This past Saturday the whole family needed to get out and get some fresh air. So we decided to go to one of our favorite places – the park! The park is a perfect place to take little kids because they can run and play on the playground and have so much fun in a safe environment.
Hannah’s favorite activity on the playground has always been the swings. She wants us to push her “higher, higher!” She gets so excited that she often squeals, screams, and giggles uncontrollably! It is tons of fun for her and gets out all of that pent up energy.
Aleah was able to enjoy the swings this time, and although a little unsure at first, after a few pushes she was smiling and enjoying herself.
Hannah’s second favorite activity at the park is giving the ducks in the pond duck food. We never miss an opportunity to do this each time we visit the park. This time Aleah got involved, sitting close with her big sister and enjoying feeling a part of things. Hannah was having so much fun and about the time her food bag was almost empty a big, white swan came right up and grabbed the bag right out of her hands! How rude!
Matt and I love getting the girls outside, and we love watching them have fun enjoying each other and the beautiful day. It will be so nice when the warmer weather and sunshine come again and we can stay out longer. I am so thankful for a healthy family and time to be together.
This Christmas we continued our tradition of all the grandparents coming to our home on Christmas morning to open presents and have brunch. This year we had a special surprise because Grammy and Poppy Coiner came Christmas Eve and spent the night!
Everyone was awake and ready for presents around 9 am. We commenced to open many presents! My most exciting gift was a new camera! Hannah got a new kitchen play set, a Cinderella’s carriage, a Minnie Mouse vacuum cleaner, clothes, some candy, and some other toys. Aleah got a stuffed bear, a picture frame with her name engraved on it, clothes, a few toys, and baby food! Daddy got a new coat, new boots, sunglasses, and some spending money.
We ate ham and cheese croissants, fruit danishes, miniature cherry cheesecakes, pineapple and cheese casserole, deviled eggs, and some other goodies. (continued)
Aleah and Hannah did very well but were a little overwhelmed with all the excitement. By the end of the morning everyone was ready for a nap and we all slept most of the afternoon! It was a wonderful time, a great tradition, and a blessing to be with family for Christmas!
We praise and thank God for His MANY blessings and we wish you all and very blessed, happy, and healthy New Year!
Today I got some ADORABLE shots of our 4 month old. I look at her and I feel so full of love and joy. She is so amazing to me. I wish I could hold her and protect her forever.
Matt and I have so enjoyed these last four months, and we know we are very BLESSED to have two healthy girls. Our hearts are full to overflowing with love for them. They truly are a precious gift.
I often whisper prayers of thanks to the Lord at times when I am so overcome with love, amazement, and wonder at these sweet little lasses. I wonder sometimes how I will ever be able to train them right, keep them safe, and love them enough.
I feel so incredibly blessed to have experienced a perfect moment in time when. . . it’s 3 am, again, and I am sitting up rocking a sleeping child. Her soft, sweet baby’s breath on my neck. Her warm, delicate, chubby fingers wrapped around my thumb. The familiar, sour smell of dried milk on her pajamas. The soft glow of her butterfly nightlight casting shadows on her wall. I am so tired but so in love that I don’t want to put her down. Can’t I just hold her a little longer? How about forever?
These are the moments when I talk to God and thank Him for this gift. This sweet, chubby, fussy, bubbly, smiley, spit-uppy, wonder-when-I-will-sleep-through-the-night-again-beautiful little angel. Thanks God!
I have ALWAYS enjoyed taking pictures, and I have taken many pictures since I was a young girl. As an adult, I had several different cameras. My first camera was film, my second a digital point and shoot, and most recently a DSLR. I have really wanted to expand my knowledge in photography. I really want to use the medium of photography to express myself creatively and maybe even start my own business. SO, after a recent opportunity to do my FIRST senior portrait session, I have become even more passionate about becoming a better photographer.
The first steps in doing this include learning how to shoot in manual mode and learning how to use Photoshop CS6. I have attempted to figure out manual mode in the past with no success, but with some determination and practice I am slowly starting to get it. So as you can imagine with this new passion and knowledge swimming around in my head I am craving opportunities to practice my new skills.
So, this afternoon Matt took me and the girls to Sherando Lake to shoot the girls and the beautiful fall foliage. I have been doing a lot of shooting in A-Aperture Priority and some in M-Manual. I have discovered that my lenses aren’t as fast as I would like, especially chasing after a two year old! I am hoping to get a faster lens soon and maybe a new camera as well.
Some of these pics are a little out of focus, not quite as sharp as I would like, and some I’m not sure if the color is right, but I’m just proud of myself for trying and succeeding at shooting my camera manually! All of these photos are shot in JPEG and have had NO editing!
You can see that we all had a wonderful time, especially Hannah. She got to run around and explore outside which is one of her favorite things to do. We met a nice family from Brazil there as well and Hannah got to run around and play with their little boy. Aleah was a little on the sleepy side but she was content to hang with daddy. Hope you enjoy!
On Wednesday we had to take Aleah to the doctor in Waynesboro because I thought she was starting to get thrush. Turns out we caught it early and got a prescription for nystatin. While in Waynesboro I decided to take the girls over to my mom and dad’s house for a visit. We ended up spending most of the day there and going with them to the Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was a great fun time, although by the end of the day I was really tired. We are so thankful to have our parents so close!
On Saturday, we went to the park with the girls. We rode the train and fed the ducks in the duck pond. This was Hannah’s second time on the train and Aleah’s first. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. Matt had a wedding in the evening so we didn’t stay too long, but we really had fun!
Matt said someone once asked him why the Staunton park is called Gypsy Hill Park. Matt told them that according to his parents, a group of traveling gypsies frequently came through this area and had a standing agreement with the city that they could set up camp where the park is located. The gypsies haven’t been there for many, many years but the name has stuck!
This August we were blessed to be able to have a fun lake vacation at our parent’s camper. It was a relaxing time and our first time taking two kids on a trip. Both girls did very well and we enjoyed each other immensely. We went out to eat a few times, for a paddle boat ride and a swim in the lake, and on a trip to the mall and the playground. We also went to church, did some shopping, and rested and napped a lot. We are excited to go back soon and will treasure our memories!!
Today Matt and I took Hannah for her 2 1/2 year old check up. She did very well standing for her height and weight, with a few squirms and wiggles thrown in. Hannah continues to blossom into a sweet and smart little girl. She has a wonderful vocabulary that is growing each day with words like “stethoscope” “weed-wacker” “gentlemen” and “obviously.” We are so proud of how far she’s come and thank The Lord for her every day!