3 of a kind

I suppose it’s about time that we made official announcements around here…

it's a boy!

In August/July we will be adding another brother to the mix!! I had my 20 week ultrasound last Friday and Jamie and I were thrilled to see a happy (yes this is an assumption but how could he not be?) and very healthy little boy growing away. I can’t imagine how crazy things are going to be around here in the coming months; however, I also can’t imagine my heart feeling more full!

Our “it’s a boy” announcement photos didn’t exactly go as planned (the blue balloon I got was popped 30 seconds after it was handed to Jay and I didn’t get a single photo of it) but I guess that’s what I get for planning anything in the first place. This is our reality these days- a house full of busy, busy boys who don’t want to sit still for photos. Thanks Daddy for helping to get one where everyone is at least looking.

it's a boy!

and some outtakes because they make me smile-
it's a boy

Charlie just wanted out of there

and we're done

at least one of them is smiling

and a peek (please excuse the iPhone photo of the ultrasound) at our sweet little guy, I think he just might have the same nose as his brothers ;)
sweet little boy!

p.s. Thanks Aunt Holly (the Great) for the post title ;) What really could be better than three of a kind?!

touch a truck

A few months ago Jamie and I took Jay and Charlie to an event called Orlando Touch a Truck. A local church, Orlando Lutheran Church, hosts an event where they get all kinds of trucks and work vehicles to come in and the kids can sit in them, ride on them and play around on them. Jay had a blast looking at all of the trucks and even Charlie got to have a few turns.

such a happy little guy!

Charlie's turn

me and my two little guys

a HUGE tire

Jay and Daddy


Some days are better than others. It’s true and something that I am slowly beginning to accept; along with grumpy comes joy and laughter and the opposite is true of course. This morning regardless of the tears, tired yawns, not-quite awake cuddles and the protests against breakfast my sweet boys giggled at each other for no apparent reason. These are the moments of the day that I try to remember as I say my prayers and crash for the night and I hope they do too.

Here’s the silly, the serious, the pouty and the giggles. Happy Wednesday to you.


morning grumpiness


sweet boy

morning cheese

brother giggles

morning grumpiness


silly face

those eyes


monkey see monkey do

laughing at Jay

tongues out!

laughing with Charlie

finishing up

always watching each other

big boy bike

Jamie and I have been waiting a while before going ahead and purchasing Jay his first bike.  After a little bit of thought (mostly on Jamie’s part since I didn’t have many opinions on the topic) we settled on getting him a pedaless bike (also known as a push bike, balance bike, glider bike).  He is getting better by the day at pushing/gliding on his bike and I am having a hard time keeping up with them now that he is really getting the hang of it. And yes this is the same bike you spied a few days ago in Charlie’s 15 month post.

Waiting for his surprise…

waiting for his surprise present


very excited about his bike

his bike!

trying it out

his bike

his new bike

riding with Daddy

backyard fort, phase 1

There has never been any doubt in my mind that our boys are lucky. They want for nothing, are constantly showered with love and attention and most importantly they have an awesome Daddy! The later most applies to this post specifically but the others were worth mentioning too ;)

Why is Daddy so particularly awesome these days you ask? Because after not much convincing from Mommy he agreed and almost immediately started working on their very own fort!! Let me back up a bit.. It’s no secret that our boys LOVE the outdoors. If they are sad/grumpy/bored, we walk outside and all is well with the world again. Because of their love of the outdoors we spend a whole lot of time out there. Frequently, we head out front to our courtyard (such a great area to have with little kids) to play in the water table. Jay and Charlie usually take time to “wash and rinse cars” and basically drench themselves in water while we play. However, most recently Jay has taken to digging and moving dirt with his dump truck and cars. He digs in the flower bed out front, which doesn’t bother me (I don’t have a green thumb or the time/desire to do much with it so it’s not like he’s digging up my flowers) so it wasn’t a problem until we potty trained. Prior to potty training we/I would just take off his dirt covered diaper, hose him off and then head inside. After potty training we now have this…

our problem

See the problem? And yes it is a cute tushie and yes he will probably kill me later for posting this photo but I am okay with that ;) There is a whole lot more scrubbing that needs to take place these days after playing in addition to it just being kind of gross.

So in an effort to refocus this post and brag on my ultra-talented and fantastic husband we decided that Jay needed a “clean” place to dig and hence the fort idea was born. Jamie had help from Josh and George last Sunday with the planning, initial purchasing of materials and building of the sandbox and frame and this Saturday with the help of Josh and Uncle Mark, the cover for the sandbox was built and installed. It (the fort) isn’t finished yet but I am too excited about it not to share. There is a mix of iphone photos and DSLR camera photos below to show the progress and I promise to post again when it’s finished. Get ready to be jealous because it’s cool and you know that you want one :)

purchasing of supplies
purchasing supplies

purchasing of supplies

sand, sand and more sand


Bupper’s Big Guck helped haul home the supplies.truck loading

a very full truck


The fort project kickoff happened to take place on the coldest day of the year so far, hence the hats and jackets.getting started

Daddy's Boy

riding with Pepere


Using Pepere’s awesome nail gungetting started on the frame

framing the sandbox

Charlie wanted to help with the digging. Also, he says “cheese” frequently when he sees a camera now, hence the face.
tiny helper


Trimming some low-hanging branches.nighttime tree trimming

nighttime workers

finished for the night

The day after, showing the boys the initial construction that finished after they were asleep.
initial unveiling


One week later, adding more sand (1400lbs total)adding more sand


building of the cover

cover helpers

Daddy's Boy

finally getting to play!!
finally it's done!!




a few from the phone


When we decided it was time to go in for the night. To say that they like it would be quite the understatement.
when we needed to head in for the night

I thought having someplace to sit near the sandbox would be especially nice and after looking around for a few ideas I stumbled upon these plans. Jamie and the guys took these plans and kind of ran with it and let’s be honest, ours is so much cooler than the original!  Here’s a video of how the lid works so you can get a better idea of how it works…

park time with daddy

In the fall I was swamped with client photos- I had the almost every weekend and sometimes both days of the weekend booked.  It was fun, don’t get me wrong, but I did hate that it took away from some of our weekend family time.  Either way it happened and I was busy which made it nice that the boys could join me on a location scouting trip.  We made a night out of it- had a picnic in the park, ran around and ended up playing at the playground until the sun went down.  Both Jay and Charlie have really started to love going to the park and up until this point Charlie had really only been on the swings; however, since Daddy was there he helped with the slide a few times and Charlie LOVED it.

picnic-ing in the park


riding the slide

more slide fun

such a big boy

slide races

slide races

slide races

race you to the top!

slide races

sliding with Jay

friday phone dump

I haven’t had a phone dump in quite some time so here you go.  A little bit of random, a little bit silly and a whole lot of everyday love.

Charlie showing some love for his book
That's my baby- a book loving Charlie!


happy kitchen helpers
two boys baking

Jay has been really interested in writing his name lately- these are a few of his attempts. I am so proud of him!
Jay writing is his name

morning snuggles with Daddy

kisses for the baby in the mirror
giving the baby kisses

two boys in the bath

happiness for the table

frequent view
two boys on the path

sweet boy hanging out with Mommy

I love these curls

somebody was getting sleepy

family shot before heading out for a date
family shot before a date

silly business
being silly

sweet smiles

stories with Daddy before work
stories with Daddy before work

well hello little one :)
hello little one

silly Charlie faces
silly Charlie faces

so proud that he can use a straw
Charlie can use a straw

sweet brothers sharing a special treat
sweet brothers with a special treat

wrong little boy “using” the potty
wrong brother on the potty

happy kitchen helper
happy kitchen helper

helping to take Daddy’s lunch to the car
helping Daddy take his lunch to the car

garden helper

picking out plants at the nursery
at Lukas getting plants

our new orange tree!
our orange tree!


fixing stuff

strawberry picking

always more projects on the go
projects in the works

sweet boy

family portrait drawn by Jay
family portrait by Jay

“cheese” face
cheese face


swinging at the park

more swinging
more swinging

park time

a certain kiddo needs a bath!
ready for a bath!

blankie is never far from reach
blankie is never far from reach

cool dude!
cool dude!