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And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Epic Fail........

I had grand ideas...........that didn't happen.  I planned a photo shoot........darling subjects......cute props.....coordinating outfits..........neat location...........Zero cooperation........well almost zero.  We had moments of cooperation, But........the few pictures that were really cute of all of them.....I failed!  My camera skills are just NOT good enough to do a group of uncooperative kiddos..........It was not a shining moment in my motherhood career either!  By the end of the session, I'm not sure whose attitude was worse.....theirs, because they didn't want to be there doing that........... or mine, because of the whining, and the fact that I couldn't get the picture I wanted........but I had the least excuse........well there WAS much provocation........but I am the adult for Pete's sake!

Some are ok, some the focus is just not as crisp as I want it to be.



These balloons were so helium filled that they had to work to keep the balloons from pulling their arms up!




 Check out Iley's hair :)


 Love this one, just wish it wasn't so blurry!



And......this is where things really went south......Wren lost her PINK balloon!!!  She watched it float away.......getting smaller and smaller.........her baby heart just broke.

It was a no good, horrible, very bad day!......and it didn't help that mom was taking pictures of the moment!  I did stop after this and go comfort her.

 We got her consoled...well as consoled as you can be at 7 yrs old with your PINK balloon drifting rapidly out of sight, and your sister still holding TWO balloons while you are left with one.........NOT pink one, she wasn't  weeping anymore, but she wasn't happy.....and she wasn't about to trust the string on her only remaining balloon!

My focal point was off here... and my depth of field was too small....Sherm is blurry, and so is Wren......and she still is NOT happy.

This one is better, but still not as crisp as I'd like 


She posed for me.....but was obviously still thinking of the lost PINK balloon.

Her brothers were calling her name and doing their best to make her smile.

Careful!!!  Don't you dare smile!
 

Well.........they are kind of funny..........

OK really funny......and we needed some tension release.....


No worries here......still the proud possessor of TWO balloons......one YELLOW.


Her spirits were lifting a little.....with frequent mentions of the lost balloon. I think it was about now that I realized Wren had her dress on backwards!!! The crochet work is in the back! Why not.....The whole experience was not working anyway!  Oh good grief!  Let's pack it up people, cut our losses and go home!

Harrison, Love this boy......... to death.......which was very near to him several times during this session! He can be a funny guy......but his timing.......is gonna get him clobbered one day.




Sherman was DONE.......and keeping his distance from his crabby mom!  Can't say I blame him, it was safer :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day Weekend

Before you start....warning.....picture overload!

We started the weekend off on Friday with a garage sale.  Let me just say that I am not a fan.  Garage sales are a LOT of work.  But I had a lot of stuff that needed to be purged from my house.  3 Large 30 gallon garbage bags, of clothes the girls had outgrown.  Iley started out in 2T pants, and is now wearing 5T's.  Wren started in 4T dresses, and is now wearing 7/8's.  They have grown SO much!!  I sold all but about 25 pieces. Woo Hoo!  I donated the leftovers to a local charity thrift shop.  

Our clothes line struggled.  It got lower and lower as the day went on!


 Wren was bored and watching the garage sale across the street.






 The girls were only there in the afternoon.  I left them in bed, and Sherman fed them breakfast and entertained them for the morning.  Then we ran to D.Q. for lunch.  It got windy in the afternoon :(

 Wren had the phone tied up.......


 This shoe string has been tied just a few times!

Happy Father's Day!  Sherman thought of, bought, and gave this to Troy with his own money.

Look at Sherm in this one.....he's watching to see Troy's reaction. "will he like it?"

 He did!!  It's a grill stone and a big pizza scooper.

You talking to me?


 We were going to grill pizza for lunch.....but it takes a while, and we decided we didn't want to eat at 2:30, so ran to Subway for lunch.

Harrison and Drew, Ella's cousin, then Ash and El.

Sherman is SO excited to have his cousin Teague visiting!!

 Iley and Wren sat on the other side of the wall from us.

 Grmpa, was entertaining little man.


 Peeking over the wall at his Aunts.


 On the way home, Troy and I were holding hands......I looked back and saw this :)

 Then everyone hit the pool when we got home.   Can you guess what Iley's doing?  Water seriously activates her bladder.....even more than usual!  I could have taken about 10 more similar pictures!

 We had lots of this........




 The waves didn't seem to faze these two on their flimsy little water craft at all.





 Going under and bobbing up with big bro Thatcher.

 Carrie.....is Isaac's sister.....Isaac lives with us.......she is married to Micah......Micah used to live with us....we just keep collecting kids :)


Brentley was NOT so sure about this cold water!  He loves his baths....but baths are warm!


 She was sitting here peacefully............

Then was picked up and hauled off.....caveman style!
 

 That is an awful lot of male whiteness!! (there is actually one more in here that you can just barely see the ear of)  Nice farmers tans boys :) LOL


Warming up on the concrete.

Picking......always picking!

He was thoroughly loving laying out here naked!

 Seriously......can you stand this much cuteness???  YUM!



 The girls were outnumbered 7 to 3!






Do I have to get in here again???  I was peacefully laying in the shade......then they put me in cold water!



The stage is set.........READY..............

 Set.................

 set................

GO!

AGAIN!

A close up of the jump platform.......classy?...no.......but creative!


Some of us just watched.