Friday, June 16, 2017

Phew. It's Been a While. Oh and Happy Birthday!

So, after being gone for almost a year, I decided to come back to the blogging world.  I had been feeling like blogging was a waste of time because no one reads my posts.  And maybe it's true.  I certainly know none of my family read this, which was the original intent in regular posts.  BUT I read them!  They are great memories and I love to look back and feel the rush of emotion that I usually wrote with!  So here goes.  I may not post as often, but just excited to have some memoirs.  This is us!

Joel turned 7 the last week of school!  Wow!  How do I even have a seven year old?  I remember so clearly getting a pedicure and walking all through downtown that afternoon, hoping he would arrive.  I also remember clearly that it was thunder storming that evening when we decided it was time to go to the hospital.  Anyway, since it was a school night this year, we celebrated Joel's birthday on Saturday.  We went out to breakfast, to the zoo, and then came home for presents, cake and ice cream with the Annen cousins.  I think Joel had a fun day!
Here Joel is opening his "big" present.  We bought him a new swing.

His request was a Nemo cake.  Did I do ok??

It was a perfect day for the zoo!  The bears were out, pacing up close.  The Macaw started dancing when Jeremy started talking to him.  The apes were ALL riled up and it was fun/scary to watch.

I'm seven!
Joel's current favorites include:
Mac & Cheese
Blue and Pink
Loves water as long as his fingers don't get wrinkly
Loves to play

Monday, August 15, 2016

Camp - Year 7

One more year of Family Camp III at PLCBC is in the books.  Overall it was a pretty great week!  We had really warm weather and spent every afternoon at the beach.  It was actually so warm that we also spent some mornings and evenings there too.  It was perfect!  Jake got a little more daring and did the indoor climbing wall, making it all the way to the top.  He also tried crate stacking this year and went higher than I've ever made it.  He was all over the place, playing basketball, soccer, gaga ball, and blobbing.  Joel and Avery both rode bikes everywhere, swam until they dropped, loved going to arts and crafts, and of course visited the canteen at every possible moment.    Every year that we go, things get easier with the kids.  This year we even had some sleep-in days!  Gone are the days of getting up at 6:30 and just waiting for breakfast.  Our speaker this year was ok - I was challenged.  Our Portager team came in 3rd.  Overall, it's still my favorite place to be!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A 4 Year Old!

Avery's birthday came and went in a whirl, yet again this year.  We went out to breakfast to celebrate...or was that to celebrate my birthday??  I'll never know.  They run together.  We had a nice day together as a family.  And what summer birthday kid doesn't celebrate in her swimsuit??  A few fun facts about this girl:
Favorite Color - pink
Favorite Food - bagel with cream cheese
Favorite Toy - her baby doll
Bedtime routine - mommy must sing Jesus Loves Me
Future profession - my guess is a vet since she is a lover of all animals and a dog and cat whisperer

It's so hard to believe that I no longer have a toddler and she really is a preschooler now.  Where did my baby go??

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A 9 Year Old!

Wow!  How can I possibly be old enough to have a 9 year old?  It's his last year in the single digits.  I'm halfway through raising the man I pray he will become!  It's terrifying.  I feel like the pressure is on now.  Half way to 18 just seems impossible.

Jake's birthday is the last of our birthday month.  In all honesty, our birthdays are so close together that I sometimes wish they were just on the same day.  One celebration would be nice.  But, they aren't and he needs a special day and I don't want to overlook it because we've already celebrated 3 other birthdays in the 9 days prior to this.  So, Jake got a special cake this year.  He asked for a Minecraft cake, and that's what I made.  He also got to extend his birthday and go to a Tigers game the following day, with one of his buddies from church.  Plus we spent most of his birthday at the cottage, where he played in the lake all day.  Overall, I think he had a pretty special day/s.

And some fun Jake facts:
Favorite color is green
Favorite food is pizza
Favorite sport is basketball
Favorite TV is NBA games
He is super competitive
He wakes up impossibly early
He loves to read (if it's Star Wars)

Yes!  He even got a ball during batting practice!

A 6 Year Old (I forgot to post this earlier!)

Joel turned 6 on Monday.  It's the first time he's been in school on his birthday, and lucky for him, it was a fun-filled day!  Since it was the last week of school, the class was already having an ice cream party that day.  He also got to start his day with a donut and end it with more ice cream.

We actually waited to celebrate until the weekend.  It's Joel's year for some friends to join us, so his two best friends from school, Nicholas and Tala were invited to join us for some fun at Chuck E Cheese, followed by a race car cake and presents.

Overall, I would say it was a pretty great day!

Friday, June 10, 2016


After much debate, discussion, begging, reading, researching, deliberating...I finally agreed that we could try one more time to have a dog.  I'm really hoping that the third time is the charm.  It was my goal to get a rescued dog.  We looked at a number of shelters and most of them told us that we would not qualify to be pet owners.  That's tough to be told!  They are DOGS!  And we are offering them a loving home.  BUT, we don't have a fenced in yard and we've owned 2 other dogs before.  That means we are failures as dog owners.

So we decided to go the puppy route and we had to buy one.  We researched different types and looked for breeders with puppies that would be ready to come home when school got out.  We decided on an Aussiedoodle.  This is an Australian Shepard and Poodle mix.  They are supposed to be smart dogs who love to follow the directions of their owners.  Very laid back and easily moldable.  We wanted one that was bred with a "toy" size poodle to keep the size down to about the 30ish pound range.  We thought we were all set, but due to life circumstances, we had to switch to a different breeder and pick up our dog 3 weeks earlier than planned!

THEN after all of this, we had to find a name for the dog.  Obviously it had to be a Star Wars character.  We were thinking about Cody but the neighbors just named their dog Koda.  Too close.  We talked about Kylo and Finn and finally settled on the name Chewie.  Jake got to make the final decision and I think it was the best choice possible! (And his idea!)

So, on May 18 we welcomed a new addition into our family.  Meet Chewie.  He's a pretty good dog.  Playful, loves to be held, a laid back personality, and he's a good sleeper.  His first night he cried, but after that he was good to go.   Now I'm just hoping the house training moves along a little quicker than it seems to be.  It's really hard to watch him constantly and know that as soon as he wakes up I have to be aware of it and get him outside immediately.  Especially when he's silent.  I'm pretty thankful for the wood floors right now!

Saturday, May 28, 2016


For my next update, I'll mention that the Bekkering babies were born!  They were early, after Michelle had been barely moving and miserable for almost 2 weeks.  They were both just under 5 lbs.  and named Kyle Henry and Kathryn Joy.  After some major scares and an open heart surgery, things are going good as I write this.  Kyle is already home and they are hoping Kathryn is down to her last week in the NICU!  It's fun to be an auntie again! It's hard that they still seem far away and I wish I could be around more to help with them.  It's also hard because my 3 kids also mean 3 more chances to be exposed to some type of illness.  Not fun!
My first time holding Kyle.

I think this is Michelle's first time holding them both together.  This was the night before Kathryn's open heart surgery.