Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Click It Up a Notch :: One for May

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...

Click It Up A Notch

365 Photo Project :: day 99 may 30

Commentary:  Abbey collecting flowers

Sunday, May 27, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 96 may 27

Playing at Cannon Beach 
Memorial Weekend

photo of the day:  I love the joy in this photo!



Abraham was on patrol with Sophia


jumping waves

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Photo Project 365 :: day 95 may 26

inspired by beautiful ordinary day

Commentary:  The Bates Family in Shoes 

Abraham: Vintage Cowboy Boots
Nancy:  Simple and Girly 
Abigail:  Simple and her mom
Ethan:  Converse Rain Boots
Sophia:  Pink!
Charlotte:  Tiny and pink

Friday, May 25, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 94 may 25

Charlotte Grace

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

365 Photo Project :: day 93 may 24

Baby #5 name...any guesses

We've decided on a name for our little baby girl.  Can you guess what her name is?  These letters make up her first and middle name.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 92 may 23

 Commentary:  Sophia playing with play-dough

365 Photo Project :: day 91 may 22

Commentary:  rain drops on a leaf

365 Photo Project :: day 90 may 21

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.

365 Photo Project :: day 89 may 20

 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!  

Friday, May 18, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 87 may 18


Commentary:  On our morning walk through the neighborhood, Sophia and I enjoyed the beautiful blooming Iris flowers

Thursday, May 17, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 86 may 17

Mother's Day  
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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Photo Project :: day 84 may 15

photo of the day:  Sophia running through the sprinkler

pure delight

Ethan is full of moves...he gets it from his dad
and Dad joins in the fun
towel snuggles

Monday, May 14, 2012