2018 – A Year of Change

This has definitely been a big year for us. Our family has moved into a chapter of our lives. We said goodbye to the toddler and preschool years. All four of our girls are in school full time and I am still not sure how I feel about it. I truly miss them each and every day. Yes, I do love that I can get some things done and enjoy a few minutes to myself, but I would much rather be with them. This year, my babies graduated preschool and started kindergarten and my other two are in 2nd and 4th grade. Our girls are growing up right before our very eyes and I must say I love the people they are becoming, but I miss my babies.

As I sit here and write I can’t help thinking how much I have missed blogging, but it was also a much needed break. I truly have been beyond busy with my mom duties and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I am ready to get back to figuring out what I love to do, for me. This is not an easy thing because for the past 9 1/2 years my life has truly been all about my girls and again I am not complaining. I LOVE being a mom, this is what I was meant to do. Being a mom has truly made me a better person. And honestly, I am happy when my girls (and hubby) are happy. I don’t need much just a happy, heathy family. But, I am ready to see what this next phase has in store for us, for me.

This year has been truly wonderful for our family of six. Now that our girls are getting older everything is becoming easier. Such as, going on trips, out to dinner and simply just plain leaving the house. There was a time when that was quite the chore. These days I barely bring a purse.

Highlights of 2018:

We began the year with a wonderful trip to Disney World. Vacationing with our girls is truly one of my favorite things to do. I love being able to relax and simply enjoy our family.

Thank you Mimi and Papa for always making our vacations extra special.

I still can’t believe these two graduated preschool…

Birthdays

Our girls turned 9, 7, and 5

 

School Pictures 2018

4th, 2nd and Kindergarten

Preparing for school pictures is so much work and yet they never turn out like one would expect. Luckily, each year we have professional family pictures taken.

Halloween 2018

Our girls loved carving pumpkins more than ever before. In the past I was always left to finish up, but this year they all pitched in and had a blast.

We love when Mimi comes to volunteer at school!

Best Mimi EVER!!!

Fun in the SNOW!

These girls love to be together and nothing makes me happier.

Walking home from the bus with Daddy is rare, but when he’s able joins us we take full advantage of it. Family time is our favorite!

These two….

Best friends from the start…

Nothing will break them apart…

First year having all my girls join me at Muffins with Mom.

Our Annual Visit to Niagara Falls at Thanksgiving

It sure was cold. But I love seeing their excitement year after year and this year was no exception.

I loved watching Sophia and Isabella take pictures. They were such cute little tourists.

What’s a hotel visit without some pool time?

Christmas Tree Shopping Fun!

I love that our Isabella has such a zest for life. She lives life her way.

This year these two wanted to hang the tree lights all by themselves and they did a GREAT job. I am more than happy to pass this task over to them. Such big girls!

We had such an amazing 2018, I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us.

 

**Details from Christmas 2018 still to come….

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I’m back…. I think

Oh my goodness, I didn’t realize how much I missed blogging until I opened up my blog this evening and began writing. Life has been beyond busy and I just haven’t been able to find time to sit down and write. I thought once my girls were in school I would be able to get back into blogging full time, but it just hasn’t happened. My days consist of cleaning, cooking, laundry, lunches, volunteering, etc. But, even as busy as my days have been I miss my girls terribly.

I started this blog 6 years ago as an outlet. I was a stay at home mom to two young girls and felt alone, yet I was never alone. After starting my blog I found out I was pregnant with identical twins girls and the blog focused a lot on my twin pregnancy and of course, motherhood. Throughout my blogging journey I have connected with so many amazing women and mothers. I cannot even begin to tell you how much my blog readers have helped me throughout my years of motherhood. Four kids in four years is no joke, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I love the life we have created. Our family is my favorite!

I (think) am ready to get back into sharing our life with four kids in school.

1st Day of School 2018

Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade

Let me know what you would like to hear more of as I get back into this blogging thing…

Talk to you all soon…

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Disney World – Bippity Boppity Boutique

One of our favorite things to do at Disney is to get pampered at the Bippity Boppity Boutique and this time all four girls joined in on the fun. My girls happiness is all I need.

Oh McKenzie you sure did have a blast; life is one big comedy show to you. You are one happy little girl. You love life and you love to make people laugh. I love seeing all your excitement and all our joy. Your smile and happiness is infectious and beautiful. I love you very much.

McKayla was little Miss Serious most of the time, but her “fairy godmother” was so sweet and tried so hard to make her smile and she finally succeed. Oh my little 3 pounder you amazing me each and every day. You loving heart and kindness are a lovely. The way you feel the pain of your sister and try to make her happy is beautiful. You have a wonderful heart. I love you very much. We are so blessed to have you.

Sweet Isabella you are so easy to please. I love seeing life through your eyes. The little things really are little things. I love watching you enjoy everything life has to offer. Life is all sunshine and unicorns. You have a beautiful soul and I love being your Mommy. You have taught me more than you will ever know. I love you very much.

My Sophia what can I say you amazing me each and everyday. You are smart, beautiful, kind and caring. You truly have a heart of gold. They way you take care of everyone is a wonderful thing. You are grown up beyond your years and I truly cannot wait to grow our mother/daughter relationship. Thank you for always being my girl. You are the best biggest sister. I love you very much.

I cannot even begin to tell you how happy these happy smile girl make me feel. Just looking at these pictures bring back all the feelings of joy from that day. Happy girls; happy Mama. Happiness is this right here.

I can’t believe another Disney trip has come and gone once again. I could vacation all year long with my girls.

Sister are forever. My beautiful girls will always have each other. God sure knew what her was doing when he gave me 4 daughters. This is the life I was meant to live.

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March – A Month of Ups and Downs

What can I say March was a rollercoaster of a month for us. It all began on quite the high with a wonderful family vacation at Disney World and ended with Influenza and foot surgery. I will talk more in depth on my journey with having bunion surgery four weeks ago in another post. Really the recovery has had it’s ups and downs, but all in all my recovery has been as good as can be expected.

I am sorry I have beens MIA, but seriously March has just been nuts around here. Between our girls being extremely ill and me being down and out from having surgery on BOTH feet. When it rains it pours, but we always come out stronger on the other side. One thing I know for sure is that we are more than ready for spring and of course summer.

March began with a wonderful family trip to Disney World and I know I have said it before but I sure do love being with my girls and hubby too. Our girls are at the best ages. I truly try to cherish what we have because before we know it they are going to be all grown up.

 

My family means the world to me. This right here is pure happiness. I couldn’t have wished for a better life.

 

*Can’t wait to share more on our Disney vacation in the coming weeks.

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