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Monday, August 11, 2014

I did it!

Whew, that was a long pregnancy.  Well, it was actually the average amount of time, but it felt long.  I was exhausted and suffered serious pregnancy brain, which caused my creative juices to pretty much disappear.  Also, being as huge as I was made it difficult to get in good positions for photography, and I couldn't move very fast to capture moments that disappear in the blink of an eye. 

That being said, my creative juices are back and here is my first son!

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His older sisters absolutely adore him and ask to hold him all the time. I need to get a picture of them surrounding baby boy. But for now, I leave you this one.  photo Thomas03vertical_zps467f637a.jpg

And since I am once again able to think creatively, I am entering a contest to help me with Photoshop. You can enter too, if you wish. :) http://http://shop-jeanphotography.com/blogs/news/-its-giveaway-time/

Monday, January 27, 2014

Announcement

There is a reason I haven't been posting very often lately.  For the most part, in my "spare time" (does any mother really have spare time?), I have been napping.  My exhaustion has reached a point that I didn't know could exist.  At least there is a really, really great reason for this, and here it is:

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If you have a minute, I'd really appreciate some prayers for this pregnancy (for my health and the health of the baby). Thank you!

My husband and oldest daughter are rooting for a boy, my middle daughter very sternly stated that she does not want a baby boy, and the youngest and I will be perfectly happy either way. My prayer is for a calm baby.  I'm a little worried that I'll have another super needy baby like my oldest and youngest were/are, and I just don't know how many more sanity points I can stand to lose.  We are all excited and thrilled, though.  Peanut insists on calling the baby "Baby Sweets," and tells me that the baby is "a newborn baby.  The baby is a newborn because it was born from God's tummy into yours."  And then I was quickly asked if God has a tummy.  I love child logic. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Must post!

Did I let November blow by without a single post? I've been exhausted, working, and trying to keep up with homeschooling and Christmas prep.  I neglected to get Christmas cards out this year.  This is the first time since I was married that I didn't send out cards.  It makes me sad, and part of me wants to still send out cards, but I just don't see it happening. 

I'm trying to think if anything exciting happened in November. My family had Thanksgiving dinner with a good friend, my parents, and grandfather, and that was very nice.  My mother smoked the turkey, and it was delicious!  Oh and on Black Friday, my husband and I got to see the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA!!!!  Yes!!  It was AMAZING! The BEST concert ever!!  I have been a fan of Brian Setzer since his Stray Cat days, so getting to see him in concert was such a thrill.  He did a bunch of his Christmas music, and did a set where he had most of the orchestra take a break, so all that was left was Brian, the drummer, and a bass, just like back in the Stray Cat days, and he did a bunch of Stray Cat hits.  Oh!!!  I was over the moon happy, and my husband had a great time too.  Plus, it was a night out without the kids, which doesn't happen very often. 

December brought the thrill of Advent and Christmas.  We took the girls to visit Santa.  Our youngest, being only 19 months, didn't want to be near Santa, but the older two were happy to see Santa again. We've been going to the same Santa for the past 2 years, and he's so wonderful. He makes sure the girls know the real reason to be excited about Christmas is because of Christ's birth, and he asks the girls for prayers.  Popper asked Santa for new pajamas.  As she said, "I like toys too, but I really would like some new pajamas."  When I asked her if there was a particular type she wanted she said, "No, whatever Santa brings me, I'll like."  She is honestly the sweetest little girl!  Peanut, now 5, asked for a bike for her doll.  Good thing Santa reminded the girls that he doesn't always bring what they ask for.  Sometimes he brings something else he knows they would really enjoy.  My parents actually bought Peanut a bike for her doll, but Santa brought her a magnadoodle, which she was quite happy with.  Santa also brought them both pajamas and sketch books, and the pajamas had matching jammies for their dolls.  Our little one got a brand new baby doll from Santa, and she loves it.  She loves all babies.

We got to go see Christmas lights at the nearby botanical gardens this year. I wanted to go last year, but little one was so young and it was so cold out that we decided against it.  All my girls loves the lights, and seeing these lights made little one super excited whenever she saw other Christmas lights. The lights at the garden were particularly nice because we got to walk through the light display rather than drive through it, which is what a close light display has you do. 

I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas and receiving the blessings of the Christ child into your hearts. 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Night Pictures

Just a quick post to say, I forgot how much I love night photography.  I haven't done night pictures in a while, and it was really fun.  It would have been a bit easier if I didn't have children to chase and had brought my tripod, but it was still fun. 

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And this one is my favorite of the night:  photo train01wm_zps6fcb235b.jpg

Saturday, October 12, 2013

It wants to Eat Us!

Okay, not really.  After lifting Peanut's bike to put it away, I found a praying mantis underneath.  It completely freaked me out at first, and I had oogie feelings every time I looked at it (darn those bugs, they look too intelligent.  I swear they are plotting something evil when I see them), but I had to grab my camera and snap a picture.  My husband quickly called the girls back outside so they could see it, and we couldn't help but crack up at the poor bug.  Anytime one of us moved, it turned toward the mover and spread its "praying hands" to try to intimidate it.  I think it was contemplating using the finishing move from the original Karate Kid on us. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Special Guest Picture

I had to post this because I love it so much. No, it's not a photograph, and no, it's not even my own art.  My six year old daughter drew this picture, and every time I look at it, it warms my heart.  I love the baby in the arms of one of the ladies, and  the looks of the people who are singing at church, and the rosy cheeks on two people, and the one person who isn't quite asleep in bed.  I love that she drew hymnals.  Yes, go ahead and call this the "Mommy goggles" or  "Proud Mommy" post. 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Farewell Summer

What?  It's fall?  I love fall, but it just seems so soon.  Now I'm back to homeschooling, which means our days are no longer spent either outside all day or lounging in our pjs until after lunch.  Summer was fun. We visited a wild animal park, hiked, went to a winery, had family visit, went to a funeral (not that the funeral was "fun," but it was nice to see family and the military ceremony was beautiful), attended a puppet show, and my oldest learned to ride her bike without training wheels.  It's been a lively summer, and I can't wait to see what fall brings us.

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Here are the older two on their first day of school.  Popper is starting first grade and Peanut is starting some kindergarten work, but I'm not pushing since she is not yet 5.


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