Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Claire turns 1 photos

Happy Birthday to my little baby girl. Not so little anymore... Wow one years old! Where did the past year go? I feel like since Claire Bear has been born our life has been moving in fast forward. I know I have talked about this before but really that's really how I feel.

Just so I don't forget and so my little baby never feels neglected I want to jot down some of my memories of Claire in a letter.

Dear Claire,
     One years old. How can that be? I remember one year ago today when you first were put in my arms. You were sticky and pink (actually pretty white) and bright eyes. Quickly after you were born you were whisked away from me. One of the most horrible moments in my life so far. You couldn't breath and needed to get some help from the CPAP machine. As your mother my heart was leaving the room as you were taken from me. When the got you settled in the NICU they wheeled me up to see you and with tears in my eyes and pains in my heart I was able to only reach for your little feet. Despite the tubes, lights, and sounds, you looked so peaceful. Luckily you didn't have to stay long although the 7 hours you were there felt like eternity. I kept calling the nurses station asking them to please check and see when you were going to be brought down to me. I think they thought I was a being a pest. It was the first of many times, I know, that I fought to be with my little girl. I want you to know Claire that I will always fight for you. You, my dear, are an angel sent from God. I am your earthly mother trying really hard to help guide you through this crazy life. 
     Your first year of life has been a roller coaster. You have had many problems with feeding (lactose intolerance = major fussiness = very unhappy baby at times. When we got that taken care of your sweet and gentle nature emerged. You have shown to be strong willed just like your older brother and sister. I always say "you know what you want when you want it!" I think that is true with all of you. You are a studier. You look at people with deep observation and when they pass your test you smile. You love to laugh with your siblings. They love to make you laugh. You love to be independent, and you love your mommy and daddy time. You are a Daddy's girl! When Daddy comes in the room you leap out of my arms (truly you leap I am ashamed to say I have almost dropped you a few times because you were so strong and squirmy). You are close to walking but not quite. You crawl all over the place. Your favorite is when I put the stair gates down and you move as fast as your little arms and legs can carry you to go up the stairs. I think it is some sort of game with you now. Just today you learned how to go down the stairs. Head first! I was nervous to let you do this but since it was just to the step down living room (5 stairs) I figured I should let you try. You did it on the first try! I was so proud of you, but your Daddy is still a little nervous to let you try this move too much. I am not though. I know you can do it and do it you will! There is no stopping you my little Claire. 
     So today on your very special first birthday I want you to know how much I love you. How much you have changed my life and made me a better mother and woman. I am so grateful for all of your little hugs and kisses. They make me melt now and I know they will make me melt forever! I love you angel!


Claire at 6 weeks old

Tender Moments

On September 25th Claire Michelle turned 1 years old. I have a whole blog post composed in my head, I just need to find the time to write it down. In the meantime I give you this photo shot on her birthday. Two of my three little angles. Oh how grateful I am for tender moments like these.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Start Up Princess

My awesome talented friend Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios tipped me off to this fun conference. It also helps that she is going to be a featured speaker. I am excited to go and learn some new tips for getting a business started and making it successful!

I'll let you all know how it goes!

Monday, September 20, 2010


So I have been such a blog slacker these past few months. I will do better just as soon as I rid myself of the addictive habit of email/facebook checking. Its really a problem people, and I KNOW I am NOT the ONLY ONE out there with this problem. I decided to dial down my computer/cyber world time and dial into my LIFE more. It has been WONDERFUL! Freeing actually. To feel like I can actually get things done and look back at my day and see I have accomplished things is a GREAT feeling. I have been playing with my kids more, doing more projects/experiments with them, and most of all smothering them with hugs and kisses.  I have also noticed that my lack of computer time has allowed James and I to have more face/talk time.Which has been GREAT! I just want to publicly tell him how proud of him I am and how grateful I am for his dedication to the Lord and our family. He is AMAZING and I am one LUCKY girl!

Okay so I am just going to jot down a few things that have been on my mind and then I am out!

* My new solution to the out of control laundry situation that we ALL deal with ( I know I have written about this problem before). Well back in Aug I decided to make a "Family Closet." All of the clothes for the entire family are now located in our master bedroom (walk in) closet. My solution is I think genius. It has allowed me to do all of the laundry in a much more efficient way. I wash a load every day or so and then take the clean load from the dryer to the closet and put it away all in one place. No more forty step process. Its been a dream solution. If you have the space I would encourage everyone to try it! If you want pictures of how we did it, I will provide them.

* Claire is almost one years old. WOW! That is a whole post in itself though and it will come soon.
Today we put her in a front facing car seat. She is so big. The latest problem is this. Our back seat of our van will not fit all THREE of our HUGE car seats, so one child is always left to sit in one row alone. This does not go over well with any of my kids. Now every time we go in the car its a fight . The latest plea is "Mom, I don't have a buddy." What should my solution be??? New car seats that will actually fit (do those actually exist?) or we just have another baby so that everyone can have a buddy? I am going to ponder long and hard about that one!

* After I ran my half marathon this Summer I was all geared up to keep running. Then I went on VACATION! Oh man! I don't know how people on the east coast run in %200 humidity and 900 degrees. It was horrible. Needless to say I didn't run much for those three weeks we were there. Then well, I was out of the habit. This past week I was so frustrated with myself I decided on Friday morning to sign up to run in a 6K race on Saturday morning (the NEXT DAY). Remember I have not run really in two months. Well I did it and I am not back on the running train. I was proud of myself for doing it and I actually made pretty good time. Now on for training for a Halloween 10K and then maybe another half. If there is one thing I have learned about myself it is that I don't like to run for fun. I need to be training that is what I find really fun. Maybe I am strange I don't know. Its just me!

Okay I better run... gotta go snuggle with my babies.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Holiday Photo Shoots

Its that time of year again "Family Photo Time." For the next two months I will be booking family photo sessions so that you can get your holiday cards or photo holiday gifts (you know the ones you give to grandma and grandpa each year of the grandkids) in time for the holidays. Wow how they are approaching fast. Please email me if your interested in booking a session.  Please feel free to pass along this information to any family and friends that might be interested. 

Family Photo Sessions


1 location (30-45min session) {If outside of Utah County please add $25}
 CD of 15-30 professionally edited photos
 Photo printing release form 

Book now for September and October
Please email Katharine at: katharinelecheminant@gmail.com

I LOVE this photo

Luke and Addy (cuties)

Addy starts preschool 2010

Today Addy started her first day of "4 year old" preschool. She is going 4 mornings a week this year and with her gone just for a few short hours this morning I am really missing her already. I am missing my baby who seems to be growing up so fast I can't catch up to her. She was so excited to go to preschool this morning, after getting over a few nerves she ran right into her class and never looked back. I left with a tear in my eye.

When I picked her up she went on and on about her teachers, all of the new friends she met and how they played pretend with dress ups and a little house, lots or pretend food and everything! She said they went on a little hike outside and when the bell rang it was recess time.  Recess, really? Is she really old enough to go to recess? She told me today that when she was done with preschool she was going to kindergarten, then first grade, second grade and then finally third grade. I am not sure why she stopped their but I guess she thinks third grade is the place to be. So cute. I think Addy was born to be in school and to learn. She soaks up everything her teacher says and I think she is going to have a great year.

Excited for preschool
I don't think I could have captures her excitement any better. She insisted on wearing this coat which is a little too big for her but it was her new coat from Mimi and she wanted it with her. I couldn't argue with her on that one. 

Addy with her teacher

Addy with her teacher 2

Addy in the classroom

Friday, September 03, 2010

Helping Hands

This photo series captures an event that takes place daily in my home. It is amazing watching these siblings interact with one another.

The kids have been working with Claire on her walking skills. I think its a bit too early but hey I am not going to discourage them from working together. They practice with her every day. I still think she has some time before she "gets it." She, like her sister, is a little twinkle toes. I think she also likes to prove she can manage just fine on her own, especially when it comes to the stairs. I love my little angels.

* I know these photos are not perfect but its the movement of them that I love. It really seemed to capture the moment. 

Our little family "get away"

Tonight we took a spontaneous trip up to Park City. It was so much fun. We called it family fun night. Addy kept asking "mom and dad why do we have fun in our family?" We answered "because we can!" The weather was perfect and the kids were on their best behavior. We even got the bonus of everyone falling asleep (besides mom and dad of course) on the way home. Ahhhh... this is the beginning of a great long weekend.

Just looking at all of these photos makes me want to whisper a prayer of thanks for all four of my sweetest life blessings.