Monday, August 31, 2009

Boomerang Express - VBS 2009

In July we attended Vacation Bible School at Frazer UMC. Usually it is only open to ages 4 and up but children of volunteers can go each year as well. I always try to do what I can to help out so the kids can join in the fun as well. This was Katelyn's first year in the regular VBS program instead of the nursery area. It was a good thing because Owen came down with a fever virus the first of the week and I wasn't able to do as much this year as I would have liked. With Rosie's help watching Owen I was able to stay a couple of days to take pictures for the church. Here are a few highlights of Katelyn from the week. She had a great time!

There were over 800 children attending VBS each day. The mission project for the week was to collect food to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Can you believe the kids collected over 2700 items for the food bank?!? It was incredible!

Fun With Paul

The summertime is always busy with friends joining us for some fun on the lake. Paul and Laura were at the house one weekend and Owen got to playing catch with Paul at the table. I got so tickled watching them. Watch how Owen acts like he is going to throw the ball to Laura (who is across from him just outside the camera view) but then turns it on Paul without even looking. He would just laugh and laugh! Too cute! (Video Embedded)

One Year Portrait Update

Wow! It has been a month since my one year portrait poll post! Sorry everyone for my absence. My photography life got really busy there for a while! I'm loving every minute of it but I've had to put aside my personal stuff for a little while to stay caught up. I didn't stop documenting them so I have lots to post. I've got a couple of days break before it gets cranked up again so I'm hoping I can get lots posted to the blog this week so you can see what we've been up to lately.

I did want to post a follow-up on the poll. This was the winning entry and my personal favorite as well! I'm amazed at how much he has changed in such a short time. I don't see it everyday but when I look back at something as recent as this you can really tell the differences.

Thought you all might be interested to see Katelyn's one year portrait again as well! Back then I took her to Barry Chrietzberg's studio for pictures because she would not cooperate with me in the least! I am so grateful to Barry for helping me capture my sweet girl's first year.

We had just gotten Ruthie for Katelyn's first birthday so I thought it would be neat to have a picture of them together each year since she is "KK's Dog!" Ruthie loves to sleep with her every night.

Ruthie has also changed quite a bit. Here's a pic from Father's Day weekend back in June. She turned three years old in April.

Monday, August 24, 2009

We're still alive...barely!

Yes, I know. I'm majorly behind with my postings here but if you check out my photography blog you'll see I've had lots and lots of beautiful children keeping me very busy lately! I am so blessed with all of the opportunities I've been given lately. Owen and Katelyn are doing great and I'm still documenting them along the way as well. I just haven't had much extra time to post to this blog lately but it's day I hope!! ;)

Katelyn started back to school and is in K4 this year going 5 days a week (only 3 hours per day). This year has been quite the challenge so far to say the least. Her first week she went kicking and screaming everyday and it had me totally baffled. This is a child that has always LOVED school and went running in never looking back. This year she is crying and clinging to my leg every morning. Talk about stress! We were just short of pulling her out of school all together before we could finally get out of her what was going on. After about 4 days she finally told us that one of her classmates that sits right next to her was giving her a hard time. Presto! A quick chat with her teacher solved that problem and she has been a happy girl since! Man! I was just about at my wit's end! So I'm hoping and praying for a great week of school this week with NO TEARS! I would normally post a first day of school picture here but I haven't even had time to work on them yet! AAAHHHH!! More to come I promise!

Owen is taking more and more steps everyday. His attitude is rapidly developing as well. What have I gotten myself into?!? Yes, Mom, payback is *%(#!! ;)

I'm bracing myself for THIS to happen one day... (video embedded). I just know it is coming. Any dibs on who will do this first - Owen or Katelyn?

Have a great week everyone! More to come soon one day! :)