Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our little surprise.....Hollyn Monroe!

We had our THIRD little blessing on September 24th.  We didn't know what we were having so imagine our surprise when our girl, Hollyn Monroe came out at 8:18 am healthy and beautiful at 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches long (the same as Ansley and 1/2 an ounce bigger than Charli).  She immediately looked like a clone of Ansley when Dr. Carns pulled her out, yet as the day went on....we saw a duplicate of Charli.  We are just beyond thrilled.  After miscarrying our sweet boy, Adler one year ago on October 13th, you don't take for granted the miracle of life.  We are so blessed. 

My friend, Sheri was able to be next to the operating room and captured the most amazing images for us.  I CANNOT stop looking at them and reliving the moments.  These images are one of my favorite treasures ever.  Prepare yourself....image overload.
It's a girl!  The whole room rejoiced.    
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She gave out the most wonderful cry.  I can remember hearing her while lying there on the operating table and then I was instantly crying uncontrollably.  She was here and she was healthy.  Praise the Lord.
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I was immediately smitten
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Oh my dear Lord....that first glimpse of her and the very first squeeze.  What a moment. 
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This is one of my favorite images.  Jason has been so incredible, knowing exactly what I needed to hear at the very moment I needed to hear it.  He sweetly attended to me and also loved on our newest girl.  I will never forget it. 
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I wanted to kiss her one more time before he told our family
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Jason was in love all over again.
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And then the family found out we would be 3 girls poor and 3 girls blessed. Ha!  I love seeing these images because I would have missed the whole moment if I didn't have these.
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I was so worried about Ansley and Charli's little hearts.  They wanted a boy so bad.  Thankfully, Ansley went from a moment of disappointment to a glance of Hollyn that immediately won her over.  They are both head over heels to have their new baby sister.
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A moment of giddiness.
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There's not enough kisses in the world to show my love.
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It doesn't get any better than this
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Welcome to the world sweet baby girl!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Our Big Kindergartener....Ansley Harper.

I have put this post off for several weeks because I just can't bring myself to write about it.  The emotions are still too fresh and the thought of actually having a Kindergartener is mind blowing.  Part of my heart went to Kindergarten on August 14th and although it's just Kindergarten, it's still so painful to send our sweet little girl off to school for 8 hours a day for the next 13 years.  Painful ya'll.  I've had some major crying sessions, which started LONG before the first day of school.  Some at night while tucking her into bed, during prayer time, mornings when I realize the weight of it all, and those sleepless and tear-filled nights when I just can't get control of myself!  Ugh.  There's been some really ugly cries.  This is our first babe and I know it won't get any easier with the next ones in line.  The fact is....this is life.  As sad as I am that our little one is growing up so fast, I know that she is ready and it will be so exciting for her.  Whew!      
Our excited Kindergartener!
And a new Frozen bag!
She helped me bake cookies to give to all the school staff, especially Mrs. Mendi.  The tag said....If you give a teacher a cookie. Happy 1st Day of School! Love, Ansley. (Thank you, Thirty Handmade Days!)
We stopped by our "built house" as Ansley calls it to take a few pictures before dropoff. 
I'm so proud of how well she did.  Mommy and Daddy, however needed some meds....:/
Oh, The Places You'll Go, Ansley!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ansley's Dance Recital

Ansley had her very first dance recital at the end of May and it was one of the most precious things ever.  Her group's number did "The Tiki Room" and they did such a fantastic job!
Most of my pictures were taken at the rehearsal because photography was not allowed in the auditorium. 
Can you tell she was excited?!
And then she went right to this stance.  Oh how I love this image....
Ansley with her sweet friends, Ella and Evy. 
Be still my heart....
Family picture right before her big debut! She did so great despite her shoe lace that came untied. Ha! What a star!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ansley's Ice Skating Frozen Party!

Well since the mention of Disney's Frozen movie back in 2013 and our subsequent Disney trip, Ansley has been adamant about wanting her 5th birthday party to be at an ice skating rink with the Frozen theme.  Unfortunately for us, the nearest ice rink is 2 hours away, so it creates several issues when planning a party that far away.....guest attendance (that's a long way to travel for a birthday party!) and decorating.  So from the get-go we prepped Ansley for the possibility of her birthday being just a family party with cousins and that was it, but I'm so thankful we had more little friends come and make the trip to St. Louis! She was thrilled! 
We had a slight fiasco with the birthday cake, so Jason ran to Schnucks to grab another one.  I wish I had a picture of my homemade cake AFTER the "big oops" because it was hilarious (well not right after it happened, but later looking at the mangled was funny).  Here's her last minute birthday cake!     
Ansley requested carrots and ranch, popcorn, and cheese so that's what we had! It was perfect for her theme.

My favorite was the white chocolate covered strawberries (frozen hearts). Yum!
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Olaf cheese sticks and Frozen fruit snacks
Joanna and Sophia!
Ashley and Evy!
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Whitney and Brynn skating away and Alex and Kristi moving along in the background!  I was so shocked at how well everyone did.  They were all rock stars on the ice! 
I think we were having a make-up moment on the ice after the cake "oops". Ha!
Ansley helped me so much with her party.  She made the marshmallow pops and cake with me.
Charli was so happy to get into all the sweet treats.  I think she may have eaten all the popcorn and fruit snacks!
She got lots of fun goodies from all her sweet friends
The whole crew minus a few!
 Elsa made an appearance too :)
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She had a wonderful birthday.  So thankful for our BIG 5 year old!