Charlie’s 1st Birthday

You guys, seriously. I really can’t wait to dust off the ol’ bloggy blog and catch you up on all the shenanigans since last time I posted. To sum it up, we bought a house, moved to Michigan, celebrated Charlie’s 1st Birthday, spent a week at Cox Cottage, Celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary, took a quick weekend getaway to Northern Michigan with the kids, had one trip to the Emergency Department, Ryan started his new job and now we are getting ready for Ruby to start Kindergarten and Clara to start PRESCHOOL!! Ahhhhh! To say we’ve been busy is an understatement, but we are so happy to be getting settled in our new place and rhythm.

Charlie's 1st BDAY  070214 7 blogSo let’s begin, shall we? CHARLIE TURNED ONE on July 2 and we had our first big gathering of family at our new place! The backyard turned out to be the perfect location for all of Charlie’s cousins (7 babies/toddlers) to enjoy copious amounts of birthday cake and ice cream.Charlie's 1st 070214 CAKE KYLE1 blog

Having a boy – a one year old boy is not for the faint of heart. Charlie crawls around so quick it makes my knees hurt. He loves eating anything in his path, taking his pants off, pushing buttons on theTV  remote, opening the lid and splashing in the toilet water, unrolling the entire toilet paper roll, taking my soup cans out of the cupboard and rolling them around the house, drinking from any sippy cup/juice box he comes in contact with (in our home, the homes of other people, playgrounds, etc.) knocking down the safety gate and climbing the stairs, tackling anything (or anyone) soft and squishy, playing with trucks, balls, books, wheels, and anything sticky or gooey. He wants the opposite of whatever is happening at any given time – If he’s being held he wants down, if he’s down he wants up, if he’s outside he wants to come in and if he’s upstairs he wants to go down. He loves playing chase with his sisters, waves hello and goodbye at all the wrong times, says “mama, dada, truck, uh-oh, and I know what he is trying to communicate when he’s “all done” wants to go “out” or wants me to pick him “up”. He’s smiley and friendly and wily and rowdy and clever and mischievous… he’s a boy.Charlie's 1st BDAY  070214 1 blog

Back to the birthday party… IMG_3095Ryan grilled an amazing lunch for everyone to enjoy. I know you’re not surprised. He’s pretty much the best at everything.Charlie's 1st 070214 Bro KYLE1 blog

Sarah and Kyle brought Charlie’s twin cousins Ellen and Abbie to the party. Kyle was nice enough to walk around with a camera the whole time, which is why I have so many fun pics to share with you. Thanks Kyle!Charlie's 1st 070214 Sarah KYLE1 blog

Even my amazing Granny and Papaw, Charlie’s Great Grandparents made it up for the celebration!IMG_3165

Charlie's 1st 070214 PapawClara KYLE1 blog Charlie's 1st 070214 Granny KYLE1 blogThis picture accurately portrays Charlie’s true feelings about his first taste of birthday cake. I love him and all of his little boy shenanigans. Happy Birthday Charlie Boy. I’m so thankful I’m the one who gets to chase you around be your mama.IMG_3188


Clara’s First Birthday

Our precious Clara Dawn turned 1 on May 5th. We were in Grand Rapids for the weekend and got to celebrate her first year of life with the Cox family. Here she is being a sweetie to her Nana.

Clara is the sweetest little babe. She laughs and smiles and loves getting tickled. I can’t even wipe her chin off after meals without her thinking I’m trying to tickle her neck. It’s so funny. She has a sing-songy little voice that calls out to her “dada” whenever she hears the front door of our house open. She kicks her legs and gets super excited about everything from music to food to Ruby coming into sight. She loves music and bops around to any song she hears. She can point to her nose and head and finds other people’s noses quite interesting as well. My favorite thing is going into her room in the mornings and after naps to get her out of her crib. She goes nuts with happiness. I need to get a video of it soon because it’s just so great.

Back to her birthday party! After opening some gifts (with plenty of help from her sister) she got to indulge in her first piece of cake. Let’s just say there wasn’t a single crumble left on her tray.

Let’s just say there wasn’t a single crumble left on her tray.

Immediately following the last bite, the sugar buzz began and she started laughing, squealing, pounding her hands on her tray and kicking her legs. It was a good thing she was buckled into her seat!






We love you Clara Beara and are blessed by your life everyday. I love being your Mama and I love seeing you becoming the little person who God created you to be.