Thursday, February 5, 2015

A couple shots from our winter schedule


Oh my gosh.  These guys, I've sighed every time I've seen these pictures.  They came over one day on Christmas break and we shot these in less than 10 minutes.  Seriously, they are so much fun, so full of personality.  We are blessed beyond belief to live by these cousins.  We go to different elementary schools now, but our kids will all attend the same middle and high schools. (!!!)  It's a big rowdy bunch of fun.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tis the Season to be Jolly

Christmas Morning

 World Series Baseballs signed by Jeremy Guthrie yo!

My little cuties in their Sunday finery
 And, ye old Christmas Card photograph

Halloween 2014

This photo shows it as it really is.  Zach was so into his Royals was the year of the World Series after all.  Lily, forever the patient older sister...trying to break up the fight between Violet and Poppy.  And Roman is like "dude, let's get on with the candy!"
Then, they all wanted action shots...

 Roman the ninja
Lily the ballerina
 And Zach was so committed to his role as a baseball player...

that diving for an imaginary ball seemed totally appropriate.  My 33 year old body could only think, "ouch".

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

We met Roman for his pumpkin patch field trip.  It was a patch we had never been to, but loved.  There were baby animals, bouncy attractions, a corn box and so many other things to see and do.  
Unfortunately, it was unexpectedly cold that day. Brrrrrr.   The weather certainly didn't follow the forecast so most people weren't prepared for the chill. We hustled from place to place and tried to smile for the camera for a quick pumpkin picture before we raced back onto the tractor's wagon to huddle together.  It was fun to see Roman with his class.  His teacher tells me every time I see her that Roman is a dream, always doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing.  :)  

Lily turns 8

My lovely little Lily turned 8.  She invited everyone she knew to attend her baptism.  Family, teachers, coaches, neighbors and friends all received an invitation to join her on this most special day.  It turns out that she was baptized on her actual birthday.  Afterwards, in the church parking lot, her grandparents and aunts surprised Lily with an electric scooter.  It was a gift she had really been hoping for, and I think I will forever have in my memory the picture of Lily zooming around and around, her beautiful white dress whipping in the wind as she circled with giggles and glee.  It was just so perfectly Lily.  She is beautiful and feminine in every way, and so full of energy and adventure that the fancy dress and fast scooter combination really are the embodiment of her true self.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

First Day

It's school time again for a certain 4th grader, 2nd grader, and kindergartner (!!) in our house.  They are doing so well, love their teachers, are excited to see friends each day.  It truly makes it a lot easier knowing that they are excited each and every day. (and pains me to think of my poor mom who had to deal with me...although I loved school eventually, I cried almost every day of kindergarten, didn't want to ride the bus and ran after her car while a patient secretary would walk me to my classroom.)  Mornings are pretty wild around here.  And although I did catch a few moments of peaceful, and beautiful first day action, its not always so smooth.  Having a big and busy household means that I am constantly trying new things to help our routine.  And from my experience, we really start off strong with high hopes every August.  Signing every planner and reviewing the day, making delicious lunches, reading and recording minutes and book titles every night, homework packed, clothes set out, projects done, sports bags at the ready with everything they'll need plus a healthy snack, to just scratch the surface of responsibility.  But I have not found a way to outsmart the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and by May it's often school lunches, wrinkled clothes, running (!!) not walking to the bus, and gosh darn it how much longer do we have to sign these planners!  Ha! here's to our fresh start.  Here's to trying something new.  Here's to bigger and better, onward and upward.  Precisely the reasons I will always love the beginning of a new school year.