Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Larissa Janae

Hard to believe our firstborn is turning SEVEN! I can still vividly remember the night she was born.....I guess I haven't lost all my brain cells yet! Larissa has one of the tenderest hearts. If someone is hurting or not feeling well, she is right there, nursing them back to health, or giving them a hug and a kiss. She enjoys going for walks, seeing nature, playing dress up, and helping me with her baby brother.

I am so excited to see what God has in store for this girl. She feels and loves very deeply, and has been an intrical part of our family,  and we love her so very much.
                 Happy Birthday Larissa!

Friday, April 22, 2011

It is finished

          "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished'." John 20:30

Friday, April 8, 2011

Four years old

Charlay(I refrain from spelling it the way of the cow charcolais, because what girl wants to be called a cow?)
A girl with a LONG name, and LONG on personality....
Scrolling through theses pictures taken in the last year, make my heart sad. My baby girl is growing up! And what a delight she has been to our family.
HaPpY BiRtHdAy ChArLoTtE!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

8 Months of Sweetness

Today our baby boy turned eight months old....
As you can see, he gets lots of lovin' around these parts

He has also started crawling in the last week. The girls are learning the hard way that if they don't want to play with toys or read books drenched in baby drool, they need to pick up their stuff.  And I ain't complainin' about that!

Love him!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spring pictures

While my sister was here (notice the past tense.....sigh), we had a  little mini photo shoot with the kiddos. Here are a few of the pictures....
As you can tell, we had one who was being a bit standoffish....until I bribed the said culprit with some chocolate. I speak her language.

My baby girl, Charlotte, who, by the way, will be four next week!

My oldest, Larissa, who will be turning seven at the end of the month. Looking back at these photos, made me realize how much she is growing up into a young girl....
My middle girl, Alaina, who is five. The sun really bothers her eyes, so that's why she is squinting in some of the pictures. My super imaginative one..

And the baby of the house, little Landon Ray. He will be eight months next week. And he is officially on the move. Much to his sisters chagrin! And my delight.....(I've been warning them!!)

Typical Charlotte....need I say more?

"Get me away from all these girls, mom!!"

I love twirly skirts and cowboy boots... friends

I just love to squeeze him......
These are just a few of the pictures my sister got of the kids. She does such a great job. And is very patient, which when dealing with kids, is an absolute must. Alyssa and my brother left for their LONG drive back to Pennsylvania last Monday. It's 36 hours. A.long.time. An e t e r n i t y with children. Not really, but you get the picture.
So this week I have been finding a new routine. And realizing just how much help she had been to me. I've been falling into bed every night totally exhausted. And missing the company during the day. One of the most challenging things is to find a new order of doing things for school. With my sister here, it was easy peasy. She worked with one and I worked with the other. Now I am trying to figure out how to juggle two at the same time. It will come together. Sometime. Until then, I just keep truckin' along!