Friday, September 30, 2016

Britt Monthly Summary: July

Just like in Kye's post, pretty much everything about Britt this month was covered in the weekly summary recaps I wrote! I still like to have a monthly post for each kid so I'm doing a little summary of the month for Britt here :)

This month was a month of transition for Britt. She struggled some in June with attitude issues and ended up having her first long-term punishment. It's hard to parent poor choices, but it's even harder to parent the heart. Britt was sneaky and told some lies in regards to eating some donuts. It was a HUGE learning opportunity for her and a parenting moment that Zach and I took VERY seriously. We both agreed (after talking to Zach's parents for insight!) that having a long term punishment of missing out on treats for two whole weeks (including two vacations during that time period) would help her understand that being sneaky is sinful and lying is wrong. We don't just want our kids to do right to avoid getting in trouble, we want them to WANT to choose God's path! This lesson was HUGE for Britt and it's like it turned a switch for her and things really started clicking. She became more loving, more of a helper, and just had a happier overall outlook on things! Even during her time of "restriction"! SO proud of her and how well she handled the punishment and what she learned through that process!!!

Sad to be missing her treats!

Britt is such a phenomenal big sister. Nothing makes me prouder as a mama than seeing my kids in the older sibling role! I love the way Tess looks up to her and I know that Britt takes that responsibility seriously!

She tends to get pretty bossy with Tess and likes to play "mommy" ;) 

Tess doesn't mind being babied!

A big area where Britt has grown is in her servant heart. She especially shines in the kitchen. She LOVES to help Mommy bake and cook and enjoys the entire process. I know we'll have many great talks in the kitchen as she grows up :)

On Tess's birthday Britt woke up super sad and said she didn't want Tess to be two because Tess is supposed to be the baby :)

We had lots of girl time this month together. Nails, shopping, "panty party", beach time. We soaked up our quality time together and Britt is old enough where it's truly FUN. I've been envious of Zach for a few years now that Kye is old enough for them to have great memories of "guy time" together and now Britt is able to participate in the girl time fun I've been waiting for! Britt really shines one on one and I'm so thankful for the opportunities we had this month to spend that kind of time together!

Britt has always been my most active child but also my BEST sleeper. From birth girl just has loved her sleep! She is a DEEP sleeper and still will nap for 4 hours easily if I let her. I love sneaking in and watching her sleep and even holding her hand and cuddling her while she's out :) 


Britt is SO full of life! She loves to laugh and have FUN and is always making everyone smile! I loved watching her at the's truly her happy place
(girls trips in our future I'm sure!!!)

My sunshine! Now and forever!

Kye Monthly Summary: July

Pretty much everything about Kye this month was covered in the weekly summer recaps! We had a FULL month and Kye is such a blessing turning busy times. He knows how to jump in and help make things run smoother and he is always such a huge helper with his sisters. I love the memories we make together while he's home from school during summer. I miss him so much during the long school days and I'm thankful for all the quality time that summer brings :)

Here's the quick highlights from this month:

Kye had a BLAST on our beach trip and especially loved the fort!

He lost his 2nd tooth in the car :)

VBS was a success!

We didn't have Kye nap daily, but when we told him to sleep he'd SLEEP!

Spending so much time together in summer let's me see Kye's interests in a way I'm not able to as well during school. 

He is very quiet and reserved and more "introverted" in many ways. He has such a creative mind and comes up with awesome stories! 

Like his mama he's more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it! 

I love that no matter how old he gets he's always excited to experience things and always volunteers to jump right in!

Kye reminds me a LOT of myself in many ways but especially when I can tell he feels older than he is. I remember as a kid feeling silly when I acted silly. I remember telling myself "YOU ARE A KID YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SILLY" but it never felt natural for me. I often remember feeling like I related to the grownups more than the other kids and I enjoyed being part of adult conversations. Kye is ALWAYS listening when I'm talking to another adult and will ask me questions later to fill in parts of the convo he missed (ha!). This pic really captures one of those moments where I could tell Kye was feeling "more grown" for his age :)

Mr. Businessman! 

Jordan asked Kye if he was going to share some profits with Britt from the sale if she helped him and he said "Oh I thought the girls would be doing their nails or something" bahaha

Kye has a natural love for books and reading! I made up a 100 book challenge for the summer for him thinking it'd be an actual challenge but it was a BREEZE for him!

Even though Kye is a "thinker" and a "reader" he is still very much all-boy and into all things sports. He loves to run laps around the house for his "work out" (and writes down all his times haha) and he loves to practice his golfing in the backyard!

More than anything else I've loved watching Kye's love for the Lord grow! He made me SO PROUD this month by sharing a lesson with the lady's class at church and leading them in prayer. 

Videos from This Month:

As long as I'm living my baby he'll be :)

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