Wednesday, December 2, 2009

here we grow



Our latest Christmas picture

Why do I go through the hassle of having a formal family picture taken every year?

Because I enjoy looking back each year and seeing how much we've grown (well, I don't really like seeing how much I've grown...)

Just look at last year's picture...


Millie still has pigtails on top of her head, but they're a little longer now.  And at least she has a smile in this year's picture.

Addie's face has lost even more of it's baby-ness.  *sniff*

My hair was much cuter shorter, don't ya think?
(Please tell my husband that so he'll think so too.  I'm trying to grow it out now... for him).

And Chad still just has one black sweater!
Poor guy... I forgot to tell him what the "color scheme" was until just before we had our pictures taken.  He then informed me that he still didn't have a red shirt or sweater and still just had the one black sweater.  Sorry.

Now let's look a little farther back...


Okay, now this just makes me want to cry.  Look how much my babies have grown!

However, I am so thankful now to have our family of five.  I can hardly even remember what life was like before Tate... a whole 3 months ago.  I'm sure it wasn't quite as hectic, but it wasn't complete either.

It makes me cringe to think how big the kids will be in next year's picture...

8 comments:

peter marie said...

Cute pictures!

I think it'd be funny if Chad only wore that sweater every year and see how long it lasts.

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Ahh cute! I can't believe how much your girls have grown! They are so beautiful!
I agree with peter marie...go with the sweater every year! He does have two daughters who need beautiful wardrobes...no $$ left for dad!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I had to laugh -- Dave swears he is wearing is only black sweater in every picture we've taken since we got married!

Oh,and FYI I like your hair both ways -- but I can sympathize -- I am also growing my hair out for my husband and right now I feel like pulling it out at the roots!

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

you do have very pretty hair short or long......
Definitely cute pics. Isn't it funny to look at your family as it's grown in number and think about how you can't even imagine going back....
Love it.
Oh, and without the collared part of the sweater, you'd never even know it was the same black sweater as last year ;)

Mama Foster said...

love the pics! amazing you are all looking at the camera and smiling!

and i can relate on growing hair out for your husband...i have been for the last year too!

Mark Stam said...

Katie and Chad,
It's been way too long since I've seen you. Jennifer and I will be in Osky from Dec. 22-January 2. Will you be in Iowa? Is there a good day that we can come up to Ankeny and see you guys and your big family? My email now is markstam27@gmail.com

-Mark Stam

Amy Kramer said...

Great family photo!! Way to go!! I love that Chad has the same sweater on both years!
I like your hair both ways, but if you were going to fix it a certain way for Amy Kramer, I would say short. Give me chad's e-mail and I'll shoot him over a quick letter... :) Regardless you look great (whatever on the bigger part!) and you're an awesome wife!!

This Heavenly Life said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! I'm still a chicken about getting family pictures. With uncooperative kids and rambunctious toddlers...I'd be sweating and rosy cheeked for sure. But YOU all look fabulous!