Saturday, March 26, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 3.26.16- Week 9


Weight: 13 pounds
Anna has had a very good week. I feel like she's finally adjusted to life here (finally, seriously, we've only been here a week :)). She's much less fussy when awake and she's sleeping great. She even slept past 7am twice this week!! Those were nice nights. Then she went back to waking up between 6 and 6:30 which let's be real, is still pretty awesome. :) She's eating well too, she wants to eat about every 2 hours during the day, but I don't mind if she's going 8-9 hours at night. She also takes a 3-3 1/2 hour nap in the afternoon (while the boys "nap" so I get some nice quiet time). And as David would say, "She's just so cute!" Actually, he would say "he's just so cute" because he can never get his pronouns straight :).
The boys are also adjusting to life here. We didn't have very nice weather this past week so we spent a lot of time indoors, but they handled it pretty well. They also did well the 2 times other people were watching them. A lady from church came with her 3 kids to watch them so Steve and I could run some errands one morning and then another lady called on Thursday morning and said that her husband had a meeting that night and she didn't have anything to do, so she wondered if Steve and I would like to go out just the two of us. Of course we quickly said yes! :) So she came and stayed with all 4 kids, so sweet! It's hard not being by any family, but the congregation is so wonderful at taking care of and loving us!!
This is how we do dinner when Daddy stays after church for youth group, with Anna on the table. :)

She didn't mind :)
She loves to stick her tongue out

The boys playing "lions"

This is the view from our Costco, pretty amazing!

She got new bedding for her new "girl" room, love it!!

Making some pudding for dessert

And then getting to eat the pudding

No pudding for Anna, just cuddles with Mommy

Eating breakfast at the counter. They're pretty big fans of getting to eat there

David just can't ever leave Anna alone

Play a new game

Anna can't even get alone time while taking a bath :)

Painting time

Steve's mom sent the boys these capsules that you put in the water and a sponge comes out. We decided to use the sponges to paint with, turned out pretty cool I think.

Love me some Anna snuggles (which usually only happen when she's sleeping :))

Our guest room is all set up, so we are open for visitors :)

Of course your brother is a horse who needs to give your rides :)

All ready for Good Friday service.

Can I just say, girls are so much fun to dress :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 3.20.16- We made it to Montana!!!


Weight: 12.8 pounds
We all had a crazy week of traveling from Michigan to Montana. So Anna's schedule has been off and we're slowly getting back into normal life. She did really well on our trip, still only waking up once a night usually between 5 and 6. Even after sleeping most of the day in her car seat, she still slept at night just fine. She is now up to 4 ounces for all her bottles (7 a day). And just cute as can be!! :) We love our Anna!
As for the rest of us, we made it to Montana!! The boys also did so well! Each of us except Steve had a meltdown at some point :) but they didn't last long and seriously, it was a long week, who wouldn't have a meltdown :).
The boys were very excited to get to play with the Paw Patrol Action Pups I had gotten for them for our trip. They found the empty box after I took them out and were so excited to leave for Montana so they could finally play with them. :) As we were saying goodbye to Steve's family and everyone was kind of sad I told Jonathan it was time to leave and he at the top of his lungs yelled "I'm so excited to move to Montana!!" :) I explained to Steve's brother that really he was just excited to play with his Paw Patrol Pups, he really had no idea what it meant to be moving to Montana.

Every time we stopped to eat we'd sit in a booth and let Anna stretch out on it which she greatly enjoyed

Two of the nights we stayed in a hotel with a pool which the boys of course loved

Anna and I hanging out watching the boys swim

David has become quite the swimmer (with his puddle jumper on)

Getting ready for bed (they didn't all sleep in the bed :), just two of them which amazingly went fine)

Watching Paw Patrol in the morning

The boys were pretty excited to get to eat at the hotel and get to pick whatever they wanted
We stayed with some friends in Iowa for two nights to take a break from driving and get to spend time with them. It was so fun to see Micah and Caleb play together. The boys had so much fun playing with pretty much all their toys :)

Anna enjoyed the break from the van too

Such great daddys

While the Dads watched the kids I got to go to Steph's core workout class she teaches. Yeah, what was I thinking doing a hard core workout 7 weeks after having a baby when I haven't done anything since having that baby. :) I wasn't sore the next day which made me wonder if I really did anything at the class. Then the next day the soreness hit :) But it was so much fun getting to watch Steph teach and maybe inspired me to actually start exercising. :)
Thanks so much Chris and Steph for letting us crash your house (they also have 4 kids, so it was a full house :)). We had so much fun getting to spend time with you guys!!

And we're on the road again!

Lunch time, time to stretch
The hotel we stayed at in South Dakota had a slide which the boys thought was pretty cool, until they got to the top, then the were too scared to go down so Steve had to climb up and show them it wasn't scary :) This slide was definitely meant for kids

Micah braved the slide and realized it was really fun. I don't have any picture of the twins coming down because I had to climb up and push them down in order to get them down :)
Anna chilling by the pool
Jonathan preferred just hanging out on the steps

David preferred swimming around

This little girl has a pretty strong neck, she thinks she's pretty big stuff sitting up

And we're on the road for one last day!!

Lunch time stretching break

And we made it to Montana!!!!

The church had a grocery shower for us, so we were blessed with a full pantry when we got there!

Our moving truck made it!!

Anna's pretty excited to be in her new house

There were a lot of boxes to unpack! Thankfully a couple of ladies who helped me unpack all the kitchen stuff (which let's face it, is almost half of our stuff :)) so we're well on our way to getting everything unpacked

Our first meal together at our new house!!

Yesterday I decided that we had already unpacked the essential boxes and I hadn't cuddled much with Anna in the past couple weeks, to Anna and mommy did lots of cuddling!

The boys were very excited to test out the new living room by rolling all around it. :)

And one last picture of our cutie sleeping away!