We had our first official day of homeschool for the 2011-2012 school year this week. I decided on September 1st because how fun is that? The first day of the month for the first day of school. I love being in charge of details like that! ha
We did this little photoshoot the evening before our first day of school. This was actually not their official school photoshoot or anything, just a fun little practice photoshoot in the intense desert heat 😛
Part of the reason for the pictures was I have been trying the last three months to do portraits of Ember when she turns a new month. I didn’t do those formally all along, which I regret, but I do them now!
Since this is my personal blog I’m going to do the “boring” thing and post about who my kids are and what they’re up to these days.
First up, little miss Seece.
She’s still called Seesie and Seece a lot. Allan and I mostly call her Seece. Brooklyn now mostly calls her Sierra. Payson calls her Seeya; which is the cutest thing ever.
She’s starting Kindergarten officially but she already knows pretty much every single thing Kindergarteners learn. I’m doing first grade math and reading with her but keeping all the fun stuff of Kindergarten for two reasons. One: Payson gets to do Kindergarten along with her and he’s right at a Kindergarten level. Two: it’s fun- she’s a kid and kids should have fun 😉
We’re finally getting in to see the physical therapist this month for her toe walking. As this year has gone on I’ve been more and more convicted of going forward with leg braces or whatever they can do to stop the toe walking! She is so freaking clumsy, it’s really limiting.
She, like all my kids, is a major book lover. It would be too hard to pick a type of book she prefers or have her pick a favorite. Because she is so easy going and decisive she’d grab the first book she saw off the shelf and say it was her favorite. But in all, she loves every book we’ve ever read.
At this point during the photoshoot Payson ran over and stole a bite of an apple!
He is head over heels in love with fruit so I wasn’t too surprised.
And with his bite the apples became fair game and each child took one to munch on.
Sierra wanted to go play on the park so I let her and Payson got his turn. He’d been waiting impatiently for his turn the whole time but by this time he was so into his apple he couldn’t care less about mommy and her camera.
I tried my best to get eye contact or a smile and sorta succeeded with the latter.
Which was ok, I kept snapping, because he was so adorable with his apple anyway.
I asked him to hold up his notebook that said Preschool 2011 and he did for about two seconds and that was it.
He sat munching for a while and only because it was hot I decided to attempt to make him smile again. I wanted to finish up the photoshoot and get home to the air conditioning!
It took the big guns, the fart/poop/butt jokes, to crack a smile.
I’d hide behind my camera and tell him that when I popped out I’d say a funny word. I’d randomly pop out and say something like “red car!” in a silly voice (or the aforementioned fart/poop/butt) and he’d giggle a bit.
He got sick of pictures really fast and ran off to play.
And then it was my baby girl’s turn.
I really can’t believe she’s 11 months old. That sounds so big! She’s going to be entering toddlerhood in a few weeks and I don’t want her to! I want my itty bitty baby back! Wah!
Of course I can’t really, fully, feel like that because she is so darn fun at this age.
A tremendous amount of work (my goodness the clinginess coupled with the need to explore and destroy!) but so much fun!
There she goes with her squinty face again. It’s so goofy looking!
She is a curious little baby. Aren’t all babies this age, though? Her favorite things to do are: rip paper, nurse, unload the garbage can onto the floor, rip books, unload the dishwasher onto the floor, play in the kitchen cupboards, eat anything small off the floor, be held by mommy, walk the house with her new baby stroller/cart, chew on toys, listen to music, dance to music, dance to the beat of anything at all, rip books, rip paper, rip my nursing pads, rip anything that can be ripped, and did I mention ripping stuff?
She gets serious sometimes and sits back and watches everything going on around her. She’s an observer and learns so much from it. But..
She also shortly wants in on the action. She will speed crawl over to the kids or me or Allan and join in the fun. She is also very quick to smile. Unlike Payson who was one of the most serious babies I’ve ever met, she smiles easily and often.
Smiles often 🙂
And she really, really, really loves her mama!
Just this week she’s starting to show more interest in food. She’s a pretty adventurous eater at this point but I don’t know if that holds any promise as to what’s to come.
She’s got those gorgeous brown eyes. Marrying Allan I figured we’d have mostly brown eyed children. Surprise for me all our children had blue eyes! I lamented that fact to Allan, not fair since brown eyes are dominant, but then… my brown eyed girl came along finally. And those eyes just melt me. They’re so rich, so chocolately, so deep and pretty. Framed by those amazingly soft, pretty lashes. Heavens!
I know this post is probably too heavy with Ember pictures…
But I really can’t resist editing and sharing every single one 😉
Just like I can’t resist spoiling her rotten 🙂
At least that’s what Allan says. I disagree with the idea that babies can be spoiled but he is firmly of the belief that she is the most spoiled baby there ever was.
Sure, I hold her a ton and let her sleep in my bed and nurse her to sleep and spend lots of (most of) my time with her, but…
Allan will also be first to admit that all that spoiling (ahem, I prefer saying loving) has created one secure, happy, friendly, smart baby girl <3
I interrupt the Ember worship with a picture of Payson entering the scene for another apple.
And this one I like a lot though it’s kinda… different. I might print this one for the wall I like it so much. But then I like about ten of these so much that I can’t pick one!
You might feel relieved to hear there are only four more pictures of her with that apple in this post.
No, no, this one I want to print.
Or this one…
I feel a bit guilty about taking so many of her. I really, truly can’t stop myself. Is it just me or is she the cutest little thing in the whole wide world??!
I did eventually stop, though. And by eventually I mean maybe five minutes after starting. I didn’t take pictures for a long time, I just snapped constantly for five minutes! haha
And by then it was Brooklyn’s turn but we were all hot. As evidence by the pink cheeks!
She’s so much more fun now that she goes to school. It’s amazing to go for 6 hours of the day without someone arguing with me. It makes me a much better, much happier person!
Payson was thrilled because he had a sucker. Suckers are crack for my kids.
I snapped a couple from a further back angle just for my own sake. I love looking back and seeing more of the scene.
Payson was crying over something. Something. Who knows what and who cares? haha! He cries about everything. I really mean everything. Right or wrong, mean or nice, whatever and whereever, he’s crying.
But crack cocaine fixes all those problems.
I don’t know why but I decided before packing it up that we hadn’t taken enough pictures (*cough*) and should do a few group shots.
I’m sorry but happy children and a camera in hand mean lots and lots and lots and lots of photos.
And extreme indecisiveness means posting them all :S
We got home all sweaty and itchy from the grass so they all got baths.
They were cracking me up running around the house in panties and diapers so I, once again of course, grabbed the camera.
I didn’t write much about Payson in this post. That’s because I have another post just on him coming up with his first day of homeschool pictures.