Anna is Eight!

Our sweetie, funny, smart, silly, generous, thoughtful, beautiful baby girl is turning eight this week.  She brings so much humor and pure goodness to our family. Like most things in her world, she knew exactly the ‘theme’ she wanted for her birthday party and birthday photo-shoot. She’s been playing ‘rainforest girl’ (gosh, I love her imagination) for most of the year now and wanted to be just that for her birthday.

I kid you not when I say she created this entire shoot, from head to toe.  She came with me to pick out every detail of her outfits, helped me make her flower crown and leaf skirt, just so. I was thankful that she gave me a little creative license in clicking the shutter for these images;)
So, here she is, Anna of the Rainforest…our precious little eight year old!

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See? Pure joy!

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These two are some of my (and Anna’s) favorites. She worked that camera and with some fun editing, these turned out so magical. anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-2anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-3

Quick outfit change, and BAM!anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-6anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-7

Classic Anna faces…anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-20anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-8anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-9anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-10anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-11anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-14anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-16anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-12

We love you so much, Anna Bug…Happy 8th Birthday!anna_JaimeLenhartPhoto-13

 

July 22, 2015 - 10:54 am

Momma Dar - Love love love love love! This post just brightened my day. Her smile, her look, her everything! Thank you for sharing Jaima!

Love Momma Dar

July 22, 2015 - 11:51 am

Ain't Amy - Beautiful fun smiley Anna! We love you so much and all your pictures are awesome!

July 22, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Shari Schwab - Wow! This is one beautiful little girl! Pretty, pretty, and those expressive eyebrows! Love her ideas. Happy 8th Anna!

June::Iphone:2015

anna at basketball camp…will at the park…cate discovers the “teen room”

best buddies at bball camp…same/same…OMG we went to TAYLOR SWIFT

girls explore CLE…the Q…taylor swift hair

June2015-20I simply cannot apologize for the amount of photos from the Taylor Swift concert.  We went with dear friends and had the best time, ever!  Seeing the looks on the faces of our girls when the lights went up for T Swift, dancing with my girls to “Shake It Off”, and hearing their little voices sing every song were some of the most memorable and priceless moments ever. As we were looking for our parking garage we saw Taylor’s opening act, Vance Joy, outside the venue…we jumped out and got a photo! Oh man, everything about this day was so much fun! June2015-31

girls downtown…ran in to friends…and more friends

excited…besties..my girls

lights…wow…what a show

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last one, i promise…pool day…first friday friends

he can juggle too…treats…trip to target

just saw what she’ll look like in 10 years…triple slide…my mama and her bestie

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grandma’s bday…we loved our LBJ…petting the neighbor’s pup

swim team starts…spider man…silly cousins

love these girls…hair cut day (before)…after

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swim team sisters…beautiful girl…fun at the lake

sassy pants…our dock…sunshine and rain

reflection…play date…fun friends

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sleepy girl…time well spent…fun at the mall

mall rats…muscle man…gosh he’s cute

will wins…zoo day…the fam and elephantsJune2015-25

lil sebastian…can you hear me now…she loves cheetahs

happy…happy…happy

erin’s bday…16 bit…love him

June2015-26father’s day…lots of love…goodnight moon

new work-out spot…we love summer…yoga buddy

zen masters…beautiful blue…first swim meetJune2015-27

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festival night…she’s a daredevil…oh wow

her reaction…cate on the climbing wall…top of the wheel

he loves it…pretty sky…festival at darkJune2015-28

kayla’s grad party…two falcons…cousins

the after-party…love these two…sewing a dress for barbie

park time…little monkey…we’ve had a lot of rain…June2015-29

blueberry picking with pappyJune2015-30June2015-33

May::Iphone:2015

how will ‘runs errands’…his favorite part of sams…silly girl

flip off flip flops…these are for you mama…garage sale

she’ll do anything to make us laugh…especially will…mom-gram pedicure

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a rare sighting…soccer fans…dance party

first fire…family selfie…she loves to be outside

piano recital day…they played for nursing home residents…anna at the pianomayiphone15-2cate at the piano…kayla’s senior prom…mother’s day coffee

anna and mama…cate and mama…rock painting

ballers…long legs…chelle’s birthdaymayiphone15-3last day of soccer…the fam at soccer…”she woves me a wot”

having fun…sleepover sillies…will and the girls

we’re working on it…t-ball…the boys and the coachmayiphone15-4will at school…darn it, they are cute…new drop off hat

getting flowers…kayla’s senior solo night…boat baby

cousins…these boys might be trouble…buddies

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driveway art…the team

happiness…captain

mayiphone15-8fairy garden…cookie cheers…my boy

cate last day…anna last day…these three are so cute

yahoo!…will and mrs. g…last day treat

mayiphone15-6the lake…such good sisters

summer is here…my mama and i

mayiphone15-9will’s last day…we went to breakfast…buddies

slip and slide…fun…kayla’s graduation

so proud of this girl…cool dude…pop and willmayiphone15-7

End of the year…

We’ve come to the end of yet another school year.  Like all of the Mama’s and Dads posting adorable pics of their kiddo’s last days (I love seeing all of those pics, by the way) I too can’t believe that we’ve managed to once again complete another year of school or how time seems to be on hyper-speed these days.

It seems to me that parenting pretty hard.  It is relentless love and care and worry and hope.  It is the struggle of figuring out when to let go, when to step in and when to push along.  I think Kenny Rogers may have been talking about raising children when he said, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away and Know when to run”. (Yes, he was definitely talking about kids in that one.)

We are grateful that we are surround by so many knowledgeable people to help us with this crazy important job of molding these kids into something great. Grandparents, friends, family, teachers (oh man, these teachers are SO amazing!!) all put in the time, dedication and love into our kids and we could not do it without them.

As we look back at this year, Corey and I are deeply proud of our kids. We are proud of the work they’ve done, proud of the integrity they have shown and proud of the friends they have been.  We will embrace the summer as a break from THE SCHEDULE and a time to let kids be kids. We will sit in the sun, swim in the pool, travel to the beach, practice math facts and read good books (sorry about that, kids) and try our hardest to be ready when next school year calls for them again in August.

Our 4th (?!?!!) Grader…

lastday-1Our 2nd (don’t even get me started…TWO of our kids in the grade I used to teach, what?!!!) Grader…lastday-2lastday-3

(That’s not a stick it’s a lightsaber, duh.)lastday-4

 

School’s out!lastday-5lastday-6lastday-7

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After the girl’s last day, Cate went swimming with some friends and Anna and I met Sofie and her Grandma for lunch at Taggarts.  Speaking of being proud, this little Sofie did great this year.  We are so proud of her and love her to pieces!

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Then, it was William’s last day. The girls were already done with school and they were thrilled to get to take Will on his last day. lastday-8lastday-9lastday-10lastday-11

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If I may, let me say a few words about the amazing preschool all 3 of our kids have been fortunate enough to attend. Westbrook is a special place where little people get exactly what they need: love.  It is a preschool full of amazing, loving, kind ladies who believe in the power of play and who are experts at fostering relationships among the children and listening, really listening, to what they have to say.  I have learned so much from them.  I also have to mention, that each of our kids have formed bonds with friends that will be, we are certain, forever friends.  While we were sad (and cried and cried) (okay, I was the one crying) about leaving this amazing place, I know that the special time spent here will live in our hearts forever.  We will be forever grateful that all three of our babies got to experience the love here.        lastday-12lastday-13

Will’s best buddy, Sam.  ♥lastday-14lastday-15

After school, we wasted no time getting the party started!  Such a gorgeous afternoon…kids-33

And then! Then! After all of these endings, which are actually great beginnings of course, Thursday was also the High School graduation of our niece, Makayla.  I was so thankful to attend the ceremony and see that smarty-pants receive her diploma. I can NOT wait to see what the future holds for this amazing girl.   kids-30

So…phew…what a week. Let the summer begin!

 

 

April::Iphone:2015

the fam at pop’s birthday…girls day out…big sister helper

april showers bring worms…buy this one mom!…lunch with anna

lunch with cate…first night of soccer…soccer buddies

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dress rehearsal…b-ballers…takin’ a break

we heart chelle…simpletons…cate’s choir concert

the singers…cate and her teacher…the two-headed grandma

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papas…silly sisters…best 50 cents I’ve ever spent

anna’s art…cate’s art…whoa

boat day/exploring day…playground selfie…exploring

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anna’s find…good kids…hip hop recital

dancing sisters…they had so much fun…taking a bow

mama and girls…supporters…sassy pants

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happy dancer…my ‘teacher’…workin’ the wrap around light

dinner with friends…first PJ day..little brother lessons

wilson’s sleepover…how you feed 7 kids…spa dayapriliphone-5

bathtub boy…clean piggies…gosh he’s cute

anna’s make-up poetry cafe day…her poem…so proud

school pics…we didn’t buy them…play date with buddy sam

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buddies…outside homework…such a beauty

cate’s happy place…homework time…those lips

spring…has…sprungapriliphone-7

June 1, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Cate - Wow Mom! You are soooooo good at taking pictures. Some of these pics are from like 3 years ago. Some of these are from a week or TWO DAYS ago! Not that that is bad. I love you.

Cate (your daughter) :)