Thursday, August 27, 2009

Family Photos

Thanks a million to the talented Marshman duo for capturing our family in pictures while we were in Louisville last weekend! It was the most stress-free picture experience I've ever had. We basically just played with the girls and they took pictures. Fun. We did have to coax Hope to smile and play some, but all in all it was a wonderful experience and we are so grateful to have these priceless pictures! If you'd like to see more, you can visit their site And, for all of you Louisville friends out there, you should totally take advantage of Rachel's offer going on right now. Really. Thanks Marshmans! We can't wait to see the rest.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hope's Birthday Party

We decided to have a little party for Hope for her birthday. We enjoyed having space to have people over, the perfect weather, and friends. And of course, we love our little Hopey and enjoy celebrating her. Its kind of crazy that we have a 3 year old. Here are some picture highlights.

Singing Happy Birthday to Hopey.

Proof that Anna was there. She didn't make it into any other pictures.

Sofia and Hope enjoying their cupcakes.

The pool party. Hope loved having her friends there to swim with her.

Hope got "twin" baby dolls as a gift and wanted to open them right away. We are now up to 6 babies in the house (7 with Anna). We haven't named these ones yet.

She's a peeker!

More fun in the pool. She loves the rush of landing in the water.

Mr. Jared entertaining the kid table.

I tried to get a normal picture of her before the party with no success :) But its cute nevertheless.

Hopey helping create the cupcakes. I think they look like they're getting ready to take flight in this picture.

Anna is 9 Months

Anna turned 9 months yesterday. She likes to swing, can you tell? She is "crawling" by pulling herself on her belly, waving and generally just more aware of life. She's fun. Tooth #7 just popped through yesterday and sweet little Anna doesn't cope the best with teething. We celebrated yesterday by giving her yogurt for the first time.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Merea's Visit

After our trip to So Cal, Merea came out to visit for a few days. It was a really great time. Mostly what we did is talk, talk, and talk. We went downtown for a bit to walk Michigan Ave. and have some Giordano's pizza. We also had a double melt-down of both girls on the way home (video below). We were beginning the process of packing up our apartment, so she helped us get going with that. Hope thought Merea was pretty funny and they had fun together. Hope likes pretending to be a baby sometimes, so Merea swaddled her up in a blanket and carried her around. Hope LOVED it. A few days after that Hope started laughing and said "Why Muh-way-uh carry me like a baby?" Thanks so much for coming, Merea! We loved your visit, and I am so thankful for your friendship.

Here's a picture of Merea and Hope having fun. We didn't really get any more decent pictures. Sad.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be trapped inside a moving vehicle with two crying children? Well, here's a little video for you in case you felt you were missing out. I'm glad Merea was in the car with us or I might have started crying, too :)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Trip to Southern California

Last month we took a big trip out to visit my family. It was Anna's first plane ride and first time to California. Hope hadn't been on a plane that she could remember and I hadn't been home in over a year (that's a first!). It was a good time spent with family and seeing a few friends. It wasn't long enough, but we're thankful we were able to go at all. Up until this trip, I was holding out Hope that I could maybe do another trip or two by myself with the girls in the next year or two, but this trip confirmed that its not possible. Flying with two little ones is very hard work! Mark and I were very worn out after the flight. We were more prepared for the flight home :) Thanks Mom and Dad for having us, feeding us, and loving on the girls. They really feel the love! Here are some picture highlights of the trip in no particular order (since blogger puts them in backwards). Warning: there are a lot of pictures!

Hope and her cousins Luke and Andrew playing in the empty pool. My sweet parents had a bbq for us while we were home so we could see more people.

Jodi and I with our girls just 3 months apart.

Hope and Pappy cuddling.

Hope and Uncle Phil cuddling.

Hope and Daddy.

Anna getting some love from her aunties Jill and Robin.

Hope playing around the pool. :) She didn't start liking swimming until after this trip.

Me and my Daddy.

I got to see Marcella, Merea and Renee while home. It is always sweet to spend time with old friends and to feel like no time has passed. Anna and Andrew are a day apart and finally got to meet!

Pappy and his little girls.

Grammy and sweet little Anna.

Pappy and Hopey making some music.

Hopey picking flowers in my parents' yard.

Hope learned how to ride a tricycle while there.

Anna at the beach for the first time. She hated it and cried the whole time. I think this picture captured the only moment she was not crying. Bummer! We love you tons Anna!

Hope enjoyed the sand for the first time in her life. Yay!

Not included: I also got to see Jen and Brayden and Tracy, but didn't get a picture. We also got to have dinner with the Prices.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday, Hopey!

I am so very proud to be your Mommy. I hope you know more than anything today that you are very loved, adored and that you bring us tons of joy. And more than that, we hope and pray that you know you're loved by your Creator more than anyone else ever could love you. Happy birthday, Hopey!