June 22, 2014

A Trip to Michigan

We spent the last week and a half of May in Michigan. Phil's sister Emily got married and we decided to make a long trip of it. We hadn't been home since September and wanted to make sure Joel spent time with all of his grandparents. He has 9 great grandparents and 5 grandparents. He saw all of them except 3 this trip. Millie was able to finally meet all of her aunts and uncles and some great grandparents. It was a wonderful time of introducing Joel to some of our favorite childhood memories and spending time with family. The trip finished with a beautiful outdoor Michigan wedding. We are so excited to have Jermell as part of the family! Here are some picture highlights of our trip:

Historic Train ride in Coopersville, MI. The town where daddy grew up.

MK and mommy

Philip's grandparents at the blueberry farm

@ the blueberry farm aka our happy place

Favorite ice cream spot in Holland

All ready for the beach

@ Grandpa Scott and Grandma Jills with "baby" the horse

Wearing great grandpa Ted's shoes and hat

Kensington Metro Park Farm - Mommy's favorite childhood memory

With Grace, our flower girl

Bubbles with Joel's "cousins"

Taking MK for a ride around the mall

MK and Grandpa Ski
1st trip to the beach, Tunnel Park, Holland MI

Learning the Travis family pancake recipe

4 generations
Happy wedding Aunt Emily

MK's first time swimming

June 11, 2014

MK :: 6 months old

Our sweet Millie Kate is turning 6 months old tomorrow. I cannot believe how fast time is going. We were not expecting to have another baby so soon after Joel but we couldn't imagine our lives any other way. Millie has been such a wonderful addition to our family. I cried and prayed and cried and prayed some more when I found out I was expecting her. I asked God for an easy baby because I was already feeling overwhelmed raising my then 14 month old who still wasn't sleeping through the night. Well God heard my pray and answered it in a big big way. Millie is the happiest, most easy going baby ever. She always has a smile for you, even if she has just met you. She has slept through the night since 3 weeks old! We can't wait to see how God uses her sweet nature to bless others in His kingdom.

at her 4 month appointment she was 11.6 pounds.We go to the doctor next week for her 6 month appointment. All I know is she is tiny.

- Tried baby food for the first time this past month. Started with carrots and she wasn't a fan. We moved on to sweet potatoes and they are her new love. She ate 2 tsps. tonight.
- Benn rolling over for about a month back to tummy
- Practicing siting up
- We started playing in our exersaucer and we love it.
- being left alone
- taking baths
- not being able to go to sleep exactly at the moment she wants to at night
- the ergo baby carrier
- her tag blanket
- watching her big brother
- storytime
- chewing on Sophie the giraffe

June 5, 2014

Mothers Day 2014

Weekends in May were non existent. That is to say they happened but they didn't feel restful at all. The Travis family was on the for every single weekend throughout the month of May. Motehers day weekend was no exception. When Phil asked me where I wanted to eat for Mothers day I said HOME and we did just that.

We spent the afternoon grilling out. Chicken and Asparagus. I made homemade french fries and iced coffee. We sat out on the deck and enjoyed our meal. Joel played in the yard and then both kids napped leaving some time for Phil and I to just sit and relax before heading to evening services at church.

Here are some picture from the day!


April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Here is a picture story of our wonderful Easter weekend.
Started the weekend with a 4 mile walk in the new stroller. LOVE it!
The local zoo opened this weekend. Joel was pretty excited about the "big" turtle. It is so much more fun now that he can name the animals! We look forward to many more visits.
I don't have any pictures but we spent the rest of Saturday at Leadership Training for Christ in Indianapolis with several of our youth group students. They did an excellent job using their gifts to glorify Jesus.

Sunday was full of church, family and food. We even got to hear daddy preach. Here are a few pictures from Easter Sunday.

Joel - 2 years old

Millie Kate - 4 months

sibling love :)

Joel got a piggy bank for Easter. He was very excited!
MKs favorite way to sit on the couch.

Ended the weekend with a trip to the park in 75 degree weather. Big brother wanted sister to race him down the slide.

April 1, 2014

Brother Sister Love

I love watching Joel and Millie interact. Sure Millie really doesn't do much but smile at Joel but it is adorable. Joel is really starting to show an interest in Millie and it is really fun. Here are just a few examples:

  • Yesterday we went outside to play while Millie was upstairs taking her morning nap. When we got to the door Joel yelled back inside "bye Millie".
  • Whenever I am buckling Joel in the car and Millie isn't in there he points to her seat and says "Millie?" in a sad tone.
  • He sometimes doesn't know where she is like if she is napping or in her swing and he says "Where are you Millie?"
  • He loves to hold her hand.
  • He loves to lay next to her on the couch or play mat
  • Occasionally he asks to hold her
  • He gives her kisses, or slams his forehead in to hers, however you want to interpet that loving gesture :) 
  • He shares his taggie, drinks, play food, toys with her
  • He wants her to "Come Me" with him when he leaves the room and she doesn't
Tonight was by far the cutest thing that has happaned to date. I left the two of them in his room while I went to get something for bedtime routine out of the bathroom. When I came back he had his favorite library book propped up and was reading to Millie. When I walked in he announced this to me with a HUGE grin on his face. It melted my heart! I can't wait for him to share his love of reading with Millie. I prayer for them to love  and for him to adjust to being a big brother and I think both of those prayers have been answered. I can't wait to watch them continue to develop a relationship with one another.

Here are a few pictures of the two of them together:

March 26, 2014

Mega Update

I am not going to apologize for not updating because that would imply that I ever inteded to actually keep up my blog on a regular basis which I did not because, you see, I try not to make promises I can't keep and that would be one I couldn't keep. Before Joel was born I started a journal, a letter to him. I don't know if he will ever want to read it but I write in it several times a week whenever he does something cute, funny or monumental that I want to keep track of. It serves as his baby book because even I am not organized to keep one of those up to date.

It has been 8 months since I updated this blog..and in that time a lot has changed. Our family has grown, we now have a beautiful baby girl named Millie Kate. I have officially become a stay at home mommy and will soon drive a minivan and I couldn't be more excited about it. I work very part time for a blog called KitchenStewardship.com and starting in June I will be caring for another little baby while his mommy and daddy work.

Joel is now two years old. He is an absolute blast! He is caring, funny, and pretty outgoing. He loves to sing, read books and play baseball. He adores his daddy and is starting to really adore his baby sister.

Millie Kate is now 3 months old! The time with her is just flying by. Phil and I are both trying to be more intentional about having quiet time with her. With a toddler around it can be easy to just lay her on the floor next to us while we play and not spend time interacting with her. She loves to be smiled at and talked to so we are really trying to have those moments with her. Balancing two kids is not easy but we wouldn't change it. We love watching Joel interact with her and so far he has adjusted well to his big brother role.

Phil's job has also changed and he is now the youth minister at our church working with middle and high school students and their parents. It has been different but in a good way. We absolutely love the families we work with and are enjoying coming alongside them in raising their kids to love and serve the Lord.

Here are a few pictures of our family from the last three months. Enjoy!
Introducing Millie Kate born in December 2013

Family of Four

We LOVE coloring!

Trying to get a good Christmas picture with 2 under 2....

Merry Christmas from the Travis Family!

First Smiles :)

Took Joel to the Shedd Aquarium for his 2nd birthday. He loved it!

Joel is 2 - February 2014

Brother and Sister :)

Millie Kate is 3 months old - March 2014