Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sophia walking away
This picture of Sophia was my favorite from this month. It was also one of my favorite days. The beauty of the Rhododendron gardens was breathtaking.
I'm linking up with Courtney for her monthly photo challenge...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Playing at Cannon Beach
|photo of the day: I love the joy in this photo!|
|Abraham was on patrol with Sophia|
Saturday, May 26, 2012
|inspired by beautiful ordinary day|
Commentary: The Bates Family in Shoes
Abraham: Vintage Cowboy Boots
Nancy: Simple and Girly
Abigail: Simple and Girly...like her mom
Ethan: Converse Rain Boots
Charlotte: Tiny and pink
Friday, May 25, 2012
Charlotte means petite and feminine
Grace means God's favor
One night, sitting around the dinner table, we discussed possible names for the baby. "What do you think about Charlotte for a girl," I asked. Everyone agreed we like Charlotte and that was her name from that point on. I tried to offer other names: Amelia, Caroline, Morgan...but "No," the kids would say, "Her name is Charlotte, Charlotte Grace!"
I've always loved the name Grace. Little Charlotte is already that. She is God's amazing gift of grace to our lives. I already think of her as my Gracie.
If we had a boy, his name would be Benjamin Elliot. We've been holding onto this name since Sabrina. Benjamin is after Abraham's twin brother and I've always loved the name Elliot.
However...Charlotte it is!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Commentary: Backyard BBQ
I'm so excited to use our metal rolling cart that Abraham painted a bright happy red for me. We picked it up at our neighbors estate sale last fall for $3. It was a really ugly dirty-white with rust stains, but turned out so cute.
Making Cloud Dough Sunday Afternoon with Ethan and Sophia
|photo of the day flour mountain|
Cloud dough is really simple and lots of fun. Mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil. Ethan had a great time measuring out the flour and making a big mountain.
Sophia woke up from her nap and joined in with mixing. We tried out food coloring too but it just made dots of color.
I left the kids for a few minutes and came back to find they were throwing the dough up into the air! They were both covered head to toe and most of it was on the floor. They had a great time!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
my gift this year was planting a garden as a family
|photo of the day: hands|
We planted: carrots, peas, green beans, brussel sprouts, radishes, zucchini, arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes in our little square garden apple boxes.
My herbs from last year are growing well in their wine boxes! I just need to add a new basil plant. We also covered our strawberry plants with wire to keep the squirrels from eating all of our berries this year.
I loved my gift!
Thank you Abraham, Abigail, Ethan, and Sophia for a lovely Mother's day.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
|photo of the day: Sophia running through the sprinkler|
|Ethan is full of moves...he gets it from his dad|
|and Dad joins in the fun|