May 13, 2011

Welcome Elsie Jo!

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 we were blessed to welcome Elsie Jo into our family!  After a quick labor and delivery we heard the Dr. say "it's a little girl, well no offense sweetie but you're not so little!"  She has a good chunky start to life at 8lbs 7ozs and was 20 inches long.  We were so grateful to finally be meeting our precious, healthy baby...God is SO good!
 Mommy and daddy are smitten with you already...pretty sure you have daddy wrapped around your little chubby fingers already!
 My mom took Jenna to school in the morning and when she went to pick her up she had a big surprise....coming to the hospital to meet her new baby sister!
 Garrett LOVES babies and his little sis, Elsie, is no exception.  He asks to "hold" her all the time and gives her TONS of kisses.
 Elsie and her cousin Charlie who is 5 weeks older than her....but they are almost the same size already!
 All bundled up
 A sweet sister moment
 Garrett giving her kisses again!  He's such a tenderhearted little boy and I'm sure he will be a wonderful big brother to Elsie.
 Our three little muchkins
One terrific big sister!

Elsie, it only took a moment for you to steal our hearts!  We love you so very much, welcome to our family sweet little one.

May 1, 2011

"Family" Fun Night


Last Friday night was Family Fun Night at Zeeland Christian.  For the last couple weeks Jenna would see the poster advertising the event as we walked in to school every day.  It was her weekend to go to Chad and Krysta's so I made sure to tell them about it, as did Jenna.  I had told them that if they had other obligations I didn't mind taking her and bringing her to them a little later.  Then last week she asked her dad if we could all go with her and he said that would be completely fine.  She was SO excited on Friday, running through the house chanting "I get to go to fun night with my whole big family".  It was a really fun night and we were all blessed to see the smile on her face as we took turns playing various games with her.  She even shared her tickets with Garrett, who loved all the action, and would have given some to her sister Stella as well if she were actually old enough to play.  The highlight of Jenna's night was playing the fish pond game with her dad until she finally won a goldfish!

Mud + Boy = Smiles!

After a lot of rain, this little man could not have been happier to get outside.  It only took a few minutes to find the "wawer" (aka, water) and mud to play in.  Oh to be a kid again and find such joy in something as simple as a mud puddle!

Easter 2011

What a beautiful day to celebrate our risen Lord!  We enjoyed a great service at church along with some wonderful family time.  Dave Aunt went above and beyond having the kids decorate their own bags and then heading outside to collect eggs, each having their name on them.  We picked Jenna back up later in the day and headed to my moms in the evening.

Jenna (holding Charlie), Allee and Garrett...who was WAY more interested in the eggs that he could see in the yard than having his picture taken.

He and Jenna both knew exactly what to do.  Jenna was being so sweet and "finding" eggs for Garrett until she realized he was holding his own and just as many as she did.
 Not the best family pic since it was a little breezy but it will have to do.
 While helping daddy and Uncle Travis grill, Garrett had some fun on the scooter.  He needs to learn that grandma's driveway is WAY more steep than ours.