We finally got our camera back on a beautiful May when our ornamental crabapple tree was flowering. So, we had a photo session!
Cheyenne is quite willing to pose in any situation, but both her and Elliott were a little hesitant about sitting on tree branches at first. The pictures were worth it, though!
I was setting Marilla up for a little photography session, and she smiled perfectly-- I almost didn't get the camera up fast enough! Of course, thirty pictures later, this was still the best one. I love her smile-- she has a big, open-mouthed grin!
Owen also felt it was a good day for photo ops. The poor calves were badgered while Owen grabbed them for pictures. I'm sure Ashley's going to move the wedding up sooner with pictures like this floating around.
After a day like that there were lots of dirty...
Little Marilla stayed happy, watching everyone and having lots of willing arms.
This it the other new animal to love at Grandpa and Grandma's farm-- Uncle Cody's new Jacob's ram, Amazing Grace Abner. While he looks rather fierce, he seems quite content to crop grass all day.
We ended up being at Mom and Dad's for about three and a half weeks-- lots of good memories made for the kids-- and probably lots of relief on the part of the Vaughans when we finally left! We were then home just long enough to dump our suitcases on the floor (and make a big mess, also know as Making a Recipe)
and then we packed up for a family reunion out at Aunt Sally's on Memorial Day weekend! Aunt Sally had rented a tent for the meals (Auntie points out the shadows of the tree to Elliott), and there was lots of good food and laughs.
Also, and more importantly to Elliott, there were LOTS of tractors! Uncle Leon and he seem to be soulmates on that subject. Elliott badgered all his cousins into watching him outside while he rode tractors and tricycles for hours on end.
There was a photo session with Auntie (where Elliott was so silly no one could stop laughing)
and Cheyenne got to sing hymns while Auntie played the piano.
Then, back home, where Cheyenne has a beautiful pink geranium, and can swing all by herself.
I had taken pictures of Cheyenne on her three month birthday, and I took some of Marilla on her three month birthday. I tried to replicate the picture, but I was also busy getting ready for the first Wednesday night meeting at our house, so I didn't spend a lot of time on it. Still, they do look alike, even if the photos aren't posed exactly the same!
and Marilla is REALLY not enjoying her first bath with the big kids. She's my only kid that does far better taking a shower with me-- not a bath baby!
Here's Elliott with his beloved spaghetti. The other morning, when I set his breakfast cereal in front of him, he disdainfully pushed it away and said, "i want 'detti." He and Evan could happily put spaghetti on the menu every day!
The kids get a ride (complete with Elliott's ubiquitous car) after Evan takes a load of dirt out back.