Today we took family pictures in my parents barn. (In honor of my dad.) I couldn't wait to post them. The family pictures were a bust, Ali wouldn't stop crying, but we got beautiful pictures of each of the kids. They were so good that I haven't even made a single edit. It was really hard to narrow it down to a handful of each. Enjoy!
Johnny is 5 months old. He is practically perfect! He is flexible. He is happy. He sleeps 10 hours at night. He self soothes by sucking his thumb or rocking himself. He loves to eat his rice cereal. Really, what more could I ask for?!
Ali is a little fire cracker. As long as any given thing is her idea she is perfect, but trying to get her to do something she didn't decide on herself is next to impossible. Her determined and strong soul is going to get her far in life. Some kids talk to themselves, not Ali, she SINGS. She is 2.5.
Andy loves to play and to rough house. I am constantly telling Caleb to stop picking on Andy and Andy replies, "mom, I like it." What can I say? Andy is 4 now. He says the cutest things. A few nights ago we took a dessert to a friend who is in his late 50s. He told the kids that the treat looked so good he was going to eat them all himself. As we were leaving Andy got the attention of this man and told him, "you can share some with your mom too." I love this kid.
Cara is 6 years old and in 1st grade. She is awesome at the monkey bars and loves playing the piano and violin. As you can see she is also very photogenic, even with her missing two front teeth. I love that she is so helpful with her siblings. No one can make Johnny smile and laugh like Cara can.
Caleb optimizes an energetic 8 year old (3rd Grade) boy. We can't even finish one fun thing before he is wondering what we are going to do next. He continues to be obsessed with sports and is currently playing basket ball. He is also getting quite good at the piano.
Following is our attempt at family pictures. Most of them looked like this. Ali really wanted to wear her hood, or at least cry.
But we did get one that just might work for our Christmas card. Oh the adventures of having five little ones. Family pictures are bound to get better when we don't have a two year old, right?!