5 weeks ago
Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
I was cleaning up the kitchen the other morning and Jack & Josie were playing together. When I actually stopped to pay attention to what they were doing...I saw this:
Spoiler Alert: He went for the dog.
Friday, August 21, 2015
|Baby Jakobsen doing some skin-to-skin with his Daddy|
And finally - a little story. Everyone knows Molly - Jack's original girlfriend from our days in Royal Oak... Well, Molly & her family moved to Denmark last fall and shortly after they settled in - we found out they were expecting Baby #3. Well - Molly and her little sister Louise welcomed a baby BROTHER on Nolan's birthday and all my wishes came true. Poor Brooke was seriously over-due and I was secretly (or not so secretly) hoping the baby would come on the 20th. And then she sent me a text that she had been admitted to the hospital...and I immediately went shopping (true story). I am SO incredibly excited for the Jakobsens! We will meet this (unnamed) baby boy...someday...hopefully soon. XOXO
Thursday, August 20, 2015
You are ONE today. And I'm probably crying about it somewhere. One year ago we met in a tub of warm water. There were no tears, we made eye contact and I knew you were a special boy. I have been savoring every stage of your infancy. But today you become a toddler. A switch will flip and right before my eyes - you'll start growing up faster and faster. Moms really need a pause button.
You are quite the ladies' man. You give high fives, hugs, and kisses...you even BLOW kisses to people (especially cute teenage girls).
When we are at a store or the library - you work hard to make eye contact with people and then give them a shy smile when they acknowledge you. You are FULL of personality.
In our house - you're still a favorite of your brother & sister...as long as you aren't trying to steal one of their toys.
You have dog bowl radar and will beeline to the dog water as soon as I put it down - so you can splash in it.
You are a master "bear crawler" and have started standing up without assistance. I can see that we are a few weeks away from walking...so excuse me if I push you down. We aren't ready for that.
You love hanging out in the pantry, because you know the food is in there. You love food. You get really HANGRY (anger brought on by hunger) when I take too long getting your dinner or snack.
It only took you 11 months to sleep through the night. I love you, but I was not sad to reach that milestone. Middle of the night visits were wearing me out, kid.
Your dad tells me you are our LAST baby. Our hearts are full and you have completed our family. Your first year felt like it flew by faster than Jack or Josie's did. Tomorrow you will wake up and move into toddlerhood...and time will keep flying. I'll hang on. I don't want to miss anything. With your big brown eyes and auburn hair - you'll always be my baby boy (even when you're grown).
Happy first birthday. You are loved. Always.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
While Jack was at camp - I decided to spend a morning with my Josie. We used to get LOTS of one-on-one time - but then Nolan came along... So last week Josie and I got dressed up and went downtown Northville for a play and lunch.
Our cute local theater is doing a production of Little Red Riding Hood. Josie LOVED it. She was SO into it...so much so that she yelled out at the Big Bad Wolf - not once, but TWICE...DURING the show. Eeeek. It was really funny. And luckily - we were far from Broadway. But she was SO into the play, she couldn't contain her excitement.
After the play - we grabbed some lunch at a fun local diner and, of course, ice cream - because it was Josie's special day.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Two weekends ago I put on my big girl pants and loaded three kids in the car for - what I thought would be a 5.5/6hr trip to Madison, Indiana - to see my mom's family. It was actually more of a 7.5hr trip. Or in other words A LONG A$$ TRIP. But - it was worth it! We arrived at my aunt & uncle's farm on Friday evening. My mom was already there, so we al settled in for a fun weekend.
Saturday we had a Colbert family (my grandma's side) reunion at Clifty Falls. Then I drove the kids around Hanover College - because, as Grandpa Jerry will tell you - it's NEVER too early for a visit to Hanover. I will give Hanover credit - gorgeous views of the Ohio River.
We also spend some time celebrating my Grandpa's 87th birthday! I'm so thankful that 3/4 of my grandparents are alive and healthy. My kids will have memories with them and that means SO much to me.
The farm is a VERY fun place for a 5 year old and a 3 year old! See Jack up in that tractor? He got to ride along with Uncle Larry to bale hay. Highlight of his summer!
Josie put on her boots and went to the chicken coop with Aunt Debbie to collect eggs. Surprisingly - she didn't break any!
Even farm girls can strike a pose.
Grandma Shirlee was there to lend a hand. Traveling with 3 kids is crazy. I'm a little crazy.
But - as I said - it was absolutely worth it to see so many people we miss and love.
And on Sunday - I loaded my crew back into the car and drove home. Fortunately it was only 6.5 hours back. Looking forward to our next visit to the farm. But in the meantime - I need to consider getting my pilot's license.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
I have been reminded that I'm slacking on the blog. I realize this. The third child has put me over the threshold for "stuff to do" and blogging has taken a backseat. I'm also planning a FIRST birthday party for a little boy...and I'm periodically crying along the way.
Light saber toting pirate.
I'm behind on some posts about what we've been up to this summer. I swear - they will be posted. :)
Sunday, August 2, 2015
If you are wondering..."why haven't there been lake pictures on the blog this summer?" You answer is above. The lake house is under construction...and while construction may not be moving as quickly as anyone would like - it is going to be AMAZING next summer (and every summer after).
We were all missing the lake, so Nancy & Denny rented a cottage right down from theirs and the Idaho Beckers flew in for a fun long weekend.
We did family pictures and we FINALLY have a picture that includes all of the Beckers (Nolan & Agnes, too!) New cottage decor...check.
Our family got a few good pictures too...so, if I get
lazy busy...and you see this picture appear in your mailbox in December, well...
One foot in Michigan, one foot in Indiana.
Tom's Donuts & Agnes. Agnes didn't eat any of them. But Nolan might have....
baby pool with Kallie
boat ride with Kinley & Hadley (not shown)
swim suit model.
It was a SUPER fun long weekend - with LOTS of Becker family fun crammed in. We have missed the lake and the Idaho Beckers so much. Glad we could enjoy both at the same time.