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    The Facts:

    - You are our spunky little lady.  You sometimes get a wild hair and do things like run out into the parking lot.  You also have the most amazing facial expressions.

    - Your logic and reasoning amazes me at times.  You are constantly processing things, asking questions, and even able to come up with compromises on your own.

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    - You have been completely potty trained for about 6 months now.  You rocked it and took no time at all! You are even able to get out of your bed at night and go potty all by yourself when needed. (We are currently working on getting you to remember to turn off the lights afterwards.)

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    - You recently got an Amazon Dot in your room and repeatedly fall asleep to the Nora Jones album “Feels Like Home.”

    - You have moved into the Preschool classroom at Primrose and even have Ms. Agee, one of your sister’s favorite teachers.  You have started practicing writing your name and it is adorable.

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    - You started swim lessons a few month ago and are loving it.

    - You are such a great sister to both Bryn and Ryker! You share your toys and often run to grab Ryker a “chewy” at the first sign of him starting to bite. Smile

    - You love to be a helper and will often get upset if someone else steps in to do a job that you were asked to help with.

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    Zella Lou, you make our life so much more interesting.  Your giggle and love for life are so contagious.  We love you so very, very much!

    ~Mommy

    ~Kristin

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  • The month of May is ridiculous but I am working hard on fulfilling the grandmothers' requests of new house pictures. Smile

    With part 1 of this “series” I give you, the good and the not so pretty of the first floor.

    Don’t get me wrong, I straightened the house for pictures and completely angled these to avoid any unnecessary clutter but you are getting the house with lots of projects left to complete.  So when you see pictures in frames that are upside down, things sitting on the floor waiting to be hung in just the right spot,  and our light bulb “light fixtures” it is all just the current realness of our home.  And you know what….it is ALL good (as Pete the Cat would say.)  This is our forever home and I am 99% ok with our incomplete projects (that 1% is just the perfectionist in me.)  I love that we have all the time in the world to put into this house to get it right and I love so much about this house that it is easy to look past the little unfinished imperfections.

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    I feel the need to explain this photo further.  This is off of our kitchen and looks slightly terrifying at the moment.  We are putting a deck in this summer and asked the builders to credit the small wood deck that came standard.  The boards were placed for code/safety.  I have no idea why they used these massive boards that you can see from the road leading up to our house, but they will be gone soon. Yes, we always keep this door closed and locked so kids are kept safe.

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    The mud room is still a work in progress. My current inspiration is to line this wall with old doors and place hooks on them for coats and bookbags.  I am giving it time and we will see where it takes us.

    I make no promises about when pt. 2 will be posted…

    ~Kristin

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    The Facts:

    - Your stats are the following: Weight 44.2 lbs (47%) Height 48” (91%)

    - You “lost” your first tooth in November.  Your top, front tooth that  you chipped when you were a year and a half had to be pulled due to infection behind it. 

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    - You LOVE to read and are doing a great job of it. You can easily read  sight words and can usually sound out other words too. Going to the library, both at school and on the weekends, has been one of your new favorite things this year.

    - You also love art.  If it involves creating or painting you are always game.

    - You had your first daddy daughter dance last month.  Mommy curled you hair and you wore a dress.  You ditched your daddy at the dance and went off dancing with all of your friends. Smile

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    - You started softball and couldn’t be more excited about it.  Unfortunately with all the rain we are getting you have had a whopping total of 1 practice.  You are supposed to have a game tomorrow morning and we can’t wait to cheer you on!

    - You still love all things sports. You talk about the Cubs all the time.  Your birthday gift this year is a basketball hoop (to be purchased) and you can’t wait for better weather to get out and play!

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    - You are learning a lot in Kindergarten and love your teacher, Mrs. Pata. 

    - You started riding the bus to school last month.  It broke this mama’s heart to see you as such a big kid but you have been doing well with it. (Not counting the day last week that you missed the bus because of a melt down.)

    - You are still very stubborn.  There are times when you just want to be right.  You get things set in your mind and have a really hard time getting past it. 

    - You give the best hugs and are the most cuddly girl.  I have called you my “cuddle bug” since you were just a baby and that still holds true.

    - You failed your hearing test (twice) this month in the left ear and we are being referred to an ENT to see what is going on.

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    - You are still working hard on responding to people when they talk to you or ask you a question.  You are very shy around people and it takes you awhile to warm up.

    - You love kids. You love “watching” Ryker and are constantly trying to pick him up…no matter how many times we tell you not to.  You also love being around all of your cousins. You are such a caregiver and love helping out with the babies and playing with everyone.

    - You enjoy helping out around the house.  Your regular jobs include setting the table, helping to do dishes, getting the dogs in their cages, folding laundry, making your bed, etc.

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    Girlfriend, you are getting too big.  I don’t know how it is possible that you are six.  You look like a teenager already and I am not alright with it.  We love you so very much, spunky girl.  You are your own person and don’t follow the crowd and I hope you always feel comfortable being you! I am so proud of you, little lady, and I hope you continue to grow in strength, compassion, wisdom, and faith.

    Love you, Brynie bear!

    ~Kristin

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    “Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations.” Psalms 90:1


    Last Thursday (maundy Thursday) my last living grandfather left this Earth. Looking back on his last year of life, grandpa Schmidt used this time to prepare his loved ones for his death. To his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren this man seemed slightly invincible.


    We definitely went through scary times with him but he always seemed to make it out just fine. Grandpa Schmidt had six different cancers on his "cancer resume" (as he liked to jokingly call it.) We would joke back and call him one lucky son of a gun but it was more than luck, grandpa was blessed.


    This man of God was blessed in so many ways and in turn blessed others. He was blessed to have wonderful, hardworking parents. One of my favorite things has always been hearing stories of the daring Louis and Maude Schmidt. He was blessed to be one of eleven children who were taught hard work growing up on a farm in IL. He was blessed to have a successful business with his brother in Mt. Zion, IL. And what I'm most thankful for, his blessings of my grandma and their three children.


    Grandpa meant something different to each and every one of his family members and we were each able to feel like we had our own special connection with him.


    This past week I have spent more than my fair share of time in the car. This travel time started with me shouting "please, please Lord let me make it on time" as I raced to be by his side after I got the news that they were ready to "make him comfortable." Thrown in with these prayers were numerous tears and memories. It is amazing how many memories flood to you when you know you are losing/or have lost someone. Memories of grandpa saying "I have my dancing shoes ready for your wedding" long before I was even dating and then getting to have that dance with him almost ten years ago. Of finding grandpa’s stack of magazines while playing hide and seek. Of grandpa teaching me how to play minesweeper. Of grandpa telling me how great of a memory I had because I could always beat him at the game of memory. Of grandparent-hosted cousin sleep over weeks in the summer. Of pumping water out of the well that used to be in their yard. Of grandpa teaching my sister and I how to shoot a bb gun. Of grandpa eating sardines and pouring salt and pepper on everything. Of all the amazing meals he cooked for us including our annual seafood Christmas Eve dinner. Of grandpa meeting each of his three great grandchildren for the first time. And so many more.


    Another blessing was being able to recreate a few of these memories last weekend while being surrounded by family. We all took turns ringing grandpa's huge bell in the yard, a few unnamed daredevils put pennies on the railroad tracks, and bb guns were fired. Flowers and bows we're put on the front yard trees to recreate the bows that were placed on those same trees each time one of us grandchildren were born. We even drove by grandpa's old place of business. So many blessings.


    The final blessing grandpa gave to each of us was giving smiles and holding hands. His head leaning into mine when I got to the hospital room and hugged him with grandma saying "Kristin's here" is a memory I will forever treasure. The smile on his face when Jason jokingly said "you have both of your favorite grandchildren here" as we held his hands. And the prayer we all prayed around him late Wednesday night after all nine of the grandchildren were able to make it back to him to say goodbye. These moments meant so much to me and and I am so thankful for such a great earthly ending to our relationship.  I look forward to meeting again in heaven and being introduced to all of the wonderful Schmidt family members who have gone before me.  


    Thank you, grandpa for being such a great and loving role model. I only hope I can continue to make you proud.  

    ~Kristin

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