#family · #motherhood

Finding my Mom outlet

I have four kids spanning 10 years. I feel like life before kids is unrecognizable. The last decade has been for them. I love it. I was made to be a mom. I may not always be the best at it, and I may oversleep far too often and complain that my head is going to explode when they are all bickering in the back seat, but at the end of the day, I am mostly fulfilled. But there’s always that need to carve out a piece of my day that is just for me. With my youngest still only 6 months old, that can be a challenge! But I thought I could try my hand at this whole blogging thing as a method of unwinding and translating the mess of thoughts in my head onto paper, or rather, the screen. And the bonus of it all is that I feel such a need to document this crazy journey through motherhood because it goes so very fast and it is already hard to recall my 10 year old as a tiny toddler. I would like to encapsulate as much as I can. So – to begin – I introduce you to the wonderful kiddos that made me a mom and the person I am today!

26weeks

First we have my tiny, thoughtful and sweet girl, Charlotte. She is our last baby and I just want to freeze her like this on some days. She is a mommy’s girl and would lay on me all day if she could! She studies her whole world with careful pondering and saves her biggest laughs only for her older siblings whom she adores! Which leads me to my next “baby,” Avery.

img_4439b

She is my curly haired, silly ball of energy. She loves to be goofy and make everybody laugh but she is also the most lovable and caring little girl. She will share everything with everyone, even her favorite candy and toys! She is very shy around strangers but also very tough and dominant with other kids. She loves to give hugs and cuddle and play pretend. She was the baby for so long because we had thought three kids would be our limit, so she will always be a little bit of “my baby” even though she turns 5 in just a few short months!

Next up are my big kids. My third and oldest daughter, Aubrey. She is entering that “preteen” stage, even though she is only 8! Emotions can run very high in our house and she is very passionate. But that also means that she has great love for everybody, especially her baby sister Charlotte. She has stepped up in a big way and loves to care for Charlotte, change her diapers, and anything else to help. She also is great with Avery and plays school with her to help her learn skills for kindergarten. However, the two of them will love each other one minute and be at each other’s throats the next since they both try to be dominant in everything they do. Aubrey is happiest with a good book or a canvas and some paints. She also loves the monkey bars and outdoor activities, but is equal parts girly girl and loves to have her nails done and get dressed up.

2016-09-24-17-11-36

And finally, the mini adult of the house and my oldest and only son, Nicholas. He has been referred to as “mature” and “wise” since he was in preschool and now he is 10 going on 30 some days! He is always a teacher’s favorite because he has such a thirst for ALL knowledge and soaks everything right up. He is a whiz at math and recently started computer coding classes which he continues to excel at. Also this year, he has started to learn the violin. He is incredibly helpful around the house and with his sisters, even when they start to irritate him. He loves to work on “Scratch” coding videos, play video games, and build with Technic Legos. He’s very grounded and we feel so very lucky that he is our oldest because it will be good to have another watchful eye with three teenage girls in the house some day!

2016-09-06-17-03-58

I’m a stay at home mom to this crew and have been married to my husband, Adam, for 13 years next month. We are high school sweethearts who have been together since we were 16, so we’ve seen a lot of ups and downs and know how much work it is to keep a marriage going after spending half of our lives together!

cosman_11222014_lr-4832

He is a self-employed architect who works from our home and the beauty in that is that he is a very hands on dad who always makes time for all of the kid’s events and activities. It also allows us the ability to travel quite a bit. Our favorite mode of travel with young children is through our RV!

IMG_8299.JPG

We are known for taking extensive 1-2 month trips every summer and living on the road, fantasizing about what it would be like to just up and sell everything and go full-time with our kids. We recently bought and renovated a house, so it would be hard to let that go, but I can’t say we aren’t tempted by the thought of the freedom of living on the road with a different backyard to wake up to every day and amazing experiences to be had with our kids. You never know, we still might do that! But for the time being, I would love for this blog to be a way of documenting my day to day parenting life, as well as being a fun trip blog for all my friends and family to feel like they are traveling right along with us! We recently sold our RV of four years and many many trips in hopes of upgrading to one with bunk beds and better space for the kids. We are in the process of finding that magical home on wheels for our family and planning our next adventure for this summer- two months on the road up through Canada and Alaska! It should be quite the adventure and after the crazy that last summer was (moving and renovating a house plus having a baby all in the same month!) we are looking forward to that relaxing escape! Thanks for stopping by!