Thursday, September 3, 2009

any else excited about this!?!?

taylors most recent photo shoot

i like to have pictures taken of my kids every month for the first year of their lives. then i have this super cute frame that i put up on the wall that shows each month up until their first birthday. it's so crazy how fast they grow each month when they are so young. with landen i just took him to JCPennys each month. but with taylor my great friend brooke has offered to take her pictures for me instead. i still pay her for her time, but it is soo much better to going to the mall and waiting over an hour because they are ALWAYS running late and then taylor either being hungry or tired or asleep once they finally get around to taking our pictures. so this last month (i cannot believe that my little girl is already almost six months old!) we went and had some pictures taken of taylor at brookes house and attempted to throw some little props in the change things around. here are a few of my favorites!
she liked holding herself up on the basket alot!
she is starting to be able to sit up on her own, but only for short periods of time. we kept trying to prop her up and then jump back and get a picture of it before she would tip over
she just loved playing with the thule stuff we put in the basket with her. we couldnt get her to look away from it long enough to get a shot of her actually in the basket and looking at the camera at this same time though. i think in this one she was actually looking over at brookes little girl alaura who was being a great little helper trying to make faces and funny noises at taylor to get her to smile
no idea what program brooke uses but i LOVE how this turned out with the colors all faded. you can still kinda see the colors in her outfit and her bow and then a little pink to her cheecks and the blue in her eyes. i just LOVE LOVE it!

fun night at the park

so last night as we were finishing dinner i mentioned to joe that maybe we should go for a little walk around the neighborhood. the weather was nice and we still had about an hour before we needed to get the kids ready for bed. just as we were finishing up my friend from down the street mentioned that she was loading her kids into the car taking them to the park. it sounded like a great idea, so we decided to go with them instead of going for a walk. the kids ran around like crazy and got all hot and tired, which us parents LOVED. carianne was smart enough to bring her awesome camera along and took tons of cute pics of everyone.
landen has decided that he likes to make this cute little pose when he smiles for the camera
i remember when him climbing this wall would scare the poop outta me. now i just let him go for it :)
taylor has officially learned how to kiss people and she is definitely NOT shy about going for the kill. she was showin one of her boyfriends here how it's done!
i KNOW landen and issac will be very embarassed about this picture in another five years or so, but in the mean time it's soo dang cute! landen loves his friend isaac and gets soo excited when they get to play together. here we were attempting to get them to do a "bro-hug" where they just put an arm around each others neck, but we got this romance instead LOL
taylor has really decided to be a happy baby. now that she is on a good eating and sleeping schedule she hardly ever cries. unless she's stuck in the car and it's past her bedtime or something like that. but if she's awake after a good nap and she's been fed then she is sooo happy to be around.
before we left carianne wanted to get a cute shot of all the kids laying in the grass. i thought she only was referring to her family of kids, but she was nice enough to even let my little kiddos in on the action.
they are arranged from oldest to youngest here (i wonder if the twins are in order of who was born first??)
of course the photo wasn't complete til we threw taylor down there too. she refused to look at the camera though. she just couldnt take her eyes off the cute boy laying next to her
landen had so much fun playing and he was soo tired and itchy by the time we got back in the car to go home. he decided it would be fun to roll around in the grass with isaac after the little photo shoot and was scratching all over all the way home.
and just one last happy picture of taylor. i think she was talking and giggling with lexi one of the perry girls here. she loves getting attention!

my boy is all grown-up now!

last week landen started a new phase in his life: PRESCHOOL!! he goes on tuesday and thursday every week from 9am-noon. he goes to Heather's House Preschool which is only a few minutes away from our house. the lady who runs the program goes to our church, and is actually landen's nursery teacher. so he already knows her and she already knows him. his first day was very exciting for him and i was so proud that i didn't cry when i dropped him off. honestly i think it was all because i knew landen wouldn't be scared with his teacher. plus 5 of the 6 kids all go to our church so he already knew most of them as well. even his really good friend alaura is in his class! but i honestly just cant believe he is already old enough to be in school. where did the time go? every day i look at taylor and i remember how recently landen was reaching the same exact milestones. it doesnt seem like its been that long!! but so far he's having a great time at school. he tells me all about his day as soon as he gets in the car and so far has been pretty excited about the idea of doing homework and learning new things. this week he is starting to learn to write his name which makes him feel very proud :) and makes me proud too!