Rose Emaline has arrived

Baby sister arrived April 18th at 3:18pm.

We named her Rose Emaline (aka- Rosie).

As I write this, she's almost three weeks old and has thus far proven herself to be our calmest, most content babe yet. You have no idea how thankful that makes me. The Lord knew I needed a bit of a different temperament of little one this go around. Her puffy cheeks that she was born with are already long gone at this point but may come back as she continues to grow and gain. We think she's just beautiful and are all smitten with her!

We are so in love with this little lady. And, yes... I'll be sharing her birth story next! I'm so glad we hired a birth photographer to capture Rosie's birthday. It was quite the special day! Stay tuned for the next post with her birth story and images (at least a few of them that are appropriate enough to share that is).

While we wait...

We await baby girl's arrival and an upcoming cross country move and are doing our best not to stress, worry, or be anxious about any of the upcoming changes. I truly probably haven't adequately prepped these kiddos for all that is to come. Instead, I'm trying to just remain stable, calm, and even keeled. It seems these two (especially Bonnie) easily and quickly pick up on any sort of stress and it quickly effects how she acts, sleeps, eats, etc. And so, we are just keeping on over here. Trying to keep happy, healthy, and normal. We'll take each day as it comes and keep to routine as best we are able.

In the meantime, I'm beyond thrilled that my sweet mama has arrived to help me. Andrew has been working night shift for the past almost month and this always proves to be a difficult schedule for us as a family. We are almost done with his month on this schedule which means that it's baby time!!!!

Any day sweet girl...

Snow outing

I'm far behind in updating this space with our family's memories. Before we get too far ahead, I want to be sure to share this beautiful, special day as a family of four. We've not been able to take full advantage of all our area offers with Andrew's work schedule these past nearly 3 years. However, with a large snow storm that hit the Lake Tahoe area, we rushed at the chance to take the kids up for a day in the white, magical powder.

It's probably been 6 weeks since this outing and the kids are still talking about it! Oh, we simply had a blast. And, we've since found out about our new assignment location- which will most definitely not include snow. This makes our snow adventure even more special. Who knows when they'll get to experience it again.

We've certainly found the most joy and fun in the simplest of outings as long as they include nature and being outdoors. This theme seems to ring true with each passing month. We don't need anything too fancy- just some open space and each other! and..... a good iced coffee for the drive :)