Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Big Move

Well most of you know by now, but we have moved from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City! John took a job with YouVersion (the company that makes the Bible application for smartphones, tablets, etc) and they relocated us to Edmond, OK where their central offices are. So in a very quick and chaotic few months we accepted a job, put our house up for sale (having lots of house showings with 3 young kids keeps you on your toes!), house hunted in Edmond - which led to deciding to build a house and rent an apartment for the summer, sold our CO house, packed up everything - storing half of it (thank you Grant & Addie!) and moving the other half into our 3 bedroom apartment. Needless to say, it's been quite the whirlwind of emotions! It was really hard to leave CO - the close friendships we had developed there, our wonderful church, John's great-grandpa, our neighborhood that we loved... but we know, without a doubt, that this is what God has for our family right now. And knowing that has led to such an excitement about this new journey! We're part of an amazing church here that is doing incredible things for God, we've been welcomed by lots of people eager to get us connected, and John is loving his new job - which is basically to help others engage God's Word more. 

So as difficult as change is at times, I'm so thankful God isn't interested leaving us where it's comfortable. Cuz I think He's got some great plans in store for us...  HERE WE GO!







Once last run through!
Leaving the empty house - you were so good to us




Here's some pics of various goodbye moments with our precious community in CO...

The Rae Family
Our neighbor Miss Bonnie
The Burch Family
The Guthrie Family
The Cooper Family

The Cox Family

And just one last goodbye hug from Mabry   =)
Our small group of four years hosted a wonderful last dinner for us, with these 3 dear families:
The Cartons
The Tisthammers

The Nelsons

And even though we'll get to see John's grandpa plenty... it was awful hard to say goodbye to Hoppy  






Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8 Months Old

At 8 Months Old, Johnny: 
  • is full on crawling EVERYWHERE, and is super fast (how did that evolve so quickly??? it's like he went from scooting around to speed crawling in a few days)
  • passes up all of his toys, in search of anything that his sisters play with
  • doesn't really care for bottles much, unless it's time for bed - otherwise he just wants food
  • thinks Kate is hysterical - she doesn't have to try very hard to get him belly laughing 
  • is getting long! He hasn't had a checkup, so I don't know exactly how tall he is - but his feet are almost hanging out of his car seat

Look at him eyeing those letters   =) 
He's super fast... unless he gets stuck in this position
Those cute red cheeks! (And the cuties in the background, too)
First time swinging!

A very rare instance of falling asleep in Mommy's arms... and I loved every minute


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Birthday Girls

My sweet girls!! We had lots of fun celebrating Brooke's 2nd birthday in January and Kate's 5th birthday in April. It's pretty great that a fun cake, some balloons and party plates mean so much to kids  =)  



Brooke's "say cheeeeese" face
She was ecstatic about her Finding Dory party 

A Peppa Pig that's as big as she is!

Trying out her Minnie Mouse sleeping bag


And now it's time for bed... she's sucking her thumb, playing with her hair somewhere under her new Peppa 



A Trolls birthday party for a very important 5 year old!

Of course, it had to include a dance party... 


Add in some Trolls bingo...

and Pin the Hair on the Troll game... 

and these little girls had a ball!!  They were just too cute  =)


7 Months Old

At 7 Months Old, Johnny: 
  • sits up all on his own now
  • is doing more food and less bottles... he's a big fan of eating   =)
  • loves baths and splashes with both hands, full on the ENTIRE time
  • no longer likes being confined to his car seat or the Boppy chair... unless there's food coming
  • loves "chasing" his sisters with Daddy - just like Brooke used to do
  • is finally starting to scoot!

Getting hard to keep those letters away from him 
First Masters Golf Tournament with Daddy (& Hoppy)

What a big boy! (With very bendable ears...)

Posing with his "Johnny Tractor" from Aunt Bonnie  =)

A scary dinosaur chasing his sisters!

September 2015 - Brooke & Daddy chasing Kate  





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

6 Months Old

At 6 Months Old, Johnny: 
  • Does lots and lots of squealing and jabbering
  • Has started solid food and is always trying to help mommy with the spoon
  • Loves being entertained by his sisters, and even joins in on their dance parties now!
  • Is still such a happy boy - except when these stubborn teeth that are trying to come through, bother him
  • Is pushing up on his arms... I know crawling will be right around the corner (probably sooner than Mommy wants)
  • Weighs 15.5 lbs

Wonder who destroyed this table paper?

Sweet little turtle bib from Aunt Audrey

We came downstairs on a Sunday morning to find the big sisters singing to Johnny

I'll help you, Mommy

Silly boy 

Family dance party!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Christmas

I just realized I hadn't posted pictures from Christmas in Kansas!! Sooooo here's a little Christmas in April...    =)

Watching Christmas movies (on the ENORMOUS stuffed animals from Uncle Robert) 

Have you ever seen a cuter cowboy and cowgirl?



Going to see Christmas lights!

Christmastime can be pretty exhausting

Gingerbread houses...

and lots and lots of cookies to make (and eat)


Going to church on Christmas Eve

MorMor reading The Christmas Story

Brooke helping herself to one of Johnny's presents   =)

Ready for a rainy day

Christmas Morning present from Santa!

More interested in mommy than his Santa presents     =)