Point and Shoot Photos

I always have the most random collection of photos when I upload my photos from my point and shoot. I love it.

Sierra and Ember at Chipotle one night when we were getting an easy dinner.  photo 003eresized_zps61c06766.jpg

To this day Ember is always our last kid to bed. She has horrible bedtime habits and I just can’t seem to make myself be stricter with her and change it. Once she falls asleep at night she’s a good sleeper and doesn’t wake up or anything… she just likes to stay up with Allan and me. She truly feels like she’s just another adult… a buddy in our group of three.  photo 005eresized_zpsae1725d8.jpg

Brooke got birthday money from her grandma and she had no hesitation picking out what she wanted from the store with that money! Yum! photo 008eresized_zpsd8ce1dba.jpg

The girls love holding Everett when he’s not cranky.  photo 013eresized_zps21873ea2.jpg

Obviously that day we celebrated her birthday!  photo 018eresized_zps6c29e293.jpg

Ember can’t stay away from her baby brother!  photo 108eresized_zps6857067a.jpg

Brooklyn’s Quickly Done Birthday Portraits

I got some good shots in that minute we spent in our front yard!  photo 004eresized_zpsd20fcb86.jpg

Brooklyn at 11 is wonderful! To watch her thoughts and actions become so mature and deep… it’s incredible raising someone from a baby up into a big kid and watching them on the brink of their teenage years… seeing them changing from child to adult.She loves all the little kid things but the older interests are seeping in. It’s a fantastic age!! I love this age where the young and older are mixed. A little girl who loves playing barbies and petshops, baby dolls and legos, but then also wants a cell phone and to download music, is reading older books and wanting to watch big kid shows…

Brooke at this age LOVES to read. She loves listening to music. She loves taking pictures and making videos… she loves being recorded whether she’s doing the recording or I am. She loves playing with toys… all the same toys she’s ever liked. She likes organizing her room and is starting to think about decorating it. She is really picky about her clothes and has a definite style. If something’s blue or green or black, that’s her favorite!
She loves animal print, zebra being her favorite. She loves black and white together.
She is VERY creative and is constantly making up songs and stories. She will write chapters and chapters in books she creates. She likes to write plays and performances to do for the family.
She loves Sierra more than almost anyone else. They are BEST friends. They get along very, very well and have a great time together. They rarely fight. Brooke loves being the leader and Sierra willingly follows along.

Brooke is doing so well academically! She is right on schedule and is above average in some areas! Her handwriting is turning out beautifully and every other subject is going well. She excels at geography and spelling. She likes science and history, too. She doesn’t hate math and English but finds them boring. Especially English. On her own she’ll write and write and write and read and read and read but give her a specific writing assignment and she really dislikes it! I think when she’s being creative in writing her mind and ideas can flow but give her an assignment and she focuses so much on getting all the writing rules right that she feels stifled in creativity!

Brooke is obsessed with music and singers. She loves knowing about the people singing the songs! I was never this way as a kid, I didn’t really care much about who was singing, I just liked listening to music. Brooke wants to know all about the musicians she listens to.

Brooke LOVES outdoor adventures. She likes hiking, fishing, camping, and just playing outside as much as possible! She talks all the time about when we can get a little land and get a bunch of farm animals (which is our goal) and how she’ll help take care of them. She’s been an animal lover and wanted a pet desperately her whole life so I really can’t wait to give her that experience!

Gosh there’s about a million more things I could share about Brooke but the rest are too personal for online!
This girl is amazing!! Happy 11 years to her! 🙂  photo 010eresized_zpsf44d2ea9.jpg photo 017eresized_zps2b58cce7.jpg photo 021eresized_zpsd5d7d23a.jpg photo 031eresized_zps01be94c0.jpg photo 036eresized_zpsfa48c4ee.jpg photo 051bwresized_zps664300f4.jpg

She loves gum!  photo 055eresized_zps8c1f67f9.jpg

Ironically the very last picture I took might be my favorite!  photo 067e2resized_zpse324277c.jpg

A Hike in a State Park

So I am just going to start playing catch up with my blog. Some of these posts will be pictures I’ve already posted on Facebook but I definitely still want them in my blog. I don’t go back through my posts or photos on Facebook but whenever me or my family are reminiscing we go and scroll through this blog!

A couple months ago we went hiking. Originally I went there in hopes of just hanging out by a small river but the river is a mile hike from the road so off we went…  photo 009eresized_zpse588d2e5.jpg photo 016eresized_zpsf905b08a.jpg photo 020eresized2_zps7055054a.jpg photo 023eresized_zps68227bf4.jpg photo 025eresized_zps0202b3d6.jpg photo 028eresized_zps9be7bb17.jpg

The kids were all in great moods and everyone was happy and having a good time.  photo 029eresized_zps9771b93c.jpg photo 031eresized_zpsafc7bb21.jpg photo 033eresized_zps64f8f24b.jpg

The only problem was it looked like rain and I was worried about Everett’s casts getting wet if we had to hike for a long time back in the rain! There’s only so much an umbrella can do to protect casts. Once that wind kicks in rain is everywhere.  photo 065eresized_zps83323f44.jpg photo 066eresized_zps70262dee.jpg photo 072eresized_zps732b7666.jpg

So after a while, much longer than I planned on hiking for, after realizing the river was much further away than we had realized (maybe I should have done some planning?!) we gave up on reaching it and headed back toward the car.  photo 034eresized_zps45b1785a.jpg photo 040eres9ized_zps6c502c7b.jpg photo 042eresized_zpsd68a5468.jpg photo 047eresized_zps3cd703a3.jpg

I let Brooke use the point and shoot and we have some cool pictures from her. And lots of video footage. Some of that is good and then a lot of that is close up shots of her eyeball with her making weird, loud noises.  photo 049eresized_zps468723a4.jpg photo 077eresized_zps8eff2cc3.jpg photo 082eresized_zpse373e6e2.jpg photo 083eresized_zps6ec82f55.jpg

Once back in the car Brooke still had the point and shoot.  photo 094eresized_zps1ba0a1e7.jpg photo 101bwresized_zpsc25fa096.jpg