Tuesday, September 24, 2013

dear hazel jane {a birthday letter}

dear hazel jane,
 it's your birthday today. the very first time of many that we will celebrate your life and the year we've walked thru with you. i cannot believe that you are one already. every mama says that, but it's true. we loose track of time with all the snuggling, sleepless nights, and watching you grow. you were a total surprise to your daddy and i. and to be honest, because mommy tends to be very honest, you were a surprise i was not ready for. 


but. honey love, you so made up for it. i am so in love with you baby girl. 
you were just hours old and we knew you were special. you were the most relaxed baby ever. especially compared to your sister who was a stress case from day one. you slept well and were a great eater.

you were always happy. always sweet. i called you my punkin noodle. don't ask why, it just is what i called you. it fit.

you added another dynamic to our crazy kids. they loved you. i'm not always sure you loved all the "loving" that was constantly going on.  as you've gotten bigger you tend to defend yourself a little better. you grab on to whom ever is "loving you and that toy you have" and go after them. you pull hair, bite, sit on them, whatever works. but you also love to find whom ever is sitting on the floor and go sit in their lap. it's the cutest thing.

but as it says in the worst book a mommy can read, "you grew and grew and grew." you were sitting up before your siblings did. and so proud. 

you were standing and walking so fast i wasn't sure what was going on. i couldn't believe how quickly you picked up on everything. but we always knew you were smart. you have been a challenge with the whole mobile thing. you have been to the drs more times than your older siblings because you climb like there are alligators trying to bite at your chubby toes. and then you fall. you eat everything that you find. it's so gross. your brother only ate a snail and you've eaten way worse. i think the grossest is the used q-tip i found in your mouth. but you are also the healthiest. so, who knows.
 sometimes you aren't "happy hay" as we refer to you. but you know who to go to. you so very much love your daddy. you and him have a special something. you get these silly moods and start playing kissy games with us and it just makes mommy and daddy want to buy you a pony.

you are so special surprise girl. you are the sweetest, and periodically feisty girl.  you may have been unexpected, but you were definitely supposed to be with our family, we just didn't realize how badly we needed you. 

now you have a new baby coming, and i know you are going to be a great big sister. hopefully you'll be over biting your baby dolls and just patting them.

no matter what you'll be my punkin noodle. my lovey girl. my happy hazel.
i love you to the moon and back,
  mommy

Friday, September 20, 2013

happenings {september 2013}

i'm starting to learn that life is meant to be lived upside down. there is no normal, no steady flow except chaos. that is our life at least. and i say those things not in a negative 'i hate chaos' way, but more this is a normal day for me...completely crazy within the realm of routine i strive to create. 

and while i tend to complain, don't tell anyone, but i kind of love it. my children are so quirky and fantastic. they are insane, and so am i. we are constantly recreating our normal. just when we get comfortable BAM! we are upside down like turtles. 

all that to say, we moved out of our first house this week.

it did not hurt me as much as i was expecting. i've had 5 weeks to prepare for shutting the door. i might not be living in that house anymore, but i can still relive the memories of each corner around that house. we were blessed beyond to receive a generous offer on the house and we took it. now we are living with my folks and a whole new kind of crazy has emerged. the kind that houses 8 people including 3 minions in a 3 bedroom house. and the dog. don't forget there's also a dog. and i'm a pregnant lady, so really i count for almost 2 people. read all that as 'it's crazy town with new mayors at the Osborne house.'

despite moving we've had lots of other happenings around our home...

i got a much overdue day with my aunt and other half, cousin molly. we did the grove, and we went to Mood in hollywood which was this fabric hoarders dream come true.
we had the best lunch at a new place called 'the farm' at the grove. i'm so about food, it's my favorite part of being preggo. 
and speaking of, my belly is about two months ahead of the schedule so people are so surprised when i tell them i'm only 4 months. then i explain it's my 4th. and then the surprise turns to shock.
this was taken a month ago and i looked big then!!

our beloved aunt nini (nicole) is moving to virginia in the next few weeks, so we spoiled her with a trip to diseyland with just the big kids.
i try and sneak in time with this guy as much as i can. he's so precious to me and just gets the short end of the stick with the girls so often we need our special time.

oh my word this girl has me hook line and sinker. i want to kiss her and smother her all day long. she is so funny and she is starting to know it. which is even funnier. i love when they start to laugh at themselves.

can i please just freeze time right here?!! he is so stinking wonderful!!!!! he brings me to the brink of insanity, but i am butter when he tells me how much he loves me. and hey look, i got the date right this time...

that's just a summation of our life right now. there is much more, but we have a lot of unpacking to do. i will write when i can and hopefully that will be far more often then lately. my girls each have a birthday this month and that's harder for this mamas heart that moving was. lots of kissing and growing. and for now that is just perfect.





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