Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pitter Patter

Staley never gets out of bed at night.  Ever.  When she was just 2 and transitioned to her "big girl bed", we told her not to get out of bed...and she didn't...and she doesn't.  When we tuck her in at night, she stays there.  If she needs something in the night (which rarely happens anymore), she calls for us.  When she wakes up in the morning, she takes her time getting up, and sometimes will still call for us to let us know she's awake.

Adelie, on the other hand, enjoys the freedom that her big girl bed affords.  She always appears at our bedside when she wakes up in the morning, or shows up downstairs when her nap is done.  After we've tucked the girls in at night, it's not uncommon for us to hear the pitter patter of little feet above our heads.  Adelie will occasionally come downstairs to check in with us, but more often, we'll hear little footsteps for a minute and then all is quiet again.  We've often wondered what she's doing up there, but since it's generally brief and everything remains quiet, we've never felt it necessary to go up and check.

Tonight, out of the blue, Adelie told me, "Sometimes when I'm sleeping, I get out of my bed and go over to Staley's bed to cover her up."

Now when I hear that little pitter patter of feet above my head at night, it will just warm my heart and make me smile.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Other Side

I find that I often blog about the wild, mischievous, active, crazy side of my middle child, because, let's face it, it's a big part of who she is.  And her shenanigans do make for some amusing blog posts.  But there are many other sides to Adelie, and I think it's important to focus on those to.  It's important to remember that Adelie is...

...a great sharer, often willingly sharing her most favorite toys with her siblings and friends

...a generous giver, happily giving special things that she has found or made to others

...affectionate, giving big hugs freely to anyone who asks.  I love how she wraps her little, wiry legs around me when I pick her up.  And how she cuddles on my lap and sits so still when I read her books. enthusiastic participant, often getting as excited about Staley's grand ideas as Staley is

...a sincere compliment giver, never missing an opportunity to build someone up with a sincere compliment.  This morning as I was getting ready for church, Adelie exclaimed, "Wow, Mommy!  You are the fanciest girl in the whole world."  (Although, to be fair, she also honestly shares her not-so-favorable opinions freely as well.)

...a selfless cheerleader, giving sincere praise when Staley wins at a game or when Briggs masters a new skill, even when that means she loses the game or the focus is on someone else.

...confident, jumping right in and keeping up with the older kids at family gatherings, Story Hour, kid's choir, or Shining Stars, never having any qualms about talking to people or making new friends, whether they are her age, big kids, or adults.  She was happily taking turns making pipe cleaner creations with the man sitting behind us at Staley's pre-school graduation while waiting for the program to begin.

...brave, never backing down from a challenge or avoiding trying something new.  (Sometimes I wish she was a little less brave, but I remind myself that her courage and belief in herself are traits that will take her far in life.)

...independent, always wanting to do things for herself.  She also plays very nicely on her own, happily getting lost in her own little world and not needing me to entertain her.

...funny.  She's just really, truly, honestly funny.

Yes, my little Adelie is a wild child.  But she is so much more than that.  And I love all the little things that make her who she is.

Friday, May 27, 2016


A little taste of a day in the life with Adelie:

When I was getting out of the shower this morning, Adelie came into the bathroom crying and told me that she hurt her belly.  I asked her how she got hurt.  Her response?  "I was jumping from the step stool onto Staley's bed and I missed."  Really???

Today at breakfast, I noticed Adelie tipping her half-full glass of milk up to her ear.  When I told her to put it down, she replied, "But this is my phone and I'm still talking."  Really???

After breakfast when Adelie was supposed to be bringing her dishes to the counter, I noticed her bowl on the floor with a little milk and cereal spilling out of it.  I asked what happened.  She told me, "My bowl was kind of heavy so I just threw it on the floor."  Really????

When we came in from playing outside to eat lunch today, I saw Adelie spitting.  When asked about it, Adelie informed me, "I was licking the dirt on my leg, but it was gross, so I spit it out on the floor."  Really????

Today after naps, we were all playing in the living room.  Suddenly, Adelie said, "Briggs bit my toe."  When I asked why he had bitten her toe, she replied, "Because I put my foot on his face."  Really???

At dinner tonight, Adelie took a bite out of her napkin.  When Zach asked her why she did that, Adelie responded, "To see if mom gets angry if I eat my napkin."  Really???

After dinner tonight, Adelie informed me, "It has to be bath night tonight.  I have corn stuff all over my legs."  Really???

There is never a dull moment with this one, but I sure do love her.

Good-Bye, Pre-school

First day of 4 year old pre-school
August 2015

Last day of 4 year old pre-school
May 2016

My baby girl is officially done with pre-school and on her way to Kindergarten!  How did this happen?  And why does she insist on growing up so quickly??  Staley loved everything about pre-school this year at First Federated Church.  She loved her teachers.  She loved her friends.  She loved recess and lunch time and music with Mr. Russ and the crafts and the learning.  And she especially loved spending two days each week with Lila.  I am so sad the girls won't have that regular time together next year.

The pre-school graduates

The girls celebrated the end of pre-school with their spring program and a little pre-school graduation.  I did not get Staley flowers or balloons or gifts to celebrate her graduation. (Really, people???  It's pre-school graduation.)  However, she did get a snazzy certificate AND a cookie with lemonade.  So winner, winner!

Performing in the spring program

Staley with her teachers Miss Nikki and Mrs. Lytle

Good-bye, Pre-school.
Hello, Kindergarten!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Zach and I are so lucky to have been raised in loving homes.  We are so lucky that the love and support from our families remains just as strong today.  And we are so, so lucky that our parents and siblings live close so that we can enjoy time with them on a regular basis. 

I love that our kids consider their cousins some of their closest friends.  And with beautiful spring weather, Mother's Day, and lots of spring birthdays in the family, we have had lots of family time in the past month.

Farm Park fun with Lila

Going to the zoo with Liam (and Caroline)

Matching hats

Matching dresses

Playing with Elliott outside after church is a weekly highlight

A little girl's time at the Mother-Daughter dinner

April birthdays

More April birthdays

May birthdays

Hooray for family!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016


I had a garage sale on Friday and Saturday this week.  While I set up and manned the sale, Zach was in charge of the kids.  Now Zach is a very hands-on dad and jumps right in when he is home from work and on the week-ends.  He'll have the kids for part of a day or an evening on his own and always enjoys his time with them.  But by lunchtime on Saturday, he said, "Can we please switch?  I'll man your sale if you will do lunch and naps.  I don't know if I can handle much more."  Jokingly, he added, "You don't know how exhausting having all 3 kids on your own for a whole day can be."

I smiled a little as I got the kids fed (while simultaneously cleaning up the mess they had made in the kitchen that morning, picking up the house, and starting some laundry) and put them down for naps.  Because although I know my husband appreciates all I do, seeing him worn down and begging for a little reprieve gave me more validation than a sincere "thank you" ever could.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Just Walk Already!

Briggs CAN walk.  He'll stand up in the middle of a room and walk to a piece of furniture.  He's taken 7, 8, 9, even 10 consecutive steps to get somewhere.  But does he want to walk?  Not so much.  He only walks on his terms.  Otherwise, he's crawling.  Normally, I'm not opposed to crawling.  But it's spring.  Which means we spend lots of time outside.  Which means Briggs is wearing out the knees of his pants, getting grass stains, getting his hands filthy (and then sticking them in his mouth, of course), and making me avoid putting him in shorts so he doesn't scrape up his knees.  He's crawling in the yard.  He's crawling in the driveway.  He's crawling in the garage and at the park and on the sidewalk.  And all I really want is for him to just walk already.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Today, Staley was playing in the playroom.  She came out wearing a backpack, and told me it was her "danger pack."  When I asked what a danger pack was, she told me that it was supplies she would need if there was something dangerous.  Then she showed me some of the supplies including a pencil, money, and her camera.  She then further explained, "Like if there is a tornado and you are sleeping and don't hear the siren, I could write it down for you and put it in your room."


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Secret Admirer

We love to read books around here.  We read lots and lots of books.  Recently, we read a book that mentioned a secret admirer, and Staley was immediately intrigued.  She decided that she wanted to be Adelie's secret admirer.  She made Adelie a card, and then decided that she wanted to make her a diorama.  (Which was another idea she got from one of our books.)  Staley spent her rest time over several days working on her secret admirer gift, and finally finished it yesterday.  She hid it in the pantry and couldn't wait for Adelie to wake up from her nap to show it to her.

Adelie was a very enthusiastic recipient.  She loved her diorama, using it to play with her figurines and mermaids.  And although Staley is doing her best to keep the "secret admirer" thing going, it didn't take Adelie long to figure out who made it for her.  Secret or not, I love the way Staley wanted to do something so special for her sister.  I love the way Adelie was so pleased with her gift.  And I love, love, love the love they have for each other.  It makes my heart so happy!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Staley had her last game of her spring soccer season last night.  After playing 20 games over 2 seasons, Staley finally scored a goal!!

Don't let this action shot fool you.  This was a highlight, not the norm.

Last spring by the end of her season, Staley determined that she didn't really like soccer.  Her comment at the time?  "All you do is kick a ball."  She declined playing fall soccer, but decided that she really wanted to play again this spring.  She had a few little friends on her team and liked her coaches, but her soccer skills were about on par with last season.  She was always a few steps behind the action, never wanted to kick the ball if there were other kids around, and sometimes had to be reminded to pay attention.  It wasn't uncommon to see Staley prancing down the field, stopping to wave at us or give us a thumbs up.  Most of the time she seemed to be enjoying herself, but lacked that competitive spirit. 

Kicks offs and throw ins were a sure way for Staley to get a little action each game.

There were 5 other little kids on Staley's team.  They played 3-on-3 against other teams each game, so Staley would play for 5 minutes and then get a 5 minute break.  Before her final game, Staley noted, "I wish soccer was only the breaks."  When the breaks and the after-game snacks are the highlight of your sports season, maybe it's time to try something else. 

Staley's team (minus her friend, Kyli, who was on vacation)

Although Staley enjoyed spending time with friends and got a little better throughout the season, I think this may be the end of her soccer career.  If she's going to hang up the shin guards, at least she went out with a bang.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Isn't this a perfect Mother's Day picture?

Doesn't it make you think of all the joys of motherhood?  The sweet moments with your kids.  The love and laughter.  The family game nights and walks around town.  The beautiful spring days at the park and the crisp fall trips to the pumpkin farm.  Doesn't it make you reflect on those proud moments where your kids do something amazing or say something reflective or do something so sweet or thoughtful or selfless that you want to cry?  Doesn't it make you think of those loving family moments?  Lullabies at bedtime and snuggling to read books on the couch.  Holding that little hand in yours as you cross the street or holding your baby as he nestles into your shoulder.  Doesn't it make you think about all the hugs and kisses and "I love yous" that fill each day?  Doesn't it make you so happy to be a mother?

But isn't this also a perfect Mother's Day picture?

Doesn't it remind you that motherhood isn't easy? For every perfect spring day at the park, there is that cold, rainy day where you are stuck inside for one too many days in a row.  For every sweet moment, there is one that includes arguing or whining or tantrums or sassiness.  For every proud parent moment, there is one where you wonder what you did wrong or if your child will ever learn to listen and obey.  For every moment of pure parental joy, there is one of pure frustration...or impatience...or total exhaustion.  Doesn't it remind you that not every moment of motherhood is picture perfect?  But doesn't it still make you happy to be a mother?

  That's the joy of motherhood.  God has blessed you with your children, and he has given you a fierce and unconditional love that only a mother can have.  He walks beside you and gives you those sweet and wonderful moments...and the strength to deal with the rest.  And even though it's not always easy, it is always worth it.

Every day is a happy mother's day.
I am so blessed!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Question of the Day

Which of my children thought it might be a good idea to climb over the back of the sofa ONTO our 3-legged glass coffee table while I was upstairs getting Briggs up?

*If you are unsure of the answer, you have probably never met my children or read my blog before.

Thankfully, Adelie was fine.  The table, however,...not so much.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Today, Staley was talking about a girl that she goes to pre-school with.  She said, "We look exactly the same except that Bella has bangs and long hair and our faces look a little different."

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Family Pictures

Since all the kids had birthdays in the past few months, I decided we should do birthday photos/family photos this spring.  Our original date got rained out, but our reschedule was perfect.  We had a beautiful evening, a great photographer, and cooperative kids.  What?!?!?!  No one even cried.  And I have the results to prove it...

Sure, they aren't the most natural smiles for the girls...but looking and smiling.  I'll take it!

Of course, it's never hard to get this guy to smile.

And if you can wrangle her for long enough, she's pretty photogenic too.

And Staley couldn't get enough of posing...

and posing...

and posing.

Sure, they aren't all looking at the camera, but smiles all around.  Winner!

Love this light!  Love this boy!!

And my favorite!
Love this little family!!