Ring Bearer-ing

On Saturday, June 21st, Max had the opportunity to be a ring bearer for the second time at our friends’ wedding. Jonathan and Emily were so sweet to Max and got him a “state ball” or for those of you who don’t speak Max, an Iowa State basketball. He loves it and has been sleeping with it since the rehearsal dinner on Friday. What a great way to say thank you to Max!


All dressed up and ready to go!

Being the mother of the ring bearer is quite the job! Ha! It was busy but I really enjoyed it and was so excited that Max (and Jason as a groomsman) could be part of their special day! We ordered Max’s suit awhile back and it turned out to be a pretty good deal! We had to get the pants tailored a bit to fit him, but he looked pretty darn handsome if you ask me!


Busy with the trains!

He was such a stud at the rehearsal. He walked down the aisle like a champ. On Saturday, he did a wonderful job at pictures and kept busy playing with trains until it was show time. He was so sweet when it came time to go down the aisle. I helped him get started and then my friend Jill directed him where to go while I snuck up to the front of the aisle. At first he couldn’t see me and Jason motioned with his eyes (while on stage!) to move closer to the aisle. When Max saw me he sprinted down the aisle and almost tackled me down with a big hug! As promised, we went back to the room with the trains and all was well!


Jason and Gwenyth during the daddy/daughter dance!

Congratulations Jonathan and Emily!



Thanks to Frozen, whenever we hear the word “summer”, Max and I break into song! We are going to get gorgeously tan this summer! 😉 We have already packed so much into these first few weeks and I can tell that this will be a very exciting summer of firsts! This is my first full summer with two kids and my first summer with a two year old! (A two year old who likes to run and go places!)

Here are some fun things we have done so far:

This is also the first summer with my big boy using the potty! We are about three weeks in and I am so proud of Max! He is doing very well and seems to enjoy using the potty. It is quite the adjustment to be at the mercy of your child’s bladder, but it is also nice to not have to change two kids’ diapers each day! Yay for Max!

Gwenyth is getting her first teeth. Poor girl seems to be having a rough go at it. I can see the two front, two bottom, and one canine trying to pop through. My baby girl is growing up!

Dates with Daddy

We go on a lot of field trips, just the three of us, so when Jason gets the chance to come along, it is extra special! The kids love playing with him and are always excited to show him around their favorite places.

We surprised Max with a visit to Chuck E. Cheese, and he hasn’t stopped asking to go back! He loved playing basketball and seeing Jason almost beat the record. Gwenyth was amazed at all of the flashing lights and games.

This year, we became members of the zoo and are so excited to use our zoo pass! We have been three times already and plan to make many, many more visits. Max often asks about going to the zoo within ten minutes of waking up. “I get ready and go to zoo. See animals?” What a funny guy! He loves to ride the train and his favorite part is going through the tunnel.

Gwenyth 9-10 Month Update


Gwenyth turned 9 months back on May 1st. She went to see Dr. Secory and proved that she has been growing!

Height- 28 1/4in, 76%
Weight- 19lbs 12oz, 76%
Head- 47, 99%

She can now eat anything (except for honey) and has been enjoying eating anything her big brother eats. We went to Pizza Ranch as a family the other day and she was in pizza heaven! She was so happy to be sitting in a big girl chair and eating peas, biscuit, potatoes, chicken, and pizza!






She sleeps in her crib now and is doing so well. We used to hear from her about 5AM to eat, but lately she has been making it to 8:30 or even later! When I first bring her out in the morning, she will scan the room and look for her big brother. She gives him a big (toothless) grin and sometimes even giggles!

She is not yet crawling, but is so close! She has a super reach and can reach most anything by just rocking and scooting, so I am not sure if she is totally motivated to crawl.

Here is a sweet comparison of Max around 10 months and Gwenyth about the same age.


Here are my little chunky babies in the tub around the same age. Look at Max’s chub!!! 🙂


The Zoo

We went to the zoo today and wow! Max was so pumped! I realized we never went last year because I was pregnant with Gwenyth and I didn’t feel like walking around in the heat. So he hadn’t been there since he was a little guy! What a different experience!

What a wonderful day with friends! The highlight for Max was riding the train and going through the tunnel! So blessed to have such great company at the zoo!

Playing Around

Iowa weather is crazy! One day it is 40 degrees and the next day almost 80! Regardless of the weather or the location though, these Rude kids love to play!

Max with all of his planes, trains, and automobiles on his track.

Gwenyth wanted to play too!

These two cuties are truly a “treasure” 🙂

Such a sweetie! She is thinking that her daddy makes a much better knight in shining armor!

Max at a music class that we go to on Mondays. He really enjoys the songs and running around with the other kids.

Gwenyth’s first time in a cart like a big girl! So pleased to be sitting next to Max.

Our little sweetheart!

Sometimes, your brother puts a blanket on your head.

Crazy, sweet kids!

They have such a great relationship!

Exploring the great outdoors with cousins Brody and Hailee.

More exploring.

Ready to go to the park!

Max is so brave at the park. He climbs on everything and is great at making new friends.

Sunbathing on an 80 degree April day!

Just a total sweetheart!

He played with water for such a long time! Moving it from one bucket to the other.

Who wouldn’t sneak a drink on a hot sunny day?

G has a lot of spunk! We love seeing her personality develop!