¬†Emaline turned TWO… a few weeks ago

At least I wasn’t a month late, just barely! Geesh.  This year I really felt the craziness of having a birthday close to Christmas.  Throw in a few stomach bugs,   Christmas concerts, and my first year working part time with kids and wow, I’m amazed we got it all done!! 

But our Emaline Noel turned two and we celebrated our girl, sickness and all!  We had grand plans of having a party with Mimi and papa and going to Christmas at the Zoo.  However, the night before Ems bday, while I was frantically making her cake (plus the dessert I stupidly volunteered to bring for Moira’s prek party) and finishing up a quiche for dinner, Liesel found herself sick in the bathroom. So our plans had to change, drastically. Praying this isn’t a new tradition as MJ fell sick the night before Emalines bday the previous yearūüė¨.  

Turns out a quiet day at home (with bonus kindergartener around all day) was just what we needed!  Emaline felt special and we could not be more in awe of how much our girl has changed in a year!!

Last year on her 1st birthday Emaline wasn’t pulling herself up,  walking or even truly crawling. She could say a few words that could easily be mistaken for random sounds (ma ma, da da, ba ba).  And she was as laid back and go with the flow as ever!  Eric and I basked in her ease.  She was a dream!! Slept more than 12 hours each night and seldom fussed.  We thought ” wow she may be the most laid back of all!!”

Fast forward a few months and all changed!!  Around 16months Emaline began taking real steps and that is when she became a whole new girl!  She quickly began trying to keep up with her sisters, but not in the same way Moira had with Liesel.  Emaline truly beats to her own drum.  And often that drum is found as far as her quick little legs can carry herūüėČ. She keeps us on our toes, in the best possible way!  And boy does she have a sense of humor. Her silly faces and comments have all of us laughing around the dinner table. She sure is a joy!  

  Happy birthday to my sweet, spunky, hilarious, tender-hearted Emaline Noel!! Your daddy and I love you with all our heart and cannot wait to see what adventures you will take us on in year 3! 

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And a side by side of all our girls at 2


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#2 Pancakes! 



F I V E and Fabulous!

On Friday our Liesel girl turned 5, 5!!! In five short years this girl has changed our world for the better and we could not be more in love with her!

At 8lbs 13oz and after 28 hours of labor our Liesel Cosette was born on June 26, 2010.


It’s amazing how I look at these pictures and I can instantly remember kissing her soft newborn head for the first time.  I can almost smell her sweet baby smell.   

This year has been absolutely fabulous!!  I think the word for her fifth year would be mature.   Liesel matured into a five year old preschool graduate who is reading and ready for kindergarten!  There were a lot of changes she endured, challenges she faced, and love she poured out to everyone.   


We had such a blast celebrating our big girl!  Liesel had a special early ballerina beach birthday party in Michigan, surrounded by family.   


Her actual birthday began with a pancake breakfast, followed by a special day with Mimi and Papa at the Zoo and Butterly gardens, and ended with a surprise ice cream date!  


Every year gets better and better!  I’m sad to say goodbye to our four year old but I’m excited for this next year!! Kindergarten here we come!


Liesel’s 5th year interview…(4yr interview)

My favorite food is: Mac & Cheese (cringe)

When I grow up I want to be: a cheerleader, like Lydia

My favorite color is: rainbow color

The coolest person I know is: Drew B.

My favorite thing to do outside is: play in the pool

If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to: my cousins house

When I was little I used to: drink milk from a bottle

My best friend is: Evan

My favorite song is: Jesus loves me

My favorite thing to do with my sisters is: go to the park with them 

My favorite book is: Winnie the Pooh

My favorite movie is: Rapunzel 

What I’m most excited to do now that I’m 5: the monkey bars (hopefully without breaking her armūüėČ)

MJ is 3!!!

It has definitely been a big, exciting year for our Moira Jane! She truly crossed over from baby(ish) to full blown kid!! And we couldn’t be prouder of the girl she is becoming.













This year was full of changes. Becoming potty trained, stepping up to the role of big sis, and making the switch to a real big girl bed! Moira embraced all of the changes and has definitely enjoyed letting us know “I’m just big, now!”

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Her love for everything baby has remained as well as her affection towards both sisters. She is kind, generous, smart, musical, loving and beautiful both inside and out. You make me want to be the very best mom I can be. We love you Moira Jane. You have captivated us with your smile and love for others. Your tender heart is one to be desired. Here is to another fabulous year, baby girl!!

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Here is Moira’s first birthday interview. Looking forward to seeing how these answers change and evolve throughout the years.

My Favorite Food: Strawberries

When I grow up I want to: cut people’s hair

My Favorite Color is: Pink

The coolest person on Earth is: Benny Bunch

My Favorite thing to do outside is: play at the park

If I could go anywhere I’d go: to the Children’s Museum

When I was little I used to: crawl and eat food

My best friend is: Olivia

My favorite movie is: Frosty the Snowman

Now that I am three I am excited to: have a big pink birthday party!

My Girls at One

Since Emaline is officially 1, we have no “babies” in the house! ¬†I still am in shock. ¬†Will we have more? Only time will tell. Eric and I still go back and forth ( I’d say he’s more on board with a 4th than me- which is surprising!). ¬†Whether God blesses us with another little bundle or not I am not sure. ¬†But I do know we WILL be waiting longer in between. ¬†Giving ourselves a chance to fully enjoy and indulge in life as a family of 5.

Emaline continues to be a laid back baby. ¬†Her fussing is seldom and usually with a purpose. ¬†She is just starting to be¬†on the move, doing a sort of army crawl scoot ( but boy she can get places fast!). ¬†It has been a nice 12 months of non mobile bliss, but I am glad to see her getting around. ¬†She is also starting to walk with her play walker and her sisters are in awe!! “Mommy watch what Emmy can do!!” And ” can you even believe it” are common statements made by both older sissies.

Food is a highlight for Emaline.  She eats everything and anything!  Outeating both older girls by a landslide! I am still nursing but will be cutting back soon.

Sleep¬†is great! ¬†She has been sleeping 6:30-7am on a consistent basis ūüôĆūüôĆ . But has more seperation anxiety at night, needing to cry a bit before falling asleep. ¬†I feel like this is mainly because she doesn’t have a pacifier or finger to suck on to lull her to sleep. ¬†Naps are all over the place. She sometimes skips her morning nap all together. Especially on days where I have bible study and she is in the nursery. ¬†More often than not she takes one long nap 2-3 hours and then a shorter 1 hour nap.

Talking has has defintley started!  She is very vocal ( not surprising since she has two older sisters to compete with). She can say mama, dada, go, please, hi, bye, kiss and really tries to mimic anything you say.  Dinner is especially noisy as she demands food ASAP! It is such an exciting age!

We had the best day celebrating the birth of Emaline Noel yesterday! ¬†She knew it was a special day for her. ¬†Squeals and smiles were constant from morning to night! ¬†Here is a quick 1 year old snapshot of my girls-because I know you were all dying to see oneūüėȬ†image

and of course their 1year stats-

Liesel: 21# 10oz- 60th%, 31.5 inches- 100%

Moira: 20# 6oz- 40th %, 30 inches- 60th %

Emaline: 20# 2oz- 30th%, 29.5inches- 50th%

Emaline is ONE!!!

This is crazy. I know I always say that. But you guys, Emaline is 1?!! I told Eric the other day that this has gone so fast I haven’t even had time to boo hoo about it. I can’t wrap my mind around it. However, I can look back on this last year and smile. Because, that is truly what we did most.

This little lady, our Emaline Noel
IMG_2270.JPG took our breath away, and we have been smiling ever since! She is our joy, our ray of sunshine, our angel.
December 17, 2013 was a blur. Well the entire month of December was. But this moment I will always cherish

IMG_2273.JPG. Holding my little ( well big, at nearly 10lbs) christmas blessing for the first time! It was then that I felt our family was whole. I had never felt that way with the other two. And now I know, I was waiting for you, Emaline. You are the piece of our family that was missing! Click HERE to read Emaline’s birth story.

This past year has been nothing short of amazing. Here are month by month with our precious girl.














We love you so much, Emaline! You are such a joy, so full of life. We cannot wait to see what this year brings for you and our family. Happy First birthday sweetness!IMG_2281