Thursday, July 13, 2017

Full.

While we have definitely had our share of slow summer days, this week we have had a full schedule. And a full house! We had two of the most long-awaited visitors show up at our house on Monday morning. We hadn't seen them since February, and man have they changed since then. But some things thankfully haven't changed one bit.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

Charlie was only 10 months old the last time she saw Ella Grace and Cohen so she was a little cautious at first. But that didn't last long.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

She never has any hesitation when it comes to her Pappy, though. Watching these two interact is just one of the best things I've ever seen.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

Is was so great to have a few days with EG & Co, to catch up with them and get to know them better. Cohen is still a rough & tumble lego-loving fellow, just a little bit bigger. And boy can that kid eat! Ella Grace seems so grown now. I can see her as a teenager. How crazy! But I love that she's still not too big to play. Getting to watch all those kids play together was wonderful and long overdue. We spent the days swimming, and jumping, 4-wheeler riding, and (as usual) some of the group eating as much cheese as they put on their pizzas, ha.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

As of yesterday we were back down to two kiddos in this house. Henry nearly cried when we dropped Cohen off with his cousins from the other side of the family. He misses his buddy. Henry loves his friends big & loves nothing more than time with them. Lately he's really been taking this one under his wing more often. I think he loves her big too.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

Thanks for checking in!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer mode.

As always is the case during this time of the year, we are in full-out summer mode at the Zuill house. Days are filled with grass mowing, convertible driving, cucumber picking (and pickle making), popsicle eating, & pool splashing. In spite of all of this, as predicted, I have already started to hear "I'm bored, there's nothing to do!". While we do sometimes (literally) jump in for the sake of child entertainment-

Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;

-our favorite is when Henry comes up with his own ideas. And when his sister is entertained in the process, oh happy day!

Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;

Sometimes the simplest things will keep them busy just long enough for Mr. Zuill and I to sit on the porch and observe.

Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;

Summer nights are just beautiful this time of year. Our backyard (and especially the neighbor's hay field) twinkle with lightning bugs every evening. Henry is fascinated- so he wasn't terribly upset when I put an insect collecting kit in the shopping cart at Target last week. He's been on several excursions to find little subjects to examine inside the jar with the magnifier lens (so cool, by the way!). One night after we got Charlie to sleep, Henry and I went out into the back yard to explore. I loved watching him. He was so careful and gentle. Especially with his favorites-

Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;

As far as summer entertainment goes, having great friends nearby to visit with doesn't hurt either!

Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: June &emdash;

This morning I was looking at our calendar for the next month, and was so happy to see that there are only a handful of days that have appointments or work obligations. Looks like it's summer mode for a while! Thanks for checking in!