Sunday, March 29, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

 This was our first year partaking in Emmetsburg's St. Patrick's Day festivities as Iowa residents. Last year we missed them due to a birthday party. 

Our morning started off with the fun walk/run; 1.7 miles. Lauren did her fair share of walking and running. 
We walked with our other Rouse relatives. Wyatt, Lauren, and Miles.
 Lauren requested taking a pic of Kyle and I. Apparently Ike thought his hat and my shades were pretty cool.
 The weather was PERFECT!! About 70 degrees. The kids enjoyed the 2 hour parade.
 Poor Miles didn't get his afternoon nap and was running on fumes near the end. Here he is jumping like a frog.
 We let Ike try a baby food pouch. We've tried multiple times to spoon-feed and he is not interested. I highly doubt much went in his mouth but we tried yet again. We've found slices of fruit to be the best fit. He wants to feed himself but gets distracted by utensils and the pouch in this case. I guess the adage, "Food before 1 is just for fun!" is true.
 Lauren got a warhead candy in her parade loot. She wasn't impressed.
 Miles sprayed water on himself and then shook his head...he was really tired!!
Such a fun holiday in our town!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Catching Up!

 We've been busy- exploring outside, working hard, and chasing littles around! I am going to try and upload now and then but figured it wasn't worth the pressure of posting pictures on here everyday as long as I take an active effort to photograph the kids frequently!

On one of the nice days, we went to Basswood and explored outside.

Kyle graciously explained the life cycle to the children.
They walked this way for a good chunk of the trail.
 I just love these Spring days. The nicest part of the day is generally from 4-6pm, right when we get home from school/work. Lots of shadows!
 Miles was impressed with the tall trees.
Reminded me of this picture of Lauren about that age.

They've grown!
 He was calling for owls.
 Getting a big tired.
 This tree screamed "climb me" to Lauren. She climbed first and then Kyle had his turn.
 She would have kept going if I hadn't told her that was too high.
 Definitely doesn't have my sense of adventure in her!
 The first mount.
 Ike did a whole lot of this!
 Peaceful, nice day!

 Fall 2014
Spring 2015
 We only ran into one other family...Lauren's classmate!

Monday, March 9, 2015


40 degree weather calls for shorts, t-shirts, and friends


 We got to meet Autumn! She is precious. Lauren's first cousin that is younger than her.
Crazy to think of how small they start out.
Almost 7 months apart in age.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015


7 months
Isaac is such a ball of joy! 
Likes: being held, his Mommy, nursing, pretending to eat things but not really eat them
Dislikes: seeing Mommy but not being in her reach, wet diapers, and alone time

Ike is learning how to get on all fours, loves to sit up, and puts everything in his mouth.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


 Kids have been big into art projects lately. 
There are times Lauren will spend the whole weekend at the table creating.
 She bought some nesting dolls to paint at Hobby Lobby.
 New Brushes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


 This boy is growing...
 ...too fast!
 He sits very well now and gets on all fours.
Slow down!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Sometimes, 100% fruit popsicles count as our fruit serving at supper.
The kids don't disagree with my decision.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Our new little niece arrived. Her name is Autumn Jo and we are super excited to meet her this upcoming weekend. Kyle says all newborns look alike, but when I saw the pictures of Miss Autumn, I had immediate flashbacks to Lauren. What do you all think?

They were only 2 ounces apart at birth.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


He persuaded Kyle to let him eat a "sandwich-sandwich". 
Bread inside bread, 5 slices in total. 
He ate almost all of it. 
Gives me a belly ache just thinking about it.