Saturday, March 31, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 31, 2018 at 05:12PM

There are obvious benefits to having a birthday so close to Easter. Cadbury egg birthday cupcakes are one of them. 🐰πŸ₯🌷πŸ₯šπŸŽ‚

Instagram Pic: March 31, 2018 at 04:48PM

Declan is 6 today! It's hard to believe this guy will be in first grade next school year and that he's the older brother to three younger siblings now! What a blessing he's been in our lives these years. Always trying to get people laughing with a joke, a silly face, or a funny antic. We love our Declan dude! πŸ’™ #declanjamesranem #sixyearsold

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 28, 2018 at 02:14PM

It feels like spring! πŸ€— I'm going to go ahead and ignore the snow forecasted for the weekend and bask in this glorious 51 degree Minnesota spring day! 🌷🌞

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 27, 2018 at 04:24PM

"Hey mom, like my new hair?" πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Monday, March 26, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 26, 2018 at 01:53PM

I don't stop and acknowledge it nearly as often as I should, but I am so thankful for my babies. We've had some tough days, some very exhausting days, and some days that I wished for bedtime before breakfast was over. But God gave us these little people to parent, to love, to teach, to snuggle even when the days aren't easy. And I know that I complain so much more than rejoice in these precious gifts God has given that I do not deserve. So today I am thankful. πŸ’™πŸ’™

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 22, 2018 at 01:31PM

When your oldest baby is now old enough to carry around your youngest baby. 😭😍 She actually rocked him to sleep while I finished making lunch. I'm just going to be over here crying into my coffee now. 😭😭😭😭😭😭

Monday, March 19, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 19, 2018 at 08:30PM

We officially have a two year old! Astrid's been the most independent of all of the kids, always wanting to be like the big kids and do what they're doing, but she's also the most cuddly. She loves pancakes, babies, Anna and Elsa and all the Frozen songs, doing everything just like her big siblings, holding and giving baby brother kisses, hugs, snacks, singing, and going outside. We're so thankful for this little girl! πŸ’œ #astridevangeline

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 17, 2018 at 07:18PM

This is what having fun on a Minnesota spring day looks like. . . . #mnspring #mnweather #mud #letthembelittle #playoutside

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 14, 2018 at 05:24PM

They happened to be wearing coordinating little/big brother shirts so of course we had to document it. Now we just need a "middle brother" shirt for Oscar. πŸ˜„

Instagram Pic: March 14, 2018 at 04:40PM

Feeling a little off today most likely because I didn't get much sleep last night or nearly enough coffee today. Also, I've mostly eaten puppy chow as my main sustenance for the day. 😬 But this sunshine, warm weather, and the fact that the kids have been able to play outside on their scooters for a while is helping change my mood and counteract the burning sensation in my eyes just a bit. 😴😜 #honestmotherhood #lookatthatbabythough #momof5

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 11, 2018 at 10:49PM

First bath tonight went well, which has never been the case for any of our babies. The rest of our kids basically hated the bath until they could sit up in the tub themselves. Fenton loved every minute of it and only cried when we took him out. πŸ’¦πŸ›€πŸ»πŸŸ #fentonleo

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Finished the chairs last night with this new paint called fusion mineral paint. I did a decent amount of research on paint because I knew with seven people using and abusing these on the regular it needed to hold up well and be easy to clean. They don't sell it at hardware stores so I had to hunt it down at a little shop in Stillwater that happened to sell it. I didn't have to sand the chairs first (although I did scuff them up just a bit) and it went on really nice so now we'll see how it holds up!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 09, 2018 at 04:48PM

It literally just hit me that this guy is one month old today! How?! I feel like he was just born and I blinked and now he's one month. 😭😭😭❤️❤️ . . . #fentonleo #onemonthold #newborn

Instagram Pic: March 09, 2018 at 01:41PM

Poor guy had a rough afternoon yesterday after his lip/tongue tie revisions. πŸ™Thankfully he's doing much better today, nursing like a champ, and seems content sleeping the day away. 😴

Monday, March 5, 2018

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This picture. πŸ˜‚❤️ She's like, "I don't even care that you're crying, I'm here for you buddy."

Instagram Pic: March 05, 2018 at 10:53AM

Back to school today on this soon to be very snowy day. ❄️ . . . #homeschool #ranemschoolhouse #newbornlife #homeschoollife

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Instagram Pic: March 04, 2018 at 02:51PM

I *had to* sneak in the bedroom and get this pic just to prove that I'm not hogging baby the entire day. . . #mostofthedaythough #canthelpit #newborn #newbornlife #momoffive #dadlife

Saturday, March 3, 2018

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I may have an extra set of bags under my eyes now, haven't showered very often lately, my brain is a bit foggy these days, and I just recovered from a nasty bout of mastitis. But I am so thankful for church family, friends, family, and neighbors who have brought us numerous meals, family who have helped us and taken care of us and our kids so well, for wonderful midwives who have been along this journey with us from the beginning, and for an amazing and selfless husband who loves and serves our family each day. . . . #thankful #ittakesavillage #momoffive #newbornlife #reallifeparenting