Thursday, June 21, 2018

early in fall

Here is everything else that happened somewhere between August and November...
Sometimes we go out and have wild nights playing Bingo....
Nora is my little musical girl lately.  We listen to lots of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing In the Rain, Meet Me In St. Louis, and every other musical that I every loved.  I am carrying on my love to the next generation which makes me happy.  She is kind of just like me as a child, but she is more willing to put on a show than I was at that age.  
 She is starting to get shy even around her brothers so she prefers to to have all her dolls come be her audience...
  (One of those dolls is her biggest fan and often joins in the shows)

In the "fall" the weather starts being nice enough to spend more time in our backyard again...
 We had a fun picnic at the train park with some good friends...
 Nora loves hanging out with her cute little buddy Seraphina and they sure bring out the best in one another...
The girls love having girl time together and dress up is usually required...
 Lots of time was taken up by the boys soccer games...
Their fans usually came to watch... or just eat snacks and popsicles people gave them just for being cute...
We had a great visit from Aunt Nat...
And Francie was just too funny in this outfit I found at Goodwill so I had to take lots of pictures of her in it...
 Nora really didn't want Aunt Nat to leave so she tried hiding her under some stuffed animals during a nap...
 We are so lucky to have so many great aunts who visit us.  Aunt Angie is still in the running for favorite despite her inability to travel to Phoenix since she loves sending the kids lots of things from Japan as show off by Francie above.  Aunt Nat won bonus points from Mom and Dad for giving us a very special date night to the St. Mary's 100th Anniversary Gala...
 My godparent's, Uncle Dick and Aunt Sharon took us as their guests and it was a wonderful night...
 The kids had a blast at our church Fall Festival and Francie discovered Bounce Houses...
Gus is excited to join Jimmy in Cub Scouts this year and had lots of fun at Box Car Derby...
 Zach was the pit crew...
 Life sure gets busy, but it is also pretty fun and pretty great.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

francie turns one!

I can't believe our baby turned 1!!!  I know it is just one of those cliche thing parents say about how fast their kids grow up, but I am saying it none the less.  How is she already walking and saying things?  This year flew by, but it sure was a happy one with this wonderful new little person in our lives.  Her siblings all just love her to pieces and were so excited for her special day...
They each picked out something of their own to give her...
She might have gotten some rocks as gifts, but she loved them...
Time for her party dress...
But Nora insisted she have a Snow White Birthday and that she wear her Snow White costume again...
She had been spoiled before her birthday so this was not her first taste of take, but she still thoroughly enjoyed it.
She wasn't a huge fan of messy hands though...
Good thing Baabee was there, because she has decided that she does in fact love him now...
We thank God for you Frances Elizabeth!!