Friday, April 26, 2013


After months of searching and HOURS on the computer, we finally got close enough to our moving date to make a house hunting trip.  After a stressful and exciting trip, we got news tonight that our offer has been accepted and we are the thrilled new owners of our first home. Eeeek!
It sits on 16 acres and has been owned by the same family for the last 25 years.  They ran it as a strawberry farm.  The owner has been widowed for several years, so the property has not been kept up.  It will take some work to get some of the fields re-cleared and ready for farming, but Bond and my Dad are just itching to get at it.
The inside is also going to require work. The owner seems to have been a meticulous house cleaner, so things are all in excellent condition, just outdated. There is lots of wallpaper to strip, like this white iridescent striped living room and part of the kitchen.

 But there has also been an addition put on the house more recently which I really like.
 I think I am most excited about the loft that we are going to use for our home school room.
We are feeling very blessed and excited, but we are going to enjoy our last few months in Nebraska. We love it here. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Getting Ready for Summer

Bear, Belle and I went swimming while Bug was in HS gym. 
He was busy conquering his fears on the rockwall.

Bear's Preschool Program

Bear was so excited to sing for us at his Preschool Program.  He was all smiles and a great little singer with his classmates.

 Belle waiting for the performance to start. 
 Singing in the back with Daddy.
 Hugs from Daddy afterward.

 Enjoying donuts after the program with Gigi.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

17 months

Belle hit some MAJOR milestones during her 16th month of life.  First of all, her first top tooth FINALLY decided to come through (that makes a grand total of three whole teeth).  As a result, she is done nursing. And last but definitely not least, she is consistently sleeping through the night.  Wow, I wasn't sure if any of those things were actually going to happen, but they did! Huzzah! 
She has become quite the handful as of late.  I admire all of you who so gracefully handle parenthood with more than three kids.  Time for a nap...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Easter Best
 Painting Eggs

 Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch
 The Dad's being manly as they hide the eggs.
 And, they're off!
 Belle's friend found all of the eggs for her.

 Trying to figure out how to get the eggs from the tree.
 My favorite picture from the day.
 Bear and Bug chowing down on their loot. 

Our friend offered to take some Easter pictures of the kids with baby chicks.

 Belle did not like being left alone with the chicks. 
 So we took them and away and Belle wondered, "Where did they go?"