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Saturday, September 26, 2009

iphone pics...

over the last several months i have enjoyed having my iphone on hand to capture those moments that will not ever be least not in a genuine fashion. now these pics are not in chronological order by any means but who cares...this isn't the scrapbook!

here are my two middle girls headed into pre school for their first day. daphne loves school and so it was sweet to watch her lead her baby sister into class. anna is loving it!

many people have asked what is it like having four kids. here is a glimpse. while i was fixing dinner ross and all four of the munchkins sat together to read a book. i loved this moment in is exactly what i hoped for!

these girls bring such joy and laughter to our family each in there own way! this was a trip to the zoo and they were just waiting on the wall for our friends to arrive. i pray they will grow a strong friendship with one another in the years ahead.

i may have posted this picture before but this captures our anna. most mornings she is up by 5:45am dressed and spending some quiet time by herself or with our dog, otis. on this morning she had let him outside and pulled up a chair next to him to watch the morning arrive.

for some reason i thought it would be fun to get anna her first hair cut. we went with a cute little bob and yes it is cute but i am still not sure why i cut off those curls! silly me, adorable her!

here's our henry covered in shaving cream. for the end of the year swim team party they had a huge shaving cream fight. he didn't hesitate to join this chaos!!

now this is why i have an iphone! here we are in old navy one day and while we were in line anna finds these boots. often times i would tell her not to do this and to come stand next to me but in a rare moment of delight and enjoyment i let her waddle around in these GIANT rain boots. she's adorable and it was just plain fun for a few minutes for all of us.

here's my precious husband and his two eldest. i love how ross loves all of us. he gives of himself all the time...i really mean all the time. these kids have such a great example of a husband and daddy and i praise God for that all the time!

this is an arizona sunset. sadly i have grown to take them for granted all too often but not on this day. it was breath taking as most of them are. the sky here is more beautiful than anywhere i have ever been...pure and beautiful.

girl's night out for daph and i! i got my hair done and so did she. there truly is a difference between super cuts and the salon and the price difference wasn't too bad either. we followed up our hair appointments with sauce and frost (for you non tucsonans- pizza and gellato).

just last weekend i took henry & daphne to see cloudy with a chance of meatballs in 3D. we had a blast!! i love taking them to the movies. i am looking forward to toy story and toy story 2 next weekend.

so there you have one more little peak into our world.

Lord, you have so richly blessed me with our little 6-some. Lord, help me to instill in our children a love for our family both near and far. i pray they learn, through word and example, how to enjoy the little things time and time again and i pray we would glorify You by enjoying You forever.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

family, car pool and chores- oh my...

i can't believe it has been almost 3 months since i posted anything on here! ugh!! it drives me crazy that i have let that happen.

much has gone on around here so i think i will catch you all up via pictures.

after ramey's birthday we took a mini vacation up to a resort in phoenix with the gooding family. we all had a great time enjoying our time by the pool! definitely a must for next summer!

the kids were packed and ready to go by 7:30 am...estimated time of departure = 9am

anna didn't want to be in this pic but here is ross and 3 of the 4 heading to the pool!anna did enjoy being in the water- especially if she could snag ramey's are something to get excited about!

alan and allison getting a couple of minutes to themselves!

me & my girl!

anna, me & hj

swim team was such fun this year!!
henry improved 10 fold this year with his swimming. by championships he placed 4th overall in backstroke, his favorite stroke!

henry & his buddy kody
connor, henry, alia and callie
some days cookies are a must!
ramey loves to feed herself! weighing in at 17lbs at 12 months we've had to find foods to fatten her black beans, cheese and avacados
in july we went a tucson toros game with uncle tod, aunt cat and zach. the kids had a great time!!CYT is a youth theater group that henry and some of his friends enjoyed over the summer. for one week a ton of kids gathered on the UofA campus and by friday they put on a production of the Lion King.
henry was part of the chorus but had a one line solo!
we took a big trip to texas right before school started. we drove to denton first to see friends and to stop by ollie's grave. this is our first picture of our 5 kiddos!once we left denton, having seen krissy and the carbajal family we headed south for a week at the beach. it was much needed time in the sand.

while at the beach i actually got to see two of my friends from my younger years! i have known allison and kristen since elementary and jr. high. funny thing was- kristen and her family were staying about a block away so we caught up with her and then allison and 2 of 3 of her boys drove down for the day just to hang out with us! it was such a treasure to see both of these girls!while on our beach trip, the first day, i put my camera in the beach bag to protect it but somehow a water bottle that didn't get closed all the way ended up in the bag and poured out all over my camera. ugh!!! so for now i can only use my iphone. i am hopeful to get a new camera for my birthday/christmas gift this year!

once we got home from the beach it was time to start school again! henry started second grade, daph started pre k and anna is enjoying her first year of pre school.

born on august 12th, baby hannah catherine joined our family! i was so blessed to hold her before she spent the next week and a half in the nicu. all is well and she is wonderfully healthy and settling in at home with mom, dad and big brother, zach.there are still more pictures to share, the girls start to school and anna's bday but for now i need to get some sleep! hope you enjoy the overview of the past few months and i hope to not be so far behind next time!