Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some Holiday Cheer

It may seem that my blog is dominated by photos of Lance these days, but he is just so much easier to photograph than Nate right now.  He smiles, doesn't move too fast, and will look when I call him.

I hope this holiday week is full of family time and lots of yummy desserts for you! :)

The Paper Mama

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Oh goodness, I cannot believe that Christmas is just about here! Don't you remember being a kid and waiting for what seemed like an eternity before the big day finally arrived? Christmas Eve seemed like the longest day ever.  But now, Christmas comes and goes so quickly.

Ok, here are my interpretations for this week.

What is it?
Hello, my name is Shondra and I am addicted to coffee.

Sleeping baby:
An oldie but goodie. :)

Love this picture and this little guy.

I took this picture on our recent trip to the Cascade Mountains to see the Bald Eagles.  It was taken through a window. :)

This was also taken on our trip to the Cascade Mountains. Ryan was only halfway in this picture. :)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Count Your Many Blessings

I have many blessings in my life.  But today I am super grateful for this little guy.  He's almost 5-months old and is the most happy, sweetest little guy.

During his 4th month, his first tooth popped through.  He drools so much that I often have to put a bib on him just to keep his clothes dry.  He smiles at his older brother and everyone else that he comes into contact with.  He loves taking baths with Nate and doesn't seem to mind when he gets splashed on.  His newest fascination is grabbing at his toes.  Often times, he is in a completely different spot in his crib when I go to get him.  He got his first haircut.  He's been rolling over for a while now, but his skills are definitely improving.

He is a sweet boy and I couldn't be happier that he is a part of our family.

Weight: 17 pounds, 4 ounces
Height: 26 inches

Give me your best shot at Better in BulkPhotoStory FridayliDeanna Leigh *Photography~Life. Captured.and then, she {snapped}

Monday, December 12, 2011

Skagit River Bald Eagles

Ryan woke me up a little before 5am on Saturday morning.  Although I was hesitant to get out of bed, shower, and get the boys bundled up, the reward was more than worth it. I grabbed my coffee and we headed out the door in search of some eagles.

Each year, the Skagit River (just over an hour drive) is host to the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states.  We made it to the river just as the sun was rising and just in time to see dozens of eagles enjoying their morning catches.

We estimate that we saw 40 bald eagles.  When we return in January, we are guessing that we will see many more than that.

Even though it was a bit foggy and overcast, I think the pictures turned out beautifully.

It was definitely worth waking up early to see.

I am already dreaming about our next trip.  I've heard that there are river guides who will take you down the river in a raft.  Imagine the pictures I could get of the birds from the river!

Gosh, I can't get over how gorgeous they are.

Can you see all of the eagles in that tree? There are even a few in the trees over on the right.

Hoping to make it back soon!

Sweet Shot DayHappily Mother After

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Gosh, where do the days go? It seems like I was just writing last week's Sunday Scavenger Hunt post, but here we are again.


You might be wondering why I took this picture.  It's a little awkward, a little grainy, and a little different.  Well, the portrait in the frame is of Nate when he was 6 months old.  Ryan is holding up Lance who is 4 months old and is wearing the same outfit.  Don't they look so similar? Ever since Lance was born, I have been amazed at how much Lance resembles Nate when he was a baby.  Of course I always expected them to look similar.  They're brothers.  But I bet I could trick a few family members if I held up various pictures of the boys at different stages and asked them which boy it is.  :)

I love Christmas and am totally excited to share it with my boys again this year.
He's probably going to hate me for posting this, but, "Time to get up, Daddy!"

Full of Light:
Some Christmas tree bokeh for you.

Such a good big brother. :)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Baby Haircut

Lance turned four months old last Sunday and, just like his older brother, it was definitely time for a haircut.  He had bald patches on the side and on the back and just looked a little silly.  Even though I was sad to see his little mohawk leave, I knew it needed to be done.  

Here's a before shot...see how little hair he had on the sides?

Halfway through the haircut and Lance is happy, but is looking at me with eyes that are saying, "Why Mom?" 

And here are a few after shots.  His little face looks so cute.  And, in case you can't tell, he's at that perfectly perfect chubby stage.  Every time I hold him, I just want to squeeze him a little bit and poke his belly and pinch those legs.  He weighs 17 pounds and is 26 inches long.  In the four months since he was born, he's grown 5 inches.  Isn't it amazing how quickly they grow?

Lance loves to laugh and we love to make him laugh.  I think he is going to be our little jokester.

Did any of you cut your baby's hair when they were still so little? I've heard of people not cutting it until they were over 2,  but I like cutting it early.  I think the hair is able to grow in evenly.

and then, she {snapped}Happily Mother After

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Hello everyone! This has been a rather interesting week.  I have been learning to use Adobe Illustrator CS5.  That program is no joke! I've seen what it is capable of, but there is definitely a steeper learning curve associated with it in comparison with Photoshop.  So I've been watching tons of tutorials and I think I'm slowly getting a grasp on it, but I can totally see why people go to school to learn this program.

Ok, on to Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

These pictures were all taken this week, which is a pretty big accomplishment.  Usually I wind up searching the archives. 




Knife, Fork, Spoon:

Rule of Thirds:
This little boy melts my heart. He's getting too big. 

Enjoy your week!