{Mother’s Day}

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother! Thank you for all that you do for us but, most of all, for loving us unconditionally!

I don’t know what I would do without you!

Mom & Kids

And thank you to my three beautiful angels (and my wonderful hubs) for giving me a wonderful Mother’s day filled with Hot Yoga, Biggby and a delicious homemade lunch!

My Three

Hope all of you moms out there were treated like queens today!!

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{My Family}

Meet my family.  Dad, Mom, Brothers, Sister-in-laws, Nieces & Nephews and of course, my four and me.  At least once a year we have the privilege of having all of us in one place and, of course, it has to be captured in pictures.Crofoot Family 21 Crofoot Family 1 Crofoot Family 2 Crofoot Family 14 Crofoot Family 3 Crofoot Family 13 Crofoot Family 4 Crofoot Family 5 Crofoot Family 20 Crofoot Family 7 Crofoot Family 8 Crofoot Family 17 Crofoot Family 9Crofoot Family 22 Crofoot Family 10 Crofoot Family 12 Crofoot Family 11 Crofoot Family 15 Crofoot Family 6 Crofoot Family 16 Crofoot Family 18 Crofoot Family 19

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{My Eli}

Three years old.  I cannot believe how fast the time has gone.  He is the one who made me a mom.  The one who continually teaches me about myself.  The one who really challenges me to be a better person.

We argue about who the “silliest goose” is.  We have tickle parties… lots of them.  We read.  Boy, do we read.  We make monsters.  We play with Play-doh.  He helps me bake and of course loves to lick the beaters… and eat dough by the spoonful! He tells me that I’m his girl and that I’m the best girl in the world.  I tell him the same, of course.  He wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. He knows how to tease and is such an amazing big brother. He loves his daddy and always wants to be just like him – a great aspiration, if you ask me!

Andy and I try so hard to hold on to every single moment, cherishing the time with which we have been so graciously blessed.

Happy Third Birthday to my sweet, sweet Eli.  I sure do love you, buddy!

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{Pumpkins}

We finally made it out to get pumpkins.  Location of choice this year?  Gene The Pumpkin Man! It was our first time there and we will definitely be back.  Between the cows, loads of pumpkins {that are quite affordable, I might add!}, fences to climb and SUPER nice Gene {who knew he’s ACTUALLY the guy who checks you out!}, it was a fantastic evening! We were so thankful that the rain held off for our pumpkin farm adventure!

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{One Year Later}

One year ago today I blogged very exciting news.  We were having a baby!  That wonderful Chinese Birth Calendar came through once again and we had a beautiful little girl!  Here we are in front of that same tree one year later.  My how our lives have changed.  This wee one is majorly loved by her big brother (aside from the occasional assault…), and adored by her mommy & daddy.

We love you Ella girl and are so glad to call you ours!

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{Ella Girl}

Ella girl is 3 1/2 months old already!  I cannot believe how fast the time has gone.  She is a smiley content little gal.  We love her to death!

We went out on this gorgeous fall day to snap a few pictures of her.

The way she sucks on her cheek and that wide open smile…

Her favorite way for her daddy to hold her…

…just a few things I never want to forget!

And who doesn’t love a good sneeze!

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{Crofoot Family Staycation}

We have had an overload of family time in the past week and it’s been great!  After spending the weekend up north with Andy’s family, my brother Marcus flew in from Colorado for my dad’s 60th birthday!  We hadn’t seen him for a year, so it was great to finally be able to hang out!  Unfortunately his wife had to stay home, but hopefully we’ll get to see her soon too.

So, my dad turned 60 and I decided we needed to throw him a party (of course!).  My brother and his family came down and my mom came over too and everyone stayed the night Wednesday night!  It was so fun to be able to hang out with family my for 2 straight days!!!  My aunt was in town from North Carolina, so she came over for the party too.

We made lots of messes, did lots of dishes, ate LOTS of food (& dessert!), laughed a lot, and the kids played in the water pretty much non stop.  It was a great time.  Hopefully we can make it a family tradition!

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{Foster Family Vacation}

So we’ve started a new tradition.  Every year, my husband’s whole family gets together for the weekend.  So far, we’ve camped at a campground on the lakeshore, a campground near home and last year we camped out at Andy’s parent’s house.  This year happened to fall on Andy’s grandma’s 80th birthday, so we all packed up and took the 6 (10 if you’re traveling with 2 young children :D) hour trek north!  Andy’s mom and Aunt Jill threw a great luau for Grandma and her twin sister, Aunt Doris.  The idea was for everyone to wear tacky Hawaiian shirts.  I promise, this is not how we dress all the time! 🙂

We had a great time just relaxing and hanging out with our 6 nieces and nephews, eating lots of food and swimming in Lake Michigan.

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