we love fall

woke up to beautiful sunshine and couldn't pass up the opportunity to go out to the arboretum for pictures and a picnic. grab a cup of coffee and get comfy, there's lots of pictures on this one


Cracking up with Capri

Capri LOVES the song "Love Song" by Sarah Barellis...so here is her version of it...i think

Love my daughter, but the kid is not always photogenic...she loves pictures, but never smiles & always squints so we've been working on her technique. it figures the one time i set the camera to "video" on accident, she smiles beautifully, at least we captured the memory...somehow.

Gaven says 'DaDa'

Gaven learned how to say "DaDa" but we've yet to tell him that he looks "special" when he says it...what a hoot


our little piggy

so, we found out on tuesday, that gaven (our little 6 month old) has swine flu. poor little guy is coughing all over the place, but is finally starting to show improvement with the tamiflu. however, while he's been sick, he has mastered two new tricks. he is now able to put himself into a sitting position from crawling, and then this morning, this is what i walked in on...

we are from this point forward, referring to him as bam! bam! he's so strong, even when he's not feeling well.


Gaven's Giggles

so, when it's late at night, gavey gets the giggles, and we had to capture it on film. enjoy and try not to laugh, it's pretty hard not to.


Wheat and What Not

this has been a fun month for photos...we had a photo shoot with gaven near paul's birthday...gaven fit in his daddy's baby clothes at age 3 months! we also took the kiddo's out to the wheat field for pictures before the wheat was all harvested. we had a blast out there trying to fight the enormous rain drops, but we were able to get some good shots.


wasington/oregon trip

we just got back from a wonderful trip to the west coast. we had an amazing time with my family, a wonderful celebration shower for capri and gaven, we were able to attend paul's sister's wedding, and take a mini vacation with our two kids to the place we fell in love...cannon beach, OR. here are some pictures


we are so blessed

posting, like sleep, is few and far between, but we feel so blessed to have had my mom here for the birth of gaven as well as having my sister come to help me in any way she could. it was wonderful to have them here to share in our joy, and in immense help as things were pretty shaky the first few days with gaven's jaundice and capri's jealousy. they've been gone for a week now, it's been tough, but i'm figuring this juggling thing out.

gaven's officially out of premie clothes and into newborn and capri is becoming her normal self again. we are gearing up for our trip to washington and oregon next month for paul's sister's wedding, our baby shower, and visit with my family...and then it will be back to work again (dreading that immensely).

on may 10th, we will be dedicating both the kids at church, we are ecstatic to not only have a church, but a church family. they too, have been a huge help over the past month and we love them all.

here are some pictures from the past month...



after a blizzard, an induction, 7 hours of labor, and an emergency c-section, gaven keith arrived on march 28th at 5:12 p.m. weighing in at a "not-so-hefty" 5 lbs. 12 oz. he was 19 1/2 inches long and has beautiful and alert blue eyes. sorry we are just posting these, but enjoy:


make room for baby

so with all of the posts about capri, i haven't posted much about the fact that she's about to become a big sister.

favorite capri and gaven moments (even before he's born)

-every morning she sleepily kisses my belly and says, 'bye baby gaven' and then she pretends to give my belly a drink of milk (gulping sounds included). she is very nurturing and we think she will be a great sister, however are a little concerned about some jealousy issues so we are trying to have her take care of her babies for practice, also, we have a bribe...we have told her that when gaven comes, nana is coming too, so this seems to help with the jealousy...now we just have to get nana here in time.

-a couple weeks ago, i was attempting to put on my socks and shoes and capri was watching me with her thumb in her mouth and started cracking up saying over and over, 'mama look funny' apparently i look as odd as i feel when putting on socks and shoes, and i don't recall her offering any assistance in the matter.

-capri thinks that everyone is pregnant, especially nina and grandpa, each time we go to leave their house, she runs over gives them hugs, and then pats their belly's and says, 'bye grampa baby,' 'bye nina baby...' it sure is a good thing they are understanding and don't take offense to this.

the next few weeks hold big changes for our family, we are thanking GOD for providing not one, but two children within the past 6 months. our family is growing by the grace of GOD and we feel so blessed. we will continue to keep you posted on the birth of baby gaven and the stories of his crazy older sister.