Thursday, September 15, 2016

Harrison's Newborn pics

After much debate I decided to do Harrison's newborn photos instead of hiring someone. My friend Sara who does photography offered to help me and that sealed the deal. I started regretting it the day before since I'd had someone else do the other two kids' photos, but I ended up being happy overall with how they turned out.
Sara set up a lot of the poses and I took the pictures. It made me wish I'd had an assistant with other newborn shoots I've done. So much easier to have someone else doing the posing while I'm getting the camera set and can start shooting immediately when baby is ready.

The other nice thing about hiring someone for photos is having someone else to do all of the culling and editing. Plus newborns are so tricky to edit with their splotchy skin and tones. Hopefully I'll finish them all one day, I just picked through and chose my favorites and left the others for now. It took us all day, but it was fun having a friend to do it with. Thanks so much Sara! 

Monday, September 05, 2016

Happy Birthday Harrison!

Harrison was born on September 3rd in the early morning hours at 3:12. 
Welcome to our family Harrison!

The big kids came to meet him later in the morning. We put him in the bassinet before they came in to meet him. They were so sweet and excited to see him.

I read this book in a book store when Isabella was a baby and made a note of it. And after being pregnant with my third baby I had this vision of reading it to my big kids when they came to meet the new baby in the hospital, all piled in the bed together. I knew it was possibly unrealistic as, visions I have of things I want to do with my kids don't always pan can never predict their cooperation. Haha!

But they actually sat in the bed with me and we read the book together. And the moment was everything I dreamed it would be, from their first meeting with Harrison to us reading together. After the story we gave them their big sister/big brother gifts. It felt very surreal, but was a wonderful moment and I tried to soak it all in through my exhausted state.

Isabella made this picture to bring to Harrison at the hospital.

Mitchell Party of 5

 Staring at all of his sweet tiny features the evening of his birthday.

 All clean after his first bath the next morning. (Happy 35th birthday Michael)

 Sweet blonde hair!

Happy birthday Harrison!! We are so grateful for your life and thank God for the blessing of you!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August phone pics

 We finished up swim lessons in August, Benjamin swimming through the ring of fire.

Doing the spider walk along the pool wall.

Harrison and Me headed out to book club 

14th anniversary flowers! Michael got my two favorites, gerbera daisies and pink roses.

We went to dinner at Signature Grill for our anniversary celebration. It was as great as I remembered!

His and hers coffees at Syrup in Norman for breakfast

Leaving the library...again...

I went in to check on Isabella one Saturday afternoon as it had got quiet, and found her asleep and all covered up with her stuffed animals. 

I'm feeling  really tender about how big my kids are getting. Lots of sweet sleeping pics this month.

After Wednesday night church ice cream run to Roxy's!

The day before school started Isabella and I had a girls day together while Benjamin was at mother's day out. So fun to be just the two of us with school starting soon and baby brother on the way.

Night before first day of school lunch making

Michael was out of town the night before school started so Iz slept with me, as she likes to do when he is gone. Tomorrow she wakes up a kindergartener!

I was successful in making lunches the night before school, probably the two times that are documented in this post. Ha!

Watching Thomas in our pjs with my two boys in my lap. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Starting Kindergarten

We prepped everything the night before school, lunch made, bath, clothes picked out, read the Kissing Hand, talked about all the feelings of school starting...I still wasn't quite ready to send off a piece of my heart for all day school. But she was so very excited and ready to fly and that made it a little easier.
She's our morning child, and woke up her typical wide awake self so pumped for the day.

My dad ended up coming up since Michael was out of town. He dropped us off at school and took Benjamin to get donuts then on home. On the first day parents walk the kindergarteners to the playground and stay til they go in, and the parking is crazy and crowded. So it was such a big help to not have to get Benjamin up and ready and wrangle him on the playground and find parking and I got to just be present with her.

She found some of her good Pre-K friends from last year. They were all very happy to see each other.
After the kids went inside for class, Sara and I went to the Boohoo/woohoo breakfast the PTA put on. And then I headed home to Benjamin. 

After I got home and we were headed out on some errands, little brother wanted his picture taken with the sign as well. :)

Saturday morning we went out for our 2nd annual, back to school tea. (She posed like that on her own. :) )

It feels so bittersweet that we are already here and the last 6 years have flown by. But its fun to see how much she is learning and taking in of the world and the conversations we have now. Happy first day of school Isabella!