Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nora & Daddy & A Fox

Yea! My last post to finish up 2013. Here are just some sweet pictures of Nora with her daddy. I love looking back at these but they make my heart ache! Why do babies have to grow so fast? These were taken when she was 3 weeks old.

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Oh, and What Does a Fox Say? Coy was just a little bit in love with that song. So my brother knew that when he helped his son pick out the PERFECT cousin gift for Coy. A FOX TOWEL! He loves it and will, to this day, not dry off with anything else after his bath.
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Christmas Eve & Christmas Eve 2013

We stayed home the night of Christmas Eve this year. It was a nice evening. I made a turkey dinner (which was quite a feat with a newborn around)! We had my parents and Taylor over for the meal then the kids entertained. They shared their Christmas piano songs they had learned. Bennett played Away in a Manger for Mylie and Coy to sing. Then all three of them sang the arrangement of Silent Night that they had sung for our Ward Sacrament meeting. At the end of the evening, we opened our traditional new Christmas Jammies.

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Nora was the size of a present!
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Christmas Day was fun! The kids said it was the best Christmas ever! (I think they say that every year!)

Mylie got her Bitty Baby and Pink jump rope. (Santa didn't bring the pink hula hoop, because Bennett had already gotten one!) The kids had a blast hula-hooping and jump roping all Christmas break. They became quite the champs!

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Bennett got what he asked for, plus a really fun maze game called Perplexus. It was another hit during the Christmas holiday. Everyone that saw it just had to try it out!
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All Coy wanted was a light saber. Mom did not want him to have one, but Santa was very nice and brought him one. Saying he was excited would be an understatement. However, he has had it taken away several times since he got it ;)
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Nora pretty much slept the morning away, of course. It is always cute to see how small a newborn is compared to their stocking! (As of today though, she LOVES that toy giraffe she got.)
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Sibling gifts are the best. Bennett has loved his four-square ball from Coy. I forgot what it looked like when it was new!
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Mylie gave Bennett a new piggy bank (well it is a football) since Coy broke his old one a few months back.
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I forgot to get a picture of the whole family earlier in the day, so at night when we got home (when everyone was ornery and tired) I insisted we try to get a family shot. I always like one on Christmas to see how the family changes through the years. ...Russ has changed quite a bit since this picture. He has lost about 15 pounds since Christmas. He put on a little baby weight and holiday weight this year ;) (I guess I've lost a little weight, too!)
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And even though the kids were tired, they didn't want to get ready for bed and wanted to play just a little bit more.
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This picture reminds me of the movie Christmas Story. Coy even looks a lot like Ralphie from that movie :)
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mid December 2013

Here's back when little Nora was just a couple weeks old.
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I had to take pictures of Bennett and Mylie's letters to Santa before they were sent off to the North Pole. I love that the main thing Bennett wanted was a book. And Mylie's list is just so classic and girly :)
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And this is Mylie's interpretation of an "angel". She was supposed to be one for a nativity for the Saunders family Christmas party. This is how she chose to dress, crown and all!
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Monday, March 24, 2014

All Ready for Church

I have so much I would like to catch up on that has happened in the past 3 months, but here is a recent photo of Nora and what she looks like right now. It is crazy how much a baby can grow and change in a few short months.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Photoshoots with Nora

I had to wait a little longer than I wanted to to take Nora's newborn pictures since her skin was so beat up. Between the bruising and the jaundice, it was hard to make her skin look ok for the photos. I was a little bummed that I couldn't get the kind of pictures I wanted with beautiful skin, but it is what it is. Some newborns are harder than others, and my own little Nora was probably the hardest one I have ever edited :)
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Hanging out in her bouncy seat. Her skin is a little edited in this pic.
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Here is what her skin really looked like that day. Better than it was a week earlier, at least. This picture really doesn't do it justice though.
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Pictures with her siblings. This is the one I used for the Christmas card. It is the ONLY picture that turned out with all four of them together.
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With Daddy and with Mommy:
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I can't believe how much she has grown since then. She is the sweetest little girl!