Birthday + Easter Celebration

Over the weekend, we drove out to my parents’ house to celebrate both of their birthdays, as well as Easter. All four of my siblings and their families were there, too, so we had a big group!

Each of my siblings and I brought food so my parents wouldn’t have to worry about cooking. We had ham and fried chicken and lots of yummy sides – quite a spread!

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The above photo was supposed to be just of my parents and their grandkids, but my sister and I had to be in it because Rosen had just woken up from her nap and was Miss Grumpy Pants, and Landrey didn’t want to be held by anyone but Mama. Just pretend you don’t see us.

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My parents do an Easter egg hunt for all the grandkids every year, and Rosen was super excited to participate. This is really the first year she was actually interested in the hunt. We attempted to get a photo of all the cousins together before the hunt. That proved to be quite a challenge. Getting 10 kids to look at the camera at the same time, let alone smile, was quite a challenge. The photo above is actually a Photoshop composite of everyone’s best face, and it’s still not great.

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Look at my two guys in their matching shirts *swoon*. I’m glad we were also able to get a couple of family photos, even if Rosen was completely uninterested.

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The photo above is our first photo of the whole family since Saxon and Landrey were born. Actually, I think it’s the first since Rosen and Hartley were born. It’s been a while. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to just set my camera on the mantle and used the timer. Everyone was looking at the camera on the first try. Shocking!!

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I absolutely love these celebrations. It’s not very often we’re able to all get together, so they’re all the more special. Get togethers with my extended family where I got to spend time with all my cousins were some of my favorite childhood memories. I hope these are favorites for Rosen and Saxon, too.

Easter Bunny Portrait ’14

On Friday, we headed to the mall for a portrait with the Easter Bunny. I was pretty excited for our first holiday photo with BOTH kids. It’s crazy how much things can change from one year to the next :-).

Rosen was pretty excited to see the Easter Bunny this year, and waved and said hi as she walked up. Getting her to smile for the photo though was still quite a challenge. She turned into a super shy girl for the photographer, but at least she didn’t cry. And Saxon…the poor guy looks like he’s about to fall asleep. He must have been really cozy in those furry arms.

I love it though. I can’t wait to see how the Easter Bunny photos progress over the years with these two kiddos!

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: She actually excited to pose in the “pretty light.”

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Saxon: Working those neck muscles.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

We Have a Roller!

Saxon perfected the belly-to-back roll last week! I’m sure his aversion to tummy time was extra motivation for this feat. Now every time I try to put him on his stomach, he almost immediately rolls over.

He did stay on his belly long enough for me to get this gem of a photo:

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And back over he goes…

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I was able to capture it on video as well. I’d say it was a pretty GIF-worthy roll :-).

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: She still rides her trike Flintstone-style, by pushing herself with her feet. Even though her feet can reach the pedals, she still hasn’t gotten the hang of pedaling.

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Saxon: Modeling his new onesie. Makes his camera-loving mama proud :-).

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

DSLR Video Project 2014 – March

In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve been challenging myself this year to make monthly family videos from video clips I’ve taken using my DSLR.

If you missed my previous videos, you can check them out here: January and February.

I also mentioned last month that I wanted to make more of an effort to make sure Michael and I get in on some of the clips, so they’re not strictly just videos of our kids. I want to make sure they capture our family, and I did a slightly better job this month of including all of us. There’s definitely still room for improvement though!

On to the video…

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: Trying to block my camera with her foot. This was taken just before her first experience with food poisoning. We had a pretty rough weekend since Michael, Rosen, and I were all affected. I don’t think we’ll be eating at Chick-fil-A again anytime soon.

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Saxon: Relaxing in Daddy’s arms.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Saxon – 3 Months

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Yesterday, Saxon turned 3 months old!

Saxon Lately:

  • Overall, Saxon is still a happy, easy-going baby. He’s thankfully grown out of his nightly fussy period, so our evenings are a lot more enjoyable now. He still likes to be held most of the time around dinnertime, so as long as we don’t try to put him down, he’s happy.
  • This past month has not been great sleep-wise. He was doing so well around the 2-month mark, and was progressively sleeping longer periods of time at night, but a couple weeks later, he went backwards and has been waking up about 3 times during the night, and has been that way for the past 2.5 weeks or so. Hopefully that won’t last too much longer. Mama needs some sleep!
  • It amazes me how interactive he is. He absolutely loves being sung to, and his face will break out in the biggest smile. He started giggling around 10 weeks of age, and will start smiling, cooing, and laughing when you talk happily to him.
  • His has just enough neck strength now to sit in the Bumbo, but he’s still slightly wobbly. He’s getting stronger and stronger every day though.
  • He absolutely hates tummy time, so he doesn’t get as much neck exercise as he probably should, but we’re working on it.
  • He’s still breastfeeding really well. During the day, he usually eats every 2.5-3 hours. During his longest stretches at night, he’s gone 7 hours in between feedings, but that hasn’t happened too often lately.
  • He doesn’t have his next check up at the doctor until he’s 4 months, so I don’t have his current stats, but he doesn’t have anymore growing room in his 3-month clothing, so he’ll probably be moving up to 6-month clothing soon, and he fits in size 2 diapers.

When Rosen was a baby, I did a side-by-side photo comparison with a newborn photo, and a shot at 3 months. I wanted to do the same thing with Saxon, and thankfully we still have the same chair we used. Here’s the comparison of Saxon:

Happy 3 months, Saxon!

And here’s Rosen’s:

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She was definitely a bit chunkier than Saxon!

Saxon month-by-month:

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