Monday, November 09, 2009

Amy Pennington Family Photos

We had our pictures taken by a local photographer, Amy Pennington, when the girls were just over a year old. Now that they are two and half - we decided it was time to do it again. I love that she'll come and photograph you in your home...makes life much easier!!!

(Apparently, this is the month of photos - first Amy's, then Nate's, and in a few weeks we'll be photographed by Randy Bacon as a family for one of my mom's projects).

Here are our photos from a few weekends ago with Amy -

Fall Photos

And the photos are in! Here are the rest of the photos from our friend, Nate. (There were actually TONS more - but here's our favorites) I LOVE the photos of the girls playing in the leaves with their friend Quinn. I think I'm going to frame those together and put them in the girls' room.

Oh my! : ) I think it is hilarious that Addie's arms are straight down...haha

So sweet! Little kids holding hands are always adorable.

Mina has a real "thing" for Quinn - and asks to see him all the time.

Pure bliss - LOVE IT!

Stella Stella...what are we going to do with that hair?!?!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Stock Photography

Our friend Nate (a professional photographer) asked us a couple of weeks ago if we'd be interested in posing for some stock photography shots in each for free pictures. Well - yeah!!! : ) The girls had a great time playing in the leaves and carrying around pumpkins. Nate said he'll eventually sell some of the photos we took to some magazines like Organic Gardening, Trail Runner, Hobby Farm Home, Urban Farm, Southern Living, and Midwest Living. So if you are a subscriber - who knows you may see us some day. Below are pictures he also took of our friends, the Smiths, who brought some testosterone to the event with their two little boys.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A GREEN Halloween

The girls weren't old enough last year to really understand the concept of Halloween & dressing up. However, this year they totally got it and LOVED it! Their Auntie Hayley brought them princess dresses as a gift when she visited shortly after Stella arrived. They made the perfect Halloween costumes. They wore them four times this week alone! : ) Thanks Hails! Stella had a cute little black & orange tutu...but since she's in the mei tai in most of the can't see it...but she was cute! The first Halloween outing was the Trunk or Treat at church. Then this week the girls wore their costumes on Monday to MOPS and Thursday to Parent's Day Out.

Then last night we went to a Halloween/birthday party. Alex and I got into the spirit of dressing up with some thrift store finds and green hair spray. The girls LOVED that we were Shrek and Fiona - they even nominated Belle to be the donkey and Tinsley to be the dragon. : ) Check out the picture of Alex double fisting it with two beers and a cookie! maybe one was mine...and perhaps the cookie was too. In my defense, I took it away from Addie after she grabbed it off the tray - she already had had a cookie and a cupcake - and since she bit it I didn't want to put it back! We are still finding green paint in our ears & hair today...hopefully we'll get it all off before Alex goes back to work tomorrow...

Here are the girls digging into yet another sugary treat with Holton the birthday boy and Super Farrow, my friend and Holton's mom. Farrow made all the costumes for her family this year!!! Impressive, hey!

Here's another cute picture of Stella from the church event. She tends to get the shaft on the weekends with regards to naps, but she is such a good sport regardless and often takes a snooze in the mei tai.

These pictures are from my dad's birthday celebration last weekend. The girls are all about birthdays and want to know "how old are you?" It often is the last question we answer before bed every night. They also loved helping him open his presents - a magnetic dartboard calendar & a T-shirt.

We took these pictures while the girls slept one night. The transition to big girl beds was SO MUCH EASIER than I feared! They love their beds and generally stay put as long as we don't rev them up before bedtime. However, they do occasionally fall out of bed. It is happening less and less as they get the hang of staying put. On this night, Mina was hanging half over the edge of the bed! And in the bottom right picture, Addie has discovered that green chalk makes some attractive eyeshadow! : )

Stella is getting closer and closer to sleeping through the night and eating less frequently, which makes life so pleasant. We are just enjoying watching her get bigger and more interactive. She's grabbing things all the time - my face, shirt, her sisters, the dogs, toys. She loves kisses and laughing. I made some pear puree for the freezer yesterday (after I accidentally ordered 24 pears instead of 4 when I was online grocery shopping). Before we know it - she'll be eating it and all kinds of other foods. Watching her grow is such a sweet pleasure and one we realize we didn't always enjoy with the girls since we were new parents and they were A LOT more work! : )