Monday, July 27, 2015

Always up to something...

Annie has her eye on a camera:

She has decided she want to be a photographer, and since she borrows my phone to take pictures...I agreed, 
she needs to save up for a camera.  
She's halfway there.

Her latest venture was a rootbeer stand.

Last week she got busy making signs,



washing down the stand,



and after 2 days of prep she opened for business!




It was a REALLY hot day.

For the first hour she waited patiently.



Rocco waved signs and hollered "Rootbeer for sale!"


Her only customer actually WAS Rocco.

After his one free rootbeer he spent 
3 bucks buying everyone another.


Annie was happy to take his money.

And Kit...

well he just drank,


and drank,


and drank rootbeer,


alllll afternoon.



And just when everyone was getting a little discouraged,


The customers started rolling in and everyone perked up.


The next hour she made 32 bucks! 
Thanks to some very very kind & generous tippers.

She's already scheming what she can do next.

And I'm sure she'll have her little Nikon before she knows it.

(Kit was sent in to brush his teeth)



Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Should Have Known...

I have blue eyed kids.

Annie

Bo

Rocco

Roo

Kit

I name my baby Blue & BAM!


Brown eyes.


And they are getting darker everyday.

Guess God had fun with that one!

I've got myself a brown eyed Blue.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Golden Girl

The 3 littlest boys & I just picked up these:


because today is Annie's Golden Birthday.

11 on the 11th.

So the table is set like this:


with her gifts wrapped in gold.

But she's not here.

She's here:


in North Dakota.


Doing this:


with Grandpa Doyle, Aunt Trish, Dad & 2 brothers.

And she's pretty good at it cause here is today's haul:


I won't see her on her birthday, 
so I sent her a birthday video 
& talked to her on the phone.

But it's okay, cause everyday is golden with this girl:


And when they roll into town on the morning train...
we'll be ready.


Annie:


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our New Babe

It seemed so far away for so long.
The due date.

And then...it was time.

Monday morning I snapped the last pic of my babe in my belly,
 and got a little teary eyed as we pulled the door shut behind us, knowing that everything was about to change.


I was induced at 7 a.m. & labor couldn't have been better.
Then at 3:53 in the afternoon our babe had arrived & I heard,
"It's a boy."

Then, you know I was bawling my eyes out 
as they placed my beloved boy on my chest,
 and it was love at first sight.


We were meant to be.
He was meant to be.



So new, so fresh, so perfect.

Baby Blue.
That's his name.
Blue Malachi Doyle.


Annie joined us first and she had been crying too.

Kelly thought she cried cause it was another brother,
but, she cried cause fierce love raged inside her too.


One thing for sure.
This little boy is loved.




Grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles, &
dear friends all rushed in to welcome Blue.

Blue Malachi

Malachi is man of strength and integrity 
and we are blessed to have him in our lives.  
He invests in our children and loves them dearly.

Malachi is always the first cousin to hold the babes.  
Tradition.


And when Malachi is done we passed him around.


Even the littlest cousin (5 months) took a turn.


You can tell Blue loved it.

And at the end of a very long day I was left alone with just Blue.


That's the way I like to do it.


Just the 2 of us
for our first night.

Then, the very next day,
we put on his new hat,

and took our Blue home.

Where he is cuddled and loved,



by lots and lots of big brothers 
& a very proud big sister.







So that's how his story began.
Blue
April, 27  2015
7 lbs.  14 oz.
21 inches





(And as I took those pics)