first day of March

I am 26 days late on posting March first days.. Don’t judge:)

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Meeting Baby Brother..

For weeks now the kids have prayed, anticipated and even {daily} looking out the window each morning to see if ‘daddys car was gone that would mean brother was here.” Finally Saturday they were able to see us off and wait for the call 🙂 Once brother arrived the kids -and Nonna- hurried to the hospital to meet him!

ready to meet brother!

ready to meet brother!

I made the shirts tutorial here….

first glimpse of Asher

first glimpse of Asher

first was the attempt to get a group family picture… yep a bit more challenging than we expected… due to me not being able to hold any of the kids and being bed ridden…

attempt 1

attempt 1

attempt 501.. keeper

attempt 501.. keeper

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They were beyond thrilled! It was neat this time since they each understood it this go around. seeing their smiles and desire to hold Asher over and over was so heart warming!

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my two babies.. Lydia 13 months old.. Asher 4 hours old

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thank you aunt staci for the awesome FSU hat!

 

Each baby has gotten gifts for the siblings.... here is what Asher brought for the others.. (according the selah 'he did good')

Each baby has gotten gifts for the siblings…. here is what Asher brought for the others.. (according the selah ‘he did good’)

Well that is a peek (in pictures) of our family welcoming Baby Asher Quinn into our arms and heart!!

~Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dating the littles….

A few months backed Joel and I decided that it was important for me to ‘date’ each of our children before our newest little arrives in Jan. For many reasons we went this route..

  1. for the next MANY months i will be toting an infant (who will likely be nursing)
  2. they need to having special one-on-one with mom
  3. seeing me non-stressed doing fun things with just them.. I mean who doesn’t want that?!
  4. giving them quality time..something we ALL crave no matter the age..

We originally planned to do the 3 older ones one right after another.. then we got sick and life happened.. so it ended up being a few weeks between each one.. BUT finally Sunday Judah and I completed the dates.

First up was Levi… as with all our dates we let the child pick what to do and then we talk about it… It is pretty much free rain on food but the activity is normally free or relatively cheap.. So Levi choose

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Freddys for dinner and Toysrus to look for a gift to bring to baby brother when he comes to visit..(isn’t this the sweetest thing EVER!?!)

we found this adorable brown patting-ton bear with a  green hat .. it was soo cute and HE was so proud!

we found this adorable brown patting-ton bear with a green hat .. it was soo cute and HE was so proud!

Then Selah and I went on a modified date.. I had errands to run and she wanted to join .. so we combined it as her date:)

a bit of rain calls for poke a dot rain boots DUH! :)

a bit of rain calls for poke a dot rain boots DUH! 🙂

pizza at sams:)

pizza at sams:)

Judah ended up being last due to the yuckies that arrived the night he and I were to go out … He wanted to go the arcade (at walmart… we really don’t get out much:) then Crackle barrel to eat…

I taught him how to play the game.. something i was shocked he didn't know who to do..but i guess when we go we are busy with all the eating we never showed him.. he did really good!

I taught him how to play the game.. something i was shocked he didn’t know who to do..but i guess when we go we are busy with all the eating we never showed him.. he did really good!

Then Fruitty Tutti for dessert!

Then Fruitty Tutti for dessert!

These are some of my favorite times with my kids.. spending time chatting and doing things they love is so much fun. it cost maybe $20 a date but a lifetime of memories.. Judah kept saying.. this is my favorite night mom.. i love date nights. Selah now thinks anytime we are alone in the car together its a date. Showing my kids they are special and IMPORTANT to me and getting into their head is something i want to grow… setting time away now when they are little and making it a priority will only allow us their parents to speak into thier life when they are older because we have set up traditions and time for us to ‘hang out or chat!” love this journey with my littles!:)

SOOO do you date or do something special with your kids??

~jessica

#3 spent in a Jolly sort of way!

**warning picture heavy!

Since April, our Little Selah has dreamed of nothing but Mary Poppins.. I mean like in a crazy sort of way. She loves every song (can sing most of them) and will tell anyone that Mary Poppins is her favorite princess…(NOPE i am not gonna correct her and tell her she is NOT a princess:)

When people would ask what she was gonna do for her birthday she would proudly say ‘a mary Poppins party’ Like duh doesn’t every 3 year old want that?!! (and its crazy cause Frozen wasn’t even on the radar .. sigh!) So for the past week we have been dreaming, planning, sewing, prepping all things ‘Superfragalistic”.

The door:) Nothing says Mary Poppins like a carpet bag and the Movie:) (yes its a DVD:) we love old school!

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during our trip to Disney in September she saw this Minnie Mary Poppins and HAD to have it:)

Then one of my favorite parts.. the decor!!!

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“A spoonful of Sugar helps the medicine go down:)’

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The carousal cake, and penguin

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Now on to the games and crafts.. NOW we must remember the oldest child invited was 3.5 and the youngest was 2.5 so we had to get creative!! 🙂

"Lets go fly a kite".. I had precut kites and give them crayons and stickers!

“Lets go fly a kite”.. I had precut kites and give them crayons and stickers!

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The Crew and their kites

The Crew and their kites

Remember when Mary Poppins stepped on the turtles? Well we had to also!:)

Single jump on the green shapes!

Single jump on the green shapes!

The next game surpired me and ended up being the kids favorite.. It was to balance a teacup on their head..(we didn’t have any plastic ones so I used these little cups..).. They ended up playing it multiple times each!!

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even big brother had to get in on the fun!

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This might be my favorite picture from her party!!

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OH my she is 3:)

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since the party was small I had a small white cake (it is the top tier of a wedding cake meant for the 1 year anniversary) made and then I decorated it with frosted animal crackers and black and white straws:)

So very blessed by her friends.. lots of My little ponies, books, and pretend play!

So very blessed by her friends.. lots of My little ponies, books, and pretend play!

all her sweet friends, minus one who wanted to sit with mommy and one who was sick:(

all her sweet friends, minus one who wanted to sit with mommy and one who was sick:(

And before the party even started she INSISTED on having a picture with her daddy…

Daddy's first little girl... growing up WAY to quickly!

Daddy’s first little girl… growing up WAY to quickly!

Love my little Mary Poppins! I pray as she grows she will take the joy that she has and Become the Woman of God, he has planned for you to become!

Love you my sweet Selah girl!

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So that is our long awaited Mary Poppins party!

Hope you enjoy the picture as much as we enjoyed the party…:)

~jessica