Happy 2015!

Well, hello there! I’m still here and I do love to share snippets of our life but it is a bit hard at times. You see screen time is a rarity for my children so I try very hard not to spend big chunks of time on the computer when they are awake. Then when they are asleep I am too exhausted or have more pressing matters to attend to that the blog gets pushed aside (again). I like having these memories to look back on so, (once again) I am going to try to get more pictures on here. We shall see if I can manage a weekly post this year. New years are all about dreaming big…

Soooo, the 2 big kids are out with their dad doing errands. Going to the dump, bank and Lowes to buy a toilet seat is extra special when you get dad time! So, while Lucas tears Jack’s room apart I am going to get some pictures on here. I left you off with our beach visit last time so here is the rest of September…

IMG_6413Ella was very curious about this Praying Mantis that was hanging out on our porch. She got right in it’s face. πŸ™‚

IMG_6421We visited Monticello with Seth’s parents to attend their Heritage Festival. It rained off and on the whole time but we all really enjoyed it. The kids got to pet some animals,

IMG_6422watch and participate in all kinds of trades and crafts,

IMG_6434the music was a big hit with Jack,

IMG_6440as was playing with the hoop.

Even Thomas Jefferson (see him in the background?!) said he was really good at the game!

IMG_6450He ran full speed ahead for a good long time!

IMG_6427Checking out the beautiful gardens was more our speed. πŸ™‚

IMG_6430Ella taking a break out of the rain.

IMG_6483We celebrated Lucas turning 1!

IMG_6494He is getting so big…12 teeth, taking steps but still prefers to crawl (fast), climbs on everything and loves putting anything inside of containers.

That little popper toy he is holding is so fun but one of the guys is missing and I’m really hoping he didn’t throw it away. Seth is constantly finding toys in his work boots!

IMG_6489He is still my little love bug but has recently turned into a daddy’s boy! Which makes Seth so very happy!

Oh wow, they still aren’t back so, here is October too…

My good friend, Rachel and her husband came for a visit sans kids and we had a wonderful time together! Who knows why I didn’t take a single picture while they were here…sigh. Next time, we agreed she needs to bring her kids so, they can entertain each other and we can have even more talking time. πŸ˜‰

IMG_6530We like to take nature walks in our back field.

IMG_6501Sometimes Jack finds a feather and this time he wanted to turn it into a pen. So, we got creative with some black paint!

IMG_6559He also built this motorcycle! Seth just helped him hammer in the nails.

IMG_6526Gak was a big hit again!

IMG_6565I found some like new Adidas sneakers in Ella’s size at Goodwill. Anyone who knows Ella knows she adores shoes so, waiting for them to dry after I washed them was a bit torturous. She just pulled up a chair and waited. πŸ˜‰

IMG_6584Super happy!

IMG_6591Jack turned my kitchen into a giant geoboard while I was getting everything ready to make applesauce.

Don’t get too attached to my beautiful (ahem) kitchen. Plans are in the works to make some improvements this year…I can’t wait!

IMG_6594Lucas is pretty excited about it too!

Well, my family is back with their Lowes purchases and some kitchen catalogs!

See you back here again sometime soon!

Outer Banks 2014

How about a beach post to warm ourselves up? It’s almost like I planned it this way, lol!

Our beach vacation this year was one of the best ones yet! We had great weather and a relaxing time. Here are some highlights… Be forewarned there are quite a few pictures but we love vacation memories…

Vacation Treats

IMG_6139Jack was pretty impressed with a truck that sells ice cream! I couldn’t pass up the nostalgic experience.

IMG_6140He already knows what he is going to pick next time!

IMG_6141Watching the hot, fresh donuts come out of the machine.

IMG_6143Those were good donuts!

No picture of our giant bag of Corolla Crunch popcorn but it is greatly missed and longed for…

Swimming

The pool was a little intimidating for the kids at first but after everyone got used to it, it quickly became a daily activity that everyone looked forward to.

IMG_6347My parents LOVE the pool and had some nice downtime when we weren’t out there with our rowdy crew!

IMG_6357A little Lucas loving

IMG_6150Our little mermaid

IMG_6309Grampy and Gammy got Lucas a birthday gift and we had a little pool party with locally made cupcakes.

IMG_6313He was a little hesitant but it quickly turned into this…

IMG_6321and this was just after a few licks! I’m afraid I took it away soon after.

IMG_6330It was a fun pool/birthday party!

Wright Brothers Museum

IMG_6186We have been wanting to go here ever since our firstΒ  OBX vacation and the timing was finally perfect to make it happen. A few weeks before we left we studied the Wright Brothers while homeschooling. Jack was very excited to see everything when we arrived.

IMG_6170Jack’s shirt says, ” Two wrongs don’t make a right but two Wrights make an airplane”.

IMG_6202Jack and Ella sitting on the replica

IMG_6208Lucas was as happy as can be on my back!

IMG_6228Here is a close up of the monument.

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IMG_6239Lucas decided to fall asleep probably 20 minutes before we left.

IMG_6245Walking back down from the monument was beautiful with views of the sea all around us.

We headed to a family owned pancake restaurant for lunch. It was delicious and may just become a new tradition.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

IMG_6263This was the one day with some rain that affected our plans a bit. We were going to do our 2nd annual breakfast on the beach but we opted for the van instead. You don’t get very many re-dos with little ones so, we just made the best of it.

IMG_6265My little hand holders!

IMG_6285We checked out the nice little nature museum nearby after the lighthouse. Jack decided to use some of his hard earned vacation money (from helping Seth put in new windows and do garden work) to make a a flattened penny with a lighthouse engraved on it. I think he was very impressed with all the gears and would have made many pennies if allowed. πŸ˜‰

The Beach

IMG_6361We came across this deserted masterpiece one morning and the kids had a lot of fun playing with it.

IMG_6362This girl was fearless. She would just run into the waves!

Someone always had to be holding her hand or she would get knocked down. She loved it but ,my goodness it was tiring! Thankfully, my parents gave us some kid free down time and we could relax as well. You guys are the best!

IMG_6391Pure joy

Hanging Out

IMG_6292Ella would find my mom’s shoes or bags and dress up during play time. This time she also used my mom’s empty Starbucks cup for a little caffeine fix. πŸ™‚

IMG_6303Sorry Dad, it was either this or the one of you in the hot tub!

We had a Facetime conversation with Megan in Bahrain. Maybe next vacation, Megan and Logan can really be with us here!

IMG_6255Sigh…the beach.

We miss you and the kids keep talking about you. Seth needs more Corolla Crunch. I need some more feet-in-the-pool-sipping-iced coffee while reading a good book.

Until next time…

May

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Seth took advantage of a perfect windy day to teach Jack how to fly a kite.

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They had a great time!

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I am still getting used to country living…

Note to self: Before plopping your baby in the swing make sure there are no snakes slithering above his little head.

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We called this our yellow brick road.

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We planted the garden and I spent maybe a little too long making signs. πŸ˜‰

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Seth and I really enjoyed the radishes. The kids decided the ones from our garden were too spicy.

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We like to play with our food too. My husband has some skills!

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We had a picnic at a local park for Mother’s Day.

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They really enjoyed throwing rocks and watching Dad skip stones.

Here are some pictures of the kid’s creative play…

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Jack put his homemade wrecking ball into action.

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Ella asked to wear her baby on her back. Playsilks can be made into so many things!

Months 7 & 8

Sweet Lucas is getting so big! He is definitely sitting like a pro now and moves from sitting to crawling and back to sitting. He mostly army crawls but is starting to throw in some knee crawling here and there. He pulls up on things which has resulted in a few tumbles. He is brave, this one. He is adventurous too. He makes his way all around the first floor now and will come up and tickle my legs and feet when I am at the kitchen sink. He has found his voice with squeals and growls. He says mama. He is attempting to wave. Oh my, SO big. We love you little Lukey!

 

IMG_53247 Months

IMG_5336He’s a happy guy!

IMG_5263He is also pretty tolerant. πŸ˜‰

IMG_5343He really loves his brother and sister. He always lights up when he sees each of them in the morning.

IMG_5285He loves watching the kids play.

Can you just see his wheels turning?!

IMG_5374Going outside is fun but swinging is even better!

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IMG_5560I’m very happy he isn’t disturbed by grass.

IMG_5524Such a big boy!

We love you Lucas!

Our Christmas

This year Seth was scheduled on Christmas so, we decided to bump our Christmas up a day. We had a nice relaxing day with good food and happy kids. Seth and I got to play some games (rare these days!) and watch the “new” Miracle on 34th Street. Family time is always special and I think we all felt that this Christmas as we celebrated our Savior’s birth.

IMG_4748I should have closed the shades, oops…I was able to sew some more big gift bags this month to add to our collection.

We also really enjoyed our Christmas book advent again this year.

IMG_4750Christmas pajamas

IMG_4787This little guy slept most of the day but was happy and cute in between.

IMG_4758A calculator and sunglasses were her favorite stocking gifts!

IMG_4769That is until she opened her handmade iPhone! Seth made one from wood and a $1 phone skin. She has been catching up on calls ever since!

(By the way, I don’t have an iPhone and am rarely even on my cell phone. This girl though, loves to “talk”!)

IMG_4766Seth also made this camera for Jack. The button on the top really pushes down and the lens turns!

IMG_4764AΒ drum for my noisemakers!

IMG_4770This pie is full of fun learning opportunities!

IMG_4777Little mama taking care of her new baby.

IMG_4775Jack has started to be able to put together 100 piece puzzles!

IMG_4785A quiet 1 & 1/2 hours in the afternoon…just enough time to eat treats, drink tea and laugh together.

It was a great Christmas. I’m so thankful for Bing and Swagbucks. It allowed us to get the kids gifts basically for free! I’m already working on saving up for next year. Give it a try if you haven’t already. πŸ™‚

Three Kids 3 and Under

That is my excuse for not being a faithful blogger. πŸ™‚ You read that right. If you didn’t already know, we had baby #3 on September 19th and yes, it took me a month to announce his arrival (see the title one more time)!Β  Lucas Dale was 8lbs. 10 oz. and 19 3/4 in. He came on his due date which was as wonderful as my labor being cut in half from last time with Ella, who was 12 days late, ahem. We had a water birth and we were back home within 5 hours of having him! It really was a good day.

The kids seem to be adjusting well. Seth has been able to take off lots of time from work and he has been a super-dad. Amazing, really. Lucas is doing his best getting used to this world but I never have really easy newborns. He does however, sleep much longer stretches than the other 2 kids did which is such a blessing.Β  Jack and Ella really love him! Jack has been a huge help and I think Ella is still getting used to the fact that she is not the baby anymore. Thankfully, she did decide to start walking really well the month before he was born. My mom came for a wonderful week! She pretty much took over all the meals, entertained and took care of the kids, cleaned and was a great help. My sister had her daughter, Libertee (doubleΒ e’sΒ just like her mom, Karilee and big sister, Audree) just 10 days before Lucas! So, my mom has been busy taking care of her daughters and grand-babies! We really miss her.

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I was so thankful for no complications and a healthy son.

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A happy Dad to be home with his 3rd child.

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Lucas just a few hours old.

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So peaceful πŸ™‚

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The 3 kiddos!

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Gammy with her youngest grandchild

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This picture makes me smile!

Getting these little ones to cooperate for the camera takes a lot of work. πŸ™‚

We Are Still Here

Somehow a whole month got a way from me. Moving is hard. Being pregnant and having little kids that are adjusting to all the new changes is even harder. Thankfully, things are settling down a bit and we are falling into a new normal. I did take some pictures in my absence but truthfully not many. We have been doing repairs, picking strawberries, celebrating patriotic holidays, exploring our new surroundings and visiting with family. My mom came for over 2 weeks and even though I didn’t take a.single.photo the evidence of her being here is all around us. She hemmed curtains for the kid’s rooms and kitchen, made a cushion cover for the $3 highchair I found at a garage sale, made some really cute tissue paper flowers for Ella’s room and just kept me sane with all of her help. πŸ˜‰ Kari and Audree came to pick her up so we had a few days to visit and play with them as well.

The kids are growing and changing. Jack has started to call this house “home” instead of “the new house” so it seems to be sinking in. Ella is becoming more independent too. She said 3 new words just today and will climb on and in anything. She would still rather crawl than walk but has taken some steps and is becoming more confident. I’m pretty sure she will decide running is the way to go so I can wait… at least a little longer. πŸ™‚

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Jack enjoys driving his trucks on the front porch.

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Ella is banned from the front porch since all she wants to do is go up and down the cement steps out front.

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Jack drew his first person on Mother’s Day which I thought was a great gift. We called him “the muscle man”. πŸ™‚

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My talented husband built amazing shelves for the basement and took the time to let Jack help.

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Strawberry picking this year was a bit disappointing but we still got some yummy dessert and baked oatmeal from our efforts.

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Jack enjoyed the tractor ride more though.Β  He actually was a great help getting all the berries washed once we were home.

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My patriotic family!

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We have been exploring our pasture out back and enjoying the blackberries in granola and fruit salad.Β  The snakes and mosquitoes…not so much.

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We visited a new park and I’m sure we will be back. Especially since they have train rides on Saturdays and Sundays!

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Ella’s hair is getting long and curly! I think she was trying to tell me something the day she took a fork out of the dishwasher and started combing her hair with it.

We have since bought little Ariel some hair pretties!

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1 box+ dirty laundry= an excavator digging dirt and dumping it into a dump truck in Jack’s world!

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Ella decided pushing her stroller around the house was a much better use of time. πŸ™‚

So, that pretty much brings you up to date. Hopefully, I will be back before another month passes!

Big News!

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“Have you heard the big news, Ella?”

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“That’s right! We are going to have a new baby brother or sister!”

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“Yeah!!!”

I guess the kids let the secret out! I am pregnant with baby #3! This pregnancy has been a bit harder then my previous ones (which may be why I haven’t posted much) but I seem to be feeling much better now. It is hard to believe that I am already 17 weeks along. Next month, we get to find out if this little baby munchkin is a boy or a girl…I can’t wait! But, in the mean time, we have plenty to keep us busy. More about that next time!

Christmas 2012

We had a very nice Christmas shared with family near and far. We had our traditional get together with Seth’s family on Christmas Eve and my sister, Megan came later that night on her way to my parent’s house. We traveled a couple days later up to my family’s house in NY to have a Jones Family Christmas with every sibling present!

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Seth’s parents with Jack & Ella

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Great Grampa with the kids

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Grandad & Grammy built Jack a barn. We all love it!

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Ella had a ton of fun playing in the big box wearing her beautiful new Grammy sweater!

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This garbage truck was Jack’s favorite gift from us!

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Jack & Ella in their Christmas pajamas from Gammy!

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Ella didn’t get too excited about the doll that used to be mine but she did like playing peek-a-boo with the wrapping!

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Ella also enjoyed exploring my parent’s house when she wasn’t stuck to me like glue!

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We got to meet my brother’s sweet fiance, Lindsey. Jack became rather attached to her and wanted her attention a lot!

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He was pretty impressed with Uncle Jeremy too and he “talks” to him often on his play phone!

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Jack had his first sled ride! I can’t believe my parents still have our old sled. I’m afraid I don’t fit as well as I used too. πŸ™‚

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This little event had us all laughing. Jack and his cousin Audree thought it was necessary to cover the cats with my Mom’s clean dishtowels. They must have thought the poor fur-balls were freezing!

Merry Christmas 2012

We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2013!