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We Are Still Here!

It’s been a few months! We are still here and surviving! It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster if I’m being honest. Ive had some hard moments these last few months. Moments where I felt defeated and alone and exasperated and exhausted and spread thin. However, luckily, with all of the low points, there has also been friendship and family and laughter and fun and meaningful conversations and silly conversations and good food…etc. So it is all a balance it seems haha.

Time is all a blur at this point, so it is hard for me to remember everything along this timeline, but to give some highlights:

-Sophie is about 75% potty trained. We are close people!! So close! We have good days and bad days, but she is slowly and steadily getting it, which has made all the difference. Because it means we can leave the house for longer periods of time and go and do things without as much fear.
-Bailey has lost 2 teeth!! Her two bottom ones and she is looking so grown! And Claire could be the best knot tier in the nation. No joke. I have had to cut so many randomly tied shoe laces off of things because I cant for the life of me untie the dang knots haha.
-We went to Utah!!!! We drove up in 2 days. They were long days! But the girls were troopers! We downloaded so many movies on the iPad and had a ton of snacks and activities for them, so we were prepared haha. Adam was also a trooper for doing all the driving while I climbed all around the back taking care of the girls haha we made a good team. It was so wonderful in Utah. From beginning to end. We needed it so much. To get out and get away and forget about the virus. It was so great to reconnect with my siblings Β after so long and for the girls to be so spoiled and played with and loved haha. For my brother’s 18th birthday my parents got all of us 2 hours at Flow Rider, the indoor water surfing place. Haha well in 40 minutes: I pulled my groin, Adam tweaked his elbows, Celine cut herself on the edge of the side wall…all the people 25 and up….and of course Danny and Aj were killing it haha. So we left after an hour and licked our wounds and pride haha. But we made some fun memories πŸ™‚ Flow Rider was basically the only place we really went to, and it was just the adults. We took the girls to the park and a splash pad, but we just had good quality family time at home, in the backyard, at parks, and with one another. It was great. I was able to witness my brother Danny get the Melchizedek priesthood and get ready for his mission to Santiago Chile, (which has been reassigned for the time being to San Antoni, Texas this coming September). I had the most quality time Ive had with Aj since he was a kid, and was able to see how much he has turned his life around and become a strong man of God–it made my heart so happy! And Its been so long since I have laughed so hard. I was thankful to have some really great life changing conversations with my sister Celine and be with her during some pivotal moments, I am proud of her strength and courage. And of course my mom and dad were the cutest Nana and Pop Pop ever! The girls agonized over waiting for Nana to wake up every morning to play! (And to give Nana credit, she was up at 6:30am! haha) The girls love them all so much! In fact, Bailey still prays everyday that Uncle Danny will be safe on his mission for two years. πŸ™‚ I was able to visit my bestie Merinda and meet her newest little bundle of joy, Michael! It was seriously squad goals, sitting on her back porch watching our kids run and play together. Who would have thought when we were little 18 year old freshmen, that 12 years later we would be where we are at. It made my heart so happy. I love her so much.
The girls were in mourning when we left. It was 2.5 weeks of nothing but love, fun, and play. I was sad to go too! We had our 9 year anniversary on the road actually! Haha we celebrated in the hotel with pizza and cupcakes! It was one to remember πŸ™‚ On the way home we were lucky enough to head over and see Austin and Rhuvana and spend some time with them. They fed us well and we always feel so comfy with them, and have lots of laughs and good talks. I love it. I was thankful to see their cute house and where they live and spend time in their space. It’s different when people come to you and your space. So I am glad we were able to do that πŸ™‚
-But home sweet home! There’s no place like your own bed, no matter how much your heart misses. We slept so good that first night home, we all did! Haha.
-While we were gone, Ally had a beautiful baby boy! Little Hyrum! Yay for another nephew! And she is a flippin rock star to be pregnant and give birth during this pandemic. Hyrum will have quite the story to tell his friends one day of him coming into this world.
-Not long after we got home, Adam turned around and flew to Washington for the graveside service of his sweet Grandma Bird. I was lucky to have met her a couple times before she had Alzheimer’s 😦 She passed with so many surrounding her in love and support. I am so glad Adam was able to go and be there with his family and celebrate her life. She will be missed by many.
-Now that we are home and getting back into some kind of routine, school is the next thing on the list. With Covid, schools are requiring face masks for everyone pre-k and up, all day. As well as not being able to socialize and have kids near each other. I understand the reasonings behind it. But that is hard for a 6 year old. And I know my 6 year old, and the lack of social connection would break her little spirit. We prayed about it really hard and felt that for her personally, it would be best to keep her home. (Side note: zero judgement for those who are going to on campus school. This is just what fits best for my family). So we had decided to do the online option. But then found out it was going to be mainly all day on Zoom. And I don’t know how that would work with my other two girls, and how Bailey would be able to navigate that…so we ultimately decided to withdraw her from school this year and homeschool her myself. I am actually really excited. More than I ever thought I would be! haha. I am thankful to have an extra year with my girlies home with me πŸ™‚ Im going to do some pre-k work with Claire too to help her prepare for kindergarten as well, so they will be able to have school time together. πŸ™‚ I am sure there will be hard days and good days. But I felt peace for the first time in making this decision regarding school, so that alone has been an answer to prayers.

So here we go! After having such an eventful few months, I am curious to what the next few will be! Stay tuned! haha.

Enjoy the hundreds of pictures of random family fun and love πŸ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Thanksgiving & Christmas and Everything in Between to end 2018!

So a ton has happened since my last blog! It’s hard to remember all the details, so luckily I have a bagillion pictures at the end of this to help with anything I miss!

So we were surprised with tickets to go up and see my family in Utah! It was sooo fun! I hadn’t been in 2 years! In fact, it was funny because Claire and Sophie were exactly the ages that Bailey and Claire were the last time we were there. We jam packed it full of fun: Tree House Museum, crafts, train rides, Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, dancing parties, Legge Festivus games (AJ won of course haha), bowling, aquariums, seeing Santa, Β early Christmas with Nana and Pop pop, rides up the mountain to see snow…and then enjoying the snow in the backyard a few days later lol. So tons of things and tons of fun! Everyone was home so it was nice to get together with my siblings like old times. Plus my girls fell in love with my parents golden retriever Zoey…sorry girls! No dogs for us! haha. But they were so cute playing with her and playing with everyone there. My girls came back and were bored because I couldn’t keep up with the same level of excitement haha. They still ask at least every couple days or so when we are going back to Utah. Haha.

And then we had a wonderfully fun Christmas season! We saw a ton of Christmas lights (one in particular had a tree synced to a radio station and it would sing the songs. SO cool! We parked and the girls got out and danced in the cul de sac. That was a fun memory i’ll always remember). We made cool christmas candy cane cookies! The girls loved rolling them out and twisting the red and white dough together, along with decorating sugar cookies for Santa of course. We did the Christmas train with family down in Alvin and it was awesome. Cold and windy! But awesome. We went caroling with some friends of ours and delivered goodies! Bailey in particular loved this one. She is my little singer. We went to Kingwood and saw hundreds of nativities from other countries. That was special. They had one similar in Lubbock and we loved it. I really fell in love with the nativity this year. It is becoming my new yearly collection haha.
This season the girls are older and it is so magical. They anticipate santa coming and understand more of the story of Christ’s birth. One day we were reading the book about the little lamb of Bethlehem, and in the book, the lamb watches over the baby Jesus, and we have a little stuffed animal lamb, so Claire runs out of the room, goes and grabs the baby Jesus from the Nativity on the piano, and lays baby Jesus next to the lamb, and then cuddles up with both. My heart couldn’t take it! And then one day I came out and saw Bailey had lined everyone up in the nativity to wait their turn to see Baby Jesus! The girls are all just so loving and tender hearted and kind and I couldn’t be any happier to have the pleasure of being their Momma.

One thing this season that I loved was the fact that I reread the Book of Mormon. I just finished this last Saturday before the end of the year. It was such a profound experience, and one that I will always cherish. Reading it in a short amount of time allowed me to read more everyday, and my testimony has grown ten fold. I have felt the spirit in my life more and have felt a love for my Savior more. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ (along with the bible. It is an additional testament) and it is just impossible to read it without wanting to become a better person and do all that I can to live with Him again. I plan to restart it again very soon, because I just cant get enough. If you are looking for more guidance this year as you navigate through life…I invite you to check out The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and particularly get your hands on a Book of Mormon. You can get one free from the local missionaries in your area, who are always so awesome. I promise you won’t regret it. To learn more: www.lds.orgΒ 

The girls are all growing up so fast and I am trying to keep up! I sometimes get in the hustle and bustle of taking care of the 3 kiddos that I can forget to sit back and enjoy the moment. That is one of my goals for 2019. To enjoy the moments more πŸ™‚ Remind me of that as I tackle potty training Claire starting tomorrow….. πŸ˜‰

Now here are the tons of pics I promised that fills in between the lines haha (and the photos are not in order btw….so have fun with memory whiplashes! lol)

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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Halloween and Thanksgiving 2017

So growing a third human while chasing two toddlers has exponentially increased my symptoms of Mommy brain….I can only imagine once Sophie is here! Which is coming soon! I woke up one morning and realized I was 6 months pregnant…when did that happen?!?

Also Halloween and Thanksgiving have already happened and now Christmas is around the corner….seriously, did someone give the Earth an extra spin or two??

On Halloween it was pouring rain, but we made the best of it! Bailey was a little shark, Claire