A Momentous March

What a busy and exciting month of March we had! It was colder than we hoped, but that doesn’t seem so bad now that we will be moving to a warmer climate in a couple of months. As always, we were very busy this month with lots of exciting new beginnings.

Reading

Kinsie’s school celebrated literacy month by doing a reading competition. We were given reading tickets, where we had to write down the titles of the books that we read with her. For every ticket we turned in, (10 books), the class would add a piece to their class caterpillar. As you already know, Kinsie LOVES to read…and so do Ryan and I. We already read with her all the time, so now we just had to keep track of what we read. Kinsie got very competitive with it (and I’ll admit, so did we). She wanted to read even more than usual to help her class win. Unfortunately, we didn’t win…the winning class blew everyone else out of the water…but we got 2nd place! I personally kept track of how many reading tickets we turned in, and it was 30. So we read around 300 books this month.

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Brax wanted to hear the story too!

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Outside fun (when possible)

We didn’t get very fun nice weather this month, so when we did, we had to take advantage. Even if it was still 40 degrees and partly sunny…we would find something to do outside weather it was swinging or taking a walk.

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Gymnastics

Kinsie started up a gymnastics class this month. She was in a “Mommy and me” class before she was 2, and she loved it. Once Brax was born, life got a little too crazy and we stopped the class. Now, she still has more energy than she knows what to do with and she is as clumsy as can be, so we figured a class to help burn energy and practice coordination couldn’t hurt. Now she is in the 3-4 year olds class, so we just watch from behind the glass. She is doing pretty well considering she’s been out of the game for a year now. She’s a fast learner and has fun doing it. Brax enjoys watching too!

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Soccer

Spring soccer season has officially started! This season we are playing with a different league because we wanted to sign Kinsie up with a few of her cousins. She is on a team with her cousin Emery, and Kerigan. Ryan, my brother-in-law Ryan, and Ryan’s cousin’s husband Scott are the coaches. We’ve had 2 practices so far and they are certainly entertaining! Kinsie has made a lot of progress since the fall, so hopefully she was continue to improve throughout the season. Kinsie is especially pumped that her daddy is the coach and that she gets to play with her cousins!

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Match Day

From my previous post, you have seen that on Match Day, we found out we are moving to Little Rock, Arkansas! I am nervous, but VERY excited for this new adventure. Match Day was a neat experience, where all of the 4th year IU med students all gathered together and opened their envelope at the exact same time. The room was full of a lot of joy, hugs, and excitement. The kids weren’t really sure what we going on, but they were excited too!

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Cincinnati Zoo

Since I was on spring break for 2 weeks, we decided to take another trip to the Cincinnati Zoo, or as Kinsie calls it, the “hippo zoo.” It was just a 2 hour drive, and the kids had a blast. Brax barely napped all day, but he was a happy little camper. We spent a lot of time with the hippos, Kinsie’s favorite. Brax loved the lions and the train ride most. It was a great day!

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My Cousin’s Wedding

My beautiful cousin and one of my best friends, Sarah, got married this month! She married a fish farmer named Joe, and we love him. He took us on a tour of the fish farm last summer, which was a highlight of our summer. The wedding was quaint, simple, beautiful, classic and SO Sarah. They had the reception at the family farm. Sarah is very passionate about agriculture education and supporting her family’s farm. Her dad, (my uncle) passed away in 2009 in a farming accident, and she and her sister Katie have kept his passion for farming and agriculture alive. The wedding was beautiful and we all had a great time. Kinsie especially loved getting some extra cousin time, including her cousins from Philadelphia!

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The outtakes of our family photo

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We bought a house!

Yes, you saw right. We already bought a house in Maumelle, Arkansas…it is about 20 minutes outside of Little Rock. While I was still on spring break, we went on a 3 day trip to go house hunting. And when I say “we,” I mean pretty much my entire family! We took a 12 passenger van and everyone (except for my sister’s husband and Brax…he can’t really handle long car rides yet) loaded up and drove the 8+ hours to Arkansas. The kids were rockstars and we had a VERY productive trip. We looked at 7 houses and there was no competition as to which one we wanted to be our home. We put an offer on it that day and found out later that evening that they accepted our offer! We LOVE the house, the yard, the 5 minute walk to the park (with a lake…where we can fish), and the community that we will be living in. Best of all – it was Kinsie-approved!

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It was a LONG trip but the kids did great!

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Exploring the city

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Our new house!

Another great month! The next few months will be our last in Indiana. We will be busy packing and soaking up as much time with our family and friends here as we can. Also, our little boy turns ONE in almost a month, so I’m going to excuse myself now to go cry in the corner!

 

Our Busy August

With the start of the school year, and many activities and new beginnings, we had a busy month of August! So many great things happened this past month that I have been excited to share.

Kinsie started Preschool

Big milestone is our little girl’s life…she officially started preschool! I was a little nervous like I’m sure most moms get before their kids start school. I knew she needed it…she needs constant stimulation and opportunities to learn, both academically and socially. I was nervous because other than church, she had never been in a classroom environment like that before. She can be stubborn and bossy, and I didn’t want her to be the misbehaving child in the class! However, she has done AWESOME! She absolutely loves school. She behaves, stays busy, learns and participates, and even takes naps at school! I have noticed her behavior at home has improved since starting school as well, so this has been a great thing for all of us!

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Our Best Friends’ Wedding

Some of our great friends, Nick and Kaitlyn Phipps got married in mid-August. We have all been looking forward to this day a long time, since they are like family to us. My sister was the matron of honor, Briggs was the ring bearer, and Kinsie and Kerigan were the flower girls. Even though it rained the entire day and it was an outdoor wedding, everyone had a blast! The kids did their jobs well, and then they danced the night away! I wish I would have gotten more pictures, but I wasn’t able to since I was holding Brax most of the time. It was a great night!

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Kinsie started “big girl” soccer

Kinsie is finally old enough to play soccer for the club that Ryan grew up playing, Westside United. They have practice twice a week, and games on Saturdays. She is one of the youngest ones on her team, but she still does very well for not even being 3 years old yet. She participates and listens to the coaches very well, but sometimes, especially on days she doesn’t go to school (and therefore doesn’t take a nap), she gets pretty tired and just flops on the ground and lays there! She is still learning the concept of trying to take the ball from the other team since we have taught her to share and not take toys from others! Soccer has been good for her since she has so much energy to burn!

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September is almost halfway over now, and it is almost the fall season, one of our favorite times of the year. There are so many exciting things coming up, like Kinsie turning 3 and the birth of our new niece of nephew. Stay tuned for updates within the next few months!

Make her a Mosier

On Saturday, August 9, my beautiful sister-in-law, Megan got married! Ryan, Kinsie and I were all lucky enough to be a part of Megan and Tim’s special day. Ryan was a groomsman, I was a bridesmaid and Kinsie was the flower girl. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception. The week leading up to the wedding was very emotional draining for us losing Diane and saying goodbye to her at her funeral, so we were very grateful that we got to end the week with a celebration. We definitely needed to smile and be reminded of how beautiful life can be.

I loved getting to spend the day with Megan and the rest of the bridesmaids. Megan and I have always been close since Ryan and I have been together so long. Megan has 2 brothers, so I’ve always been able to play the role of a sister for her that she never had. We are ridiculously similar…both in our looks and our personalities. People mistake us for sisters all the time. Megan has such a genuine, kind and gentle heart with a strong love for Jesus. Sometimes we call her “Mother Megan,” after Mother Teresa, because she is so kind and selfless. I’ve always been protective of Megan because I knew she deserved the absolute best and I never wanted anyone to hurt her. When we first met Tim, we knew she couldn’t have found a better match for herself. He is kind and easy-going who also puts his faith first. Megan and Tim compliment each other perfectly and bring out each other’s best qualities. The ceremony represented them and their relationship perfectly…elegant and genuine. Megan was an absolutely stunning bride. Tim is a very lucky man…but I’m sure he already knows that!

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Kinsie was the flower girl and she rode down the aisle in a wagon pulled by Briggs (who was the ring bearer) and her cousin Kennedy. I know most moms of flower girls would say this, but Kinsie was the best little flower girl ever! She did an awesome job smiling and waving at the crowd as she rode down the aisle. She got a little noisy during the ceremony but only because she was excited to see her Aunt Megan get married! Briggs and Kennedy deserve some major brownie points also on doing an awesome job pulling the wagon. The combination of those 3 put a smile on everyone’s face at the ceremony!

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After all the excitement from the ceremony, my mom drove Kinsie to the reception so Ryan and I could ride with the bridal party. Kinsie passed out as soon as she got in the car, and stayed asleep through dinner at the reception. When she woke up, it was party time! She had a blast dancing with everyone, visiting all the aunts, uncles and cousins, and watching the bubbles during Megan and Tim’s sendoff. She stayed up and partied for the rest of the reception. Even on the drive home, she sang to us for half the drive until she finally passed out. She’s used to going to bed around 8pm, but hey, your aunt Megan only gets married once, so live it up! She ended up staying up past 11pm! She did so well the entire day…she sure knew how to make her mommy and daddy proud!

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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mosier! I can’t wait to see the beautiful journey God has in store for you in your new life together! We love you!

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