Monday, July 17, 2017

Gabe 11 years (plus a little)

My sweet 11 year old. Gabe has more gaps in his mouth than teeth I think. He is still burning through fantasy books especially now that it is summer. He is also enjoying sleeping in and has become increasingly responsible with chores and assignments. Gabe was recently upgraded to our only child with his own bedroom when we moved him into the guest bedroom and Alara into Ruth's room. He loves to laugh and does a great job being a "buddy" with the younger three children. As of his birthday Gabe is 5'2", coming quickly for my 5'5". 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Photo Shoot

This session of my mother and her husband Barry was funnier than I expected. Between laughs we took a few shots of the happy couple. They have been married 5 1/2 years and still act like newly weds. Mom and Barry are  both young at heart. Barry is also kind, gentle and generous with my sister and I and all the grandkids. Quite a catch mom. Thanks for the visit, here’s to the golden years!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Little bunnies

Zach bought the boys an origami book for Christmas and sometimes things like this show up in our home.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Two at one blow

     Mac lost his first two teeth both in one day. He was almost 7 1/2 , towards the end of first grade, when they finally popped out after some rough trampoline playing. Those two teeth had been lose for a while but he patiently waited for them to fall out instead of pulling them out. Most kids started losing their teeth in kindergarten, but he never complained. It was an exciting moment when he got to tell his teacher Mrs. Moessner about his achievement and get to see his name put on the "Who lost a tooth" board. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Preschool graduation

(I'm working my way backwards through the past two months of pictures, can you tell?)

Scissors, and letters, and shapes- oh my! 

Ruth is a shining star, by all accounts she rocked preschool this year.  Both Ruth's teachers said that she was a delight to have in class and that she only had the occasional problem with being too chatty or wiggly. My favorite part of preschool graduation was when her teacher, Mrs. Carter, read out loud what the children wanted to be when they grew up and Ruth's answer was, "A mom". I may have teared up a little. She makes my heart happy. I will miss her next year when she is gone to school. I'm glad it won't be every day kindergarten. 

Los Tres Amigos. These were the only three girls in the class. We had many play dates with both Ireland and Julianna.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Roman Home

     Love-hate. That is the phrase I would use to describe my relationship with school projects. On the one hand, it means designated one-on-one time with a child working towards a goal. On the other hand, it is another monkey on my back. Parents are supposed to be involved, that much is clear, how much though is left up to the discretion of each family. I struggle with the balance. It is hard for me to sit on my hands and watch things done not quite the same way as I would do them. David is totally my project guy though. He likes to build and create. This is what we came up with. All five rooms are labeled in Latin.- Kitchen, atrium, bedroom, dinning room and gardens. There wasn't a whole lot of direction other than the five listed rooms that had to be included and the explicit instruction not to buy doll furniture. I was very pleased with David's planning, effort, and the end result. He got an A+. Go team. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer kick off

The Kenex building was epic.

The bike riding was double fun.

The silliness was palpable.

The chess was intense.

 The visit was memorable.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Toothpaste hair

Because sometimes the youngest two get left alone to their own devices. Lincoln helped her get the lid off. No noise isn't necessarily a good thing. 

Cruise for Two

I've been bugging Zach for a decade to take me on a cruise. Being around a lot of strangers was not his idea of fun but this year it was in the budget so he humored me. High lights included:

-Parasailing on Catalina island. It was a much more gentle ride than I expected.
-Snorkeling, which was not as gentle as I expected.
-Eating authentic churros in Mexico
-On board comedians
-The top floor water slide
-Learning the thriller dance
-And especially spending time with Zach.

Some of the exotic creatures we saw on our ship

We also saw sea lions when we docked in Mexico. These blubbery animals were either sleeping, barking, fighting or sticking their nose in the air. Not so different than some of the people I've met. 

A huge thank you to Amyjo and Jarrod who drove all the way up here from Texas to watch our kids while we were gone. It takes a brave soul to do that! Sounds like the kids had a blast with their Aunt, Uncle and cousins though. Thanks Mary Poppins!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Pretty sure I love these two. David has been a big help this week while Zach and Gabe have been away on their trip to London. Alara is a tough nut to crack sometimes, but I think she is warming up to David. She even told him "I love you David" today at dinner time. It was darn cute. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bumblebee Dress round 2

I remember when Mimi gave this dress to Ruth and I took pictures just like these on the very same stairs. I've looked for the files but I couldn't find them unfortunately. Ruth was a little rounder when she was this age (Alara is 20 months) but at 5 1/2 yrs.she has thinned out a lot. They look like sisters but not twins. And Lincoln just wanted to get in on the picture taking as long as the camera was out. 

Grandpa Barry

The ladies just love him.