Category: Heart Reflections

Jun 26 2015

 Flashback Friday - Brina's Flexible and Totally Asleepc

 Brina completely folded in half and sleeping

This flashback Friday bounces us back to June 2005.  The girls first summer!  They were continuing to grow.  It was amazing to see them start to learn more and change.  They still could go to sleep in the most unusual (and what looked like uncomfortable) positions.  Their smiles and little giggles made our days so much brighter.  They put up with our silliness as parents and we had a lot of fun learning together.

We were home for the majority of the month of June.  At their regular Doctors appointment they were growing and looking healthy, however, on Brina’s apnea monitor her heart rate was showing unusually high numbers so we had to go into a specialists office to get her hooked up to an EKG.  We also had to bring her home on a portable EKG for a couple days to see if there were any complications.  Thankfully she was fine, she just has a faster heartbeat than other kids at her age.

Karlie Sucking her Thumbc

 Karlie was our thumb sucker.  She is enjoying her thumb as she falls asleep.

Cuddling (Karlie and Brina)c

Snuggle bugs

Karlie found her fist and Brina giving us a shy smilec

Looks like mischief!

Karlie laughing because she pushed Brina offc

Karlie giggling as she attacks Tigger!

Karlie our pretty presentc

Karlie fast asleep with a decorative gift bow on her forehead…..she has no idea!

Flashback Friday - Karlie and Brina shy smilesc

Love seeing those pudgy cheeks!

Brina doing the EKG in the doctors officec

Brina having the EKG test done.  She is not very happy with us right now.

Flashback Friday - Brina and her wiresc

 Back home with all the EKG wires attached to her.  She was more content once we were back home and didn’t seem to mind the extra wires until we pulled them off 2 days later and she had a bunch of red spots all over her belly.

Sistersc

Hanging out!

Brina holding still so we can get a shotc

Silly ducks….Brina – “What are you guys looking at?” while Karlie snoozes away completely unaware of the duck on her head.

Karlie Cutiec

Karlie tolerated our silliness.  As long as she was fed, changed, and got to play she was a happy baby.

Karlie's Milk Bellyc

Look at that cute milk belly! Such a huge change since her surgery the month before when she couldn’t keep anything down.  Thankful for the doctors and a healthy baby.

Brina picking out gifts in Cheaper Than Dirt Catalogc

Brina is excited about picking out gifts in the Cheaper Than Dirt Catalog…..makes Daddy so proud!

Flashback Friday - Brina showing off her silly hatc

Brina showing off her fancy “pant” hat.   She is not very impressed.

Karlie wearing her pants wrong and showing off her diaperc

Karlie is not overly excited by her hat either.  She is ready for her nap!

Happy Brinac

Happy Brina Bee!

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Jun 19 2015

We love our Daddyc

 Brina and Karlie laying in their on a sheet in the shape of a heart.  Happy Father’s Day Dad!

Today we are flashing back to about 10 years ago for Jake’s first Father’s Day with the girls.  It was wonderful to celebrate this special day with Jake and the girls.  He is an awesome Dad to the girls.  They love their Daddy very much.  He took great care of me throughout the rough pregnancy,12 weeks of bedrest, followed by NICU, and sleepless nights helping with the kids.

Thankful for this amazing man to live life and raise our kids with.  He is loving, kind, patient, generous, and so much more.  Jake has always taken good care of us.  He knows how to keep life exciting.  Jake is always ready to give a hug, encouragement, or smile.

Brina hiding behind the tissue paperc

Brina gift.  She wasn’t sure about the blue tissue paper stuffed into her pjs.

Brina in a Bagc

Brina in a gift bag with tissue paper.  One of Daddy’s greatest gifts!

Karlie a little concerned about the Gift Processc

Karlie is a little concerned about being in a bag with tissue paper.  Another one of Daddy’s sweet gifts!

Daddy and Brina Playingc

Jake playing and talking with Brina.

Karlie and Brina by their Father's Day Hugs and Kisses Heartc

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!  We LOVE YOU!!!

Flashback Friday - Daddy's cat nap with his girlsc

Such a fun day everyone needed a little nap!  Jake and his sweet little girls!

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Jun 16 2015

It was the kids first full week of summer break. We packed in a lot of fun activities and projects.  It has been fun spending the extra time with them.  Thankful for the opportunity to spend time hanging out with my girls.  Jake has busy working on building them a tree-house fort in the woods with some leftover wood we had around.  The kids are VERY EXCITED and have been helping haul wood, tools, and other items back and forth.  I am blessed.  There was so much to be thankful for last week.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.  Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday – Thankful for the opportunity to go for a bike ride, play a game, and hike through the woods with the girls today.

Tuesday - Thankful that we were able to get into the dentist this morning to fix Brina’s braces.  Grateful that the girls and I were able to go to the Free Movie, a park, and run some errands.  The girls were a huge help in sorting and carrying a pile of wood down to the area next to their treehouse fort so Jake can have it the next time he gets a chance to work on it.  Jake was sweet today and picked up an organizer for the girls robotic project this summer so we were able to get it off the table.

Wednesday - Thankful for kids who enjoy spending time with me.  We spent the day at home, but the activities they choose to do included reading, building items with legos, games, and more fun!  Tonight we had our Kid Date Night.  Jake went with Brina to Frozen Disney on Ice and had a wonderful time.  I went with Karlie to Frankie’s Fun Park and out to dinner, she loved trying out laser tag for the first time.

Thursday - Thankful for a chance to run errands with the kids today.  It was nice having them with me to talk to and help carry in and put away the groceries.  We even squeezed an activity at the library and got drenched running to the car afterward.  It poured at home too, but after Jake got home we all spent some time working on the treehouse fort.

Friday – Thankful Jake’s thoughtfulness.  My computer was slowing down so he ordered and installed additional ram for me.  He did this without mentioning anything it to me until he was putting it into my laptop.  Love how thoughtful he is.  He always takes such good care of me.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day!

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Jun 12 2015

Flashback Friday - Brina and Karlie at 4 Months (June 2005)c

Brina and Karlie at 4 months old

Today were are flashing back to when the girls were only 4 months old.  They were starting to move a lot more and explore at this age.  It was amazing how much they changed from month to month.  Looking back it is neat to see that their individual personalities were starting to come through even at four months old!  Although, they have changed a little since this stage!

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Jun 09 2015

The kids wrapped up their last week of school.  We got to attend their awards ceremony where both received a bunch of awards.  They finished 4th grade very well.  I am super excited to have more time with them over their summer break.  We have so much fun planned for this week.  I am blessed.  There was so much to be thankful for last week.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.  Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday – Thankful for the opportunity to teach the girls about various household chores.  One of the chores they are mastering this summer is laundry.  While they may be slower or have things folded differently they are making progress and getting better already.

Tuesday - Thankful for all the hard work the girls put into their 4th grade school year.  We got to attend their 4th Grade Awards Ceremony and they blew us away with all the awards they received this year!

Wednesday - Thankful for Jake and the little surprises he brings home to me whether it is a flower, treat, or something that needs to be fixed around the house.  This week he brought home outlets for the kitchen and changed out the outlet and light switch near the sink.  Glad he is able to do so much around the house and yard.  He is working on a big, but fun project for the girls right now too which I will share with you soon! Love him so much!

Thursday - Thankful that the girls only had a half day of school today.  They were a big help doing grocery errands and putting away all the groceries once we were home.

Friday – Thankful that today was the girls last day of 4th grade and they are now on SUMMER BREAK!!!!  So excited to spend extra time with my kids.  They did fantastic in 4th grade and both are now officially 5th graders!  Wow, time flies by quickly! 

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day!

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