My due date came...and went. I guess he just wasn't ready. So I was induced 6 days late and Griffin Trey was born at 4:35 pm on last Thursday, Aug 25th. He was 7lb 15oz and 21 in long. We are a little sleepy but sooo happy he's here.
Before the baby comes, I wanted to give a little attention to my Kagen. He's had some big accomplishments this summer, including graduating Kindergarten and turning 6! I can hardly believe it's been that long since he joined our family, but at the same time, it's hard to remember life without him. At the end of the school year, they had a little program for all the kindergarteners. Here are some pictures from that day. I was trying so hard to get he and Addi to focus on the camera & loved the ones when they weren't. They are best friends!
Then we had a family birthday party for Kagen and his cute cousin Nyree who just turned 1.
And he had cousins Tala and Caydence there too. He loved it!
I'm sitting here watching The Biggest Loser season finale and remembered that I haven't posted about this little sighting we had. Brian and I and the kids were out running errands on a Saturday a few weeks ago and happened to see a big inflatable for a local radio station in a shopping center. We drove by to let the kids see it and spotted Justin Pope standing on the sidewalk. (He looked so good tonight!) We're fans of the show and decided to stop by. So we chatted for a bit, got a picture, and won some Country Jam tickets while we were there. What a lucky day! We were pretty excited. Brian is from the area where its held and used to work backstage. So we're off to Country Jam this summer!
Last month we moved closer to Brian's work (yes...again). I don't even unpack all of our boxes anymore. But I'm hoping to be able to this time :) He now has about a 15 min commute compared to about an hour. We love it!!! And we get to be a bit closer to some of his family. We love the new place, but holy snow! The first morning we woke up here it looked like this:
Which was pretty and fine, but then a week later it looked like this:
(These pictures were taken at around 10pm. Look how light out it is!)
We have had at least 4-5 snowfalls like that since we moved in just over a month ago. It melts fast, but good grief. The tree in our front yard has broken 3 different branches during different snowfalls just from the heaviness of the snow.
Now the kids run to the patio doors to look at the steps on our deck every time it snows. This might be why:
They are loving playing at a new place. On the way to church the other day, I saw that Kagen is making good use out of our railing.
And in other news, we had our ultrasound the other day. Our suspicions were correct, we are having another boy so we'll have army guys lurking around our house a little bit longer :)
We are grateful to be able to announce that baby number 3 will be arriving around mid-August. Brian and I will officially be outnumbered. My early feeling is that it will be a boy. I have been quite sick just like I was with Kagen. But I guess we'll see in a couple of months. We're excited either way!
This year Kagen decided to be a cop and we found a butterfly costume for Addi. They both loved their costumes. We had most of our trick-or-treating fun on Saturday. We hit a nearby mall and then our community trunk-or-treating.
Kagen didn't have a great night at first, but then it got a little better. First it was raining so we didn't know if we were going to stay for the trunk-or-treat party. We finally decided to go in and Addi won a costume contest as soon as we walked in. I think it was a little blow to his ego since he thought he was so cool in his police uniform. Then 5 minutes after that, Addi spilled a big cup of cold apple cider and it went all over his pants. He's just getting to the age that when he's really bothered by something or embarrassed, he tries to hide it and gets really quiet. It breaks my heart! So we cheered him up with some games, found one of his friends, and it thankfully stopped raining so we could trunk-or-treat.
Addi was so excited about her prize though:
By the end of the night Kagen was happy again and turned into a vampire cop:
And Addi crashed as soon as we walked in the door:
Brian told me that I need to update more often. I tried to defend myself, but since the first page on our blog spans a whole year with just a few posts, there's not much I can say :)
After my last post Kagen turned 5 in July and started kindergarten this year. When did my baby boy get this big? He even rides the bus. And he absolutely loves it. He's making new friends and learning so much. He's such a thinker these days. He takes everything so literally. Brian and I were discussing two different options of something in the car the other day and I said "We could do this...but on the other hand we could do this..." The conversation went on and after a few minutes Kagen said "Are we on the other hand yet?"
Also, he had a fun day a couple of weeks ago with his Aunt Stacey (Brian's sister). She had the day off and picked Kagen up from school in their convertible to take him out to lunch. He had sooo much fun. He's been missing her ever since.
Here are some pictures of his first day of school and his ride with his Aunt Stacey:
Notice Superman at his side:
Meanwhile, Addi and I are adjusting to having the mornings without him. She's so used to having him there to play with, she didn't know what to do with her time at first. But she figured it out quite quickly. She realized that she can actually play what she wants to play without any influence from big brother...and play with his toys.
Addi is growing up so much. And she thinks she's very grown up. When we tell her to do something we get responses like "Ok, fine" (which sounds like bine), "Just a minute," or "Ok, I coming."
Brian and I are doing good. He's staying busy with school still, but he'll be done after this semester. Yay!!!!! It's been a long time coming and he is so ready. We also just celebrated our 6 year anniversary. I love you babe! We've been doing lots of fun stuff for fall, but because our camera only works sometimes, it's undocumented. I have a hard time being motivated to post when I don't have pictures. However, we're finally getting a new camera next week. So you'll be hearing more from us...if Brian has anything to say about it.