Updates (aka a potential novel of a blog post)

We have been busy the past few weeks! I keep meaning to post to update/document things but then I never have the opportunity or the energy! Here is a quick smorgasbord of stuff that has been happening around these parts lately!

My sister in law, Rachel, got married on May 4th. Our whole family was in the wedding, except for Roycie Girl. She just got to sit and look adorable.  The weather was perfect-mid 70s, sunny, mild breeze off the lake. Everything went off without any issues and it was beautiful. I was so proud of my flower girl and ring “bear”. They were priceless and perfect and brought me to tears as I stood and watched them walk down the looong aisle. It was so nice to have Peter’s brother and his wife and their kids (both only a couple days or weeks apart from Braxton and Royce) in from out of town for the whole week prior. We hung out a lot, took over a restaurant for dinner, went to the zoo, made smores and had bathes in a back yard mini pool…the kids not the adults. The actual wedding day was filled with lots of fun memories, including my father in law Jim dancing to Gangham style. Unfortunately I was in a closet cleaning up myself and Braxton who were both covered in pee…(it was a long day filled with miscommunication about the last time his diaper was changed…parents of the year!) Hayleigh could not be ripped from the dance floor except for cake. She literally danced the whole time, so much so that at the end she said she was dizzy from everyone wanting to twirl her. It’s tough being the flower girl I guess. Anyway, it was a fun time!

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Congratulations Rachel and Tim!
Royce turned 5 months old the day before the wedding. In so many ways I still feel as though she is my little infant babe still. I guess I view her that way because of how “old” the other two seem. But now in two weeks she will be 6 months old! Seriously?! I finally pulled the excersaucer out a few weeks ago. I figured it was time to put another element in our obstacle course of a living room. the jury is still out on it. She still prefers her bumbo. She also started solids (just cereal) this week. She was so funny how she reacted for the first few bites but from then on she opened her mouth like a champ and ate it all up, even off her bib. Silly girl. She now opens her mouth regularly when she sees us eating. I think she knows we are holding out on her! Her little face just brightens my days. So many times I look at her funny little expressions and just laugh or smile. She is such a joy to me and with each passing day I love her more and more. We are so grateful for our sweet little Roycie.
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(I have to say, she is looking a little like me as a baby in these pictures.)
Mother’s Day was (obviously) this past week. We stuck with our tradition of having both sides of the family over here for brunch after church. The guys always cook and do an awesome job! It is so nice to have both sides of our families in town and even nicer that they get along so well. No awkward conversation starters; Peter and I don’t have to run interference or orchestrate the conversation. It just flows nicely and is always filled with lots of laughs. This is something we don’t take for-granted and are very thankful for. It was a nice Mother’s Day, as always. I am incredibly grateful to be able to be a Mommy and also grateful to have my momma so close by as I take on the challenges and reap the rewards that come with each stage of Mommyhood.
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(at the mother’s day tea at preschool)
Hayleigh also finished up preschool this week! Next week is a final field trip and also a end of the year picnic but officially she is done with her first year of preschool! Ahh! Where did the time go? I feel like I just took her pictures and posted about her first day. Here she is on her last day! We have decided to send her to a different school next year, for a variety of reasons, so she is a little hesitant to say goodbye to her friends from this year. I just can’t believe how fast she is growing up. Preschool has been really good for both of us. When she started (like 2 days ago, right?!) I was saying how excited I was to see how she would change and develop. Now I am looking back at the challenges, victories and growth. Craziness.  I am pretty sure I feel a post all its own regarding that is coming in the near future. I have been meaning to write her a letter anyway. Gotta get on that. :)
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If you got to this point of the post you are either very interested in our family or very bored! Thanks for sticking it out!

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