Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

Well despite Mom's (mine) sleep-deprived newborn-filled state we were able to manage quite a few little Easter activities. This being Clara's favorite holiday next to Halloween- the candy holidays, you see- I wanted to try extra hard to make an effort! We managed to dye (and glitter!!! I'm officially a cool mom) eggs, get easter baskets and have an egg hunt (it was at Grandma Great's house- not pictured because I forgot my camera. for shame!). The girls had a ball and are still on a bit of a high from all the sugar. The easter bunny did good this year and brought lots of chocolate, new arrows for Clara's bow, The Big Book of Bugs, some new Sandra Boynton board books, the obligatory stuffed bunnies and the cutest little matching velvet dresses and bows. Easter is one of my favorite holidays as well, though not because of the candy...consequently I don't think I had any candy yesterday? Maybe I need to go raid those Easter baskets. 

I'm so grateful for my Savior who died for my sins and lived again. He overcame the world, death and fear. I'm so grateful for Him and continue to try and understand better the sacrifice He made for me and you. John 16:33 kept running through my mind  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." as I pondered on this wonderful holiday and I loved watching this video made about the Savior's life, death and resurrection. Hallelujah! He lives!

You guys, I'm the luckiest woman in the world.

Friday, April 14, 2017

1 month young

I can't believe this sweet girl is one month old TODAY! Oh this month has just flown by. It's all just kind of a happy, squishy, cuddly blur.

at one month Ruth...

grunts a lot, she's not a cryer...she's a grunter

does two, 3 hour stretches and one 4.5-5 hour stretch of sleep at night- pretty good for a one month old!

is very "consolable" and pretty much stops crying the second you pick her up, sweet girl

gets bad diaper rashes like her oldest sister :(
is a great nurser and is packing on the chub. I can't wait to see how much she weighs at her appt on Tuesday!

has started to focus in and track with her eyes. I always love when babies start doing that!

has also started smiling when you smile at her! Melt my heart. She also smiles and chuckles in her sleep quite frequently which, I've decided, is her sort of compensation for keeping me up at night. Every time she does it I feel like my heart will burst!

is really good at holding her head up when she's resting on my chest but prefers not to do it on her blanket for tummy time ;)

loves her baths and has now fallen asleep for two of them! 

is a snuggler and loves nothing more than snuggling in to sleep on my chest

has a huge fan club including two sisters who absolutely adore her. 

We already can't imagine our family without sweet little Ruth. What a blessing she is!

and to compare sister resemblances for those interested... 

Birth Announcement

For anyone we missed, I apologize, but here's the announcement! I was totally OCD and made the card while I was pregnant and just left out the measurement and date particulars...crazy nesting lady anyone? Look at her wide awake and looking so sweet. We love our little sugar bug!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tummy Time

Our first tummy time a couple weeks ago! She was a fan for about 30 seconds as seen in the progression of these photos ;) Don't worry little squish, we'll work on it!

Thursday, April 06, 2017


Well I'm 3 days late on this my love, but I think I have a pretty good excuse in the 3 week old squishy baby sleeping in my arms. You've been looking forward to being 30 for most of our 20's! Congratulations! You made it! and it looks good on you. You're not a big "birthday person", every year you make sure to remind me that you don't like a lot of fuss or presents. You do like a nice homemade meal and a good back rub, however, and I think we got it just right this year. For your dinner we made you crispy chicken shawarma with rice pilaf, pita, hummus (throwing it back to our Jerusalem roots) with garlic roasted beets. You blew out your candle on a fresh mixed berry lattice pie with ice cream and I consented to watch Ip Man with you, it was your day after all, and I was pleasantly surprised. So in keeping with tradition I thought I'd give a little update on you, feel free to correct me in any of the particulars.

at 30 years old Steve...

goes to our local bagel shop most mornings for breakfast, they know him by name and can anticipate all his usual orders.

continues to consume large amounts of soda throughout the day, but this year I'd say Dr. Pepper 10 has taken it's place of honor, maybe not next to but directly below, Diet Mtn. Dew and Diet Coke in his affections.

plays "lions" (glorified wrestling/make believe fighting) with the girls just about every night before bed. It's hard to say who looks forward to it more, him or them.

has  fit into his role quite comfortably as a father of girls, and often consents to bows and ribbons being artfully placed in his hair by little dimpled fingers.

continues to get more and more emotional as the years go by. Most notably crying for 30 minutes after seeing Arrival in the theater this past fall! I love my sensitive man.

looks forward to dates every week with his boo and continues to put us unquestionably first, even if we do love our girls so terribly much. Consequently spends an average of 3 hours a day texting...mostly me. We pretty much can't handle more than 2 hours of no contact, I love him so much.

still has a thick full head of hair...even if he can't quite grow a full beard yet. Maybe by 35.

loves listening to Ben Shapiro podcasts as of late and is highly entertained by all the juicy political drama.

has continued in his undying love for statistics and excel spreadsheets.

is the main driver in filling our household with laughter. I think few things bring him more joy than making his girls laugh!

loves "tickling the ivories" every night and plays the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack so well you can hardly tell it isn't a CD. I know, I'm a lucky woman.

Overall is just the best husband, father, partner in crime and man of God that we could ever ask for. He continues to be our prince among men and just keeps getting better with age. For his birthday this year I made him a pen and ink copy of his favorite poem- "If" by Rudyard Kipling- and through the several drafts I made I just kept thinking that he is that man. I'm still all heart eyes for you Steven Grant Marcum! Happy Birthday!!

Oh and this year his office colleagues decorated his office in an "amazon reviews" theme for his birthday and asked me to write him a review for it (they are so fun and creative), so I thought I'd include it here to finish us off:

Steve Marcum: ***** five stars

Hard working, honest, straight-forward, genuine and very handsome, with thick curly locks that look even better in person! Will rub your feet after a hard day and play soothing piano music to cheer you up. Very good with kids but especially excels at playing "lions", getting children to try everything on their plate, daddy-daughter dates and "scary" stories at bedtime. He has made me laugh every day for nearly 8 years. I've been extremely pleased with my purchase and would do it again in a heartbeat!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

best of the iphone photos, Ruth edition

Be ye warned, this post is long, heavy on photos and likely to induce baby hunger/fever in those susceptible to such maladies.

2 days before she was born. The last church outfit.

on our way out the door for the INDUCTION.

daddy daughter love

right after the birth. My face says pure happiness/relief. 

hospital snuggles

meeting her Grandma Great

there is nothing like a newborn sleeping on your chest


why Ruth, hello!

ohhhhh her cheeks

milk coma

a very reverent baby 

big sister wanting in on the picture action too

little burrito

those lips!

snuggling my really big baby after her nap! 

Clara asks to hold Ruth at least 5 times a day, she's such a sweet big sister.

some of her best Ruth quotes so far:

"Mom, she's even cuter than I thought she'd be!"

"Mom, her CHEEKS are cuter than I thought they'd be!"

she was obviously spending a significant amount of time trying to picture her new baby sister.

little smiles


the girls enjoying their newfound fashion freedom

fluffy and perfect

just, you know, running around topless wither her backpack on

daddy = human jungle gym. Every night.

just hanging out

coming in to chat with me while I nurse. I love her so much.

the maiden run for the SollyBaby. Or rather RUTH's maiden run. All my babies have lived in this thing for the first 6 months at least! I love having them so close while retaining the use of my arms :)

she loves it!

I love these sweet sisters!

Our first outing to lunch, Clara sniped my phone and took this but I love it so much. Sweet Winnie.

she also took about 100 selfies

That one time we couldn't find Clara for about 10 minutes and Brooke and my Mom and I were all running frantically around the house and backyard screaming her name when I walked into my closet and found her asleep under my clothes.... as soon as I stopped hyperventilating it was really quite funny.

then she came out and promptly fell back asleep in Brooke's arms

my 3 girls. Be still my heart.

watching Women's Conference with my little snuggle bug.

so comfy

she's already an expert in cute sleeping poses

just taking a peek

when I look over and realize I have an audience while nursing. Much like our cat, Winnie likes to fit herself into confined spaces...baskets are a favorite lately.

sometimes you just need a fire and some Pride and Prejudice in your life.

my first day flying solo with all three. So tired.

Clara playing with her bff Watson, sans pants, obviously.

hey girl

I am so completely obsessed with her.