Back in the summer we took a photo in this same bush with the leaves so big and beautiful. She was playing between them and I just loved the colors and shapes of the leaves. This week while back in the park we stopped to see how much it had changed. There were blooms and the leaves seemed smaller and with a tint of yellow. We had to capture it!
What a beautiful week it was. We had the opportunity to visit the park a few times, and get many things we needed done. This week we also had Yasmin's conference with our homeschool family coach. We were so excited to hear all the beautiful and positive things about Yasmin's progress this year. She has been working so hard, and I am so proud of her achievement. Quarter one is already almost over and she has been able to keep her grades above a 93%. This year she has been attending live classes every day and working on her homework independently. I jump in every now and then when I see her struggling and also to help her keep organized. Even though I still have a part in the process it feels like she is getting more and more independent.
I finally got some bump photos with my "babies". Both big sisters participated and I even got some photos alone taken by both my mom and Yasmin. I hope I can keep up with taking some at least a few times a month, maybe once a week.
Week 20 feels so good! I feel less tired than the early days though I still feel the need to rest in the middle of the day every now and then. This week I started feeling baby move and he is certainly a gymnast. While on my first and second ultrasound I saw how much he moved and I couldn't believe that I couldn't feel him. He was nonstop! Now that I feel him I can tell that he hasn't changed a bit. We've started calling him Gabriel and the name feels good. It's not set in stone yet but it feels right for our baby boy. We will be sure when we see his little face that this is the name for him. Halfway mark!
Our weekly prompt for the bloom collective this week is window light. Penelope was happy to help me with the prompt. I photographed her by the window for a little while with her baby brother's first car and Dino. All of a sudden she decided to pick up the glass prism which was sitting by the window and this shot happened. I especially love her little smile and sparkling eyes.
My beautiful preteen Yasmin had all the good intentions on collaborating in our weekly portrait session. She picked a dress (miraculously) and sandals herself when she saw her sister in a dress, and all was good, until the bugs showed up. Oh my, how she hates insects, and it seemed to be just the time for the little pesky mosquitoes to come out. I'll take what I can get, even a pout!
For Penelope, new house, means tons of new "places" to explore. Her favorite things this week were hiding behind the garage and getting to run in and out of dad's work trailer. They both headed to grandma's for a sleepover on Friday and Penelope carried along some of her favorite characters "her treasure", to play at grandma's. It's so wonderful how at this age, the simplest of things can mean so much to her, for example these cat ears which she wears 90% of the time.
YAY! We made it. The process took a little over 2 months but we got our house, and all the beautiful rosebushes that came with it. Daddy has already started breaking things for the remodel, and we have been here and there with tons of things to pick for the house. We are so excited and can't wait to move in. Here is Yasmin in front of one of the rosebushes in the backyard.
I shot this photo for Bloom Collective's pattern theme and decided it'd be perfect for your portrait. You're into a phase where you love helping me out and it's getting a little harder getting "natural" expressions out of you. You delicately held the leaf and afterward asked me if you could take it home. Our house would be filled with rocks and leaves if it depended on you.
Things are finally working out for us. We got great news about the house, and we ran around all week getting last minute papers ready. We managed to drop by the Pennypack Park Museum so you guys could ride your scooters. It's your favorite place for it, and we finished off the busy day with smiles on our faces.
We visited Pennypack park and you chased your sister into a puddle of mud. Your feet were stuck and you looked at me with a panicked look. Your sister got you out and I did not even want to say a word. As soon as we reached the lake you went both feet in water. Problem solved!
We visited Pennypack this week for some much needed nature time. I have been so stressed with the house stuff, I really felt like we needed this. As soon as we arrived at the park you both jumped into a puddle of mud. I sort of lost it for a minute and you both were so very sweet afterwards. I'm glad we got to spend this time together and come back home much more relaxed than when we left.
There were so many photos I loved of you from this week. You are so collaborative when it comes to photos. You love being photographed and the camera loves you.
School has started and you are officially a 5th grader. This week was rough for all of us. We had many things concerning the "attempt to purchase our first home", a short week because of Labor Day, orientation for you on three different days, and then my first ultrasound. So much stress and very little play. You guys made the best of it by playing in the basement with outdoors things that I pretended to ignore. After having such a rough week, next week is sure to be a better one. This photo is of you on your scooter at the "Bird Park". Since Pennypack is so huge, with so many entrances, you guys have nicknamed each part/entrance according to things we see or do there. Today you guys got to ride your scooters at the Bird (watching) Park.
Hey little one, this year holds big things for you, you are becoming a big sister, and going into pre-school. I am so proud of the little human being that you are, and the big girl you are becoming. The other day for example, I had cut some apples for you, you were playing outside and I called you to the door. I asked how many apple pieces you wanted to take and you said two. You immediately ran to your friend, apples in hand, and asked her if she wanted one. That was so kind of you, especially since I didn't tell you to. It came straight from your kind heart and it made me so proud.
Your last week of vacation was spent with many outdoors activities involving your friends and sister. We started summer doing so many activities. This year we visited Utah, Virginia & Florida. We spent a lot of time with great grandma Teteia and visited places like the zoo, the beach, Longwood gardens, and many parks and friend's houses. We slowed down after our Florida vacation because of mom's first trimester of pregnancy. You guys still got to have loads of fun outside with our neighbors and friends. To sum it all up, I think summer 2017 was a total success, and we are ready for fall and 5th grade.
You do your thing my little lady.
A simple portrait in our living room. Outfit chosen by you. You are going into 5th grade in less than 2 weeks. I am so excited for you.
Your beautiful curls and the way you can't stop talking when you have my attention. Everything is something to talk about and I love hearing your thoughts.
We're enjoying the last bit of summer before the chaos starts. Right now, with mommy's surprise pregnancy, us attempting to purchase our dream home, and all the other little things we have going on in our lives, it's a bit hard not to get overwhelmed. The beginning of school is very near and it's scaring us (mostly me) a bit that so many things will be happening at once. Coming to this place brings a little bit of balance to our minds, clicking off the noise and being with you guys, is definitely the most enjoyable part of my existence. Thank you for being awesome kids!
You don't have your sister's sweet ability to quickly make friends but you manage just fine. You're completely okay with playing alone, and most often than not you are surrounded by kids asking to join you. You have your own way and that makes me just as proud.