April 25, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Hi friends! It's been two months without blogging, and they have certainly been two busy, busy months.  I'm not sure how often I will blog, but I think I will still try to continue, although it will likely be infrequently.  I value my family time so much more now that I'm working, so I'm only going to be blogging if Oliver is sleeping and Thomas is at work. 

Work is going well!  The first week was really, really tough.  I think it was much harder on me than it was on Oliver, but now we've gotten into a groove.  I'm really thankful to be working with such cute kids all day, to have my caseload at safe schools, to have great hours, and to have the time and ability to pump.  

Another reason why I haven't been blogging is because we bought a house!!! We have been super busy packing, moving, and now painting, unpacking everything, and getting settled.

  We moved into a brand new neighborhood with mostly small, three bedroom houses, and we love it!! It was important to us to find a neighborhood with young kids and enough streets to go for walks/runs everyday and we are so thankful to have found that.  Our neighborhood consists of mostly young couples and families, and there are lots of little kids and babies! :)  Our backyard backs right onto a farm, so it makes for a good view when the sky is blue and the sun is out! 

We still have a lot to do, but we're making progress! It's so exciting turning a house into a home! We are feeling so thankful and in awe that God has made it possible for us to own a home. It doesn't seem real yet!

Our little sweet pea turned four months old.  He is such a happy baby and we fall more and more in love with him everyday (cliche, I know).  He has started laughing now, and it melts our hearts every time.  He's absolutely delighted by his daddy, which make me melt even more. He rolls from his back to his side and occasionally from his belly to his back. He's so observant, loves books and baths, and puts anything he can find straight into his mouth. His hair is getting a reddish tint now, his eyes are still a beautiful shade of blue, and he's more chunky than ever. We're so blessed and thankful to be his mom and dad.  Even though most babies go through the same pattern of development, it's so special getting to witness and celebrate all of our own child's milestones. 

Easter was quiet and simple - our first one celebrating as a family of three!  We had just moved on Saturday, so we we spent a lot of the day unpacking and we ended the night eating fondue on the couch.

We went to my parent's house one weekend to celebrate mine, my mom’s, and my sister’s April birthdays with a picnic at the park and some homemade chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake made by my awesome mama! 

Back at home, Thomas gave me two birthday celebrations - an evening picnic during the week and then a night out for Indian food and a festival on the weekend. Love, love, love my boys.

This book. Oh man, it's good. Really good.  I loved it and I'm pretty sure I'm going to re-read it soon.  If I ever have time I'll write about it, but for now I'll just say that I highly recommend it!


  1. Congrats on the new house!! SO exciting!
    I love love love the pictures of baby Oliver! What a cute lil man :)

  2. Cannot wait to see more picture of your home, that bookshelf is so pretty looking! Oliver is getting cuter and more handsome every day! Hope you three have lovely weekend:)

  3. Awww Oliver is too cute and your family looks so complete and so happy with him here :-) Missed you here in the blogging world...I've been wondering how you're doing and just as I thought about you today, there was your blog post and no more wondering!!! haha. Happy belated birthday and congratulations on the new house!!! It look gorgeous...I especially love the bookshelf!! I loved the way you placed everything..it's way too cute and classy! Again, Best wishes in your new home!!!

  4. So much to be thankful for! Oliver is so so precious. I'm so happy you are enjoying your job and you guys got to buy a house! My husband and I are looking forward to a day when we can buy our first house too. Praying for you and please pray for us!

  5. Happy birthday and CONGRATS on the new house! That is so very exciting! Wow, you guys must be so very busy. I am glad work is going well and you are getting into a routine. Rest assured of my prayers.

  6. Aww yay! Congrats on the new house. Isn't fun getting to put your own touches on your place? It's been my favorite thing about the new house my husband and I just bought.

    And Oliver is just the cutest! You can tell he's such a happy baby!

  7. So glad things are going well for you. Congratulations on your home! What a special place it will be as you fill it with love and memories. I am so happy that all is working out well for you with work and mothering... I knew it would! Your family Easter picture was adorable and can I tell you that when you look back 20 years from now you will FONDLY remember your FAVORITE Easter ever married. You'll say, "do you remember that first Easter as parents when we had just moved into our home? All we did was unpack and eat on the couch... but it was the most wonderful of all" You'll say that in 20 years... I know you will. Hugs to you... I pray for you every day. Blessings to you and your sweet family. Love, tara

  8. Love this post! So glad things are going so well I've been hoping for an update. Love all the pictures and congrats on the house.

  9. What a wonderful update. Congratulations to you & Thomas on your new home - so exciting! Your little Oliver is just adorable, and your pictures are wonderful, as always. Looks like life overflows with blessings...God is so good. Enjoy!

  10. Loved reading this update! I love your blog- hope you are able to write every now and then when you get the time!

  11. Hi Caitlin, I'm a Catholic single mom of 5 boys. Your son is adorable. I miss those days! Now my oldest is 16 and they are always dirty and smelly and into something FAR from adorable, but ya gotta love them anyway! ;) Treasure these sweet moments! They pass far too quickly as I'm sure you've already been told! I also love seeing your "Bump" photos. What a great idea! I wish I had thought of it...luckily someday (hopefully!) I'll have lots of daughter-in-laws! God Bless you and your family.

    1. PS Also, I'm not sure if you've ever heard of the Liebster Award, but it's given by bloggers to a other bloggers they'd recommned. I was recently nominated and listed you as one of my recommendations. You can find out more information here if you're interested: http://www.singlemomsmiling.com/liebster-award-thanks-boogers-yucky/ Keep up the good work! :)

  12. Please share that cheesecake recipe if your mom will allow!

  13. Congrats and best wishes, Caitlin!