It would seem I’ve been absent more than present here lately. . . and my creative time has been out the window, but I have good reason!

Saturday morning we packed the kids up and
went camping! Our plan was to be gone two nights, but the second night had some serious storms in the forecast. Joe and I ended up taking down the tent in the midst of a crazy hail storm – thankfully the kids were safe inside the truck :) We opted for more sleep at home, instead of the lightening/thunder night that was predicted.

We had a great time over in Dinosaur! The kids love to collect rocks, and poke sticks in holes to see who lives there. And explore the petroglyphs and scramble the mountain side.

Being in a National Monument means that all the rocks stay where they were found :) I’ve washed pockets full of rocks before — oops!

We celebrated this little man’s birthday yesterday.

My baby is now two, and no longer a baby! That makes me happy and sad all in the same moment. I’m excited to see what the coming year brings for Owen. More talking, less grunting, potty training, no more diapers in the house, more sleep at night, less wake ups for snuggle time.

He thoroughly enjoyed the attention from everyone!

A duplo train set has been the highlight so far :)
And a scooter like all his sister’s have for outside time.
Of course the fun is in taking it all apart too!

Did I tell you he’s trying to tell “knock, knock” jokes!? The girls like to take turns telling daddy a knock, knock joke at dinner time – no matter how odd, they always get a laugh from daddy and sisters — Owen decided to join in last week, and get his own laugh! He loves making his sisters laugh :) So far all he says is “knock, knock” but knowing that he can, when he so chooses, make the sounds, is great! Although, I must say a little frustrating for me – I want him to talk all the time, not just for a laugh! Baby steps :)

Yesterday felt like Saturday, and today feels like Monday – I have lots of wet laundry to do :( I don’t think I’ve been this behind in laundry for a while, but I should get though most of it today. I’m crossing my fingers that I can get a project cut out too – wish me luck!

I hope that you are well and blessed today! I am thankful for our warm, dry home and the clear weather on the horizon.



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