A family photo shoot is always an adventure. We were able to squeeze this in minutes before the rain began falling and storm blew in. Thanks to our friend Christy from Mia's preschool for taking these awesome pictures. I love capturing all these cute stages of my children's lives. What a blessing it is to be their mom!
October 31, 2010
I remember so vividly how exciting Halloween was as a kid. I can still see my sisters and I sitting on the Family room floor, comparing our loot and seeing who made out the best. It's so fun to re-live the excitment with my kids. Miles, got to be the default baby costume: a dalmation dog. And he wore it well! Once Brady heard that Jonah wanted to be Iron Man, that's all he wanted too. Unfortunately, he woke up from his nap in a rather crabby mood, so I don't have a very happy little Iron Man. Mia loves being girly, but can't handle dresses (they "bug" her), so we dressed her up with accesories, and we had one happy butterfly fairy. Jonah was especially proud of his Iron Man muscle suit and walked much taller all evening. Mom and Dad are enjoying the loot this year, and closely monitoring the kids' access to it. I hope you all had a fun Halloween!
September 15, 2010
Jonah started all day Kindergarten and has loved it thus far. Last year, he attended the pre-school program at the same elementary school, so transitioning to Kindergarten has been a piece of cake! If you ask Jonah what his favorite part of the day, he responds lunch time and recess. Chris laughs, but remembers feeling the same way as a kid. Jonah rides the bus to and from school, and enjoys being big enough to do so. He often reminds his younger siblings, that they aren't big like him. He is very bright and social, but loves his days off too. I miss having my big boy around. He is such a great helper, but I love that he is enjoying growing up.
After watching Jonah go to school for 2 years, Mia was more than anxious to begin her school year. She attended her first day of pre-school this week. We found an adorable little church right next to our home that offers a program with small numbers and lots of heart. It's so exciting to watch these kids, who just a few years ago were in diapers, suddenly seem so big and independent. We haven't had any separation issues, which makes the process a lot easier for Mom, and now I'm getting some more one-on-one time with the younger ones.
September 4, 2010
One of my favorite fall activities is picking apples. Fortunately, we chose a most perfect day to go do it too. The weather was a nice 72 degrees with virtually no humidity (hard to come by in the midwest) and a wonderful breeze. Grandma and Grandpa Rapp were in town, so they came along to enjoy a great day outdoors. We have a beautiful orchard just a few miles from our home that we visit to pick peaches, apples and pumpkins. The kids gorge themselves on apples, and then we bring plenty home so that I can make a yummy apple crisp.
July 27, 2010
I just don't think I'll ever get enough of my babies' smiles. Here's what Miles's gummy smile looks like. He is such a happy and fun baby. We love him! My dad gave me his old camera, which can take some great pictures, so I'm really enjoying photograghing my kids now, and hopefully my picture quality will improve greatly.
July 12, 2010
Chris blessed Miles in our home on June 19th, with help from his Dad, and my brother-in-law, Matt Kimball. It was such a special day and Miles behaved perfectly! I thought he was asleep when I handed him to my husband for the blessing, but as soon as Chris began speaking, his eyes popped open and he watched his Dad intently the whole time. Even being a little baby, he sensed the special nature of a priesthood blessing. All these mile-stones seem to be bitter-sweet for me because I know we won't be doing this again. Miles is our last, we decided, and although I feel that I have my hands full and this is right for our family, I can't help but mourn for this fleeting stage. I'm so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to be a mother and experience all the pain and suffering of pregnancy and child birth, and to raise these incredible children. I've loved every minute and I look forward to so many fun years.
March 10, 2010
We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our 4th child, Miles Griffeth Rapp, on March 9 at 9:13 pm. He weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz, and is 19 inches long. Chis and I had such a great day together as we anxiously awaited his arrival. I was scheduled to be induced, so my mom was able to come and stay with our other children while Chris kept me company as I labored. I was very comfortable and we really had a great time welcoming this little miracle into our lives. We feel extremely blessed to add another healthy baby boy to our family. The kids were so anxious to come and meet him, and at their request, we celebrated Miles's birth with a cute little cake! Jonah is a very proud big brother, and Mia naturally fulfills the motherly role. She was immediately telling little Brady, "Be soft Bwady, don't squeeeeze him". We'll have our hands full just trying to protect our new baby from Brady. Mandi is feeling great and anxious to completely recover. We can't wait to take little Miles home and watch him grow!