Malachi as a wolf:
Ezekiel as Frodo Baggins:
Laney as Little Red Riding Hood:
Little Red Riding Hood and the (Big Bad) Wolf:
Trick or Treating with Friends:
From despair a song will rise
Everything will be made right
Coldest winds of sorrows sting
Carry hints of coming spring
Lyrics by Cameron Walker and Michael Gungor
Our yard is littered with them.
Thankfully buckets hold lots of them and hold back the cries of frustration from trying to carry too many in our arms.
And big brothers help carry the bucket full to the creek.
So she can toss them in.
We’re doing our best to soak up these last few days of warmish weather.
Elijah turned 8 this summer. We celebrated with an obstacle course set-up to train super heroes.
(Brian walked everyone through it first, then they went one at a time, cheering each other on. The three best times won some kind of Avenger prize….thanks to Michael’s and Old Navy Tees. )
Here’s the course:
Thor’s Hammer Toss
Kick the ball back and forth between the trees.
Hulk Smash of Balloons
(Okay, so some of those weren’t exactly super hero like, but it worked.)
Elijah went last and since he was the only one who really knew how to use that bow and arrow (from his Hawkeye costume last Halloween), he won.
There were some other team chasing games Brian made up.
And a Find Thor’s Hidden Hammers game……those are boxes, paper towels rolls and tape.
And lastly some singing to our guy who is halfway to driving.
Laney turned 2 in June! Summer doesn’t leave me much time to blog or edit, and a month after this party our house was broken into, while we were sleeping. It was the night before we were to leave to drive to VA to celebrate by Nana’s 90th birthday. Our van was fully packed for our trip. We woke up early and found out we were broken into. Two old laptops were stolen, Brian’s work laptop, my camera and lenses, and my purse. When I realized the purse was gone, I told Brian to go outside and see if our van was still there. It was gone too. We cried. My kids were awake too. We all cried….and prayed. I’ll keep this short. Our van was found a few hours later in the development across the street from us. It was still fully loaded, but everything that was taken from the house was gone…and we left 6 hours later than we anticipated and still made it to my Nana’s(after changing locks to the house because keys weren’t found that were used to steal the van, and canceling credit cards and ordering a new license.) A week later the server broke down on the one computer we had left. And on top of losing all of those other things, I thought we had lost the last month of photos forever, including birthday photos. But Brian saved them…all of them, even the Landrum’s photos were with that lot. And all of those other things got replaced. Renter’s insurance is awesome.
Here’s Laney turning two……a few months late.
And just because I love this in b&w.
This is a photo shoot I took several months ago of some wonderful friends, Tim and Julie. They had recently moved into this house after re-doing everything in it. It is gorgeous and charming. And they were expecting their first child.
They were so fun to photograph and made it so easy.
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