Monday, May 22, 2017

Child Labor

After several years of neglect our new backyard needed a little TLC. After a lot of hacking, cutting and raking it's starting to be more functional. The kids were very helpful cleaning up their play space!

But some jobs they could only supervise ;)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flower Child

Just practicing my photography skills using my little lady and the Valentine's flowers

Monday, May 15, 2017

iPhone Unload {March '17}

Pictures (top to bottom, L to R): hundreds of cookies for the football players (at Sawyer's request), a smily babe helping me tackle that mountain of clean laundry, Kolter giving Evy love, Kolter close-up, Evy eating her 1st bites of food, Nora and Evy love, happy 6 months to my beautiful, easy going little lade #evykay #happyhalfbirthday #toobigtoofast, buffalo check boys #schenkboys #imayhaveaproblem, Kolter loves to stick his tongue out, Evy happy as a clam, my sleeping babe, Evy in the light, soaking up the moments I get to hold Evy when she sleeps (they are quickly coming to an end), when your life consists of waiting on siblings at sporting events (at the gymnastics studio), my very own superhero, Nora playing with Evy, Sawyer and Evy love, photographic proof Evy is now sitting on her own!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Evy Kay {7 months}

No stats this month.

You get up on all 4's and rock back and forth, but you've learned how to scoot and army crawl so you typically think that's a faster route.

You have zero teeth.

You have started to love food! You have eaten avocado, squash, carrots, peas and sweet potato. You have joined us at the table for most meals and you will suck on the mesh feeder with a strawberry or apple slice.

Your favorite toys are the wipes bag (it makes a fun crunching noise), stacking cups and Sophie the Giraffe.

You have started to get into mischief and several times a day I have to pull you away from taking off the vent covers and chewing on the phone chargers.

You laugh when tickled or being thrown around by Daddy.

You are sooooo observant. You want to see everything!

You started sitting in the cart and I rarely carry in the carseat anymore.

You love a bath, but truth be told you don't get one often ;)

You've been sleeping well. You wake up at least once a night, but usually we just put the pacifier back in and you sleep the rest of the night.

Everyone thinks your adorable! I gush over you, your siblings gush over you, Daddy gushes over you...I think those big brown eyes and sweet demeanor are going to win you lots of hearts!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


This little lady is my hip buddy and I couldn't be more happy about it!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Branson Babe

At the end of March we traveled to Branson, MO to meet the newest addition to the Schenk family, nephew/cousin Kal. It was a quick trip, but the kids loved playing with their cousin and we got in lots of baby snuggles!

Nora & Kal

Love those newborn snuggles

Saturday was rainy, so we bravely took 6 kids (including 2 infants) to Beauty & the Beast. 

Kolter latching on to his namesake (Kyle calls him Little Jake)

During the movie I let Kolter have a few sips of Dr. Pepper to keep him quiet. This was his first experience with pop. It was an afternoon movie, but at bedtime I learned I had made a grave mistake. Kolter was literally bouncing off the walls until 11:00 pm. It was insane and I learned an important caffeine for Kolter!

We left early on Sunday, but not before an obligatory cousin picture! Look at all those sweet/ornery Schenk kids!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Superman Dino Birthday Party

Kolter turned 3 at the end of March!

He requested a Superman/Dinosaur party and thanks to SNU's Jurassic Park night at the cafeteria that's exactly what he got!

I bought some Superman cupcakes and dinosaur napkins, SNU provided the Dino decor and it was the easiest party I've ever thrown. With zero set-up or clean down!!!

Excited to be 3!

We invited a few friends to the cafeteria and they left with these little Dino slingshots as a favor.

When we arrived outside the cafeteria dinosaurs just happened to greet us on the steps. It was a total coincidence, but a total dream come true for Kolter!

The kiddos got Kolter a Superman costume and Sawyer has the sweet idea to put it on and pretend to be Superman (Kolter really wanted Superman to come to his party). Sawyer was so sweet as Superman and Kolter LOVED it! Then Sawyer presented him with the costume! Kolter was a little bit excited...see picture below :)

He was a little leery of getting too close to the dinosaurs, but that boy loves a t-rex! Dreams do come true!

Happy birthday to our blue-eyed, fun-loving, big appetite, sports obsessed, ornery and tough little ham!