Friday, August 31, 2012

Photo Book

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Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

Family Portraits

As I mentioned in my last post, our friend Tara of Breath of Light Imagery took some family portraits of us this summer. We did them at Jeff's parents' house, which has some beautiful settings to work with!

The whole Pittard clan, plus one you can't see yet - our sister-in-law Jennifer is expecting their second child.

The grandbabies! Kaity, Joel, Joe, Sarah, Jacob, Selah, and Jackson.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bits and Pieces

Phone Call: "Mrs. Pittard? This is "Matilda" from the eye doctor's office. Joseph is due for his yearly exam, and I was calling to see when you'd like to come in."

Me: "How about this afternoon at 1?"

"Matilda": "Give me just a moment to see if the doctor is free at that time ... Um, it seems he ... Oh, Joseph is already scheduled!"

Me, laughing: "I know - I made his appointment two days ago."

We both laughed and I apologized for not telling her right away, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up!

Here's one for the "Gonna-Have-To-Watch-This-One" file:

While at the eye doctor's office, Selah touched something she shouldn't. I admonished her not to touch and watched as she reached for it again. I popped her hand and firmly told her 'no'. She cradled her poor little hand gingerly, then turned to her big sister. "Kaity, I see your hand!" Selah grabbed it and before Kaity realized what was happening, Selah had used her sister's hand to touch the forbidden thing!

I'll leave y'all with a sneak peek at the family portraits we had done this summer. One of our college people, Tara, is a photographer, and she did a great job! Her business is called Breath of Light Imagery. I'll post more later!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Why So Serious?

Is it just me, or are girls wearing make-up too young these days?

*sigh* That was a brand new tube of mascara, too. She painted her face, arms, and the mirror, too. It was magical.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Move Over, Mozart

Our Kaity has begun piano lessons! She's already a prodigy.

Not to brag, but she's already mastered "Merrily We Roll Along" AND "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas".
Next up, Moonlight Sonata. Look out, world!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Those Pittard Kids

Selah has been so sweet this morning! The big kids were up early, before her, which is really unusual! They asked if they could play on the computer and on the Wii, and I gave my permission. Selah was still snoozing away in MY bed. The kids had been up playing quietly for several minutes when Selah sat up and cried, "Joe!"

Later, she started tugging at each one of them in their electronic stupor.

"Joe, I want you PAY wif me!"

"Kaity! Kaity, I want you PAY wif ... ME!"

How could they resist? 

I took this picture last week - Joe's eating an apple and watching Kaity play.
But as we all know, toddlers reserve the right to inexplicably change their minds without regard to anyone or anything else. When Kaity picked Selah up to go play upstairs, that tiny girl screamed like a banshee!

"NONONO! NO, Kaity! I want to watch!"


So now we're watching Robin Hood.

This one was taken a few weeks ago. I LOVE seeing them snuggle!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to Jeff and Joe!

For his birthday this year, Jeff requested my Summer Cake. I thought it would be fun to make it into cupcakes and to do chocolate toppers in different shapes. The cake itself is orange-y, and the frosting is Cool Whip. I made those for our Sunday night crowd.

Letters, Avengers, the Triforce, treble clefs, hearts, Pac-Man, Volkswagen ...

On Joe's actual birthday, we had Hot Fudge Cake and vanilla ice cream.

Kaity made the latch hook rug Joe is leaning on. It's a soccer ball, if you can't tell. ;)

Our 8 year old little boy!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Our Prodigy

A regular Picasso ...
... and by that, I mean it's hard to interpret what the artist intended to actually draw!

"Look, Mommy! It's a doggie! I draw a doggie!"

"Uh, sure, honey. That's ... something all right!"

Please note that she is wearing a single purple sock along with her sandals. She did that All By Herself.

Today while Selah was upstairs in preparation for her nap, I heard her talking. She was saying something, chattering, and then settled into a rhythmic pattern of babble and the word "down". It wasn't until she said, "Kaity, look - my guitar!" that I realized the "down-down-down" part was her interpretation of an electric guitar sound! Oh, and the other day I was listening to the radio when a guy started playing acoustic guitar. Selah immediately recognized it and said, "Guitar!" She also recognizes Daddy's tenor sax - we were waiting in the sanctuary one day for band practice to start, and Jeff began playing. Selah immediately turned around to the stage and said, "Daddy!"

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Our kiddos have really vivid imaginations! Here they are pretending to be adventurers in a strange land, following a treasure map. Kaity has a British accent. She owns a tavern (?!).

At the base of the Mountain of Stairopia.

The map.

Here they are crossing the Swaptsky Swamp on their way to Icenea.
The next day they were pretending to be Dickens-era orphans, one of their favorite games. They spend their time foraging for food, dressed in blankets and random clothes, looking pitiful. They bring the food back to the imaginary younger children at the orphanage. Kaity has an elaborate system in place in which the older kids are paired up with younger ones to make sure everyone is cared for.