14 August 2009

the tiniest tiny :: turns one!

she's ONE!!!!
this past year has been . . . amazing!!
FULL of life and laughter
{and tears & meltdowns :: come on; there are three children under 5 in our house!!)

its been a year full of 'pause' moments

we will never forget looking those big curious eyes for the first time
wondering who this new tiny person was!!

lucy is a joy . she is still covered in squishy fabulous baby rolls
curiously observing & content to absorb the world as it comes to her!!
she brings laughter and noise and baby chaos to our house that for this season we wouldn't trade for anything!

surrounded by family and friends we laid our hands on her and andy prayed
for protection, guarding her sweet life, praise for her life & what a gift she is, for wisdom and discernment as we parent, for God to draw himself toward her and make himself known at an early age, for Him to even now prepare her heart for his purposes and call on her life!

lucy VS cupcake

big sister lillian did the honors of serving the birthday her treat

it took lillian & liam several minutes to warm up to their birthday treats . . .
lucy didn't hesitate

for the record, she ate every single bite
leg propped+icing smeared+belly full of yummy sugary goodness = happy birthday girl

07 August 2009

to the hills

a much needed getaway.
we were so blessed to have a place to stay in the mountains..
and spontaneously vanished for several days
it was refreshing . life giving and relaxing..well as relaxing as anything can be with three tinys!!
we didn't get the camera out until one of the last days...
a picnic spot near the chimney's..grilled out lunch & played in the water

i mean....

'the foose'

liam: "ooo mommy, wook, big water"

so when can we go back!!???

hopefully soon .. we've talked about starting a new family tradition....car camping!!!

don't hate...car camping will have a new level of luxury the this famliy!

tent+air mattress+tinys+fleece+hotdogs+marshmallows+guitar+apple cider+campfire=our next adventure...

stay tuned!

kids tri

think back to 'old school' pep rallys...
remember; in the gym, chaos, screaming, loud, unintelligable words over some lame sound sysytem that resembled the voice of charlie brown's mother....
well this was like that times ten!! hundreds of kids and parents
crammed into the aquatic center pool area.
kids lined up with numbers on their arms and legs designating their race number and age group.
this was for real....
the horn blew and the thunderous sound of tiny arms and legs flailing in the pool made us smile
we became 'that' parent or 'that friend' screaming and
passioinately cheering on these tiny athelets
for me, who is about to do my first sprint triathlon...i was awestruck..
by the smiles, and yet dedication of these tiny people
we were there to cheer on sorelle werner..this was her first race and she did an amazing job!!

liam obviously wasn't too amused

sela werner and lillibug...they share feburary birthdays..sela just two weeks before lilli
she was wide-eyed and watching big sister race!!

sorelle, warmed up and ready to race!!!
ryan giving his pep talk. . and letting her know that he and allyson were so proud of her no matter how she did..and that she was to have FUN!

i love that in the background of this picture you see allyson (mom)
and sela and lillibug cheering on sorelle as she blew by us on the bike!!!

these next few are blurry..but i couldn't help but post them...
lilli and liam and sela did a fun run after the kids tri..it was just a 100m or so..
one of my favorite things...about a race
no matter how you do there are always people there to cheer you on!!
the joy on their faces was priceless..even as tinys..they understand the joy of an accomplishment
they crossed the finish line and had us & a chick-fil-a cow standing there open armed!!..

i HEART this picture....she didn't care who had crossed the line before her...

it deserved a victory salute!!