Saturday, February 28, 2015


 So much personality in these 3 pictures. 
Miles angry at his sister for messing with his creation.
 Lauren jamming out.
 Dancing her heart out.

Friday, February 27, 2015


My mom made this babycarrier for Lauren-
it doubles as a "swim suit". 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Another shot of the morning.
Lauren's Backpack
Boy's Backpack
Work Bag
Jamie Lunch

Out to the car in several trips we go.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


 Some mornings are rough in this house trying to get 
3 kids, 5 and under, to the sitter's at 7am.
Rough mornings call for cookies.
So much for breakfast of champions.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Saturday was free ice skating day at the lake. 
The kids braved the windy conditions. 
Lauren tried on some skates and Miles opted to just slide around on his boots.
I couldn't get many pictures with Ike bundled under my coat. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015


We try to limit electronics to only the weekends. 
It is nice when these two curl up next to each other and sit in peace and quiet.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Ike got a bath in the sink one night while the 2 older ones were in the tub.
He thought it was the coolest thing ever.
If only his little body wasn't so slippery!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This little lad has been mastering his sitting up skills. 
Of course, he would prefer being held (by his mama, while she is standing).
Everything in that mouth of his as well!

Monday, February 16, 2015


 I wonder what it would be like to be "2" again-
Footie Pajama-Wearing

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Miles refused a nap one day. 
When we finally went back to his room, this is how we found him!

Saturday, February 14, 2015


 Valentine's Day
Miles (almost 7 mos old)
Isaac (6 months old)
 We continued our yearly tradition of heart-shaped pizza

That night consisted of a family date to see the movie Paddington. Kyle and I passed Ike back and forth and took turns standing in the back. Family adventures!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Lauren was helping me cook (along with Ike). 
I reached a point where I needed two hands to chop 
and Lauren agreed to sit and hold Ike.

She can be such a big helper sometimes. 
Ike is just enamored with her too.
Baby #4 is not in our immediate future but 
I can only imagine how much of a helper she 
will be as she gets older.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Lauren and Miles had fun making these creations last night! 

Lauren's is the one with braids and the afro belongs to Miles. I think I had more fun cutting out the pieces for Miles and helping him glue than he did. Lauren thought it was the best activity ever!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


 Cleaning the living room and came across this envelope behind the bookshelf. 
It translates to saying: 
FLR (From Lauren Rouse)
ToJR (To Jamie Rouse)
 The inside card: "I love you Mom"
A special "holder" with my initial on it. 

This girl is one of a kind! Awhile back, we had a particularly rough night in our house. I was still on maternity leave and the night ended in tears from Lauren. I remember sitting on her bed telling her that some nights are tough but it is important that we learn how to listen to others. I told her that the next day would be better. In the morning, she wrote me a note that said "I love you" and then brought it out to me without saying a word. I've always cherished that note (I actually keep in my breastpump at work).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Valentine's Day = Valentines for the Class

Not going to lie...sometimes as a parent I think, do we really have to waste our time doing this?!?!
Valentines for the classmates would be one of those things! I am all about showing love but each year this seems to be more a headache than a gift. I could go the cheap and easy route (like we did last year) but I do want to make it special for Lauren as well. This year we had Pinterest help us with our vision and came up with this idea. We used some fancy paper Lauren got for Christmas and I wrote in Sharpie on each heart. Probably took 5-10 minutes total for me to cut the hearts, write on them, and cut the slits with a razor blade. The hard part...Lauren hand-selecting each pencil from a giant container I had at work and then writing her name and the recipients name on it. 

Let me tell you, God definitely thinks I need more patience and uses moments like this to test it!

Monday, February 9, 2015


After a couple of losses that have saddened us recently, one of them being GG, I decided to take advantage of my bereavement leave from work and spend some quality time with the kids! It has been a BLAST! I know being a stay-at-home mother has does being a working mother, but I could really get used to being with my kids all day! 

Miles and I played for 2 straight hours one morning while Lauren was at school and Ike took a solid nap. I don't remember the last time I've had 2 hours of uninterrupted play time with this kid. It was so magical and the conversation was just riveting. I told Kyle I wish someone would have been following with a video camera to record the things he comes up with and the enthusiasm for life he has. There is definitely more to life than an advanced degree, career, new things, and technology. Trying hard to make the most of each day and be "in the moment" with my kids.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


On Sunday, we went to Denison to a visitation for our family physician. 
It was a heartbreaking time but an absolute tribute to a man of God. 

We had some time before the start of the visitation so we told the kids they could pick out anything they wanted from Wal-Mart under $5. Lauren found a balloon animal kit for $5 and Miles found a Ninja Turtle flashlight. Here she is modeling her "Mouse with a Scarf".

Saturday, February 7, 2015


This kid ate his ribs down to the bone!
I think he was channeling GG. 
She once came over to our house in the Fall 
and ate her chicken hindquarter down to the bone. 
The kids were enthralled with the bones and 
Kyle and I were amazed that she ate the tendons and all.

Friday, February 6, 2015


This kid...he drives me absolutely bonkers one minute and 
has me wrapped around his finger the next.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I can't believe Ike is 6 months (HALF A YEAR) old. 

He is such a smiley, happy baby. He prefers to be held and rarely touches the floor it seems. He scoots a bit on the floor but nothing intentional. He is still working on sitting up by himself but gaining a lot of control. No teeth yet and we haven't introduced any food. He LOVES his big sister and has been trying to grab at the dog lately when he gets close for a sniff. He still enjoys nightly alone time with me and wakes me up a bunch! We've recently discovered he isn't a fan of me eating dairy either.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Iowa Winters...brutal!
Check out the overhang.
 Lots to snow blow. We have a deal with our neighbors that we can use their snowblower and Kyle will take care of their drive as well.
Kyle said that he heard the Midwest is the best place to raise a family because you can expose them to all seasons. I think exposing my kids to a sunny warm beach, year-round, would be nice :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015


Crazy Winter is keeping us bundled up inside. 
The kids took to some crafts the other day.
Beads and string for Miles and Perler Beads for Lauren and I. 
 I crafted this beautiful sun/star.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


He is on the move
 Sitting to Laying
I am not ready for a crawler :)