Just a quick update on my girl who turned 4 this month!

First, some stats:

We had our checkup yesterday, and she’s average in weight and slightly above average in height at 40 inches!  She kept the doctor in stitches with her conversation — which is totally unsurprising to everyone if you’ve ever met her.

Developmentally: She knows all her colors, even working on more obscure ones now (shades of colors, silver vs. grey, etc), can count to 20, knows the alphabet and writes the letters A, T, L, P, E, H, M, N, O, C, D … as well as maybe a few others. I’m not sure. We just teach them as they come along. She’s fascinated with “writing” and my goal is to get all of them covered before this fall. She’s more of a colors and numbers girl rather than linguistics, but she is becoming more interested in vocabulary every day! I tend to be just as verbose with her as I do with anyone else so that she learns a wide range of words.

I asked the doctor if she needed pre-k as we are uncertain as to what we want to do in the fall, and he said she was fine academically, but it was up to us to decide if we wanted to expose her more socially. Since that’s the case, we may find something more along the lines of a MDO-style preschool or something simply social and I’ll teach her for the pre-k year.

Friends: B has several imaginary friends. At least 4. She’s pretty social! Haha! They are making less of a daily appearance as Squishy has become more social himself and she has someone to play with. Giving her time to play at church and play dates are helping as well. She loves her friend “Char-wie” and her cousins!

Her favorite things to do include playing outside, picking my flowers, watering the strawberries, playing with brother, princess EVERYTHING, changing her clothes 90 times a day, and leaving the house. Every single morning I hear, “Where are we going today?”

She loves to elicit a laugh. If you think something she does is funny, she will do it again repeatedly.

She is pretty darn fearless.

She’s wonderful and strong and I’m so incredibly proud of her.

Here are some pictures from her birthday party a few weeks ago! It was a dress up/princess party. We had her in this gorgeous homemade fairy costume my grandmother made her, but apparently it itched and she changed clothes. She changed several times that day. (Of course!)

The party was loud and chaotic and a wonderful day for her!

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As you can see, she is a very loved little girl!  (The swing set was her big surprise!)

I’m so thankful that God allows me to be her mommy.

Blessed indeed,

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A life update in photos!

by April on April 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Have you ever sat down to write and found yourself with writers block due to too much material? My poor neglected blog.

Here’s what you’ve missed since I wrote last:

*I’ve turned 30.

*Bluebelle turned 4.

*Squishy is now 9 months old.



We’ve been busy with church and activities. Springtime has become one of my favorite seasons because of my kids. Getting to watch them play and explore fills me with joy. I’ve become determined to soak up as much time with them as possible and because of that, sitting down for some uninterrupted blogging time is very rare! I thought about doing several posts to catch you up on everything, but I think I’m going to condense it down to this one and a separate one over Bluebelle’s birthday!

So what have we been up to?

Painting, playing outside, and normal shenanigans.

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Long, exploring walks with beloved family. Flower picking.

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Riding carnival rides and spending time with Daddy.

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…and celebrating Easter! 

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I’ve missed you all, my friends. I hope this finds you well!

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A 30 BEFORE 30 update!

March 25, 2014

Run ONE mile without stopping or dying. (ONE MILE. Is it SO hard?) Have another baby. July 6, 2013! Complete 30 Day Shred. Hopefully move just ONE last time for at least several years. Bought a house May 31, 2013! Finally make the mommy and me aprons I’ve been planning to make for the last year. We [...]

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Country music, sunshine, and remembering gratitude.

March 24, 2014

One afternoon last week, in the midst of the piles of laundry and the mess, I simply remembered. I remembered that these are gifts I have been given. I remembered the eucharisto. The thanks. The joy of my daughter learning how to ride her bike.  The piles of dirt and dust — the food and [...]

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The best frozen lasagna I’ve ever eaten. (review and coupon!)

March 19, 2014

Growing up in a youth group in a Southern Baptist church, we had a lot of frozen lasagnas. A LOT. It’s an easy dish that only requires oven time, and throwing together a simple salad and some bread to put beside it makes a filling dish for a lot of hungry teenagers. When my husband [...]

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Squishy {8.5 Months!}

March 18, 2014

Obviously I’m the world’s best mom ever with all these baby updates. Try not to be jealous. I think little man’s last one was what, 2? 3 months ago? But lo and behold — a Squishy update!! He’s only 8 (and a half…) months! For the record — his last online update was at 5 [...]

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You’re not doing a good job (and other lies we imply)

March 13, 2014

Me and my clingy guy this week while working in the garage. I’m obviously not amused. I’m attempting a garage sale this weekend (and of course now rain is scheduled for Saturday), there’s a birthday party to plan (Bluebelle is turning 4!), and I have so much other stuff on my plate that my stress [...]

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When all you need is a break.

February 21, 2014

Can we do some real talk this morning? Okay, good. Let’s begin by this unfortunate truth: women tend to be really hard on each other. We are. I don’t know if it’s because we are hard on ourselves, or if guilt is a motivating factor, or our struggles with jealousy. I think it can sometimes [...]

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“Will the church still love me tomorrow?”

February 16, 2014

“Will the church still love me?” I thought about this thought Sunday morning as I got ready for church. Right now we are in the “going steady” stage of church membership. We haven’t joined yet, but we are “exclusive.” We are making such committed gestures like joining the choir and attending Wednesday nights. We are [...]

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To you, new mama.

February 14, 2014

For the new mom: Welcome to the club! I see you.  I really do.  You are my friends.  I have rejoiced with you.  Shed tears over your absolutely perfect bundles of joy, and I love watching you marvel.  Every time you do, it reminds me of my own babies and how much I love those [...]

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