So Busy

I have had such a hard time keeping up with keeping everyone updated. Life has been so crazy through the school year, that I feel like I haven’t had even a minute to sit and update my blog.

We have had lots of things happening, far too much to list everything, but I will try 🙂

Savannah turned 8 last week! 8! How did that happen. She just finished 2nd grade and has such an amazing personality. She currently wants to be a fashion designer and is into all things fashion. She is busy with art lessons and guitar lessons, and loves anything Pirates of the Caribbean right now. She finished the school year with straight A’s and completed all of her Bible verses for the year. We are so proud of how hard she worked in school. She learned to ride a bike this past spring.

Avery turned 6 in January. She completed kindergarten with Mrs. Weems and learned and grew so much. She now knows how to read and loves anything to do with school. She currently has the loosest tooth I have ever seen, and should be losing her first tooth in the next day or so. She has also done art lessons this year and has completed her speech therapy after 2 1/2 years. She will miss Andrea, but I can’t say I am sad that the biweekly/weekly appointments are over. Avery also learned to ride a bike this spring.

Henry turned 4 in November and has enjoyed being at home with Mommy and Charlotte all year. He loves playing outside and with his legos, as well as his Rescue Bots. He also loves to spend time with his best friends Drake and Draven. He keeps busy with weekly activities and is loving having his sisters home for the summer (we will see how long this lasts).

Charlotte turned 2 in November and just finished potty training a few weeks ago. While it is bittersweet to not have any kids in diapers anymore, I am also very excited by this! We had someone in diapers for just shy of 8 years. She is such a smart cookie. She loves to play with Henry and is very social. I love watching her hit milestones and pursue self discovery. Her joy is contagious!

We have also added 2 goats, 3 pigs, and a whole lot of chickens to our back yard this spring. We are trying to get our garden in, and I am keeping myself busy with refinishing lots of pieces of furniture and working on household projects. Now that school is finished and I am not running the girls to and from school, I am looking forward to relaxing and resting a little before things start to get a little busier this summer.

Daniel and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this spring. We took a 10 day cruise (thank you to Kevin and Nancy who kept the kids the whole time) leaving out of San Juan, PR, went to St. Thomas, St. Marteen, and Bermuda, and finished up at Cape Liberty, NJ. We cruised on Celebrity Summit with my parents and had the most amazing time.

As for summer plans, we don’t have many at this point. I am trying to take it easy this summer, but we will probably go camping once or twice and I will try to see my sisters if there is time. We have a few visitors coming to see us. This week also marks 5 years in our current house. Hard to believe that it has been that long since we went through the building process and since we got Molly. I am still working once a week on Saturdays and will try to get another update or two in soon.



Wow…. this summer has flown by

I didn’t realize it had been over 9 months since I last updated the blog. Things have gotten very busy, but are starting to settle down. I only have a few minutes here before I get off to update, but I figure something is better than nothing.

Savannah, 7, just started 2nd grade. She is very excited about starting to learn how to play the guitar this school year and still loves art more than ever. She completed her first mini 4H projects this year by completing a painting and making/icing cookies with her grandmother. She also did junior showmanship showing a cousin’s pig. She has lost several teeth this year and has grown in height a ton.

Avery, 5, started kindergarten this year and is loving it so far. I can’t believe how quickly time has passed and she is in school. She loves to dance around and sing, especially making up songs. I think she is looking forward to learning to read this year so she can stop pretending to read books and actually understand what they are saying. She will be playing soccer this fall and is very excited to be back in sports.

Henry is 3, and will be 4 in November. A video just came up of him singing a song when he was Charlotte’s age and it is so hard to believe how fast the last 2 years have flown by. He is enjoying having both of his older sisters at school. He has been looking forward to playing soccer for a long time now, and his time has come. I will be coaching his team this fall and he is beyond excited (except for the whole pink cleats thing 🙂 ).

Charlotte is 21, almost 22 months, and her milestones this year have been crazy. She finally got her first teeth at 15 months and began walking around the same time. She may have had a slow start, but she hasn’t stopped since. She loves to climb, has quite the vocabulary, and amazes us everyday with the many things she can do. She sees herself as a “big girl” who can do everything that her older siblings can do.

This summer we were able to go on a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a week with my parents, my nieces, and my brother. We had such a good time. We were able to do river tubing, and big girl Charlotte  had to have her own tube to go down the river and we were able to go down the river several times. We also were able to see the dinner theater show “Hatfield & McCoys” and the kids really enjoyed it. We also went swimming a lot and saw a firework show every night of the week. We were also able to go to the American Eagle Foundation and see the rescued birds they house there. We were able to do an alpine coaster and even Henry, Avery and Savannah were able to ride down the mountainside. We also did a lot of walking around and shopping.


I guess that is really all for now.

Charlotte Katherine

Life has undoubtedly gotten very busy with 4 little ones running around. I haven’t been working nearly as much with so many things going on, so blogging updates don’t happen too often, but I wanted to at least get a short post in.

Yesterday Charlotte turned 1. Hard to believe a whole year has flown by since she was born. She won’t have her well check until next week when Henry has his too (he turns 3 a week from Monday). She does cruise furniture and loves to go up the stairs. She is such a sweet baby who is very laid back and easy going. She puts herself to bed most of the time for naps and bedtime. She has a ton of words and signs and loves to communicate. She loves her chickens and other animals and enjoys going outside to watch them and cluck at them. She is such a happy girl. Charlie has no teeth but loves to eat table food like it is going out of style. We are still nursing several times a day. Tonight is her birthday party with family. I will try to get some pictures up a little later this month when time allows.  As we celebrate the last of the “firsts” with Charlie Kate it is bittersweet. We love watching her celebrate her newfound skills and milestones, but know that these are the last firsts. The last first birthday. The last first tooth. We try to cherish every moment with not just her, but  each of our kids.

Henry turns 3 in a little over a week. Where has the time gone? Time can slow down any time now.

Recent pictures


Charlie Kate

Charlie Kate turned 9 months last week and has had a busy week since. She weighed in at 17lbs 10 oz and is still wearing 3-6 month and 6-9 mo clothing mostly. She is now cutting her first two teeth on the bottom. She has started pulling herself to standing on furniture and toys and climbing the first few stairs. Crawling is still mostly an army crawl, but every once in a while she crawls up on all fours. She is eating mostly table food and still nursing, but does get pureed food mixed with cereal once a day or so. She loves to talk and is super ticklish. She is sleeping most of the night and still naps at least twice a day.

1st Pig and 1st grade

Savannah started 1st grade this week at Greenwood Christian Academy. She seems to really love her teacher Mrs. Koehling and her classmates. She even came home yesterday trying to convince me she had school today (Saturday). She also is loving being a car rider and lunch packer 🙂 She is very happy with the move we made for her and she comes home happy.

Charlie is closer to full out crawling, but for now has the army crawl mastered. She is getting around super fast and into everything. We had to rearrange the living room furniture to be able to confine her to only part of the house. She is also in the beginning stages of pulling up on furniture. She turned 9 months on August 6. She sees the pediatrician on Monday and I will try to update her stats later this coming week. She still has not cut any teeth, but she loves to eat solid food.

Not much has gone on last week and not much new coming up. We are just enjoying settling into a good routine. Avery had her initial speech therapy evaluation appointment with the school district yesterday and, although a slow process, we are glad it is finally started so we can get her ready for Kindergarten next fall. Henry is… well Henry. Not much new or going on with him right now.

Today we are having a hog roast. We have 4 pigs that we are raising for meat and one, unfortunately, developed a hernia and had to be dealt with much earlier than planned. Like Daniel said- when life gives you a pig with a hernia, have a pig roast. He was only about half the size we needed to take him to market, so the best option was to roast him whole. We dropped Lumperbelly (as the kids so aptly named him) to get prepped for roast last Wednesday and Daniel put him on the smoker this morning around 4 am. We are looking forward to having some fun with family this afternoon with good food and fellowship. We replaced our 4th pig last Thursday so we still have 4 going to market a little later this fall.

Summer Happenings

It’s been a while since I updated, but that is because I haven’t been working much recently.

We just got back from a week long trip to Lake of the Ozarks with Dan’s parents. We had such a good time. We were able to spend some time with good friends on the way out there, and then also at the end of the trip they joined us for a day of swimming at the lake too. The kids had such a good time fishing and swimming, and we also walked through Bridal Cave. The weather was not too cooperative in the middle of the week, but we were able to make the best of it and relax.

Daniel and I (and Charlotte) also took a trip to Houston, TX with my parents at the end of June. It was quite the whirlwind trip- we drove down Thursday and Friday and flew home Sunday- but were able to spend some time with family. We were also able to see some family that we don’t get to see very often either. The older 3 kiddos were able to stay with Dan’s parents Wednesday through Sunday and had a fantastic time!

Daniel started his new job last Monday and so far, so good. The kids and I are adjusting to being home together again and we have hit the ground running this week (literally). Looking forward to making the most with the kids before school starts back up in 3 weeks. Greenwood Christian Academy starts a little later than the public schools here, so we have a little more time and have a lot of things planned! Hard to believe Savannah is starting 1st grade this year. Avery’s schooling is still in the works as we are trying to square away coordinating her speech therapy, but hopefully she will attend a few hours of therapy/preschool this school year.

Next week is fair week and Savannah is looking forward to going to the fair. It is one of her favorite weeks of the year (other than the State Fair week). We also have a few MOPS summer activities left before we kick off for the school year, lots of crafts planned, and a few other fun things.

I am going to work some Saturday mornings for a while to keep up with my required hours for work. Henry had the hardest time adjusting when I went to work, and to say he is glad I am home during the day again is an understatement.

Charlotte turned 8 months old 2 weeks ago. She still has no teeth, but is eating relatively solid (but soft) food. She is now army crawling and will rock on all 4’s. It won’t be too long before she is really up and going, but she gets around pretty well for right now! Slow down baby girl! She has started to say Mama, and babbles some, but nothing too meaningful. She does shake her head yes when she really likes something, has started to wave to others, and is starting to sign some like milk and more. She has changed so much these last few weeks.

Not sure if I will update once a week, or more often from home (or I guess it could be less even), but I will try to keep all our loyal readers (read Mrs. Sampson 🙂 ) updated!