Sunday, December 19, 2010

Don't Mind if I do... Picture Happy!!

Today marks a year ago that we lost our little boy James. If I write too much I will break down (again) so I wanted to keep this short and sweet. We think about him always and will in the future. Dan and I toasted to him during a special dinner on what a great job he's doing watching over his sweet sisters.  OK, can't do this anymore, just wanted to share that it is the anniversary.

We got the one year photos back today! Sarah Swanson is an amazing photographer! When I can figure out how to work the slideshow gadget, you will be able to see the pictures...hopefully soon.

I hope everyone's having a smooth December. I'm realizing having their birthday in December puts more stress into the month! Luckily, despite the CRAZY storm during their birthday weekend, the party went on like planned. The recognition of baptism went pretty well. The girls didn't have to get doused with water (since they already were baptised a year ago), but we all stood in front of the church and had special candles and shawls. The pastor spoke to each girl individually. Sofia and Maddie both broke out crying when they were singled out, and Josie looked to be on the verge. After we sat down, the girls lasted another 20 minutes, but started to get noisy (happy sounds) so we took them out to the reception area. The party went well despite the crazy storm. Of course, we couldn't pick up the cake until the day of their party because Coldstone didn't open during the storm! And we also missed the Purdy's who couldn't drive from Duluth. Besides that, the girls had fun playing with all the guests and opening (well they kinda helped) presents. They tried the Coldstone ice cream cake but the cold ice cream did not go over well. Maybe they'll like ice cream this summer!

I have to write down a couple of things I've noticed lately, just so I have it on record and the girls can have fun reading this later...

~Madeline is very well mannered throughout the day, but a lot of time gets tired and cranky first at night- BUT a lot of times she copes by sucking her fingers and blankie (but sometimes, like TONIGHT, she does have a meltdown).
Happy Maddie!! Warms my heart!

~Josie's love of her daddy is growing more apparent every day! She crawls really fast when he comes in the room and freaks out when he leaves! Josie, please love me too! (Haha, I know she loves me, don't worry.)

Josie with her million dollar smile
~I have to say that Sofia is still the most social. I taught her to make her tongue go back and forth, making a noise, and she copied it to a tee. Madeline tried but got it all wrong and Josie just didn't care! She doesn't look very social in the pic below, but believe me!
Sofia waking up from a nap.

~We've been talking about teeth since the start of the summer and not ONE yet! But, I think Josie is getting one, for REAL!

~All three girls LOVE getting pushed in their new car when Dan or I push them, but, depending on their mood, start crying when one of the sisters pushes them! Sometimes they don't mind (as evident in that video a couple posts back).

That's all for now. Here are some more pics....

The Public Recognition of Baptism (l to R Josie, Sofia, Madeline)
Dan and I braved the storm for Stephanie and Pete's wedding (the storm last weekend that collapsed the Metrodome!) Beautiful wedding!
Cousin Peter is not used to so many babies around!
Playing with cousin Peter, top view. He does not win the most hair award.
I tried to get a good pic of them all standing but Sofia started to squat down too fast! (M, J, S)
Sofia and Josie just playing
Sofia is NOT so sure about Maddie pushing her

Yes, Odin really is that big (Sofia and Maddie)


  1. What big girls they are! I can't believe they are already a year old. Where does the time go?? I'm so glad you're keeping the blog, not only for us readers, but as a memory book for you and the girls when they're older.

    We mourn with you today as you grieve the loss of James. He is with you every day, as you carry him in your heart, until you meet again.

    Hugs from Michigan. :)

  2. So adorable! Thinking of you and Dan during this time....James is definitely shining down on his sissy's.

  3. Your girls are adorable! Happy Birthday to them. What lucky little girls to have their own special angel watching over them! :)