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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Sweet Gunner

Two weeks ago today, we had to say goodbye to our first baby, our dog, Gunner. Early Wednesday morning, Gunner was hit by a car. Unfortunately the driver never stopped to see if he was OK. Thankfully, he was able to make it to the house, but his leg was severely injured.


After 2 vet consultations, and x-rays, we decided we needed to put poor Gunner down. He would have required major surgery on his leg, and after that, would never be able to do the things he loved most (hunting, running, etc.). He also would have suffered from arthritis, and could have complications the rest of his life. Although we are very sad about losing Gunner, we are glad that he won't have to suffer, and we will always have lots of great memories of him!

Here is sweet Gunner when we first brought him home 4 years ago! He was so sweet and cuddly, but very naughty at times! I don't even know if I could count how many pairs of shoes he chewed up! :-)
Gunner was always SO excited to come visit me in the hospital during bed rest. Little did he know that his life would sure change!
Daddy and Gunner taking a nap at the hospital!

Enjoying our first walk as a family of 7!

Our first family picture!


Gunner was always such a great dog, and loved to pheasant hunt with James. He was so careful around the kids when they were babies, but had a tough time dealing with them when they became mobile. He went to live with James' parents full time last summer , where it was quiet and he could run around and play. We will always remember our sweet Gunner boy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!!!



Hope your day has been full of love! :-)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Christmas 2011

Although it's been a month since Christmas, and most people are already thinking about the time left until Spring, I thought I better write a little about our Christmas with the kiddos this year. I am realizing that having kids (or maybe it's having 4 at the same time) can really do a number on your memory! The blog helps me remember all the big events in our lives!

We truly had an amazing Christmas this year! It is so fun to see the joy in your kids' eyes, especially during the holidays, and I'm sure next year will be even better as they really start to understand what Christmas is all about! We decided not to attend Christmas Eve service this year due to the fact that the church wasn't offering a nursery, and the thought of 4 toddlers at a candle light service sounded pretty scary! :-) We spent Christmas Eve at my Grandma and Grandpa's house with most of my relatives, and then headed to James' parent's house for more fun! Christmas day was spent at James' parent's house in the morning/early afternoon, and my Mom's for dinner.

Papa bought the kids a new snowmobile sled that is enclosed. The kids had a blast riding with Uncle Caleb!




Sophie, Brady, & Uncle Caleb




Brady checking out the snow mobile trailer!




Max & Emme testing out Daddy's ice fishing sled (good enough for sledding)!



Sophie



Max, Emme, & Uncle Caleb



Max



Emme


Christmas Eve family picture!



(L to R) Brady, Emme, Max, Sophie




Daddy helping the kids open presents at Great-Grandma Mick's and Great-Grandpa Lee's house!



Sweet Brady




Back at Nana & Papa's for more presents! Sophie decided it was her party and she could throw a fit if she wanted to! Gotta love 2 year old melt downs!




Sophie was happy once she got to open her presents by herself!



Max checking out his new vacuum cleaner!
Ripping into more presents on Christmas morning!
Elmo was a HUGE hit this year!
Emme, Max, and Brady helping Uncle Caleb open presents!
Mommy & Emme















Emme




Sophie




Brady


Max

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2 year update

Here is our long overdue update on the kiddos since they turned 2! Our house has never been busier! It actually makes the newborn phase (when they stayed in one spot until we moved them) seem like a piece of cake! :-)
Sophie Marie (as of 12/2/11)
Height: 34" (52%) Taller than her sister now!
Weight: 24 lbs (15%)

As you can see, Miss Sophie is really not so tiny anymore! She is finally on the growth chart in height and weight! She has had a major growth spurt in the past 6 months, which would explain her eating habits these days! She eats all the time, and is not picky at all! Most nights she will eat her dinner, and then help Mommy and Daddy eat theirs as well!

Sophie has also developed a VERY sassy personality, and has decided that she will not let her siblings have anything she is playing with without a fight (including her favorite yellow blankie). In fact, we often find her hoarding toys or snacks, and hiding where her brothers and sister won't be able to find her. She occasionally tests Mommy to see if her new found attitude will work to get what she wants, but has learned very quickly that the end result is often a time out. She is very independent, and definitely knows what she wants! She also has a very loving and sweet personality, which is what we see the majority of the time.

Little Miss Sophie is really not a girly girl at all, and 9 times out of 10, would choose to play with tractors or tools over baby dolls; however, she LOVES to dance! If we turn the radio on or she hears music on TV, she almost always starts dancing, and actually has pretty good moves for a 2 year old!

Emme Lee (as of 12/2/11)
Height: 33 1/4" (32%)

Weight: 25.2 lbs. (29%)


Miss Emme Lee is the princess out of the group, and loves all things girly! She loves to hear how pretty she is, and gets so excited about wearing dresses and skirts. She also loves shoes! Emme loves to play with baby dolls, and always notices babies when reading books, watching TV, or out in public.


Emme has the sweetest, most gentle, and nurturing personality, and LOVES her brothers and sisters! She is honestly our easiest child out of the 4, and hardly ever gets in trouble. She is so laid back, and carefree! She loves to be silly, and has the most adorable giggle!


Max Edward (as of 12/2/11)
Height: 35" (64%)

Weight: 29.2 pounds (64%)

Mr. Mischievous Max knows how to get a reaction out of everyone in our house! :-) He often spends his days stealing toys, snacks, blankies, and pretty much anything he thinks someone else might be interested in! The majority of the time he doesn't even want the item he is stealing from his siblings, but would rather get a reaction! Max is OBSESSED with his blankies, and has to have them at all times. Max is so strong that he has figured out how to move the kitchen table around, flip end tables over, and tip shelves of toys over! Mommy and Daddy have had to move furniture in safe places, so that nobody gets hurt!


Although Max has a very mischievous personality, he also has a very sweet and loving side. Usually in the mornings, and right before bedtime he will crawl up in Mommy or Daddy's lap for some cuddles. He absolutely adores his siblings (especially Emme), and loves on them constantly! Sometimes he tends to "love" on his sister Emme a little too much, and she ends up smashed on the floor or against a wall. We are working on being gentle! :-)

Brady James (as of 12/2/11)

Height: 34 1/2" (50%)

Weight: 26.8 pounds (34%)


Sweet Brady is a ball of energy! He is usually running around the house, being silly and giggling with his siblings. As long as nobody takes the things he is playing with, he is usually in good spirits! However, if somebody takes his stuff away from him, everyone in the house (possibly neighborhood) will hear about it! He has gotten much better about using his words instead of screaming, but it is definitely still a work in progress!


Brady has a very sweet personality, and gives the best hugs and kisses a Mommy could ask for! :-) He is the most sensitive out of the four, and is usually very remorseful if he gets in trouble. He has a pretty pitiful sad face, which always makes Mommy feel bad!


The kiddos are learning so much each and every day! I am so grateful to have such healthy and happy kids, but have to admit that it's a little sad to see them growing up so fast! They are getting so independent, and don't always want any help from Mommy and Daddy. I really can't believe how fast the times flies by when you have kids. I am trying to enjoy each and every moment at home with my kids because I know I will blink and they will be heading off to kindergarten! If only we could stop time every now and then to slow down this process a little..... :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Is it really January?!

I have lived in Iowa most of my life, and do not ever remember having beautiful weather like this in January! The past couple of years have been terrible with snow and ice, so we will take this gorgeous weather! I think the temperature today is at 63 degrees! The sun is shining, and very little wind, which makes it a beautiful day!


The kiddos are enjoying having Papa down. They have already gone for a ride in their choo choo wagon, and will be playing outside until dark! I'm sure we won't have too many more nice days like this, so we are taking advantage of it!


Sophie

Brady trying to pull the wagon!
Emme and Max going for a helicopter ride!

Max wondering where the snow is for his new shovel!

Papa and his tribe!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

We had a great Christmas with our families, and had so much fun watching the kids open gifts this year! They cheered every time they got to open a present. I'm sure next year will be even more fun! I'm working on a blog post with the hundreds of pictures we took over Christmas, so hopefully it won't take me a month to get it done! :-)


It's hard to believe that 2 years ago we spent our first Christmas together as a family in the NICU! I was looking back at pictures, and cannot believe our kids were ever small enough to fit inside their stockings! I did a comparison this year to show just how much they have grown. They truly are miracles!


Our little peanut who had to fight so hard in the beginning is now a fiesty yet sweet 2 year old!
Emme was first to come home from the NICU the day after Christmas, and is the sweetest little girl with an amazing sense of humor!

Max was a stinker even in his NICU days, and hasn't changed much since then. He is our mischevious little boy who definitely leads the pack!

Sweet Brady has a loving smile and personality that melts your heart, but is quite the fireball these days! He is wild and crazy most of the time, and makes us laugh all the time!

We have truly been blessed with amazing kids, a wonderful family, and awesome friends! Happy New Year from the Dotzler's!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Overdue Birthday Post!

I seem to be having a terrible time keeping up with the blog lately! Our crazy life seems to be much crazier now that we have 4 two-year olds! Everyday is an adventure to say the least! :-)

We are so blessed to have so many amazing friends and family members who helped us celebrate the kids' 2nd birthday! We lucked out with awesome weather, and a great turn out! It is so hard to believe that 2 years have already passed by with our kiddos!

Dinner at Bass Pro Shops with Trista, Brandon, Taylor, Liam, and Caleb!
Taylor
Liam
We started out the big birthday with special doughnuts for breakfast, and we were even brave enough to light candles (don't worry no one was injured in this stunt)!


Sophie enjoying her doughnut, but not sure why Mommy is taking her picture!
Emme is the sweets lover of the group, so she was all about doughnuts for breakfast!
Max giving his a try!
Brady had to check his out to make sure it looked good enough to eat!



Both last year, and this year I decided it would be a fun tradition to try and make the kids' birthday cakes each year. I must have forgotten how much work is involved, but I was pretty happy with the turn-out!

We decorated the garage (thanks to our amazing friends Trista and Brandon for their help) in a farm theme complete with hay bales, and a cute cardboard barn that Daddy made!








Mommy made a farm birthday banner too! Our foursome enjoying their cake!
Sophie
Max





Brady

Emme

Our awesome new helicopter from Nana and Papa!

Fun in the backyard....the bounce house was a gift from Mommy & Daddy!

Daddy with the boys (Max in blue, Brady in green).

Scarlett & Wyatt

Jack, Caleb, & Taylor

Our little friends, the Etter quads!

Jenny & Emmalyn

Opening presents (notice our cute shirts Nana made us that say, "baa baa, moo moo, oink oink, cock-a-doodle-do, we are 2)!

More presents!

Brady

Max

Sophie

Emme