08 October 2017
So there's an old farmhouse down the road from our place that is in a of a little TLC, to say the least. It's on a big farm and the land is producing, but, the house is abandoned. We all trespassed to get these shots, but, hey, it's October, and the spooky scene was right there. I wanted to get closer to the house, but some, who will remain nameless, would not go any closer. Plus, I just love the way the geese were co-operating, too.
Another shot, same spooky abandoned farmhouse - this time at the windmill. We had a few of these shots and were about to head out when I saw the geese about to fly overhead. I said, quick, again and smile - then BAM, five beauties, a creepy windmill and smiling geese. You can't really see the geese smiling, but, you know they are.
I didn't use these for the splash but, I do want to keep them and remember the creepy house and trespassing and the geese. Dag, what won't I make these kids do for a picture?
02 October 2017
Instead, this formerly sweet young man said to his wonderful mother, Mom, guess what? I'm your only kid now.
I had just woken up but, I was seriously confused. Had everyone else moved out in the night? What day was it?
JMichael sensed my fuzziness and he continued - Since today is Josephine's birthday, I'm your only kid now. Everyone else is a teenager.
He's right. His sisters are now 13, 14, 18 and 19. He's still the little man of the house. He's still everyone's playmate. He's still the sweet soul that makes sure we all have a smile.
Secondary take home message - I'm getting old. Ugh. But what a great way to deliver bad news!
This photo was taken on his first day at Galena, fourth grade, nine years old.
01 October 2017
For her thirteenth birthday, I took her and two friends to play minigolf, then lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, then back to our house where more friends joined in for a sleepover. We did her family celebration with walking tacos and a cookie cake.
Josephine may be the youngest of the ladies, but, she is never left out. She is bright, curious and thoughtful. I want her to stay little, but, I'm so excited to see what she will become. We love you, Joey. Welcome to your teenager years.
Aurora and Josephine
Josephine in front of Chelsea's garage.
30 September 2017
September's splash was just the BallTeam and the beanfield next door. I've been wanting to pose them differently. I get to see their faces everyday, and in this pose it's kinda hard to see Samantha and Josephine, but, they volunteered when I suggested the hands to feet idea. Each of them has such a different personality and each of them fit so well with each other. Contrary to what I've occasionally been told by strangers at WalMart, we really do need five kids. All of them and each of them makes us a BallTeam.
13 September 2017
06 September 2017
First day of school!! YAY! (It's been a long hard summer....)
This year we are in Maryland and we no longer have our traditional brick wall backdrop. Only three are in school still, but, Rachel and Samantha are starting college here in Maryland. I had to actually lighten these photos because we have to leave for school at seven in the morning! Three kids in three schools, AND, in three different little towns, makes for an early morning. Charlie and Joey have to be in class by seven thirty, but, JMichael catches a bus at the end of our driveway at eight thirty. One crazy thing about Maryland schools - the kids now have lockers. All three of the schools have lockers, even the elementary schools. Another crazy thing about Maryland schools - very high tech. Josephine was issued an iPad, which she keeps for the whole year. All sixth and seventh graders get one. The students even keep them over the summer! Charlotte has a MacBook Air. A sweet little laptop that she keeps until she graduates! Whoa. Homework is on Google Classroom and the ladies say they use them in every class, even PE.
Charlotte is playing on the school's volleyball team and wants to play basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring. She's a second soprano in the choir, which is super small, 8 girls. No guys. So every voice counts. They will perform in the area and are already working on Christmas music. Josephine applied and was accepted into the STEM Academy - about twenty-five students from each grade get in. It's an advanced Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics curriculum. She goes to the same class schedule as every other seventh grader, but, her math, science and technology classes are advanced and fast paced. She will get to go on special field trips to the river and bay, plus "walking trips" to the college for experiments in their labs. She's very excited and loves school so far. JMichael? Well, he's loving his new school, says his teacher is really nice and in the first two weeks of school he has two field trips. Two, already? These kids may live it he country, but, the schools use the proximity to the cities to their advantage. Ahhh, Maryland. Come see us!
31 August 2017
The truth of the matter is, that Charlotte is the tallest. Next is Samantha, then Rachel and Josephine about tied and JMichael, right on their heels. Check back with us in a month or two. I bet, as adults, it will end up like this: (from tallest to shortest) JMichael, Charlotte, Josephine, Samantha, Rachel.