A Look through Time

When people ask me if we have any traditions I sadly answer back with a quick “NO”.  I know I need to get on top of it because my kids are growing up and suddenly there will be no time to start new family traditions because they will be gone with their own families, starting their own family traditions.  I think the problem is I have traditions but I don’t identify them as traditions because it is something we always do…yes I understand that is the definition of tradition.  As I was editing pictures today, I came across this picture which I take every year, or at least try to take every year so if you don’t mind, enjoy the stroll down memory lane.

Feb 2013 -a month after the girls had their second surgery so lips are still bloody and puffy.IMG_7975March 2014-apparently a warm winter as they have rain boots on and no hats.  IMG_7776March 2015-I was experimenting with editing pictures, trying to blur the background.  I am glad I have gotten a lot better at this in the last 2 years.IMG_3415Dec 2016-so I missed a winter in there.  A little bummed but it is what it is.  IMG_9835Hope you have enjoyed going down memory lane with me.  IMG_9846P.S.  Jenna is always in the purple owl hat (she has picked the same hat out 3 different times at the store) with a purple coat.  Quinn always has a pink coat.  Ryan…well…Ryan is unpredictable.  Good old Luke has the same hat on in all of the pictures (got it from the neighbors and refuses to wear a different hat for the last 5 years) and the same coat in 3 of the 4 pictures (apparently I bought it on the big side).

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Last of the Fall pictures

As a thunderstorm rolls in this spring evening, I have finally finished editing all of my fall pictures from last year and am ready to move on to winter pictures.  Luckily I don’t think there are too many but I guess I will find out in the next couple of weeks. IMG_9539Looking at these final pictures, I am reminded on how goofy kids can be, one in particular even if it has been a very long emotional week with that one. IMG_9527-edited

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Out on a Photoshoot

Back in October when the fall colors were at their height, it seemed the perfect time to pick up my camera and head out.  There were a few families who wanted some pictures taken and I needed school pictures of my kids.  We came up with a few different poses for my kids.  Their school interviews and pictures were posed here 2016-2017 School Year

As I spent time taking individual pictures of my kids and of families, I realize that I enjoy taking pictures of individuals and striving to get candid shots.IMG_9058-editedHowever, family photo shoots are a different story.  They tend to stress me out, I struggle with poses, getting everyone to act natural, getting more than one person in focus. It might take me a few years but maybe eventually I will be happy with my group shot pictures.  IMG_8999-edited-2

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They turned 6!

Just like last year, the girls had their fancy tea party this past October for their friends party. They had a blast making fancy beaded key chains.  They then went out to the patio to eat their snacks on fancy plates.  The boys got dressed up to be servers again and they did a great job.  IMG_8768On their actual birthday we had a small celebration just with family.  The girls got their own cake and came up with the design ideas.  They were very proud of their cakes.  It was simple and small which works for us.  When it came time for their interview, they were very excited to answer the questions and to read their previous interviews so I hope you enjoy them as much as they did.    IMG_8798-editedJenna’s interview.
How old are you today?      6

Describe what type of person you are.      I like the birthdays.

What’s your favorite color and why? Purple…because I love it in the rainbow.

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?    Bella, Kenna, and Emi

What do you want to be when you grow up?    A ballerina, a cooker, a police, and a doctor and….that’s all.  IMG_8785What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?   Doing cartwheels….like Quinn.  I can’t do that.

What is your favorite thing to do?    Play with Bella.

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Chinese Dumplings.  Chocolate milk.

What is your favorite books/movies?  My movie is…umm..Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood.  My favorite book is…. Hmmm….I’m still thinking what my favorite book is….Hmmm….Sheep, the Sheep book in my room.

What do you not like?  The dark.  IMG_8777If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  To work.

What do you want for your birthday?  Ponies!!  My Little Ponies I meant.

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years?  Going to preschool so I can help Jaxy.  IMG_8765Quinn’s Interview:
How old are you today?  6

Describe what type of person you are.   Quinn….I have great eyes.  And I have two feet and 1 nose and two hands and 1 belly button and 1 mouth and 1 hair and 1 head and 1 pajama…. And toes and fingers.  That all.

What’s your favorite color and why?  Pink and rainbow colors.  Because I love seeing them in the sky.  Everyday!  Forever!

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Assie and Lucy…Davis and Averi.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Princess.  A king.  A doctor.  A fireman, a police, a teacher, a piano teacher, and a guitar teacher, and a…..mailman.  That all.  That IS all.  IMG_8791What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?  Nothing.  I can’t think of nothing.  I really can’t.

What is your favorite thing to do?  Go at Lucy and Assie’s house.  Forever.

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Dumplings and …. Orange juice kiss  (Sunkiss)  When we go camping we drink it sometimes.

What is your favorite books/movies?  I like Frozen movies and Frozen books.  5 in this side and 5 in this side and together that make 10.  IMG_8779What do you not like?  Lions.  That really hurt my ears.  I have to do like this (covering her hers) as a walk past.  I’m too scared.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Valley Fair to go on all the rides.  100 days.  Never stop the rides.

What do you want for your birthday?  Some more creature and some more creature toys.  (Calico critters).  Some more campers.  Some more toliets in the campers.  Some more showers in the camper.  Some more… that all.

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years?  To be a mommy and to have a baby in my tummy.

Here are the links to their other birthdays:Our little 5 year olds

Our 4 year old girls

Last Weekend’s Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Jenna and Quinn!

Happy 2nd Birthday (the 1st with us)

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Reuse and Repurpose

Luke had a homework assignment last September for Science.  He had to use something that we thought was garbage and find a new use for it.  We searched and searched on the internet for a project that would be easy enough for a non-crafty family and have all the things laying around the house.

We finally settled on one.  The problem was we didn’t have the star ingredient, empty 2 litter bottles of pop.  The problem was solved with grandma going to the landfill and finding 2 for us.  IMG_8543-editedUsing some leftover car spray paint, Luke set to work coloring the bottles.  They were a little streaky but for his first time spray painting, not too bad.  Then with some cardboard we had in the recyclable bin, a few old play necklaces and some used tissue paper we made a jet pack.  IMG_8554For the past 6 months they have gotten a lot of use out of it so I would say it was a pretty good re-purposed project.

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He’s 7!

Ok, I realize he is almost 7 1/2 but again I was taking a break from most things.  We started a new tradition with the birthday cakes too.  Not only do the kids get to pick out their cake, they also have to help me make the cakes.  Ryan wanted sprinkles and more sprinkles and more sprinkles.  They are everywhere on this cake, inside and out.IMG_8509

His birthday interview:

How old are you today?  7

Describe what type of person you are.  Funny, smart, compassionate

What’s your favorite color and why?  Blue because it is the color of the sky  IMG_8524

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  I got 2 to choose from: Davis and mom.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I forgot what they were called……someone who looks for dinosaur bones.  (Michele answered, “Paleontologist”)

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?  School…I do not really know why.  IMG_8536

What is your favorite thing to do?  Fish

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Root beer floats and Chinese dumplings 

What is your favorite books/movies?  Movie is “how to train your dragon” and book is the “lion, witch and the wardrobe”.   IMG_9710

What do you not like?  Science in school because today was our first day of science and all we did was compare an apple and an orange.  Boring.  (Michele inserts, “oh the horrors of 1st grade”)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Nashwauk where Grandpa and Grandma Yoder live.

What do you want for your birthday?  My own Bible

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years:  Winter because I like playing in Grandma Janett’s big snow pile.   

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And that is/was our 7 year old.  Here are links to past years.

A little late but here is our 6 year old.

Our 5 year old

Ryan’s Birthday Party

Happy Birthday my Sweet Baby Ryan

Somebody is 3!!!

 

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Must edit pictures!

Ok, so I have taken quite a few pictures in the last 6 months but then decided I didn’t want to post on my blog any more so I took a break.  But what I realized is if I don’t have a place to post pictures, I don’t edit them.  So to help me get back into a hobby that I love, I am going back to posting so that I will edit pictures again.

I took this of Luke last snow storm.  All of the other kids were in bed, it was late but there was no school the next day so I asked Luke if he would go outside for a walk with me.  He looked at me funny and asked if I was sure because it was well past his bedtime.  If going for a walk in a snow storm with his mom got him to stay up later, he was all in.

It was coming down really hard and by the time we walked around the block and then got the camera out for pictures, we were soaked.  My hair that was outside of my hat was dripping wet.  I was a little scared I would wreck my camera but it seems to still work and the time with Luke was worth it.

walking at night

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