Saturday, December 27, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 64

Our last Photo Friday of 2014!

Kate, one month old

And of course, Christmas!

We had a big family party on Christmas Eve.  With eight kids age eight and under, it was a bit chaotic, but lots of fun.  It was my first Christmas with my family in nine years, so it really meant a lot to me!

Kate with her girl cousins.

We attempted to get a photo of my grandparents with their seven great-grand kids, with about this much success.   

One of the things we requested for our boys this Christmas were dress-up outfits.  They got some great stuff: train engineer, doctor, army fatigues, and these too:

 Caleb the construction worker...

Greg the pirate - Argh!

About mid-morning Christmas day it began to snow!

 This morning we had several inches, and the boys couldn't wait to get out and play in it.

Of course we put them right to work clearing snow off vehicles.

 Brian was happy that the snow blower he fixed two years ago was still working well.

Until next year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 63

Kate is getting into the festive mood with her reindeer pj's.  We're getting some genuine smiles this week, which has been a lot of fun:

When the cousins came over, Kate got lots of time with Madi.  What a change from being held by her brothers, who are enthusiastic, but not exactly calm and gentle. 

 Fun at the playground in December!  (Gotta love Colorado...)

It's a good thing dad was there to actively play with the boys.  Mom isn't much fun when she has an infant strapped to her in the baby carrier.

 I got some short "mom hair."  I actually went in with the intention of getting it cut even shorter, but the stylist sort of talked me out of it.  She said my hair is way too thick and anything between this and a pixie cut would leave me with a really poofy head.  I guess I'll keep it this length for a while and then decide if it's worth the risk to cut it shorter next time.

That's all for this week.  Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 62

This week before we left Oregon, we made a trip to Albany to visit Christmas Storybook Land.  It's an annual event at the fairgrounds where they create an indoor forest and have on display scenes from children's stories.  My favorite is the teddy bear display:

And we waited in line to see this guy.  Greg was a little dubious because they switched out Santas right when we got to the front of the line.  Santa with the natural white beard left to go "feed his reindeer," and then Santa with the long fake beard took his place.  "How did his beard get so long?" Greg wondered.

Mother-daughter selfie taken at the ladies' Christmas luncheon at church.

One of our friends from church gave us the lovely Christmas dress.  She said that she couldn't resist getting it, as she has only grandsons herself and doesn't get much opportunity to buy pretty dresses.  What good is it having a daughter if you can't doll her up every once in a while?

 The boys continue to learn how to interact with their little sister.  Does she look a little concerned in this photo?  Caleb is doing much better with her, but an adult is always right there, just in case.

 She is a bit more at ease with Greg.

On Tuesday we flew to Colorado.  No photos of the travel, because Brian and I found that we didn't have any spare hands for snapping photos! 

Great-grandma couldn't wait to hold the newest addition.  Kate is the seventh great-grandchild. 

It makes my heart happy to see my boys sitting at the kitchen counter having a snack at Grandma's house.  The kitchen has been remodeled and the stools are different from the ones in my childhood, but I have so many memories of sitting at that counter as a little girl, eating apple slices, graham crackers, and grandma's delicious bran muffins.

 My parents waited to decorate the tree until we came.

 My parents have lots of Legos at their house, so this is who tops their tree!

 Three weeks old.  Man, that went fast...

Until next week!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 61

This week:
The boys' first experience with bowling!  Greg did very well...umm... he beat me, actually.  I'll just say that playing with bumpers threw me off my A-game.  (And one of Brian's strikes was bounced off the bumpers, so I'm pretty sure that's why he did so awesome...)

 Lots of interrupted sleep this week makes us a bit reluctant to get out of bed... so often the kids join us in the mornings.  So far Kate is proving to be a night owl, and the rest of the family definitely is not!  Notice that I am not in this photo.  Having kids "sleeping" in my bed is fun for like 3 minutes.  And then I start feeling claustrophobic.

Admiring baby sister

 The boys found Uncle D's old wrestling gear and have had fun playing dress-up.

 I know this isn't a real smile at this age, but it's still cute.

Until next week!