Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Baby

look how shiny my parent's floor is! very artisitc of me - huh? :)

Leah was an absolute joy on Christmas - just like every other day. She is the sweetest, lovable, holdable little thing! These are a few shots I took out at my parent's - it's nice that she can't run a hide from the camera just yet. Nothing like holding a precious baby on Christmas day to remind you of God's many blessings - especially sending His Son into the world for you and me.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Six Month Photos

I have a pic of the boys in this same pose at 6 months - all of them are in overalls. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from Leah's 6 month photo shoot. She was the only baby hanging out by the river in a tutu that day. :) As always, she was a content as can be regardless of location or outift. My friend Sarah did a great job with the pics - sunny day an all!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours... have a very blessed Christmas.

"Be still before the Lord, all mankind,
because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling."
Zechariah 2:13

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Then & Now

Fall/Winter 2009
Fall/Winter 2010

I ran across this sono of Leah at 12 weeks and it made me smile. Guess she's liked her thumb since long before she was even born. :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Our little pilgrams. Aaron wasn't so happy about a picture...
Leah's new trick!

Yes, I am a bit behind n my posts. Here are a few pics from Thanksgiving. It was a nice time and Leah chose to debut her latest trick - sitting! She is still very much in need of someone near by, but Thanksgiving Day was her first time to sit for 10 or more seconds before the inevitable fall. She is growing up way too fast!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast

Daddy's Little Pumpkin

The kids' "Thanksgiving Feast" at Children's Day Out is always so fun. This was our first & last year that we will have THREE kids at the feast. We got to eat with each child & their class and Aaron even did a special Thanksgiving song with his class (video to come if it will upload). Caleb LOVED having us sit with him and in true Caleb fashion he was very excited about all the food! I think he was the only 2-year-old that really "feasted." Aaron was super sweet and in a hugging mood. He gave me the biggest hug and said "Families are families forever!!!" He LOVED having Leah visit his table and them wanted to find Caleb for a hug too! A fun day and we are thankful for so many blessings.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Loved his "Joker Bot" from Caleb & Leah!
Family night birthday - eating the remains of his birthday party cake. ;)

Big kid birthday party!

Caleb enjoying the bounce house - first time he's really gotten in it and it was hard to keep him out!

Nana manning her cookie decorating station.
Aaron had his 5th birthday this week. So hard to believe he is FIVE years old. He wanted to have a "big kid party" this year so we invited his preschool class and few other friends that met his age requirement. :) He is very into party planning so came up with all the activities and games - we had "decorate your own party bag" (complete with Toy Story stamps, stickers & markers), "cookie decorating station" (Thanks to Nana we had Woody's cowboy hat, star badge and Rex - the T-Rex to decorate), "Pin the Tail on Bullseye" (Thanks to Aunt Merydwen for helping with the graphic for that), "Shoot the Bad Guy" (with the foam Buzz Lightyear shooter", and "To Infinity & Beyond" bounce house. I lost count but we had at least 15 "big kids" here for the party - praise God for good weather and we were able to do most everything outside. To my surprise, the kids all did really well with our "stations" and all seemed to have a good time. This was also our first party to have parents drop their kids off like big kids. My little boy is growing up! We celebrated with family on his actual birthday - presents from us on his birthday morning and presents & dinner with grandparents and cousin that night. Aaron had a blast!

Friday, November 12, 2010

First Tights

First tights are a milestone, right? The weather was cooler this past Sunday so when it came time to dress Leah for church and we were wondering what would best keep her little legs warm, SCOTT asked if we had any tights! I didn't know he even knew what they were called! Turns out someone did give us some as a baby gift so Scott dressed Leah up in her first tights. So cute! Aaron loved it for Leah too!

First Cereal

Leah is 5 months+ old so we finally decided to introduce rice cereal after she went from sleeping all night to waking up to eat (which I think is mainly from a cold she had but just in case...). We waited a while with her b/c I just felt like her eating like a big girl made her entirely too grown up- not to mention the mess and hassle! So we did finally introduce rice cereal to her - we are so fortunate to have both sets of grandparents in town and to be able to get everyone together for this milestone on the spur of the moment. They are to thank for the paparazzi during the video below (if it ever uploads...). Leah enjoyed it and now squeals with delight during cereal time each day! I have plans to introduce her first non-cereal food on Thanksgiving Day.

Silly Boys

These boys can be so silly sometimes. This activity started out as a sack race and then turned in to a fashion show by Aaron proudly modeling his new "overalls." Never a dull moment that's for sure! I like these pics b/c these shopping bags are also the only things the boys can claim as theirs from our annual Operation Christmas Child shopping. Each year each kid does a box for a child their age - once again, Aaron did a fantastic job generously picking out gifts and then leaving the store without anything being bought for him.. Caleb tagged along this year and did pretty good too!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Halloween

Aaron loved being "Buzz" and getting his face painted at the fall festival.
Caleb loved being "Woody" and was very proud of his hat and boots.
Leah looked cute being "Jessie."
We had a great Halloween. It was a Toy Story year for us! It was an easy choice with the boys loving Buzz & Woody - the challenge was piecing together a "Jessie" outfit since we could not find an infant size one. We figure this might be the last year to coordinate outfits as each child becomes a bit more opinionated so we had a lot of fun with the theme. Halloween night was a lot of fun! We went to 2 fall festivals, went trick or treating with the cousins and just like last year, the boys loved handing candy out at our house and seeing other people's costumes. Aaron slept until 9:45am the next morning - a record! Not sure what we'll do next year when he will have to get up for school!

Friday, October 29, 2010

First Camping Trip

After the fall into the river...
Happy Dance for the fish!

Aaron LOVED learning to fish with Papa. He even picked out the winning bait!

Caleb was a natural and could reel that line surprisingly well.

Leah hanging out with Grammy.

Aaron just had his first, overnight camping trip with Grammy & Papa. He was so excited waiting for the big day - he helped pack his bag, asked tons of questions and was on cloud nine when I dropped him off to go all by himself camping. I was nervous to have him gone (about an hour away) overnight - but I am pretty sure he didn't miss me at all. Caleb, Leah & I went out the next day as planned to bring him home and ended up staying most of the day so Aaron could show us everything he learned about camping. There was bird watching, smores, campfires, turkeys, and lots more. The highlight was in the afternoon down by the river. First, Aaron FELL into the river after slipping on some rocks. Fortunately, it wasn't too deep and it just resulted in soaking his clothes with COLD river water. He stripped and I headed to the car to see what I could find - don't know if it is a compliment or not that I could totally redress him head to toe (shoes & socks included) in the things that were scattered in the car... ??? hmmm... So while Aaron was down to undies watching Papa fish, the second big event happened and Papa caught a big fish! There was much scantly clothed dancing taking place by Aaron & Caleb (who had taken off his shoes & pants after seeing Aaron getting too... boys!). It was a mad rush to get to the camera and to put the newly found shorts from the car on Aaron so a decent pic could be taken. It was a nice day and probably the first of many camping trips to come.

Monday, October 18, 2010

First Field Trip

Aaron went on his first field trip last week with his preschool class to the Fire Station. It was so nice to be able to be experience it with him. He had a blast! It was a quite thorough trip -complete with trying on the equipment, spraying the hose, sitting in the truck and touring the station. So hard to believe that this time next year Aaron will be in Kindergarten!