Life, Kids, Sun

Keith

Pennsylvania

kaboodle houseKatrina’s parents house where she grew up. They’ve lived in that house since they got married, 40 years ago.

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We love the farmlands and rolling hills.

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Violet helping Grandpa collect eggs from his chickens.

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Katrina’s brother Jason giving Keira a ride.

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Violet loved playing dress up and singing with her friend Autumn.

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Micah and two friends toured the Martin Guitar Factory

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Micah and I celebrated our 9th anniversary.

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We got to go to a Five Iron Frenzy concert and got to meet Dennis from the band (and his daughter).

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Father/son selfie. Even smiling the same!

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The kids loved playing with Grandma and Grandpa, especially when Grandpa climbed up in the playhouse, and they loved getting lots of pushes on their swing set.

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Dinner outside with family and friends.

Right now we are in California visiting family, friends, supporters & churches. In a couple weeks we’re headed to Missouri to do the same, then back to PA before we make our move down to Florida to start our next chapter of ministry. Thanks for checking out our blog!

 


Summer fun

We have been keeping ourselves very busy lately. Violet got her hair cut. We finally got to the beach. And we had some fourth of July bubble fun.

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Birthday Boy

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Yes, everyone says this, but it continues to amaze me how much growth takes place the first year of a baby’s life.

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Keith loves lots of attention and he really loves playing with his sisters.

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He hasn’t been very vocal the last month, but in the last few days he has been trying out some new sounds.

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We had a little gathering with a few of our friends to share some cake and the special day with Keith.

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He wasn’t too sure of what to do with that cake. He did seem to like it at first, but then not so much.

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We love our little Keith, and it has been such a joy to be his mommy.

I love when the girls tell me, “Mommy, Keith is just so cute!” I couldn’t agree more. We love him to pieces.

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Eleven

Here is our little monkey…getting so stinking big! After last month’s update when I said he wasn’t pulling himself up yet… well the next day he started pulling himself up on everything. Now he is a pro at it. He is also beginning to walk while we hold his hands. He isn’t brave enough to try and let go at all, he goes right down on his knees if he wants to move somewhere.

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He is getting smarter too! Our bathroom doors are right in the hallway and the doors don’t click shut. For some reason he always wants to go in there. If he is crawling towards the bathroom and he sees me coming to get him, he looks at me, smiles, then crawls faster to get into the bathroom!!

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He is such a happy baby and the girls love him to pieces. I love when they act like little mommies toward him. Especially Keira. She likes to tell him no or to shush him if he gets fussy.

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What a joy this little guy brings into our lives!


Ten Months

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Our little baby is ten months old!

This month he has been pulling himself up on the couch and other pieces of furniture. He isn’t pulling himself all the way up to his feet, but he is almost there.

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He has been eating lots of different kinds of foods.

He loves fruit and bread and he really likes broccoli and mashed potatoes.

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He loves when Micah plays guitar.

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We love our happy, cuddly little guy.


Worker girl…

…this is what she calls herself.

A little while ago in a package we received from Micah’s family, were some surprises for Violet. Before Christmas she had asked for her own hammer (she wants to be like daddy). Well, she got that and more. They sent a hammer, screwdriver, nails and screws, two boards with holes for the nails and screws, tool belt, hardhat, and a few other things that go into the tool belt that every little worker girl needs. She was beyond happy.

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Even Keith enjoys it too.

Well… it might have been Violet’s idea to dress him up.

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Nine months

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This little guy is now crawling all over the place.

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He crawls and sits up and then does it all over again.

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He has his two middle bottom teeth, and on the top he has three and soon it will be four.

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Love those chunky legs!

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This guy is such a happy little boy.

He’s now napping twice a day, morning and afternoon. It took a little time to adjust, but he’s doing really good.

I’ve been slowly giving him some chunks of food. He likes little pieces of homemade bread and soft cooked potatoes and he loves fruit purees!


Eight

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Eight months since our little bouncing baby boy came into the world. Those two little girls love him to pieces. I often find them arguing about whose boy he is. They are two little mommies and are already looking out for their brother.

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Keith is just now beginning to crawl, he will pull himself forward with his arms then try to get his legs to catch up. He isn’t coordinated, but he is finally getting there. He still does roll everywhere too.

He is also getting two top teeth. One in the middle and the one beside it. They seem to be taking their good old time too.

Keith is such a happy little guy!
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Seven months old

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Another month has flown by already, and this little guy has not stopped growing.  He is a rolling machine.  If I leave the room for a minute while he is on the floor I never know where he will be when I come back.  I’ve really been trying to keep my eye on him these days. I’m expecting to see him crawling any day though. When he is on his belly, he will occasionally get up on his hands and knees and start rocking back and forth.

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On a rolling escapade

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I caught him on his knees!

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He loves playing with his daddy’s hair

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He is almost sitting by himself now. He can sit really steady for a good bit, but then it seems like he just gives up and lets go and falls backwards or face first.

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What a happy little boy we have been given and we love so much!


Christmas

We had a very nice Christmas here at the far ends of the earth, even with it being the coldest that it has gotten so far at almost -40 C (-40 F).

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This year has been really exciting for Violet, with her being a little bit older and knowing more and more, she was beyond excited about opening presents. Of course, we told her Christmas is more than just opening presents. We got a great Little People Nativity Set a few Christmases ago, and that was a great present that the kids can play and learn from. We also had a fun time watching Christmas movies this month. And like always, I’ve been taking lots of pictures of the kids.

Here are some of us opening some gifts…

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And some nicer ones of the kids…

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Have a Happy New Years!

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Six months old

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I say this all the time, but time flies with little babies. It just goes way too fast. Our baby is six months old!

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This last picture makes me laugh, with that face that he’s making. It’s really not how he acts at all, but he was starting not to feel very good that day and I happen to capture it. But he was mostly happy as you can see.

The next picture he looks like a cute little old man.

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This last month, he really has gotten good at rolling every which way. He rolls over on his belly, then over on his back again, over and over. I really need to be careful now where to put him, so he does’t fall. Which actually did happen once already. Violet is a big help when I need her to lay Keith down on his play mat for me. Well, one time I asked her to lay him down, and I don’t think I told her the floor. She brought him in the living room and laid him on the couch and then went somewhere. Not long after that I heard Keith crying really loud. I came in the room and he was laying on the floor. He had rolled off the couch. Poor kid, but after some soothing, he was fine. We just make sure he doesn’t get put down on the couch by himself anymore.

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This is how he likes to sleep these days. On his belly and usually at the end of his bed. One time his head was crammed into the corner, but he was fine after I moved him around.

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Just this month he got his two bottom teeth!

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And I just starting feeding him solids. His first taste was pumpkin (from a baby food jar, I wish I could buy it fresh), and he did not like it. He’s also had some rice cereal and that’s about it so far. He seems like he wants to eat, but does not like what I give him. Don’t let the first picture fool you with his cute smile. He’s just showing off for the camera.

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Our three little cuties!

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We’re so happy to have this little guy in our family. He makes us all happy with his cute smiles and happy attitude.

And I can’t get enough of his chubby little cheeks.

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Poor little ones

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Laying on the couch with cool wet cloths to help bring down the fever

Sickness is making its way through our home right now. Micah caught it somewhere, and without fail we all have been getting our own versions of it. Micah and I only had a small short fever, plus other cold symptoms. The girls haven’t been so lucky. Keira’s turn was all day yesterday with a fever and Violet has had it today. Please be thinking of them and Keith that he doesn’t get it. He hasn’t had a fever yet, just some sneezing, coughing and he’s extra tired. It’s been taking it’s time with me, which makes it hard to care for the kids and keep up the apartment. I’m thankful that Micah is able to be home and help with the kids.

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This little sleeping beauty asks for her daddy when she’s sick


Setting up the tree

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I love getting our Christmas decorations out and getting the tree put up. Not a day before, but basically right after we eat the turkey. Ok, not that soon. But pretty close. Oh, and Christmas music can start being listened to as well. These are the rules people! Ha!

It’s fun seeing the girls get excited about it too. Violet especially. As she would say, “I’m so exciting!”

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Happy Keith


I’m thankful for…

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…our three beautiful, healthy and happy children.

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 …a loving husband and a fun daddy.

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…helpful princesses who like to vacuum.

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…silly girls who wear their sisters underpants.

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…peaceful nap times.

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…sisters who show love to each other.

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…daily reminders of never-ending love.

Happy Thanksgiving!


A cold winter day

Sometimes when it is really cold and mommy is really tired, I dress the girls up in their winter gear and let them play out on the enclosed balcony.

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Sometimes we decide to head outdoors to get some fresh brisk air and play on the playground.

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And sometimes we get to meet new friends at a nearby kids play area.

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Five months old

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Our cute little man is five months old! He is starting to find more of a voice, when it’s getting close to his nap time and he’s getting tired, he will start squealing. Other than that he is still very happy. He is constantly sucking on his fingers, which is making them very dry. I’m just waiting for his two bottom teeth to pop out soon.

We had a surprise visit from the children’s doctor, who we visited about a month ago. She just showed up and was here to check out Keith. Not exactly sure why she came and if she will keep doing it, this is something I need to find more information about, but I didn’t mind at all!

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Cold Cheeks

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At one of our favorite playgrounds

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Keith napping and keeping warm (Love using this great wool scarf made by a friend, thanks Megan R.)

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I’ve been carrying Keith out to the playground in the Baby Bjorn when I take the girls out.  It’s easier to help the girls while having him in the carrier. But lately it has been getting to my back and shoulders.  At his last doctors appointment, he weighed in at 8.3 kilos (18 pounds)!

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Broken glass is on the ground everywhere,  Thankfully right now, we have snow covering it up.

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Pipes, pipes everywhere

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-21 C (-5 F)

The temperature is dropping lower and lower.

We are just about all set on our winter coats and boots.  With temperatures getting this low lately we really need to layer our clothes and bundle up well, especially with taking the kids outside.  The girls really do enjoy being outside as much as they can, even in the cold.


Four months

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Keith is such a good baby boy. He is really happy and content, almost all the time. He is drooling a lot lately. If I don’t put a bib on him, he gets his shirts really wet. He has been getting his legs stuck in the slats of his crib, usually when he is waking up. But it doesn’t seem to bother him too much. He is started to be very vocal, especially when he is tired. The girls love him so much, they love kissing him before he goes down for every nap and between his naps as well. Violet can really get him to laugh and smile, it’s really cute.

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Cute baby videos

Here are some videos of Keith for family and anyone who likes seeing cute babies.  🙂

 

 


Cute Keith

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Keith has been doing great at holding his head up and paying attention to things around him.

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It’s nice to put him on his playmat and see him actually “playing” with the toys on it. Or trying to anyway.

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He is such a easy happy baby.  He gets very excited!

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We love our little man!


Three months

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Our youngest baby just turned 3 months old!  Keith is a very happy baby, he smiles all the time. During our time here in Kiev, he has had a consistent schedule. He wakes up and goes to bed about the same times as the girls, around 8 or 9 am and about 9 pm at night. He will sleep for about 8 hours or so then wakes up to eat just once around 5 in the morning. I am breastfeeding him six times a day and he takes four naps during the day.  When we are home Keith does a good job at falling asleep on his own, but when we are out I carry him in the Baby Bjorn carrier and he does a good job in that too staying happy and falling when it’s his nap time. He has recently started drooling, so I’m thinking teeth might be on their way soon.  He has been doing a fairly good job at keeping his head steady by himself, but that’s something we are working on.

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We love this little guy to pieces!

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Bath

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Baby don’t get dirty right? Besides their little tushies. Well, that thinking is part of the reason why this was Keith first bath, last week. That and because we didn’t have a tub to make it easier to wash him in. We got rid of the old tub we had bought for Keira, and it wasn’t really high on the list of things to get, but then we were offered one from some friends. He might as well just get used to everything being pink now.


Captain Adorable

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Here is our two months old little boy.  He is starting to chunk up a little, but he still has skinny little legs.

He is a good baby, only crying when he wakes up out of hunger.  After eating he is usually really smiley and content.  I put him down in his crib when it’s time to nap and he might cry for a little bit, but he is slowly getting better at falling asleep on his own.  I think it’s taking longer for him because we are often going outside with him in the stroller or the baby carrier.  So I’m not being as consistent as I was with the girls.

The girls love on him all the time, they cannot get enough of his sweetness.  Neither can we.

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