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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 :) 

Straight chill mode!

Playing dress up with Mommy's shoes!


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!

He's also gotten very good at drawing!

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 :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tess's 2nd Birthday Letter {From Mommy}

My precious Tessie:

Hello to the year of being 2! I know most parents worry about the "terrible 2s" but with you I have no concerns about this year ahead. Anytime I meet a mama who has two kids I always tell her to keep going and have a third because you, my darling, are PURE JOY. I worked so, so hard when I was a mother-of-one and a mother-of-two and I feel like you are the reward for all that dedicated hard work! Since the moment you were born you have just brought such happiness into all of our lives. I was already so thankful for the family we had, but you are the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae :)

You are so easy-going and just naturally content. I know it's because you are that third child and you've had to be more flexible. When we ride in the car we still have to constantly say "did we forget Tess?" because you are just so quiet! Even at home you will just sit and take it all in. Whenever it's just you and me I enjoy the SILENCE we share. We can just be happy to sit and enjoy each other's company without saying a word. In the rush-rush-rush of life this is such a blessing. 

I am constantly blown away by how adorable you are. When people compliment you on your cuteness I jump right in and start gushing along with them. I know I should just say "thank you!" but I can't help myself because I am just in awe of your sweet smile and adorable expressions. You truly light up every room with your presence and sweet demeanor. You don't demand attention, but you receive it by allowing others to come to you rather than seeking it out!

It's so nice to ENJOY you without all the worries that normally come with parenting. It's so true that as a mom I just worry less the more kids I have. I'm able to soak up the sweet times, laugh at the silly times, and find the good in the difficult moments. I know you aren't perfect, but those tougher times seem so minimal because I'm able to see the larger picture. 

I often tell people that you have me wrapped...and it's true. I have to remind myself to discipline you and to not just give you everything you want. I have felt a special bond with you from birth and I pray it's one we only continue to share as you grow up. Each of my babies is special to me for different reasons and our connection is special just as the ones I share with your brother and sister are as well. Even though you are my second daughter, you are your own unique person and I appreciate those differences you have from your sister. 

Speaking of your siblings, I think you have them wrapped around your finger even more than me! They will do ANYTHING for you and when I do discipline you they take up for you and defend you. You are old enough now though where it's not always sunshine and rainbows. Britt is getting her payback for annoying Kye because you can drive her pretty crazy! You are obsessed with her bedroom and all of her toys and accessories and she gets sick of you always wanting to be in her space. Welcome to the world of a little sister ;) The cycle is typically that Kye is annoyed with Britt and Britt is annoyed with you. I'm sure once little brother joins the bunch you will then be annoyed with him and the cycle will continue!

It's been so fun watching you grow and change throughout this year. Your personality has really started to develop and I love seeing you turn into your own unique person. You LOVE animals. Zeke is your very favorite friend and you follow him constantly and are always talking to him and loving on him. He's so patient with you! You love random animals as well and are always the first one to spy a bird in the sky or a lizard in the grass. I always loved animals as a child and I can see you following in my footsteps. I like to think my love for animals back then is what helped make me the mother I am today so I fully encourage your interest in caring for creatures! 

You've done amazing with all the milestones this year! You don't talk as much as your siblings but you are speaking in sentences and can clearly express what you want to say. I took a more relaxed approach to potty training with you but it still paid off so well and you'll start preschool at 2 years old in panties! You love being a "big kid" like your siblings and I think watching their example has helped you in your developments too. I'm thankful you have such positive role models and it makes me proud of them to see you follow in their footsteps!

Of all of our kids you're the first one to really cling to Mommy. You still will cry when I drop you off at Bible Class and I know that you will struggle with drop off at school. I'd always heard it's common for kids whose mama's stay home to be really attached but Kye and Britt were never that way. While it may be a tad embarrassing in the moment, I truly soak it up that you want me by your side all the time. I love that I'm a safety net for you and I always want you to know that you can count on ME! 

You are more reserved and softer spoken but you are very, very brave and independent. You do not give up when you have your mind set on something and you enjoy solving problems on your own. You will get yourself stuck when playing and don't ask for any help and instead want to get out by yourself. You are very tough and rarely cry over injuries (which happen the most often with you being that your older siblings play pretty rough!) and are pretty fearless. I'm interested to see if you end up loving rollercoasters like Daddy! Mommy is a wuss but I have a feeling you will be a thrill seeker!

This past year has been so fun with you. I've enjoyed each and every moment. Our nursing relationship was something that was SO special to me. It was so hard to stop nursing you and I'm thankful that we still share such a strong connection even after weaning. I love that you only want ME to tuck you in at night and I love how you will still lay your head on me and want me to sing to you. You are so snuggly and sweet and have the world's softest skin that I wish I could just bottle up and keep forever!

I have loved exploring the world with you by my side. Outings are so easy and fun and you go with the flow with whatever we're up to! I've especially loved seeing you at the beach. You love the water and the waves and the sand. Chasing birds is def among your favorites too!

In this coming year we have so many fun things planned together. I cannot WAIT for your first Disney trip. I've been working hard at getting you ready by showing you movies and talking up all the characters. I hope you love it the way I do and the way your siblings do too. I'm pretty sure you will ;) 

I'm also excited to see you in the school setting. I'm sad to be without you two mornings a week but I know it'll be good for you to have that time away from Mommy. I also know it'll help ease the transition when little brother enters our lives. I know we aren't sure when that will happen but you will be a wonderful big sister when the time comes. You are getting into caring for baby dolls and I know that will help get you ready for a new baby at home too :) 

I'm not worried at all about the transition to the big girl bed. I'm not in a rush for it, but when it's time I'm confident you will do well. You've done awesome with the potty and hopefully we'll be getting poop in the potty too soon and start being able to hold it during naps and night! 

As you grow up I always want you to know how loved you are for YOU. You are truly one-of-a-kind and so special to me. I want you to know that I'm doing my best to raise you up to love Jesus and as long as you follow His will in your life then you will find happiness, peace, and an inner joy that nothing else can bring. You will stumble and fall but I am here to help pick you back up. And if you hit moments in life that keep you down a little longer, well then I will just have to get down with you and hold you until the time passes. Our family is for life and our home is a safe haven for you. No matter what!

I am so honored and thankful to be your mother. You are a gift and you have my heart! Happy Birthday my sweet Tessie Tess!

I love you, 


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