Thursday, July 10, 2014


I am not sure what it is about summer, but my ability to keep up with this blog decreases greatly. Pretty sure it has something to do with the four little humans living in my house. My work (outside the home work that is) schedule cuts down to almost nothing, but life with my children becomes much more complicated in the summer....camps, summer school, swim lessons, speech, zoo classes...summer for this mom of four = taxi cab driver. 

Here is a quick catch up of the last month in pictures (with a few captions). 

Baby boy comes everywhere with us. 
We spent Father's day visiting a local petting zoo. Best dad ever. 
Dinner date with my girls while the boys went to baseball. 

Trying on flower girl dresses for Aunt Keri's wedding this fall. Both girl's loved it.

First pedicure. Katherine: "Mom, we need to do this more often."
Jack's teething (finally, 14 months finally got a tooth, or four!). Those baby books that say "children may be a little irritable while teething"....they haven't met Jack....a little?!?!
Annual 4th of July pic. It's a keeper. 

A lot of these pictures were on Instagram; I apologize for the repeats. I tend to post there more frequently as it is quick and easy to do. Feel free to follow me (ekc80) if you would like more frequent updates. Thanks for checking in, enjoy your July!

Monday, June 9, 2014


Dear Charlotte,

Oh my, baby girl. Where does the time go? Today you are four. Four years did that happen?! This past year has seem to fly by faster then the previous three, if that is even possible!

We had a great weekend celebrating both of our birthdays. I think you may be confused by when your actual birthday is, as it seems we have celebrated multiple times over during the past week, but hey, why shouldn't we? We have lots to celebrate.

Saturday was your birthday party. Like Jack's party last month, we kept is small and simple. And frankly, I am so glad we did. You were in your element. The ecstatic look on your face the entire day as you played with your siblings and cousins in your new pool and on the swing set was perfect. Pretty sure there wasn't much more you could have asked for; a day outside, good snacks & dinner, followed by a cake with the five inches of frosting you ordered.

Not a fan of everyone singing to don't like being the center of attention :)
It was incredibly fun watching you open your presents this year. You opened them when you and each of your guests felt fit, not all at once. It was truly the birthday party that kept on giving. It didn't matter if you were opening bubbles or a sprinkler or your new swing or favorite blocks or a hot pink pair of googles; your reaction was the same, amazing amounts of glee & delight, followed by immense gratitude towards the gift giver. Missy said it best, "Charlotte is the kid you want to give gifts to, as she loves and appreciates each one so much!"

Tucker loved the "fruit swords!"

This past year you have grown so much; physically, socially, academically, verbally...actually pretty much all around growth! It has been fun watching you leave the last stages of toddlerhood behind and blossom into a delightful little girl. A girl with opinions about what you want, when you want it, and how you are going to get it. You are pretty strong willed, and have no problems communicating your desires with us.

Your amaze me with your ability to empathize with others as such a young age. A few weeks ago, I took both you and Jack for routine annual blood work. You went first, chatted up a storm with the tech taking your blood, didn't shed a tear, and thanked her when she was done. Then it was Jack's turn...he didn't do quite so well. Jack started crying as soon as the tech looked at him. His crying escalated to full out wailing before the needle even hit his skin, and I am sure you remember how loud he was screaming when he was actually poked. While I was trying to comfort Jack, I looked over at you; sitting in your stroller, with your new Frozen sticker stuck to your shirt, and your lower lip was quivering. Big tears started to roll down your face, and you kept saying "Boo boo, it is okay, it is okay boo boo." You hate seeing others in distress, pain, or upset. When he was done, you came over gave him an hug and wouldn't let go.

In April, after your tonsil/adenoids surgery, I went back to the recovery room to see you after you had woken up. I had been prepared to see you upset, as a lot times when kids come out of anesthesia  they are disorientated and inconsolable. Not you. You were awake, smiling, and greeted me with a "hi Mom!" Your nurse told me that you were the most polite and sweet kid she had ever taken care of; you even thanked her for taking your blood pressure. I smiled and agreed.

I should really write down all of the crazy, funny, clever things you say. Your ability to communicate with us and others this year has increased exponentially. Last week, I went upstairs to get you after your nap (which these days, it is more of a rest time, as you rarely sleep), and there was white stuffing all over your room. I asked you what happened, and what stuffed animal did the stuffing come from? You responded with, "Oh no!! It is snowing!!" I went up to put you down for nap and found your stuffed dinosaur with your bandaid that was on your knee last week, across his neck seam. Sure enough, dino had a big hole under his bandaid and was missing quite a bit of stuffing.

At the beginning of May, we sat down for your annual IEP meeting. It came up that you hadn't met one of your goals, which was "Be able to answer the question, what is your name?" Your teachers and therapists had been trying for weeks to get you to answer this question. Silly really, as you know your name, and we let them all know this. I continued on to tell your team about the swim story (which I have mentioned a few times on this blog), and all of a sudden everyone was laughing and lightbulbs were going on, you indeed were telling them each time that your name was swim. Why? Because you think (and know) you are funny. Your sense of humor is crazy, and keeps us laughing.

Thank you my girl, thank you for being you. I could go on and on with stories from this year that have blown us away, made us laugh, or reminded us what a crazy, polite, strong-willed, smart little girl you have become.

What lies ahead for you? A summer filled with camp, zoo trips, parks, birthday parties, swimming lessons, a few road trips...and this fall, 4 year-old kindergarten. I look forward to this next year. Can't wait.

Happy birthday my love,

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cake. And frosting too.

My girl's birthday is fast approaching. Here are her thoughts on the upcoming event. As you can see, she is also quite a help in the kitchen, and is always there asking me what I am cooking and if she can help.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hot Zoo day.

 Apparently we skipped spring in Wisconsin and went right from winter to summer.

The kids aren't so sure about the extreme temperatures, but it sure is nice to be outside without shivering! 

And since the zoo is right across from Mike's office, lunch with him was an added bonus. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

To make you smile.

My neglected blog is the result of a week of no sleep thanks to my favorite 1-year-old. Most nights by the time all four kids are in bed, and I have time to myself, writing a blog entry isn't in the cards. Tonight isn't any different, as my eyes are heavy and my pillow is calling my, while I have a huge list of topics in my head that I need to write about, a short video of my girl is what you get instead. I love this kid so much and I can't tell you how much she makes me (and the rest of the fam) laugh on a daily basis. 

Here's to hoping for at least a few consecutive hours of sleep tonight without a coughing/snotty baby laying on me.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Last First Birthday Party.

Today was Jack's birthday party. The last first birthday party we will plan.

We kept the party small, in comparison to years past. Lots has been going on with our extended family lately, and stress levels have been high. A small, low-key party was what we all needed.

Jack seemed to enjoy himself, which was the goal of the day. He decided he was having so much fun, he went from taking an occasional step here and there, to walking a good 10 steps across the room. He was so proud and loved the cheering from the crowd.

These two are going to get into trouble together someday...
Thanks to much to our family for helping us celebrate. Jack is one lucky little boy.

Next up? A certain little girl is going to be FOUR in just one month. Yikes, time flies.

Edited to add a picture comparison of all four of my babies on their first birthdays...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My baby is one.

Dear Jack,

Well, my dear, we made it. This past year has often seemed like time has stood still. But, 365 days have passed, and today you are one. Even though many of the days have seemed long, looking back at pictures, I remember every detail of the night you were born, including the intense feelings of joy and amazement when I first laid eyes on you.

I often say, I should have known. You were born at 12:43AM, and moments after birth immediately started crying and didn't stop until I was able to nurse you. You latched on like a champ...and didn't want to let go, for THREE hours. I remember looking over at your daddy, realizing he was sound asleep and thinking to myself, wait a sec, when do I get to do that?

It turns out baby boy, 12 months later, I still have the same question. You definitely have kept us on our toes these past months. You love being held, you prefer me (mom) to anyone else, and you are still hard to please when all isn't right in your world. At almost 1-year-old, you are the first of our four children to crawl after me through the house saying "mamamamama...." over and over until I stop and pick you up. For months, the only way your daddy could make you happy was to wear you in the baby carrier. Hours on end you would spend strapped to him, the only way you wouldn't scream the entire time I was at work.

But despite all the challenges this year has brought, I would do it over in an instant. Because you my little Goober, are worth every sleepless night and every minute of crying. You are truly the perfect final piece to our family.

Your siblings have a love for you that I can only describe as unconditional. All three of them squeal with excitement when daddy brings you down from your crib in the morning. Katherine usually has her hands around your neck, hugging you the minute she sees you. Charlotte shouting, "Goobie, hi Goobie! Smile!", while Will fills your tray with cheerios from his bowl. One year later, they are still completely enamored by you, and show it every chance they get.

I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store for you. Here's to today and many more happy birthdays to come my sweet boy!