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He is here!! 

Cooper Dennis Slonaker made his grand entrance into the world on Tuesday, October 11th, at 9:16 pm. He was 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 19.5 in. of pure perfection! 

Cooper

 I woke up Tuesday morning having contractions a few minutes apart, but not very strong. I was thinking that if this goes anything like my birth with Bradley then we were going to have a baby before noon!  Well, that wasn’t Cooper’s plan. After 14 hours of labor he was finally here! My contractions throughout the day were manageable and they were spread apart. So I spent the day going for walks, watching Netflix and splashing around in my birthing pool. #netflixandcontract. I can’t take credit for that hashtag. My husband is a clever guy!  

We decided to work with a midwife and have a home birth. I am so thankful that everything went as planned and we have a happy, healthy baby. The experience of having my baby at home was amazing! The best part was that there was no sleepless night at the hospital. I was already home, in my own bed, with my own pillow. It was glorious! The only downfall was no “free” room service. 😉

Bradley and I even got to have a little swim session in the pool!

Pool time  

I loved having that time with him. Holding on to every last second of my only baby! My heart breaks a little with the thought that Bradley is not my one and only anymore. But, I am looking forward to the challenges and joys of having two little boys to love! I have already fallen head over heals for my sweet Cooper. I know that loving both of these sweet babes will only better me as a mom and as a person. 

Mommy and boys

Can you tell I am a little sleep deprived?! 😉

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Cooper

I love this view!!

My boys

Brothers

My heart is full of love for my boys! I am so thankful that they are both happy and healthy. I am excited to take on the role of a mother of two! #momofboys

God is so good! 

<3 Justina 

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Chloe’s Dedication Day

We celebrated a special day last weekend in our family! 

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Cody and I committed to raise Chloe in a Christian home and to love the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” 

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How cute is she?! Chloe wore the exact same dress and headband Ember did 2 years ago for her dedication! Can you see a resemblance??

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We were blessed to be joined by so many family and friends! Chloe has so much love and support for her life! And we are blessed as her parents to raise her in this circle. 

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This is my friend Tori and her gorgeous kids! They watch Chloe on Monday’s for us, I am so grateful for her and her willingness to love on Chloe! So glad God brought us together this summer!

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My parents were gracious enough to host a brunch immediately following the service in their home for our family and friends to celebrate! It is always fun to have everyone together.

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Brunch was followed by the other thing we enjoy on Sunday afternoons… watching football! Go Niners! 

It was a day to be remembered. 

-Jaclyn 

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Dresser Makeover

Happy weekend, Everyone! Yes, I know it’s Sunday…Boo! 

This weekend I spent a bunch of time going through Bradley’s baby clothes, getting them ready and organized for Cooper’s room.  Here I am 37 weeks along and the only thing I have done in the nursery is the dresser and organized clothes. I remember feeling so much pressure to get Bradley’s nursery done before he arrived; It’s definitely a different story this time around. I still need a couple walls painted, a crib, and to complete some finishing touches for Cooper’s room. I know I still have a lot to do, but I am okay with that. Cooper will be sleeping in my room for a while anyway so I feel like I still have some time.

Lets get to the star of the show! Coopers dresser. I found this gem at a yard sale this summer for $30. Such a steal! 

Before

I brought it home and when my brother Austin came to visit us for a few weeks in July, he kindly offered to help me paint it. OK lets be honest, I really just told him that he had to help me or I wasn’t going to feed him!!! My brother was such a big help. We had to wait until it got dark and cooled down. It was so hot in the garage! It took us two nights and we totally transformed this dresser! 

Almost done

Painting process 

Took all the drawers out and cabinet off. Sanded the surface we were painting with a fine sand paper. Just enough sanding to add texture so the paint would stick. Next we wiped the dresser down with a damp cloth to clean it. Then we painted one coat, and let it dry over night. Added the second coat the next night. I let the dresser dry for a couple days before I put the drawers and cabinet back on. I spray painted the knobs black separately. 

The color we used was called Luscious Green by Valspar. The finish was matte and found it at Lowe’s. 

After

After

Ta Da! It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do! Green, you say? Yes, green! I decided to do a black and white themed nursery and then I am throwing in a couple pops of green. If you know me at all, you know I love the vintage, farm style decor. For some reason I just felt like I needed to do something totally different for Cooper’s room. I am excited to bring everything together! My aunt Sheryl made me some awesome bedding with black and white patterns. That’s what you are seeing in this last picture. That is the changing pad with a custom made cover. I LOVE it! Over the next couple of weeks I will be transforming this room and I will keep you updated every step of the way. For now though, you just get to see my awesome dresser.

I might be further along in this process if it wasn’t for my little Bradley boy! This boy keeps me on my toes. Today as I am sorting clothes he managed to stick a flash drive in a stick of butter…that’s right, flash drive into BUTTER!

He also decided to help himself to a snack. This picture just says it all! Oh man, I love this little boy! 

Bradley

I am so thankful for moments like this. Moments that make me laugh and smile! I live for these moments. 

I hope you all have a blessed week! 

Thank you for reading

<3 Justina  

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Maternity Leave

My 12 week maternity leave comes to an end tonight as I return to work in the morning.

My emotions are all over the place! I love my job, but I’m going to miss spending 24/7 with my sweet Chloe Sue.image

I am thankful to work for an organization that values family and believes in work/life balance! A 6 week paid paternal leave, plus some stored sick and vacation time and I enjoyed 12 weeks paid with my beautiful daughter! Definitely 12 weeks I will never forget! 

I’ve already cried three times today…tell me I’m not the only mama who is struggling with leaving their child?! 

Thankfully, Chloe gets to spend 4 days a week with her Gamma and Gampa and 1 day a week with a dear friend or I’d really be a mess! She is in the best hands with people who love her very much! 

Now, back to my 12 weeks off…

We enjoyed so many fun times together, I wanted to share some of them with you!

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Monday- Friday we enjoyed Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom Meridian at Kleiner Park! Nothing like getting my workout on with my daughter, other mamas, their kiddos and all while singing nursery rhymes!  

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Multiple coffee dates, walks, and visits with friends and family! 

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Our first visit to Boise Zoo! After a delicious breakfast and coffee at our favorite breakfast spot, Big City Coffee! Fun with Auntie M, cousin Ember, Auntie J, cousin Bradley, Jodi & Carter!

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Two weekend visits to Gamma and Gampa’s cabin in New Meadows! 

imageAnd a trip to Portland to visit Cody’s family and friends! Nana Karey and Auntie Brandi planned a Meet & Greet Chloe BBQ! 

And that’s just to name a few! So many fun times I could write all day! Again, 12 weeks I am so thankful for and was blessed with and will never forget! 

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Chloe Sue St. John

Chloe Sue St. John, born June 21, 2016 at 12:13pm 6lb 8oz 19.25in

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On June 20th my water broke at work 4:38pm. I was admitted into the hospital at 5:00pm. Walked the halls, did squats, bounced on birth ball trying to initiate labor naturally. My parents had joined us and then left for home at 9:00pm to get some rest, since contractions had yet to start. Cody fell asleep on the hospital chair bed. So of course my contractions finally started at 10:00pm once I was all alone. I labored on my own until 1:00am when I woke up Cody to assist with some breathing techniques and labor positions to manage the contractions. By 4:00am contractions were 2 minutes apart but I was still only dilated 3cm. We discussed with the nurse if it was too early to get an epidural, but decided to go ahead and start a slow drip of pitocin to increase dilation with each contraction. I called Mom and Dad and asked them to come back. The epidural was the best thing I did! I was able to lay in bed and relax while my contractions continued without any pain. We played Scattergories to pass the time. By 8:00am I was 6cm; 9:00am, 8cm and 10:00am, 10cm. Right as I was getting ready to push the Nurse informed me that the Dr had an emergency and I would need to wait until his return. Thankfully, we were not the emergency, however, I felt very anxious after already laboring for 12 hours waiting for dilation. At 11:30am the Dr was back and it was finally go time!  The 35 minutes of pushing was definitely the worst part! I wish the epidural would have helped with that pain! After 14 hours of labor I finally got to meet my baby girl!

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And how sweet she is! 

The past 9 weeks have been the best 9 weeks of my life! After waiting 40 weeks to meet her, she sure is growing up way too fast! She is smiling, cooing, figuring out her hands, and working on holding up her head. I enjoy every waking moment with her! Her 2 month appointment was today and she is 10lbs 10oz and 21.5in long. She is thriving!

Only 3 weeks left until I return to work full-time. It is bittersweet, as I love my job, but it will be so difficult to leave her each day. Thankfully, we are blessed to have my parents as childcare 4 days a week and a friend the other day. I cannot imagine dropping her at daycare. We are working on introducing bottles and cloth diapers this week.

Thank you Chloe Sue for choosing me to be your MOM!

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12 days til Christmas

We love Christmas! Honestly, who doesnt?! Decorating the Christmas tree, driving around town to look at Christmas lights, family movie on Christmas Eve, reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning, oranges in the bottom of our stockings, these are just a few of my favorite childhood traditions. 

We have developed many family traditions throughout the years, however, the years for new family traditions are upon us!

With all3sisters married- Ember 18 months, Bradley 8 months, and Baby St. John on the way, the traditions will start to look a little different then when we were kids. We’ve already started a few! Fresh cut Christmas tree in the woods for the cabin, Happy Birthday Jesus party, new Christmas book, and new pajamas each year!

What are your favorite traditions? As we approach #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear don’t forget the true reason for the season!

<3 Jaclyn

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Coming June 2016

We are excited to share with you-we will be adding a new family member to the all3sisters clan in June!

Jaclyn is no longer only an auntie, but will be a MOM come June!

Check out their announcement Video!

Best part about being an auntie first to both a niece and a nephew is now Baby St. John is set for either gender! Clothes, play mat, toys, swing, rock n play, and so much more!

Do you move around baby items within the family to whoever is expecting next? Thank goodness for sisters!

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Happy Birthday Michelle!

Every year on our Birthday growing up, Mom would wake us up with a photo in bed. She should have passed the responsibility on to our husbands as the tradition ended after we moved out.

We look forward to gathering at Mom and Dad’s for our family birthday party and requesting our favorite dinner. Michelle typically requests fried chicken and mashed potatoes!

How are we celebrating Michelle’s Birthday this year, you ask? Vacation birthdays call for pizza and Michelle’s dessert of choice! Pizza Hut stuffed crust is a family favorite!

Mom made ‘Golden Oreo Cake Batter Ice Cream Pie’ for Michelle and we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy!birthdaycakepie|all3sisters.com

Golden Oreo Cake Batter Ice Cream Pie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
680 calories
86 g
85 g
35 g
8 g
18 g
173 g
472 g
51 g
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16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
173g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680
Calories from Fat 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
55%
Saturated Fat 18g
90%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 472mg
20%
Total Carbohydrates 86g
29%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 51g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
19%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Golden Oreo Crust
  1. 30 Golden Oreos, crushed
  2. 1/4 stick butter, melted
Cake Batter Ice Cream
  1. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 cup dry yellow cake mix
  4. 1/2 cup sprinkles
  5. 10 Golden Oreo's, broken into pieces
  6. Sprinkles for decoration
Golden Oreo Crust
  1. In a medium bowl combine crushed Oreos and butter until fully combined. Press mixture into a 9 inch pan, making sure to make an even layer that goes high up on the sides of the pie plate.
Cake Batter Ice Cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer whisk the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl combine condensed milk, cake mix, sprinkles and Golden Oreos.
  3. Fold the condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream.
  4. Pour into prepared pie crust, sprinkle the sprinkles on top, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours or over night.
  5. Store in freezer.
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680
fat
35g
protein
8g
carbs
86g
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<3 Jaclyn

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Welcome

Hey there! 

Welcome to all3sisters! We are Jaclyn, Justina & Michelle. And, as you may have guessed, we are sisters 🙂 But, not only that, we all live within 3 miles of each other! How awesome is that? It makes for lots of fun impromptu family get togethers (and very convenient babysitters).

We enjoy watching football, eating, playing volleyball together and so much more! We thought it’d be fun to start a blog together and share some of the antics from our crazy lives. In other words, we really have no idea what we’re doing. But…we plan to have lots of fun & hope you’ll join us for the ride!

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Jaclyn | (Ember – Michelle’s daughter) | Michelle | Justina | (Bradley – Justina’s son)

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