Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Jayda

One year ago our family grew by one. This little girl has brought us so much joy. She can make a smile on anyone's face. She's a cutie that's for sure. Her brothers and sister can't wait to wake her up in the morning so they can play. She's a daddy's little girl. She has an easygoing personality like Dustin too. She started walking around 10 months and hasn't looked back. She loves to give kisses. We has 10 teeth. 

My wish for you is to find happiness and love in life. Love, mom 

Happy 8th Birthday Derek

8 is great. We had a great time at Derek's mad scientist party.  We made even made volcanos. Dustin was working up in Baraga so we had his party in the conference room where we were staying. 
All about Derek
Age : 8
Favorite Thing to Do: Age of Empires (a computer game)
Recently Learned : Ride his bike 
Favorite Food: Nacho Cheese Doritos 
Loves: Baby Sister Jayda

Friday, November 15, 2013

Goal Complete: Breastfeeding for 1 Year

Success! I never thought I would be writing this post. But, I did it! 

I struggled with Derek and Jenna without much success. With Dylan I was able to breastfeed for 8 months but it certainly still had its challenges. Jayda has been an amazing and peaceful experience I would hope every mother would be able to have with their child. 

1 year of late night feedings, crazy poopy diapers from eating Pad Thai, and fussy times during growth spurts were so worth it. I am blessed to be a mom and blessed to have had this experience. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Part 2

 July started out with beach days and strawberry picking at James and Grace's. We had a warm week of weather but the rest of the summer has been cool. It was dry early on and then we got a couple huge storms which brought alot of rain.

 The Kiddie Parade Float for 2013 was a Mexican Fiesta. Jacob joined the kids this year for the first time. 

The Dacklin Family Reunion was a fun filled busy weekend. We started with a Packer Tour in Green Bay, continued to my dad's cousin's winery in Fayette, the pines park for games, and then Indian Lake State Park. We had relatives from all over the country and 3 from Sweden attended. 

Goal Complete- Run a 5K

Every year I say I want to run a 5K, and it doesn't happen. This year the race happened to be on my 30th Birthday. Perfect. I trained (a little), ran the driveway with the hills, and was ready. My goal was to complete the race. Dustin and Jayda joined me too. I not only completed it but ran most of the race. Awesome to complete my goal.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Red White and Blue

Summer Part 1

Summer finally arrived. Late. But it has arrived. The first part of summer has flown by. Here's a the recap.

First Weekend of Summer Vacation
We visited Mackinac City with the Kusiner Family.

Highlights: Fort, Waterpark, Ice Cream, Mystery Spot, Monopoly.

Then we moved onto Soccer Camp with all three of the older kids playing. Each of the kids skills improved by the end of the week.
Graduation Party. A visit to Shannon and Amber's to celebrate Geoffry's gradation . We got to see most of the Denkins Family. The kids enjoyed pin ball, the pond, catching frogs, and playing with their cousins.

The two boys + Jayda and Mom = a day in Marquette to visit the farmer's market. Jenna went on her "very own vacation" with grandma Cindy and Dustin attended Coast Guard training in St. Ignace. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Dylan

Dylan's 4th birthday party was a bug theme. Daily he wants to go fishing and has had this party planned since we started talking about Derek's party back in October. 

Everything to Dylan is "boring" if he doesn't want to do something. He is the sweetest boy with a streak of determination and independence that can not be matched. He is in the 97% for height and 90% for weight. He would wear shorts and a "cool" shirt everyday no matter the temperature. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

I have been a mom for 2,763 Days. Being a mom is both challenging and rewarding.  I am blessed with  good morning kisses, poopy diapers, story reading and fighting siblings. I love being a mom.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Party Like a Penguin

As usual the month is flying by. We enjoyed mild weather the first part of the month with no snow. We know have about 8 inches on the ground and bitter cold temperatures.

Dustin spent the first part of the month out in West Virginia doing a solar install. He was also able to visit Washington DC during his time out East.

The kids are enjoying sledding on "Wipe Out Hill" in the valley. Derek's new love is playing Age of Empires. Jenna is learning to read,   Dylan learned to spell his name, and Jayda is a bundle of joy.

Last night we had a penguin party. Everyone had a great time. Activities included

The highlight was a YouTube video Party Like a Penguin dance video. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013

It's the new year! 2012 brought lots of adventures, challenges, and rewards. We are looking forward to new journeys in 2013. -- Cheers!