A lot has changed over the last year. A new addition will be joining our family in just 2 weeks! Baby bean McCracken came as a surprise in October. It took a few months to actually realize what exactly was happening to our lives but the love for this baby has grown so big over the last few months we are crazy excited to meet this new little one that has got to be destined for greatness!!
Hi baby bean, you are so cute!
MK, "I just love this baby so much"
Mom, "Whoa baby, you are a wiggly one"
Charlie, "Babies are like yo yos, slinkies and chewing gum...you just can't get enough of them. I just love them!"
There is still a magical spirit in our home. Land of make believe every day and creation. I love the spirit of each of my children. I love watching them grow and navigate this crazy world we live in. Mary Kate navigates with pure happiness and joy. Charlie navigates while analyzing and takes caution. I continue to find balance daily but have learned to take the happiness of my children as a sign of having a really great life!!
Sorry for the lack of posts (especially for Papa). Life got a hold of me once again. To wrap up our spring:
Baseball was a "hit" charlie made some plays, hits some doubles and learned how to eat sunflower seeds.
Dance was adorable as ever and Mary Kate has no intentions of giving it up. However, she did express interest in soccer. There is some hope!
Our little preschool graduate received "Most Fashionable" for preschool. Our little diva will be heading to kindergarten in the fall dressed in her best!
Nick and I continue to be slaves to our home and are always trying our best to make our happy home more suitable to our needs. Leaking roof and all!!
Last year/This year
MK before the big haircut!!
last year/this year
How could I forget Charlie's Oscar night on the red carpet. Great fundraiser for first grade!!
My boy, my sweet ninjago obsessed little seven year old. This never ending celebration of Charlie's birthday was a success. It began with the handmade ninja pinata! I need to find a happy medium between store bought, impossible to break open pinatas and handmade bust open on the 4th whack kind of pinatas. Regardless, the ninja head was "epic"! This party rocked, between the "Eye-Spy the Lego Guy", "Lego Man Hunt" and the individual little packs of legos, the kids had a blast! Charlie's friends were so generous to add to his pile of legos that would soon turn into what we call in this house a several hour "Lego Coma". I loved seeing my boy so happy and he was so kind to include a little girl for his sister. Lillian and Mary Kate kept each other company and content among all the boys. My mom was there to witness again another party and was a huge help. Charlie's birthday on the 6th brought almost a foot of snow and this little guy's wish came true, a day home from school!!
Happy Birthday my sweet little buddy. I love your drive, your passion and all of your obsessions. I love that you dive head first into everything you love. I love the way your mind works and how your wheels are always turning. I love that you don't settle for "just because". I love your hugs, I love you more than anything.
Their legs seem to be the only thing growing. They have both grown a pant size in the last three months.
On another note, we visited Craftworks last weekend for a nature lesson. What a great center and fun winter activity to get out of the house. The kids made bird feeders and impressions. Thanks Annie for a great morning!
As I reflect on this year, the feelings that come to mind are gratitude. I am thankful that I have a loving family and a family that can share laughter more than tears!! My hopes for the new year are to continue to laugh and enjoy the little moments in life!
We had a great New Year's eve with friends and little ones. If it isn't bad enough that we lie to them about Santa, we also turned the clock forward three hours and pretended that it was midnight. Why not? They LOVED it!
I love family board games!! Even when there is a fight. Yes, my children are sore losers at pretty much any game. The game of Sorry got a little intense the other night. Which led me to a conversation with my dear friend about family game night. Someone always gets mad. She sent me this video. Hilarious!!!