how did this happen?!! really. another school year has wrapped up -- but these two are still as goofy as ever. yes they make me smile :)
and this lady -- she made third grade a dream come true. i can't even put into words how much we love her and how grateful we are for her. she's a mom of her own 4 kids and a teacher who is still a teacher way after school hours. she was just what the girls' needed and beautifully combined teaching with making connections -- teaching with nurturing -- teaching with having fun while learning. zoe and ella did not want the school year to end -- that's how much they loved spending their days in mrs. barth's classroom!! :)
and this photos just cracks me up -- best photo-bomb ever!!
after school fun with friends included some photos, some hoops, and some park, frisbee golf and game fun too .....
yay for a an amazing third grade!! yay for great friends and the start of a super fun summer!!!
little teeth. little mouths. little teeth that need to be pulled out. that seems to happen with these two quite often these days. and it doesn't take long for those big spaces, to be filled with big teeth ...... love it, the no teeth or big teeth motto continues!!
inside the barn, outside the barn, on small equipment and large equipment. by the cornfields, in the cornfields, driving dad's car on back field rows or riding behind him on the scooter. time at the farm means time with dad -- and adventures that are always fun.
spending time on the mississippi river, feeling the water, skipping rocks, watching the ducks and eagles -- also a great way to spend time with dad.
After trying and waiting for a long time, June 26th 2006 was the estimated due date of Baby A and Baby B. We were thrilled. But a little over 10 weeks early our doctor decided it was time for us to meet the babies. On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:49 pm, Ella Marie was born. We named her after Tom’s mom, Della Marie, and her name means 'Light'. She weighed 2 pounds 14 ounces, was 16 inches long and was perfect. At 6:51 pm, Zoë Dianne was born. We named her after my mom, Dianne, and her name means ‘Life’. She weighed 3 pounds 5 ounces, was also 16 inches long and was perfect too.
Both girls stayed in the NICU for almost 2 months and did really well, especially considering all of the 'what could have/should have beens'. It was a 'one step forward two steps backwards' type of dance those first few weeks, but after 47 days we brought Zoe home and 10 days later brought Ella home. FINALLY, we were all four under the same roof, and were ready to start the next exciting chapter in our lives . . .
Ella and Zoe turned FIVE this April and are THRIVING. They are fun, funny, naughty and sweet. The joy they bring to our lives is immeasurable. They are also really fun to take pictures of : )