Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Of Kiddos, Holidays, and Moments to Remember

Hello world!

I must admit, I have missed blogging regularly these last couple of months, but sometimes, I'm just too busy living life to stop and write about it.  Mothering three children ages 2 1/2 and under has to be the most demanding, exhausting, constant, and exhilarating work I've ever done.  Here are some snapshots into our world from the past many weeks, followed by a few videos for your viewing pleasure. :)

Sometimes, my boys play very happily together.  Other times, I have to referee spats and struggles sharing.  This was a memory captured of them playing so sweetly.  Isaac was most delighted to give his little brother pushes around the house on their toy car, and Josiah was just as delighted to have additional speed to his travels.

I feel like this picture is the epitome of my life right now with energetic boys moving so fast, the picture is blurry!

I am trying so hard to enjoy their little years, and not let them rush past me too quickly!

Josiah, my little "elf."

My turkey platter creation for Thanksgiving with the family.

After we spent time with Nathan's family in Dayton for Thanksgiving, we drove over to Cincinnati to see my grandfather, whom I hadn't seen in over six years.  Unfortunately, he had injured his nose a few days before our arrival, which is why he is wearing the bandage over it.  It was great to introduce him to my husband and children for the first time!

Isaac enjoys dressing up!  Here he is sporting my old ski cap and my shoes in addition to his construction worker vest.  I just love his sense of style!

The mother of one of our church members made all three boys some adorable winter hats!

Adoniah is growing bigger and stronger every day!  One of his favorite activities is jumping in his Bumper Jumper. :)


A happy boy most of the time!

And pretty cute, too!

I can't tell you how much I'm loving our new mantel decor!  (An early Christmas present thanks to an amazing sale on canvas photos at Sam's and my husband's generosity!)

Early December - time to get the tree up!

Isaac quickly decided the tree's box was the perfect little "house" for him to play in!

And of course, whatever big brother does, little brother is sure to join in!

JoJo was fascinated by the ornaments on the tree.

We had to have many lessons over the coming days on how to leave the ornaments on the tree and not scatter them all over the living room floor!

Sometimes, it's just too hard to select a favorite picture of Adoniah from the ones I take...

...because each expression is different and adorable!

We enjoyed a family night at the Bob Evans "Christmas on the Farm" event where we saw beautiful light displays, drank hot chocolate, chatted with friends, and took a carriage ride around the property!

Our  little family - Christmas 2015

Isaac and the piggy hay bale.

Our beautiful tree all lit up.

My friend, Korey, often pops over on an evening when our husbands are at the church playing basketball to hang out with the children and me.  We all enjoy her company!

Josiah was very excited to receive a new stocking in the mail made by his Great Aunt Nora!

Adoniah's stocking is almost as big as he is!

Isaac was happy to have a special stocking with his own name on it and several of his favorite characters: a snowman, a teddy bear, and a penguin!

And now for some videos:

This first one I took of Adoniah back when he first started rolling...shortly after turning 3 months.  Now, he is almost 5 months and rolling all the time with greater strength and confidence!  It's so fun to watch them grow and develop!


This video was an attempt to capture Josiah dancing with his little hat on, but just as I turned the camera on, the hat came off and the hilarious moves stopped.  Oh well...maybe next time!  This child has danced from early on, without anyone ever showing him how and no matter the type of music playing.


I leave you with laughter as the pillow men collide! :)


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A new little niece!

Congratulations to my sister and brother-in-law on the birth of their third daughter yesterday evening!

Briana Nicole Day
8 lbs. 11 oz.
21 inches

This was Katelin's first birth here in the United States after delivering twice in Ukraine.  She had a home birth at my parents' home, and everything went beautifully!  Mama and baby are doing well.  We praise the Lord for this new little life to love!