Wednesday, March 22, 2017

4 Years Old

Dear Lincoln,


Four years ago we got to meet you for the first time. We have loved watching you grow and learn since that day.


At four years old, you are incredibly inquisitive. You ask questions all the time, wanting to make connections and know "why" things are the way they are. You love to learn, and one of your favorites right now is watching Planet Earth with daddy; you also love to read nonfiction, especially about dinosaurs. Daddy has been reading the Magic Treehouse series to you, as well as a few other chapter books. You love reading and often ask to be read to. Sometimes you will work with us on sounding out words, but not often.

Another favorite activity of yours (particularly when riding in the car) is to list letters and ask what word they spell. You enjoy school, but you don't always want to talk about what you learn when we ask. You usually volunteer lots of information on your own time.


Recently you've started to enjoy drawing pictures and writing letters. You mostly draw dinosaurs of various kinds. You love to do puzzles and are starting to do them more and more on your own. You sometimes like to shoot baskets and dribble, but not always.

You also love Bethel College (as evidenced by your birthday party!). You like to spend time walking around campus, visiting daddy's office, and sometimes going to different athletic events, though your attention span at those is fairly limited.


You are a little ham who loves to tell jokes to make people laugh. You currently have two go-to jokes. (What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef... What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsssshhh...) You also love to laugh and even ask to be tickled. You are very social and almost always want to be with other people, playing with them, reading with them... you're starting to play more on your own at home, but you much prefer to be with people!

We also love how caring you are. You give snuggles, hugs, and kisses pretty willingly, at least to us. You can tell when people are upset or hurt, and you want to make it better.


You have started to become more and more independent. When you're not happy with what we're asking, you will say "I get to choose about my own..." (body, clothes, bedtime, food...)

Along with that independence, though, comes a big desire to be a helper. You are really good about doing what we ask most of the time, things like putting away your own clothes, helping empty the dishwasher, yard work (it's hard to stop you from helping daddy outside!), and even picking up toys.

You are so excited to be a big brother! You love to talk about what you will do to help take care of him and love him; some of the things you want to do include picking out his clothes every day, making him laugh, and snuggling him whenever you have a chance! The first thing you're going to tell him is "I love you!"

We are proud of you and love you to the moon and back, around the sun, and all the way to infinity and beyond!

Love always,

Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

38 Weeks


Just a couple more weeks to go! We are so ready to meet you, little boy!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Memory

Memory
3/11/2017

Yes, I do remember.
You told me a story.
It was beautiful, I know,
and important
because you told me.
So I smiled
and vowed not to forget
this time.

And then, I felt the wind blow through my mind,
gently,
softly.
Deceiving me into thinking all is fine.

But then your beautiful words started to
slip through my fingers,
slip out of my grasp,
like delicate autumn leaves
blowing in that gentle wind.

And I reached out to grasp that memory
(to hold it close)
(to keep it with me)
but it was already gone.

I chased the thoughts
but could only find
bits and pieces
scattered

now shattered
(like broken bits of glass)
I try to pick them up.
But it's like my fingers are
cut, bruised, bleeding.

Your eyes search mine.
They ask, without words,

Do I remember?
No. 

So - please - tell me again. 

Party Time!

We decided to have Lincoln's fourth birthday party a little early this year, just in case baby brother makes an early appearance. He requested a Thresher cake and party, and we (especially Brad) were happy to oblige!


I continued the tradition of making a pennant banner for the party. I really love how this one turned out!









We ordered a cake from Cakes by Brenda. It turned out amazing, and it was delicious!




















Friday, March 10, 2017

Baby Brother's Room!

We still have a few decor pieces I want to work on and put in, but I am loving baby boy's room so far!


Grandma Valerie made a quilt, and I used leftover fabric to make the pennant banners for the wall. I also ironed the circles on the curtain.








We are so ready to meet this little boy - just a few more weeks!

MCC Quilt

A few years ago, Becca, Jill, and I started scheming to piece a quilt for the MCC Sale.


We picked the Triple Irish Chain pattern and bought our fabric. We actually finished piecing the quilt over a year ago, but we couldn't find anyone to hand quilt it. My mom had a spot reserved at the Sedgwick Senior Center, and she generously offered it to us (since she didn't have anything ready that she wanted to have hand quilted).


They did a fantastic job quilting it, and we're excited to see what it sells for!