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Surprises in the Refrigerator

As the mother of three boys all under the age of 10, my life is anything but boring.  Here is what I found in my refrigerator this morning.  Because we all need a coffin and chain in our fridge…

New Family Pictures for the Wall

Here are my choices for the family picture wall at my mom’s house.  We last did family pictures about two years ago, so it was time to update.  My mom has a wall where she showcases our coordinating family pictures.  The last time we did this, we did one big family picture with all of us.  This year, because of the ages of our kids, it was easier to do each family separately and do more of a collage look.  Sometime, when we get all our kids together, they act up and get wild, not allowing for a very productive photo session.  I did my own family pics last week and I was able to do my sister’s family yesterday.  We were hoping to get a picture of my sister’s two kids together, but it just did not happen.  The baby is a little too new, and we were a little nervous having big sister hold him on the cement.  Now, I just have to get my mom and dad out to this location and update their shots.  But here are my picks for mom’s wall.

Owl Always Love You

I borrowed this cute little owl hat from a photographer friend of mine intending to use it on my nephew, Henry.  It fits his little head perfectly right now, so I ran to my sister’s house this week and borrowed baby Henry.  Unfortunately, he was not into my planned photo shoot and boy did he let me know it.  I don’t think he liked me taking off his clothes, laying him down or putting the hat on him.  He was awake for the entire shoot, this shot was a just a lucky shot when his eyes were closed.  I thought I’d post a couple pictures so you could all see the adorable hat and my beautiful nephew.  Enjoy!

First Day of Preschool

OK, I’m a little late in the day for this post.  I normally try to post something in the morning, but this morning just got away from me.  But I wanted to throw these pics up of my two little guys going to preschool for their first day.  Yesterday, I actually stayed the whole time they were there so tomorrow is the real test.  I will drop them off and leave.  They think I will be staying with them every day, it could be interesting.

When I first found out we were having twins, I cried.  Yup, right there in the ultrasound room at the doctor’s office.  I honestly do not remember their entire first year, I really think my brain has blocked it out completely, kind of like my body’s way of dealing with something traumatic.  Because the first year was traumatic for me.  There were many, many, many nights of tears and prayers.  And most of my prayers were me begging God to just get me through one more day.  Then it was to help me get through the week.  Then, through the month.  Finally, I could see a sliver of light at the end of a very long tunnel.  I prayed for God to just get me through to their 4th birthday.  I figured by 4 they would be sleeping through the night, eating normally and potty trained.  Their 4th birthday came in May and here they are finally starting preschool.  I have been thanking the Lord almost daily since May for getting me to this point and it’s only been by His grace that I am clinging to the sanity I have.

So on that note, here are some fun pics of their first day.

My Family

Every year I dread doing my own family pictures.  Especially trying to get a picture of the boys for the Christmas card.  But this morning I woke up with nothing planned for the entire day.  And for those of you that know me, that is really saying something.  Heaven forbid we just stay home and relax.  So I dug through everyone’s closets and came up with somewhat matching clothes, we all got dressed and were out the door before 9:30am for family pics.  We headed downtown Grand Rapids to one of my favorite little spots.  I also grabbed my tripod.  Everyone was so well behaved (I’m sure the bribe of a trip to Target for toys afterward helped some) and I feel like I got a ton of fun shots.  I already have my Christmas card designed and waiting to be printed at the lab 🙂

Click HERE to see a slideshow of the complete shoot!

Family Time Putt Putt Golfing

Sooo, today we decided to try to do one more thing as a family before school starts next week.  Karl thought it would be fun to take the boys out miniature golfing.  Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned.  It was about 89 degrees and muggy, which is my hubby’s favorite type of weather (not really).  Justin had stayed overnight at a friends’ house the night before and he was a total crabby patty.  He also lost two balls somewhere along the way, he was really happy about that.  Brendan just took his ball and put it about two inches away from the hole and tried to putt it in from there.  He also tried climbing every rock on the course.  Jordan was the only one that had fun and the only one to have a hole in one!  Way to go Jordan!  I did get a few pics, you can see the excitement on everyone’s face.  Gotta love spending $30 when everyone just wants to get home 🙂

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

I’m a day late, but happy anniversary to my mom and dad.  It would also have been my grandparents anniversary, September 1.  My parents have been married for 39 years already, where does the time go?  To celebrate their 39 years, I thought I’d throw up a few great pics from their wedding, because we all know I’m into vintage 🙂  And I’ll put a few of my grandparents up too, for fun.  Because not only did they get married on the same day, my mom wore the same dress that my grandmother wore.  I wanted to wear it for mine, but I’m about seven inches taller than either one of them and let’s be honest, the dress hasn’t fit me since I was ten.  Anyway, happy happy day to both of you.  Love you both and I thank God that He blessed me with such a Godly marriage to strive towards.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

When I was growing up, my mom would make us grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  These are just like grilled cheese, but with pb & j.  And sometimes, we all just need a yummy comfort food to help us get through the day.  Mmmm….

Hudsonville Fair Fun

The Hudsonville Fair is running this week.  I grew up in Byron Center and never really went to the fair.  But once I married my husband, who is from Hudsonville, it became a yearly tradition.  My kids love it and I have to admit, so do I.  We have a routine every year.  We start in the animal barns and work our way through.  This year we saw the chickens, bunnies, goats and everything else.  I don’t think there is anything cuter than baby pygmy goats.  Sooooo cute!  We then walk over to the farm equipment and sit on all the big tires.  I take lots of pictures, always trying to get the “perfect” shot of my three boys together.  Then we work our way over to the food venders.  Obviously, my favorite part.  I love the elephant ears.  We went both Monday and Tuesday this week, and I have enjoyed three ears so far.  I’m hoping we make it out one more time yet.

But this year I get the award for mom of the year.  I not only took my three boys, but the two neighbor boys as well.  So it was me and five boys at the fair.  I know, you’re all jealous 🙂

A Day At The Park

Summer is winding down and I hate to say it, but I am ready.  Fall is my favorite season, the nights are getting cooler and the days much more tolerable.  Spent a few hours outside with the boys yesterday, they played and I read my book.  Last week my sister, mom and I took the kids to the local park to play and wear off some energy.  I only took along my small point-n-shoot camera, so the pics are less than great.  Oma wanted a pic with with all her grandkids, but that is near impossible.  But we had a good time, grabbed some McDonalds’s and had a picnic too.

I have a huge week of photo shoots.  Along with the wedding from this past weekend, I have four more shoots this week.  So be ready to see lots of fun stuff this week!