Sunday, October 1, 2017

Total eclipse + it's FALL!

Oh my. It's been several weeks since I've posted to our blog! Our days have been so busy lately. It's busy season for photography and Henry is playing fall baseball. The weather has still been so summer-like up until the last few days, that we've spent the first part of fall busy outside with the summer chores of weeding and mowing. And obviously, this keeps us a little busy to say the least-

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

We are in back into the full swing of school. First grade hasn't been a drastic change for Henry. He is loving his teacher, Mrs. Martin, and his reading skills have exploded! One minute he was sounding out words in simple books, then one day I looked up to find his nose deep in a chapter book. One very exciting thing that happened a couple of weeks into first grade was that we all got to witness the eclipse! Our area was just outside the path of totality, but it was still one of the coolest things I'd ever witnessed. Since it all happened during Charlie's nap time, I was able to scoot down the road to Henry's school and tuck myself right on in with the kids. Such an experience!

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

As of the last couple of days, the temperatures have really cooled off and it's finally starting to feel like FALL around here. As much as I hate the thought of weather getting dreadfully cold and being stuck inside, these days leading up to all that are just glorious. A sure sign that Fall has truly arrived is a trip down the road to Lucky Ladd Farms. This year, first grade took their field trip to Lucky Ladd- so of course Charlie and I decided to tag along.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Fall break is almost here and we have some big fun planned for that- I'm sure I'll be back to share that soon!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Charlie, 16 months.

Oh Charlie. You are sixteen months old! You have taken your transition in toddlerhood very seriously. To be honest, it started out a bit on the sketchy side. Stranger danger and molars turned you into a little person who left me in a an exhausted mommy puddle at the end of the day. But over the last month or two you have turned into an absolute RIOT. Of course, we all still have our days, but for the most part you are a one woman entertainment show and we're all buying tickets!

You talk ALL the time now. I walk into your room in the mornings after being summoned by a sweet (and persistent) little voice- "Mommy! Mommy!". You immediately start pointing out the things you've been looking at while waiting ever so patiently(?)- "pilla!" (pillow), "Yamee-yamee!" (Llama Llama), "Mommy!" (pointing to the photo on the wall with you in my belly). It's so weird that we are able to ask you if you are hungry (and get a big serious head nod yes) and then you are also able to tell us what you would like. "Gapes", "ceer-ul", toast, waffle, "ohmeee-o" (oatmeal), "pas-sa" (pasta), "can-te-woupe" and "eggy-egg" are regulars on your plate. You still call a banana a "nummy" and you'd eat 10 of them a day if we'd let you. You won't eat cucumber but hearing you say "cucumbie" never gets old. Today I cut you up some "Strawbies" (strawberries) for part of your lunch and you popped our with "tanka much" (thank you much).

If we are reading or singing with you, and pause, it's almost shocking how many words you can fill it (as evidenced by the very emphatic video of you singing You are My Sunshine). You love love LOVE to read. I cut you off after seven books yesterday morning, ha. I think you'd sit and be read to all day. You love Peppa books, especially Peppa's first sleepover- you point to it and say "Sleepy!". You do a very good "ahhhhhtchooo!" when we read about George catching a cold. You love the books "Pouch" and "Betty and the Yeti", but honestly, you will take any book we'll read.

A couple of months ago you started doing this thing where you would say "Two-ta, two-ta". It took us a little while to figure out it was your version of counting. Now you've moved up to "three, four, five!". Sometimes you'll count up to ten, but always leave out a number or two. You know your major body parts but get knees and elbows mixed up, ha.

You were playing a lot of "peek-a-poo" with us last month, but aren't really into that lately. You do love to go outside. Nothing gets you moving quicker than the prospect of that- you head straight for the door saying "side! side!". Most late afternoons find you naked on the driveway, playing with your water table and sneaking into Henry's toys. You love bubbles, riding on Henry's four-wheeler with him (or Daddy, ha!), and the "jumpa-jump!" (aka trampoline). You love to sit and dig in the mulch much to my dismay, ha.

You will walk up to us and say "Meet-chee!" (your shortened version of 'nice to meet you') or ask us to "help-ooo" when the door comes off your Little People bus or you break one of Henry's Lego creations. When we ask you who made a mess you'll say "me, I do!". I still get the "holdie, holdie!" request when you want to be picked up. Your favorite thing of all is opening a bedroom door to reveal a sleeping Henry or Daddy, run over to the bed and holler "wake UP!" and start laughing. Cutest alarm clock ever.

Charlie, it's crazy how quickly you are changing. This is just such an amazing age. You keep us laughing and on our toes. We love you little girl, and love what you've added to our family!

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

{a huge and gracious thank you to my dear dear friend for taking my camera from me and taking some picture of me with my gal. I love you Sarah B!

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Thursday, August 10, 2017

School days & summer afternoons.

It's still hot as Hades outside, but nonetheless you can feel the certainty of summer winding down. Bags of school supplies sitting at the ready, new tennis shoes with nary a scuff mark to be found, and the excitement of finding out your teacher for the year- all are pretty good clues.

Today is Henry's first day of first grade. The house is strangely empty without him to keep me company during Charlie's nap time. I already miss hearing the scattering of Legos and listening to him play with his sister. But he was so excited this morning. Bed made, quick shower, breakfast eaten and he was raring to get out the door. "Henry, do you want me to walk you in?". "Only if you want to, Mommy.". Sweet boy. I didn't dare squash the confidence he had to walk in there on his own. The minute he got out of the car Charlie starting saying, "Find him! Find him!". More than one gal is going to miss his sweet face.

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Luckily he and Charlie left evidence of a morning selfie session on my phone, so his sweet face is nearby if I need to take a peek.

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Last night College Grove Elementary had their yearly "Ice Cream Social". Basically, to Henry this means: meet your new teacher + get a popsicle. He's in. We met his teacher, Mrs. Martin, and he was so happy to see some familiar faces from Kindergarten. Afterward, we dropped Daddy and Charlie off at the house and headed out for a surprise trip to celebrate the last day of summer vacation. The Fair. The last time we went was a couple of years ago, so I think it all seemed new to him again. The fair is such a magical place when you're a kid.

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Did I mention that this boy has no fear? There we only two rides that he didn't go on- and that's only because he wasn't tall enough. I'm pretty sure I swore off nausea-inducing Pirate ship rides after our trip to Lake Winnepesaukah a few years ago. So imagine my surprise when I found myself being convinced and pulled into the line for this contraption.

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Slow Sunday afternoons might be the thing that I will miss the most about summer. Whether we're hanging out with our favorites from next door on the driveway, or with our friends from the next county over the story is similar- kids playing, adults catching up and everyone just enjoying some time to hang. On Sunday we headed out to Hill Town so that this guy could cook a most delicious Sunday roast-

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Afternoons with this crew are so easy and so, so good. We'll take a thousand more, please.

Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: August &emdash;

Thanks for stopping by to look in on us!


Monday, July 31, 2017

The best of afternoons.

As much as we hated to see Ella Grace and Cohen's Tennessee visit come to an end, the end proved to be the very best part. Last Saturday we loaded up and headed down to Gaga and Pappy's house. The rest of our Pierces had made it down from Ohio, to retrieve their sweet kiddos, and we could not wait to see their faces. My mom and dad's house, full of grandkids, is just the best.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

Even though Tennessee had what seemed liked record breaking temperatures last weekend, we couldn't keep ourselves inside for long. We popped over to my parents' neighbor's house. Who can resist baby goats? Not us, apparently.

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

Dennis and Patsy have such a beautiful property. They have lived there for 3 years but it looks like they could have been there for 30- and I mean that in the best kind of way. There were so many areas to explore. I think all of us enjoyed every second.

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

Everybody was starting to get hungry (both for dinner and a break from the heat) so we headed back to Pappy and Gaga's to stuff ourselves silly at lunch. Then straight back outside for more playtime and then to Pappy's pond to feed the fish.

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

And of course it's not an official family get-together unless someone is tortured for a group photo.

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

This is probably a more realistic capture of the process, however-

Angela Zuill Photography: July &emdash;

That day was the kind of day that goes by way too fast! We miss our Ohio people so much and were so happy see all their faces and to get some time to visit and play. What a happy and wonderful afternoon!