Our Carli is a Blessing - A Gift From Heaven Above

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Lap full of Cuddles

The perks of having two babies at home...lots of cuddles, "I Love Yous" and cuteness!!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day at Home

Carli usually has practice on Saturday's but she has yet to get to have more than one b/c it seems God has it in His plans for it to rain every Saturday so that means after Ava's 8 am Basketball games we've gotten to all be home!  To say the kids are enjoying spending time with their Daddy and being at home would be an understatement!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from the Hays Crew!

This was Sunday morning's picture before church with everyone all dressed up (minus Mom who was still in her PJs behind the camera!).

Valentine's Day Morning:  Drew was super excited over his T-Rex balloon and heart shaped Fruit Snacks!  He roared and chased the girls all morning!  Carli was too cool for heart hair this year.  Ava on the other hand insisted we fix her hair b/c that's what we do!

I worked for a couple weeks on gifts for the girls and Keith.  It's a little more fun now that the girls both can read well.  I found an idea called Why I Love You from A-Z.  It's a little harder than it seems coming up with 26 DIFFERENT Adjectives to describe each girl and why from A-Z but I got it done.  :)  They may not appreciate it a lot right now, but I hope when they are having a bad day or stumble across it in a couple of years they'll know how much I do love them!  I also made Keith a very appropriate V-Day card and bought him a new camp chair for softball practices and games.

I'm a firm believer in it taking a village to raise a child.  So I reached out to our village and asked them to send a sentence or two about why the love the girls.  And boy did they come through for me!  They got hearts from Aunts, Uncles, Great Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents, Teachers and Friends.  If ever they doubt that they are loved, they just need to look at this picture!  I've got to figure out how to save these for them!

Thank goodness for Grammy being able to go to the girls parties at school. They enjoyed getting to spend time with her!

And then there was little Ms. Maggie.  For her first Valentine's Day, I held her a lot and sang to her and Drew "let" her watch Mickey Mouse with him.  :)  What else could a baby want?!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


It took 2.5 years but his sisters finally got ahold of him!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Growing Girl

Maggie turned 3 weeks old last Friday.  She's still tiny to me but she is growing.  The newborn clothes are finally getting a little too snug; although, the 3 mth clothes still seem so big.  We've moved up to size 1 diapers.  Her little thighs are starting to get little rolls on them and if she holds her head just right, she has a double chin.  :)

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Just a day in the life...

We are slowly adjusting to our new normal...although we aren't going to lie, we are looking forward to February being over so that there are two less practices to go to and no more 8 am basketball games!  Ha!  

Drew is still in love with Maggie.  For the most part he has adjusted well.  He still has a hard time taking a nap without me laying next to him and me not cuddling with him in the recliner after but he's making it okay.  He loves to hold Maggie and he's getting pretty good at entertaining himself!

We are still a bit dependent on Grammy helping us out after school.  It's just a little less stressful to load up Drew, straight from his nap and Maggie to go get the girls.  Grammy has helped a lot and Keith gets them a day or two after school too.  I think next week we will bite the bullet and start picking them up ourselves...at least a day or two.  The big positive about Grammy helping is the girls get their Grammy attention fix and she also helps me in getting them to do their homework.  :)

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Hays' Babies

Everyone asks who do we think Maggie looks like.  It took me a bit but I finally pulled baby pictures from all the kids...so what do you think?!

Top is Carli & Ava
Bottom is Drew and Maggie

Here's one with their eyes open:

Top is Drew and Maggie
Bottom is Ava and Carli

And one with all the girls:

Maggie, Ava and Carli

To us, Carli is very uniquely her own!  Her face shape and cheeks are all hers and none of her siblings have that.  In person Maggie looks the most like Ava to us.  Especially her mouth and chin.  She may favor Drew a bit, but our vote is she favors Ava the most.

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