Monday, October 28, 2013

Family Portraits

Our last portraits were taken when Curtis was just about to turn one. These kids have changed a lot since then and it was time to document that!

The afternoon started out a little rough.  Curtis, who rarely naps anymore, fell asleep about fifteen minutes before we needed to leave.  He was all dressed and passed out at the top of our staircase.  We let him sleep as long as we could.  When we woke him up, he let us know in no uncertain terms that he was not happy and proceeded to cry all the way to our photo shoot location.

I was nervous.

We met the photographer and started with this shot.  Curtis could be grumpy and it didn't matter.  Graydon, on the other hand, was making silly faces during this one. 

I had my doubts about how these photos were turning out.  Curtis was pretty grumpy at first and our photographer commented on how Curtis was going to make her work for his smiles.

Our whole photo shoot lasted maybe 30 minutes tops.  I was thankful for her time, but somewhat doubted that we got many good shots based on Curtis's mood.

I don't know what kind of magic she worked, but we got some smiles!

This is my favorite of our whole family.  I'm getting a canvas of it for sure.  

I love these following two of the kids as well.  One of these will go on canvas too - I'm leaning towards the black and white.  And for as difficult as Curtis was, Bella and Graydon made up for it by easily giving some awesome smiles. 

Can't wait to hang these all over my house!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin Farm

We've made two visits to the pumpkin farm so far this season and still have one to go!

The first one was with the boys' playgroup.

Look closely at Curtis's eyes - you can still see leftover blue from his body coloring episode the day before.

We went back to the same farm three days later with a group from our church.

Curtis got a splinter in his finger at this point, so he wasn't interested in any fun pictures.

So I stepped in. 

Graydon had another scheduled visit to the pumpkin farm with his preschool class.  It was supposed to be today but has been postponed due to rain.  By the time this last visit is complete, we'll have 11 pumpkins on our front porch!  I think we'll be doing some carving pretty soon!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Life: Cell Phone Pics

Our favorite dinner spot when we feel like a little splurge: Bobby's Burger Palace!

The books for our ladies' book club arrived!

A bag of balloons.  Hours of entertainment for my kids who love balloons.  87 cents well spent!

Bella trying on costumes at the Disney Store.  Such a magical place. 

Boys coloring on our Tuesday morning play date. 

I went on a field trip with Graydon's preschool class to the Aquarium.  The turtles were his favorite part.

I think he enjoyed the train ride there just as much!

Curtis and I made some caramel corn together one Friday morning while Bella and Graydon were at school.

Selfies with the kids.  This is me making more of an effort to get in front of the camera with my kiddos.

Andy's interest in archery as resurfaced after many years - and he's getting the kids involved too!

My hydrangeas turn a pretty dark pink every fall.

Morning reading time. 

The boys' new hats for the season. 

Somebody got a hold of my cell phone. 

And somebody else got hold of a blue marker.

"I didn't have any paper." 

"I was just trying to be a super hero." 

Love this crazy life!