One Year!

Levi is now officially a toddler-no longer my baby boy. He is a walking babbling big boy. He is FAST. I find myself running ahead of him if I need to get in the basement or bathroom so I can securely close the door behind me. He loves getting into things. I can see more and more of Lily in him each and every day. Uh oh!

We celebrated a few days early at Nonna and Papa’s house. I made him a banana smash cake in the shape of a monkey’s face. He wasn’t really into it. He was into his new ride-on toy from Nonna and Papa though!

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We celebrated his actual birthday by trying our darnedest to get a decent onesie picture of him.

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5 Days

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One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

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Ten Months

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Eleven Months

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Twelve Months

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Happy birthday Levi! You will always be my baby though, not matter how big you get. Sorry buddy 🙂

Thanksgiving

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home. We had my parents, my sister and her two kids, and my brother and his wife over for a day of food and fun.

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Because we were all together we decided to exchange a few gifts. We’ve had the same tradition since my brother was in Kindergarten: we pick names and give a homemade gift rather than a purchased one.

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My sister Laura picked my sister-in-law Dawn’s name and made her these cute trays with chalkboard paint.

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Jonathan picked my sister and made her a hand sewn photo book.
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I picked my Dad’s name and made him this cute photo holder (thanks to Pinterest!)

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My Mom made Jonathan fruitcake

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My sister made shirts for my Mom with some of her favorite quotes on them.

The AWANA Grand Prix

Abigail and Sarah are greatly enjoying their first year of AWANA so far. They love going each week to learn Bible lessons, memorize Scripture, and play with friends.

One of AWANA’s big events is the AWANA Grand Prix. Starting in mid-October the girls were able to create their own pinewood car alongside Jonathan. This was a great opportunity for some daddy-daughter bonding time.

Jonathan created templates for the girls so they could draft the shape they wanted for the profile of their cars. He used this to cut out the car’s shape from the wood. Then Abigail and Sarah were able to file and sand their cars to get them nice and smooth. With help from Dad they then painted their cars, added wheels and weights, and added decals.

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The night of the Grand Prix was a little overwhelming for the girls, who weren’t quite sure what to expect. But after the first few races they quickly caught on and followed along. Abigail’s car was clearly competitive, so much so that she ended up winning first place for speed in her group! Way to go Abigail!

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Celebrating a Little Pumpkin on the Way

My sister recently had her second child, a boy, back in October. I am finally posting about her shower!

We wanted to celebrate my sister and her little pumpkin with a fun fall-themed baby shower.

My husband designed invitations and other print materials. My mom planned the games. My Great Aunt hosted and helped with the decorating. And I cannot forget to mention that I made the cake and bacon-wrapped dates – everyone else helped me with the rest of the yummy goodies!

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Waiting for my sister’s little guy to arrive was hard, but now he is finally here! I’ll hopefully make a post about us all meeting him before he turns 1 (things have been a little busy around here :-).

Papa’s Concert

Every summer for the past four years my Dad has performed with his bluegrass band during a local town’s concert on the common series. We missed last year due to illness and were very excited we could make it this year.

This was Levi’s first concert. He seemed to enjoy himself-and the grass.

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The girls had a blast dancing, blowing bubbles, and running around.

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Did you know that my Dad is the World’s Okayest Bassist? You do now!

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We are already looking forward to next year’s concert!

Summer Bucket List – Camping!

We didn’t plan a “big” camping trip this summer. But with a nice back yard we could still have a stay at home camp out.

A few weekends ago Jonathan and the girls pitched our tent for a night out under the stars. We went all out and cooked dinner over a charcoal fire and had s’mores for dessert.

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I wouldn’t have minded joining everyone in the tent that night, but we figured Levi would be better off inside. I was looking forward to a quiet evening of school planning, snacking, and watching a little Netflix. The icing on my cake? Sleeping in the middle of the bed all by myself.

I need to learn that things often don’t go as “planned”.

Things started out amazingly, giving me a false sense that this would be one of Levi’s best nights in his short 7+ months of life. He fell asleep on his own. He didn’t cry at all. He just “talked” himself to sleep. It was awesome!

Well, he woke up maybe an hour and a half later. No biggie. I’ll just feed him and put him back down. Wait, why isn’t he sleeping? Oh, I see why he didn’t cry when I put him down for the night. He had a nice bowel movement before falling to sleep. I’ll just change him, feed him, and put him back down.  He slept for an hour before waking again. Between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:15 AM he had a 30 minute and 15 minute cat nap. At least I got to nearly finish watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.

In the meantime, I could hear some rustling in the tent outside my bedroom window. Jonathan emerged with Lily. She wanted to sleep in her bed. She quickly changed her mind though once she saw what I was dealing with inside. She wanted to go back to the tent.

I finally got Levi back down at 5:15 and he slept for another hour (just an hour?!?!?). I got him back to sleep and we woke up right before 8. How do I know all this by the way? There’s an app for that.

It was a horribly long night for me, but the girls were happy to spend the night with their Dad in their tent ( both Abigail and Sarah slept through the night). So if I had to do it all over again I would (maybe?).

Summer Bucket List – The Beach!

How can you not go to the beach during the summer? Jonathan took vacation the last week of July to get a few odds and ends done on the house, but to also have fun with the family. The highlight of our week was probably going to the beach. The girls love the beach. Abigail loves the water, Lily loves the sand, and Sarah loves both! Nonna, Auntie Laura, and Bridget joined in on the fun as well.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Park Reservation, which is probably our favorite beach to go to. We just might buy a seasons parking pass next year so we can be sure to visit plenty of times and get more bang for our buck. We had so much fun that Jonathan asked about taking a random day off in August which we will likely use for another beach trip!

I took tons of pictures, here are some of the better ones:

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