Reveling in the glory and beauty of everyday life... all the mess and chaos of raising five little girls!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

First Ski

 We know October snows are short-lived, so made the most of it today - strapping on our nordic gear and skiing in the yard three times! Morning recess, afternoon, and after dinner.  :)  Raina did great her first time out on skis.  She was so excited. 

I was trying to capture the yellow leaves dancing in a gust of wind and skittering across the white ground.  Amazing contrast, and really beautiful! 

Friday, October 19, 2012


 Hope Julianna.  What a precious, sweet, amazing baby.  Okay, I know every baby is sweet, and precious and amazing.  But there is something so profoundly amazing about your OWN baby, isn't there? :)  Hope weighed 11 pounds, 9 ounces at her two month check-up, and was 24.25 inches.  She loves mama's massages with sweet-smelling baby cream, she loves to be swaddled and snuggled, she loves kisses and having you rub your nose against hers.  She coos and talks and makes these amazing enchanting, melt-your-heart expressions when you talk to her.  She is easy going, tolerant, and smile-y.  She sleeps between 7-9 hours at her longest stretch, and still naps about 5 times a day - usually about an hour each time, but sometimes longer.   I love waking up once at night to feed her - as long as it is only once! :) - and am not in a hurry to stretch her night sleep any longer.  Funny, how perspective changes the fourth time around. :)   I wanted to post some photos, but, as usual, don't have much time to turn swirling thoughts and insights into the long, wordy prose I want to post here! :)  Someday.  Really. 

 Still sleeps in the bassinet in our room. 


Camo and Blaze Orange

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Five Years

Monday, at Boppa's tree at the hospital.  Missing my daddy and continually grateful for who he was and his love for us.