1.13.2017

surprise

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Arriving July 2017!!!

That's right folks, we are going to be a family of 6 this summer!
We are super excited and can't wait to meet this little person that will complete our family. 
We found out November 1st, but waited to tell the kids right before Christmas.  

The kiddos are all convinced we are having a baby brother.  No matter how we try and explain that it is pretty much a 50/50 split on being a boy or girl, they aren't listening.  Only time will tell, I guess.  Michael and I are very tempted to see what this little one is at the ultrasound, but breaking a tradition of delivery room surprise is tough.  We have a few more weeks before we have to decide... 

Eva has been asking for another baby since Helena was born.  She likes all things to be even, and three as you know is not an even number.   We were pretty sure we were all done a year ago.  Sure to the point we passed on baby and maternity things.  Our family of 5 was feeling perfect. 

Then the kids started asking and asking.  They quickly recruited their daddy on their team.  I was coming along to the idea, but I was quite surprised to see it happen for real.  Lets just say that sometimes those handy tracking apps can be really, really wrong. 

So here we are, second trimester and counting.  I am finally feeling human again and it is wonderful.  I think this has been the sickest pregnancy so far, and I was feeling that advanced maternal age, hardcore. There have been significant baby thumps felt and even Michael has felt this wiggle-worm a time or two.  It was extremely exciting to feel them this early.  Grow Deedle grow.

11.05.2016

first season

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First year of soccer for Theo is in the books.
Lots of hilarious antics as four and five year-olds stormed the field every Saturday.

There were side games of Star Wars, tag and who can do a cartwheel being played at any given time.
Water breaks were when ever someone decided to get up and leave the field.  Parents took turns pointing kids in the right direction, constantly reminding them to stand up, and not to pick up the ball.

You scored two goals: one that was in the wrong net and the other was from mid-field...
it slowly rolled past all the other backfield players - who were playing a game of what looked like freeze tag - that by the time in went in, none of the kids were paying attention.  It was technically an assisted goal, because it bounced off another kids foot, but she was trying to do a flip and not looking in the direction of the ball at all.  But I give you full credit.

It was a great first season.

10.31.2016

Halloween

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Dressing up, going to grandma and grandpa's, and getting loads of candy.
Three of my favorite people favorite things.
No wonder they are all smiles.

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You guys reallylike handing out candy too.  Spreading the love.

Happy Halloween!

10.30.2016

birthday

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Knowing that the moment all three kiddos sang Happy Birthday to you, 
together, three times in a row, 
was one of the best parts of your birthday...
That is why your the very best husband and dad in our world - as Eva would say.

Happy Birthday to you, 
Love you always and forever.

9.28.2016

two

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She's two!

Helena, you have the biggest personality. 
You are fearless and shy, super quiet and screaming loud, hilarious and super serious, needy and fiercely independent... all of those things and more all of the time.  
You remind me of a prism, all the colors and all of them are bright. 

These last two years have been amazing watching you grow right into the mix with our family, chasing after Eva and wrestling Theo.  You might even have some hair finally!  
We can't imagine our world without you.  

Happy Birthday Helena!
Love all of us.

8.08.2016

Evidence: Made Up

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Someone found my lip stain.
I like it because it lasts a long time... you know, it stains well.
It took the stripes on the back of her head a few days to finally wear off.

And that glare... yeah I get that a lot.  
I am still in training I guess, and not doing well.  Not doing well at all.

7.10.2016

getting sauced

My Eva has been having some big emotions lately, especially when things don't go the way she thinks they should.   It is hard to be 6 and especially hard to be the oldest kiddo.  I know.

So Eva and I are in her room talking it out.  Working through a bad morning and trying to get the day back on track.  Theo and Helena were playing in the living room.  I could hear them.  A little giggle now and then, but no yelling or crying.  Things seemed to be going well.  

A little too well I guess.  Because then things were really, really quiet for way too long. 
I should have know things were going too well...

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An entire, very full bottle of chocolate sauce.  It was everywhere.  The couch had puddles and the floor had footprints.  They were covered head to toe.  Helena's head had so much sauce that when Theo would put his hand on her head she would literally stick to him.

It took 4 bath towels to clean up the couch and floor.  I still keep finding sticky spots.

Good news, as Theo said, "Mommy we just taste so good!" as I was telling him to stop licking his sister.  And it make pulled Eva out of her bad mood, she laughed until she cried... eventually I did too.