Summer Days: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

August 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm (Family, Personal, Uncategorized)

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I’m behind on posting again, but these pics are from last Monday.  It was $1 hot dog night at the local ballpark, so we went out and caught a game.  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening!  And since it was a Monday, the stands were practically empty!

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Popcorn is a mainstay for my littles…

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Baby K’s first baseball game.  He seemed to enjoy it…probably just because he likes being outdoors with a cool breeze blowing.

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Mascot and friend…

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The kids got up the nerve to ask the mascot for his autograph.  My son had him sign the game program like a normal kid…my daughter, on the other hand, had him sign her horse toy catalog…go figure :).

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Another kid gave my daughter a ball…how sweet!

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And my daughter took a pic of the rest of our family…she almost got us all in the frame!

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Nothing like a baseball game on a gorgeous summer night!  God bless!

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Belief, Trust and True Salvation

August 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm (Faith, Personal)

Thought for the day from my theology class: Do we believe that Jesus can save us, or do we trust that He already has?  True salvation is like the tightrope walker who asks the crowd if they believe he can push someone in a wheelbarrow across the tightrope.  They all enthusiastically agree that he can.  Then he asks who will volunteer to be pushed across.  They all believed he could, but didn’t trust him enough to be the one in the wheelbarrow.  Food for thought.  I think that’s also like Peter walking on water.  We may believe Christ can make us walk on water, but would we take the step out of the boat trusting He will keep us dry?  It’s always a good day to re-evaluate our faith.  “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).  Are we living like we’re chosen?

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Summer Days: Picnics in the Yard

August 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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Fill that Bento box with yummy eats, and have a picnic outdoors on a beautifully mild August day.  That’s summer days.  I love being able to take some time to relax with my kiddos and enjoy the little things in life.  There’s nothing that can’t be put off until tomorrow…or next week…or next month for that matter.  Nothing is more important as a mom than being present in the moment sometimes.  As I go back to work and keep up with school and the house and my church ministries, I always want to remember how important it is to never be too busy to experience each stage with my children and enjoy their childhood.

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Baby K loves the outdoors and the breeze, laying in the shade with a cool breeze blowing over him!

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What he doesn’t love…the bugs.  But really, isn’t that the one thing we all dislike about being outdoors?

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Reading Bible stories is also a favorite picnic pastime…

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And of course, picking the weed flowers…time to mow.  But at least it gives me some pretty pictures of my little girl!

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Have a blessed Monday!

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Summer Days: Bubbles and Chalk

August 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm (Family, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized)

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Summer days, they go by way too fast.  Especially this year.  It’s been a summer of major ups and downs; of answered prayers and near-tragedies.  Our family prayer list has grown to nearly half an hour of praying at night now.  But it is amazing to see God answer, to watch Him heal and save.  This summer has also been a special one for our family, as we welcomed baby K and I got to spend some much-appreciated time just focusing on being a mama.  Hobbies I planned to work on during maternity leave have gone by the wayside, and all the little field trips with the kids I wanted to take have turned into trips to the library and one trip to a local beach.  But I am finding so much more enjoyment in the little things we can do around our house.  So here’s to summer days; to the bubble machines and sidewalk chalk that bring hours of fun.

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My little artist!

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And hopscotcher… :)

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Hubby finished staining the back deck for our daughter’s party…progress, people!

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Shadow from the deck…

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And the potted herb garden on our deck…

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There is nothing like being able to step out barefoot onto your deck and pick some fresh, aromatic herbs for cooking. I’m usually a basil girl, but the type of oregano seeds we got has me swooning!  So much better than dried oregano…though I imagine we will end up drying some of ours.  We had some canning adventures today that I will have to post another time.  I’m looking forward to getting our garden well established, even though it will be a lot of work canning and preserving.  And then there are our little citrus trees…

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I hope you all are having a blessed weekend!

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The Little Things

August 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm (Family, Personal, Photography)

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I love the little moments between the kids!  Young siblings are so fun together.  I love the everyday, the supposedly mundane.  I love the smiles and the tender moments.  I love the sound of kids playing and singing.  These are the moments I want to cherish forever.  Oh how I wish I could stay home full time and soak all of this up every day!  Maternity leave is awesome, but it also reminds me what I miss out on every day I have to go in to work.  So I captured some of the moments in chocolate and sepia…

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Brothers.  I don’t think there’s anything like the bond between brothers.  Baby K already looks adoringly at little C.  And little C is so good about fetching the binky or starting the swing or making sure I have diapers at the ready.  He is such an amazing helper…I am one blessed mama!

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They love play time with baby K on his playmat…

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I will never tire of taking portraits of this photogenic little boy…

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Preparing to take baby K on a walk through the neighborhood…

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The kids brought out my daughter’s toy strollers with little baby dolls.

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Sweet smiles…and maybe a little mischievous!

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Even big brother likes pushing a stroller.  Unfortunately, he tried running with it, too, and skinned up he’s knees and elbow pretty bad :(.  Boys…

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Baby days…

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Big sis pushing the real stroller…

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Guess what?  Monkey butt!  Had to get a pic of this fun outfit before baby K outgrows it…too cute!

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Adoring big bro…

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Baby K in the stroller on a gorgeous summer day…

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Monkey feet!

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And play time in color…

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Love little hands!

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Brothers holding hands…

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Big sis = big yawn…apparently :)

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I love how the kids tuck their toys in like babies!

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Love the eyes, the chubby cheeks, and the sweet little expressions!

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Baby K loves tummy time.  Yeah, he is so not a back sleeper.

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And some of the flowers, both the wild and the ones we planted…

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My Black-Eyed Susans!

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The lavender we planted in our front garden has come to life…and smells amazing!

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And the view coming home!  It may be under construction and kinda messy, but it’s home, and I love the memories we are making here!

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Have a blessed weekend!

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Photoshop Fun!

August 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm (Family, Personal, Photography)

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Photoshopped baby K onto my guitar…hehehehe!  Ok, enough playing around with the computer, but that was fun!

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Dolphin Birthday!

August 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm (Family, Personal, Photography)

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This past weekend, we finally celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday.  She chose a dolphin theme this year, and it was a fun one!  I’ll start with the 5th birthday portraits…

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We did a small photo shoot with her fun balloons in the front yard.  The dolphin balloon was a replacement my parents picked up after I overfilled the original pink dolphin balloon until it burst…oops.  But I’m really glad I did now because the transparent blue dolphin makes for much better pictures with the other blue balloons :).

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And now for the party.  My daughter, being the social butterfly she is, invited a TON of people.  But it was a bad weekend for most and she ended up with only six other kids.  It worked out nicely though because we had a much lower key event than I expected.  The kids jumped on the trampoline…

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…decorated the driveway with chalk…

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…played with bubbles…

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…and, of course, whacked up a dolphin piñata!

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Hubby was pulling the string and moving the piñata as the kids swung.  This was the look he got from my niece!

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The food…

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Cake time!

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Minion photo bomb!

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Coloring with her bestie…

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My awesome niece and her minion…

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Goody buckets…

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And baby K soaking up the breeze on a gorgeous day!

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Baby K: One Month

August 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm (Family, Personal, Photography)

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I can’t believe baby K is already a month old!  Time flies way too fast…especially maternity leave.  He’s doing great, and such a sweetheart.  We did find out this week that he is most definitely a belly sleeper.  Put him on his tummy, and he’s out fast.  I’ve been fighting a bad cold, so he’s been fussy, too.  We had one really bad night after I let him sleep a while during the day to sleep off the sickness.  But other than that, he’s sleeping as well as a one-month-old can be expected to.  Here are the one month pics…

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I saw a cute picture on Pinterest that inspired this one…

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Time with big sis!

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Ok, so there are some really cute baby pictures on Pinterest of newborns on the end of a guitar.  I wanted to try it, but found out that my baby is WAY  too big for the guitar.  So we improvised.  But I have big plans for Photoshopping him on the guitar later because it’s too cute to pass up!

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Sweet kisses…

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Bath time!  He loves the bath but hates getting out!

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Morning kisses from big sis.  She is so sweet with him.  I’m really impressed that both of my older kids are so good with baby K.  Even when he cries while they’re watching a movie or listening to something, they haven’t complained once.  They have more patience than I do…lesson to learn from my littles.

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Last weekend, my daughter, baby and I went up to my parents for a sleepover since my mom has been at the hospital with my uncle all summer and hasn’t had much of a chance to see the new baby.  Here are some sweet shots from then…

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Some of these pictures really show how baby K has gone bald on top with a dark fringe in the back…looking like a little old man :).

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I love the looks baby K gives when his big sis is loving on him!

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Hubby and our oldest spent that night at a father/son campout.  It was a much-needed fun bonding time for them!

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Amma holding baby K…

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Cousin time…always a blessing!  Can you tell my daughter adores her cousin?

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My niece enjoyed the bokeh in this shot…

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I have much more to post, but it will have to wait.  This week has been hectic with VBS and getting ready for my daughter’s birthday party.  But there are many prayers being answered and many more to keep praying about.  God is so good, though, and so very faithful!  Have a blessed weekend!

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Happy Birthday to My Baby Girl!

July 28, 2015 at 3:35 pm (Family, Personal)

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Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet little girl!  You are such a light in our lives!  When you were born, I really didn’t think I could love someone as much as your older brother, but you quickly stole all of our hearts.  You’re beautiful, sweet, energetic, fun, and such a good little and big sister.  My little mother hen who loves to watch out for the little ones and loves to give your new baby brother hugs and kisses.  You are our social butterfly, with such a big heart and love for everyone.  Sometimes you amaze us with how observant you can be.  You think big and say things that really take us by surprise coming from someone so young.  We know God has big plans for you!  We love hearing you sing the My Little Pony Rainbow Rocks song at the top of your lungs!  Have a very happy birthday!

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We started the day off with Dunkin Donuts hubby picked up.  Sprinkles for the birthday girl…

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Then baby girl insisted she needed to open her presents right away!
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And a new Care Bear!

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A birthday phone call from Amma and Popple!

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Now it’s TV time watching Rainbow Rocks and then later off to Red Lobster for an early dinner and Toys R Us for a fun birthday treat.  She picked Red Lobster specifically because it’s right next to Toys R Us…she’s a bright kid, this one!

Seeing his sister celebrate her birthday brought back memories of his May birthday for my son.  So, of course, he had to get one of his presents from his room…

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So thankful for these kiddos!  It’s hard to believe they’re already 5 and 7, but it’s such a blessings watching them grow and develop their unique personalities.  So proud of them both!

God bless!

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Let Me Introduce You to Amazing Grace

July 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Family, Personal, Photography)

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The past few days have been really rough.  Our three-year-old dog died very suddenly Friday.  We don’t even know what happened to him.  He deteriorated so quickly, we weren’t even able to get him to the vet.  It’s hit our family hard.  But I’ve also realized how important it is to not take all the blessings we have for granted.  The sweet little faces of my children are the greatest evidence of God’s amazing grace to me.  I guess there are people out there who believe they deserve good things in life and feel resentful when those things don’t happen for them.  But I am so very grateful that God doesn’t give us what we deserve.  The wages of sin are death, and that’s ultimately what we all have earned.  But He chose to send Christ to pay that price, and beyond that, He has chosen to give us blessings and joys we could never earn.  I am so thankful for these sweet kids.  Baby K is three weeks old now.  The maternity leave is flying by way too fast.  But I am soaking up every minute of it.  I’ve been trying to capture some pictures as often as possible, but it’s been a few days since I broke out the camera.  So this morning, when my oldest son was helping me change baby K’s diaper, I had to get some sweet shots of the two brothers.

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This is my favorite!  My oldest son doesn’t always know how to show that he loves his new baby brother.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to get these awesome gems of the two boys together!

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And some of just baby K..

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And one of just my sweet oldest…

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Have a very blessed week!

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