Friday, July 31, 2009


Sam has lost his first baby tooth. He showed it to me 15 minutes ago, then promptly placed it under his pillow.

Photos taken 7/31/09

Thursday, July 30, 2009


She is six weeks old today. Wanting to put the size of Stella in perspective, I added props to the photo session. My hand was readily available, as was a baseball. (Doesn't everyone have baseballs in their living rooms?)

Photos taken 7/30/09

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Attracting a Crowd

The tall kid in the green shirt is Luke's friend, but Bridget, Henry, Sam and Jack enjoy spending time with him almost as much as Luke does, especially if a Wii is involved.

Photo taken 7/27/09

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Creative Thinking

Not only has Henry devised a new way to ride in(?) the old blue car (picked up at a yard sale when Luke was a toddler), he has found a substitute for a horse, donkey or mule (none of which we've ever owned). The boy's creativity knows no bounds.

Photos taken 6/27/09

Monday, July 27, 2009

He Seems to Be Coming Around

Jack was not especially happy about being displaced as the baby of the family. For the first few weeks, he often told me, "You no hold Baby Della. Me in your lap." Today, though, when Stella started crying in her crib (which is downstairs; she sleeps in my bed at night), Jack ran into the kitchen to find me and said, "Mom. Baby Della needs you. Baby Della needs you." I picked her up, and Jack offered this helpful advice: "Nurse her. Nurse her."

Photo taken 7/5/09

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hide the Scissors

Yesterday, Sam asked me if he could cut his eyelashes. "What? Why?" I asked. "Because they're too long," he replied. We have many pairs of scissors in this house. I hope I can find them all.

Photo taken 9/20/08

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I like how Dennis's hand echoes the curve of Stella's arm as she lies sleeping in his embrace.

Photo taken 7/22/09

Friday, July 24, 2009

Do I Look Tired to You?

Believe it or not, I'm actually thankful that Stella is now sleeping for three-hour periods each night. I just wish we could do something about those extended intermissions.

Photo taken by Luke on 7/23/09

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Stella hits the five-week mark today.

Photos taken (by Luke and me) 7/23/09

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Brother in Arms

Some days, it seems like all the kids do is fight. On other days, they get along amazingly well. Henry and Jack, however, seem to have a special relationship.

Photos taken 7/21/09

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Aren't Bridget's summertime freckles lovely?

Photos taken 7/21/09

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Second Season

Henry is now playing baseball and doing quite well, but he was very cute and rather determined during his second year of tee-ball.

Photos taken by Dennis on 5/5/07

Friday, July 17, 2009

Seeing Eye to Eye

Sam loves Stella.

Photo taken 7/17/09

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Stella is four weeks old today.

Photos taken 7/16/09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

At Bat

Luke's All-Star team played in the state tournament in Harrison, after going undefeated in the district tournament here in Manchester. The Maranacook All-Stars won their first game at states, but lost the next two, which ended their season. Dennis and I find it a mixed blessing. Winning states and going on to the regional tournament in Marlborough, MA, would have been exciting, but it was a long drive just to Harrison, and winning the tournament would have meant three more trips there on top of the three already taken.

Photos taken by Dennis 7/12/09

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Those Eyes

Sam has always had amazing blue ones, even as a baby:

Photos taken 7/8/09 and 8/14/04

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jack's Camera

Photos taken 7/8/09

After watching Dennis and me take pictures all the time, Jack has become quite interested in photography. I recently came across my father's old point-and-shoot film camera and gave it to Jack. He loves his "black camera" and uses it a lot. The fact that the flash works when he presses the button is especially appealing.

Every once in awhile, I let him take a picture with the Olympus DSLR. He actually does pretty well, when he accepts a little help from me. Here's one of his "Baby Stella" photos:

Photo taken by Jack (and Mom) 7/9/09

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Photo taken 6/18/09

Photo taken 7/2/09

Photo taken 7/2/09

Photo taken 7/9/09

Photo taken 7/9/09

Stella was born on a Thursday, three weeks ago. She's changed a bit since then.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This is just one of the many moments Henry has spent holding Stella, kissing her, chatting with her, or just gazing at her. I think my sensitive boy, who usually runs away from my kisses and hugs, is smitten.

Photo taken 7/5/09

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Win Brings a Grin

Luke runs off the field a District Champion and looks forward to the state tournament this coming weekend.

Photo taken by Dennis 6/30/09

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Oh, How Many Feet You Meet

Stella's and Sam's.

Photo taken 7/2/09