Thursday, January 28, 2010


My beautiful, blue-eyed girl came into our lives 32 weeks ago today.  She's a sweetheart, who loves her toys.

Photos taken 1/28/10

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A New Couch


Dennis and I, by being very careful about what we spend money on, have been able to save $600 out of the household budget each month.  This meant that we had cash in the bank to buy Room and Board's very last Candace sofa in Ticket Red (half-price in their annual clearance sale).  Having room for most of my kids to sit next to me in my studio has made it worth every penny.

Photos taken on 1/26 and 1/27/10

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sulky Jack

It's a role child number 5 plays well.

Photos taken 1/23/10

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Bridget got some good photos of 31-week-old Stella and her ball.

Photos taken 1/21/10

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Stella, who is 30 weeks old today, is generally as joyous as the colors of her toys. Oh, and just a few days ago, her first tooth made its appearance in the lower half of her mouth.

Photos taken 1/14/10

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Father-In-Law

He's a character.

Photo taken 1/9/10

Friday, January 8, 2010

Napping Jack

This evening, I walked into the living room and was greeted by this site. Jack was tired.

Photos taken 1/8/10

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Luke got these photos of 29-week-old Stella. She's always loved chewing on my chin, but now she pulls my hair while she's doing it.
Photos taken 1/7/10

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Eye Contact

My camera's card was chock full of photos I considered for this post, but I couldn't take my eyes off of these three.

Photos taken 1/6/10

Monday, January 4, 2010

All Wrapped Up

Dennis's sister, Nancy, knit Stella a beautiful blanket, and Stella seems to appreciate the love that went into it.

Photos taken 1/4/10

Sunday, January 3, 2010


The kids have racked up so much experience playing Rock Band, Lego Rock Band and Band Hero since Christmas, they should soon be ready for their first professional gig. Dennis and I, on the other hand, failed when we each tried drumming at the Easy level.

Photos taken 1/3/10

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Warming Up with Hot Chocolate

Most of the kids played out in the snow earlier. When they came in, Luke cooked up some hot chocolate. Sam drinks his with a straw and blows lots of bubbles.

Photos taken 1/2/10

Friday, January 1, 2010

Fresh Snow and a Fresh Start

2010 has arrived. I have many nebulous resolutions floating around in my head, but only two I'd bother to write down: Get outside every day and Learn from my mistakes. In an effort to work on resolution one, I brought Stella outside, leaned her against a tree and started shooting (the camera). She wasn't impressed. I handed her back to Dennis (in the house), and got some shots of Bridget, Henry and Sam sledding and snowboarding down the driveway. Once I stowed the camera safely inside, I went back out and raced down the driveway with the kids. It was fun.

Photos taken 1/1/10