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19 September 2017

Whoops! Missed a month updating here! It was a busy one! We went to NC for about 3 weeks (Charlotte and Topsail Island) and shortly after... Kyler started school. Life with 4 kids and working from home part time is keeping me super busy.

 The flight to NC was great! It was a Red Eye, and the kids all slept most of it!

Charlotte was hot and humid, but it was so fun watching all of the grandkids play together. This was one of our adventures in Uptown, we went on a trolly ride, to Imagine On and to a splash pad. Also, before we left to the beach, Kyler swam without floaties for the first time in Schramma's pool, and the twins got brave and jumped in (with their heads going under water) several times.

We got to see our dear friends, the Shufords and met baby Anderson!

One big happy family!

The LL was AMAZING. The weather was perfect, and spending time with family was the best. 

 We miss these sweet friends of ours :(

Zoey and her friend Ev

 Babies all born a few weeks apart!

I'm not sure how time flies so fast :(

Kyler is still warming up to 1st grade. This is his first time having to go to school all day. He's adjusting well though. His teacher's name is Mrs. Lunceford. 

Zoey is such an easy baby!

We went raspberry picking at Mc Brides Briar patch (a summer tradition of ours!)

Life with only these 3 littles home during the day is going pretty good. Some days are hard, but I know they grow up so fast, and I'm enjoying my time at home with them.

For mine and Jared's 8th anniversary, went to the Cheesecake Factory, and then shopping at the mall. We both got new shoes for our gifts to each other haha. I needed new running shoes! (our real gift was the trip to NC!). We just got back into our normal gym routine, and started dieting. Time to lose the baby weight! The pic below was on my 29th birthday. I love my family, and they are my most precious gift of all.

I served dinner at the Ronald McDonald house with some friends. Such a humbling experience. We are so blessed!

Smiley girl here got her surgery scheduled for December 22nd! She was born with a large birthmark (it's actually classified as a medium sized nevus aka mole) on her head and it needs removal.

Jared's mom got moved into a nursing home. It was time. It's so sad, but very much needed. She was a champ through the moving process. She lives closer to us now, and is getting the care she needs. I love her so much. She's the sweetest person I've ever met in my life. Even with dementia.

Lastly, I'll just drop a few pictures I took of the 3 youngest that I took for work! 

Bringing Zoey home and Newborn photos (June-July 2017)

23 July 2017

The day after we came home from the hospital, we had Zoey's newborn pictures taken:

I regretted only having a few pictures of Kyler and the twins during their first few weeks of life. Sooo…. I went a bit overboard on Zoey. Enjoy the picture dump! Also, just ignore any typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings…I'm still sleep deprived here!

Lyla was slightly jealous (and obsessed at the same time) of Zoey, she kept wrapping herself up in blankets and asking to be held like a baby.

Ryan is finally starting to talk! He went from only saying a few words here and there, to (3-4 word) sentences and imitating what we say… so proud of this boy.

Her first home bath:

We had tons of family over and friends visiting those first few weeks. Never a dull moment here!

My parents stayed another week after Zoey was born to help with the kids, which I was so grateful for! C-sections are so hard. I remember one night Ryan was crying so I walked into his room and realized he needed a diaper change, but I couldn't lift him out of the crib or bend over to change his diaper and I felt so helpless that I started crying too. haha. Jared told me not to worry and that he would let me change as many poopy diapers as I wanted once I was healed and that he would remind me how I cried over not being able to change a poopy diaper once :p.

The first day I had the kids by myself was rough... I got an infection from the C-section  :/ Antibiotics kicked in pretty quickly though, and Jared was able to work from home a few extra days, and family helped out with the kids!

Kyler's first time holding Zoey standing up. He was so excited! He loves holding her.

Finally got a date night in!

…and just like that our baby is 1 month old!

Also, I want to remember how sweet of a big brother Kyler has been lately. At Zoey's checkup they had to prick her heel for blood work. Kyler got so upset and thought they were "stapling" her foot and felt so bad that she was crying and hurt. Also, at the aquarium, Lyla was crying at the top of the climbing structure, Kyler went to help her and witnessed a girl. who for no reason, was pinching and scratching Lyla (she drew blood!). Kyler was so upset he started crying too. 15 minutes later Kyler (still sobbing) said "Mom, can I please go to bed now? I just can't stop thinking about that mean girl hurting Lyla and I want to sleep so I can stop thinking about it." He sure does love his siblings!

Father/son date:

and last but not least, sweet Zoey girl: