Nina: Two Months Old

Another month has flown by with this little girl and she sure is little. She is almost nine pounds so she’s finally moved into the 0-3 month size clothes, but she’ll probably stay in that size long past 3 months. Nina is smiling even more and I love it. She continues to like her sleep and loves taking naps in a swing. She will do tummy time for a while before getting worked up and can roll onto her side when lying on her back. The boys continue to be in love with her always asking where she’s at developmentally “what’s her vision like now”, ‘when will she start doing…” “look, she just did…”. It’s very cute.

Not entirely happy

June 26th, 2020

We celebrated two sacraments for our children on June 26th. Nina was baptized and Oliver received his First Communion.

Oliver had been preparing all year to receive the Eucharist in April, but then the pandemic hit and everything was put on hold. The parish rescheduled several times and it was finally set for August for the classes to receive the sacrament. We could have had Oliver wait until August but we knew we wanted to have Nina baptized so decided to combine them together. During a daily Mass Oliver received 1st Communion and afterwards Nina was baptized. We celebrated with lunch and cake afterwards at our house. It was a really lovely day even when Nina was crying.

One of the few pictures where Nina is happy.
David made Oliver a keepsake box. He loves that it has a lock to keep his stuff “super safe”.

Nina: One Month Old

Nina is one month old. She has been slow to gain weight and just got back up to her birth weight at 4 weeks old. She doesn’t seem bothered at all by this as she sleeps a lot. I’ve never had a baby that I had to wake up to eat, but with Nina I’ve had to wake her up. It’s so funny that with all the boys I’ve wished they’d just sleep, really begged for them to sleep more then a few minutes. Now with Nina I’ve wished for her to wake up and eat! I’m not complaining about those 3-4 hour sleep stretches I’m get at night though. Nina started smiling, especially at her big brother Augustine who as he says “loves the baby”. Her eyes seem to getting lighter and I think they’ll remain blue. We are truly blest to have Nina in our family. She was not having her 1 month photo shoot, insisting on rolling on her side or crying every time I put her down. I got a couple shots the next day that she cooperated better.

The smallest smile

Nina Margaret

Nina Margaret was born May 17th (her Grandma Meyers Birthday) at 4:25am. She weighed 7lbs 13 oz. and was 20 in. long. The name Nina in Hebrew means “God’s grace”. Margaret was David’s paternal grandmother’s name and Marguerite (a variation of Margaret) was my paternal grandmother’s name. David and I also met for the first time at a church named St. Margaret Mary’s. The boys were so excited to meet their little sister. I’m hoping to write her birth story and do monthly pictures/posts on the blog. For now here are pictures from the newborn session I did.

This chest was my grandma’s and I was so happy to be able to use it for Nina.
Grandma Riederer knitted the blanket for Nina.
Outtake
We got the boys in on the pictures as well. That’s their best “tough guy” face. I wore these shoes some 30 years ago.

Lego Party

So much for blogging more. As indicated in the previous video we are expecting a baby due to arrive in May. I’ve felt like I was in survival mode for the last several months with extreme morning sickness and then back pain started in. This blog became a very low priority but I’d like to get at least one post up before this baby arrives in just a few weeks.

We had another triple birthday party for the boys back in August with a Lego theme and everything was awesome. We had friends and family come over for food, cake, games, and a balloon drop. Oliver, Isaac, and Augustine had a great day and we are so blessed to celebrate their lives!

Lego Gummy Party Favors
Happy Birthday Boys! We love you!

DISNEY WORLD 2019

We had been talking about making a trip to Disney World for several months but for one reason or another it kept getting pushed aside. In April, we finally decided to make a trip happen before Augustine turned 3 (because he’s free) so we booked a trip to go the day after school wrapped up for the year.

Around Easter time we told the boys we were going to Disney World with Mickey outfits and their Magicbands. They were not very surprised by the announcement since we had been hinting/talking about Disney World in front of them for weeks prior, but they were very excited. We had them watch some videos of Disney World rides so they had an idea of what they were in for.

Anna joined us for the trip and we left at 4 am on Saturday May 18th to get to Orlando.

We made a couple of stops along the way and arrived just in time for the vigil Mass at the church that David and I met for the very first time 9 years ago!

After Mass we went to two of my favorite places that I went to the year I lived in Florida and they were right next to each other. I was already having the best trip ever!

We got to our hotel with enough time to brush teeth and go to bed. The next day we checked out of that hotel and checked into our Disney World resort suite where we’d stay for the next 4 nights. We brought all our bags to the room and then caught the next bus to our first park of the trip: Epcot.

Augustine was too short to ride a lot of rides at the parks but they had a rider swap option that allowed for one adult to stay with Augustine and the other adults took Isaac and Oliver on the ride and then switch. That meant that on most of the rides Oliver and Isaac got to go twice, which they loved. Up first was Test Track, which ended up being one of the favorites of the entire trip.

All Ready for Day 1
Isaac and Papa on Test Track
Gus and I waiting for everyone on Test Track
Then I got to take the boys on the ride

We went on a couple more rides and then went to have a character lunch. This was the only character meal that we did on our trip. While eating lunch, characters will come around to the tables to interact and take pictures. The boys enjoyed seeing Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale, but that also meant not a lot of eating took place.

We did a couple more rides after lunch and then walked around the World Showcase before heading back to the resort for dinner in the room and getting to bed because the next day was going to be an early one.

Day 2’s Park was Animal Kingdom and we had the ability to get there early before the park officially opened. This time ended up being spent in line for a Pandora ride that only Oliver was tall enough to ride and I think that set the day off on the wrong foot. Oliver got sick of standing in line and Isaac and Augustine got bored waiting to go to another ride. After lunchtime we were able to all enjoy the Safari ride but the boys were hot and tired so we decided to leave this park by mid-day so we could enjoy the resort’s pool.

Waiting in Line at Pandora
Safari Ride
Even with slushies everyone was ready to head out

Anna offered to get the boys dinner at the hotel and put them to bed so that David and I could go back to Animal Kingdom for dinner and the evening lights and water show.

Kids Free

Day 3 was spent at Magic Kingdom. This was the park that Augustine could ride most of the rides so we did a lot of them.

Riding Dumbo
A lunch break that included watching a squirrel hiding nuts
Afternoon beverage
This was another favorite ride, Buzz Lightyear: Spaceranger

We were wiped out by suppertime so we again headed back to the resort for food and swimming.

Day 4 was spent at Hollywood Studios. We really wanted to let the boys see at least one of the night time shows so we planned on only staying until lunchtime and then took an afternoon rest at the hotel.

Gus really liked the rides, he didn’t understand why he could go on all of them
Donut Break
Mama’s favorite ride (Oliver wasn’t a fan)
But he smiled anyway
On the bus back to the resort

After a nice break we felt rested and ready to return to the park for another couple of rides, dinner, and then Fantasmic!

Isaac absolutely loved this show. He tells everyone it was the best part of Disney and he still listens to the soundtrack for the show on the Amazon Echo. He only lasted a few minutes after the show ended before falling asleep. All that excitement will make a little one tired.

The morning of our last day at Disney we packed up our stuff and checked out of the resort. We then spent our final day back at Magic Kingdom.

We stayed at the Art of Animation Resort and in a Cars themed suite. They boys thought that was awesome.

We spent the morning on rides that we hadn’t been on from the first day and then in the afternoon we went back to some of the boys’ favorites. Before leaving Disney World we let the boys each pick out something from the gift shop.

Thunder Mountain
Anna took the boys on the tea cups because neither David or I like those spinning type rides.

It was a hot trip (but it could have been hotter). The parks were crowded (but they could have been more crowded). All in all it was a really great trip. The boys had the best time and ask all the time when we’re going back (not for a very long time). I’m so glad we were able to make the trip happen. It was a great way to start the summer and when we got back home we were able to take it easy until the summer birthday season began!

Below are pictures that were taken either by Disney Cast Members or on the rides themselves.

Ready, Set, GO! (one year later)

I’ve been a terrible blogger. I ran into some issues with a post over a year ago and just never got back to it. I’ve started planning the boys’ triple Birthday Party for this year and just couldn’t move forward with it until last year’s party was posted to the blog. A year ago we had a Race Car/Stoplight themed triple birthday party for the boys. Oliver turning 6, Isaac 4, and Augustine 2. We had a great day and I loved looking back at these pictures when I was getting this post put together. I’m going to try and get some other posts up during these summer months when things seem just a little bit less busy. We shall see.

It’s Racing Day at the Riederer House
This was an easy decoration I did on all the tables: black plastic table cloth and taped yellow construction paper
David made a stoplight beanbag toss
Rice Krispie Treat Stoplights for the party favors
I even had the stoplight theme going with the fruit and utensils.
I wanted to give the boys each their own section of one cake and I was happy with how number racetrack turned out.
Very happy boys
Happy Birthday Oliver, Isaac, and Augustine. We love you boys so much!

We listed our house for sale the very same day as this party. Long story short this year’s party will take place in this house again. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about what this last year has been like with three children and a house needing to stay show ready ALL THE TIME. Then again maybe the next post will be this year’s Lego Party because Everything Is Awesome!

New Camera and Have I Lost My Mind?

I need some help from anyone who has kept up with this blog. I am 99.99999% sure that I wrote AND posted a blog at the end of 2017 recapping the year. I basically had a bunch of pictures and then wished everyone a Merry Christmas and New Year. I remember publishing this post and it’s disappeared. Someone asked me if I had written a blog recently and when I went to our website to show them the latest post the last one is “Paw Party” posted back in August. Can anyone tell me if they saw a more recent post then that in the last few months. There are no signs of this post and now I’m wondering if it was all in my head. Anyways, moving on…

After several years of talking about getting a nicer digital camera, but always just resorting to taking pictures with our phones, we found a good deal and bought one. David and I figured out how to use the camera once the boys were in bed on Thursday night and Friday morning I took pictures of the boys soon after each one woke up.

Then later that day the boys and I went outside for more picture taking. They really wanted to get a picture of the bees in our flower bush and after several attempts I got one. Do you see it?

On Saturday the weather was perfect so we headed to a park for a picnic, kite flying, and a walk.

Isaac is too tired to walk anymore

We found a lone crab

And two ducks

I’m sure this blog will be filled with more pictures from this new camera as the years go by!

 

P.S. Leave a comment if you remember seeing a post finishing the 2017 year or if you think I need to be getting more sleep since you never saw such a post.

 

Paw Party!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Oliver’s 5th and Isaac’s 3rd Birthdays. It worked well to combined them last year so we did it again this year. Maybe next year we’ll combine all three boys’ parties into one? Oliver and Isaac have been into the TV show Paw Patrol so that was the theme and it was a hit. We had Paw Patrol decorated cakes, games, balloons, masks, stickers, etc. Even the gifts that guests brought followed the Paw Patrol theme. The boys loved having friends and family come over to celebrate their birthdays and we loved see the joy on their faces. Now for the pictures…

The Birthday Boys
The Birthday Boys

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Balloon drop ready to go
Balloon drop ready to go

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Oliver's Marshall Cake
Oliver’s Marshall Cake

Isaac's Chase Cake
Isaac’s Chase Cake

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVER AND ISAAC
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVER AND ISAAC