The girls

Sisters

Sisters

Lucy and I went out to Panera together for a special treat.  It was her first time there, and she loved it!

Lucy and I went out to Panera together for a special treat. It was her first time there, and she loved it!

 

Lucy's missing front tooth cracks me up in this picture :)

Lucy’s missing front tooth cracks me up in this picture :)

At a UF gymnastics meet with our friends Lydia and Marie

At a UF gymnastics meet with our friends Lydia and Marie

 

Long time gone

I’ve been tempted the last months to give this blog up entirely, since it’s clear that I cannot and will not ever stay “caught up.”  But since I no longer do any sort of paper scrapbooking and only make digital photo books haphazardly, this is my best bet for leaving memories of and for my family.  So here I go again.  I just visited this blog and was shocked to find that the most recent pictures posted of Emma no longer look like her AT ALL.  Yikes!  I’m pretty sure I never even posted any pictures of Christmas from last year either.  So here goes.  What follows may be slightly out of order chronologically, but I’m just going to start posting in an effort to get back on track and more current.  My lovely Nikon has also been on the fritz and I’m not a fan of the quality of my old i-phone pics, so I haven’t been taking as many shots either : (.  This is particularly sad since I have some pretty cute kiddies. ;)  Ok, back in December…

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Lucy’s Christmas artwork with Miss Dayna

Connor's Christmas artwork with Miss Dayna

Connor’s Christmas artwork with Miss Dayna

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Connor was excited about his new Riprider 360

Connor was excited about his new Riprider 360

Tyler is discovering his new Radio Flyer Big Wheel Trike!  He loved it :)

Tyler is discovering his new Radio Flyer Big Wheel Trike! He loved it :)

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Emma helping to open the presents

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Christmas Eve with the Worleys

Christmas Eve with the Worleys

 

Tyler turning 4!

Tyler turning 4!

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Busy baby!

Trying to stand up :)

Trying to stand up :)

It's so much fun to play in the kitchen cabinets :)

It’s so much fun to play in the kitchen cabinets :)

Exploring the pantry

Exploring the pantry

Showing me her new standing up trick in her bed

Showing me her new standing up trick in her bed

Catching a ride on Daddy's shoulders

Catching a ride on Daddy’s shoulders

Emma and Mommy

Emma and Mommy

Helping Daddy give Lucy a bath :)

Helping Daddy give Lucy a bath :)

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Figuring out the dishwasher

Figuring out the dishwasher

She found the leftover Halloween candy.

She found the leftover Halloween candy.

Figuring out crawling

This little video was from the beginning of December…only a few months behind :)

Christmas Card 2013

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Emma at 8 1/2 months old

Love this dress (Thank you, Jennifer McDow!) but I wish she was smiling.

Playing in the leaves

Tried to catch sweet Emma in the "good light" of dusk, but she wasn't having it. Look at that poochy lip!

Finding the Christmas tree

What a pair of cuties!

Thanksgiving in Greenville

Love this pic. Connor and Trevor are playing Stratego, and Philip and Timothy are sharing an air mattress and taking a snooze in the background.

The Van Steenburgh girls :)

The beans, their new cousin Campbell, and Grandma

We traveled to my in-laws’ in Greenville, SC for the entire week of Thanksgiving, which was a treat.  We made lots of memories, eating yummy food (of course!) and playing games and just spending time together.  As an added bonus, we got to spend a day at my sister-in-law’s new home in Spartanburg.  Meeting the newest nephew/cousin Campbell Hayes Van Steenburgh was so much fun for all of us, especially since he (and his parents) will soon be leaving for Dubai to a part of a church plant there. (I began writing this post in December and am finally getting around to finishing it.  My bro-in-law Philip is now in Dubai, and his wife Katherine and baby Campbell are headed there next week.)  Lots of pics were taken but here are a few favorites.

Philip, Katherine, and Campbell

Tyler, Uncle John, and Grandma Viksnins

Family game of Rook

Playing with blocks at Grandma's house (8 mos.)

Kids' table at Aunt Sharon and Uncle Doug's house

Thanksgiving dinner

All the grandchildren (so far)

Doug, Sharon, Lydia, Justin, & James

Artwork

The children just started private art lessons in our home with Miss Dayna.  Even though they are just beginners, they have done some beautiful artwork already.  I hope to post samples as they complete projects.  It will be fun to watch their progress.

Lucy's horse

Connor's horse