Tuesday, November 30, 2010

little people | big places

the lineup
Dulles Air Museum walkways
Dulles Air Museum planes
space shuttle Enterprise
Dulles Air Museum sculpture
D.C. Trees
the ruby slippers
Dulles Air Museum hangar wall

We spent the past week hanging out with good friends who came up to visit from North Carolina.  We took our eight little people to some great museums, spent several long evenings over Settlers of Catan and cooked a Thanksgiving feast to remember (like in March when we're still eating it out of the freezer).
As we walked through the air museum, there was a moment when I watched Shawn and Kurt walking together, each pushing a stroller, and thought about all they have been through together.  I doubt those two high school boys in Houston so many years ago would have ever predicted days like this.  What a blessing to have so much history together and to be able to share in making future memories for our kids!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I'm thankful for...
for the sweet words of thanks on each of those leaves
for the beautiful colors still clinging to trees
fall color2
for good friends visiting and the sound of kids at play
for the planned turkey bowl (oh please rain, wait a day!)
work in progress
for parent and grands, siblings, nephews and nieces
including one new one, I already love her to pieces
fall color2
for my husbands presence at the table today
and for his fellow Marines still in harms way
cards for 3-5 marines
for a turkey in the oven and pies of pecan
for a list that could go on and on and on and on...

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

catch us if you can...

anyone seen kenna?
Anyone seen Kenna?
catch me if you can
Oh, there she goes.
the daredevil
Where is Kate and what is she climbing now...?
autumn playtime
Hurry, take a picture! She's being still!
neighborhood hocky
Tristan is a blur of neighborhood sports these days. I should probably switch to video.
all three
And now you know where I've been.
Just trying to keep up with them.

(p.s. there are a bunch more of these on flickr!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

in the leaves

in the leaves 2
in the leaves 4in the leaves 6
"How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow." 
~Elsie N. Brady, Leaves
in the leaves 3
in the leaves 8
in the leaves 7

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

more Gracie face

Since I'm still working on Grace's photos, I just had to share this adorable shot.  I LOVE those roly-poly arms! I actually made that blanket for Grace last spring, well before her birth (and that, people, was the last time I managed to finish anything ahead of time). So far, all my kids and nieces and nephews have received an Auntie Kelli blanket and I really do hope I can keep up with this prolific family of mine (0 to 9 Grand kids in 7 years -sheesh!)  I was so excited when I finished Grace's swaddler that I mailed it off to Lisa with a matching purple hat right away, forgetting to take a picture.  This shot, however, is the one I needed since really, the blanket wasn't ever about the blanket but that sweet girl who was to be wrapped up in it.
I have a few new crochet projects in the works...well, in my head anyway...and after finding some gorgeous wool yarn on sale today, I might actually start them this week!

p.s. Today is the big 3-0 for Grace's mamma, Lisa! You might want to go on over and wish her a Happy Day (or make old lady jokes and offer to buy her next round of Metamucil.) Love you, sis!

Monday, November 15, 2010

a weekend recap

What day is it? Monday -what? How did that happen? Why is my house so messy? Who put the cheese on the stairs?
Life seems to be flying past me these days and these are the typical thoughts in my head at any given moment.  It's a good thing I take pictures of everything because lately it seems to be the only way to pause life and take it all in.  So, here's a photographic re-cap I've been sifting through today...
fall leaves
We're still enjoying those fall leaves both inside and out.  Today we collected bags full for a special project that I will share with you later (if it works!)
Lisa & Grace
I'm kind of drowning in photos-to-be-edited-and-shared-with-sisters.  I do so love being able to give them great family pictures, but since I refuse to share them until they are perfect, it kind of takes a while. Yes, I'm kind of a perfectionist (or maybe kind of slow. or both.)
Christie & Beau
Saturday, Shawn and I got all cleaned up and shiny to attend the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.  I love those dress blues and the chance to get pictures like this one...
USMC Birthday Ball
No ball would be complete without our one traditional grainy, blurry, flash-faced, long-arm shot.
USMC Birthday Ball
Then of course there are the handed-the-camera-to-a-friend shots that usually turn out better.  I think my colorful dress choice this year was a result of the plain black maternity dresses I've worn to the past three!
USMC Birthday Ball
So, that was our weekend. Are we caught up a bit now? Sort-of? What day was it again? And why is my house so messy...?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

in Honor

National WWII Memorial
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  

                                                                           ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, November 8, 2010

the Day girl dress | Grace's turn

Day Girl Dress 2
Do you remember that dress? The "Day Girl Dress", as we've come to call it, was the dress my sisters and I wore for portraits when we were each three months old. My mom passed it on, and I took Kate's 3 month photos in it and Kenna's before that, as did my sister with her daughter, Lily.
Grace 3
Now it's little Gracie's turn and with her sweet pudgy legs and perfectly round face, she looks like a doll.  Her bright blue eyes somehow make that old, yellowed, ric-rac dress that we love look, well, lovely.
Day Girl Dress 1
And I'm not kidding when I say this niece of mine looks like a doll.  I have proof-
gracie baby and bitty baby
Next in line for the dress is Nathan and Amanda's baby girl, Rori, who should be making an appearance some time around Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

miss them already

We had a great week with Joey and then a great weekend with the rest of his crew. It is so hard to say goodbye to these littles knowing they will change so, so much before we get to see them again.
I have photos to share (including baby Gracie's Day Girl Dress debut!) just as soon as I can find the time to sit here for more than half a minute...

Friday, November 5, 2010

the view today

I think the first thing I took a picture of when we moved in here was the view from our back deck.  I have loved watching the colors change with the season from this hill-top and I rarely walk into my kitchen without a glance out the back door towards those woods.  They are starting to match the houses!
our view

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November begins...

...with me realizing I took zero good pictures of the kids on Halloween. This is all I've got (at least it's documented).
Darth and the Fairy Princesses

...with freezing temperatures and plenty of fallen leaves for this year's Thankful Tree.  Kate's warm-but-kinda-too-bright outfit yesterday was making me a little dizzy.
kate's fashion statement

...with a visitor! My nephew, Josiah, is staying with us this week while his mom, dad and baby sister are at a conference in D.C.  Joey has been happy and easygoing, and my kids love having another cousin around to entertain. When you already have three wild things running around the house, what's one more?  (I'll let you know at the end of the week if I still feel that way.)
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