Thanksgiving this year was of course wild and crazy as usual at the Cowan household. We were blessed to have both Corbin and my families in town and joined them all together for one big dinner. We were a little under the weather but still enjoyed the wonderful weather and the kids had a ball getting to play with each other.
In the midst of Thanksgiving Sydney had her 4th bday so we celebrated a couple times with friends and family.
We got the Frederick family all together to take family pics and the kids were surprisingly fairly good.
The girls got the jeep stuck and Kenton being the big man that he is tried to pull them out.
We of course had 2 dogs grace out Thanksgiving this year, Cooper and Maia.
Okay, so I don't know how all of you keep up with your blogs. I have been in a whirlwind ever since I started back at work about 6 weeks ago. I am now working 3 days a week and my personal and family life have been left in the dust. I am just not quite adjusted yet and trying to make sense of all the chaos. Here a few pics over the past month.
Mary Frances at her Mother's day out which she loves cuz she goes with her best friend Ellen.
My beautiful baby Lauren with her cute tongue out and hat on.
Sydney and Mary Frances at the Piedmont Pumpkin Patch.
We actually got a family pic but of course Lauren is so small you can hardly see her.
Mary Frances can't keep her hands off Lauren and she loves the bottle.
This is us last weekend at the church Trunk or Treat. I think Sydney loves her dress cuz she has worn this same dress for several Halloween's in a row. Mary Frances is a cat and Lauren is just Lauren.
Ok so I know I always update numerous events at once. I feel like I never have time to update my blog. The girls were playing in the playroom so I thought I was safe but not with my girls. I turn around and Mary Frances has no clothes on and wants her bathing suit on and Sydney my potty trained 3.5 year old has a diaper on and is pretending to be a baby. Life in this house is crazy and maybe that is why I am crazy. I am too tired at night to be on the computer and during the day unless my kids are locked in a room I can't take my eyes off them for more than a few minutes. This morning Sydney got into all my lipsticks. Fun, huh? Corbin has been working late every night so it is me and the girls. Any tips on how to keep them out of trouble?
So today was the first day of kindergarten. Mary Frances has been so excited for weeks. I have been excited also. She is SOOOOO ready for school and to have some structure in her life, which I have not provided this summer. She decided to wear this outfit even though it is summer but her Grandma Francie got it for her this past week when she was here. She is in Ms. Wilson's class at Charles Haskell and is in afternoon kindergarten. Corbin met us there and we dropped her off along with the other hundred kids that were there. The school seems so big. When I picked her up she said she enjoyed it but seemed glad that we were there to get her.
Sister Sydney is sad she is not in school. She is stuck at home with mom and baby.
Ellen and Mary Frances are finally in school together and they got different teachers. I think this is good though cuz they will make other friends. Mary Frances is still wishing she was in class with Ellen.
So I know many of you are wanting some updated pics of Lauren. I haven't taken as many of her as I did of the other two. Life is crazy with 3 and I rarely get a moment alone with Lauren. These are pics I took today when she was trying to fall asleep on my bed. We are glad she likes the pacifier cuz our other 2 did not. Sorry to those who have not seen her yet. Those of you who know me know I am a germaphobe and I have tried to limit the visits, but I am feeling great and she is doing great. Nights are still rough but I cherish every moment since I know she is my last. I love to hold her and just look at her. Today I actually got to pick out her outfit but usually Sydney and Mary Frances fight over what out she is going to wear.
So we have been married 8 years this past August 4th. With a new baby at home our options were limited to what we could do but thanks to my parents who watched all the girls Corbin and I got to go out to eat at Mahagony. We had a wonderful time just the two of us(WITH NO KIDS!!!)
Since we have been married 8 years I decided to write 8 things I love about my husband.
1. He is the most compassionate man I know
2. He always thinks I am sexy even when I know I am not
3. He is a hard worker and good provider for his family
4. He loves our girls
5. He has a wonderful spiritual side that grows stronger each year
6. He loves to travel and eat at wonderful restaurants
7. He is a wonderful cook
8. He knows our to calm our kids down when I am about to pull out my hair
These are the beautiful bouquet of flowers he got me.
So here's the story. I went to see my doctor Tuesday July 21st and she told me she would be gone all weekend and if I went into labor her dad would deliver the baby. I started to cry. I just knew I would have this little baby by now but no such luck. So Wednesday morning the girls and I are at home as usual and my doctor calls and says head up to the hospital and get induced. I was both excited and scared. I had never had to be induced before and was hoping to go on my own but excited to get the baby here and have my doctor deliver her.
Here is me outside the hospital getting ready to go in.
Here is baby girl Cowan which she was known as for the first 24 hours of her life.
Proud mama, exhausted!!!
Daddy, who thought she was so beautiful, informed me he wasn't sure this should be our last.
The girls came up after school and were so excited. They couldn't keep their hands off the baby and thought she was so cute.
Here is Mary Frances holding Lauren Elizabeth. We decided on that name cuz Corb and I both loved the name Lauren and Mary Frances picked out the name Elizabeth. so of course what does Mary Frances call her but "Elizabeth" . She is such the little mama and loves to hold the baby and can't help kissing her all the time.