Yearbooks

dsc_1420I love yearbook day! Ok, who am I kidding: I love anything that unifies these two! They had such fun comparing friend lists and signatures when yearbooks finally came home.

Nora’s Market

Nora’s 1st birthday was 4 days after Madilynn’s and since it was a party year for this big girl, we invited a couple families and MiMi and PaPa over for a small party. (Small is relative when your closest friends’ families have 3-6 kids each!)

We had a bit of a market theme with tons of farm fresh fruits and veggies, fresh baked items and izzies! I didn’t worry about activities, other than letting the kids play together like they really wanted.

Our Nora girl is such a snuggly little love! At 12 months she has no interest in standing or walking- not even in our laps or while holding our hands. She just wants to sit and observe, snuggle with mom. Actually, she doesn’t even crawl! Her first word (other than Ma and Da) was “bye!”, combined with the sweetest little wave, and she shares it frequently. Her sisters and brother adore her and are always happy to sit and play.

She’s my pickiest little eater. Actually, she wouldn’t be picky at all if I gave up and fed her carbs and avocado all the time, but I’m still fighting for a balanced diet!

We love this sweet girl!

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Love these boys! Of the 15 kids we had at the party, there are only these three, kindergarten boys! Think they’re going to have a pretty strong bond as they grow up dealing with their many sisters??

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The babies!

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Little girls! (Missing Addie, who is going to be in their Joy school in the Fall!)dsc_1353-copy

The big ones! Love these silly, intelligent girlies!

 

Ok, this cake series is an absolute crackup. She liked the attention of the singing to her, LOVED all the big kids around her, but once she tasted a bite of that frosting she LOST it!

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You’re One in a Melon

Madilynn turned 10 this spring! We celebrated with a scavenger hunt at the mall with a few friends, followed by her favorite: Auntie Annies!

She’s such a fun, determined little learner. She feels strongly her roll as leader in our home, and is so wonderful with little children. She is a creative playmate to Clara and Nora and always willing to babysit, even if she’s not always willing to do her chores! Madilynn is still imaginative and a great, creative problem solver. She reminds me of my PaPa in this, if a chair was wobbly he would quietly go about fixing the problem. Madilynn does this with things around the home, often using creative (and sometimes messy!) solutions to problems or ideas!

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First Balloon

Lily’s 2nd grade class had a career fair this spring and invited the kids to each make an inexpensive item to bring to class for trade. Lily made stress balls out of animal print balloons, but had an extra that Nora was obsessed with. Here is a series of images of the two of them playing together after school. Cash also hops in on the fun.

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First time swinging

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Valentines

Clara and I hosted her playgroup the week of Valentines and so we decided to invite everyone over for a bit of a party. Her contributions to everyone’s goodie bags were hugs + kisses pretzels.

We kept things simple with our party: Decorating doughnuts, adding stickers to our goodie bags, and making fruit loop valentines for the birds!untitled-4-2

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These girls are the best of friends! These pictures were taken back in wintertime, but even now Gemma lines herself up in front of a sitting Nora, and our sweet girl will rub her belly or grab the hair on either side of Gemma’s muzzle to pull her in for a kiss. She’s generally pretty gentle, and even when she isn’t Gemma is still desperate for Nora’s lovin’!

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