So I don't know if anyone ever even checks this blog anymore, it has been so neglected! I just don't know how mamas with more than two kids find the time to blog! I certainly can't find the time! That being said, I am not totally retiring this blog quite yet. I have found that as Samson gets older things are getting easier. So I may start finding more time to blog. If you are on Instagram, I do post all kinds of pictures so you can follow me there. My username is Lmkinsel. My account is private, so you'll have to request me. I will post a recent picture of the boys. They are growing crazy fast! I hope to start posting more soon...I will try! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sorry it took me awhile to post about the baby. I have been trying to get as much rest as I can while I have help here (my mom and Josh have been helping these past two weeks), which hasn't left me much time to blog. Starting Monday I will be learning a new routine and adjusting to being a mommy of 3 without help during the day! Yikes!
Samson was born on Friday, October 12. I had a repeat C-section, and all went well. Samson came out 100% healthy, praise God, and I am recovering well. We were blessed to have lots of help during and after his birth. Josh's parents, sister, brother-in-law, their girls, and my parents all made the long drive from Cincinnati to Columbus, GA to be there for us. We have such loving and supportive families!
Samson is such a great baby (at least so far)! He hardly ever cries. Even at night when he wakes me up to feed him, he just kind of grunts...no crying. The only time he really cries is at bath time. He is so sweet! Tyson and Caellum have done a really good job adjusting to having a new baby in the house. Tyson, especially, just LOVES Samson, and always wants to help with him, or love on him. Caellum loves him too, but we are waiting for some jealously to kick in...we know that's probably coming soon (once Mommy is on her own, and can't give him as much attention). We just love our new, little man, and can't imagine our lives without him!
Here are some photos from his birth:
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Monday, October 15, 2012
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Awww, they're so little! :-)
So the Crescents have been here for a while, and they found a great pumpkin patch, called Paradise Pumpkin Patch, in Eufaula, AL, which is about an hour and a half drive from Ft. Benning. We decided to go with them to check it out! Josh has been looking forward to taking the boys to a pumpkin patch since last year, when he had to miss taking them due to being deployed. We figured we better go quick since I could pop at any moment! :-) It was a HOT day, but we had a blast! Here are some pictures of our trip:
From left: Noah, Ty, and Caellum playing with water pumps
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I know, I know....most of you have probably given up on me! I am officially the world's worst blogger! Has it really been almost 4 months since I have posted on here?! Yikes!!! Josh kept asking me to update the blog, and some friends and family have been asking as well. The thought of trying to catch up on posts after such a long time was very overwhelming to me. Add to that baby #3 will be arriving in about 2 weeks, and I am freaking out! :-) I thought that once we moved farther away from friends and family, I would be better about blogging, since we don't get to see everyone nearly as often. Well, I definitely dropped the ball on posting, and I apologize. One of Josh's friends told him that I must be so happy to have Josh home from deployment, that I stopped blogging. That is so true! We have been enjoying, and not taking advantage of, a single minute of our "togetherness," and I think after going through a year-long separation like that, we will never take for granted being together ever again! So, I am going to TRY my best to catch up and fill you in on our summer. I am also going to TRY to get better at posting more often...even if it's only once a month, to keep the people that do like to read about us updated. Now please keep in mind that we will soon be parents of THREE wild boys, so posting might not happen all that often. All I can do is try! :-)
So on with the updates:
We have been doing fabulous! The summer absolutely flew by, and we kept ourselves very busy exploring our new city, having visitors come see us, and traveling when we had the opportunity. Josh is doing great in Captain's Career Course, and has a little over a month until he graduates. He has handled the stress of this intense course extremely well, and we are so proud of him! Coming home from a year-long, crazy, combat-filled deployment like he experienced is a difficult adjustment for even the best and most highly-trained soldiers. Through the grace of God, Josh has not only been able to adjust to being home, but is dealing with and excelling at the new challenges and tasks in his career as a soldier. I am amazed at how he continues to be such an excellent soldier, family leader, husband, and father! He balances everything perfectly, and I know it is because he has the good Lord on his side.
The boys are doing great too! They are growing and learning alarmingly fast, and Josh and I are trying to cherish each moment with them. Ty has had a few "firsts" lately. In July, he took swimming lessons for the first time at the local YMCA. He loved them and did a really good job! He also started his first day of preschool at the end of August. The Lord helped us find a fabulous (and affordable) Christian preschool, and he attends three mornings a week. He absolutely LOVES it! He comes home and tells us all about what he learned, and all about the friends he played with. He has learned so much from the month he has been going. Tyson had a big birthday on September 5. He turned 4 years old!!! We cannot believe that our oldest baby is now 4! Really?! 4 years old already? How does time go by so fast?! He had a great, low-key birthday this year. No big huge parties, just the four of us and a few new friends to help us celebrate his big day. Another first for Ty...he is playing football now! He plays on a 4&5 year-old team for the Columbus Youth Football League. Now anyone who knows Josh even a little bit, knows he is all about some football! Josh started playing when he was Ty's age, and played all the way through college. It was his favorite sport, and always his dream to have a son (or two, or three) to share in his passion and watch play. Well, his dream came true this month when he got to see his oldest son wearing the #10 jersey with the last name Kinsel on it! He is so proud! Tyson likes playing, but is pretty clueless so far (I mean he only just turned 4). He really has no concept of the game yet, but we sure do enjoy and get some good laughs watching him chase the players down and try to grab their flags (it is flag football, not tackle at this age). Josh has been helping coach the team, and it is fun to watch both daddy and Ty at practices and games. So, Tyson has been a busy little guy lately! He is also preparing to take on the role as the biggest brother when his baby brother arrives. He is really excited to meet the new baby, and we think he will be a fantastic helper!
Caellum has been a busy little thing too! While he hasn't had as many "firsts" as Tyson, he has had his share of fun this summer. He isn't quite old enough for some of things Ty is experiencing, and boy does that make him mad! He really wants to go to preschool like Ty does, and wants to play football too. But he is learning that he will get his turn for these "firsts" in time, and he is learning to cope well. The summer has been filled with attempting to potty train him. We thought it would be easy to train him, being the second child and all, and since he watches his brother go all the time, but we were wrong!!! The kid is just way too stubborn, and is not having it at all! And mommy is just too big and pregnant to force him right now. We were hoping to have him trained before the new baby got here, but it isn't going to happen. We have decided that he will go when he is ready, and forcing the matter won't help...especially with the big transition of adding a baby to the family and Caellum dealing with the fact that he isn't going to be the "baby" anymore. We think Caellum is going to have some "jealousy issues" when baby bro gets here. The poor guy is already experiencing some of the "middle child syndrome" with Tyson getting to do so many new things, and with all the new things we are doing to prepare for baby #3. But don't feel too sorry for him...he is getting to do plenty of cool new things himself!
I am doing really well, especially considering I am about to pop! :-) The Lord blessed me with another great pregnancy. Everything with my pregnancy is looking normal so far, and baby #3 appears to be growing healthy and strong! If all goes as planned, and baby #3 doesn't decide to try and come early, my C-section is scheduled for Friday, October 12. Since Ty and Caellum were both C-sections, this one is automatically a scheduled one, and they won't schedule it before 39 weeks. October 12 is the big day, as long as baby hangs in there until then. We are getting so excited to meet him, and have almost everything prepared for his arrival. We are so blessed!!!
That is, in a nutshell, an update on us. Onto the photos and videos! I apologize for how many there are, but I am trying to catch up on 4 months all in one post here. I will attempt to post again before baby #3 arrives, but if not, I promise to post the news of his arrival once we get home from the hospital and settled in. Thanks to all of you who have continued to check the blog faithfully...we love you guys and miss you!!!
Our good friends, and neighbors from Fort Knox, the Hunters (Perk, Olivia, and Jahvon), PCS'd to Germany back in July. Before they left for Germany, they were stationed at Fort Rucker, AL for about a month while Perk was there for training. Fort Rucker is only a couple hours from Fort Benning. So they came to visit us one weekend, and then we went and paid them a visit before they left. Olivia and I grew as close as sisters during the deployment (our husbands deployed toegther). She was my "battle buddy." And Jahvon, became a big brother to Ty and Caellum. They LOVE him, and he is so good to them! It was really, really hard to say goodbye to them when we left Fort Knox. I am so glad we got to spend some more time with them before they left for Germany, and thankfully we are still able to keep in touch with them now that they are in Germany. We can't wait to see them again...they will always be lifelong friends!!! Here are some photos of their visit, and the boys having a blast together:
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