Friday, June 19, 2015

Valentines Day!

Hopefully that saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is true because I am so behind on blogging that I don't remember many of the details about the posts I have ahead of me. I do know that for Valentines Day this past year, the kids were very excited to go to a little party at the Brooks' house and exchange Valentines with their homeschool friends!
 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Indoor Portraits 2014

Thought I'd share these before I archive them (yes, I'm still catching up on blog posts from last year--sigh.) I can't believe how much my kids keep changing--I mostly see it in their teeth!

I think they're all finally bought into the concept that I will always, always love taking pictures of them, and I think this passion of mine might be rubbing off on them because this was such a fun, quick, easy shoot! They came up with their own poses; Isabella and Liam pulled out their little cameras and had their own photoshoot. We all just had a great time together with this one, and it was especially low stress for me because I didn't worry about outfits too much. Seriously, the sweater Juliette is wearing has been in at least two photoshoots before this one... ha! Come to think of it, there are multiple clothing items in these photos that I've used in pictures before. When it works, it works, right?

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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Microscope!?

After our Christmas morning festivities, we quickly showered and loaded the kids up to drive out to Poulsbo to be with Will's family. It was wonderful and we got spoiled for sure. But first Grandpa had Isabella read to us from Luke about Jesus' birth, and the kids and I sang a Christmas song called, "Can I Hold the Baby?" that they learned at church. We're not the best singers in the world--at least I'm not, but it was sweet and I really love the message of that song. And I love the spirit music brings, especially at Christmas. I might just force my family to go caroling with me next year.

Anyway, then Juliette donned the Santa hat and began handing out gifts. Actually, she didn't last long in that role, but she sure looked cute as Santa! Isabella was eager to be Santa and handed out most of the presents, opening hers at the very end. I thought that was really sweet of her. And what a happy ending for her to get an American Girl doll! She and I both never imagined she'd get one of those!

Liam pretty much flipped when he got a microscope from Grandma Rise and Grandpa Billy. He'd been saving up for one, but when he finally had enough to buy the one he saw at Costco, they'd sold out. So when he saw the microscope, he was shocked. I think he kept saying, "Is that a microscope!? I got a microscope!?" Except he mispronounces "microscope" a little, making it all the cuter.  It kind of kills me that we don't have it on camera. He definitely ran and plopped himself on Grandma for a big, crazy hug... I love his hugs, but you do need some warning! haha

He also flipped when he got a chess set from Uncle Matt. We already have a family chess set at home, but to get his very own made him one ecstatic little dude, and I loved that he played chess with Uncle Matt that evening, "teaching him how to play," even though I'm pretty sure Matt already knew how. What a good sport Uncle Matt was to play student to him.

Juliette freaked out about Elsa stickers... so easy to please, that one! She is a Frozen fanatic with the best of them and I love her happy-go-lucky ways.

And Charlie was in heaven with the new balls he got and is always so much fun to watch.

Again, it made my day to see the kids give gifts that they'd bought with money they'd been saving. Cute little things from the dollar store mostly, but ever so sweet. We wrapped up the evening with an amazing meal, and went home feeling very blessed and full of love. Merry Christmas to all!
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Christmas Morning

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^^As usual, the kids were stuck at the top of the stairs for longer than they would have liked so that I could snap pictures and Will could get the video camera ready. Liam looks especially tortured by the wait. haha Christmas2014-1 IMG_6920Christmas2014 ^^They were definitely excited to come downstairs. I think Charlie even sensed something was up! Christmas2014-6 IMG_6939Christmas2014 IMG_6942Christmas2014 IMG_6929Christmas2014 ^^Juliette wished for a unicorn family; Liam a camera; Isabella a horse and accessories for her Our Generation doll; and Charlie "a surpsise!" All wishes were granted! Christmas2014-4 IMG_7038Christmas2014 ^^Liam gives crazy good thank you hugs--pretty much runs and jumps on you. He reminded me of a big Elf on the Shelf on Bella's lap. IMG_6931Christmas2014 Christmas2014-5 IMG_6900Christmas2014 Christmas2014-3 IMG_6952Christmas2014 IMG_6957Christmas2014 IMG_6962Christmas2014 IMG_6963Christmas2014 IMG_6970Christmas2014
^^As a mother, one of the sweetest things about Christmas is watching the kids prepare gifts for one another. They raided my wrapping paper bin and got all their presents together quite a few weeks before Christmas and hid them all behind our washer and dryer. They'd marvel with each other about how many presents there already were, and there really were! The small area behind our washer and dryer was loaded and overflowing! They used so much of my wrapping supplies that I guess they ran out and so one of Juliette's gifts was actually wrapped in fabric! I think the cute paper book she made Bella in this picture was the one wrapped in fabric. Anyway, it all just kind of melts me. They are the sweetest kids in the world. IMG_6977Christmas2014 IMG_7002Christmas2014 IMG_7071Christmas2014 Christmas2014-7 IMG_7063Christmas2014
^^For Liam's birthday last year, he got this super cozy and big fleece blanket. When Charlie was born, it kind of turned into Charlie's blanket because it was just so warm and easy to swaddle him up in it. None of my kids have ever attached themselves to a blanket, but Charlie sure did to this one. I think it would frustrate Liam a little bit when nobody even referred to it has his blanket anymore. But bless his heart, a few weeks before Christmas "Charlie's blanket" disappeared because Liam decided he was going to wrap it up and officially give it to Charlie for Christmas. In the meantime, the beloved blankie was very much missed by our baby boy. It was too cute to see Charlie reunite with his blankie on Christmas morning! He was ecstatic! And so sweet of Liam to give it to him because he loved that blanket, too. Christmas2014-2 IMG_7046Christmas2014

I can't imagine Christmas morning being anything but lovely. There's just a spirit about it. So as naughty as the kids were on Christmas Eve, they sure made up for it. They were little angels! We had so much fun opening gifts with them and then skyping with Grandma Lisa and Grandpa Tracy who gave them the most adorable gifts ever, as usual. I swear my mom has the best talent for gift giving, always so personalized and classy! I need it to rub off on me! For example, she gave Liam a book called, "The Candy Bomber" about one of the inspiring men in the movie "Meet the Mormons" (which Liam has seen), along with a pilot costume for Liam so he can dress up as the candy bomber.

Anyway, we love Christmas and truly had a very merry one!

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