The other night at dinner, we were eating and talking…being loud and silly around our kitchen table when Andrew looked at me and said “I love having four kids” and I was like, yeah, me too! It just feels like we’re all here now. Now…I don’t know if we are or not…we’re going to let God open or shut that door…but, it was such a good feeling to sit at our kitchen table and think that everyone was there. It seems like for the last 3 years, someone has been missing. We were either sitting at the table thinking about sweet Ashby (who we were waiting on), or then it was Madeley that we thought about, but right this minute, we feel very complete.
Here are some pics from our week as a family of six…
The key to getting everyone up and dressed early in the morning…jet lag 😉 . When all six of us were awake at 2:00 AM, getting ready for school was a breeze.
At the doctor on Friday, Madeley figured out crayons and coloring. She’s colored several times at home now and lights up when I pull the crayons out.
Friday night snuggles on my bed with Madeley.
And Saturday morning snuggles too.
At the boys’ football game on Saturday, Erika and I enjoyed all the baby snuggles we could get.
Smith LOVED his first flag football game!
Catherine took this picture of me and these two sweet babies. I think they already like each other 😉 .
After football, we hit Oktoberfest with my fam. I LOVE OKTOBERFEST! (By the way, I have like the BEST dad in the world. He’s really special.)
My four babies.
And my honorary baby Samuel Thomas 😉 . I could hold him all day.
Big sister Kensington introduced Madeley to snow cones…
…and then of course, big sister Ashby did too.
Three kiddos heading into the petting zoo.
You know…just brushing a goat.
And petting some pigs.
We can’t get enough German food. Apple strudel for the win!
Root Beer is a fave for my kids at Oktoberfest…
…even the littlest kiddo enjoyed some root beer.
Ah! My little family. It feels like we’re all here.
When jet lag just knocks you out. Please note, big sister Ashby shared her wand with Madeley and now, she won’t put it down.
Ashby wanted pigs in a blanket for lunch this week…and Madeley was a big fan!
I was trying to put away laundry when this one toddled in. I couldn’t resist a cuddle.
Smith was showing Madeley his iPad game. She looks interested, right?!
The newest little Shull.
You know what the sweetest part about this adoption is? How seriously cute my big kids are with Madeley. I don’t know what it is…but all three of them are currently obsessed. They want to feed her, hold her, play with her…I’m often asking them to get out of her face and give her some space because they seriously cannot get enough. I know that might change later…but as of right now, they’re totally smitten. They ask me to wake her up first thing in the morning and the first person they want to see after school is her. It really is like she is not just mine and Andrew’s baby, but she is the family’s baby (sorry Madeley…that might be your lot in life!).
That’s a little life lately for your Thursday.