21 01 2014

I have lots of Christmas photos to upload, but need to upgrade the blog to allow more photos.  So in the mean-time I wanted to record some cute Kingston stories.

Me:  Kings, what’s your nickname for Lincoln?

K:  Lincs

Me:  What’s your nickname for Malachi?

K:  Mac-a-lacs

Me.  What’s your nickname for Kiki?

K:  Teeks

Me:  What’s your nickname for mommy?

K:  Moms

Me:  What’s your nickname for daddy?

K:  Ethan


A few weeks ago Kingston saw me going to the bathroom and asked if I had a pee-pee.  I told him, “No, I have a vagina because I’m a girl.”  Kingston replied, “Oh, where did you get it from?  The bo-gina shop?”


Today we went the museum for MLK Day and Ethan was up ahead skipping with the twins.  I said, “Kingston, do you want to skip like brothers?”  He said, “I can’t yet because I”m not a brother, I’m just a boy.  When I get bigger I’ll be a brother and be able to skip.”


Christmas tree shoppin

1 01 2014

We spent Thanksgiving this year in rural Indiana at my mother-in-law’s house.  It was a great time and relaxing for us all.  At the end of our time, we went to a tree farm nearby to pick out our tree.



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My snaggle-tooth sweetie

5 11 2013

Planning to post more about our Halloween this year, but wanted to write this down before it slips from my mind.

Malachi is very close to losing his top tooth and I’m definitely hoping he’ll lose it before school pix this Thurs 🙂  Right now, he’s rocking a pretty crazy snaggle tooth!

So this evening I was sitting down with Malachi to do homework.  We went over his sight words and he started getting frustrated.  He teared up, “My brain just isn’t smart enough to learn to read!”  He started sobbing.  I was fighting back the tears too.  My heart was breaking for him as he was starting to realize that the other kids in his class and his brother were picking up on it much quicker than he….  A few minutes before, I’d prayed for patience with the kids b/c Ethan is gone again for the 4th time this month traveling for work and they were being a bit crazy….  I didn’t know quite how to respond.  So we talked abt how big his brain was and his ability to learn.  I then asked him if he wanted to pray about it and we did.  We asked God to help him learn to read and have confidence that he can learn.  We talked about how telling himself that he’s not smart enough to learn to read is a lie.  And then we started sounding out the words and he got it!  He was so proud of himself!  He said he wanted to share about it during share-time in school tomorrow.  And then wanted to keep practicing writing and reading sentences the rest of the evening.  What a relief to see him excited and confident in what he can do!  And LIncoln was so sweet in encouraging him and giving him high-fives everytime he learned a new word.


Through the glass… a look at our babe…

28 10 2013

What a funny little independent guy he is!  He is very decisive regarding if he wants to speak to someone or not… often coming across rude.  We’re working on it, but often when he sees a stranger (or friend) that says hello to him, he will so, “No.  I don’t want to talk to you!”  On the other hand, he will often be super sweet and say the funniest things like today, “You’re welcome.  Any time!”


Shows:  Dragon Tales, Power Rangers, Rescue Bots

Playtime:  Toy zoo animals, trucks, pretending to the characters from the above shows!

Friends:  Zachary, Everett, Matthew and Alex, Cenea, and Lily

Food:  Anything carbs!  I’m now requiring him to eat fruits or veggies before every carb snack!

Phrases:  “It’s perfect!”,  “Sure you can!”

Clothes:  He’s more particular about what he wears than the twins ever were!  Has to wear his croc shoes every day and red hat

Continues to be our sweetheart, mama’s boy, highly opinionated, and very funny babe!





15 10 2013

Just wanted to record a few funny things the boys said lately…

Overheard Malachi and Lincoln talking about girls last night in bed… preview of years to come I’m sure!  This morning, Malachi cuddled up with me and I asked him if he likes any girls.  He said, “No, but if I was a teenager I would.”  I asked what girls he would like if he was a teenager and he got embarrassed and said, “Mom, you’re making me smile!”  🙂

We rode the train today and Malachi said, “Look, all the people look like little mice!”  And Kingston said, “Look at all the cheese!”   The train announced the next stop would be King Drive.  Kingston looks confused and says, “I don’t drive!”

A couple weeks ago I was cutting Lincoln’s hair and I asked him if any of the kids in his class ask to touch his hair.  He said, “No.” and paused for a bit, “they just touch it without asking.”  LOL.  IMG_3087



Ode to Garwoods Orchard

1 10 2013

Decided to go up to one of my favorite childhood places and one of our favorite annual traditions!   Garwoods Apple Orchard!  There was also a field nearby that I loved and envisioned getting a few sunset shots.  This one turned out to be my favorite!  I plan to print it (along with the following 2 photos) as 20X30 prints to frame in our living room.


I love the colors, the flow, the openness in this photo.  When I’ve been in the city too long, I usually just need an open field to breath in and feel refreshed again.  So glad this image will grace my home.

The next two photos are some of my other favorites.  The first is probably the best family shot we got.  Kingston was much more cooperative this year for photos, but gave a funny forced smile in most pictures.  This was one of his more natural smiles.


I asked one of my friends and clients Ashlie Otis to take our photos this year.  I photographed her wedding in 2012 and she is so great with children and was gracious enough to take our photos and allow me to have all the raw images to edit myself.  I always appreciate seeing other photographers ideas.  She had the idea to pose them all with their hands in their pockets and I adore how it turned out!


A few other favorites…

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Those brown eyes get me everytime…


And a rarity… shots of my and my love of 8 years!   If you’ve spent any time around us, you know this first one really captures our relationship well!


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The next day we went back to the orchard to go apple picking.  The  boys are great tree climbers these days so loved scrambling up the trees to help get the apples up high!


We like having the boys carry the bags these days… free labor, right?

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Soooo excited about apples!!



Sometimes I think he looks so much like my side of the family… and then other times he looks so much like Ethan!


Our favorite summer spot!

5 09 2013

Can I sing the praises of the Southside of Chicago a little more?   There are soooo many gems down here and you rarely have to fight the crowds like you do downtown or the Northside.  One of our favorite spots is Promonotory Point.



This is where George Lucas recently had his wedding as well!  It juts out into the lake and provides great views of the water and the city.



But our favorite thing is to go on a windy day and watch the waves crash up against the rocks.



The boys call them water fireworks and comment that “God really gave us a great show!”

We’ve been doing a TON of biking this summer and this is one of the places we come to most often as it’s a reasonable distaance for the boys to go without getting too tired.