The moment Charlie has been waiting 9 months for happened a few weeks ago…his first kiss from Baby Girl.  I wasn’t there when it happened, but he gushed to me about it and how wonderful it was.  Then, a few days later, it happened again!  Felicity had just started pulling up so that was super exciting for her, and then Charlie got her to kiss his nose.  There was much excitement!

The Kiss!IMG_2720

The Celebration!IMG_2721


On Mother’s Day, I got all the kids out on the porch for a few pictures.  I loved it and they were great sports about it all.  IMG_2663

Best friends (for the moment) IMG_2667


Felicity and I got our picture taken after church (the boys had escaped to play by this time)


I look a little tired but had a great Mother’s Day with my family!  IMG_1169

I’ve officially run out of time to blog since Felicity started being more active!  I thought I’d throw up a few pics for the small number of family members who still check our site.  Maybe one day I’ll have more time and brain power to have real posts, but pictures will have to suffice for now.

Brittany, Jeff, Wyatt and Adelle came to visit early in May!  We had a great time together!!!

The girls going to the market IMG_1116

We have really enjoyed sitting on the porch this springIMG_1133

The boys are taking their second month of swimming lessons at the YMCA and loving it!IMG_1141

Felicity in her Easter dress!IMG_1145 

Sammy is finishing 1st grade and having fun, year-end activities, Eli is finishing up kindergarten and having lots of field trips, Abraham is loving life as usual, and Felicity is army crawling all over the place!  It’s all so fun and also tiring.  :)

Once I get some photos uploaded from my phone, I’ll post those.  Till then, thanks for your patience!  :)

Here are some candid videos of life in our backyard right now. Note the way humans, animals, and junk all exist together in harmony.


And here’s a good clip of Sammy enjoying a book:

We have been spending a lot of time in the yard this month as Charlie has been having fun building this:IMG_0866

for these guys: IMG_0889

I can hardly believe my life right now.  Never would I have expected to own chickens or that Charlie would find a hobby in them.  He loves taking care of them and planning their palace.  He put the roof on yesterday but it’s snowing outside right now so I’m not going to go outside to take a picture of it.  :)  Look for an update on a later post.

The boys have found many things to do out in the yard, and this weekend they played dress-up!  Here’s dress-up for boys:

Eli is Thor, I’m not sure about Sammy, and Abraham is Captain America!IMG_0907

Adorable-ness. IMG_0914

I have the best time paying dress-up with my baby doll!IMG_2071

The kids have been keeping things fun around here!  The weather has warmed up some (today excluded) and we have really enjoyed being outside.  Here’s a cute picture of Felicity and I last week–loving the sunshine and watching the boys play at the park.  Aren’t we adorable??? IMG_1925

I spontaneously purchased a tutu on clearance, then had buyer’s remorse until I realized we have an adorable flower headband that matches perfectly!  We will have to take some spring photos of the princess (with a shirt) in this get-up. IMG_1933

Eli always keeps us laughing!  This is his alter ego, Mr. Willy Bottoms.IMG_1954

Other times, he sits quietly drawing.  IMG_1969

Sammy decorated some balloons.  Can you guess who they are?  (answer: Charlie and me)IMG_0795

Felicity likes to suck on her big toe when she’s getting a diaper change.IMG_1982

We have been blessed with our little girl for 7 months now!  We all love her so much.IMG_1997

She and Abraham are becoming really good friends.  Abraham said they were “tent buddies” here. IMG_2001

Big news!  Felicity has two teeth!! She’s so proud. IMG_2011


**Having four kids is incredibly busy and some days are really difficult and I barely make it till bedtime.  I wouldn’t change it for the world but it’s hard.  I  just wanted to say that because we don’t take pictures during those times and I don’t want to misrepresent our lives as if we’ve got it all together.  

It was a beautiful weekend!  We played outside as much as possible after all the snow, and looking forward to another cold spell this week.  It felt so nice to be in the warm sun watching our kids play together.

Eli and Abraham enjoying leftover valentine’s suckers up in the tree house.  They really liked the color of the sky, and requested a picture of it. IMG_1895

Felicity sat in the window sill to watch her brothers, and the shadows.  She loved it!IMG_1909 

While I wasn’t looking, Sammy has grown!  I feel like he looks like a big kid in this picture! IMG_1910

A picture from before church to end the post.  Eli coordinated his camouflage outfit and Abraham is wearing an “America outfit” (he calls his socks “america socks”).  You can’t tell here but Felicity is wearing monogramed bloomers!IMG_1888

Here are a few random pictures from the past week!  Hope you enjoy them!

Captain America, ready to save the day! IMG_1837

What’s wrong with my boots?IMG_1849 

Sitting on her own and all dolled up for church.IMG_1861 

Playing outside in the wonderful weather this week! Our boys look so big!  Well, I guess Felicity does too. :)IMG_1876 

The girls around here!IMG_1877

Well, it’s been over 2 months since we blogged and I think I’m ready to get back into the habit.  It has been really busy around here living life with 4 kids!  We enjoy our family but don’t have a lot of extra time for hobbies.  (big surprise)  Anyway, I hope I can keep this up because I think it’s fun looking back at the blog and seeing how our kids have grown!  On that note, it’s time for some pictures!

Yesterday was very pretty so we decided to head up to the Roanoke Star for a short hike. Very fun!IMG_0420

It’s been very cold so far this year but we haven’t had a lot of snow.  Here are the boys watching it snow one day in January! IMG_1564

Sammy is growing quickly, reads a ton, takes care of his siblings, and we are proud of him as a young man.  Sammy got creative with his Legos a few weeks ago.IMG_1521

Eli is a careful student with good penmanship and has recently started reading!!!  He read this book the other night and was pretty excited about his accomplishment.IMG_1606

Reading it again for Daddy and Felicity the next morning.IMG_1609


Abraham loves to dress up like a superhero.  He has been a little bored when his brothers are in school so he switches costumes to keep himself entertained.  Iron Man in pj’s and then Batman after getting dressed!  I feel very safe with him around.



Felicity started rolling over this past week!!!  IMG_1618

I put my hair in a pony tail for the first time in at least 6 months!  It’s also very rare for Felicity to snuggle against up.  I wanted to document the occasion.IMG_1622

Felicity has developed bad sleeping habits, leaving Charlie and me very tired.  We had to let her cry to sleep last night.  Torture, but she seemed to be okay this morning.IMG_1625

Our baby girl seems to be growing up so fast these days!  She is playing with toys, grabbing her feet and laughing often.  We really enjoy this stage of life!IMG_1627

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