Last weekend I took pictures of Eliza at the orchard... I just told her to wander around and explore and I just followed her from afar with my camera. I have taken her pictures when she was an adorable little baby and toddler and now she is this beautiful little girl! It is so much fun to watch these kids grow up!
She found a bunch of dandelions and thought it was fun to blow them.
Every once in a while I would get in close and get a few good close-ups like this one. Those eyes... and those adorable little freckles! Love it!
We found some wildflowers growing and picked a few...
Then we took a few with Mommy! So much love in this picture... :)
I brought my pretty white chair to stick in the field for her to sit on for a family shot...
And I got this! I love the way they are looking at her and that smile! I have to say she is one ADORABLE little girl!
A few weeks ago, I took this wonderful family out for some newborn/family pictures.
I had taken pictures of the boys in the past and now they have a new little baby SISTER!
Isn't she beautiful?!
It is always fun to meet the new siblings and also to watch the other kids grow up! The baby had to eat, so in the mean time we took some pics of just Daddy and the boys!
You can just tell she loves being a Mama to these precious kiddos.
This one melts my heart. So much brotherly love! Thank you for letting me be part of capturing your beautiful family! It was so much fun to meet your new little one!
We have been hanging out on the side porch a lot since we planted our mini garden and started cleaning the place up. It still has a long way to go, but it looks so much better already! I hung up some fabric bunting because EVERYTHING looks better with bunting! I just take it down before it rains. This particular morning we had cereal in cups and just hung out together with no real plans.
The garden is doing really well so far, but somebody keeps picking the tomatoes before they turn red... I wonder if we will ever see a red tomato this summer! :)
This is how she looked after I scolded her for picking the green tomatoes. :(
We planted a few more flowers that we got a few days before.
Planting can get a little messy, but they had fun and that's what counts, right?!
After we planted the flowers, we started on a project I saw on instagram. The link to the tutorial on the bird feeder that we made is here. If you don't follow me on instagram you can! Just search katherinebach. You should also follow amandarydell! I love her color and project inspiration... she has great style!
Kien had fun and you could tell he really liked painting and gathering the sticks to use.
Kaia was frustrated at first because she wanted it to look "perfect" but eventually got over it and had fun too.
Nora decided she wanted to join in the fun but since it was permanent paint, I decided to take her new swimsuit off.
Haugue's paint had a sale on sample paints, so we got our paint there.
Kien thought they made good light sabers. :0
It was a fun project, but I think Amanda Rydell's turned out much better!
Last week I took some more pics of these adorable kiddos at the orchard...
I just love their little bow ties and her adorable golden headband... I love a stylized shoot! Accessories can make all of the difference sometimes.
It takes this guy's big brother to get a smile out of him!
The little princess got to play in the sunset...
What a handsome little guy!
He loved being outside! What a gorgeous night it was!
When I was a little girl I used to stay at my Grandma's house in Minnesota sometimes over the summer. She LOVES gardening! Her yard was always filled with beautiful roses and flowers of all kinds and vegetables and her grass was always soft and without weeds. Last year she sold her house and moved to an assisted living home because she had trouble going up and down the steps anymore and could no longer drive a car and her memory is getting worse. We stayed in her house one last time last summer after she had moved. It was so sad to see the house mostly empty except for a couch, a bed and a table my Mom and her sisters had left to "stage" the place.
When my Grandpa was alive, (he passed away before I was born) they owned a gas station in a small little town and later after he passed, they wanted to put a road through it, so they paid my Grandma to move. She had this house built which I think that my Dad helped design, and made cabinets for. They made it so there could be a renter downstairs to help with her expenses. I always remember having to not be noisy as not to bother the renters. She was very proud of this house.
Her garden which was once beautiful and well kept, had gotten overgrown and not as well taken care of. This spring she fell and broke her hip at the assisted living home, and about a week or two later she had a heart attack and was air lifted to a hospital and was there for quite a while. Once "home" again, she fell and shattered her wrist and had to have surgery on it. She is now in a nursing home near my Auntie who has been helping to take care of her since she lives nearby. I am sad for her to be in such pain all of the time and I know that I should call her but am afraid she won't remember me or I will cry. I think part of it is I want to remember her how she was, in this house, helping her garden, taking walks around the neighborhood after we ate supper. Christmas as a child with her little fake tree and snow all around the yard. Falling asleep on the pullout couch listening to my Mom and her talk and waking up in the morning to breakfast set out of toast and jam and eggs.
This was my Grandma's garden the last time we went.
I have always wanted a garden but I have always used the excuse that we live on a busy street and we have kids and our lives are so busy, so it is hard to get anything done. Well, this year I decided to just do it! I am painting the shutters and the trim that I have hated for so long, I am cleaning up debris and twigs and random growing trees, and cleaning up our yard to make it a great place for the kids to have memories. And you know what? THE KIDS LOVE IT TOO!
Last week, I asked my Dad for some pallets from work and he brought these over instead! Two little raised garden boxes for the kids and I to plant an herb garden in. I took some old tires and planted the tomatoes in and started cleaning up our little side yard area.
Ethan and Kaia said they would help because they learned how to do it in school!
There is a LOT more work to be done, since we have neglected it for so long, but I know we can do it!
Someday I will make cute little markers so we can tell what's what, but for now the ones that came with the plants will do.
Nora loved playing in the dirt, and kept bringing me little plants to put in.
I chose herbs and things that we generally use around our house. Thai basil, cilantro, parsley, jalepenos, and mint! I hope next year to add a vegetable garden and maybe some pumpkins! We'll see. A girl can dream, right? I halfway joked around about wanting chickens next year, but I actually really do! Maybe by then I will have this gardening thing down and can handle another project! I think I will send some pictures of the kids gardening to cheer my Grandma up... :)
This weekend, my Dad came over to help us clear a section of our yard beside the garage that had gotten extremely overgrown. We had not touched that area of the yard in over 7 years... Trees had randomly grown and it was a mess!
We were working in another area of the yard and he called all of the kids over. I am extremely grateful for how my Dad always finds a fun way to include them whenever he is fixing things. He is very patient and kind to them. Kien wanted to hold the chainsaw, and with lots of supervision he got to take a picture with it! He was so proud. I promise there were no kids actually using the chainsaw!
When they came over there was a huge stack of branches and tree limbs to be moved to the curb for pick up.
Some were obviously bigger than others... :0
Kien only wanted to move the "big" trees!
Ethan decided to take his shirt off since it was nice outside...
And Nora decided she wanted to wear it!
Kien had to take his shirt off too of course to be like his big brother. He was excited about all of the ladybugs he found that day!
Of course little Bella had to join in the fun!
When we were finished Ethan and Kaia wanted to take their picture with the chainsaw too! It turns out yard work can be fun! It feels great to get another project checked off the list!
A few weeks ago I photographed this new little family. This little guy was named after a police officer which is why they dressed him in this adorable little outfit! I love how it has the police number on the hat. It will be a keepsake outfit for sure!
I am loving the natural lighting for newborns lately. Other than it being a bit windy at times, it has been perfect weather lately for it.
This makes me think of the quote, "First we had each other, than we had you... now we have everything!" Don't they just look so happy?!
They also had a special quilt that they wanted to use in some of the shots. Isn't it beautiful?
I just love his grayish blue eyes...
And his tiny little feet!