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  1. Kate, 5 months

    December 9, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Whew! It has been a busy couple weeks. We traveled to Champaign, IL for Thanksgiving. It was lovely to spend the holiday with family. Then, as soon as we got back to St. Louis, it was time to start preparing for Christmas. As usual, the years are short and the days are long. 

    In the midst of it all, our baby girl turned 5 months old. Everyone tells you that the time flies by and that’s true. I have to say, though, it seems more true for Kate than it did for Olivia. Maybe it is because I have another child to share my attention or maybe we are just busier as a family, but gosh, wasn’t she just born yesterday??

    Kate, 5 months

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  2. Introducing Kate

    October 29, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    The biggest event of 2013 for our family will by far be the birth of Katherine Elizabeth. Born on June 26, she weighed 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21.75 inches long. She is named after both of our paternal grandmothers. Tim’s grandmother, Katherine, and my grandmother, Elsie Elizabeth.

    Kate, one day old

    Kate, one day old

    My pregnancy was relatively uneventful. Unlike my pregnancy with Olivia, I did not have any extra monitoring and everything went smoothly. The birth was a bit more exciting. My blood pressure bottomed out right after Kate was born and she had trouble stabilizing her body temperature. Everything was resolved fairly quickly, but it was a bit nerve wracking for a few moments.

    Kate, one month

    Kate, one month

    Kate, two months

    Kate, two months

    Kate, three months

    Kate, three months

    Kate, as we call her, is the sweetest, happiest baby. She cries at the typical times, for the typical reasons, but otherwise she looks like this 24/7.

    Kate, she's all smiles

    Kate, she’s all smiles

    Olivia was content and happy, but this girl has given us more smiles and giggles in four months than O gave us in her first year!

    At four months old now, she smiles, giggles, squeals and squawks, reaches for toys, holds up her head, rolls in both directions, sits when propped, and “stands” while supported. You know, just your basic genius. :)

    Kate, four months

    Kate, four months

    I can’t wait to see who she turns out to be.

  3. Olivia: An Update

    October 28, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Last you saw of our big girl, she had just turned one and was getting ready to start daycare full time.

    balloons w/mama

    Since then…

    Olivia was baptized…


    Turned two…

    Turned three…


    Started preschool.


    She is, as she has always been, the light of our lives. She is funny, talkative, and stubborn. She is adventurous, but with self-imposed limits that keep her safe, thank goodness.

    She still doesn’t sleep through the night without waking at least once and most nights comes into our room to sleep with us. Life is easier with a king size bed.

    Olivia is smart as whip with an amazing imagination.


    She loves her dog and her little sister.


    She is, above all else, her daddy’s girl.


    She has continued to take swimming lessons in the summer. She took an art class last fall and just finished her first tennis lessons.

    photo (7)

    We are blessed to be her parents.

  4. Happy Birthday, Olivia!

    August 23, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

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  5. The First Week…

    August 22, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Last week was the first week. My first week back to work and Olivia’s first week at daycare. I suppose it was also Tim’s first week to have both of his girls gone from the house while he was at work. It must have been strange for him to realize that if he called home no one would answer the phone.

    Let me back up for a moment and tell you how all of this came about. Since about the first of the year, Tim and I have been discussing the idea of me going back to work. We knew I wouldn’t go back until the beginning of the school year, but the time to start preparing for a job search in the teaching profession is late winter and early spring. After submitting my paperwork to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching certificate here, I began to submit my resume to various school districts in the area. I submitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 resumes spread between four different school districts. Then, I waited. I waited and waited and waited.

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