Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten On Tuesday

1. Sweet babes both climbed into my bed one night. Brian was sleeping on the couch so they made themselves comfy. When Brian came in at 4:40am (he thought it was 1:30) he headed back to the couch for his last 20 minutes of shut eye.
2. We LOVE Holland Beach and we enjoyed ourselves a nice little family evening out.
3. This kid is a climber...
4. This picture describes my Molly P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y...chillaxing in her "pool" without a care in the world.
5. Donuts at Sprinkles for being good at the Hallmark store.
6. Playing peek-a-boo at the library...
7. Wedding = date night!!! Congrats to Miss Justine (and her new hubby Tyce)!!!
8. And here's Miss Justine (the new Mrs. Clement). Hard to believe that I watched her (and her 3 siblings when they were little). Now she loves on my littles!!! And do they ever LOVE her!!!
9. And while mom and dad were at the wedding. These lucky lil nuggets got to go with G&G Vugteveen, Uncle Brandon, Austin, and Connor to the 48th Avenue Riverbend Antique Tractor Show. They had SO.MUCH.FUN!!!
10. How they were sleeping when I peeked on them (before going to bed myself) after a FULL day of OUTDOOR play :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ten On Thursday

1. Happy FOURTH from my three favorite lil firecrackers!!!
L.O.V.E these FACES!!!
2. A trip to the park with daddy and {GASP} he actually took a few pictures!!!
3. Mols walked through the whole store holding this shirt. I told her to put it back (without looking at the shirt). She did NOT want to put the shirt back and as I grabbed it from her I took a quick peek and decided it was actually kinda cute. Took it to the register to see if I could use my $10 off $10 coupon and booyah I could. Molly was SO happy with her $2.11 Minnie shirt!
4. JBZ with friends. Boo for the non beach weather. Yea that it was super nice zoo weather. Original plan was to hit up Millennium Park/Lake/Splash Pad but low 70s and mostly clouds made it more of a zoo day...so to the zoo we went.
Crewsers enjoying a lil freedom!
5. These four...
6. Can't EVER get all four looking at.the.same.time...
7. Lake day at G&G Helmholdt's house.
8. This kid is just the best. 90 plus degrees at Zeelmania and as happy as can be. Thankfully he's a baby and we could strip him down!
9. Zeelmania F-U-N (not many pics were taken cause it was so blasted hot) and since it was in the 90s a visit to downtown Zeeland's splashpad was a must.
10. It's Molly Mario :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

{Crew} Eleven Months

Stats: I'm guessing Crewsers is mid to upper 18 pound range. Won't find out for sure though until his next well child appointment on August 18. How is it that my baby is about to turn one?! Bittersweet day for sure.
Sizes: Crew can still pull off 9, 6-12, or 9-12 month clothing but for the most part he is wearing 12 or 12-18 month clothing. He's still in size 3 (Kirkland) brand diapers and he can wear size 3 or 4 in shoes.
Food: Crew gets FIVE 5oz bottles of {24 cal formula} a day. Meaning we use 5oz of water and add 3 scoops of formula...increases the calories from 20 to 24. Need to bulk that boy up. He's still getting Meijer brand Similac Advanced. Eats all table food. (Although most of it still misses his mouth). And just like his siblings he IS picky.
Routine: Crew goes to bed {most nights} at 7:45pm...unless we're out and about then it might be a bit later. He wakes anywhere between 7 and 7:30am. Most nights he sleeps all night long but on occasion (typically due to teething) he needs a little cuddle time with mommy around 2am. Falls instantly to sleep once I pick him up and lay with him. And also on occasion he hoots out around 5 or 6am but always after a couple hoots he goes back to sleep on his own. For the most part he is a wonderful sleeper! On the days we're just home (with no morning plans) which is NOT very often Crew will get a morning (9:30-11:30ish) and an afternoon (2-4ish) nap. Most days were out and about though so for the last week his morning nap has been either skipped and he takes one long early afternoon nap (12:30-3ish) or he takes a late morning (1130-1:30ish) nap and a later afternoon (4-5:30ish) nap. He gets his first bottle asap upon waking. A second bottle at 10:30ish. A third bottle at 1:30ish. A fourth bottle at 4:30/5ish. And his final bottle at 7:45.
(Snoozing at the Zoo)
Developmental Milestones: Crew can go UP and DOWN the stairs all.by.himself!!! Such a big boy! He learned this trick on July 7. So we no longer put our gate up. I'm still a little nervous on stairs that don't have a landing half way though. And he cruises along furniture. But has yet to take any steps on his own. If we give him our hands he'll take a couple steps before he plops himself down.
Loves: Crew loves balls. Crew loves his mommy. Crew loves daddy, brother, and sister too (but he really loves his mommy). Crew loves M&M's sippys. Crew loves either his own or Molly's pacis. (But if Molly catches him with one of hers its out of his mouth in 2 seconds flat. Girl does not like sharing. Although she'll help herself to his whenever she pleases). Crew loves stairs. Crew loves exploring the pantry and fridge/freezer. And Crew loves sucking on anything and everything.
Dislikes: Cold water and his face being wiped. And he will not sit still for a diaper change.
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • You helped daddy celebrate his fifth (well sixth) and your first Father's Day.
  • You went to the Wisconsin Dells (hopefully only the first of many)!!! And this was also your first trip out of the great state of Michigan.
  • Your fifth tooth (another on the bottom) came in this month. 
  • You constantly try (and often succeed) in pulling your shoes off. Shoes were a new thing this month because of constant owies (bleeding) due to crawling on cement.
  • You love helping mommy with the laundry and mommy "loves" your help. NOT!!!
  • Most mornings you wake up with a dirty diaper. Fun way to start the day. NOT!!!
  • You are SUCH a happy baby. I could clone you times a million!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ten On Thursday

1. Last week Friday we made our yearly trip to Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. This Zoo is great and has expanded like crazy over the last few years but since we have a JBZ membership we stick to hitting this Zoo up just once a year. Friday was thee most perfect day...72 and sunny with a touch of wind. Crew LOVED petting the Kangaroos...
2. Mason {finally} being brave enough to feed the Giraffe.
3. Molly LOVED feeding the birdies. (Mason not so much). And Crew just to grab the birdies. Poor birdies.
4. Family selfie on the safaia ride.
5. New gorilla meant a picture HAD to be taken...can't ever get them all looking at the SAME time.
6. The kids always LOVE playing on the statues...
7. The many faces of Molly. Oh how I love this crazy, strong-willed, and so very sassy lil lady.
8. Happy 3rd of July!!! I happened to have each of their outfits in their closets so I just couldn't help myself. Crew's outfit was Mason's (bought by my mom). The funny thing is Mase wore that same outfit when he was 5.5 months (Crew is wearing it at 10.5 months). Molly's outfit was bought by my mom as well when she was just a baby. She didn't grow as fast as I thought she would so two years later and she can finally wear it. And Mase's was...you guessed it also bought by my mom...his last year for his birthday.
9. Sidewalk chalk paint = SO.MUCH.FUN!!!
10. Fourth of July cupcakes from Grandma. Yummy!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ten On Tuesday

1. 6:24:2016-Spent our evening going out for dinner with Brian's cousin and his wife and afterwards we headed back to their house for a gator (gatorade per Molly) ride. Six years ago I never would have imagined that anything good could ever again occur on this date. Thankful for God's healing hand to our hearts.
2. Fridge opens and this kid comes a-running!!!
3. Twinners. First time I bought them both the exact same shirt. Mase thought it was pretty awesome!
4. Celebrated Alayna and Ella's SIXTH Birthday. Hard to believe SIX years have passed. So thankful for the promise of JOY in the MORNING!!!
LOVE this family that God has given ME.
Blessings #4, #3, and #5
She did NOT want to release a balloon. Daddy finally got her to and...
she LOVED it!!!
Watching Layna and Ella's balloons go Up Up and Away.
5. Enjoying one large (and very yummy) BIRTHDAY COOKIE...
6. Watching the rain come pouring down. And because they matched so nicely I just had to snap a pic. Aren't they C-U-T-E!!!
7. Happy Father's day to one of the BEST. We're lucky to have him!!! Since we were on vacation for the actual Father's Day and since I always have to have a picture of them dressed in their best the following Sunday served as our "Father's Day."
8. The plan was to hit up the Big Beach (Holland that is). Unfortunately it would have been a wee bit too chilly so to 8th Avenue Beach we went.
9. Love his creep. Kid knows if he crawls the normal way that his knees and toes will get all scuffed up. He's a smart lil boy.
10. Small Group hangout. These 3 are precious. As you can tell Molly loves her some "baby" Charlotte!