15 April 2014

Crew | One Year

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I don't know how it is possible that a year has come and gone since Crew joined our family.

Here is a little flashback to one year ago today.

Crew has been the easiest, happiest, most laid back baby. You can't be around him without smiling.

I'm really glad I was diligent in documenting each month of his life. With the third child, sometimes the monthly photoshoots were the only time I remembered to take pictures of him. Oh how life changes with subsequent babies.

We made it to a year of breastfeeding which I consider quite an accomplishment, especially considering I was pregnant the last four months. There is no bond I love more, and I'm so glad we haven't quit.

Crew is a bundle of joy. At one year, he loves to eat. And eat. And eat. He has recently started clenching his fists and grunting with his entire body, as if he's going to pop a blood vessel, when the food flow isn't quick enough for him. It is equal parts hilarious and frustrating.

He also loves to stand on the dishwasher, take everything out of drawers, climb up stairs, chase my sweep pile, shake his head, bounce to music, and try to catch up with his big brothers.

We adore our little Crewser and can't imagine our lives without him.

Happy Birthday, Crew.

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12 April 2014

Another Brother

Another brother is joining our family in September.
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10 April 2014

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

One of our favorite things to do in Arizona is take advantage of my dad's gym membership at a nearby resort. We skip the gym and head straight to the pool. Thankfully, we hit the resort on our first day in town, before sickness struck.
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I love to see desert flowers and trees, especially coming from snow.
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When we made a brief visit to the resort a little over a year ago, Blake really wanted to go down the gigantic slides. But fear got the best of him. He talked about the missed opportunity ever since that day. This time around, he psyched himself up for weeks to conquer the fear. I was so proud of him when we climbed those big stairs, and after a little pep talk, he went for it.

Of course, once he initially slid down and survived, he was hooked. He went down the slides at least 20 times and proclaimed it to be the best day of his life.
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Nash was two inches too short for the slides, but he was still in his element.
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I think a visit to the resort has officially become an Arizona tradition.

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08 April 2014

AZ Activities

After being cooped up with sickness for spring break, we finally ventured out on our last day for a few must-dos around town.

Our first stop was the putting green. My mom's friend has a little four hole course in her backyard that the boys fell in love with. Blake was pretty proud of his "hole-in-two."
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Nash was a bit perplexed when we told him we were going golfing. He looked down at his attire and sighed, "I don't have a golf suit. But I have a Tball suit!" In the end, we found that swimsuits worked all day, every day with the amount of swimming they did.
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Blake eventually opted to form the golf balls into his name instead of hitting them.
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No trip to Fountain Hills would be complete without a visit to the Fountain Hills park.
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We admired the freshly painted walls.
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And, of course, the massive fountain.
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Blake was really interested in the mechanics of the machine and the water pump.
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At least we can say we got out of the house at the end of the week. Not that we minded the pool in the backyard one bit. But the boys sure hold us to any activity that has been set as precedent in the past.

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06 April 2014

In the Pool

We just returned home from a week in the sunshine. We headed down to Arizona for spring break. We even convinced Troy to come with us and bring his work set up since he is working from home until he can walk and drive again. He didn't get to do much besides work, but at least he got fed and wasn't left to fend for himself all week.

We passed a lot of sickness around throughout the week which is always a bummer when you're on vacation. And by "vacation," I mean trip. You don't take vacations once you have children. There were many middle-of-the-night hours spent with each individual child. 

But the greatest thing about our trips to the desert is that we never feel a lot of pressure to go out and fit in as much as possible. We hang out at my family's house, where toys are ample, good food is always cooking, routine naps are taken, and afternoon pool dips are made, even despite sickness. It is simple and perfect for our young family.


One little tear.



These little fish lived in the pool when they weren't running fevers.




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