Saturday, December 29, 2018

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Those big brown eyes and chubby cheeks. 😍😍 #fentonleo #andthoseteeth

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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Putting away the Christmas decor is always bittersweet. Knowing this season of advent has come to a close, but then clearing out the house and shelves and spaces feels very refreshing. We try to put things away early as a fresh start for the new year and because Emery’s birthday is in early January. ❄️ #untilnextyear

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When your big brothers and sisters go outside without you. 😒 ❄️⛄️❄️⛄️

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14 ❤️

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⭐️ Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!! ⭐️ #ranemchristmas #christmas2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

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πŸŽ„Two more sleeps until Christmas!πŸŽ„I’m so excited. πŸ€—

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Went out with this crew (and Fenton, of course) and met a few friends to see the holiday flower display at the Como Conservatory and zoo. Seeing the monkeys and polar bear were an added bonus. πŸ’ #advent #adventday19 #comozoo #apparentlywelikeblue

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It’s amazing how much faster the holiday baking goes when you have help! My mom and sister and I made a few different Christmas cookies yesterday and, let’s just say I would still be baking now if they had not come over and worked their cookie baking magic. πŸ˜† #advent #christmascookies #adventday18

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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It doesn’t get a whole lot cuter than this. πŸ˜πŸ’— #fentonleo #10months

Friday, December 14, 2018

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I know I post a lot of sleeping baby pics and this guy basically lives in these overalls (because he’s a chubby fellow who is also crawling and climbing and moving everywhere fast.) But, he’s already 10 months old (😨😭) and pretty soon it’ll be harder and harder to snap these sweet shots of him sleeping like a little cherub, so I’m not stopping until I have to. On that note, he actually napped for 3.5 solid hours without waking up once! Must be the magic of Friday. 🀷🏻‍♀️ #ihadtimetodrinkmycoffee #itsagoodday #friday #sleepbaby

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Let’s be honest, this is how we all feel when eating candy cane oreos with a glass of milk. #mmmm #sogood

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Our regular scheduled advent plans were cancelled because I woke up with pink eye (😳☹️), so we got to make our lavender scented beeswax candles this morning instead and plan to watch The Snowy Day next. πŸ•― ❄️ #itallworksout #plusitsmellsgoodinhere #advent #day11

Monday, December 10, 2018

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‘Tis the season when I have a double batch of sugar cookie dough in the fridge ready to be rolled and baked and decorated, candle pouring and dipping supplies on the counter, multiple school projects spread out on the kitchen table to be finished, and a dozen other things to get done this week. But also zero motivation to get to any of them. There should be some sort of end of the year energy boost (other than that third cup of coffee) you can tap into, no?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Our sweet, cuddly, forever hugging and kissing, thoughtful, kind, generous, always willing to share what he has, silly, easy going, happy Oscar turned 5 today! We love him so much and we’re so thankful God made this little person a part of our family five years ago today. πŸ’™ #oscardanielranem #fiveyearsold

Monday, December 3, 2018

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Dec 3: We had a rough night. Fenton decided to be wide awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, Declan didn’t feel good so he slept with us then threw up in our bed and all over the floor, and I’ve had a nasty head cold for five days now. To say we’re a bit tired would be an understatement. But right this second all the kids are quietly napping or playing and I’m sitting here enjoying this cozy candlelight under a warm blanket. This advent season I’m thankful for the God who helps us get through these tired days, for little moments of rest, and for a husband who works from home. 😷😴

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

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Just over here making all the Christmas crafts on this Friday night. πŸŽ„✨☃️

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Warning: long post ahead. 😬 I love being a mama. When I was little and people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I almost always said I wanted to be a mom and have 12 kids. No joke. And now that we have five kids, I’m not going to lie, I absolutely LOVE it, but it’s not always roses and butterflies around here. The other day I jokingly told Dustin that the fifth child broke us because we’ve been feeling emotionally and physically drained basically everyday since this guys’ birth πŸ‘†. With four kids it seemed we could still keep our heads above water, things usually got done on time, I got around to dusting and wiping the floors more than once a month (πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ), and I could keep up with the laundry. Then number five came along and everything was survival mode, as it usually is for a little while with a newborn, but I think we’ve been in that survival mode for what seems like an awfully long time now. That’s not to say that we don’t have easy days and lots and lots of wonderful moments and I wouldn’t trade this life with anyone, ever. But, ya know, I just want to be honest and say that it’s usually very loud over here, I’m not always patient with my kids, there are lots of messes, lots of laundry, and I am tired pretty much constantly! Social media sometimes can be deceiving because we don’t usually post our most difficult moments, crabby kids (crabby mom), or piles of messes. But those things exist! I read in a book a few years ago that when you feel like you’re at a 10/10 chaotic and stress level for a while then you may need to reset and make that 10 your new 1. So if you’re in the same spot as I am I just want you to know you’re not alone and we all just might need a reset for a while! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ever want to wish these little years away because I love them SO much and I know I’ll look back and give everything to get these days back. The squishy cheeks, the couch cuddles, the noises, the messy faces, the chaos, the toys everywhere, all of it. But I think it’s ok to feel two things at once... (continued in comments) πŸ‘‡

Monday, November 26, 2018

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We finished putting up the final Christmas decorations, I’m *almost* done with the Christmas shopping, and we’re already on our second carton of egg nog (mostly my fault 😬) and it’s still November. πŸ™Œ Now, if we could just get this school semester wrapped up before winter break that would be great! . . . . #homeschool #homeschoollife #homeschoolmom

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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I’m so thankful that her favorite things right now are books, American girl dolls, and calico critters because she looks so grown up in this picture and I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for her to grow up. 😭 #emeryesther

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Can I just hit pause on this age right here?? 😍😭😴 . #ninemonths #fentonleo #babiesdontkeep #momentslikethese

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Planning and organizing the advent activities for the season is one of my favorite things about this time of year. πŸŽ„✨☃️❄️

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Post mashed potato, turkey, wild rice, and cranberries nap. πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜΄

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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It just wouldn’t be the day before a major holiday if not for last minute hair cuts all around. πŸ˜†πŸ€¦πŸ»‍♀️✂️

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Let the Holiday baking begin! πŸ¦ƒπŸŽ„πŸ₯§πŸΎ #tistheseason #thanksgiving #thankfulforthesepeople

Monday, November 19, 2018

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We mostly emptied this front space yesterday so we can fill it up with all things Christmas on Friday. I honestly wasn’t thrilled about taking the boxes out and putting everything up this year for whatever reason, but then we’ve had quite a few dreary, cold, and gray days lately so some twinkle lights, Christmas music, and all the other festive additions sound pretty okay right now. πŸŽ„✨

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Today we are rearranging the house to make room for a Christmas tree and all of the seasonal things + emptying flower pots and winterizing the yard...a tiny bit late (πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ). Can someone tell me how it is almost Thanksgiving?? πŸ¦ƒ

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Emery set him next to her side with a book and asked me to take their picture. One book worm + one soon to be book worm? πŸ“šπŸ˜ . Also, side note: She just started reading the Harry Potter series last week and she’s now partway through book two. Would you let your almost 9 year old read all of the books on her own, only let her read through the first three (more mild) books and wait on the last four until she’s a couple years older, or read the last four with her? πŸ€”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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πŸ’— these morning moments in our bed. So many little bodies and arms and toes and rosy cheeks and wet kisses and snuggly bed-heads all squashed and cozy together. πŸ˜΄πŸ’•

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Making sesame biscuits for our history project today. Except we were out of sesame seeds so we made them into parmesan biscuits. πŸ˜†πŸ€·πŸ»‍♀️ #homeschoollife

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Morning fuzz-head baby. 🌀 This guy finally started real crawling yesterday, he started sitting up in his crib and pulling himself up (time to put the crib setting down!), and got his fifth tooth, which also means I have a fresh open wound from those sharp chompers (😫). #9monthsold #alittlelate #fentonleo

Monday, November 12, 2018

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Another day, another sleeping baby. 😴 . #sleepingbabies #cantgetenough #cantstopwontstop #thesearethedays #motherhoodsimplified

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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We had some family pictures taken by the amazing @victoriaconnersphotography and I’m so excited to finally get some pictures of all seven of us framed and up on our wall!

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✨Soaking up every last ounce of this✨

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Grandma teaching Emery some embroidery stitches yesterday. πŸ’—

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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These two little buddies. πŸ’›πŸ’›Just hanging out at grandma and grandpa’s and hoping Daisy pup comes by to say hello. 🐢

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I don’t know about the rest of you but I think babies are the easiest age. Sure they keep you up at night and require lots of feeding and rocking and holding during the day. And most of my babies haven’t even been the most easygoing infants. But they also don’t talk back, don’t eat three bowls of oatmeal and seven pieces of bacon and then want a snack immediately after, they make much smaller messes, they take naps, they are quieter, and they are the squishiest!!! (Ok, maybe that last part doesn’t matter.) Of course I love all of my kids at every age and stage but I do think the baby stage is the easiest of all the stages so far. Who’s with me? . #babies #9months #thesearethedays #joyfulmamas

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Oscar made it home from co-op, Fenton woke up, and now we’re reading a library book before Astrid takes her nap. I love these days. #onedayhh

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Running a quick post office and library errand with this little lady as Fenton naps (dad’s at home working πŸ˜‰). #onedayhh

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Dustin brought the oldest three to co-op, so I get to hang out with these two for the morning. Coloring, some morning dancing, laundry, breakfast clean up, and coffee will be happening soon. 9:00am #onedayhh

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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A quick picture from this morning of these two babies. I want to remember these two exactly like this, all squishy in their pjs, because too soon they won’t be babies anymore and I just can’t handle that thought. And if they look about the same size it’s because they are...almost the same size. #chubbybabiesarethebest #nomnom #everydaymoments #joyfulmamas #thesearethedays

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A quick picture from this morning of these two babies. I want to remember these two exactly like this, all squishy in their pjs, because too soon they won’t be babies anymore and I just can’t handle that thought. And if they look about the same size it’s because they are...almost the same size. #chubbybabiesarethebest #nomnom #everydaymoments #joyfulmamas #thesearethedays

Sunday, November 4, 2018

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It’s cold and sort of snow/raining today as we made our way into and out of church. These days I’m so thankful for a cozy home to get back to, a warm meal, and friends and family to spend time with. #sundays

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Just a couple brothers drawing chalk robots. πŸ€– πŸ€–πŸ§‘

Friday, November 2, 2018

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These two blonde/blue-eyed babes seem to look more and more alike everyday. Especially when they happen to both be wearing stripes and overalls. 😘 #astridevangeline #oscardanielranem

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Dustin and I went on a late birthday date to some of our favorite places today. Of course that included a stop for coffee. 😍☕️

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

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Me: “Hey boys, let me take a picture of you together!” Them: πŸ‘†(all 15 takes) . #everytime #brothers #nevernotmoving