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One of the best things about living so close to all of my family is that my kids get to be around their cousins so much.  There is rarely a weekend that goes by without the cousins all seeing each other.  Last weekend, while my oldest nephew celebrated his 11th (!) birthday with his friends, his little brothers came over for a sleepover at our house.  They all had so much fun together, and I was reminded, once again, why I will never, ever have four children. 🙂







Those last two were included simply because they show off the kids’ newly divided bedrooms.  Evie finally gets to have some girly decor in her room and Zach is simply thrilled that he no longer has to share a room with his little sister.  He was also pretty pleased that I finally caved and decided to let him have a TV in his room hooked up to the Game Cube.

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The Best of Friends

I knew it would happen one day, I just assumed it was still a ways off…a long ways off.  It happened without me even really noticing at first.  I had been working all day cleaning out my closet and dresser, doing laundry, and just general house cleaning type of stuff.  I finally decided I was done for the day and sat down in my comfy chair to relax for a bit.  There I was minding my own business when I realized there were no little people in the room, just me and Hubby.

It was so QUIET.

It was quiet in a way that seemed so wrong, yet so right at the same time. I heard some giggles coming from the back of the house, but that didn’t ruin my moment of pure bliss.  It was then that I realized my two kids were in the  bedroom playing together.  Evie, who is usually contained to the living room/playroom area by baby gates had escaped and gone back to watch TV with her brother.

They were playing and laughing and having the best time together. It’s not that they don’t play together, because they do all the time.  The difference was that there was no screaming or crying or fussing.  I didn’t have to jump up twenty times to see who was hurt or which one had stolen a toy from the other.  They were just having fun together.

I sat in the living room with Hubby just enjoying the sounds of my kids being not only brother and sister, but friends.  The fact that they were entertaining each other and not using me for a jungle gym or crying, “Mommy, Mommy, MOMMY!” was just icing on the cake.

It was one of those moments that reminds you just how worth it it all is.  All the day-to-day stuff just pushes itself away and isn’t so important.

Later that night, as I was putting Evie to bed,  Zach gave his sister a big hug and said, “Sissy, you’re my best friend!”  And my heart melted into a gigantic puddle of goo.

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I ♥ Faces – Week 30 – My Story In Photos

This week the ladies at I ♥ Faces are taking a break so instead they are asking participants to share stories about their summer. For me, this summer has been all about family. Not only have we spent a lot of time with extended family, but we’ve also tried to make time for our little family of four to bond. We’ve had a lot of fun, but the best part of it all has been watching my son and daughter move beyond just being siblings and become friends. Tonight, as they played in the floor before bedtime, Zachary hugged Evie and said, “You’re my best friend forever.” Then my heart melted into a puddle.










Don’t forget to check out the other summer stories over at I ♥ Faces!

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Sibling Love

You know what I love even more than my two kids?  My two kids together.


Evie worships her big brother right now.  If he’s in the room, she is most likely watching him.  She’ll start laughing out of nowhere and when I look up to see why, she’s always looking at him.  Other people can make her laugh, but no one can make her laugh as easily as Zach can.  All he has to do is look at her the right way or say something to her and she starts giggling.

Last night I was having a hard time getting Zach to bed so I took Evie with me and sat on the edge of his bed to talk for a few minutes.  Evie kept diving toward Zach so I decided to let her lay down with him for a couple minutes.  He wrapped his arms around her and they immediately started giggling together.  I grabbed the camera, snapped a few pics of them together, and then told Zach that it was time to go to sleep.  He got mad when I told him I was taking Evie away and begged me to let her sleep with him.  Of course I couldn’t let her, but it was still sweet that he wanted her with him.

The entire time I was pregnant with Evie I looked forward to these moments.  I love watching them together.  I can’t wait to watch them as they get older – laughing, telling secrets, and all those things that brothers and sisters do (even the fighting).  There is nothing I love in this world more than my kids and to see them loving each other is more than I could ever ask for.

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