Sunday, February 27, 2011

Family Pictures

For Christmas this year, Christine and I conspired and surprised my parents with a photo session for their gift. My dad was thrilled with the prospect of having all 12 of us line up for pictures, but he got over it and put a smile on his face for us! We hired Lindsey Brittain of LindseyShea Photogrpahy. Christine and I both knew her from A&M- she was a year behind me and was in Kyle and Christine's college ministry at Central. She did an amazing job, especially with the crazy kids she had to work with. It was also FREEZING cold this day and the kids (at least mine who are used to year round 70 degree plus weather) were not to happy towards the end! Here are some of my favorites of my family:

























Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fun on the Trampoline

The boys got a trampoline for Christmas and it has been the best present! The kids love it, even Claire! The boys are out there at least once a day jumping on it. It also doubles as a wrestling ring for them. Today we were out there and I captured some pictures of the fun!








Hmmmm.... Not so sure about these crazy boys!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Soccer Star

Last week Tyler started playing soccer and Saturday he had his first game. To sum the game up in one word... HILARIOUS! We were thoroughly entertained watching the game. This is Tyler's first time to play any sport. Some of the other boys had played before and some of them were actually pretty good. They play on a small field and play 3 on 3. Some of the boys would kick the ball at one end of the field and score a goal on the other end of the field. Tyler's team lost pretty badly, but I'm pretty sure Tyler never even realized or cared that they lost. He was happy to just get a snack and get a juice box at the end of the game.

A little apprehensive before the game.


Warming up before the game.


Getting ready for kickoff!


Tyler's number one fan!!!


Taking a break.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

10 Months!

Sweet baby Claire is 10 months old today! I love this little girl more and more everyday. She is such a cutie and has stolen all of our hearts. This month has brought big changes- she has transitioned to all table food and has learned how to drink from a sippy cup. She has been by far the easiest child to transition to each of these things. She is the best eater out of all of the kids and is seriously a beggar! Anytime I have something to eat and she doesn't, she is crawling over begging at my feet until she gets some. She puts anything in her mouth, including sticks, leaves, mulch, toy parts, and food! I can't count the number of times I have had to swipe her mouth with my finger to get foreign objects out of her mouth.

She is waving hi and bye and clapping her hands. She loves playing with the boys and other babies in the nursery. She is generally happy except for when she is in a shopping cart at any store. She is a horrible shopper!

We love Claire so much and look forward to watching her grow even more. I'm loving the stage she is in- growing toward toddlerhood instead of the newborn craziness. I can't believe we will be celebrating her 1st birthday in just a couple of months! We had a photo shoot today to capture her sweet smile and personality. Here are some of the pics I got.








Saturday, February 12, 2011