Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Anna's 4th birthday

 Anna turned 4 on June 3rd. Her birthday is a little bit of a blur as her little brother was born a couple days before her birthday.  I only got a couple of pictures but still want to post a little on our little Anna.

Anna is our very determined, independent, energetic, sweet girl.  She is more of our methodical child who works very hard at things and doesn't always rush through things.  She loves doing puzzles and will try very hard to finish them on her own which takes patience. She is an all in type of girl...no in between.  She is either the most obedient/willing child or most sinful child.  When she is happy, she is super happy, and when she is mad/upset, she is super mad/upset.  She loves doing school with me and is already sounding out 3 letter words as she learned that with Emily.  She loves going to church, singing, playing with her siblings (usually!), and playing outside.  She is a very fun girl and just enjoys life.

I only found 3 pictures of her on her birthday which I was very sad about, but I know that things were very crazy on her birthday this year.  Next year should be better!

Anna on her birthday. So pretty in her dress.

Anna helped me make her birthday cake.  She is a great helper.
Best part about helping is licking the beaters!  
Anna, we love you so much and are thankful for you.  We pray that the Lord would draw you to Himself in salvation.  We are excited to see what this year brings for you!

The Birth Story of Micah James

Micah James Armstrong was born May 31st at 5:36 am. He weighed in at 8lbs 3oz and was 20 inches long. 
Micah James
Here is his birth story:

Memorial Day was May 30th, and we ended up going over to my parent's house for supper that evening. I was having contractions off and on that evening so I decided to go on a walk with my sister and friend.  I felt pretty uncomfortable during the walk, but the contractions were not consistent enough yet. I headed home to see what the the night would bring.  At 11:45pm, my water broke, and I was so glad that it was finally time to go to the hospital!

We got to the hospital about 12:45 (I had Tim stop at a Kwik Shop and get a Mountain Dew as he was pretty tired after being woken up to drive me to the hospital. I told him if he wanted pop to get it on the way...he took me up on that offer!).  They took me to the check in room where I waited about an hour to get taken to Labor and Delivery. I got my IV (It took 3 pricks to get it in. I was in tears as I hate IV's.)  At 2:18am , I was dilated just to a 4 and just 80 effaced. At 304 am, I got my wonderful epidural. I asked for it right away b/c I knew that I usually went pretty quick with my deliveries, and I don't like being in pain! The epidural went very smoothly for which I was thankful for. At 3:45, I was 6.5 dilated..100% effaced. I asked for more epidural meds as I was having some pain. Those meds were great and I felt no pain after that. At about 4:45, I was dilated to a 7. I was able to message back and forth with Karis for a while as I waited on Micah to arrive. Tim was sleeping so it helped me pass my time. Around 5:20, my ob dr. came in to see were I was at. He checked me, and I was at a 10. I had to laugh b/c with the epidural, I felt a little pressure, but other than that, didn't realize I was ready to push. I pushed 2x's (once for the head and the other for the body) for about maybe 30 seconds and out popped Micah James. It was so fast, and Tim said it was quite funny to see the dr. quickly rush his hands under the baby to catch it. They were surprised at how fast the baby came.

I am so thankful to the Lord for a safe delivery. Everything went so smoothly. We love Micah so much and are thankful he is part of our family!

Here are some pictures:
Everything was great as I was waiting after the epidural.  I was so tired, but I had too much excitement as I waited for Micah to arrive.

Tim was able to get a little cat nap after I received my epidural!

Just sleeping in my arms...


So sweet!

This never gets old....love my baby.

Micah was my biggest baby and was the only baby that broke at least 8 pounds!

Nana holding another grandbaby.  She loves her grandchildren.

I absolutely love this picture of my mom and grandma just enjoying Micah.

Timothy wasn't sure about his baby brother at first but would hold him sitting on Karen's lap.  

Great-grandma with Micah

Megan was excited to have another little brother.  She is a wonderful oldest sister.

This girl was also very excited.  Emily couldn't wait to hold him.

Anna also loved holding her brother very much.  

I always love seeing the  kids meet their siblings for the first time.  So special.

A picture of Tim, Micah and I

Trying to get some sleep and some cuddles at the same time.

Papa holding Micah

Uncle Justin also came up to the hospital to hold Micah.

Micah in his hospital bed

Since he was born on the day after Memorial Day, he received a Memorial day hat to go home in.
We are so thankful for our healthy baby and love him so much!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mother's Day

I am so thankful to the Lord for my children.  I love being a mother.  Someday days are very long, but at the end of the day, I go to bed loving where the Lord has me.    Tim and all the girls were sick on Mother's Day so we didn't get any great pictures of the kids and I.  I took Timothy to church on Mother's Day and the sickies stayed home.  Just two quick pictures for Mother's Day.
My sweet girls and I

Timothy....love his cute smile!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Megan's 1st grade year

Megan had a wonderful 1st grade year.  Her teacher was Mrs. Titus who was a perfect fit for her. She was a very nurturing/loving teacher and also a great teacher academically.  Megan adjusted right away to 1st grade and just loved her year.  Mrs. Titus said Megan was just so sweet.  I think that is the perfect word to describe Megan.  The other description Mrs. Titus gave her was "Nervous Nellie". Such a true statement. Needless to say, her teacher knew her through and through! I did get to go on a fieldtrip with her to a pumpkin patch, and that was very enjoyable.  Her other field trip that my mom was going to go with her to was canceled due to rain.  She also started speech this year.  We are glad that she is getting some help in this area.  Megan started speech probably halfway through the school year, and she really enjoyed her speech teacher as well.   Here are some pictures of her 1st grade year. I didn't get as many pictures of the different activities as I would have liked, but I will use what I have.

Megan's 1st day of 1st grade...she was a little nervous on this day.

I love my oldest girl...she is growing up so quickly, and I love who she is becoming.  I have seen her grow a lot this school year.  I pray she will continue to develop into the girl God wants her to be.
Picture with her sisters before school.  Her sisters really miss her especially Emily. It was a good opportunity for Emily and Anna to learn to play together better!

My mom with the girls. My mom came over for the first day of school so she could stay with the kids while I walked Megan to school and got her settled.

On our short walk to school

This girl just keeps growing up

Megan at her desk

Mrs. Titus and Megan

Tim was gone before Megan left for school so we got a picture with him after he got off work with Megan.

Megan with Mrs. Titus at her music concert
Love the writing papers that she brought home.  Many times she wrote about her best friend Katy.  

Another writing paper on when she met Katy

part 2
Last day of 1st grade

One last picture with Mrs. Titus. We sure wish she would move up to 2nd grade so we could have her again!

I got to visit Megan on the last day of school. She has wanted me to bring Timothy up to different parties in her class and such, but it was always during his nap times. So she asked for me to bring him up to lunch. She was so excited to have her little brother to eat lunch with. We packed extra food for him so he could eat with her!
We celebrated with snow cones for having an excellent school year!


The best part about getting snowcones was meeting up with the Wehrmans! Love these sweet girls!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2015-2016 Awana Year

We had another great 2015-2016 Awana year.  Megan was in her 2nd year in Sparkies. Mrs. Lois was her verse leader, and Megan loved saying verses to her!  Her Nana was her leader the rest of the night!  Emily and Anna were in Cubbies.  Mrs. Kathy, Zettie and Zane were their wonderful leaders.  I am so thankful my girls get a chance to be in Awana where they get to hide God's Word in their hearts.   
Sports Night- Emily and Anna wore their soccer uniforms, and Megan wore her basketball shirt.  Timothy decided to join his sisters in the picture!

Crazy Hair Night
The kids always enjoy the Awana Grand Prix night where they make their own cars and race. We start the evening with pizza, chips, and brownies and end it with the Grand Prix race. 
Megan ready to watch her car race. 
Emily really wanted to win a trophy.  She is my little competitor. She didn't get a trophy, and we had to use it as an opportunity for a life lesson!   

Anna- just enjoyed having a car in the race. I am not sure if she knew if she won or lost the races...

Megan completed her 2nd year book and reviewed it and completed an extra book. Emily and Anna both finished their Cubbies books too.