This morning we decided to get outside, before it was 100 degrees, and play for a while. Our friend Ryan came over to play with us. All the kids had a great time, especially Ryan. Sometimes he isn't crazy about playing in the pool, but today he was all about it!
This picture was too cute, I just had to put it on here as well. Joshua is 20 months old and loves to show us where all the different parts of his face are. His newest thing is showing us his teeth. Here he is showing off his pearly whites. (Note: Please disregard daddy's feet and hairy legs in the background.)
This was Megan's first year to participate in Kidz Kamp at our church. This is the group of Kindergarten through 2nd graders. They sang three songs. Megan had quite a crowd watching her. Besides Jaime, myself, Joshua and Sofia, Jaime's mom was with us as well as my sister Andrea, her husband Brian, and their son, Benjamin. We all had a wonderful time watching her perform. She did great!!!
Yesterday Sofia was three weeks old. I had great intentions of writing a new post yesterday but it didn't happen. I'm sure most of you will forgive me! :-)
Here is a picture of her from yesterday. It isn't great but it's all I have. We can definately tell she has grown over these past three weeks. She is fitting into her clothes so much better, from her first days, at less than 6 lbs, until now.
One of our favorite things to do is hold her. She is such a sweet baby. There is no lack of attention for her in our household. Here are some pictures of us with Sofia.
This is a picture from a brunch we were invited to. The group pictured here are all relatives of Jaime, most of whom live in the Rogers/Bentonville area. It has been fun to get to know more and more of his family over the years. He has a wonderful extended family, so full of life and great stories. I am so blessed to be a part of it!
It's hard to believe our Sofia is one week old already! She has been such a joy to add to our household. Both Megan and Joshua are doing great with her. Joshua is learning to be more and more gentle with her each day.
On Monday I needed to take her in to see the pediatrician. They wanted to check her and make sure her jaundice was not coming back. We were so happy to learn that not only was she doing great with the jaundice but that she had gained 6oz. in only 4 days! She had gained her birth weight back plus 2oz. more!
After only a few days of life, Sofia has already been granted a few nicknames. In our house we sometimes call her Sofie. Her uncle Brian calls her Sopapilla. The funniest nicknames, though, have come from our 2 year old friend Ryan. He refers to Sofia as "Snoopy" or "Soapy". It's a good thing she's too young to care yet!
Here is a picture of Ryan with his mom, Sara, and "Snoopy".
God has blessed us with a third child... a beautiful little girl. Sofia Isabelle was born at 1:08 am on July 3, 08 (4 short days after our trek in the back woods of Arkansas...scary. look at our previous posting). She realized how much fun she had missed while in the belly and decided to come out. Not really, she was induced a couple weeks before her due date, to her Momma's relief and answer to prayers. She was not growing as much as they would have liked in the belly and thought she would do better out here in the real world.
Here I am! I put up a fight but I'm happy with the outcome.
This is my Mommy. I think she looks great even after pushing me out.
This is my Daddy! I think he's alright.
These are my siblings, Megan and Joshua. I'm gonna have to keep a close eye on them cuz they are trouble. Megan is so excited that she has a little sister. Joshua could care less about me. He ran right past me to the window and just sat there looking at the cars below and making car sounds, Boys! I think he's going to be a lot of fun though. I here he is a little crazy. I'll make sure he stays out of trouble.
And here is all of us. Mommy and Daddy have their hands full. Daddy says they are trying to catch up with the Duggers (I don't know what that means). Mommy says she's closing shop (I don't know what that means either).
Testing my peepers. Doing some recon.
The Doc said I had to sit in a tanning bed for a few hours to get some kind of levels down. My Daddy was checking out the LED technology of the lamp. What a nerd!
These jammies are so comfy!
And here we are all lined up in a minivan on our way home. I think this is the beginning of a whole lot of fun! I'll keep you updated on my discoveries. Thanks for reading.
We had a great time at this exclusive tourist destination. The kids enjoyed floating down the rapids, wading in the water, catching fish and playing with rocks. Joshua took a nose dive into the deep-end while his daddy was distracted reeling in a huge fish. Megan enjoyed throwing the fish back in the water. And Mommy hauled her 38 week belly across field and stream to get to the pristine shores.
Floating the white water rapids
Megan loves to swim into the deep pools and Joshua kept leaning to the side trying to drink the muddy creek water.
Megan always asks to pet the fish Daddy catches. She also like to hold them and throw them back in the water.
She's always a little worried that the fish might bite her.
Joshua and his best friend Ryan Leiffer taking turns on the rapids.
The women and children gathered firewood and the men started the fire. We roasted hot-dogs and marshmellows. Joshua kept trying to steal food from Megan and Ryan.
Life with three kids is about as crazy as I expected, but oh so wonderful! God has blessed me so much with a terrific husband and three beautiful, healthy kids. I am right where God wants me to be. Life couldn't be better!!!