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Birthday Season!

The springtime is always busy in the Bertoch household. We usually jam pack spring break and all 3 girlies birthdays within weeks of eachother! This year was no different! My Mom came to visit during the girls spring break, which we were all so happy and excited about! It’s the BEST when Nana visits! Lots of quality spoiling time 🙂 She actually flew in the day before Sophie’s birthday, so we celebrated quick once she was here! haha. Sophie requested a donut for her birthday breakfast; the cotton candy one, her favorite 🙂
While Nana was here we took her to our favorite little cabin farm get away in Navasota and enjoyed a couple days away from the busy city life. Everyone enjoyed it. It was a bit rainy and cloudy the first day, but the second day was beautiful! We soaked in all of God’s creations and time together. The day we checked out of the cabin, we headed home for the girls combined birthday pool part at Grandma’s with cousins and family! I ordered them a mermaid cake they picked for the occasion, and some pizza for lunch and it was a really nice, low-key fun birthday party to celebrate them while my mom was in town and we had so much family together. It was wonderful.

Claire was also able to show Nana how she learned to ride her bike without training wheels! Claire had been asking for weeks and we finally tackled it, and she rocked it! When Claire gets her mind on something, she doesn’t stop until she gets it haha. So in a matter of probably 2 days of riding and practicing, she was able to ride without training wheels! She was so proud to show Nana when she visited! Im so proud of her for working so hard! Claire’s birthday was during a school day, so we blew out candles bright and early before school on the unicorn hostess cake she requested haha. Then I checked her and Bailey out early from school and we had a big tea party with our besties next door. It was so much fun! And then they were able to run around and play outside while everyone was still in school, and they felt pretty cool about that haha.

Bailey’s birthday was also during school and she requested a chocolate cake for her to blow out her candles, so we had an early cake breakfast before school! I checked her and Claire out again early from school and we took our besties next door with us to the trampoline park for two hours of jumping! Every kid was pooped by the time we went home haha. But it was a blast 🙂 Bailey has also started a hip hop dance class weekly that she is really enjoying! Bailey has always loved everything music related, whether listening or dancing or singing. She loves it. Im super proud of her for trying something new! (Oh and Bailey is so happy that at least one of her front teeth is finally growing in!)

Sophie is finishing up her preschool for the year this week, and then she will be off until the Fall. The older girls still have one more month of school left and everyone is counting down! We had a fun time at the girls school a few weeks ago for their book parade. They had the kids dress up as their favorite book and then do a fun parade around the school to show everyone. Bailey and Claire decided to do Beezus and Ramona from the Beverly Cleary books. We had just finished the whole series a few days before the parade. That has been such a rewarding experience for me because I remember reading the Ramona books as a kid and loving them and resonating so much with the characters (although this time around I understood more from the mom’s perspective haha). And to see the girls resonate and enjoy these books has been a full circle moment. Im proud of us for reading all 8 books together and I cherish those times spent at the table, couch, bed, car, while reading these stories to them. We were all a bit melancholy when the story ended, so I bought all of Beverly Cleary’s other series Henry Huggins! Even though my reading time has slowed a bit with everything being kinda busy here, we are already on book 2! I havent read this series before, so I get to experience it for the first time with them 🙂

Rhuvana’s baby shower was Easter weekend! I have been soooooo excited for her baby shower and I am thankful to be able to help with as much as I could. I did little succulents for her favors, and considering how much I kill plants…I was proud for keeping the alive until the shower, because I sure had a few close calls! haha. But was such a great day celebrating her and Austin and their preparations for having a sweet baby boy join their family. I can’t wait for some Aunt Cassie baby snuggles! Although my girls have made it clear I will have to fight them for some baby time….he will be one well loved baby! haha.

Easter tends to sneak up on me since Bailey’s birthday is usually close to it (she was actually born on Easter!) but we were able to do our favorite activities of coloring and Easter egg hunts! Grandma always does the best egg hunts in her yard; color coded by grandchild, which is genius and has saved so many fights haha. And the girls love hiding all of the eggs around the house and doing eggs hunts for eachother 🙂

All in all it has been a great spring, and it’s not over yet! We have many things coming up to look forward to that I am excited to share 🙂 Until then…

These are our Bits’ O Bertoch

Cassie Bertoch

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Bertoch Christmas 2021

It’s that time of year! Our annual virtual Christmas letter 🙂 (You can also click the link below the pic and the pdf will pull up)

Bertoch Christmas Letter 2021

It’s been a great Christmas! Well, few actually! We had the one with my mom visiting early this month. Then we had a Friendsmas with our neighbors and exchanged gifts and played games and had some good friend time. Christmas Eve we did our traditional fondue, but Texas style this time per Adam’s idea….brisket queso haha im sure our European relatives were rolling over it, but it was 10/10 for everyone haha. And then we do the girls siblings gift opening. I love this tradition so much because they are all so excited about giving each other the gifts that they personally and meticulously picked out for each other. Melts my heart each time. And of course we had our own Christmas morning with the girlies (at 5:45am I might add…) and then later on that day we went over to Adam’s moms house for Christmas with grandma and the family! Whew! These girls are sure loved and spoiled 🙂
But the fun isn’t over yet!! We decided to do one last family fun trip before school starts back up….. so we will be going to Great Wolf Lodge right after New Years! We are all sorts of excited. This will be our second time going, and the girls have been counting down the milliseconds haha. It will be a great way to start the year 2022! Quality fun time with family 🙂
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy new year! We usually do fondue for New Years eve as well because the girls love it so much (and I like to treat myself to some raclette cheese and potatoes…much to the nose plugging of those around me haha) and Adam and I will watch the fireworks burst around us in our neighborhood at midnight in our pjs with sleeping kiddos who miraculously never wake up to the thundering haha. 2022 is going to be great. I can feel it.

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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There Will Always Be More Good

So a ton has happened since my last post in March. As you’ll be able to tell from the plethora of pictures at the end of this post. The most important thing to me on this entire planet is my family. When I think of what my purpose is in life and what I want to spend my time doing, it is with them. I am just sitting here, and as I was going through and collecting the batch of pictures to attach to this post, it reminded me of so many fun memories, just in the last couple months! One thing I am very thankful for is the fact that both Adam and I love to create experiences and memories for our children and family together. We like to do experience based gifts and celebrations. It is my favorite. Not everyday is a grand event that we knock out of the park of course. But I am so thankful to be able to have those days where my kids go to bed with a smile from a day full of fun; even if that is simply from playing in the backyard with our little pool.
There is so much hate and confusion in this world. It feels unavoidable at times, and I wish I could shield my girls from it forever. But with the hate and confusion, there is also so much good to be found, and good people to meet and befriend. Bailey asked me a few weeks ago if there would be mean people at school when she goes back this fall. And I thought for a minute, deciding how I wanted to go about the answer, and finally I told her that yes, there would be mean people here and there at school. But to remember that there will always be more kids that will be kind. And it was a good reminder for me too. That while the media can at times make it feel that the world is more bad than it is good, I know that there is so much more good that we dont realize. Right around us. In the hundreds of times we have taken the girls to a park or where other kids are playing, we have only encountered maybe 2-3 kids who weren’t kind, compared to the hundreds who were loving and friendly and wanting to play. This gives me hope. And with how the world has been in the last 18 months, I could use some hope.

I have had hard times and really sad moments in the last few months. But when I look at it as a whole, there is so much more fun and happiness and joy. So while I have always felt it is important to show a balance of real life, I really want to highlight and focus only on the good in the last few months. I need the hope, joy, and goodness to become the bigger focus for my mind.

So in no particular order, I want to just mention some really amazing moments we have experienced since March.

-Sophie turned 3 and we celebrated by going to the beach in Galveston with family.
-Claire turned 5 and we celebrated by going down south to a wonderful place with a fun dolphin splash pad called Clear Lake Park.
-Bailey turned 7 and we celebrated by going to Moody Gardens and her favorite restaurant Rain Forest Cafe.
-The girls had a big combined birthday party where we rented out the whole trampoline park. It was the best ever.
-Claire finished her preschool program at the high school and it was so wonderful seeing her grow and learn and I have such gratitude knowing she will be ready for kindergarten this fall.
-Houston Zoo visits and carousel rides and train rides.
-We found a new park we love in Katy with a fun train theme.
-Bike riding and picnics.
-We have continued to have our Fun Friday tradition even though we are no longer homeschooling and it is summer time. We have created and/or decorated: cupcakes, cake, muffins, lemonade, cookies in fun shapes, popsicles, cookie dough balls, homemade ice cream and more to come!
-We washed the car outside in the sunshine, and also played in the rain together.
-We have started going to matinee movies and enjoying the AC during the heat of the summer with a fun big screen.
-We finished our reading rainbow and reaped the rewards! Including camping in the huge tent in the living room, bike ride, going to their favorite parks far away, new books, and ice cream!
-We started Sophie’s 1001 books before kindergarten tradition that we completed with both Bailey and Claire. As of right now we are almost to the 500 books milestone.
-Starting new experiences: Bailey did a basketball clinic, and her and Claire are doing a gymnastics summer class. Both of them are loving it and it has been teaching them good lessons of overcoming fears and building confidence.
-My sister Celine and my brother AJ visited a few weeks a part from eachother and helped lift my spirits, they showed love to my children, gave us all love and time, laughs, and much needed memories.
-We visited temple grounds again and it felt so wonderful to be closer to the Lord and feel extra spiritual upliftment.
-I love seeing the girls different creativity shine through their coloring pictures, block building, Minecraft world building, stardew valley farming, fort building, pretend play, and their games outside.
-My mom completed her heavy chemo regime, successfully removed her awful cancer through surgery, and she is almost through with her radiation treatment, so close to recovery!
-My brother Danny is in Chile now for his mission. He made it safely and is spreading the good word to those who he is able to reach while the country is still in covid lockdown, and is doing it with a smile. An example to me. His weekly calls to the family brings happiness, specially seeing everyone come together virtually for it. Helps me forget we are all thousands of miles apart.
-Many many fun pool days spent at Stacey’s enjoying sunshine and cousin time and fun flips and jumps into the pool and good food together. The girl’s love spending time with their cousins and we are so blessed to live close enough for them to build a good relationship with them.
-Fun play dates with our wonderful neighbors who live a stone’s throw away from our front door. We could have never gotten through the last year of quarantine without having our own pocket of normalcy together at home.
-Austin and Rhuvana both visited, Austin and Adam went to a fun car show (much needed bros date for Adam, who is surrounded by girls haha) and I enjoyed quality time with Rhuvana and our many deep meaningful conversations.
-Library’s have opened back up and the joy of bringing home a huge stack of new books to read makes us all so happy.
-Triumphant moments of mastering: putting on clothes, shoes, brushing teeth, buckling in car seats, unbuckling in car seats, working through hard emotions successfully, and conquering difficult speech sounds.
-Tea parties and toothless grins and flower picking and dandelion wishes and bug collecting and spa days and nail painting and Bailey/Claire/Sophie cuddles.

It has been a great couple of months. And we have many more wonderful things to look forward to in the last half of the year. I know that good will persevere over evil. Through Jesus Christ and His strength. The goodness in the world may not be as loud as the awful things that do happen, but it brings me comfort knowing that I can go out into the world around me and encounter real goodness and good people and good experiences.

I am very blessed and thankful for my life and my family. I don’t deserve any of this, but I will gladly enjoy it.