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Whether it’s playing dress-up, jumping rope, or just living life in the everyday… she does it all with gusto. She’s 6 and living life to the fullest!











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So every year, each of the kids have their yearly photo shoot with us. We make an album for them and give it to them as a gift sometime throughout the year. Its tradition, and it is something they love. The kids enjoy looking back at their albums throughout the years. Here they are opening them at Christmas this year.


Elle’s was unique, and she is able to color in hers. Here is her album when it was given to her… before any coloring was done.













She has been giving it color. It’s fun to see what she adds to it!


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He’s growing up, and I’m not quite so sure how I feel about that. He’ll turn 12 in less than 2 months. Here is his 11 year old album that we made for him.












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She’s the youngest, full of life, crazy, fun, and funny! Although she is 6 1/2 now, here are her 5 year pictures in album form. Our Sweet Pea…


















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Time is flying even faster than ever. This was the year I was supposed to catch up on our blogging. We wanted to continue bits of our life and home journaling on here. We get this blog printed, and it’s so fun to look back on.

There really is no excuse. This is the first year that all of the kids are in school… leaving me home with no kids. But somehow, my days (actually 5 hrs) end up flying by and grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal/relationship events, house projects, etc… seem to squeeze out any extra time. And now, as I type, there are only 10 school days left until summer break. I can’t wait till I have them all back home with me. But until then, I’ll see what posts I can catch up on. Here is our little Boobug’s 7 year old shoot (in album form) taken on the east coast when we were on vacation in Feb. of 2016. She is almost 8 1/2 years old now. Yes… I’m that behind. 🙂



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Last year I was asking him…

“Are you talking to other kids?”

“Are you keeping a lookout for the kids who may be lonely or need a friend?”

He was really good friends with a few boys. We call them the 3 amigos. I could tell that they loved being together, which is great. I just wanted to teach him the importance of thinking of others and not just get caught in his little circle of friends.

I knew the move would change the school our kids went to, who their friends would be, and so on. It was a big prayer we had on our hearts when deciding to move. We knew it would affect our kids in many ways. We finished out the school year at the school we were used to. This past month brought a new school, new surroundings, new teachers/staff, and new friends.

On the first day, we anxiously awaited the bell to ring. The kids were excited and nervous as they waited to enter the new building. We talked over the building layout and where their next steps would be. As a mom, I wanted to be sure they knew where they were going to go.

Both kids were standing by me, but I remember focusing in on Landon. Being the older child, he was more aware. Really thinking about things and worried where he would stand…

“Mom, I saw that the second grade class had a picture of the water cycle. I don’t really know the water cycle yet. Will I not be as smart at this school?”

The bell rang and the school doors on that first morning opened. He grinned, and gave a huge heavy quick sigh…Kind of like… I can do this.

As I sent them off, I held back the tears and prayed for them many times throughout the day. Pick up time came… As we drove home after school, I asked him his favorite part of school. And his not so favorite part…

To his reply… “Well mom, I didn’t like lunch and recess very much. I didn’t know anybody. Since I had cold lunch I found an empty table and sat down. As the kids went through the lunch line, girls started sitting by me. I was the only boy at my table. I didn’t talk the whole time. I am not sure if it was a girls table from last year or if I was supposed to be at another table or what. At recess, I didn’t know who to play with. I saw a group of boys playing tag and so I asked if I could play with them. The boy said yes, but they didn’t really include me because they don’t know me.”

The next day dropping him off at school was a bit harder. There was an even heavier sigh as he left the van, and I drove away with tears. That first few days were hard, but the week got better. His teacher did an amazing job doing activities to get the kids to know each other better.

As hard as it was watching my child go through a tough time, I am so thankful for the character he was building. I was proud of him for being brave enough to ask a boy he didn’t know to play. He could experience first hand what it felt like to be on that side… feeling like the odd one, the lonely one. I hope that he remembers this and looks for those kids who maybe are struggling just like he was and be a friend to them.

He is enjoying school a lot better… still is a bit nervous though. He asks for hot lunch the majority of the time so he has time to eye the table he feels comfortable at. If he wants cold lunch, he has found buying milk helps him buy a little extra time. We keep talking about when he gets to junior high he will know kids from 2 schools and what a blessing that will be!

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Joshua 1:9

And now the rest of his album spreads from his 9 year old photo shoot:












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The kids’ cards to their classmates this year:

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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At the end of April we got to go on a Disney Cruise. We had a wonderful time and just received our printed album to help us remember this special time.

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We wanted to get this album printed for awhile… well since 2011. This spring we stopped doing sessions to catch up on some personal work. Yay! This one just got printed!

Such a fun moment to look back on! The kids were laughing as they relived the memories!

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