Sunday, September 30, 2012


Because I always want to remember these moments. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Acorn Hunter

 We have been so busy making memories that I haven't had a moment to post any of them!
Julietta chose this fun outfit all by herself. She was so proud. After posing for a fashion shot, Julietta got to work as an acorn hunter.

One, two, three, four - hands full of acorns!

When your little hands can hold no more, what to do?

 Why, smile and ask mommy to help, of course!

 When she says "no sweetie, my hands are busy taking photos today," Julietta finds a way!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Uncle Miles

 We absolutely could not get Julietta to take a photo with Miles and Rena, but in true Julietta fashion she perked up a different day and struck a pose.

Miles and his biggest fans!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Apple Picking

 On the last day of Miles and Shay's visit, they, Julietta, and I went to lunch in downtown Lawrence and then headed to Overbrook to go apple picking.

 Julietta had a ball! She picked an entire bucket full of apples!

We had loads of fun with Miles and Shay!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jack in NINE and mighty FINE!

 He's nine. NINE. Oh my, I have a nine year old.

(Jack sang along to the "Happy Birthday" song.)
In honor of his big day, I thought I'd list nine things I love about my boy.

1. I love the way you sing and dance. You sing when people are watching and bust a move whenever you are moved by a beat. That musicality and confidence make my heart skip a beat.

2. I love that you love to read! When you were in my tummy I wrote you a letter about the person I hoped you'd become. One of my wishes for you was to be a reader. I love that you exercise your imagination often and travel to new worlds with every new book!

3.  I love your eyes. I know what you are thinking and feeling just by looking at your eyes. You can't hide a thing with those puppy dog eyes and long lashes! 

4. Your compassion. The mamas of the girls in your class are constantly reporting to me that their girlies are in love with you. Your good looks and funny jokes might reel them in, but I know that what hooks them is your gentle, caring nature. Being the only boy with three sisters has served you well, my love!

5.  I love your curiosity. You beg to go to the library, do internet research, and love building things. One of my favorite parts about being your mom is watching you discover new things, understand new lessons, and ask more questions. You have the power to change the world little man! I'm so proud that you are ready to accept the challenge!

6.  I love your boyish innocence. I know that adolescence is right around the corner. As your cheek bones become more defined, your jaw line becomes more chiseled, and your tummy less round, I am clinging to every moment of innocent joy you bring. Recently you wrote the tooth fairy a letter to check in because she had not had cause to visit lately. I'm so glad she wrote back. Watching you read her letter with wonder and enthusiasm was such a gift.

7.  I love the kind of big brother you are. Julietta is one lucky little lady! You are willing to do anything she asks. When I announced that Jack's room was to become Jack and Julietta's room this summer, you were as giddy as your baby sister! She puts you through the paces and you rise to the challenge every time. I hope that your relationship will continue to grow and never lose its sweetness.

8.  I love your competitive spirit. You are driven to be the best you can be. Your determination and passion are intense but not overwhelming. I pray that you will always be able to maintain that balance in all parts of your life.

9.  I love your hot hands. I have written about this before, but I just love them. When you were a baby your chubby little fingers curled around one of mine every time I nursed you. Now your hands are tools to build rockets, turn pages in books, throw long football passes, stop goals in soccer, hit home runs in baseball, but they are still the same sweet hands that held mine from the first day I met you. And, I adore them. I tell you they are always warm because you have a warm heart. I'm so thankful that you are never too cool to hold your mama's hand.

Happy birthday dear boy. I love you.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bump It, Set It, Spike It!

Volleyball season has started again which means we have been spending lots of time in the metro area at many different gyms. Here are the Corpus Saints before their uniforms came in. Liliana is #13 and Ella is #28.

Half Birthday

 She's three and a half!

And so, so cute!

Silly Liliana

Friday, September 14, 2012

Goose Egg

Julietta tripped and hit her noggin. She got a heck of a goose egg. She's goofier than usual.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Butterfly Girls

Derek took Ella, Liliana, and Julietta to the butterfly villa on the University of Kansas campus.
 Derek caught some great images of the day!

 The butterflies love Julietta because she is so sweet.

 (There's Liliana in the background - it was the only picture with her in it!)

They did!

 On September 8, one of my great friends said "I do!"

 I'm loving this photo even though my auto focus wasn't quick enough to capture the moment in focus. The new Mr. and Mrs. were blissfully happy!

 After their beautiful ceremony we headed to the reception to celebrate. Oh, my handsome boys - they melt my heart!

 Julietta broke it down on the dance floor the entire time.

 Old roomies now both married ladies!

 Ella had a whole strategy for catching the bouquet. She was thrilled to have it. Let's hope she's not the next in line for a trip down the aisle.