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School Pictures 2012/2013 ~ A Pleasant Surprise!

Ben's "school picture" for this year came out super cute....definitely NOT reminiscent of some of the beauties I have from my school days!  I love the contemporary style of the photographer, and I even took Anna to have hers done, too, even though she's not in preschool yet.  I'm always surprised how she can get them to give such a natural, beautiful smile.  These were a few months ago, so Anna has more hair now and Ben has less (haircut!), ha ha!!

Ben ~ Age 3

Anna ~ 16 months


Miss Anna ~ 18 months

Anna and Curious George at the library for Mother Goose story time.

Oh dear!  We're starting to close in on age 2!!  Our sweet girl is growing so quickly, and we adore every single day.  She's sweet, giving hugs and kisses all the time; kind, often bringing Ben his favorite blanket and lovie "Bunny"; fun, always dressing up in whatever she can find - hats, shoes (mine, hers, Ben's), Ben's clothes, jackets, even Mark's stuff she found in the dirty clothes one time!!  THAT looked hilarious!

I was cleaning out Ben's small winter clothes and she insisted on wearing them.
Good thing we weren't going anywhere!

Giant Plastic Easter Egg Half = Hat

She loves saying her family members' names:  Dada, Mama, BOBO!  She is getting really close to being able to say Ben and Maymay (Mason), too! Just this past week she has added bowl and more to her vocabulary, and started using the word Mama to get my attention instead of just babbling it.  Mama sure does love that!
Hat, purse, Bunny in the buggy...Check!  Ready for grocery shopping :)

Anna loves Elmo.  Whenever she spots a book, stuffed Elmo, plastic toy, with his face on it, she gets excited and points, saying, "OHHHH!"  Just today she actually said, "Elmo"!!  Her favorite, though, is "Bunny".  We have three of them in rotation because after a day or two, they are filthy and need to be washed.

Usually, Bunny is the only thing in Anna's crib, but for this nap she wanted Elmo, too.  Precious!
(Yes, Elmo is wearing her PJ's.  He's also wearing a diaper.  Ha!!)

One exciting thing lately was Anna's dedication at church.  She looked so beautiful in her sweet pink dress...

Grandmama and Grandaddy Morin, and Mimi were there, too!
One last silly ~ Anna and big brother Ben hamming it up for the camera :)


Spring Cuties, 2013

I honestly could not believe my eyes.  On a chilly morning at Winged Deer Park, Ben (our Ben Williams!!) sat for a mini photo session with NO complaints, ALL beautiful smiles, and even helped us with a difficult Anna (poor sweetie was getting the sniffles) like I've never seen before.  The picture of maturity and a showcase of proper parenting, he shined like no other 3.5 year old getting their picture made in Easter clothes ever has before.  Bahahahah!!  Just kidding - yes, he did fabulous, but I must admit he was bribed with an entire two boxes of Fruit Roll-Ups.  Yes, two...the kind that are square and the kind that are a foot long.  It was critical that he acquire BOTH.  Well, it worked, and I was surprised because bribes usually only work for three minutes :) Totally worth it though!

Awww, look at that sweet brother!!  I'm glad we have a photo of this moment, because this is not a common occurance at home, ha!

Technically these are Easter pictures, but Easter was early this year so it was a bit chilly :(  I made Anna's dress and hated to cover it up, but we needed a sweater for most of the time!

Handsome Fella!

My favorite of them all!!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist this precious one with Daddy - he really knows how to get her to laugh!  After this, we jumped back in the car (that we left running with the heat on) to warm up and off to Ingles for Fruit Roll Ups!