Monday, December 29, 2008

Out of the mouth of babes

Retold by grandpa:

My girl, "What are you doing?"
Grandpa, "I'm putting lotion on my head."
My girl, "Why are you putting lotion on your head, grandpa?"
Grandpa, "Since I don't have much hair, my head gets dry."
My girl, "Don't put too much lotion on your head, more hair might fall out grandpa!"

We've had a week packed with Christmas festivities. My family is exhausted. Currently we are recovering and antipicating the last of our Christmas celebration this weekend.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope your Christmas is filled with sweet memories
of your family as you celebrate
the birth of our gracious Lord and Savior.

Blessings - Jen

Monday, December 15, 2008

My girl is three

My sweet little girl is now three.
It's so hard to believe.
She is growing up before my eyes.

She is smart.....
fun and outgoing.

She is our early morning conversationalist. I mean real early in the morning.
Lover of things little.
Devourer of jelly sandwiches.

We had her Curious George Birthday party this weekend.
Her only interest was of her presents. Can't blame her.
Thankfully she is not too girlie.
Me: "What do you want for your birthday?"
My girl: "a little princess and a race car."
My boy: "Girls can't have race cars!"
Hubby: "Little princesses like to drive race cars."

That's my girl!

Happy birthday. I love you! - Mom

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

No Christmas presents please....

...we have cardboard!
The week before Thanksgiving we resurrected this
pirate ship from storage and placed it in the
kids playroom.

I did not think much of it until I heard thumps and giggles, thumps and giggles.
I went to find out what my kids were up to and this
is what I saw.

They were placing the cardboard pirate ship upright and then falling down with it.
This week we received a package in the mail.
Once again the cardboard was up for grabs.
It became a ramp for my boy's cars.
As well as a run and skid across the living room floor toy.
(Not pictured)
No need for toys when you have cardboard.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas card options

Here are a few Christmas card options for my little sis.

What you think? - Jen

Friday, December 5, 2008

five and a half

My boy has been counting down the days until he will be officially 5 1/2. Well today was the day. He was so excited. Coincidentally his class had a field trip today to see the play "Babes in Toyland." When my boy came home today, I asked him about it. He said, "Mom, the play wasn't really a play. It was just a show. We didn't get to play." He looked disappointed.

Here are my favorite phrases that my little guy currently says often :)
"Really? Sweeeeeet!"
"You're kidding me. That's awesome!"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Not too posed

Most of my favorite shots are not posed. I seem to prefer the more candid shots. Here are a few photos of my kiddos with their cousins. Just wondering....which one do you prefer.

The favorite pic will be given to the grandparents and great aunt/uncles.

Monday, December 1, 2008

My sister

Over Thanksgiving I got to spend a few days
with one of my favorite people... my sister.
She's a great friend and
as you can tell she's an awesome mother.

I enjoyed our time doing the black Friday shopping. Love you - Jen

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Laugh Out Loud

I'm sure you are wondering...
What would make this sweet young girl (my niece)
Could it be my stellar jokes?
Could it be the little jig I danced for her?
This my friends
is what was so funny...
Her cousin had this snake over my head unbeknownst to me.
I'm sure my reaction afterwards was even funnier :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sporting a new look

My little guy
got his first
pair of glasses.
I will have
to say
he is looking
pretty cute and handsome.

He is such a thoughtful, smart guy.
I'm so proud of him. I love him so. - Jen (mom)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On the trails

I went to an absolute fabulous location for a photo shoot. It was in this family's backyard. I am so jealous! Their backyard extended onto a walking trail adjacent to a creek. Way too cool!

The moment I met this little guy he talked about his light saber. It was very important to him that I took a picture of him with it.

I love it! Darth Vader beware......

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fall reflection

If winter is slumber and spring is birth,
and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection.
It's a time of year when the leaves are down
and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone.
Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year
and it's time to reflect on what's come before. - Mitchell Burgess

At one time, I did not like autumn because it reminded me of the things to come - Winter. I have the tendency to forward think instead of being in the present. I've been striving to be in the "here and now" and to enjoy what is before me. This fall has been unseasonable warm, radiant in beauty for this I am thankful. - Jen

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't cry over spilled milk

There are moments in a mommy's day
where things can get a little exasperating.
But I need to realize that
there really is no reason
to cry over spilled milk.
Here's one of my
many reasons.....

My little girl can be accident prone.
I have no idea how this happened.
I turned around and this is what I saw.
Love her!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Behind the scene

I have been scoping out to find great photoshoot areas, and a friend of mine suggested this park that is only 15 minutes from my house. What a find! The trees were gorgeous and golden, the lighting was perfect. With cute kids in tow (since they are mine, I am a little bias) I thought this was the setting for the "perfect" photo shoot. I think at times God chuckles from above :)

I did get some precious shots of them playing and posing for the camera.

But that my dear friend was short lived. My little girl decided that this was a playfest instead of a photo shoot. Poor kids, they have to endure their trigger happy mom :)

Anyway, my girl played away while my son tried to comply and pose for the photoshoot.

What patience and endurance! He'll make a great husband some day.
A few moments
passed with
my trigger
happy self
and this
is the response
of my kids
after my son
became quite

This shot makes me laugh.
My daughter really adores her brother.

Whether he likes it or not.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Making Patterns

Just in case
you are
what my kids
do before

Me: "It's time to get ready for bed."
Son: "Hold on mom, I want to finish my pattern."
Daughter then preceeds to point and say. "Blue, red, blue, red, blue, red."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mud obsession

My little girl has a fascination for dirt of any form. While we were at the pumpkin patch this past weekend, my little one touched the mud/dirt everywhere she saw it. In the pumpkin patch, on the pumpkins itself it did not matter, she was obsessed with the feel and texture of it. We had to frequently stop as she observed and touched the freshly wet substance.
Notice the dirt on the pumpkin, well she sure did. My little dirt obsessor played in that area for 5-10 minutes enjoying the dirt on her fingertips.

Childhood bliss.