Monday, August 4, 2014

11 Months (What???? How Can This Be?)

Baby Boy is eleven months.  That means at the end of this month he turns one!!!  I am not ready for this.  But he seems to be.  He is a climbing, jabbering, quick crawling explorer and he's ready to go places.  He stands up all the time, but won't try to walk.  Although, Ezra screamed at us all excited last evening and said that Henry took three steps.  Only Ezra saw it and Henry has not repeated the performance since then.  He got a nasty sinus and ear infection on our recent vacation--these close ups really show case his nasty state of face.  But they also show off his signature look with that little curled tongue : ) 


 Henry is still a big boy and very snuggly.  He loves faces and is constantly slapping at them.  He is very tactile--has to touch everything.  I think his first word is "dog" or his attempt at saying dog, anyhow.  Ironic, seeing as we don't have a dog of our own. 
 I can never get enough of all the baby chubs and dimples.  I will be so sad when they are all gone.
 Here he is on the actual day he turned 11 months.  His second Mom, Mia, is holding him. 
 We still love our Henry-Boy, even if he has done gone and grown up on us.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sweet Caroline Tries "Seven" on for Size

Our sweet Caroline turned seven last week while we were on vacation.  We love our Caroline so much!  She continues to roam through life with an adult outlook, preferring sarcasm to kid humor--for the most part.  She loves to read and write--sometimes writing and printing a "friendly neighborhood newspaper" and passing it out to all the homes in our cul de sac.  Gymnastics, swimming and soccer are her sports of choice.  Although, I do think soccer is more for the social aspect than for love of the game so far.  She is loyal to her friends and enjoys spending time with them.  But out of all of our children, this one needs alone time more than the others.  She thrives on time alone to read, write, draw and day dream.  She might not look anything like me--but I relive much of my childhood and youth while watching her.  
We had a fun birthday celebration with her cousins--I'll do a whole post about our spa birthday party later.
She got the strawberry lemonade cake she asked for.

Spending your birthday surrounded by cousins is the way to go!  Happy 7th Birthday, Caroline!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Janie Got Married!

After we all left the creek, we hustled ourselves into fancy duds and gussied up our hair the best we could.  Then it was off to the weddin'.  Miss Ella and Miss Caroline had to be on time so that they could hand out programs to all the guests upon their arrival.  The girls had fun with their job.  The outdoor wedding was gorgeous!  My sis-in-law Heather used my camera during the wedding since I was busy with Henry.  These first dozen photos are to her credit.


Little boys just adore weddings.  They love putting on fancy clothes and geling their hair.  They are overjoyed to witness to people in love.  They especially like sitting quietly and sedately for the program.  Ha!

Cousin Phil ushered Grandma in.

The pretty mother of the bride.
Cousin P looking gorgeous as a bridesmaid!
Henry was making some noise just before the start of the wedding so I ran off to get him to sleep and was able to slip back into my seat when everyone stood for the bride's entrance.  It was nice to have a sleeping baby so that I could pay attention to the goings on.

A lovely singing of "Here is Love"
And then they were one!


These girls became fast friends after spending two weekends in a row all together.  We wish Amelia could live up this way all the time!  Or maybe Ella and Caroline will just have to visit So-Cal more often : ) 
I do not even want to try to imagine what was being said or plotted.
Oh my word!  These two were banging their knives and forks together and singing "Here Comes the  Bride...." and I think you know the rest of the words.

The center pieces were so pretty and whimsical.
Becky looked very movie star-esque .
Two outdoor weddings in a row proved to be great fun for all the kids.  And Janie was kind enough to provide a large creek at her wedding.  There were warnings of keeping a close eye on our children.  Mostly, we did.  Kids are magnets to water. 
Ella looks like she belongs in a magazine!
Wyatt has 4 arms!
I wished that I could hear what they were saying as they threw rocks together.
Amelia is an amazing supervisor!  I have loved getting to know her as she grows up.  Seriously, cutest little girl-woman. 
Levi and I are soul-mates--he was not willing to let a single crumb go to waste.  I took the easier route and just ate two cupcakes : )

Although, I had to share my frosting with Hen-dog.
Brothers.

Cousins



Shenanigans
And then, they were off. 
It was a beautiful wedding and we were happy to be invited to share in it.  After it was over we headed off to watch the 4th of July fireworks.  Not a bad way to celebrate Independence Day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summa Time....

What to do when I'm behind on posting?  Dump a bunch of pictures into one post, of course!  In case you were wondering, the kids did have a last day of school



 Henry and Nora and I walked them down to say one last good bye to our 1st and 2nd graders.


 When the short (2 hour) day was over we went down to get pictures with their teachers.  We had SUCH amazing teachers this year.  Our kids will truly miss these ladies.  Hopefully we'll have one of them again next year.

Henry had to say good bye to his good buddy Mr. D.  Mr. D is a recess teacher who would babysit Henry when I volunteered in the kids' classrooms.  Yep, babysit.  And the amazingness didn't end there either.  The two school secretaries would also often babysit Henry while I volunteered.  I never knew that a school could be this wonderful.  Henry became the office baby and would get passed from friend to friend.  He, of course, loved every second of it, being the people person that he is.  And I so enjoyed being able to do reading groups with the first graders without having Henry interruptions. 

 Mr. D says Henry is the grandson he doesn't think he'll ever get.  I told him that you never know--life hands us surprises.

After school we headed to a fun birthday party at a local park/splash pad.  It wasn't an especially warm day--but kids don't care--they got wet anyhow.




 I already explained that a week later we took a trip back to Idaho for a wedding and to spend a day in Boise with Daddy.  After that we headed home for a short day and a half to do laundry and repack our bags.  This time we headed off to Walla Walla.  Uncle Ted and Aunt Lynne were kind enough to host us.  They have a huge backyard with a creek running through it . What fun!
 Aunt Lynne went out and bought inner tubes and floaties for the kids to float around on.  When it's upper 90's out, that creek sure feels nice.
 Cousins came over to join in on the fun.

 Someone slept through the whole thing.  She had been playing hard all morning and couldn't resist a little nap.  When cousins arrived I tried to wake her but sleep was holding her hostage.


 Levi had to settle for Uncle Taddan since his playmate wouldn't wake up.
 Aunt Lynne also provided us with popsicles.






We soaked in the pleasant moments as long as we dared.  Then we all rushed around at top speed getting ready for a 4th of July evening wedding.  This time I did bring my camera and I'll share some photos with you....another day.