Monday, September 22, 2014

Six months later...

Ok, so I had good intentions of blogging at least once a month. I'll briefly try to bring everything up to date.

In April, we went to Indiana for Phil's Grandma Mullet's auction. We bought a few items - my two favorites being: a good, sturdy, old ironing board and a wooden step stool with a tall handle. I should take a picture of it because that's not a very good description. :) Plus I got her Corelle set for which I am very thankful.

In May, we found a few mushrooms and I creamed a deer with our van.



In June, sweet Brynlee Raine joined our family on Friday the thirteenth. All our living babies were born at home. But Brynlee had some problems so we were at the hospital for her birth. It was a really good experience though. I recommend Richland Hospital for anyone considering a hospital birth or as a backup for homebirth. We received excellent, thoughtful care.



In July, we headed to Indiana to my sisters place for a Ramer family gathering. It was a fun relaxing weekend. Most of the time was spent with just my immediate family, but on Sunday we got to see all of my living grandparents and some aunts, uncles, and cousins as well. And we got to take a family picture. :)


In July, after being home 2 weeks, we headed right back to IN  for Grandma Mullet's funeral.

In August, immediately following Grandma's funeral the Kulp family gathered here in WI for a family retreat. Again we had a fun-filled weekend. And again we got to take a family picture. :)


August also held a sad farewell to Karen, Phil's sister who had been living here in WI for the past year and a half. She moved back to SC. We miss her lots, but are looking forward to seeing her again this week! This is also the month that Kaelin's two front teeth met with the teeter totter handle and both are broken. She is resistant to having them pulled, so, as long as her gum remains free of infection, there they shall stay until they fall out on their own. August is Dyllon's birthday month, so we celebrated his FOUR years with both Grandmas and Grandpa.

That brings us to this month of September. Beautiful, gorgeous autumn weather. The trees are turning, the mornings are crisp and cool with hints of frost. I almost choose autumn for my favorite season. But I'm not really in to favorites. I love them all.



Kaelin has started school. We are working on Kindergarten 5 from Abeka. She loves it. Except for the writing pages. :) She's almost reading and so excited about it.

Brynlee is now three months old and such a little sweetie pie. She is such a good baby. Generally happy and sleeps 6-8 hours or more most nights. A good nights sleep does much for this mama.




And my boys, Dyllon and Traimley...so much sweet boyishness and so much fighting. Some days I am so so weary of the fighting. Any tips? It's not just the boys. Kaelin's in on it, too.


Life is such a fun, busy, hectic, amazing ride right now. It has so many happy, bright spots. And about as many frustrating, hair-pulling ones. I won't lie, it's hard to be a good mama to four little people. So thankful for a loving Savior to turn to and learn from. Thankful for His patience and understanding. Isaiah 40 has become one of my favorite chapters. Especially verse 11.



"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." 
KJV




Saturday, March 22, 2014

Just Like Daddy

...is the title of a library book* I read to our children the other day. 
It's about a little boy named Johnny who wants to be "just like daddy".
He watches what Daddy does and tries to do the same things. 
But Johnny isn't as big and strong and smart as his daddy. So not all the things he tries to do work out quite like they did for Daddy. 
It's a cute story.
After I finished reading, Dyllon pipes up, "I want to be just like MY daddy!". 
And Kaelin says, 
"Well, I want to be just like Mommy." 
And my heart thuds. 
Do I want my children to want to be like me? It's on the tip of my tongue to say something like, 
"You should want to be just like Jesus." 
And then it hits me like never before. I am Jesus to my children. 
Am I trying to be "just like Jesus"? 
"Pattern yourselves after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1


*book written by Helga Moser, published by CLP.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cheese, Shopping, Amish, and Spring!

One of the nice things about living in Wisconsin is... Cheese! 



Occasionally I will hear of a really good deal on a large block of cheese. Like a 40 lb. block for 1.67/#. That's a lot of cheese. This time my friend and I split a 40 lb. block of colby. Delicious stuff. 

(Those big pieces come out when I get to the end of a chunk - no shortage of willing cheese eaters to take care of those.)

Problem is we can't use that much before it starts to mold. So I took a few minutes this evening to shred most of it to freeze. I don't have much success freezing it in blocks or even slices. It just crumbles when thawed. 
Some helpers I had.



And the finished pile.


It appears as though I got tired of filling bags. Each bag looks like I filled it a little fuller.☺Those are gallon size bags. Wonder how long it will last? I've never really kept track in the past - but my prediction is less than 3 months.
One more thing that I love about living in this area is the Organic Valley deals. Local businesses like bent n dent and bulk food type stores get the overstock from Organic Valley to sell at a reduced price to us fortunate folks. Like this 1/2 gallon of heavy whipping cream for 2.99. 


Also just recently got 3 lbs of cream cheese for 3.69, 1/2 gallon of half and half for 1.59, and once 4 oz. feta cheese crumbles for .50. 

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In other adventures...
My mom came over early this morning to babysit my children while I took my friend to a dental appointment in the big city. Otherwise known as Madison, WI. It's about an hour and a half from my place. That's where we go when we want to go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and a mall. We skipped the mall today and hit Aldi, St. Vincents, and Target instead. Ate at Panera Bread for lunch. Yummo. It was a fun day. 

When I was loading groceries into the back of my van at Whole Foods an elderly gentlemen came up and asked where I was from. I told him the name of my town and that it was about an hour and a half away. 
"Northwest?" he asked. 
I said yes. He said he comes up this way on occasion and spends time with some Amish up here and mentioned a few names I did not recognize. Then he mentioned one that owns a small grocery store. I was just there last week!(and got stuck and the Amish man and his son had to push me out.) Small world. He then stated, "You're Mennonite." Wow, this guy is good. He said he has been connecting with Amish since the 60s and has visited Lancaster, PA. You never know who you'll meet at Whole Foods. But most of them will be carrying in reusable bags. ;)

In other news...
I can now see the entire top and a lot of the sides of my twelve inch raised bed in my backyard. 
The snow is disappearing. 
Spring is almost here! 








Saturday, March 8, 2014

A little of this and a little of that...

The dreaded sickness has hit our family finally. I don't know why we can hold off all winter just until spring is almost here and then it comes. I am so very, very thankful that this is our first bout of sickness for the winter though and that it does not involve vomit. Dyllon and Traimley are both coughing and wheezing and Traimley has a fever and runny nose. Kaelin had a touch of it earlier in the week, but hers is pretty much over and was a milder case. I feel a bit sore throatish and runny nosish, too. Hoping it doesn't hang around long. Or turn into pneumonia for the boys. Since when is pneumonia contagious anyway? It has been "going around" in our church.

It was a warmer day in the neighborhood today. I went for a walk. The sunshine felt so good. There was a pretty stiff breeze at times that was cold, but over all I enjoyed my walk immensely and am looking forward to taking more of them now. Unfortunately my walking 5 days a week got put on hold because the temps dropped back below zero. I just can't make myself go walking in those conditions. Hoping hoping the forecast is right for a sunny 51 degrees on Monday.

I'm loving the buy, sell, trade facebook groups. I got a dishwasher (portable) that makes my kitchen fuller, but I love! how much easier and more often my dishes get done. And now I just got a carseat/stroller combo for the new baby.

Yes, I'm only 24 weeks, but I'm already digging into the baby stuff. I sorted through little clothes this week, too. Kaelin had great fun looking at all the stuff with me. She kept asking "Does that fit me?" when I would hold up a little dress. I guess she wishes she could still wear some of her old clothes. I have my tiny diaper covers from AssuntaStore. (Yes, call me crazy but, I am planning to cloth diaper this time around.) They are adorable. I can't wait to use them. I washed the carseat very well and put it all back together so it is ready to go. Trying to figure out what I need yet - if anything - for the garage sale season coming up. I've got a serious case of baby fever and can hardly wait until June!



Of course the hip pain I've been experiencing lately has me wishing the time would fly by, too. Kaelin asked me today if the baby is coming in the spring. I said not until summer. She said "But mom, I can't wait that long!" :)

A few pictures yet of the kids enjoying the snow on a warm day this week. I haven't gone out with them much this winter, because I'm a wimp and don't like to go out for long periods of time when it's less than 20 degrees. So that was pretty much all winter. :)









Until next time,

Lanita

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Life


I keep thinking about starting. And then I don't. So today I decided to just post something. :)

Just some info about our family this year:

My husband is wonderful and amazing! :) He also finally is a full time employee after bouncing around part time for the last 3 years. We are so grateful and rejoicing about that. He enjoys troubleshooting computer problems and fixing them. He buys non-working laptops to fix up and resell for a hobby. He's a great daddy to our children. 




I'm a SAHM. Currently halfway through my fifth pregnancy. I'm a hopeless procrastinator trying to turn over a new leaf. I love being a mom to my 3 little people most of the time. A few of my current interests and passions are improving my health through walking 5 days a week and eating Trim Healthy Mama style(I lost 40 lbs. doing this alone), reading through the Bible this year and writing a prayer journal, learning how to better disciple my children, and organizing my home and making it a restful haven for our family (quite the challenge when you have a small home and a lot of stuff). 


     




Kaelin is my beautiful, princessy 5 year old. We are working through Rod and Staff ABC Preschool workbooks. She loves it. I think she's ready to start reading if I just take the time to teach her. She knows all her letters and sounds by sight. She loves to read letters to me off of whatever book, magazine, box, sign she sees and ask me what word it spells. I'm excited about this new stage for her. I love(d) school and want the same for my children. She is my right hand helper - often asking what she can do to help. Although she often specifies "in the kitchen and not in the living room". She dislikes picking up toys... :p She is a good organizer of activities for her siblings. Rather bossy at times, but she can be really sweet and good with her brothers, too. She is so excited about having a new baby. I think she will be a big help with that, too. Her favorite color is pink, with red and purple being the runners up. Her love language is definitely quality time - she loves to do things with mommy and daddy.




Dyllon is my 3 year old. Looks just like his daddy. His big brown eyes just melt me. :) He is a deep thinker and the one that is funny without trying. :) He asks me questions that I'm not sure how to answer sometimes. He has been following along with Kaelin's school work and knows the numbers and letters and sounds almost as well as, if not better than, her. He is the one who loves snuggles and hugs - which makes me think his love language is physical touch.




Traimley is my baby. 2 years old. Such a fun stage. He is so sweet and cute and often people say he looks like daddy, too. But I think otherwise. :) He is our latest talker so far and has just finally started speaking more. He loves to go, go, go. In fact right now I hear him saying, "I weddy a doh!" Interpretation :"I'm ready to go". He loves his big brother and sister and is soooo hurt when they don't want to include him in their play. He loves babies and is happy to sit and hold one for lots longer than I think he will. I think he will love his baby sister. 




Yes, that's right, I said sister! 




According to our u/s baby number 5 is another girl. We are all pretty happy about that. Kaelin especially so. :) Due June 26 - July 2. Which means we don't really know. First ultrasound said June 26, but my calculations said July 2. My second u/s said somewhere in between the two dates. I always hope for an early one - which I was right 2 out of 3. 



And in case your wondering about this being number 5. Our firstborn, Ariana, was stillborn at 27 weeks gestation. Always treasured in my heart. <3




I guess that's good enough for a start. :)