Monday, March 10, 2014
Whoa! Yep, it is another girl headed our way!! We are so excited to meet the peanut and so so excited that Wells didn't have the major pout fest that a boy would have incurred. Everything is going well with the anemia check-ups due to my Fifth Disease as well. 17 weeks and counting! (The first photo was when we first turned over our papers to my family. The one below is posed.)
A couple other shots from the weekend.
Wells getting a ride in her airplane from Uncle Matt. Mark & I ran to the furniture store on Saturday - my brothers and spouses and my parents watched the kids. Awesome babysitteres, let me tell ya!
On Sunday, we took the kids to Rainforest Cafe at Woodfield Mall as a special treat. They loved it and only Maine was a tad apprehensive. :)
Posted by Aubrey at 3:34 PM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It has been a crazy few weeks since I last posted. Things have been a whirlwind between Fifth Disease and pregnancy in general (in addition to three kids' busy lives). This weekend I finally thought I better be snapping some photos as there are none on my camera. So, here we go.
Friday night, we went to Colonial and Mark grabbed a photo of the kids on the cow. They still have to do this EVERY time we go to that restaurant.
Some photos of the kids I took on Saturday to fill my new phone with their sweet faces. :)
Watching the Oscars pre-show with my family. Fun tradition, though we missed Matt & Sarah this year due to this blasted Fifth Disease.
Andrew & Bethany snuggling Wells - she really was enjoying it even though she wouldn't smile for me. :)
Posted by Aubrey at 7:51 PM
Monday, February 10, 2014
We celebrated my mom's 60th birthday on Saturday with a dinner party at our house for her friends (and us kids, of course). We were thankful (to my dad) to have it catered, which cut down on a massive amount of work. My sisters-in-law and I still had fun doing the decorating, though. And, we were lucky that the party happened at a time when our basement family room was finished being remodeled, but before we had furniture for it. Perfect for a big, long table for 22 people!
The placecards with my mom's adorable baby picture on it.
Table set and ready to go. Yellow roses were gorgeous and Bethany & Sarah did an amazing job arranging them!
The cake. Can you tell her favorite color is yellow? :)
Another angle of the table and cake area in the back. I was a bit bummed we didn't have more wall hangings up to fill the space, but we didn't have time. Still thought it was warm and cozy, though.
Candles and fire lit and ready for guests. After enjoying yummy hors d'ouevres in the living room, we headed downstairs for dinner.
Everyone getting seated at the table.
Birthday girl and her hubby (who dressed up for the occasion!). :)
Chatting with friends, old and new, but all good friends of my mom's.
Not sure where Mark & Andrew had disappeared to in this photo - makes me look lonely. Oh, I think Mark was missing so Andrew went looking for him so we could eat. :)
Ready to blow out that candle!
Reading her birthday speech.
We had a fun time and I think everyone else did, too. I thought the feel of the party turned out perfectly and was just what Mom was going for. Happy 60th to an amazing influence and role model! Love you, Mom!! Happy birthday!
Posted by Aubrey at 9:28 AM
Saturday, February 1, 2014
So, I've heard many things about four kids, from "The jump from three to four is so easy," to "Having your fourth kid is like you're drowning and someone hands you a baby." I guess we will find out how it feels - it is with apprehension and joy that we announce we are expecting a fourth in August!! Gulp.
Posted by Aubrey at 4:12 PM
Friday, January 31, 2014
When we came back from California, we had a couple days at home before heading to my parents' house for Mark and Sarah's birthdays and the big reveal of Matt & Sarah's baby's gender.
The kids were so excited to be part of the process. They each got a dark balloon filled with confetti - either blue or pink - and set to work on popping them. (Andrew got one, too... ;))
Gibson popped his first and it was BLUE!! Lots of screaming commenced. :)
Andrew popped his by sitting on it.
Wells was very sad - borderline crying - because she wanted it to be a girl. It was too cute.
Mark blows out his candles on the yummy tres leche cake.
Fun night being back together with everyone!
Posted by Aubrey at 9:00 PM
Our final week had even more visitors, Andrew & Bethany - yay! - and wrapping up final things.
We went to the beach with my parents and Wells got SUPER dirty.
Me and my parents chilling on the beach (while poor Mark worked!).
Playing at the park - surfing on a whale.
We went back to the beach when Andrew & Bethany got there (after their hike). Here's Bethany and Wells on the shore.
We buried Gibson in the sand, which he loved!
Dinner out at Beach House, with surrounding views of the ocean - so neat!
Mom & Dad.
We took them up to Solvang on Saturday. It was a nice day, just wandering around the town and checking out stores and restaurants.
Papa & Wells in matching hats.
Trying on the big Dutch shoe.
Gibson entertaining himself at lunch - just chill. :)
Mark & Andrew enjoying their candy cigarettes from a throwback candy store - they were such goofballs with them.
Extended family flew home Sunday, we spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the pool and beach and then flew home on Thursday. After MANY delays, we finally got home after 14 hours door to door. The kids waving at a pilot (who was so sweet to wave back!) at LAX. Can you see the plane right there in front of them?
Whew - what a trip! We are so glad we went but so so glad to be home!!
Posted by Aubrey at 2:58 PM
Our third week in California had a major highlight - Papa & Rara came at the end of it!
The week included some swimming at the YMCA pool - the boys warming up after getting out.
On the weekend, we went up to Santa Ynez county - which is Santa Barbara's area wine country. It's up in the mountains so we got to see a whole other area. The mountains were so lush and green!
We found this cute Dutch-style playground for the kids.
And, we stopped in Solvang, a large tourist-y Dutch town. It was settled by the Dutch years ago and looks really fun and authentic. This is one quiet square in the village.
We went to a really yummy hole-in-the-wall seafood place, Brophy Brothers. Mmm, such a tiny restaurant but very good food! It was in the harbor and the kids liked seeing all the boats. One thing accomplished on this trip? Kids became awesome at eating in restaurants.
Maine and Wells at breakfast one morning.
Papa & Rara arrived on Mark's birthday so they got to celebrate with a delicious Italian dinner at Toma and carrot cake. We were so glad they were there!
Wells & Papa chilling on the lounge chairs one afternoon. :)
Posted by Aubrey at 8:49 AM