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Disney Vacation (pt1)

Yes, I’m into multi-parted posts these days!! I just couldn’t narrow down the fun photos of our trip to Disney to just a few that would fit in a single post. 🙂 So sit back and join us vicariously on our trip that we are already dying to repeat! Day One: It’s quite a drive from here to Anaheim so we opted to split it into two days. I left early with the kids and Stu came with his parents and nephew after he got off work. Starting out! SOOOOO ready for vacation! The twins got to stay with Grandma “Punkin” my mom, while the big kids went to Disney. Gives us an excuse to go back in a couple of years so that the big kids can “show” Disney to the twins! At the hotel we went swimming to burn off energy and kill time till Daddy made it there! I love those floaty vests that we borrowed for Myles and Ella!! They are awesome! Qade specifically requested goggles this year so that he could see under water! He enjoyed putting them to use too! Just as long as he could hang on to the side as well. 😉 She makes me smile! The hot tub was nice as well! I spent most of my water time in there! 😉 Then of course we went to bed and everyone slept like a top (with a little encouragement). 😉 Actually they kept wiggling around for a very long time whispering and laughing to each other and I believe someone fell off the bed in the night as I was awakened by a loud thud, but since it wasn’t followed up with any wailing I just went back to sleep. 😉 Stay tuned for day... read more

Birthday Session (pt2)

Life does not slow down for blogging I’ve found. But better late than never! Here are some more shots of the twins cake smash birthday session. Enjoy! I’m so happy God gave me one blue-eyed blondie in the bunch! 🙂 Not sure how she got all those genetics, but it keeps things fun! This little mini-me is a favorite of mine too! 🙂 When the cake came out Claire promptly sat on hers before she realized it was edible. Gabby had no misconceptions about what they were for. 😉 Yum! Wait, yours looks tastier! Oh frosting!! Yep, frosting! Sugar is starting to kick in. Lil goob! Stu actually coached her on how to do this! Hilarious! Contemplating… Love this one! Love this one too!! And that’s it for birthday pics this time around! 🙂 Hopefully next year I’ll get them done closer to the actual birthday. 😉 No promises though! Coming up I plan to post about our trip to Disney with lots of photos to make you want to go too!!... read more

Twin’s Birthday Session (pt.1)

It’s only taken me 3 months to get around to taking the twins birthday photos (oy!) and it took me 2 days to set up the “stuff” but it only took me about half and hour to get the shots. 😉 Of course this is only Part One. I decided early on I was going to try, by myself, to get individual shots of them, and then I would attempt to get a together shot. But there was NO WAY that cake OR bubbles were going to make an appearance today without back up! So I’m saving those parts of the session till Stu can be there to help corral slimy babies. 🙂 Anyway, even though I spent more time chasing them down and trying to bribe them with graham cracker bunnies and cheerios than actually snapping photos, I kinda like what I got. I have almost no shots of Claire without her hand in front of her face… oh well, it’s still cute! Quintessential Gabby! Love those curls! And these ones! Quintessential Claire. She isn’t sure about things… She’s got this one thing covered. I’m not sure what was going on with this face, but I like it! 😉 Stay tuned for part 2. In a day or so… maybe.... read more

Family Fun

We decided to take the twins out to the trampoline for the first time last week. 🙂 It was pretty humorous. As predicted, Claire cried when we first put her on it, but she actually warmed up to it pretty quickly. 😉 Then she only cried when one of her siblings bounced too close to her and made her fall over. I love trampoline hair! 🙂 Gabby thought the whole thing was great! She got the biggest kicks out of running as fast as her chubby legs would carry her till she lost her balance and feel down, rolling into the middle. She laughed the whole time too! We instructed the bigger kids not to jump while the babies were on it, but they did get bouncy and some wrestling ensued as well. 😉 Notice the concentration and hands splayed for balance. She does not like to fall down! Taking a break with Mommy… and to point out her nose apparently. Gabby came over for a brief hug as well. She’s way too into action to stay long though. I’m not sure what was getting Ella’s goat right here, but I couldn’t resist snapping the hair! 🙂 We’ve taken the twins out a time or two since and they both absolutely love it! Something about trying to walk on that bouncy surface is just too fun! Trampolines make for fun family times. The... read more

Tired and Worn

I’m feeling this way. I think we’ve just been going through life at a break neck speed for too long and it’s catching up to me. I have a zillion and one “to-do’s” and never enough time to get them all done. Plus the daily “must-do’s” and those aren’t always a lot of fun. I feel like I can’t find time in all this mess for my “want-to-do’s” and it’s getting old. Partly it’s starting school again and getting used to that routine again. One little scholar in particular is not enthusiastic and it’s draining for the mom/teacher. Another factor is that our Claire-bear has been EXTREMELY clingy. For me only, of course. That’ll wear out any mom. Because if she wasn’t on me or touching me, she was screaming about it. There has been some improvement in this the past few days so that’s been a relief. I’m attempting to make some sense out of our house, the closets and cabinets and pantry are all full and overflowing with stuff that needs to be organized and purged. But projects like that tend to take forever, and when you’ve got little feet and hands happy to get into anything “new” that can be messed with it’s hard. And yes, I’m just whining. Whining because right now everything feels like a never ending project, and I’m tired, and I don’t feel like doing it every day all the time. Let the weeds take over the place, leave the holes in the walls, forget about growing food and raising animals, and training people and pets. Just let it all go wild, because I’m going to find a cave somewhere to hide away in! Just kidding… I’m actually going to go on vacation soon, and I think that’ll be the best thing for my mentality. Thanks for listening to the grumble.... read more

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