To fund our Christmas...

Landon has decided to be potty trained!!! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about not buying or changing diapers during the day! Surpsingly, the majority of the time he's even been staying dry at naps and bedtime! I know boys can be especially difficult to potty train, therefore, I am SO grateful that we got lucky.

And here are some of the great pictures that our friend, baby-sitter and nanny (when I was working) Abbie took...

Stitches, round III

As many of you know, Madisyn has had two sets of stitches in her forehead (two sutures each). To summarize:

1st incident: Madisyn fell into the corner (not edge, which would have likely not left much of a mark) of a drawer in our closet. I frantically called Rob and told him that he had to get home immediately because Madisyn was bleeding everywhere... no more explanation than that (I know better now :) )!

2nd incident: While shopping with my mom, sister and brother, Madisyn walked into a clothing rack and fell, somehow cutting her forehead again! I ran out of the store with her in my arms, and called Rob balling since she had just gotten the other stitches out! Off to Zeeland ER we were again!

By the way, I got her eyes checked following the sets of stitches, but alas, she has good eye sight...

Which brings us to Black Friday. No, I didn't make Madisyn wait in any lines or run through the shopping craziness. BUT... I did promise her that we could put up Christmas lights and decorations that day. After Ra and I did some early morning shopping, we took a nap in Madisyn's bunks, when all of a sudden I awake from a HUGE thunk (followed by screaming)! Come to find out, Rob was following through with our promise to put up the Christmas lights outside and Madisyn was rushing to help him out. She needed to use the restroom. With all of the excitement, she was running to the bathroom, pulled her pants down before she reached it, and you guessed it... tripped right into the door frame, this time cutting through her eye brow. Five sutures later, she is all in well :)

Maybe it's one of those growing things (she's got some HUGE feet ;) ), clumsiness, or maybe just one of those kid things... who knows! But I sure hope that we won't be making anymore trips to the ER anytime soon!

I think it healed rather well!

Breakfast with Belle

Madisyn was in heaven when I told her that we could go to "Breakfast with Belle" at Unity High School! Cousins Joshua and Levi were staying with us for the weekend, so I brought Madisyn and Joshua while Rob took LD and Levi to the park. PLUS... they assigned us tables and one of Madisyn's best friends at school was at our table!

Since I'm so far behind posting, I'll post Madisyn's stitches story and pictures soon!

(photograph by Tina Vink, link on picture as well as below)
We are a busy family of five! I enjoy time with my husband and kids, running, being outdoors, shopping for deals, and cuddling. My wonderful husband keeps busy playing with the kiddos, hunting, fishing, exercising and working on projects around the house. Madisyn is six, in 1st grade, loves being outdoors and isn't one bit afraid of bugs or worms! Landon is four, a spitting image of Daddy, and is the sweetest, naughtiest and funniest little boy, all in one! Tinley was born February 24, 2012 and has already blessed us beyond belief! Here's a glimpse into our crazy and wonderful lives... hope you enjoy!

Tiece of Cake

I've finally decided to make a blog (Tiece of cake) dedicated to cakes... as to not consume the family blog.

(photograph by Mindy Leigh Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Madisyn Grace

Madisyn Grace
"Baby" & "M" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Landon Adrian

Landon Adrian
"LD" & "Bubba" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)