Siblings {March}

Oops, March 15 came and went. So, here’s this months sibling photo:


(I really do hope we are nearing the end of snow suit season). But in sibling news: Baby Z. really enjoys watching his siblings from a sitting position (preferably with someone holding him… but when that isn’t possible he sits in his little jumper)

They seem to be getting along pretty well this month. They’ve been doing a little more of “playing” card games and simple board games and figuring out things like taking turns, and things being fair and all that good stuff.

Katherine has been trying to get the boys (all of them) on the reading boat. Asking any of them at any time “_______ what does the “M” say?” and things like that. She is just starting to read regular books out loud and sometimes will attempt reading something to them depending on the mood of the moment.


Baby Z isn’t really into taking bottles, but Karl was wanting a drink after being outside so he happily finished a good potion of this bottle (just a little pear juice and water), and then decided that Z needed to have some.

Any other sibling news for the month? Not really.

Oh, but one funny comment from today:
{Katherine looking at the photo album where I keep all the ultrasound pictures of the kids}
Is this Sophia?
Me: No, honey, I’m not pregnant right now
K: Why not? You just have to wait a minute?

I’m not putting words in her mouth or anything, but I’m guessing (especially since this was the second comment RE: Sophia today) that she has already planned for our next child and that it will be a girl and that it is arriving imminently.

~Ruth Anne

P.S. Sophia is the current name we have picked out for the next girl baby we have, if we are so blessed
P.P.S. I’m not pregnant right now.


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Into’s here

dear beautiful

Siblings {February}

I am so, so glad I decided to join in this monthly sibling photography project.
{See last month’s entry for cast of characters 🙂 }


This has been an interesting month for their relationship, or maybe it’s always an interesting month, but I happened to notice several things.

Katherine and John decided to get all buddy-buddy with each other for a good week, to the point where John had a multi-night sleepover in Kat.’s room. I really didn’t mind this seeing as they had fun and seemed to sleep a little better (or at least were quieter in the morning)… But… they totally excluded Karl and that’s just no bueno. Most especially heart wrenching for this mama was when Karl woke up one night, noticed Johnny wasn’t in his bed and absolutely melted down. After that the sleepover stopped.

And the very next day it was Johnny and Karl playing together to the exclusion of Katherine.

I guess that’s normal?

Anyways, they always seem to have good snuggle times all together when we’re reading. Especially in mama’s bed 🙂


dear beautiful


Siblings {January}

Haven’t done an update post for a while, so I figured I could go ahead and get one done for all of you.

If you’re popping over from the “dear beautiful Siblings linkup” let me introduce my clan:

favorite activity: lounging on mama and dad’s bed

Katherine (5yo)
This month, we’ve been working on reading a little more intentionally (her reading, not me reading with the kids as I mentioned… oh… a few posts back I think). Anyway, the last few days she’s really picked up. Today she hollered from the bedroom as I was turning out the lights and gathering laundry: I read some of my Ariel book by myself (she’s totally into The Little Mermaid or anything princess-y for that matter). Steps in the right direction! I think she finally made a connection between doing the reading lessons and reading actual books for fun! Yay!

I also caught her trying to teach a pretty open Karl the letters and sounds. A little while later she was trying to get Zak interested!

Sibling Status: Ring Leader

John (4yo)
Definitely he’s still my most sensitive child. His big thing recently has been building train tracks with the wooden trains. He’s been able to make figure out some elaborate designs by himself.

He absolutely adores his older sister, and is constantly trying to do anything with her. Today during “rest” time, he kept going into her room to show her something from the book he was reading.

Sibling Status: Follower

Karl (just turned 3)
Does his absolute best to keep up with his older siblings. And does a pretty good job of it, if I do say so myself. His articulation and “debating” skills are eye opening and so far above where the first two were at the same age. He’s definitely not afraid to make his opinions known.

He’s unfortunately getting over a bit of a head cold at the moment which has slowed him down quite a bit, but he doesn’t seem to mind skipping out on meals he doesn’t care for. 😉

Sibling Status: His own man, but totally dependent on the other two

Zachary (3 months tomorrow!)
Enjoys laughing (yes, little baby laughs have just recently been heard), smiling at anyone who will get in his face, “talking” and watching the goings-on of his older siblings. Oh, and he’s nearly out of 9month clothing….

Sibling Status: Baby

John and Zak
Johnny and Zak

One of my favorite things the last few months has been to see how the kids have welcomed their new brother. I keep getting questions and comments about what he’ll do outside in the summer, if he can ride a bike, when can he talk… All things that tell me they’re excited for him to join them.

Another thing that’s been neat to watch is their pretend play with each other. It’s gotten so much more involved and detailed. I periodically hear them calling “mom” or “dad” and they’re using it in whatever game they’re doing.

This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. I know, I know, another project, but they’re changing so quickly that I want to be able to keep a memory of them together. I unofficially did this two years ago, but my stuff from last year was random at best.

dear beautiful


Karl is 3! {p,h,f,r}

`~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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This post here is going to celebrate Karl’s third birthday party.
Sometimes I feel like he gets a little lost in the shuffle of things, seeing as how he’s the youngest of the older kids, but not actually the baby anymore. And I think he feels it, even if he can’t articulate it. He’s definitely been acting out WAY more. I’ve been trying to show him a little extra attention, but I don’t feel that it helps with the meltdowns and acting out. I mean, he definitely seems to appreciate the extra attention, but he still has more *moments* than I know what to do with.

Anyways, here’s hoping to a better 4th year 🙂





Honestly, I can’t tell you how happy this little guy was to finally have a birthday. He waited through about five actual birthday parties, plus the excitement/celebrations of New Baby, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years (none of which were specially his). The low point came at my niece’s birthday where he was sitting right in front of the cupcakes, they were lit, and he was told they weren’t his. The disappointment at that point quite literally broke my heart. He didn’t cry, but he was just about to. And if he had it would have been those huge crocodile super sad tears.

I was crying as I looked through these pictures again.



When we went to the store last week, I had him pick out which sprinkles he would like to use. He picked the patriotic ones. I also made sure to let him put them on the cupcakes however he wanted.


He was so excited to get the candles lit. He was pointing out to Uncle Simon to “get the light thing” (lighter). Then he proceeded to stick his face mere inches from the candles… I guess to make sure they were properly lit (?).

And then he blew them out, at one point he was taken aback because he caught a backdraft of smoke in his face 🙂


And then did he eat!

I’m not sure, but I think he managed four before we stopped him. He has the best eating faces. He is so intense and so focused!


I think I’m just totally in love with this picture ❤


Here’s to you little man! I hope this year brings us closer together and helps you find your place in our family. I’ll try to keep getting you some more intentional “mommy and me” time. I Love You!

Caught in the Act {a Theme Thursday post}

I was very good and even looked for the theme for today’s capture ahead of time (like, yesterday), so I’d have an idea what I could be on the lookout for today. I managed to make it all the way through today without even thinking about it once, had a teensy tiny pankiy feeling when I thought “well, now that the kids are “in bed” how will I catch someone Unawares?”. Then I remembered that Karl ALWAYS gets out of bed at least ten times, especially if he’s had a good nap (which he did). He usually gets into something while he’s up and about, so I figured I’d just have to wait a few minutes and I’d get a shot.

#1 (I don’t even think I waited 60 seconds)




One time out of bed, nine more to go…. nope, eight, he just came downstairs….

Linking up with Cari@ Clan Donaldson