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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Park

We've been loving the warmer weather that finally seems to be sticking around. We had a nice warm day a week or so ago so when we picked Abriella up from the bus stop we headed out to the park by the river.

The big kids were playing on the stage at the outdoor amphitheater so I tried to snap a few pictures of the little miss... she was more interested in the moss, grass, bugs.




We then headed down to the river... I don't have any pictures of that since the water was too high and I have too many kids to keep track of :)

We finished up our adventure at the ice cream shop...  perfect way to end a beautiful spring day!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


The other night we met up with my aunt and sweet little cousins for dinner and then tried to sneak in a quick little photo session at my favorite park which happens to be 5 minutes from their house. I was so disappointed to find that they had torn up all the trees that made the perfect backdrop for pictures. I have quite a few pictures of my kiddos and friends kiddos under these trees and can't believe they would just destroy them all to change things up... I guess it just makes those other pictures that much more special.

Anyways, here are a couple we managed to get before the sun went down.