LD's first day of preschool

He's been waiting in anticipation since he was done with "three-school" last year! We were fortunate that Landon got the same teacher at Hudsonville Christian as Madisyn had, so he already knows her and loves her! Today we got to go together and I wish I had taken more pictures because his face was glowing the entire time!

Here is Madisyn two years ago!
And both of them on Madisyn's first day of pre-school (*tear*)

I'm just not ready...

For my baby girl to be gone at school five days every week! I loved our little break that we had last year between school days. Days to wear our pj's all day, go for walks, go on playdates, build indoor forts or outdoor snow forts, days just to be together. Although a bit late, I'm now cherishing summer break and weekends more than ever. I do know, however, that she's more than ready for everyday school. My main concern was her naps, but the past two days, we've gotten cuddle time when she got home and she's fit in an hour or so nap. Works for mama!

I'm also cherishing the amazing time that Landon and I have together. I'm reminded of how fortunate I am to be a SAHM and to be able to spend my days with my youngest (for now), one-on-one, just the two of us! As much as he loves his sister, he really loves when he gets mommy time! When it's just the two of us, he's truly is an angel, and I realize how much I would have missed out on if I hadn't quit working.

Our little runner girl!

Madisyn is officially signed up for the Helen Devos Children's Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon! She has been asking for some time if she could do a race (especially every time she sees other kids doing races) and she loves to run at the track with Rob and I when we do track workouts. So, when I saw this, I knew she'd be excited about it... and excited she was! The first two days she ran a total of three miles! And everyday since, she asks me in the morning when we can go running. The objective is to run a total of 25 miles before race day and complete the final 1.2 miles in the race on October 15th (for a total of 26.2 miles, official marathon distance).

The best part is, she and I have gotten to spend some quality one-on-one time together. While running her last quarter of a mile the other night she said, "This is fun... talking and chit-chatting!" It made me want to melt! Not to mention, that's exactly one of the reasons that I run... to talk and catch-up with friends!

We're so proud of you, baby girl!

(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)