Monday, January 8, 2018

Wrapping up 2017.

My word. I am so behind on our blogging its become ridiculous. So quick, while the kids are momentarily distracted, let me catch up!

Since Henry's birthday we have had so much going on- a constant stream of those wonderful fall activities that are so much fun but also exhausting! Halloween is always one we look forward to. After a short run of practicing "trick or treat!" with Charlie the unicorn, we set off with this group for some serious candy collecting.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Dressing up for Halloween is always so much fun. Of course, we'll take advantage of most any opportunity to dress up- like on the 50th day of school. These two!

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

The time between Halloween and Thanksgiving flew by ridiculously fast. Before we knew it we were all lined up on the side of Horton Highway for the annual College Grove Christmas parade. Henry, Ava, & Olivia all rode in the parade again this year and we had perfect parade weather.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

The first week of December also brought treats like "Shelf the Elf", our yearly advent calendars & Christmas donuts, and lots more fires in the fireplace. Charlie was fascinated with Christmas and all its decor this year. We have a big vintage light up Santa that is taller than her that I put in the living room. On a regular basis he got hugs from Charlie while she declared "Best friends!". If you ask her what Santa says, she'll tell you "Ho-Ho cherry pie!". We're still not sure where that came from.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

And of course no holiday season would be complete without a visit to Santa himself. Just as we suspected, Charlie was very unsure of this jolly bearded fellow. She was ok with some proximity to him as long as her Ha-Ha was beside her. But my how things changed if he wasn't right by her side.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Charlie has lost just about any hints of being a "baby" these days. She is talking up a storm all the time, making four and five word sentences to tell us all about what she sees and exactly what she likes and doesn't. This morning I heard her calling for me and went to get her out of her crib. In the first minute of being in there she had asked me where her daddy and HaHa were and said "It is raining, I can't play." She has really started to do so much pretend play in the past couple of weeks and keeps us laughing with her antics for sure.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

We had some very special visitors for Christmas this year so I have lots of photos to share about that soon as well. In the meantime, thanks for checking in on us!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Henry, seven.

My sweet Henry- late last month you turned seven years old! This year for your birthday you wanted to have your birthday party at Pump It Up (also known as the hardest place on earth to take decent photos, ha). You invited all your buddies and you guys had the best time jumping yourselves silly, followed up with pizza and cake.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

On the day of your actual birthday we started the same way that we did last year- birthday pancakes! It's hard to beat whipped cream and chocolate chips first thing in the morning.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

The rule on your birthday is that you get to chose your meals the entire day. So at lunchtime, Charlie and I popped by your school and took you outside for a little Chick-fil-a picnic. And for dinner- of course, spaghetti. Our favorite neighbor friends came to celebrate with us. And there were lots of fans of your chocolate birthday cake.

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;

Of course, as always, I asked you the same list of questions on your birthday. Original spelling included because that's my favorite type of memory! There were a few changes from last year!

-What is your favorite color? Red
-What is your favorite toy? Lego
-What is your favorite animal? cat
-What is your favorite breakfast? pancakes
-What is your favorite dinner? sooshee
-What is your favorite holiday? hawlleen
-What is your favorite place to visit? o hiye o
-What do you want to be when you grow up? Do not no
-What are you best at? Bulding legos
-Who is your best friend? oliveea

The changes in you between ages six and seven have been unbelievable. Your reading has catapulted from watching you sound out words with determination to seeing you walk around the house with your nose stuck in a chapter book. It makes my mama heart so happy to see you turning into a little bookworm! Your teacher has started sending you home with "challenge" spelling words each week. I honestly teared up at your first parent teacher conference this year, not only when Mrs. Martin talked about how smart you are, but how kind you are to your classmates. You had your first piano lesson last week and Mrs. Judy raved about how well you did, and on the way home caught a glimpse of your little fingers practicing on the interior of the Prius. I nearly melted!

Earlier this week I picked you up from school a little early and we had a Mommy/Henry outing so I could capture you at seven. Henry, you are brilliant, handsome, and kind. How could we ask for anything more? We love you!

Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: November &emdash;