Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Apple Picking

We've had a busy fall so far. It's been fun but with Eric being on call every weekend in October we had to try to squeeze in all of our favorite activities in every available moment. We used his one Saturday off to come out to our favorite apple farm for some apple picking.

Abriella had the hardest time eating her apples with all her missing teeth.

She loves to come up with all her own poses. 

So proud of herself for climbing all the way to the top of the apple tree. 

Someone swiped her daddy's apple cider Popsicle. She wasn't even sorry!

I think we got a bit carried away since we left with over 30 lbs. of apples!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


"The days are long, but the years are short." Somehow I know have a 6.5 year old, a 4 year old and a 1 year old. I feel like we were just at the hospital, just bringing a new baby home, bouncing and rocking a colicky infant for hours, dealing with 3 year old tantrums... and now they are a year older. In a blink... I am so grateful to get to watch them grow.

Oliver, I am so proud of you. You've had a wonderful year filled with so much growth. You love talking now, to people you know, and are so funny and you know it. You have been so brave with starting preschool and going back to church even though you've been scared to say goodbye to mommy and daddy. You've really taken an interest in reading and loooove Captian Underpants (much to my chagrin). Your scooter is your favorite outdoor activity and you love your sisters!! You are such a kind, sweet, caring, generous little (I mean big) boy and I can't wait to watch you grow... just please slow down a bit. 

Aliza, what a year it has been. Full of ups and downs. You have been our most challenging baby but you bring us such joy. You are adored by your brother and sister and you pretty much think that they are the greatest thing ever. You want to do everything that they do which has led to early, well pretty much everything. You walked at 10 months old and are now climbing everything! Nothing is safe. You love cheese, crackers and squeezie pouches. You are the only one that loves all of my casseroles. Your eyes are still blue and your hair just gets lighter and lighter. You are starting to get attached to a blankie but love any bag or purse you can find. You are always on the move but can also give a good hug and kiss and cuddle. We love you so, Miss Aliza Jane and can't wait to watch you grow.
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I woke up this morning, refreshed. For the first time in what seems like in forever I got a full nights sleep. Miss Aliza decided to give me the very best Mother's Day present and sleep all night in her own bed!! Yesterday the kiddos graced me with the gift of five minutes each to take their pictures... I'm pretty lucky. I also get a wonderful breakfast made by a wonderful husband and two sweet kiddos. Not sure what more I could ask for!

The kiddos who give me the title Mom: my most favorite and most difficult job ever.

Also, Happy Mother's Day to my most wonderful Mom. I wish I could spend the day with you but hope you're being pampered today. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. It's amazing to be a mom now myself and have the understanding of all the sacrifices, worries, late nights and joys that you have experienced along the way. I love you more than you could know!!

Happy Mother's Day to my mother-in-law. It was so nice to visit with you and I'm so glad to have you as a bonus mom :)  Thank you for all the work of raising a wonderful son who makes a terrific husband and amazing father.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, new moms, soon to be moms, moms who wish to be and to those who may not see this as a happy day... you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring Pictures

I have always wanted to get nice family pictures, or at least nice pictures of the kiddos in the spring. I love all the flowering trees and the beautiful colors but for some reason we have just always done fall pictures. I love those too but wanted to try to capture some of the kids this spring. Lets just say it didn't go as planned. By FAR this was the worst the kids have been to date... maybe it's that third one that throws the whole thing off :) The kids were completely uncooperative, there was a wedding and prom going on so all of the "spots" were taken, as soon as we did find somewhere to shoot someone had to go to the bathroom... and Aliza was c.r.a.b.b.y!! The funny thing is you can't tell any of that from the pictures! I didn't get the one shot I wanted (all three of them together) and most of them aren't as good as I'd like them to be... but we got a couple and I guess that's what counts :)

This girl... Seriously... what can we do with this girls hair? It's out of control.

My big girl. Happy, sweet and carefree... but stubborn as all get out.

 This boy. He's  my goofy one. Loves to make people laugh.

So tender and kindhearted... but also, all boy!!

The money shot right there!! Except that Mr. Oliver wouldn't wear the clothes we wanted him to. He is a comfy pant, tee shirt boy and the battle of all battles over the pants and shoes was all we had energy for... so a graphic tee shirt it is.

Here is a glimpse at that stubbornness... and when did this girl turn 16 (this was her own pose)!

This was is still the easiest... for the moment.

 Some nice man walking by offered to take a picture of all of us... out of the 8 or so he took this was the only close one.

We ended the lovely evening by attempting one of me and all the kiddos... close enough.