Hair Donation

With the summer heat, my little sisters decided to get their hair cut…and donate it. πŸ™‚

I’m proud of them because I was going to do something similar last fall…and totally chickened out when we started measuring how much to cut off. (Guess I’m more sentimental about my hair than I thought!)

Munchkin donated 8 inches of her lovely blonde curls.

Rasco… (remember her adorable photoshoot?) she’s donating 15 inches of her beautiful red hair.

Yeah, a different type of personal post I know… (it’s not even about me!) πŸ™‚ But I wanted to remember when they did this and chronicle it somewhere… what better place than my blog? πŸ˜‰

Always, Aims

Feature: Baby Lulu

It’s an official post of Lulu’s baby pictures…finally! πŸ˜€ Β I won’t say too much today, (there’s isn’t much to say about a little person that isn’t quite 3 weeks old!)

She has a dimple in her chin, just like her Daddy… None of the rest of her siblings have this!

 

She sleeps… alot. But, you know? That’s a really good thing at this age πŸ˜‰ The pink gerbera daisy was part of the bouquet of flowers from our church family. πŸ™‚

Lulu was amazing during our photo session. Special thanks to my sister for holding blankets smoothing out wrinkles…and giggling along with me. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t have done it without you, Berly. πŸ˜‰

She’s just as adorable when she’s awake as when she’s asleep! πŸ™‚

The rainbow blanket she’s laying on is very special, lovingly hand-made by a friend of ours. I knew months ago, that I would use it when I took pictures of (at that time) “the baby”. Β A rainbow, reminding us of promise, of God’s grace.

Now you’ve officially met Lulu… πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

Sister Love

People keep asking what Boo thinks of Lulu… I think this sums it up quite well.

Boo adores Lulu, loves to give her kisses…always asks if she can hold her. They’re going to have piles of fun when they’re older! πŸ˜€

Always, Aims

Summer = An Outdoor Tea Party

Sometimes, life is about taking a moment…and enjoying it. πŸ™‚ In this instance it was taking an extra moment to set up a tea party.

Three of my younger sisters, ready to partake of their tea.

It’s about dressing up…

…and using real china…(a little mismatched though it may be…) πŸ™‚

A bouquet of flowers from around our house.

It’s about pretty hats…

And German chocolate…and lace.

And tea…

But the best part? Spending a little bit of quality time together…talking, visiting.

Smarties taste better when they come from a pretty dish, wouldn’t you agree?

I had fun setting this up for my little girlies…hearing their excitement as they choose their outfits and hats. The sound of their laughter and giggles and fake british accents during the party.Β They’re such special little kids, after I snapped the pictures I joined them…the memories are more precious than anything else I could’ve done with my time that morning.

Always, Aims

I’m a big sister…For the 10th time!

It’s been officially announced everywhere…except my blog! On June 29, 2012…I became a big sister for the 10th time (seriously! How cool is that?!) πŸ˜€ I’m the third oldest of 12 “children”.

How many other people do you know who can say that, eh?

I feel so blessed, so privileged. Holding little Lulu for the first time…I was overwhelmed – again – at the precious gift of life, of health. Sitting in awe of the intricate miracle of a baby, seeing her perfect fingers and toes…Have you ever had the chance to see a newborn baby’s hands? That tiny “pinky finger” with it’s finger nail? The wonder…of life. The innocence. The unknown. A life just begun.

And I have the honour of being part of her life. The honour of being her ‘big sis’. The honour of pouring part of myself into her life…knowing that who she will eventually grow up to be…is (just slightly!) part of what I (and the rest of my family) pour into her life now (and in the coming years).

Indeed, a gift has been given to us.

I hope these words have shed a little pin prick of light into what it is to “be a big family”. I’ve hard all the comments, the snickers and jokes, when people hear we’re a (compared to most) large family. But what people don’t see is the gift. The relationships (imagine growing up with a “live-in” best friend! I don’t have to imagine…I have it!!) The honour. The blessing. Β The privilege.

We’re a normal real family, far from perfect. (No, we’re not the Canadian version of the Duggar Family…nor are we trying to be!)Β There’s miscommunication at times. Β Sibling squabbles. Disagreements. Arguments debates. I hope I haven’t painted a “picture perfect” family. We deal with the same problems other families deal with (however, probably on a bigger scale! πŸ˜› ) Every family has problems and issues, when there are 1 or 2 children…or 12 or 19! πŸ˜‰ By the way, the film, Cheaper by the Dozen (the Steve Martin version) is so exaggerated and unrealistic…I was almost embarrassed. Meal time is never that crazy! I just had to put that in here…I only saw the film once (years ago!) but I always wonder if that’s how people imagine us when I say I’m from a big family!Β Really, we’re pretty normal…there are just more of us!Β 

Now that I’ve had my rant. πŸ™‚ We’re all super excited about the new addition to our family! It’s been 4 1/2 since there’s been a baby around here! Adjustments and changes are happening… (but when the changes are for kid as cute as this…it’s pretty easy!)

Every life is precious! We’re so thankful to God for a safe delivery and that little Lulu is healthy!

Guess I got a little more ‘wordy’ than usual, sorry about that, but it happens when I’m passionate about a subject! πŸ˜‰

Always, Aims…a very proud big sister! πŸ˜€

I’ll be featuring “official baby pictures” soon!

It “happened”: Orange

Sometimes…pictures just work, just happen.

Yesterday…I “happened” to have my camera, Boo “happened” to be wearing orange, she “happened” to be holding an orange kitten, there “happened” to be awesome lighting. πŸ˜€

The result? My new favourite picture of Boo.

Yes, I still love orange kittens πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

Feature: Baby Leon

Baby Leon…

I such a great time at Leon’s newborn session! Wow…babies ARE SO adorable!!

In Daddy’s arms…

The tiny intricate miracle of each finger, every toe…never ceases to amaze me…

Leon was about 3 and a half weeks when I took these, but he’s oh so tiny because he was born 5 weeks early. (*sigh* I love small babies…)

Parent’s rings πŸ™‚

Ahhh! I LOVE his chubby little cheeks…I wish I could just kiss kiss kiss them! Don’t you? πŸ˜‰

Always, Aims

Feature: Anna’s Prom!

Ah…Prom. They are SO fun to shoot! (of course, it helps when you have photogenic people to shoot like I did! πŸ˜€ )

The hardest part?! Choosing which pictures to put into a post…because there are SO many beautiful pictures!

Anna’s Prom…We’ll startΒ at the beginning of the evening when her escort, Mitch, came to pick her up (in a Jeep! yes! πŸ˜‰ )

But before we leave, let’s take a better look at that gorgeous dress and some of the lovely details.

The dress of a lifetime…

Downtown, we met up with Anna’s friend, Jannice and her escort Jonas.

“Come on girls, let’s go! We can’t be late!”

On the way to meet the rest of the grads for the traditional prom “boardwalk”. Β Every grad class in Kelowna does this. πŸ™‚ While they were organizing all the other grads…we took the opportunity for a couple shots on the beach.

The traditional walk along the boardwalk… amidst 700+ grads (and their escorts!)

Thanks for letting be part of your special day, Anna! It was super fun! πŸ˜€ Congratulations on your grade 12 graduation!

Always, Aims

P.s. Be sure and come back to my blog tomorrow…I’ll be announcing a special feature that will carry on through the month of June! πŸ˜€

Feature: Michaela

Last week’s feature was the Huculak family, remember them? I had so many awesome pictures to choose from that I decided to feature them in two posts. Today I’m privileged to feature their little daughter, Michaela!

She just turned one this spring…

…it’s amazing how even at one year, little kids have strong personality characteristics.

Her parents absolutely adore her you can see that she thinks the same of them. πŸ˜‰

Isn’t she just scrumptious?! Yeah, I think so too πŸ˜‰

It was great sharing her with you all…!

Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚ Come back tomorrow for some gorgeous girls celebrating their friend’s grade 12 graduation!

Always, Aims