Haddie is 2

Photos by the lovely Sara McMillan of Sara McMillan Photography (Hutchinson, KS)

Haddie turned 2 on January 2nd. Since her last birthday, she has grown up considerably. She went from a baby who was very attached to momma, to a little toddler with lots of words and a mind of her own! In the last month or so, she's added "children, obey your parents" to her vocabulary which I think will make Jo, her speech therapist, happy to know there are four words all together. Haddie likes to make a very unsatisfied face when she is asked to obey and then told to go sit on the step when obedience is not chosen. But, she almost always comes out of time out ready to do as she is asked. She just needs to feel like she's in control, I'm afraid. When she is asked "why" to something, she responds "cuz" or sometimes just shrugs her shoulders.

Play time usually consists of babies, her favorite "How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey" book, her new tea set, or a variety of toys from the boys room. She really likes to read and sing. Her favorite song is "The Angels Sing" which was the song her class did for the Christmas program at church. It really is adorable listening to her animal sounds and the little actions. When I play piano at church, she likes to sit on my lap at rehearsal and play along. (That's getting a little more difficult as baby sister is growing and mom's lap space is limited.)

Her brothers and dad are her favorite. When she wakes up in the morning she asks for Micah first, and then Eli usually followed by "school", and Daddy followed by "work". 

 I love the next photos. The boys were very comfortable from the get-go when we had pictures taken. Haddie took a little longer to warm up. But at the end, she knew what would get a laugh from her brothers. 

 Shortly after Haddie's birthday, she got her big girl mattress, so she's been sleeping on that for about a week. It is fun to watch her in the monitor and her new-found freedom. During nap time she likes to look at a few books and play with her babies before deciding to fall asleep. I don't mind, because she stays really quiet and so far has fallen asleep eventually. Before bed time, she listens to the Bible story with her brothers and then is the first to volunteer to pray. She starts "dear God, Eli, Micah, Daddy, Mommy, brothers, Micah, grandma, friends, church, Eli (at this point we either help out with names or encourage an amen) Amen". She is always willing to pray. I hope she always has that openness and willingness to talk to her Creator. 

This one is a perfect depiction of life right now. Eli blazing the way for Micah doing his best to keep up and Haddie tagging along discovering much of who she is through her brothers but certainly making her own way when she wants to. Won't be long now and there will be another tagging along behind Haddie.

Height: 31.5" (doesn't register on percentile) :) 
Weight: 24.6# (22nd percentile)


Eli is 6

Photos by the lovely Sara McMillan of Sara McMillan Photography (Hutchinson, KS)
When I think of the last year of Eli's life two words come to mind- brave and compassion. He has grown in these two areas noticeably and it excites me for his future. Since starting school in August, he has really become more adventurous and willing to try new things. He has been playing basketball and prior to this year, he hadn't really had any interest in the sport. I encouraged him to try it out (thinking it would be a safe year for his to try it and see if he liked it). After the first day, he ran to Brent and I and said with a lot of excitement, "wow, I am probably the worst dribbler on the team". And so he began practicing and the next week, I think we agree with him that he wasn't the worst dribbler. Whenever his team scores a basket, he has the cutest excited look on his face and gives a couple claps while he runs (with a few gallops and skips) back to touch the net and play defense. 

This one cracks me up. They were trying to give each other a hi-five and kept missing.

He also has grown in the area of compassion. I've noticed this area of growth since school in relation to his siblings. I don't know if it's because he's gone most of the day, but if they are hurt or struggling he really wants to help them and shows that he's sorry they are struggling. It is so sweet and warms my heart to see him love them so. He's a wonderful big brother.

Eli is a bright little guy and keeps me on my toes with his questions and inquiries. Math comes very easily to him and I love to see him work with numbers. Reading has come a little slower, but he's starting to show an interest in learning how to do it himself so that is exciting. He's still a perfectionist in his work- especially writing- so it can be frustrating for him at times if he doesn't know how to spell a word. Inventive spelling is not made for kids like Eli, but he'll get there. He's great at puzzles and building Lego creations.

The Holy Spirit has been working on Eli's heart and it is so beautiful to watch him wrestle and ask questions and really feel convictions. He's shared the Gospel beautifully  in his own way with a few of his friends at school.  He's also taken a liking to music and can be heard singing passionately at times. His favorite music is Rend Collective. When he sings "every giant will fall, every mountain will move, every chain of the past be broken in two, over fear over lies we're singing the truth, that nothing is impossible with You" with such gusto, I can't hold back the tears in my eyes. May that be the song of his heart he knows the truth of God's Word and the true relationship with the Holy Spirit because of the Son. Let it be, Lord. 

Height: 3' 11"
Weight: 49.6# 


Haddie- 18 months

Today Haddie is 19 months, so naturally I am getting around to posting this.😊 We sure love our baby cakes, HadJoy, sugar pie. 💜

It's been a big month for little miss. She is walking primarily and started doing that right at 18 months. She eats well now and really has no issues related to food- Praise God! She still receives services every other week, but we are mainly working on words and communication. She loves Jo (our therapist) and loves playing with her. Haddie has several words in her vocabulary and mom is working on not asking yes/no questions so she has to use them. 
I was trying to get her to smile and said "where are your buttons?" thinking the ones on her dress. She was thinking her belly button.
Haddie has really started "mothering" in the last month. She often is found carrying a baby or stuffed animal and pats or shushes it. It's the sweetest thing. 

She still has a wicked side-eye and isn't real fond of people unless mom isn't around. Even though she is pretty reserved, she has started giving hugs and kisses to people she loves and will play with others even if mom is in the room- just don't try to hold her too much.😋
Side eye 
She likes clothes and shoes "shoooooz". She tolerates me doing her hair, but it's not her favorite part of the day. She's really come around to swimming and water this summer and likes to splash. And if daddy is on the floor, she likes to sit on him.

Her brothers still dote on her and love her dearly, but occasionally I've started hearing "mom, Haddie is trying to ruin.... or Haddie is being mean..." She says "eye-eeee" for Eli and we're still working on Micah. Their newest thing is if we're not in a hurry at a story, they like to each take a hand and walk with Haddie. It's slower than molasses, but it is precious.

Please Please, can we be done? 
She still is terrified of animals. She LOVES singing. She can carry a tune and since I'm her mom, I can tell she is trying to sing Old MacDonald and the ABCs. You can even make out a few letters. She also just sings to herself as she's playing. The boys never did any singing at this age that I recall. 
It's blurry, but I love her face!


Height - 29.5" below 5th percentile
Weight 20# 11oz below 5th percentile

Eli (and stats) and Micah at 18 months for those that are interested. 


Family Vacation to Florida

Our family went on our first family-of-five vacation to Santa Rosa, FL. It was wonderfully relaxing and beautiful. We all enjoyed the white sand, clear water, and time catching up with dear friends. Aunt Estey- Brent's sister- came with us and braved the looooong car trip with 3 kiddos. We met our friends (the Lynches and Packs) from our pre-kid years in Tahlequah and shared a house with everyone. The house was a block from the beach and the picture above. So perfect for our young family. 

And we're off to pick up Aunt Estey! 

This is the look Haddie had for us most of the way down. "For real, we're not there yet?"

Eli colored the states as we drove in them.

Brent with Micah and Haddie

Cassy and Audrey

Me and my boys

Family photo- Haddie was scared of the waves at first...

...but she liked the sand!

Sunset- Sankie with his boys

Aunt Estey would make a pile of sand and Haddie would smash it. 

Storm was rolling in

Playing Settlers during the rain

Daddy with his girl. 


Micah, Naomi, Eli, Sankie, Owen, Jackson, & Nora @ Bayou Bills

Brent, Jamie, Sankie, Matt, Naomi, Audrey, Cassy, Estey, and Haddie @ Bayou Bills

Brent and Haddie- had to capture her cute outfit! 

Micah hung with the big boys and it wore him out. 

Aunt Estey and Haddie

Nora, Estey, Cassy, Jackson, Audrey, Naomi, and Micah

Sankie, Eli, and Naomi

The Kansas Crew 

Haddie may have face-planted. Poor baby.

Audrey, Naomi, Sankie, Jackson, Eli, Haddie, Micah, & Owen
(Just missing Nora because she wasn't too happy...but...)

Matt brought her out on the balcony to take a photo- she wasn't very appreciative but it is documented. 

Haddie did much better on the way home than on the way down.

We went to Laurel, MS on the way home to visit the Lauren Mercantile Co. (From the HGTV show Home Town)

The boys made themselves right at home. 

The way home...his patience had obviously waned a bit. :)