she SO badly wanted to join them! Little did we know then that she’d be walking just 3 days later. She fell asleep about 5 minutes before they began and slept through the entire show.