I'll allow the pictures to speak for themselves :) Thanks Erica for talking me into running it for year #2!

LD's First Day

LD officially has a week of three-school under his belt. As expected, he absolutely loves it!!! He feels so big being able to go to school like his big sister! Plus he has two of his friends in his class, so he's enjoyed playing with them more than usual. So far, his favorite things are riding bikes during gym class and snacktime. It's been a bit of an adjustment for me to not have either of them for five hours every week, but I've been trying to be productive during those few hours and seem to find the time to fly by :)

Baby Girl's First Day

Madisyn's first day of Kindergarten was last week. She was so excited! I'm certain that I had a harder time accepting her going on her own than she did. She had all kinds of fun things to tell me about when she got home and since Landon was napping, we were able to spend some quality time talking about school... it was wonderful!

On a sidenote, she's a napper... and I was very concerned about her starting full days since she's not used to going without a nap. Needless to say, we've been blessed by an easy transition of she and I napping together when she gets home from school. After a wonderful one-on-one day with LD, it's really great to spend some cuddle time with Madisyn!

And speaking of LD... what did he want to do when sister was away? Play a computer game in his underwear :) Made me smile. When M's in school, he's an absolute angel! We've been able to do many things together, but he's also okay with playing on his own... without the interuption of anyone else (*wink* *wink*).

They know me all too well

LD: Mommy, why did you buy SpongeBob Go-Gurt?
(I very strongly dislike SpoungeBob and the kids know fully well that I buy nothing related to the character)

Me: Because I thought that you would like it.
(partial truth)

LD: Nuh-uh. Because it was on sale.

Me: (chuckling) Yes, you're right, Honey. It was on sale.

Madisyn: And you had a coupon.

So true, so true...


This is for you, Katie!

My mom got all of these party supplies (plus some for herself and napkins that I took to a few playdates) for $2.00! I think it was a once in a lifetime deal, and she just hit it at the right time! Thanks, Mom!

So much to blog about, so little time...

I have this laundry list of things that I plan to blog about and plenty of pictures to post, but I just haven't found the time to do it! So, I'm starting in chronological order, just because my brain operates that way :)

Update on Landon: We got the hard wax removed and he had an amazing difference in hearing! That was quite a blessing! Within a few days following, I noticed that his hearing was indeed considerably better, but was still not what I would consider "normal." After doing our follow-up with the Audiologist, we found out that he still has fluid in his ears, but yet tested within the normal range for hearing. That now leaves us with the option of doing tubes if we'd like. We haven't made any decisions on that... on one hand I'd love for this hearing thing to be done with, once and for all, especially with Landon heading into school (three-school, mind you). On the other hand, I don't want to do something that isn't completely necessary and then need to deal with the little things that go along with having tubes (i.e. always having ear plugs around if he's going to swim). Neither seem to strongly outweigh the others, so we'll just keep praying about it.

At his three-year well-child visit (this is more for me than you), he was of course tall and big! He was 40.25" tall and 36 lbs., which put him in the 96th percentile for height and 86th percentile for weight... a little different than the previous year when we mistakenly got the obesity speech :) On a side note, if they had a percentile for feet, I think both he and Madisyn would be off the charts! I just can't get over how huge our kids' feet are! This doesn't mean much to most of you, but you with little ones close in age will understand; Landon wears size 11 and Madisyn wears size 1! Madisyn's shoes look like they could fit me! These kids are growing up WAY too fast!

Just for fun, above are some pictures from out Whitecaps outing with Rob's work.

Madisyn's Graduation

Yes, 'tis true... our baby has graduated from pre-school! I'm really not ready for the next step in her life, but alas, she just keeps getting older and growing up! We were blessed with a wonderful year and phenomenal teachers! I was thrilled to be able to spend a lot of time in the classroom (something that I would have otherwise not been able to do, had I still been working). Madisyn also made some amazing friends who we've been able to keep in touch with since she's been out of school. Here she is with one of her closest girlfriends, Chloe. I absolutely LOVE how cute they are playing together! The bottom picture is Madisyn on stage (this program went remarkably better than the Christmas program, where she wouldn't even stand in front) next to another one of her best-friends, Lauren.

Landon's hearing

We have gone through quite an interesting experience with Landon regarding his hearing. I started noticing that he didn't always respond to me telling him things about three months ago, but what three year old does? I figured it was just a normal age, selective hearing thing. He also has a lot of ADD tendencies (but again, which child his age doesn't?) and it runs in my family, so I thought that may also be a contributing factor. Finally, it got to the point where he could be looking at me and I'd have to repeat something four to five times, louder each time, before he finally heard me. I would also say "key" words around him (i.e. ice cream, candy, etc...) and he wouldn't hear those either. That's when I really knew something was up :)

Long story short, we saw his Pediatrician, who somewhat reluctantly, referred us to an Audiologist, who immediately detected a large amount of hard wax in his ears. She showed me a couple of graphs that were showing how much sound/noise was making it through the outer and inner ear canal and his "bad" ear was registering below the graph! Yesterday we got his ears irrigated and the difference is absolutely amazing! Now he's continually telling me that he can hear! We're so grateful that it wasn't something permanent and that it was correctable!

Florida (pictures galore)

We had a fantastic Spring Break with Rob's side of the family (Dad, Mom, Dave, Kate, Joshua and Levi)! We were fortunate that Rob had enough frequent flier miles for us to fly down there and meet up with the rest of the family. Of course, the kids thought the plane rides were great!

Arrived at the Pensacola airport

The view from outside the house we stayed at... You can see the land across the Sound (we were on a beautiful island just south of the panhandle). Because we were on the Sound side, it was much quieter, there wasn't an undertow, the sand was gorgeous, the water was shallow and the it felt more like fresh water than salt water... it was really perfect!

This stingray was right on our beach!

The Golf was a short walk across the island.

Although we missed out on the Blue Angels practice due to cloudy skies, we had a good time at the Air Force Base in Pensacola and even ran into Madisyn's teacher!

Spring is in the air

As I'm currently enjoying the beautiful view of the Santa Rosa Sound from the deck (one of three in the house we're staying at for Spring Break - more on that later) in Navarre, Fl, I realized how terribly far behind I am at posting (again). We finally have pictures because we've been using our new camera and it excites me greatly to have a decent amount of pictures of the kids and their daily activities again!

Last month the kids both got kites from Grandpa and Grandma Grandia for their birthdays and we've had a lot of fun using them on the nearby Unity fields.

LD and Sierra (and baby doll) had a great time riding the car around the neighborhood while all of the other kids were at school!

(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)