Family Photo Shoot

My dear sister-in-law (thanks again, Krista!) once again took some amazing pics for us this year.  We had a lovely fall day that was perfect for being outside!  Here are some of my favorites:

These 5 are such a blessing to our family.
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Emma – 3 years old
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Callie – 4 1/2 years old (5 this month!)
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Sydney – 7 1/2 years old
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Justin – 9 1/2 years old
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Hailey – 10 1/2 years old (11 this month!)
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The girlies
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A fun family shot.
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The love of my life.
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Me and my girls.
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My favorite guys.
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Me and my boy.
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My love with our girls.
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12 years of marriage.
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Daddy and the kiddos.
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Me and my 5.
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Love these shots of Brian and Emma.
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It is rough being the baby of the family.
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Of course we also have many more different family poses, but since I don’t know which one I’m using on our card this year I am saving those!

Silence is Golden …

Except for when it involves my 2 year old, then it is pretty much the opposite.  As you can see from the picture, Emma was rather distraught that I would take a picture (her latest and greatest is to bury her face in her hands and cry her eyes out whenever something doesn’t go her way … so hilarious and dramatic).  As you can also see from the picture, my girlie managed to actually paint one toe nail before deciding it would be more exciting to paint the rest of her body, clothes, and my bathroom instead.  I’m grateful for the privilege that I have to stay at home with my five little blessings, even if some days I want to throw in the towel and do exactly what Emma is doing in this picture!     

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In some ways, it is hard to believe that Emma has been a part of our family for 2 years.  In other ways, I can’t remember what our family was like before she was here!  Emma brings so much love into our family and has been such a sweet addition.  She is constantly trying to keep up with the big kids and will often walk around the house saying (or rather, yelling), “guyyyys, guyyyyys” until someone answers her.  She adores all of her big sisters and brother and is adamant about giving every single one of them a hug and kiss before nap and bedtime.  She knows the girls by name, but for some reason chooses to call Justin, “dad” which cracks us all up.  I guess his name is a little hard for her to say.  Emma absolutely adores her daddy right now and asks where he is at least 10 times throughout the day even though my answer is always the same (“at work”).  Her response is always the same too – “ohhhhh.  Come home?”    She is a child who knows what she wants and when she wants it and isn’t afraid to tell you so.  Our little girlie loves to snuggle, sing, dance, and be outside.  We are so thankful that God brought her into our family!

Breakfast: Pancakes, banana and milk!   

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Dessert:  Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and homemade vanilla bean ice cream!
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Happy 2nd Birthday, Emma Jane!

Meet my Students (and future students!)

Recently, I have been seeing lots of ideas on Pinterest about interviewing your kids every year.  Some do this every year on their birthday, but I thought I would just do them all at the same time before we start school every year.  It will be fun to look back and see how their answers change from year to year!  I interviewed them individually so any duplicates are just by chance.

So, without further ado, meet my students:

Hailey – 4th Grade

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What is your favorite color?  Pink
What is your favorite food?  Taco Salad
What is your favorite toy?  American Girl doll
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Eggs and toast with homemade bread
What is your favorite book?  The Bible
What is your favorite animal?  Cat
What is your favorite holiday?  Easter
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run around in the grass
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Yogurt smoothie
Who is your best friend?  Tamsin
What is your favorite drink? Coffee drink (I make a homemade coffee drink for the kids using dandy blend, not coffee!)
What is your favorite movie?  Kung Fu Panda 2
What is your favorite fruit?  Orange
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?  Play kickball
What is your favorite sport?  Soccer
What is your favorite game?  Dutch Blitz
What is your favorite song?  10,000 Reasons
What is your favorite dessert?  Homemade Coffee Ice Cream
What are you most excited about this year?  Being a part of the choir (Sola Gratia Musicians)
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A mommy

Justin – 3rd Grade

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What is your favorite color?  Red
What is your favorite food?  Fish
What is your favorite toy?  Legos
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Pancakes
What is your favorite book?  The Bible
What is your favorite animal?  Dog
What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with my sisters
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Peanut butter and Apple Sandwich on mommy’s bread
Who is your best friend?  Judah
What is your favorite drink? Water
What is your favorite movie?  Kung Fu Panda 2
What is your favorite fruit?  Peach
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?  Play kickball
What is your favorite sport?  Baseball
What is your favorite game?  Dutch Blitz
What is your favorite song?  How Wonderful the Father’s Love
What is your favorite dessert?  Homemade Apple Cinnamon Muffins
What are you most excited about for this year?  Fall Ball   
What do you want to be when you grow up?  An Engineer and daddy

Sydney – 1st Grade

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What is your favorite color?  Purple
What is your favorite food?  Spaghetti
What is your favorite toy?  Cars
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Pancakes
What is your favorite book?  The Gospel Story Bible     
What is your favorite animal?  Horse
What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bike
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Grilled cheese
Who is your best friend?  Joe
What is your favorite drink? Milk
What is your favorite movie?  Kung Fu Panda 2
What is your favorite fruit?  Grapes
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?  Play games
What is your favorite sport?  Soccer
What is your favorite game?  Dutch Blitz
What is your favorite song?  10,000 Reasons
What is your favorite dessert?  Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
What are you most excited about for this year? Ballet   
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A mommy

Callie – Preschool

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What is your favorite color?  Pink
What is your favorite food?  Homemade pizza
What is your favorite toy?  Dollhouse
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Oatmeal
What is your favorite book?  Curious George
What is your favorite animal?  Cat
What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Catch fireflies
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Yogurt and granola
Who is your best friend?  Claire
What is your favorite drink? Water
What is your favorite movie?  How to Train Your Dragon
What is your favorite fruit?  Strawberries and blueberries
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?  Play with us
What is your favorite sport?  Kickball
What is your favorite game?  Go Fish
What is your favorite song?  How Wonderful the Father’s Love
What is your favorite dessert?  Homemade Ice Cream
What are you most excited about for this year?  Turning 4       
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A mommy

mma – The Cute Toddler

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This picture (above) is what happens every time I get my camera out.

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This smile was captured in .5 seconds before she could cover her face once again!

Since Emma couldn’t actually answer the questions, I’ll give a little update about all the things she does talk about …
~Daddy – all.day.long I get questions asking where daddy is and when he’ll be home.  She adores her daddy and loves it when he gets home from work! 
~Food – this girlie might be petite, but she can eat and asks for food all.day.long.   Now that she knows how to open the pantry door, I often find her sitting on the kitchen floor devouring an entire bag of raisins.
~Outside – she will go outside with anyone who is willing to go with her.  Some favorites outside are chalk on the driveway, jumping on the trampoline, swinging and sliding on the play set, playing on the deck, and trying to keep up with whatever the big kids are doing.
This girlie brings so much joy, cuddles, good laughs, and love into our family and I can’t believe she is going to be 2 in less than a week!!