Friday, January 14, 2011

Georgie and WD


they go EVERWHERE. he'll even put him around his neck to carry him- so, so cute. he wakes up with him, plays with him, covers him up when he takes naps, and then back to bed with him again. georgie is the best!



ella and philip having a bit of a snowfight this past Sunday.
WARNING: wearing this snowsuit may indeed keep you incredibly warm but will inhibit your ability to move around, walk, pick yourself up after you fall, and hold things.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

perfect weather (almost)











for a photoshoot....poor Ella, it was so cold, we were only out there a few minutes. i think i have to do this over again, though, to get a few more poses, but my sweetheart did just fine, and i am so thankful to have her as my little (grown-up) model. she is a smart, spunky, splendid 7 1/2 year old...and God has truly blessed me with her. i only pray that i can be the best mother for HER as i possibly can!




Sunday, January 9, 2011

sweet boy and his bear

for some reason, the act of walking away is something i like to capture.
it's minding their own business...
not aware of being watched...
unassuming...
i secretly wish i could have my own little shed like this
it's so simple, quaint, and inspiring
but i'd store it with a craft room and lovely chair and a chandelier
one can dream!


see those dimples?
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so, after i slept in til NOON today, YES NOON
i browsed some amazing photo blogs
and was inspired to have a little different photo shoot with ella
as some know, i am not doing photos for other people anymore.
it is a tough, but SIMPLE, decision.
a good friend who always comes to me for her children, well, i told her
i just don't feel like i'm good for that anymore.
i recently felt "used" and since then my photography spirit has been crushed.
so, EXCEPT for family, and my own family, no extra photos.
not saying this will be forever, but for now yes.
and i THINK i have a reason why...perhaps
GOD is pushing me towards creativity in photography with
my own self...hmmm...perhaps....
and so i had a grand thought and took ella outside in the
COLD but she didn't mind and we were out there all of 3.5 minutes
will share those photos tomorrow.
she is a fabulous and patient model.
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as to why i slept in so late
which was like, a first for me...
yesterday, Rich and I played piano for a wedding
it was a delight to do that
he played mandolin
i played the piano
the church was a classic church....small, but with stained glass windows
and a well used but beautiful piano
so, for PRELUDE
we played Simple Gifts, Amazing Grace, Ashokan Farewell,
and a VARIETY of other songs, classics and hymns.
when it came to the processional, and the rest of the ceremony and post,
it was all PIANO, and i honestly
LOVED, each and every MOMENT
wished it would not end
the wedding was sweet,
Christ- centered, loving, and a joy
at the reception, rich and i sat with people we knew (YAY)
and dined without children (what is that?)
we also danced one dance
of course, it was slow
it was right before we left
"Unchained Melody"
oh, one of my favorite songs
the father of the groom commented and smiled at us
when we got on the floor and said to rich,
"I think she likes you." hehee...
that was funny.
the families represented at this wedding reminded rich and i of
our OWN families. and brought back many memories.
my handsome sweetie wore the nicest suite and tie ensemble
guess who picked it out.
the handsome sweetie's wife wore an outfit she just put together
for that night
think romantic candlelight evening
old fashioned, vintage look
velvet ruffled/layered black skirt
lacey off white camisole
ruffled, short sleeved black open sweater
tall black boots, and a handmade choker
with cream buttons and gold button as well,
and gold, rose earrings.
i wish i had a picture of the outfit, it's hard
for me to come up with fancy enough things for special
occasions such as this but i think
i pulled it off.
tomorrow, maybe a picture of the accessories or something.
i'd like to share those earrings.
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we knew after this wedding, also, that the Lord used us to
MINSTER to others that attended.
the comments included acknowledgement that God truly
must have brought us together
for a special purpose such as sharing music together
the groom and his bride told us as they awaited the
beginning of the ceremony, they had
to try very hard not to cry
we were told how much the music meant to the listeners, but
HONESTLY, it was such an honor
to be a part of this special time for this couple.
rich and i now have a wonderful, tender memory to share with
one another,
and wow, it is something that does not involve our little ones
and we love our little ones, with so much love and heart,
but to have this, as part of husband and wife memory bank
what a gift God gave us!
blessings,
AMY

Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Blessings

tea party with the new bear, and the new
wooden (and "masculine") tea set from Christmas.
this boy LOVES tea.
(because his mother, i suppose, is instilling in him
that love because she drinks a cup 456029929288331 cups a day)
this is wd's "smiley" face for the camera.

"cheeeesseeeee!"

love it.

he loves those green rainboots he's sporting there, too.

those are from my parents' neighbors (this photo is from my parents' house).

oh, and the bear....Santa brought that from Build A Bear.

(actually, mommy got it FREE and had fun making it for her little boy).

it says, "i love you," when you squeeze it's paw.


our ella-girl with her grand smile.


and that sweet, sweet coat I found for her at old navy. finally. ugh. FINALLY.


a coat for her was TOUGH to find this year. it's really NOT


for winter, but fall, but here she is with it anyways.



i just adore the vintage look of this photo.


i seriously can't believe it is OUR tree in OUR home.


even the color version has that feel to it!


i'm trying to think of something unique and decorative with it...


maybe enlarging it and then making a canvas or something.


trying to make it more "neutral" and less "only for the holidays" decor.

SO
THOSE ARE SOME WINTER BLESSINGS
that I've been thinking of lately.
What are yours?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nine Years

As of yesterday, Rich and I have been married NINE sweet, thrilling years. We are such homebodies, I can't tell you we've moved across country or gone on fabulous vacations, during our marriage. I can't tell you we're living in a 3000 square feet home or enjoy countless date nights. I can't even tell you we have a super duper sleep schedule here! However, I CAN tell you this:

*God had amazing timing bringing us together
*We are blessed with three beautiful children
*We share, learn, make mistakes, have triumphs, and grow together....
*We love each other's In-Laws, and families, which I count a HUGE blessing these days
*I get to homeschool!
*While I get to homeschool, we do without, but have faith and trust in each other
*Our home is cozy, and filled with LOVE for each other.
*Our children get to hear live music on a daily basis, thanks to their daddy and mommy
*We promise to love each other forever in this life
*and We are continuously striving to show God's love and purpose to our children.

To celebrate, we got pizza. He went and got my favorite magazine for me: Somerset Life. AND, we had an evening visitor or two that made us feel extra special as well!

So excited to start 2011 off with our anniversary celebration!

Blessings,
AMY

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What we did TODAY!

We went headfirst into our homeschooling today. We slept in a bit, which was fine by me since WD had me up during the night a little bit. He got a little restless. First things first: Devotional, a short one on obedience from a free kids devotional I get bimonthly.

Then, Ella started the day with double-duty math. Then, reading and the worksheets with it (comprehension and phonics).

Philip did a bit of penmanship, phonics, and math as well as reading two books (the two books are copied/stapled from Ella's kindergarten years.....works out nicely for us to use the little books she learned to read that year!).

After a break/lunch, we went into social studies- discussing Catherine the Great and comparing who she was before and after her Queen-hood. An interesting little activity was suggested with comparing attributes of Sophia-Catherine, and then your students as well. So, for Philip, we decided on Playful, Happy, Interesting, Loud, Intelligent, and Percocious. Ella- Energetic, Likeable, Loving, and Athletic. We made "hanger" displays. :)

Philip also worked on some more reading during the day, tying his shoes, and a map activity (identifying Ohio and the bordering states). Ella did MORE math, Writing (listening to a short excerpt from a folktale and identifying something to state on paper about it), copywork, and the last bit of comprehension activities from a book called Carolina's Courage.

Ella and Philip worked on answering questions concerning Winter Birds. They also worked on learning important numbers (a bit of review for Ella) such as cell phone numbers for mom and dad, and grandparents.

I must say- it was a full day but really went smoothly and quickly.

Tomorrow, besides the basics, we will do only a quick reading of social studies, English for Ella, maps for her, and for both children, more science (animal tracks) and our State Bingo game that needs a bit more use. I waited to do States/Capitals for no real reason except maybe this can be an easy/fun unit for mid winter. We need to regain our interest in our Story of The World Ancients Study, but perhaps not QUITE this week. Next week will be the goal for that.

On to other things, I've been scrapbooking up a storm here lately. In the past five days, I've completed 18 pages! I've had so much fun. Here are a couple: