Saturday, February 25, 2012

Too fast!

I can't believe how fast kids grow up. On the 22nd Little E turned one month and on the 23rd K turned 3 1/2! I am constantly amazed at how incredible these girls are.

K absolutely loves to sing and dance. I'm shocked at how many songs she knows (mostly thanks to Daddy) and how she can actually sing along with the pitch and rhythm. Plus, she cracks me up with how she will dance to any music she hears, whether it's the song from E's bouncy seat to a jingle on a commercial. I really want to get her into some dance lessons because I think she would absolutely love it.

E is really starting to look at things and follow with her eyes. She is incredibly strong and can easily lift her head and turn it from side to side. She will also smile now when we play this little kissing game with her. It's SO cute!

K absolutely loves her little sister. She asks to hold her on her lap all the time and loves to snuggle with her in her bed. Yesterday we decided to instate "Friday Fun Night" (yeah, we're copying off our friends). For our first FFN all four of us snuggled up in our bed and watched Toy Story 3 while eating pizza. Next Friday we're going to set up the tent in our living room and "camp out". The Friday after that I want to set up a big obstacle course. Hopefully we'll be able to come up with some fun ideas each Friday.

Here are some pictures I've taken the past few days:
This was taken when E turned one month. Mom wants me to take one on the quilt each month to see how much she
grows. As you can see, she's a little over three squares now.

There is this photographer named Adele Enersen who took all of these fun photos of her infant daughter imagining what
she might be dreaming of. This is my attempt at a photo like that. It was supposed to be E counting sheep but of course
the moment I set her down she woke up so it didn't quite work out the way I wanted but I still like it.

I couldn't decide which one I liked best so I included all four. It warms my heart so much to see how K loves E.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

K's Three-Year Photos

For those of you who know us personally (which is probably everyone reading this post), you'll know that K turned three back in August. In the past years we've taken K to JCPenney to get photos taken of her right around each birthday. Last year we took her photos in November and this year, yeah, it was this past Sunday. Almost a half year late but at least we got them done and by waiting this long, we were able to get a few of her with Little Sis (I'll just pretend that's why I was so late in setting up the appointment and it's not that I just kept putting it off for some unknown reason.) Anyway, below are the photos we ordered. If you are an immediate family member, chances are you'll be getting one so act surprised when you do ;)

I love this one :)

We have pictures of her from years 1 and 2 holding her respective age numbers.

We'll have to get a new frame for this one but it's the one picture that Daddy
specifically wanted so how could we pass it up?

Originally I wasn't sure about this one because you really can't see K's face
but it's just so sweet and shows how much she loves her little sis.

We both really like this one although I wish it wasn't quite so dark. I'm going to ask Mom to scan
it and lighten it up in Photoshop.

The JAKE Family Photo (Yeah, I should have taken off my glasses. Oh well.)

This one and the one below are two poses that I asked the photographer to take. We tried doing this
top picture at home and it was very nerve-wracking holding a wiggly baby on your forearms and
making sure she didn't decided to roll right off. It helped that I could hold her on A's arms and then
run out of the picture at the last second.

This one is a bit weird with my thumb showing through the heart as well but again, hopefully Mom
can scan this one in and Photoshop my thumb out or something.

Our photo session started at 1:00 and K normally naps at 2:00 so we were pushing our luck having it done so late but it was the earliest time slot they had on Sunday and she did surprisingly well. It gets easier as she gets older. I think we'll do one more set when she's four (or maybe 4 and a half ;) and then when she's five that will start school pictures so I'll probably stop going to a studio. I'm sure she will be in E's pictures though (so long as she wants to be) so I'm going to have to find a lot more wall space and frames!