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What started out as a site to update on our daughter's cancer has thankfully grown into a site to update on our beautiful family of four. Enjoy our journey...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

free falling!

Charli was full of funny and important things to say this weekend!

Chad took her on a drive the other day, because she wanted to see something "neat". He took her to see Lake North...she is certain it is the ocean, and is in total awe of it!

While saying prayers the other night I gave her free reign on what to say, with no hints or cues. She said "Dear God, thank you for taking my cancer away. Thank you for my angels, mommy and daddy, who took care of me when I was sick." and later she added "Thank you for daddy who washes my blanket, it keeps me warm"!

Her new phrase is "I'm serious"

She has learned what 9-1-1 is for and is now practicing "what do you do if a stranger offers you something" and "what do you do if a stranger wants to give you a ride". At this moment she is quizzing Harper on what to do too!

I am starting to see, day by day, how fast she is growing up and I am not sure how that happened! When did she get old enough to put her own shoes on, play by her self, eat all her food, ride a bike, and get dressed without my input or help? Her Independence is a scary thing...this world is a scary place when you love someone so innocent.

Enjoy the pictures!

Charli was running across the room to jump into her beanbag! So much fun! Her faces were priceless!

I bet she asked me to take 50 pictures while she did this! She was having so much fun, and Harper enjoyed taking in every second of it! He even tried his best at crawling as fast as he could to flop on it too!!



Harper was able to enjoy some alone play time for a bit this weekend...and he eats it up! He is so very busy...probably busier than Charli has ever been, including now! It is impossible to get a picture of him, because he is always on the go!

sharing some sucker time! Harper got green to match his shirt and Charli got blue to match hers!

so pretty!

Harper was enjoying the sucker, and Charli was enjoying teaching him how to eat it.


one day they will look back and think...the good days!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

counted blessings, twice

Everyone has moments in their life when they think the bottom is falling out...and hopefully we also have moments where we feel like life can't get any better than right now! I guess finding the balance is where happiness lays...or knowing that when the bottom is falling it, it just means you will be on the uphill slide soon!? Either way, I guess life is all about what you make it, and how you look at your glass. I tend to think that if you always see your glass 1/2 empty -- it will always feel empty and when you see your glass 1/2 full it will always seem full! What I am getting at I guess is in the past few days I have been reflecting on how full my glass is, and even at the times it is starting to feel a little 1/2 empty I realize that life is what WE make of it! So...tonight I am going to enjoy my 1/2 full glass, because from where I sit my 1/2 glass full seems pretty fulfilling to me!!

Charli and Harper playing with the zhu-zhu pets. It may look like she is taking it from Harper, but she is actually getting ready to share it with him. He thinks these things are great!

Charli's big project! She was so excited to help by putting the stamps on over 120 envelopes to send out posters for our 4th Annual Poker Run. So, if you got an envelope from us for the event the very special postage was put on by our very special inspiration for the event! She was so excited to have a project and so proud of how straight she could stick them!

super-cape! This weekend I spent the night in Lincoln with my sisters to celebrate my oldest nephews college graduation. On our way out of town Rachelle and I stopped and did a little last minute shopping and I picked up this double sided Batman and SpiderMan cape for Charli. She was in heaven...she loves it!

this is one example of why the purple sand must go! It is hard to see in the picture, but it is stuck to her shorts, shirt, legs, and in her hair! She loves to be in her sandbox, but she has to strip down just to come on the porch!

Harper thinks he is big stuff when he hides behind the curtains - Charli will toss sticky toys on the window and he will reach to grab at them, as he hides back there!

hmmm, wonder where he is?!

busted...and he was able to reach two of them! I think he has go-go-gadget legs or something! he was pretty proud!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

makes me ask...

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

This day was full of happy surprises! The blessings that I have in my life which I celebrate, and which celebrate me are all because of my husband. This leaves me feeling like i should be celebrating HIM on mother's day! I guess this is why we have Father's Day ;-)

Charli woke up and rolled out of bed to rush straight to her hiding spot for my gift this year, under her bed!! She and Harper got me my first Chimilia bracelet! It has a bead of Charli's birthstone and a bead of Harper's birthstone. Chad let her pick out three other things for my bracelet too, so she picked out another colorful bead and two charms! It was special to begin with, but to know that Charli designed it makes it even more special to me!

On that note -- enjoy the pictures of our kids! Harper cut two teeth this weekend, and they are bugging him a lot! Charli loves that Harper will give her kisses, and enjoys letting him follow her around! She loves that he is her shadow.

she really was stuck! I had my back turned and heard "can someone please help me?!" She saw Chad do this to Harper, and it must have looked like a good idea for those long legs to try!

Wednesday was full of surprises too!! Grandma Jody snuck to Columbus, picked Charli up from daycare after nap, and brought her home to help plant flowers and make me me this special sign for my driveway!! Charli was so proud!

they are so happy together!

Start 'em young ;-)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

where has it gone?!

Where has the time gone?! I can not even begin to think about all the things that have gone on the past two weeks! I have been kept on my toes with multiple things going one now-a-days!

The kids are doing great. Charli has done a lot of growing up lately. Harper is amazing me by how fast he makes time go. Hard to believe how fast times goes with him. I thought the days went quickly with Charli, but with Harper they are in super-speed or something.

All those times people said to me "you just wait until you have more than one" and I thought "um, yeah, okay"...well I get it! I understand why things are so different the second time around. For those of you with two or more, you are shaking your head up and down agreeing with me. For those of you with one or less, you are shaking your head side to side, saying it will never happen to you! Trust me, it will :-)

Either way, life is great...God is good, and among all the chaos and stress -- I wouldn't change a solitary second.

Sorry for no pictures this time, but I will post soon. Hopefully this weekend and next week will offer a few more free minutes!!

take care and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you amazing moms out there! And, you know who you are!!