Birthday Party, craft, Domesticity, stay-at-home-mom

and 5 months later…..

my sweet kids... love this pic, Noah drumming on Belle's head.... so normal ūüôā

Ok, wow!¬† Summers are super crazy in our house and just before the summer started our house experienced a very rough few months with our son.¬† He had ear infections constantly.¬† This meant very little sleep, lots of crying/fussing,¬†and a¬†very sad and in pain baby boy¬†and with two girls 2 and 3 who had plenty of sleep…. this mommy’s sanity was definitely in question more days than not.¬† Praise God he had surgery to have tubes inserted (on his one year old birthday) and we have been ear infection free ever since!¬† Then the summer started, and if you are in the youth ministry you¬† know this is the craziest and busiest time of the year.¬† Trips, VBS, camps, conferences, splash days, concerts, etc.¬† Its crazy but wonderful and such a blessing in more ways than I can count.¬† Now that school is starting and the dust is beginning¬†to settle I am excited for this new season of schedules, less trips, more family time, seeing my girls grow and learn in preschool, focusing on my son those 2 days a week the girls go to school, fall, college football, and so much more.¬† I’m going to try and¬†be a more consistent blogger also.¬† Its something I enjoy and much like¬†my many journals its relaxing.¬† It also saves me a lot of time catching friends and family up on our lives, and sharing photos of the the kids.¬†
So I guess I’ll give a quick review of the last few months:

April – Noah had ear infections and sleep deprivation and stress, is all I really remember

May – Noah’s ear tube surgery!¬† Noah’s first birthday (Noah’s ark themed, yeah yeah I know, I figured it was the only year I could get away with being corny with his name without him complaining about it ūüôā )¬†

Noah on his birthday morning getting ready for tube surgery
Noah's Ark cake and two by two animal cupcakes ūüôā
Noah's ark cake (the inside is a rainbow cake.... as I said corny but I love it)

June – Our 7 year anniversary, we celebrated in Austin, TX a very artsy city which I adored.¬† Lots of gardening!¬† Church softball (Eric injured his ankle…. I did too but not a cool softball injury like his, mine was my lame clumsiness).¬† Went to Joplin a lot to help with the victims of the tornadoes¬†(gave me a new appreciation for how devastating natural disasters can be)¬† Got to see Taylor Mason for the 3rd time in person, loved it!¬† Made a fun spiderman¬†cake for an adorable four year¬†old boy.¬† Eric¬†turned 28,¬†we had a dinner¬†mystery party for him in TX.¬†¬†Went to Woolaroc¬†kidsfest¬†(amazing, seriously so much fun).¬† Got to see Hillsong¬†United in concert, for free!¬† A great friend won¬†backstage¬†passes, dinner with the band, and concert¬†tickets for Eric through a youth minister contest!¬† indescribable worship experience.¬† Girls attended a summer program at their preschool one day a week, which they loved.¬†

this is at the bat bridge in Austin TX on our anniversary... its the largest urban bat colony! It was breathtaking!
Our garden ūüôā
One of our many huge and tasty cucumbers!
The youth group and college class with Taylor Mason ūüôā funny night!
Spiderman cake
Woolaroc kidsfest
I love the headlock K has B in, in the Woolaroc museum
My Beautiful Belle with her bug face paint (she has a thing for bugs)
hillsong united backstage passes!

July – My girls called american flags “a-miracle flags”¬†all through the 4th of July season, it was so adorable I couldn’t¬†bring myself to correct them.¬†Bella¬†turned 3 so we had a bubble guppies party for¬†her.¬† I had two¬†3 year olds for a month and a week and can I say C-R-A-Z-Y??? ¬†We went to church camp, for a great week and I got to do some worship art and teach a class on¬† it.¬† We went to Lake of the Ozarks for CIY and it was a lot of walking but a powerful message.¬† We also did some mission work with a small church and then at a homeless day shelter called Hope Faith Ministries in Kansas City.¬† Life Changing is all I can say about this great trip with 18 teens and 7 adults.¬† I can’t wait to go back to Hope Faith and work there again!¬† We took the kids to Dallas and back in there too.¬† Lots of traveling and packing and unpacking.¬† Oh and an elementary kids splash day.

my favorite 4th of july pic of the kiddos
Noah's onesie on the fourth ūüôā
Bella's bubble guppies cake
Annabelle's cake
at Hope Faith Ministries with our teens
August – Well so far we’ve had a week of VBS.¬† Katie turned 4 and asked for a Rapunzel birthday party (oh and that I turn the house into a castle¬†and make a tower cake…).¬†¬†She had a fun party and I got to stretch my creativity muscles and use items we¬†already had to accomplish¬†that castle/tower look she wanted.¬† We are getting ready for school now, vaccines, open house, paperwork, etc.¬† This will be my first year sending both girls to preschool, its only Tuesday and Thursday but I’m still feeling a little sad about it.¬† My kids are my heart.¬†
Katie as Rapunzel, I love this girl
my girls after vbs western night ūüôā

More to come soon ūüôā¬† I’ve been crafting and painting lately so I’ll post on those soon!