3.23.2017

St. Patrick's Day, 2017.

Our kids are starting to get to the ages where they REALLY love holidays. They talk about them in school, read about them in library books, and then they count down the days until each holiday finally comes. They're so into it, and I've got to say, it has been a BLAST for me as a mom. (I'm soaking up these days, because before I know it, they might think holidays are stupid and not want to do anything. Haha.)

But seriously. Kids make everything a thousand times more fun!

The boys were so excited for St. Patrick's Day this year, and couldn't WAIT until the day came. It happened to be when my sister Whitney was here visiting us for a week, so it was extra fun to have her here to celebrate with us!  We didn't do anything super crazy, but we had a fun green dinner with a green cake for dessert, and the kids loved it.
^Making a green cake with Aunt Whit!^
^Cam drew this darling St. Patrick's day rainbow at preschool. And just look at how he wrote his name. Heart melter!! He really is the sweetest kid ever.^
^Green table!^
^Green mustaches!^
^Drinking key lime green soda!^
I got baby Brighton a new St. Paddy's day onesie just for the occasion, and it was adorable on him. I still just can't get over how tiny newborns are. I mean, he is chunking up fast, but still. Look how tiny!!
^He's the best dad in the world.^
^So wide-eyed and awake!^
The older boys' favorite part of the day was definitely their green mustaches. They wore them all day, and saved them for the next day, too. Haha! I love these goobers.
^Photo bomber.^
By the end of the day, we were all exhausted. So we ate some (more) green cake, watched a little Moana (its been on repeat over here), and then we crashed pretty hard. 

Newborns, man. They're the cutest ever, but they really know how to wear you out! haha.
^Sweetest rosy-cheeked boy.^
Such a fun day.
Thanks for celebrating with us, Whit!!

(more pics from Whit's visit, coming up soon)

3.15.2017

Bernheim Forest.

Last week we had our last super warm day for a while, so we wanted to get out and take advantage of it! (You know, before the weather remembered that it was actually winter and turned cold again. Haha!) Baby Brighton was about a week and a half old, so we thought it would be a good time to take him out on his first adventure.

We had heard great things about Bernheim Forest nearby, so we loaded up the kids, skipped school, and headed there for the day. It ended up being so much fun! The weather was 75 degrees and perfect, and the boys had a blast just running and exploring. After being in the house for over a week with a new baby, I think it was good for all of us to get out and soak up the sun!
 
^Love him!^
^He is the best.^
There are some gorgeous trails at Bernheim Forest, and we loved seeing the trees start to blossom for springtime everywhere we walked. I can't wait to go back in the summertime when the trees are all lush and green, because I'm sure it's just incredible!

Also, Boston was convinced we were going to be attacked by a bear the entire time we were there. I overheard him telling Camden how bears looked (furry and black and huge), what they ate (people), and how they could find us on the trail. That child!! haha.
 
^Fuzzy-caterpillar sighting!^
Holland's favorite part was definitely hanging out by the water and watching for ducks and turtles. He would point excitedly and yell "QUACK QUACK! TOO-DEL!" (Duck! Turtle!)

He would have stayed there all day watching them swim around.
^Nursing break in the wild outdoors!^
While we stopped for a snack, the boys spotted an awesome giant tree. They took turns begging Jord to put them up on a branch, and giggled and giggled when they were up so high. Little boys are seriously the cutest things.
^Holland wasn't so sure. Haha^
 Meanwhile...tiny Brighton boy!

He handled his first outing like a champ.
^Obsessed with this teeny guy.^
We brought the boys' scooters along, and they loved zipping down the trails as fast as they could go. Poor Holland would run as quick as his chubby little legs would go (trying to keep up with them), but he got worn out pretty fast. He'd always turn around and head back for his comfy seat in the stroller pretty quick. Haha!
^Studying the map with daddy^
^It was so hot!! Crazy weather for March, and we loved it.^

After our long walk on one of the trails, we headed over to the kid's play area. There were giant logs for them to climb on, things to explore and build with, and just space for them to play. Watching them run around made me SO excited for the summertime when we can play outside all the time! (Can you tell that I'm a warm weather girl??)
^Building blocks^
^Hi Holland Beck!^

^Swinging with my boy.^
^Explorer Cam^

What a perfect day.

I can't wait to go back to Bernheim Forest and explore the parts we missed! We loved it.

(Also, weather, if you could warm up again...that would be awesome. Kay Thanks!)

3.10.2017

Brighton James McMurtrey // 2.28.17 // the hospital photos

He's here!! And we couldn't be happier.

Brighton was born with chubby cheeks and a full head of hair, weighing 8 lbs even, and measuring 19 inches long. He is perfect, and he fits into our family like a missing puzzle piece.
 
 

When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I remember saying to Jordan, "Babe, I'm definitely not going to make it to my due date. This baby is already big! And I'm pretty sure he's going to come early."

And sure enough, he did! Just a couple of days after I hit the 38 week mark, I went into labor. From the very start it was fast, intense, and I knew our baby was determined to get here quick. My water broke at home at 4 in the afternoon on the 28th of February (I wasn't due until March 12th), and we arrived in a flying flurry at the hospital shortly after. We got checked into the room at about 4:25, and he was born at 5:00 on the dot. It was crazy and it was awesome. If his birth is indicative of his personality, I think we have quite the firecracker on our hands!

We just adore our little Brighton boy already. He is so, so sweet.
^Bliss.^
^There is nothing sweeter.^

Jordan left me and baby boy to get some sleep, and promised to bring the kids over first thing in the morning to meet their new brother. I was so excited to see them meet Brighton-- I hardly slept at all! (Plus I think the adrenaline from just having a baby hadn't quite worn off. Haha!)

They came in the morning to see the baby, and a cute young woman in our ward came to the hospital to snap some photos for us. I will always cherish these pictures! So precious.
^First family photo of SIX!^
^My four boys. Oh, how they have my heart.^

Each of the boys took turns holding Brighton, and oh my gosh. I think my heart exploded as I watched them take turns carefully stroke his hair and give him kisses. It was SO precious. 

I can't wait to watch them all interact as baby Brighton grows. 

Camden kept saying, "Oh mom, he's so ta-yute! (cute) Can we please teep him?"
^SWOON. Also, I still can't believe he's a big brother.^
^heaven.^
We had the cutest babysitters ever who took the boys to their house all afternoon one day so that Jordan could come spend some time with me and the baby at the hospital. It was so nice to see him (and not have to wrangle all of the kiddos), and I'm pretty sure they had the time of their lives at the babysitter.

She sent me this photo of the older two:

Haha! So cute. I'm so grateful for our ward family that stepped in and helped so much while I was out of commission. People are so wonderful.

Now here are one million photos of Brighton's cute little self.

^Such a good daddy^
^CHEEKS^
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. It's such a bittersweet feeling going home after having a baby, because it means that those first precious days with the new little one are already over, but I'm always SO happy to be home with all of my kiddos.

The time in the hospital with just Brighton and I was so special. I'm so glad I got to soak up his sweet little spirit, kiss his cheeks a zillion times, and give him all of my attention. He is just a dreamboat.

^Love this tiny Kentucky babe.^
^Such an angel baby^
^The whole gang, heading home!^

We are so, so happy to have our Brighton James here with us. He is perfect.
Babies are such blessings from Heaven.
We're still wrapping our mind around the fact that we have FOUR little boys to raise. Holy cow! But really, I could not feel luckier right now.

Life is pretty wonderful.

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To see hospital photos from our other boys, click below:
Boston (2011)
Camden (2013)
Holland (2015)