Overdue Update

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Well hello there!  It's been awhile!  The last few weeks have seen a huge decrease in my motivation for blogging, so it's been a little quiet around the blog.  But I woke up this week with my fingers itching to type out some thoughts and updates on our life.  I miss recording our moments, the little things that make me happy/keep me sane, sharing our family adventures - I have blogged for years, and I love having words/stories written down to look back on.  Anyways, no guarantee that the blog will be hopping from now on, but I figured an overdue update was definitely in order!

Max has two months of class left here, which is slightly surreal.  I know he is at the point that he is just ready to be done, and move on to what's next, but it's crazy to think that we've been here over a year, and our time in Monterey is almost up!  We found out last week that we'll be stationed in Southern California next - at a Marine base that's about halfway between San Diego and LA - and we are so excited!  Once Max graduates here, he goes on to a few months of training in TX, and we won't be going with him.  The kids and I will be staying with my parents in AZ for those months, to have help and support while he's gone/I have baby #4.  When he is done with his training there, we'll head to our next duty station.  We were really hoping to be stationed there next, so are thrilled that is where we'll be going!

I am 20 weeks pregnant with baby #4.  We found out last week that it's a little girl!  She has a strong heartbeat, all her body parts, and is growing well.  I have been feeling her move for a few weeks now, and Max was able to feel a kick last week as well.  I think God knew we needed a little baby girl, so that Max and I wouldn't battle over boy names for months on end ;)  We have been talking about names, and I am pretty set on Emma or Elsa - both are pretty, start with an E (which I feel like has to happen after 3 E-named kiddos!), and have lovely meanings.  There is still halfway to go in this pregnancy, so we'll see how the name develops in time!  I have much more energy than I did in the first trimester, which has been so welcome.  I still feel sick at the thought of a cup of coffee, love caesar salad dressing, and have random cravings - last week and this week, it's been pickled beets...I can not get enough pickled beets!!  Oh, and the fruit?  I can't eat enough fruit right now...watermelon, berries, nectarines, oranges, plums...you name it!

The kiddos are doing well.  Eliana will go to VBS next week at church, and she can't wait!  We are looking into a Pre-K program for her to attend in AZ this fall.  She asks a lot when she can go to school, and would love to go a few days a week.  She would wear a dress every single day if it were up to her (and most days she does!), loves princesses, and sings a lot.  Ezra continually cracks us up with funny sayings, and crazy antics.  He has oh so much energy, and talks a LOT!  We are still in the midst of potty training - he pees on the potty like a champ, but we can't get him to poop on the potty...and tips would be greatly appreciated ;)  I can't believe Evie will be 2 in a few months!  We still call her baby Evie (which I suppose we should stop with a new babe coming soon!!), and I can't believe she is getting so old!  She is saying more and more words, loves to do animal noises, makes the funniest faces, and absolutely adores her Daddy - if he is here, she wants nothing to do with me.  It's super sweet how much she loves him.

Georgie is now the size of a small horse, we feel like.  He is pushing 60 lbs, and is not quite 6 months old!  He is a sweet boy, and is still learning his manners!  We'll finish up a second round of dog training classes this week - we've worked on a lot of basics, and he does pretty well.  He gets neutered in a few weeks, and has had a lot of firsts in the last month - first trip to the beach, first longer car ride, first trip to the dog park.  He goes crazy for a good bone, loves the kids (he lets Evie crawl and sit all over him), and will do pretty much anything for a hot dog.

I know it's summer, but it doesn't quite feel like it here!  The weather is so temperate, so there is really no change from the rest of the year!  Some days it's 60 and sunny, some days it's 50 and gray/foggy!  We are trying to soak up time outside, take trips to the beach, and gett in our last few adventures here before we move in a few months.  The kids and I stay busy playing outside, running errands, skyping with friends/family, having playdates, and playing games/doing crafts/coloring here at home.   I finally made it to the library and have cruised through a few books these last few weeks.  I'll share my reading list soon :)

It's time to finish some laundry, find a new project for the kids to work on, and get some other things crossed off my list this morning.  Hopefully it won't be almost two months until I post again!  Happy Tuesday, friends!

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  1. You have so much exciting stuff going on! :)

  2. Oh I love both Emma and Elsa... though I feel like Elsa fits better! But whatever you choose will be awesome. :D

  3. YAY for getting stationed in So Cal! You'll love it. So much to do! Mike spent 4 years at Camp Pendleton and I've lived about an hour north of there for 10 years so if you have any questions let me know.

    Love both names! Funny story, we named Emma, Emma, so she would have the initials E.B which were my nana's initials but my nana's first name was Elsa. I had Elsa written down for Maddie but it's a really sensitive name in the family and some people feel they have more of the right to use it, and used it as their daughter's middle name and I was told I wasn't "allowed".

    George is HUGE. The recent pics on IG always make me do a double take. Such a big boy! But as cute as ever.

    Evie is going to be 2!?! Didn't she just turn 1?!

  4. Congratulations on another little girl!! So excited for you. I'm glad your energy is doing better - it's sometimes tough being pregnant when you have other littles running around needing your attention. How in the world can Evie be nearly 2?? These babes are growing up too fast!

  5. Such a great update - I am so happy for your new baby girl and that you are getting stationed somewhere great! :)



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