Friday, October 16, 2015


Macky at Eight Months...

well, he's still cute, so that's good ;) 

But if i'm being honest it was a bit of a rough month.  He's teething, he had a cold, he still can't figure out how to crawl and that just makes him super irritated and he's obsessive about food which makes him fuss/cry through the majority of his meals.  The biggest problem though is our daily schedule and what's sad is there isn't much i can do about it.  In order to pick the twins up on time i have to wake Macky up from nap every day.  Then he is exhausted right at dinner time when i can't put him to bed and thus it makes dinner time stressful for us all.  He's either crying on the floor, crying in his chair or crying upstairs in his bed while we try to have a quiet(er) dinner, but then my heart just hurts the whole time cause i know he's upstairs upset. 

Don't get me wrong, we definitely have our sweet moments too, they were just few and far between this month.  So far between that it took me weeks to find a moment to take his pictures for this month... every time i wanted to,  he would be in a bad mood!  

What Macky did like the most this month was 1) being outside --and i don't blame him, it's been the most beautiful fall.  Who wouldn't want to be out in it?  We've made it a routine to play at the park everyday after school.  and 2) running errands. I think it's just new things to look at and a distraction from sitting on the floor and getting frustrated.  So we did a lot of errands.  

 In other news, the baby says "Daddy".  I wanted to ignore it, or blame it on just making "D sounds".  Except that he took a break from saying it for 10 days.  Like the 10 days that Mike was gone to Hawaii.  So when Mike came back and Macky said...DaDaDadddyy...well i had to accept it.  He also mimics the work "Hey".   I try to get him to say Momma.  Of course he just laughs at me and starts babbling DaDaDadddyyy more.  Stinker. 

His Likes Include
His Paci
His siblings 
Snuggling and Being Held
Going Outside
Food.  Like All The Foods.  ALL THE TIME. 

His Dislikes Include: 
Being alone 
Being hungry 
Being stuck on his tummy 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Old Friends, New State, Same Good Times

The Howells.  They're from the same county we're from, but we didn't meet until Hawaii.  We endured the 15 month deployment together.  We had lots of fun dinners, game nights and adventures.  We have continued to keep in touch and see each other when we can...although the visiting has been few and far between the past few years.  Now they live in Grand Rapids...about 5.5 hours from us.  That's doable. 5.5 hrs to see friends who might as well be family is no big deal at all for a 4 day weekend.  So the first one we got, we headed to Michigan. 
Although it feels like i've seen them more--social media and frequent phone calls can do that--i actually haven't seen this little one since she was about 18 months and the twins were 2.5 yrs old.  Now both 5 years old the girls can easily play together with no age gap issues. 

and it was great to finally meet this little one, Ruthie.  She's a book lover and Uncle Mike was happy to oblige. 
and their newest addition, Beniah! he was 4 weeks when we came to visit--perfect to snuggle with! 
 my matching littles 
it was a beautiful weekend and the kids had a great time playing

obviously our get togethers are slightly different than our hawaii days, pre kids, but they're still good and in some ways it feels like nothing has really changed. 

we're just missing some Sweatland and Davis kids and this would be a perfect picture.  Maybe we can make that happen someday???? 

no one likes goodbyes... Adelyn was sad to lose her playmates, and honestly i was sad to say goodbye too.  But i have no doubt over the next 3 years we will be doing much more of this.   Bye for now Howell Team, we'll see you soon!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Preschool for Davis

The twins weren't the only ones to start new things this fall.  Davis is attending a half day preschool 2 days a week--similar to what the twins have done the past 3 years.  Davis has been going to drop offs and pick ups for all of those 3 years and was more than ready for it to be his turn.  

He's in a 2 year old class--he misses the cut off for the 3 year old room by 5 days.  He'll be the oldest in his room, and no doubt he'll run the show.  Those poor newly turned 2 year olds aren't going to know what hit them! 

There was no drop off blues on this morning for our little guy.  He walked right in, ready to go, didn't even tell me bye! 
-with his lead teacher, Mrs. Ennis-

and although he had a fun first day, i think by the look on his face he was glad to see me too! 
 and i think it goes without being said that i was happy to see him and hear ALL ABOUT his first day.