Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

stories behind the photos~Christmas card photo shoot

You know those Christmas cards you receive in the mail and the precious kiddos look so put together, well behaved and oh so nicely mannered?
Yeah, well it's no happening here.
 On the bright side I can say I have taken Christmas card photos AND ordered the cards all by 8pm yesterday.  I know, be jealous, b/c this doesn't happen.ever.
Check another thing off of my list.  
For our viewing entertainment I am posting some of the outtakes from our photo shoot yesterday.  There may have been some bribing with m&ms,  ok gobs of bribing....and threats of having iPods and phones taken away. 
 I digress.....
Back to beautiful family photos.
The first picture is my boy literally begging for a M&M while the girls are freaking out over standing next to the world's smelliest flower.
Yes, I totally get aggravated when they don't cooperate and when they touch, pick or break William's short focus on taking pictures but when I got home and downloaded the 200+ photos I just laughed.  The things that go on are too funny to make up. 
 This picture above was one of our last places to take pictures,  William had enough so I told him to let me take picture of only the girls.  He thought it would be funny to scratch his booty and when then the girls saw him doing that there was hysterical laughter(wonder why he acts the way he does).  Finally by the time we got it together and I started taking pictures of the girls he has reached under this building and pulled out a bamboo stick that was probably 10 feet long. 
Between each of these snapshots my girls reminded me,
"Mooooommmm you are NOT a photographer!"
Thank you girls, but I'm playing one today.
Next stop...
One minute I am taking a picture of four kids and the next thing I know there are only three, William has run over to pet a stray cat which by the way is hissing and growling at him, Lord help me if we survive this picture day.

I did fall in love with this pretty blue door and a little's in our Christmas card. EEEkkk!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

jump start

Being a planner and a little OCD I learned
a little (ok, maybe a lot) last year at this time after gall bladder surgery.  I love the holidays, always trying to stuff them with as much tradition and fun as possible. However, last year as I depended totally on my husband and children to get out the decorations and get the decorating done as I lay on the couch I realized some things just aren't as important as we think they are.  We all have to slow down.   It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, parties, lights, Christmas card photos, baking. The holidays are about family, friends, memories, etc. but I don't want to be so busy that we miss them being so full of activities.  This year I decided to get a little decorating started(no tree yet, I will draw the line there), I got down two small trees, decorated the mantle and French doors in the entry leading to my dining room.
William found some ornaments in one of the boxes and had a blast "decorating" the small trees for fun.  Of course after that he began to ask if Santa was coming that night.  Trying to get ahead of the game so we have some extra time to spend together in a few weeks.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

travel ball blues

As for now, last weekend was the end of softball, at least for a couple of fear she will still have practice but sometimes I think that may not suffice:), here are a few shots from last week.

a little more october

 Just came across a few old photos on the computer and made me wish I still had all of these littles....
on the other hand I am enjoying this crew and watching them grow and learn. 
Just a few extra October photos from my phone....what a great month Oct. was.....
Here is the awesome shirt William's runner, Harriett, sent him. It came with a cute pair of socks and a cool medal she got from a race she was in but I have not been successful in photographing him with it.
what is fall without a hayride?
Halloween night

Saturday, November 1, 2014


 The view from last weekend's tournament must look a lot like today except it is much colder with a lot of wind.
  I didn't make it to the games today as 4:30am was a tad early for some people here. John took the "middles" while I stayed with the "bookends".
Good luck to my girl and her team.

Halloween 2014

the alien and the old couple... 

our little crew...

(but only after it's organized, that's my boy!)