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!

Sweet Summertime

We just got back from a quick trip to Houston, Texas to watch my cousin get married. Daniel and I were able to leave the older 3 kiddos with his parents and drive with my parents and Charlotte to Texas. We flew home. It was a very nice weekend, but it went by way too fast!

The summer has been flying by so fast. Before we know it, we will have our vacation and then shortly thereafter Savannah will be back to school to start 1st grade. This year she will be attending Greenwood Christian Academy. It will definitely be hard for me in the beginnig to remember to take her to and from school.

Daniel recieved a job offer on Monday. God definitely answered our prayers in both the job, and the start date. We had planned a vacation around my work schedule due to work being slow, and were worried they were going to ask him to start the same week we had planned to go. Thankfully, without him even mentioning it, the start date is the day after we return from vacation. Daniel is so ready to head back to work, and I am ready to be at home with the kiddos for a while. I will continue to work once or twice a week for a few hours, but am glad that the stress of relying on my job for income will be gone.

We are looking forward to spending a week in Ozark, MO with Daniel’s family in a few weeks and getting away from it all. The last 6 months or so have been rather stressful and we are looking forward to taking some time to relax.

Charlotte will be 8 months old in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that she has been with us for this long. She is a little giggle box. She has been eating some solid food for about a month or two now, but still prefers to just have milk. She is rolling all over the place and starting to scoot backward. This last month she learned to sit up and is now pretty steady. She still does not have any teeth, but her hair is coming in quick and blonde!

Savannah finally was able to buy her birthday bunny. Actually, she traded 5 chicks for her bunny and was able to save her birthday money. Bartering at its finest. Violet (assuming the rabbit is a girl) is adjusting well and is very gentle with the kids. Charlotte is finally not terrified of the bunny.

The pigs are getting quite big. Every time we turn around they are so much bigger. Henry is now quite leery of the pigs since they are getting to be bigger than him.