Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bubbles: 3.1.2015

Just some snaps of our everyday life... Isabella reading, reading, reading The Friend Magazine on my phone. It's pretty cool how you can just keep going back into the archives. Charlie discovering and loving bubbles. Wrestling, always.
 
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Once There Was A Snowman: 2.19.2015

Isabella learned her first song with two hands out of the Primary Children's Songbook--so proud of her!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Roasting S'mores

My mom has often reminisced with me about the magical weeks she would spend with her grandparents in the summertime as a kid... it was her heaven, and if I remember right, they'd roast marshmallows together. I often think of those happy memories she made with her grandma and grandpa when we roast S'mores with Grandma Rise and Grandpa Billy. There really is something magical about it and I'm so thankful for family traditions. I think a lot about how lucky my kids are to have two sets of the most loving and devoted grandparents. I am so grateful for that.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Seattle with Lu

I can't begin to express how much I LOVE having my beautiful sister, Lauren, live in the same state as me! When she came to visit for the first time since she moved to Spokane, we did a lot of fun things together (milkshake and Target runs after the kids were in bed, late-night makeup parties, a visit to the hobbit house just up the street, Point No Point beach, to name a few), and a day trip to Seattle was a must. I remember us wanting to eat at a renowned bakery in Seattle, but after finding it, we realized right away that it wasn't suited for the slew of kids we had in tow or wallet friendly. So, we went to a different little bakery inside Pikes Place Market and came back to eat our goods in front of the fancy bakery for a picture. The things we do for pictures, haha! Speaking of pictures, I think I took a lot more on my phone, so I'll have to come back and add those pics later. I swear staying on top of pictures/blogging is a serious gig! But I love to do it when I can. :)

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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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Tuesday, February 24, 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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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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