An Owlsome Birthday with a Little Horsin’ Around!

31 05 2014

Lily celebrated her 10th birthday today. How has 10 years flown by so quickly? I won’t ever forget the day she was born because we had prayed for several months for her after finding out she had a cyst on her brain. Then when, a week early, she decided to be born, she came out as quiet as a little mouse. Everything was fine, but she was just content to take it all in! Though she still isn’t one to clamor for the spotlight, she spent her birthday week rehearsing and then performing at her tumbling recital. Instead of a party, she chose to decorate her new basement room (in owls!) and also had one friend overnight. We all got to enjoy her birthday cookies from the bakery that were made in the shape of her two favorite animals. We love you, Lily Grace! IMG_2244 IMG_2242

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Another year flew by

23 05 2014

Last day of school! Though it had its challenges (4 kids in the mix now, a broken arm, a fair share of sicknesses, getting the kids to 3 different schools on time each day, Luke’s carsickness & many times of cleaning up the backseat-yes, it did take us several times to learn our lesson and bring a sack), it was a really great year. It did fly by though. The duck in our front yard this morning was illustrating that point for us! Happy Last Day of School Emie, Lily and Luke! And Happy Last Day of Peace, Mom!IMG_2241 IMG_2239





The Countdown Begins-Almost One!

3 05 2014

IMG_2206Two months to go, but Harper is ready! IMG_2204

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And here’s the guy that made those smiles happen!





9 months and Cold!

3 04 2014

Harper has a cold and it’s cold outside. Not a great way to celebrate your 9 month birthday. To make this dreary day feel a little more like spring, I brought Harper out to the front porch for her pictures.  She didn’t sit long, but crawled right over to the door and pulled herself up, and you can see that she pretty much feels like all the rest of us do… “Cold, cold, go away, so I can get outside and play!”IMG_2151 IMG_2158 IMG_2160





8 months and On the Move!

3 03 2014

This month’s photo shoot was not so successful, by my standards anyway. Harper would beg to differ. (Her main goal, I think, was to get that sticker off and into her mouth, which she did succeed at several times). Out of dozens of pictures I did manage to get one where she was looking at the camera and smiling. All the rest were either blurry or you couldn’t see her face and/or sticker on her shirt because she was bouncing or reaching for something or pulling herself up or crawling away. “Life is just starting to getting interesting, Mom!”
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Half a year and then some….

3 02 2014

Harper is 7 months old today, but thinks she’s much older. This girl does not have much time for things like photo shoots! She was on the move so I had to snap pictures pretty quickly. She was bouncing and babbling and waving and even trying to pull herself up, but I got a few good shots of her for you to enjoy. Maybe her 8 month pictures will be of her sleeping!IMG_1966 IMG_1968 IMG_1957 IMG_1965 IMG_1977





Hi, Harper!

30 01 2014

I was previously under the impression that the baby of the family reaches all her milestones late because the older siblings do everything for her. And that would be fine with me because I want to keep my baby a baby. But my oldest three have decided that it is more fun to teach Harper new things than it is to do things for her. They keep repeating words over and over, they hold things above her head to get her to sit up on her own, they take toys away and move them across the floor just to make her crawl toward it… And now the latest is that they have taught her to wave when she hears “Hi or Bye” and I will admit that Doug and I ended up jumping on the bandwagon because it is pretty cute. So on to the next new thing…at this rate she’ll be doing back flips and singing the “Star Spangled Banner” at her first birthday party!