Thursday, September 6, 2018

mother's day 2018

 Here's another edition of my favorite mother's day present: photos with me and my kids together.  None of these pictures are perfect, but they represent real life with these awesome kiddos.

 I feel like my connection with each one of them is special and unique, and I have to work hard to see them all as very unique individuals who need me in different ways than their siblings do.

 Even though it can be challenging being a mom, and I often feel like I am failing at it, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.  I guess failing is too harsh a term, but I do often feel like they are growing and changing faster than I can adapt my parenting style to meet their ever-changing needs.  I hope that no matter what, they always know that I love them more than anything, and that I always tried to be the best mom I could!

Arent' they all so cute?  I can't believe they are mine!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

grandpa's new calf and building a garden

Way back in May, we took the kids to see grandpa's new calf.  The two younger kids simply love animals, so we knew it would be a super fun outing for them.  It did not disappoint!  

 Later that day, Krew was the best helper and helped daddy build garden boxes for our back yard.  It was sun watching them work together, and I envisioned all the different projects that Krew will someday help Bart with.

 I think maybe I have a future in livestock photography.  Ha ha!


 Lest you think that because of the horrible April blizzard that we didn't have any spring, I assure you we did.  But it was super short.  We did spend a fair amount of April inside, snuggling with our dolls watching movies, but it did occasionally get warm enough to venture outside to play.

 And yes, we do have a playground near us that looks like it is made out of cheese, because: Wisconsin.

After being stuck inside all winter long, it was nice to be able to play outdoors.

Friday, July 27, 2018

the april blizzard of 2018

After a winter that wasn't super snowy, in April, we had one blizzard that brought more than 2 feet of snow!  Of course, school and church were both canceled, so we made the best of it and played in the snow as best as we could.  It's a little hard to even play in it when it's over two feet deep!

Guys, this was the middle of April!  It was insane!!

It did melt much more quickly than a January or February blizzard, but of course that just led to so much flooding!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

family photos 2017

Way back in October, we dressed the whole family up in matching outfits that I had spent hours shopping for and tried to make sure that they matched without being to matchy. We waited for a weekend that the weather would cooperate with us. We drove to a gorgeous little garden 40 minutes away, and then we tortured our children.  Oh wait, not tortured.  We just asked them to sit close to one another and smile.  But if you would have been watching the whole thing unfold, you would have thought maybe we were torturing them, based on the amount of complaining that could be heard, as well as the pained expressions on their faces that did not come close to resembling smiles.  Why do they have to make family pictures seem like such a terrible thing we are asking of them??
We asked Bart's sister Sadie to come along to take our pictures, or at least help me take them with the tripod and timer feature on my camera.  We're glad she was there to help.  At least she could be a witness to verify that what we were asking our children to do was reasonable and not child-abuse like they might claim it was.  Sheesh!!
 Despite the complaining, and bad attitudes, we were still able to coax a few good photos out of them.  At least enough to put on last December's Christmas card, and a few to print and frame for our walls.

I love these kiddos!

 Next time I think we are just going to do crazy photos because these are the only ones that my kids don't complain about.

(Look at that green grass!  It's the end of April and we are still so far away from having green grass this year.  I'm getting tired of waiting!)
I just love the way she is looking at me in this photo.  It inspires me to always try to be the best mom I can be for her!