Harlow at 11 months

It’s hard to believe that next month we’ll be celebrating Harlow’s first birthday – I swear it goes faster with each child.  Where is Harlow at 11 months?

She is walking, running, jumping, and wrestling like her brothers and keeps up with them pretty well.  Harlow crawled at 7 months and started walking on Father’s Day – she was 9 1/2 months old and our fastest walker.  Honestly, the boys try to ride her like a puppy so she had to start walking quick – being upright was a matter of survival!

Harlow still has just a touch of peach fuzz and is in the 95th percentile for height and something like the 80th percentile for weight – she’s in 12-18 month clothes and can sometimes fit in bigger sizes.  She says “Dada” “Mama” and “Emma” but is pretty good at getting her point across without words.  There is such a big difference between boys and girls – this girl is a DIVA.  I hate that word but, truly, there is no other description.  She loves her daddy best of all and does whatever she has to do to get his attention.





Speaking of, is this not the classic Justin Parish “what? there’s a camera around?” look?  Mercy.  <3


Harlow is 6 months old!


6 months old = a baby that can get into her cake before you have a chance to snap a picture.

Big Brother Love

Can you guess who Harlow’s favorite person in the family is?

I’ll give you a hint: it was Weston’s favorite person, too.

Jaden sure has a way with babies.


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This girl LOVES her big brothers.  Weston will talk to her every now and then but is pretty ambivalent about her right now.  But Harlow LOVES when Jaden pays attention to her.  He pats her head and says “hi” in a funny voice and Harlow just goes nuts.  She grins bigger for Jaden than for anybody and he always turns her attitude around if she’s cranky.  She is crazy about him!

A little February for you

It is February in Illinois and, by far, the coldest winter anybody in our family has ever experienced.  We haven’t had much time for blogging, but here’s a quick snapshot into our days.


Playing with their Jake match game:

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A rare shot of our crazy crew:

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Miss Blue Eyes is growing faster than ever!

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Jaden is learning to play independently and likes to make patterns and shapes out of his match game cards.



The younger (and tamer) two sometimes hop into the bath together:



While Jaden shaves.




OH, Friends.

We are SO bad at updating this little piece of the internet.  It might have something to do with having 3 kids and running a business but we are just consistently awful at keeping this website in order.

Forgive us?

Here’s a teeny update.

A couple of weeks ago, Justin & I had the pleasure of a week without kids in Las Vegas.  Justin’s parents came to Normal to love on our kids while we had a bliss-filled vacation, just the two of us.  It was wonderful.  It was not so wonderful for Johnny & Rita who had to deal with 3 kids and a nasty stomach virus complete with puking and the hershey squirts.  Yuck.  Sorry, guys.

Justin & I had some amazing dinners, saw some incredible shows, did too much shopping, played slots, and lost money at the blackjack table.  We also stayed out late, slept later, and reconnected as a couple.  After 3 kids in 4 years, it was just what the doctor ordered.  Here is a snapshot into our time in Vegas:


We used the $20 trick and were upgraded to a sweet suite at Caesar’s Palace.  Complete with a jetted jacuzzi, marble everything, a huge sitting area, and a view of the pools.

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Oh yes, we saw Rod Stewart!  And he was actually pretty awesome.  We had a blast.

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The view outside our hotel.


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The Beatles Cirque de Soliel was the most incredible show we have ever seen.  From the opening sequence we both sat with our mouths wide open.

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Did you know that in Vegas there is a huge Coke store where you can sample different Cokes from around the world?  We would NOT recommend Beverly from Italy.

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Halloween 2013

Well folks, it’s 8:17 and our kids are in bed, coming down from their collective sugar rush.  We had a pretty excellent Halloween and, just like that, it’s over.  🙂

I made all of our family’s costumes this year – the boys have been crazy about Jake and the Neverland Pirates so we all went as characters from that show.  The boys went as Jake & Cubbie while Justin & I went as Captain Hook and Peter Pan.  Harlow wore a sweet little sleeper from her Aunt Emma and a teeny tiny witch hat.  She was pretty darn cute.

We invited the families from our small group over and had a little party with plenty of pizza and cupcakes.  It was rainy all day today but we managed to get out and do a little trick or treating during a break in the drizzle.  After going to a few houses the rain picked back up so we headed home.  Justin went back out with Jaden and went to all of the houses around the block.  They came back proudly bearing a treasure chest full of candy.  DSC_1297




























Big News on the Homefront

We made it to church today as a family of FIVE!

Got the boys dropped off in Sunday School and sat down with 5 minutes to spare.

Parenting WIN.  It’s definitely not easy getting out with 3 crazy little kids, but we’re starting to get the hang of it.  Last night we made it into Target and Barnes & Noble without losing anybody or our minds.


Sorry for the lack of updates, we’ve been a little bit busy. :)

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Snow Day

A week – SEVEN DAYS before Easter – this was our backyard:

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Easter 2013


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