Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I am so behind in blogging. Argh.

I thought this would be a slow time of year for photography but it hasn't turned out that way thanks to some sweet babies I had the privilege of capturing on film. And because of that, I am putting totally unedited pictures up in today's post. Sorry for the lack of eye-candy.

It was my birthday last week. The kids were SO excited. It makes a mother's heart go pitter-patter when her kids remember her day.

Jeff went above and beyond with a little surprise dinner out with friends. was so nice! He had picked up pizza for the kids and I was about to help myself to a slice when he informed me that we were going out to dinner. So fun! What a wonderful man I am married to!

He also made cherry cheese pie--which is my ultimate favorite--and its tradition to have it for my birthday instead of cake.

One of the kids decorated it. haha

Jillian wanted to make me a cake so she made it for Valentine's Day--although never got around to eating it until this morning.

Yes, you read that right.

"Dad is great! He gives us chocolate cake!"

Hopefully none of their teachers are reading this.....

{Just the big kids got cake for breakfast--not the little ones.}

On Valentine's day, we have a tradition to eat in the dining room.
There is no deviating from this no matter how hard I try.
And the treat bags afterwards don't hurt either.

SaraGrace asked if she could dress up for the big occasion. I said yes, and a bit later she came downstairs like this:
And then she danced with her daddy...

Jillian's creation...

I am one blessed woman.

Friday, February 03, 2012

2-4-6-8! Who do we ap-pre-ciate?

Our kids' school is doing a fundraiser today to help kids with cancer. If they pay $2, they can wear pajamas to school for the day.

So of course...all of our kids wanted to 'help' with this noble endeavor.

As they were putting on their coats to leave for school, Katie came up to me and said,
"Thanks for getting me these pajamas for Christmas. I really love them!"

As I was about to say, "You're welcome," she continued....

"I really appreciate dat."

Jeff and I got a big ol' warm feeling and smiled at each other...thinking we had the most amazing child on the planet.

A few seconds later she looked up at me and said,
"What does appreciate mean?"