Welcome to 2011!

It’s been a while since I posted regularly. I’ll be honest; this is a really weird (read: strange, hard) time in our house.  We’ve been busy making plans, raising funds, beginning to pack, traveling, Christmas-ing, parenting, growing, eating, sleeping… So busy that it’s been hard to keep up on the blog, or anything else.

It’s been fun, but as any endeavor with three very small children, it’s been crazy.

(The “making excuses” portion of the post is over now.)

Let the updating begin:

Like I mentioned earlier, we did a lot of traveling over the Christmas season. Traveling is always an adventure with kids. We have a lot of kids and do a lot of traveling.  Therefore, we have a lot of adventures. We were thankful to see our families though. All the craziness was worth it. Every season I am amazed that we really enjoy our each other.

Brian has less than two weeks of teaching left. When he is finished, we plan to move to southwest Missouri in order to spend some time with the Fuller side of our family and to allow us to focus on support raising for our move overseas.

We are really excited about all of these opportunities coming our way, but a lot of the time it just feels overwhelming. Please pray for us when you think of it. We need you.

In other family news: we got the puppy we’ve been promising to Malaki for the last year and a half. It’s a yellow female Labrador named Amiga.  We’re already pretty attached to her, and we’ve only had her since yesterday.

Malaki turned three since our last update.  He is getting tall! Ever since the weekend after his birthday, he has done well with potty-training. We have some bumps to smooth out, but we’re in a good place right now. His current favorite things are: dinosaurs, strings, circus peanuts, and Amiga. He is becoming quite the protector of his younger siblings. He is the only one allowed to be rough with them.

Cora is becoming a true little lady.  She got a tutu for Christmas and enjoys wearing that around the house saying, “Pretty, pretty.” She’s not afraid to ask for a compliment. I can really see her maternal instincts peeking out at this stage.  She loves baby dolls and and little animals. I have to swaddle her baby before I can put them in bed.

Jairus has grown so much since last we met. He’ll be four months old this week, and he has already mastered baby cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, and peas. He’s very alert and loves to be held facing out to see what is going on around him. He loves his older brother and sister, even if he grimaces when they get close.  He’s generally a very happy baby.  For this, we are very, very thankful.

Here’s to making 2011 the year of the consistently updated blog!

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About Kassie Phillips

My name is Kassie. I am wife to Brian. I am mom to Malaki, Cora, & Jairus. We live in Southwest Missouri. Life for us is crazy, overwhelming, messy, and fun.
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