Two years with Thaddaeus

Dear Thaddaeus,

When I first found out I was having a little boy I was filled with excitement and utter fear. Some of my thoughts were “I don’t know anything about boys! I hate playing in mud and being dirty. What do little boys play with? I am the worst at sports!” Man, was I so silly, because all a mother ever needs for any baby is love. The rest falls into place. That is why the Lord gives you daddy’s and siblings.

I feel like I remember little from this year. You began climbing out of your crib too early for my taste so we have been very tired. Teaching you to stay in your bed for bed time was a challenge. You still like to come and join us in bed most nights. Daddy says you like to snuggle up right under his chin, one day we will miss those snuggles. You love climbing just like your sister. You continued to eat everything in sight, including cheeseburgers. You love to play ball, run, body slam, paint, fly, jump, dance and run around naked.

You have fallen into your big brother role like a champ. You love to give Enoch lots of hugs and kisses. I think that you are missing mommy time but most days you handle it well. You also love playing with Annaka, she stated preschool this year and you seem to really miss her when she is gone. You also seem to enjoy having free range with all the toys.

You are so cleaver. One of the best problem solvers. You really enjoy puzzles of all types. Very few things seem to stump you, it amazes me.

Your cuddling days are fewer than they use to be, which I miss. Sometimes you wipe away my kisses which I am not ready for. 😦 Your laugh is one of the sweetest sounds. Your vocabulary is growing every day. You are repeating most everything we say, sometimes even putting together two or three words. No seems to be your most favorite word and when you don’t know the answer to something you shrug your shoulders, I adore it.

You are now a two year old, fast moving, rough and tough, ball of energy. You have a smile that lights up any room. Your eyes are full of warmth and love. I can not imagine our family with out you. Even though you seemed scary to me at first you are only scary sometimes. You teach me how to be a little kinder, more patient and much braver.

Thaddaeus Finn, I love you through and through, every last little bit of you my boy.

Happy, happy birthday to you kiddo.

It’s been a good summer

I can’t believe that it already smells like fall outside and kids are going back to school. Even though Annaka doesn’t start preschool till September I’m still feeling the end of our days together, already feeling sad and missing her. I think that she is going to love it so much, she talks about school all the time. It’s really only  4 hours a week she will be gone but this momma is still terrified, hopefully I don’t pass that fear along to my sweet girl who can’t wait to play with her new friends.

We have tried to keep busy this summer, enjoying beautiful sunny days and playing outside whenever possible. I’m so thankful that our little backyard makes them happy. Ah to be happy about the simple things in life, that’s a great way to be. I learn so much from my children everyday and I’m so thankful for that.

Smith Summer-1-44Smith Summer-1-46Smith Summer-1-42We have been enjoying the beach and collecting sea snails.

Smith Summer-1-36We have begun to build a “nest”.

Smith Summer-1-40 Smith Summer-1-39On rainy days we paint.Smith Summer-1-38 Smith Summer-1-35We enjoy pizza and watermelon outside.

Smith Summer-1-3 Smith Summer-1-4We find new ways to use older toys with Mimi.

summer 2 (2) summer 2 (1)We collect bugs with Nic”ie” and Auntie.

Smith Summer-1-37We draw with chalk, well I sit and watch if I can’t get on the ground.

Smith Summer-1-41We clean off the dirt from a good days play and lick the bathroom door clean.

Smith Summer-1-22 Smith Summer-1-21We visit chicks at our friends farm, thanks Lindsey and Amelia!

Smith Summer-1 Smith Summer-1-33 Smith Summer-1-32We celebrated Fourth of July with sparklers.

Smith Summer-1-29We pick flowers and blueberries in our yard.

Smith Summer-1-28We fight crime in the garden.

Smith Summer-1-7 Smith Summer-1-6 We try Pinterest projects.

Smith Summer-1-13We ride in wagons around the yard.

Smith Summer-1-25 Smith Summer-1-24 Smith Summer-1-23We went strawberry picking, or course!!

Smith Summer-1-26We take selfies.

Smith Summer-1-31 Smith Summer-1-8We enjoyed popsicles, yummy!!!

Smith Summer-1-34We looked for spiders.

Smith Summer-1-27We practiced riding a bike.

Smith Summer-1-14We learned to help mommy cook.

Smith Summer-1-11We grew a baby. (26ish weeks)

Smith Summer-1-10 Smith Summer-1-12We snuggled, lots.

Smith Summer-1-17 Smith Summer-1-16 Smith Summer-1-15Annaka and I went on dates/photo shoots.

Smith Summer-1-19 Smith Summer-1-18We walked around in diapers and undies.

Smith Summer-1-9 Smith Summer-1-5We got bigger.

It’s been such a great summer and we plan to enjoy these last few weeks. What have you been going this summer? Have a blog? Link it in the comments.

Smith Summer-1-20

Number 3 Girl or Boy, what will it be???

Well, we have been getting sleep. I am brave enough to go to the grocery store with my kiddos and we have a lovely routine. So we thought we would add another one to the bunch and keep life interesting.

We thought about waiting to find out what we were having but I just couldn’t do it, I HAD TO KNOW!!!! So what better way to tell the world than through pictures. Enjoy….

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My Kids-1-14It’s a BOY, and as you can see Kyle is trilled and the children were afraid of the balloons.

Thaddaeus Turns One

dear thaddaues,

happy, happy birthday my son. I am behind, terribly behind for blogging for you. please know that it is not because you are less loved. I have thousands of pictures of you as well as all of your milestones marked down on the calendar. I just have a little less time to sit on the computer these days. my days are spent with you and your sister, playing, eating, singing, dancing, throwing balls, making peanut butter sandwiches, loading and unloading dishes, washing and folding laundry and changing diapers. so unfortunately that leaves less time to update the world with photos of your sweet face and telling everyone all the wonderful things that you are doing. Below is a little update.

you are such a ray of sunshine my sweet fella. when i found out that we would be having a little boy i was at first terrified, who the heck knows what to do with little boys, i sure didn’t. but you make it easy for me sweet baby bear. you have been walking for a couple months now and are no longer falling over after a step or two. you absolutely adore your big sister, she makes you smile like no other. i love to hear you giggle, you are very ticklish and sometimes when i am changing your diaper i can’t help but nuzzle my nose into your arm pit. every now and then you still like to wake up in the middle of the night to say hello, i can’t say that this is my favorite part of the day but i do try and soak up those extra little snuggles where i can. snuggles are hard to come by with you, you are always on the move, fast, fast! you are still nursing 5ish times a day, (wow) along with taking two naps! so that does not leave a lot of room or time for people food. but when you do eat you do very well, you enjoy oatmeal with raisins, eggs, broccoli, raspberries, apples, grapes, cantaloupe, rice with peas and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. you currently have 8 teeth, can pick up cheerios with your thumb and pointer finger, you say ma ma ma and da da da. you love bath time especially when you can dump cups of water onto the bath floor. these are of course just a few of the wonderful things that you have done and are doing.

what a year it has been Thaddaeus, it has gone by fast. you are wearing size 18 month clothes i can’t believe how much you have grown. i am always excited to see those tiny glimmers of the person that you are becoming.

Thaddaeus we love you, we adore you, you make days sometimes harder but mostly brighter. i love seeing how God perfectly placed you in our lives at this time. he sure knows what he is doing. i am daily trying to do my best for you and your sister make the right choices. i mess up, lots, thankfully you and your sister are very forgiving. but the two of you make your father and i better people, you make us more selfless, more thoughtful, patience. we are doing our best to give you the best life we think you need. doing our best to protect you from all harm and hurt (a lot harder than you would think).

i love you son. i love your smiles, bright eyes, long rat tail, chubby legs, round belly and bouncing energy. i’m beyond thankful that you are my son and that i get to watch you grow.


Month 7 and 8

Thaddaeus you have grown leaps and bounds these past two months. So much that it is hard to keep up with you and your sister. First of all we finally started you on solids. You seem to love all food, so far you have tried: bananas, blueberries, oatmeal, avocado, summer squash, multigrain crackers, red peppers, strawberries, applesauce and eggs.  You even tried some of my smoothie the other day and of course, loved it. You really know how to get around now.  On July 12th you started to army crawl, not very far but enough to get what you want. If you see something and you want it, you go after it. Little distracts you, you have some determination little guy. You don’t miss anything going on around you, you examine everyone and everything. You can sit up very well in the bath by now and enjoy bath time with your sister. You adore your big sister she makes you laugh like no other, you light up whenever you see her or when she screams in your face. You also want to be just like your big sister, eating whatever she eats, playing whatever she plays.  You slept all night once these past two months, it was fantastic but on a regular basis you still enjoy and snack or two at night. Back in June on the 19th you enjoyed your first bech day. you enjoyed yourself but also enjoyed sitting in the shade too. On the 20th is when you started to scoot backwards. 4th of July weekend was a big one for you, you enjoyed strawberry picking and mostly eating, had lunch in the park, enjoyed some time at your auntie and uncles house and on the 6th you discovered that you could sleep on your belly. Finally to celebrate your 8 months of life on Earth you had avocado with black beans and rice. You also decided that you wanted to pull yourself up while taking a bath.

So like I said it was a busy, busy couple months for you. Thaddaeus you are such a joy. I love when you smile and belly laugh whenever we tickle you. Sometimes I wish you were a little more cuddly because you are so rollie and soft. I adore you my sweet, sweet boy. You make my long nights a little bit sweeter and my exhausting days brighter. I am so glad you are part of this family. I can’t wait to learn so much more about you as you continue to discover the world around you.


We all love you so much my dear sweet Thaddaeus Finn.



6 months, a little late

Oh sweet little boy turned 6 months. Thaddaeus is the most relaxed baby I have ever meet, thank the Lord! Thaddaeus gave me the most wonderful Mothers Day present he rolled over, I of course cried. This month felt uneventful but we have been getting ready for some big changes. We are coming up on some sleep training, routine and solid foods! I think that our little guy is really growing up. The first time I was so excited for every new thing, so anxious for everything to happen. This time around I want everything to slow down, I am in no rush for my little guy to reach all those wonderful milestones that remind me he is growing up and that before I know it he will be off on his own.

Enjoy our photos, I don’t have one of him rolling over but I do have one from Mother’s Day.

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Dear Mom

279218_565852266858_2482000_o    Becoming a mother has made me more grateful for you than ever. I am thankful for late nights with sick children, doing school projects, staying up late waiting for us to come home. Thank you for making dinner and banana milkshakes for birthday spaghetti dinners. Thank you for encouraging us to play out side and to get dirty and thank you for allowing us to take over the porch with Barbie dolls and baby dolls. Thank you for giving us clean clothes and bad hair cuts. Thank you for reading us bed time stories and giving us all the scrapbooking supplies we needed. Thank you for listening and talking, for advice both wanted and unwanted. Thank you for showing us how to love Jesus and how to tithe. Thank you for writing my philosophy paper and helping me with my Spanish homework. Thank you for popsicles and mac and cheese with hot dogs, thank you for all the things I am forgetting and never thanked you for. Most of all thank you for loving us unconditionally, no matter what, for always believing the best, for speaking for us when our own voices could not be heard, for always encouraging us to be better. Thank you for being you and the best mom for Allison and Me. I love you mom and I’m sorry I don’t say it enough or call enough. I am thankful that my children have the chance to know you and cuddle with you and do art projects with you.

I wish there were better words thank THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!

I love you Mommy,


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Also thank you to all the other moms in my life, thank you for loving your children and sacrificing so much for your children. Thank you for teaching me how to be a better mother.


And to my two perfectly made for me littles who (kinda) call me momma, you are my everything, you exhaust me and frustrate me like no other at times but I have never loved two small people the way I love you. I can not imagine a life with out you. Thank you for making me a mommy.