Catch Up Post

It’s been about a year since I last wrote.


Well, here is some news….

We had a baby.

Another boy baby.

That makes four boys.

I’m tired just typing those last few sentences.


Our sweet little bundle joined our family on July 28, 2014.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

He is the smallest baby I have had.

Even the doctor commented on how “small” he was compared to his brothers, when he uttered something about how I usually birth 25 pounders.

This guy came out fighting! ¬†He swung his arms and hands around crazily, grabbing for the clamps the doctor was holding. ¬†Doc had a good chuckle as he tried to cut the cord because our little¬†boy wouldn’t let him do it!

The naming of this child¬†has been discussed with passion since the day we found out we were having a boy. ¬†You know we’ve had a girl name picked out for 10 ¬†years now. ¬†Oh well. ¬†And we’ve used 6 perfectly good boy names already, so we had to do some thinking on this one.

About a year and a half prior to being pregnant, Frack casually mentioned from the back seat of the car that I needed to have another baby and it needed to be a boy. ¬†And then we would call him “Jose”, after one of his friends, “cute little Jose”, in his class.

Fast forward to the gender reveal day (no, we did not have the trendy party.  We sat in our ultrasound technicians office (Hi Jennifer!) and cried happy tears that it was in fact another healthy boy and not a girl that would require mom and dad to have an intervention on how to raise girls).

I digress…

So it’s a boy. ¬†And as soon as we told his older brothers, Frack fist pumped the air and said, “Wahoo! ¬†It’s Jose!!!!”

The nickname Jose has stuck.


Photo by Jennifer Murphy Photography

We are adjusting nicely to the new normal.  The big boys are so sweet and doting to their little brother.

I am enjoying maternity leave with little sleep, but hey. ¬†I was smiled at today…a real, honest to goodness, not a smile while you sleep, not a gas related smile. A REAL smile.

It made my day.


Photo Dump/Catch Up Post

All I can say is…life got in the way. ¬†And in a good way!

To catch you up with the shenanigans of Frick, Frack, and Frog, I have compiled our favorite pictures from the last six months.

Or possibly more.

So…Let’s start with Frog’s first trip to the dentist!


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He did great and allowed the dental hygienist to do her thing to an extent.

At one point, she asked him if he would open his mouth so she could count his teeth and he promptly said, “No.”

After some convincing, he did it and all was well.


Then, it was a trip to Legoland in Atlanta for Frack’s 7th birthday.

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The boys received new mattresses and had an impromptu jumping session on the old ones:


A perfect sendoff for old mattresses.

And tons of boy fun.


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Slides are fun, but crazy hair is even better.


Baseball season found us camping out at the ballpark 4 nights out of the week and often on Saturdays for practice.

Frick and Frack had great seasons and love the game.

Both received game balls twice.

Frick’s team won the tournament at the end of the season…a come from behind win. ¬†He had an awesome tournament streak ¬†after a midseason slump. ¬†Frick ended up getting the game ball at the Championship game.

I cried.  Lots.

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Frog has a habit of falling asleep at random times.  I love sleeping kid pics, so I had to include this:

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He’s my sleeper…he still naps two hours each day, goes to bed around 7:30 and sleeps until 8 in the morning.

Plus these random naps, this guy has it made in the shade.


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That’s what I told Frick to tell Cocky when we saw him at a Touch a Truck event in Columbia.

I’m guessing Cocky wasn’t a fan of that.


Frick made his First Holy Eucharist this May:

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He was so excited to make this sacrament and we were so proud.

Frack did all he could to hold in his energy over three hours. ¬†At the time of this picture being taken, he had enough. ūüôā

We were to have a big party at our house afterwards, but as luck would have it, Frog ran a 103 degree fever for two days.


Party moved to another location.


June was busy with swim team meets and practices.

July brought our annual beach trip to Hilton Head Island.

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Nini and Frog had a blast swinging together.

One minute, Frog is happy and having a blast.

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The next minute, he’s Mr. Pouty.

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Frog is quite the moody one.

He takes after me.


The boys LOVED the ocean, boogie boarding, and jumping waves.

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That brings us up to present day…

We’re trying to enjoy the rest of our summer before school starts up again.

Happy 7th Birthday!

Our lovable Frack turns 7 today!

It seems like just yesterday he was brought home…a newborn welcomed home by his 15 month old brother.


And now that newborn is 7!

Frack continues to teach me how to be the best parent, teacher, and friend I can be.

He has truly blessed our lives and added tons of laughter to it.

Happy Birthday to you, my favorite SEVEN year old!

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The One Where There Are a Bazillion Pictures Because I Haven’t Posted in Months.

Life is fast and furious!

The last time I posted, I had to sum up the summer.

Now I have to sum up the beginning of the school year.

It’s November for Pete’s sake!!



We’ve been busy in school!

Frack is in first grade and Frick is in second.

I love the reflectors doing their job and doing it well with the flash of my camera.

These boys are at my school with me and I LOVE having them there.


We’ve been busy taking naps in the car because someone wants to begin giving it up.

Sorry, but Mom ain’t having it, Frog.

However we did give up the beloved paci on October 29.


We’ve been busy losing teeth!!

Frack is missing two and Frick is missing 4.

We keep the Tooth Fairy in business around here.


Halloween was bittersweet.

Frick was sick with a 103 degree fever, caused by strep throat.  He unfortunately was not feeling up to trick or treating.

We did get a pose from him as Pajama Man with the rest of the family, as he was coasting on his Motrin high.

And his Mom is a rockstar because she filled his bucket to the brim with candy for her him.


Frog turned three on November 5th.  Three.


Doesn’t it seem like he was just born?!


We’ve spent some time at Clemson watching our beloved Tigers play.

Each time Frog sees the Tigers on TV or in a book he says,

“Ooooo!! ¬†We went there! ¬†Wet’s go back!!”


The Posse went with me to vote.

These are their intimidation faces:



And today is Frick’s 8th birthday!

He started off the day on the school’s news program with a Birthday Book we bought for him through the school library.

What  a post!

Hopefully, it won’t be three months before I update again.

Happy 6th Birthday Frack!

It’s hard to believe how quickly they go from this:

to this:

Frack has grown into a smart, sweet, energetic boy.

He’s reading and writing now, impressing us with his neat handwriting and desire to learn.

He loves to build things–Legos, blocks, roads, tracks.

I was so excited to get this picture via text today from Frack’s teacher.

I think he rather enjoyed himself today.

Happy 6th Birthday Frack!!

Seven Years

Frick is seven years old today!


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Frick is…

…on the A honor roll.

…the STAR student this week at school!

…reading well and reading to his younger brothers.

…losing teeth–three so far.

…going to the grocery store each week with me and buying a treat with his own money (usually gum or a Hot Wheels car).

…so very funny and seemingly unaware of his deadpan wit. ¬†He’s seriously hilarious.

…my sensitive soul.


We celebrated his birthday on Frog’s actual birthday.

One of these  years, I am going to have to figure out how to plan parties for these guys.

Their birthdays are three days apart, which I am sure will be the makings of a scheduling nightmare in the near future.

Alas, this year went off without a hitch.

Well, until Frack got sick. ¬†But that’s a whole different story.

I digress….

This morning, Frick received the breakfast of his choice (homemade pancakes) and has control over our dinner menu tonight.

We are so blessed to have this guy in our lives.


A Photo Story

As you can imagine, once that bathtub was filled with water, I had quite the clean up job on the boy AND the tub.

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