Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's been too long!!

Well, I guess it's about time to do some updating again! Hopefully it won't be too random, but I am out of practice and it IS late... Bear with me. But what to say? We have just been crazy in love with our little Ivy, and busy as can be with the boys (Josh included) and their school and other activities!

Josh is stretched just as thin as possible these days what with working full-time, taking school classes, homework, and even taking a non-credit CNA class (which takes a lot of time!). Even with all the demands that are on him though, he finds time to be a loving daddy and sweet husband. He takes it all and still has a pleasant demeanor and sense of humor. Thankfully there is beginning to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. It just can't get here soon enough.

Paul is doing really well in school, pulling all A's. He is involved in a lot of athletics and is really enjoying shootin' hoops and playing his guitar. (He's got a natural ability in the music department.) He's growing like a weed, and is such a great help to me and Josh. It's funny how busy a 9 year old can be, too... School, scouts, sports, music, homework, lots of eating(!!)... It adds up! For sure, Paul fills my heart with such love and joy for what a good and sweet boy he is!

Nick is still doing amazingly well. We have gradually been decreasing his heart meds, and at the end of January actually took him OFF the meds! He had a bit of trouble that week, but to our knowledge hasn't had trouble since! SUCH A BLESSING!! His appetite has grown immensely, he's becoming sturdier in his stature, his color looks soooo good, and he's just a living, breathing, daily reminder of the Lord's tender mercies and miracles. My heart just swells and makes me feel like my chest can't possibly contain it when I think of the miracle we are experiencing. Nick is smart as a whip, and has a really great sense of humor... always saying something funny.

Andrew is becoming a great reader and trying to keep up with Paul in the sports department. He's loving bike riding, basketball, and baseball. He seems to be really liking building things too. Andrew, like Paul and Nick, is totally smitten with Ivy and is very protective of her. All 3 boys fight over whose turn it is to sit be her in the car, EVERY TIME. (It's really cute. lol) Andrew is growing up so fast and it kind of breaks my heart to have my littlest man be so big. He's such a tender heart and so sweet to me. What a lucky mom I am to have such wonderful boys in my life!!

Ivy is 3 month old... today. WOW. The time goes by so quickly once the babies are born! It seems like while you're pregnant time practically stands still, but once they get here, *BAM* -- there goes the days, weeks, and months in just a blink of an eye! Ivy is smiling, cooing, and giggling, and pretty much wrapping us all around her tiny little fingers. =) She's as beautiful as they come, and just melts my heart. I don't know how we ever got along without her!

So let's see here... Pretty much I have a full, joyous, swollen, broken, melted heart... Just LOOK at what these kids do to me! lol

I've been busy but when I go to tell doing WHAT I've been busy doing, it somehow escapes me! All I can seem to come up with are one word spurts... kids, house, baby, cooking, washing, FHE... But my life is so good!! I'm in heaven with this new baby, my boys are all so great and amazing, my husband is working hard for our future, We're just GOOD! ... Hmmmmm, what else? I've gone to a couple of ZUMBA classes lately (Fun, but I gotta admit I'm pretty much the epitome of the "white people can't dance" stereotype. No joke.) But maybe with more practice... =) I also have been having a lot of fun finding new favorite recipes online and out of cookbooks! What can I say? I just really love making good food! Sometimes I just wish I had a bakery or something so I would at least have an excuse for baking so much!

I think that's about it for now. Like I mentioned at the beginning, it's late and I am out of practice. I'll work on it. =)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Miss Ivy Jane

(Oops... how did I not notice that this hadn't posted but had only been saved as a draft? Oh well. Better late than never, right?)

We are so happy to welcome our newest addition-- Miss Ivy Jane Jardine! She was born on January 14, weighed in at 7lb 12oz, and was 20 1/2 inches long. All of us here at the Jardine house are just taken with her! It's so amazing the amout of love these tiny spirits draw from us!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

***SIGH*** =) We're home again. Adjusting to life again. Nick is healing well after his surgery in MN. We feel so thankful to have been blessed with this miracle!

We're finding ways to stay busy around here. Paul and Andrew are happy little bike riders (Nick is doing a lot of video games until he is healed all up); I am busy with child rearing, housework, and yard work; besides work, Josh is reorganizing the garage and also preparing to take the T.E.A.S. test so that he can apply for the nursing component of his schooling. We've also been steadily trying to reorganize our house in preparation for another baby due to arrive in January. =) We're about 14weeks along at this point! It's been a pretty eventful year for our family.

Quick rundown of some of the events for our family this year are:
Paul turned 8 and was baptized!

Nick had his 3rd heart surgery- this time at the MAYO clinic in MN and they were actually able to REMOVE the huge mass from inside his heart!

Josh pretty much finished earning all his pre-req's for the nursing program (which is basically the bachelors degree portion -- so now all he needs is the nursing component!)

Josh and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in June. (Has it really been that long??)

We have learned we're having another baby!

And upcoming events are:

Josh will be turning 35 in August... (hehehe)

I will be leaving my 20's behind me in September... Not sure if I should be happy or BOO??

ALL 3 kids will be in school this August. Exciting but a little heart wrenching.

We are so happy. TIRED? ABSOLUTELY. But happy and feeling greatly blessed.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I know I should be posting on here, but I am a little otherwise occupied... If you would like to know more of what's happening in our family, please go to

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A picture of my cute little guys on Easter Sunday

The weather was beautiful, and the kids were dying to ride bikes for a few minutes before our company arrived. I love that look-- collared dress shirt, rolled sleeves, and blue jeans. One of my fav's.

Mom, Dad, and Zack came over to share Easter Dinner with us. Here Mom is afterward, helping to make sure the colored eggs get put to good use. Gotta love Moms.

Just a cute shot.

After several days, I offered to give the boys some money if they would part with some of their Easter candy. They happily agreed, and I was proud of them, thinking that they were gonna put the $$ in their banks and save it for something they wanted. Um, No. I opened our door to the garage and LO! And Behold! There are 2 little culprits, spending their $ on candy from our little vending machine. Look at those faces. LOL