June 16-22

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This is the WEEK OF BEKKETT. This is the party prep and the following are going to be his party and our weekend in South Carolina with Gram and Gramp. SO MUCH FUN was had. I can’t believe that Bekkett just turned 3! He has seriously changed our lives for the better and I don’t know what I would do without him. The bug themed birthday party and everything we did for his day was just a small token of how much I love him! Hope you all enjoy the pics.

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AND HERE ARE THE PARTY PICS.
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We had bug juice, ants on a log, and much much more, (that I can’t remember right now haha}. We had bug jars for all of the kids and plastics bugs scattered everywhere for a bug hunt. The kids even used their little tweezers to put their bugs in the jars. It was so much fun. All of the kids were so generous to Bekkett and he got some pretty rocking presents. Probably the best present he got was having Gram and Gramp in town for his birthday. It was awesome!

After the party, we came home, loaded up the car and headed down to SC with my mom and dad. Bekkett got to ride in their car and he LOVED it! When we finally made it, we ate dinner, and went swimming. What our vaca comprised of mostly was swimming, driving, alligator searching, boat rides, swimming, eating, ice cream treats, and LOTS of time with family. WE LOVED EVERY SECOND!

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And now I am having technical difficulties, so I will upload more soon! 🙂

June 9-15

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This girl is a SERIOUS blanky baby! She will go and get her blanky all of the way upstairs if we are downstairs and she just carries it everywhere. If she doesn’t have her blanky {because I hide it}, she will grab a dish rag off the stove handle, she love the scarfs at story time because she snuggles them like her blanky. I just love this little ball of snuggle!

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Bekkett was “clipping Desi’s fingernails” with his bug tweezers, and Desi was being so patient just to let him do his thing. Haha! Then there is the cute kid with the cups in his mouth and “Zizzie’s swimming pool.” And the beautiful veggie boxes, bark laid, etc. that Greg, Brent, and I made for Sue’s garden. Can’t wait to have THAT in my back yard one day!

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Some more of “A DAY IN THE LIFE”.

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And more..

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Playing at the treehouse by Aunt SueSue’s house. And that’s all for that week! 🙂
-M.

Kindness.

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As I was driving yesterday, I noticed my breaks were starting to grind BAD, especially when I was going really slowly and close to a stop. Greg and I decided we had better get the car in today to get the breaks changed, since Greg doesn’t really have time to do it himself. After a crazy list of events, I decided to take it in after Desi’s 15 months check up {she is doing great, BTW}. I had text 5 or so friends to see if anyone could come and pick us up and take us home and then we would go back to pick it up when Greg got home.

After some confusion, we thought we would have a ride about 20 minutes after we got to the tire place. I had luckily prepared myself with some snacks, and lots of toys for the kids to play with, but I felt so overwhelmed with 2 kids in the waiting room with many people around. I continued to feel super inadequate to be doing this with so many surrounding us, but I just kept trying to do what I do.

A older woman and man looked at each other and starting talking quietly to each other and I suddenly got self conscious of what they were saying. Was I failing at my “job”? Were they dissatisfied with how I was dealing with my kids? Then suddenly the woman said, “You do very well balancing them. With two of them, you are doing a great job taking care of each of their needs. I know that mothering can be hard, but you are doing a great job.” The man said, “You can tell you love your kids, and I commend you for being so patient and loving!”

WHAT?!? Did I need to clear my ears out? Did they just say what I thought they said? What sweet people. Then before the older man left, he came to chat with me and said that there are so many other things I could have been doing, such as shoving a game in their face and how impressed he was that I had been reading to them and that they loved books.

I am so grateful for those 2 people today. They could have kept their comments to themselves. They could have judged me for what I did wrong, but instead they focused on what I was doing right.

Now, I don’t write this to boast about what a good mother I am. I know that I have my short comings, but I write it because I am pretty sure that every mother out there {at some point}, feels super inadequate in their mothering. Most of the time, I feel like I am failing at this ever-important job of raising my 2 kiddos. But, what I found today is that I am grateful for those who see that I am doing my best. For the most part, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt that they truly are trying their best to be a great mother, father, friend, child. I pray I can see the best in all those around me.

-M.

June 2-8

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This day was filled with lots of playing, relaxing, taking advantage of life, our safety, and really be grateful for our safety. We also got our family pictures back and I love my kiddos and my sweet husband so much!

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The kiddos love to sit in the fridge together. And here are pictures of the damage of Gregor’s car.

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This day, Bekkett wanted to help sweep, and he also loves to help do the dishes, mostly so that he can play in the water, but it is pretty adorable when he says, “Mama, can I do dishes?” Let’s keep that excitement for dishes throughout his lifetime so that I don’t have to do them! Most people know that I HATE doing dishes more than almost anything! Then there are some pictures of them playing in the back yard together.

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“Wook, mom! My gawaff is on the big boy potty!” Haha!

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Swimming with daddy on a Saturday! We LOVE Saturdays!

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Bekkett has been LOVING bugs recently. We got the round Bug Jar at Play and Learn and we found a caterpillar to put in it. Then this Sunday, as we were leaving to go somewhere, I found a baby praying mantis to put in his other bug jar. We only kept the praying mantis for a few days because we wanted him to be able to live. At this time, we decided that we definitely NEEDED to have a bug party for Bekkett’s 3rd Birthday party! 🙂

-M.

The accident.

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Sunday morning, the alarm went off at 4:00AM for us to get on the road back home. Both Greg and I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep. After a restless 30 minutes, we both decided we had better get up and get going.

We hit the road at about 5 AM and were relieved when Bekkett fell asleep about 5 minutes into the drive. We had just gotten onto the long highway that we would follow for a while and I was looking at my phone when all of a sudden, I hear Greg’s voice, slamming on the breaks, I look up and see at least 4 deer right in the headlights, bright light, loud pop, suffocating dust fills the car, we are skidding to the right side of the road. I wait for a truck to smash us from behind. We come to a stop, I try to open my door. It doesn’t move. Kids are screaming, I use all my might to push open the door. I look up the road, a car is coming, we are in the middle of the right lane of traffic. Shoeless, I start pushing the car off of the road and as soon as we got out of the way, Greg grabbed the E break. We get the screaming kids out of the car with suffocating fumes and I call 911.

Startled, baffled, unaware of the area, I can barely explain to them where we are located. And then we wait. We try to get away from the debris, but it is flying everywhere. Once we were certain the kids were ok, we got the stroller out to put the kids facing away from the road to keep them safe from debris flying. I look down and Bekkett is super somber. I was worried something was wrong with him. I bend down to get on his level and ask him if he is in pain, he shakes his head. I ask him if he is ok and he shakes his head. I said, “Buddy, you need to tell daddy what is wrong.” Sadly, he said, “Daddy hit reindeer.” We couldn’t help but laugh.

One single person, out of all of the people passing by, stopped to see us. They couldn’t find us because I had told them the wrong location {imagine that…I wasn’t from the area and had no clue how long we had been on the road AND had just been in a wreck with my husband and 2 children…I was a little bit traumatized.}

The State Trooper got there and soon after Peter, Brent, and Teresa showed up. Before we had even left the scene of the accident, Sue had flights booked for us from Detroit in about 3 hours and our drive to Detroit was about an hour. We went back to Peter and Liz’s, packed our bags quickly to get to the airport in time.

Luckily, after a brief explanation about our situation, no one asked us for birth certificates for the kids, they let us right through, and we were on our way home, again. Our flight attendant to Chicago was so sweet and gave Bekkett a coloring book and crayons that she had personally purchased for the kiddos on her first flight. Fotu picked us up from the airport in Charlotte, and Jen had a roast dinner ready for us as soon as we got there.

As we recounted our trials and blessings from that day, many times I thought to myself, “Why? Why did this happen to us? Why didn’t we get out of bed on time? Why were our kids safe? Why were we all safe? Why didn’t a deer appendage come through the windshield and impale us? Why?” First questions were so negative, and then my gratitude for ALL of our safety took over, and I could no longer ask “Why?”

In the coming days, insurance got up there quickly and took care of everything. They valued our car at more than $3000 over what we paid for it and more than $4000 more than what we owed on it. We were able to pay of the totaled car AND our Trailblazer from the settlement from this accident. Now we only have 1 car payment on Greg’s new car. Blessed, I would say YES! Close to a year ago when we were considering buying Greg’s Mazda, it had a salvaged title and I was a little leery of buying a car with a salvaged title, but I felt right about it then. Amazing the things that can happen a year later.

We are so blessed to have so many loving, kind, and generous people around us who love us and who are willing to help us at the drop of a hat. So many people here that we can call family, even though they aren’t blood related. We are truly grateful for our safety, and for the blessings in disguise that came from this incident.
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-M.

May 26-June 1

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My Life…

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Can you tell that these kids love books? I find them reading to each other, just before we head out to the library to grab some new ones.

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Bekkett the photographer.

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Our travels to Ohio for Peter’s Med School graduation. The kids hardly slept the whole way there. It was pretty awful. But, once we were there and with cousins, we all had a GREAT time. Desi was enthralled with the frog, but she couldn’t decide whether to get closer, or keep her distance. She started crying once when it jumped off of Johanna’s hand. It was pretty fun to see the kids inspecting the little guy. Then after dinner, we went to the Children’s museum and it was a great time. Then, we were all exhausted and took all of the kiddos back to the hotel to put them to bed.

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After we started out the day with Family Pictures and ice cream, we went to the park for a wonderful picnic and kite flying. The kids LOVED the kites! After we let the kiddos snooze for about 30 minutes in the car, we headed to the zoo. We walked across the entire zoo to get frozen lemonade and as soon as we got there, the frozen lemonade stand was closed. Haha! What the luck…well, luckily, we DID find a different frozen lemonade stand. We walked back over to the park for another BBQ at the park and it was a delightful time with so much family. Around 8 or so, we decided it best to head back to the hotel as we were leaving EARLY the next morning to drive home. The next blog post will explain the adventures of the coming day. It deserves a post of its own.
-M.

May 19-25

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Sometimes Bekkett gets to my phone and this is what happens. Also, we wanted to put Desi in Bekkett’s bed the coming weekend, so we needed to move my “Norwex shelf” downstairs so that she wouldn’t try crawling up it, etc. So, that Monday I did a quick room rearranging both downstairs and upstairs.

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Getting pretties, first time painting toenails for Desi(yes, it took a whole year), playing outside, going to Lowe’s, family walks, and helping Desi learn.

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Showing me the “flower” that brother picked for her {one of the last days in her crib}, exploring Sue and Graham’s garage while mommy and daddy finish building the garden boxes, and the finished boxes. IMG_4210

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These kids…I kinda like ’em! A wonderful day at Play&Learn. Love them so much and I love to see them play together.

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We went down to the outlets with Megan and Lizzie and there are a few pictures from there. Back to the lake to feed the ducks, AND to feed our face. Pizza picnic and Desi is a MESS! AND, we forgot napkins. Oops.

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After a long morning of making Bekkett a big boy bed, we let the kids nap and then we headed to Biltmore for a beautiful walk before dinner. Then we put Bekkett’s big boy bed together and got the kids to sleep. We were too excited to not put it together, even though we got the kids to bed a little late. So much fun! We love to be able to lay by Bekkett and sing him songs and prayers together at night. I think Desi may have to get a big girl bed much earlier than Bekkett got his bed so that we can do the same with her 🙂

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And our last picture of the week….we put Desi’s bed {Bekkett’s old one} together and got her sleeping in her toddler bed. She was a champ and the transition was flawless! I still say the earlier the better! She has had even less troubles transitioning to her toddler bed than Bekkett did, and we transitioned her a month earlier than we did Bekkett. Awesome, I tell ya!
-M.