The computer is propped up on the butcher block countertop in the kitchen,
providing me with Fernando Ortega while I’m attempting my baking day.
It’s not every week [or every month, for that matter] that I designate an entire day to baking.
But, you see, there is a long-anticipated weekend with extended family in the lovely region of southern Ohio this weekend,
and there is much preparation to be done.
The kiddos are writing on the kitchen chalkboard, as I write,
fulfilling what I hoped for and envisioned when we were designing the kitchen.
Baby is in his bouncy seat, playing with his little toys
[since when did 3 month old boys become old enough to play with toys already?].
Cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven and spreading an old-fashioned aroma throughout the whole house.
I should learn to love baking, if just for that smell. :)
[Zoe’s rendition of the alphabet, by herself]
Adding to the “mmmmmmm” factor in my kitchen there is also Pam overspray on my floor,
singing a duet with flour-dusting beside it.
There are dishes overflowing my sink, cookie crumbs on the floor from sneaking kiddos.
There was both a spider and a roach the size of small dogs in my kitchen this morning that I killed with fervor.
I do think I will need a deep-cleaning when this is all over!
This summer has been one-of-a-kind in its busyness.
While I’m not even sure what all has made it seem the dizzy merry-go-round that it is,
I do know that simply having an infant that eats every few hours is one of the things,
along with 3 family weddings since March,
and a major bathroom remodel at school that we’re partially in charge of and provide much manual labor for.
For once I may have a short and sweet little post on my blog. :)
This is just a little popping in to say “hello!”
My sister has been begging for pictures, and said I can just put up a few and say, “Each picture is worth a thousand words.”
So, this is for her. :)
One of these days, if I ever attempt a catchup, there will be an overabundance of both words and pictures.
Just a warning/brace yourself. :)
She’s a little monkey.
How one little child can melt me in a puddle one minute and exasperate me so completely the next,
I’m not sure. I do know that we adore her, and we can’t imagine our family without her.
I caught this picture one Sunday afternoon, just wanting to capture the sweetness of them napping together.
Baby gave me a little smile in his sleep, which absolutely slayed me.
It’s so hard to believe this little guy just turned three months old.
WHERE did time go? WHAT happened to my baby??
People guess him around 6 months old already, and that’s his clothing size
[although I try to squeeze him into 3 month clothes that are too cute to pack up already].
It’s funny, how when you have a baby that is small and petite
you think she’s just absolutely perfect and adorable and you’re so proud of her littleness.
And when you have a baby that is on the top of the charts and fast outgrowing clothes and gaining weight
you think that is perfection, and you couldn’t be more proud.
I’ve had it both ways, and both ways are so perfect.
It makes each one so unique, so original. I love it!
He’s still a little baldy, with just a few hairs sprouting a’top his little head.
With my girls I would just wear hats and headbands to draw attention elsewhere.
This little guy? Well, let’s just say he and Mr. Clean would be good friends on appearances. :)
Ben stopped me while I was mowing on Saturday and said I needed to take a picture of Hudson.
He had taken him outside with the rest of us, and Hudson fell asleep with Zoe’s thoughtful props.
Nearly every day I think about how perfect Hudson is for our family.
Before he was born I just couldn’t even imagine our family with a boy.
Of course I wanted a son one day, but after two girls, we just kind of seemed like a girly-girl family.
I grew up with four girls all in a row, and thought that was perfect.
It’s just so beautiful to see how God hand-creates each family.
To be so unique, so original, so perfect for them. Girl, girl, boy. It’s perfect for us.
Even though I still hope for my four girls some day. And a brother for Hudson. :)
I suppose we’ll wait and see what God’s Perfect for us is.
We spent a day with Anthony & Jana one weekend, since they live only a few hours from us now!
We visited their charming little southern home, enjoyed Jana’s good cooking,
and had fun with family because so close for the first time since I moved here 6 years ago!
^^ this is what they could be like in seven years, we told them, if they follow us. :)
Olivia sure likes her Uncle Anthony.
Zoe turned 5 the end of July, and we celebrated with a day and night at the ocean. [more pictures later]
[Little dresses compliments of Auntie Ervina. Next time, find one in my size, please?]
Ben turned 32 last week, and we had a little in-house party, with in-house people only.
Because of our busy summer, and being gone so much in the evenings,
he requested that we have no guests but just enjoy a family night. We did that.
Birthdays mean you pick the menu.
Husband chose Taco Salad.
Really? He’s too easy to please.
On his birthday with the three kiddos.
Something so important to us, but hard to make happen. Especially since Baby #3.
Such an event calls for dressing up, and a picture to remember it by.
Oh, and a tripod, since there was no Zoe around to take a picture.
We celebrated seven years in June, and I have to say, this past year has been my favorite yet.
God is so good to us. He’s so faithful to redeem, to continue to work in us despite our weaknesses.
And marriage is worth fighting for!
I’m so humbled when I realize that my marriage isn’t just about Ben and me –
it’s about being given the sacred opportunity to showcase Jesus Christ to the world.
I read This Momentary Marriage by John Piper within the past year or so,
and marriage has taken on a whole new wonderful meaning.
And now the dishes are washed and food in the freezer. I find myself humming along to “Arky Arky”
which the kids requested during their visit to the kitchen and I forgot to change the music afterwards.
Sometimes I think being a mom is like being given a second childhood. :)
Wishing you all a beautiful week!