Anastasia is still my precious Baby Girl (BG). She was my first baby girl and she stole a piece of my heart that will always be hers. She sure is something special. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. And this little precious baby girl being brought into my life was for a good reason. She has taught me so much. First of all she was my only single baby, she showed me the true joy of caring for one baby. Then she had colic, so she showed me the true torture of watching your precious baby suffer; and feel helpless. But all that was just the beginning. Since then she has taught me so much more. So much about family, the mother-daughter bond, the father-daughter bond, what is means to be siblings, and what it means to have a daughter.
She is growing up on me, 5 1/2 years old already. She is in kindergarten, learning to read, enjoys playing the piano and cheerleading.
Lex will be a FRESHMAN next year. The Fairfield Mules! They have already registered for their freshman classes and even ordered their caps and gowns for 8th grade graduation. sniff sniff. He is already talking about a get together with his friends and planning a pool party for graduation. Wow!
At the graduation ceremony they will show a slide show and get to have one baby picture. This is the ONE baby picture Lex chose. Seriously? I was obsessed with pictures when they were babies. I had their pictures professionally taken at least 10, yes TEN times in that first year of their life alone. Not to mention the hundreds, ok, thousands of pictures that I dressed them up all cute and posed them my self. I have photo books full, cause yes, that was back-in-the-day of paper pics, hehehe. As opposed to all digital now. Anyway, photo books full of gorgeous pics of my precious baby boy's cute chunky cheeks. And he chooses this one?
Not to say its not cute too, but there is a story behind it…
I was a typical first time mom, didn't allow my babies ANY, well, anything really. But especially refined sugar. While I was at work, Auntie snuck an ice cream to my baby boys, and not just any ice cream, a Hagen Haas!
I have never allowed them to touch my camera… until now.
well shoot, I guess I forgot to take any pics of Aiden.
I cherish these pics. They have always admired my "BIG" camera and LOVE to take pics. But I have only allowed to take pics with my phone. This is the first time they were allowed to use my Cannon. And oh how intrigued they were. I am so glad I was able to cap sure these moments. How precious is this?
Waiting for the school bus can get boring … apparently. I discovered them hovered over the iPad watching a movie.
Lex and Adrie competed in the school science fair this year.
Lex decided to step it up a notch and dress up for the occasion.
He even taught himself how to tie an Eldredge tie knot on uTube. I think that is so awesome. I had never even heard of it before.
Lex with his science project board on Reverse Osmosis
Adrien did his project on comparing the cooling effects of dry ice to wet ice.
This just cracked me up, here we were at the actual Science Fair with all the parents wandering around checking out all the students projects and I look up in the bleachers to find our fine 8th graders all lined up, side by side, heads down, all on their phones. Of course, I couldn't get my phone out quick enough to get a pic and they spotted me. Hence these pics:
One more look at my handsome Lex.
They both received an OUTSTANDING!!!! Which means they both go on to compete at the Regional level next month. So very proud of you both!!!!
We were scheduled to get our family pictures taken today (out doors). But it's too cold and cloudy, so we rescheduled hoping for a better day soon.
Well, my littles were not very happy about that. Apparently they were prepared to get their pictures taken and wanted them taken, dang it! So I did a little photo shoot myself. What goofy kids they have become…
Oh Aiden… Allee was doing 'rabbit ears' on Ashton, but I was too slow to catch it.
Ashton and Aiden are such goof-balls. Their personalities have sure blossomed since being to hear (since getting ear tubes in Dec). I knew it would make a big difference, but I continue to be amazed daily at just how much they have changed in such a short time. They no longer are meek, nor quiet. They are both out going and full of life. Such jokesters. I adore their personalities now.
I finally got them to sit down,
Big bubee Hasee (Lex) walked up behind and and got them all laughing.
Just when I thought we were all done taking pictures, they all got a balloon and wanted more.
So we had some FuN!
Oh what cuteness they have become. I love the age 4 1/2. Age 3-4 was challenging, to say the least. Hence my decrease blogging and amount of pictures of them. Just getting them to sit still long enough for a pic was very nerve wrecking. And any moment I could get, I rested. Now, my days are still spent in pretend play, dress-up, make-up, painted nails, sword fights, but at least now-a-days they a more independent in their play. Now getting them to clean up their ginormous mess is another story. lol
My Princess Arabella
My Prince Aiden
My Funny-boy Ashton
My oh-so-grown-up Alesandra
Allee with her very first balloon that SHE blew up all by herself. Look at that proud face!