Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hobo supper

It was a gorgeous day for our church's annual Hobo Supper/Hayrack Ride. We all had a great time this year. These things get more and more fun as the kids get older.
Paul on the zipline

And, yep, that's miss Sonya. On the way there, Olivia was saying she wanted to do it...but when she saw what a zipline actually is, and how deep the canyon is, she changed her mind. However, Sonya decided it looked like fun. She smiled the whole way across, and was smiling when she got back. She would have gone again, I think, but we had gotten there a little late, so there was no more time.

Sonya, Ashton, and Collin doing some exploring. When they got back from climbing the little hill, I asked Sonya what they had talked about. She said, "dinosaurs."

Olivia hanging out with her buddy Garrett.


Garrett makes her laugh frequently.

Aaron caught this one of Miranda. We felt fortunate to get it!
The corn was a huge hit!

Aaron and Miranda have an interesting relationship....
....but she loves her daddy a lot.

talking about football, maybe?



Football!

Paul enjoyed his first sports experience as a jr. higher. We were able to attend most of his games. These are the best two shots I got....I hope I will improve by the time he's in high school!

#11...looking more like a man every day...and sounding like one, too.

Right in the middle of the picture, in the red helmet. He made some nice runs for touchdowns several times. We were proud!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We've had some wonderful weather lately...there's just something about late summer/early fall that I love. We've taken advantage of that by spending some time at the park.


The big kids only enjoy it if Aaron comes so they can play ball tag with him.

Olivia and her monkey had a good time playing in the gravel, swinging, and going down slides.


Look! I got pictures of Miranda...smiling, even! Of course, she didn't know I was taking them....


Oops...looks like Miranda is going to get out!
And in other news, Miss Sonya lost another tooth....number two, and she just turned 5!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

1st day of preschool

I guess Sonya has been the star of my blog lately.....better work on keeping it fair! I doubt, however, that Miranda minds! Sonya started preschool today, and seemed to have a good time. She was saying that she didn't really want to go, but she got on the bus without any problems, and had a smile on her face at the end of the day, so I think it was a success!

I know it looks like she had to carry a ton of bricks in there....but no, just a box of kleenex, a roll of paper towels, and a roll of Clorox wipes.

I love her smile!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sonya's 5th

We celebrated Sonya's 5th birthday yesterday. She woke up and announced that she was still the same size. It was a fun day.



My baby is growing up. As someone on facebook so aptly put it, "think of the alternative." It makes us sad to know that our children are growing up, but I know that I am very blessed that Sonya is a happy, healthy 5-yr. old. May you have many more wonderful birthdays, Sonya. We love you.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sonya's song

A month or so ago, when I noticed that we had special music coming up in church, I asked the fam if anyone was interested in doing something....All of the kids have sung with us a few times, but no one was jumping up and down to do it this time...except Sonya. She was very willing. I tried to talk Olivia into singing with her, but she wouldn't, which is interesting because Olivia is far from shy. I have discovered, being a performer myself, that there are different types of shy...I can be fairly shy in some situations, but singing in front of people (even hundreds) doesn't phase me. Anyway, Sonya chose to sing "I've got the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart." She's been singing it her own way for so long, and we always laughed at how she sang it, so it was tough to change her habits at the last minute :) I'm proud of her for following through on it, and singing with such great joy. I hope she will do it again.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Family pictures

Renee took our family picture on Thursday. These were a little overdue...by several years, I think. And I think I know why--it's quite an ordeal getting 6 people picture-ready and focused enough to cooperate! These 6 people, anyway! Aaron and I did quite well, thank you very much, but the other 4....well, there were moments! Thank you, Renee, for your patience.

One of the only non-goofy ones of Sonya (or was it the only one?)....she was trying out various facial expressions and we finally got this "natural" one.

Olivia did pretty well....her main issue was that she wanted to play with the "necklace" on her shirt.

Of course, Paul and Miranda weren't too pumped about the whole deal.


Miss Miranda....when I see these 2 of Paul and Miranda, I'm reminded of how much they're growing up....almost teenagers...yikes! I hope we get at least one more family picture in with Renee before we have her take the sr. pics!!!

Aaron and I don't have a lot of pictures together, so this was a great opportunity. I love the tree in the background!

Olivia, 6; Paul, 12; Sonya, 5 tomorrow; and Miranda, 11


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

School begins--it's inevitable

Paul had his first day of jr. high today, Miranda had her first day of her last year of elementary school, and Olivia started first grade. All 3 came home basically happy with how the day went. Of course, how hard is the first day?!? I had more work to do when they got home than they did, that's for sure--between filling out an info sheet for each one, signing various and sundry pages, and reading through info about each of Paul's classes, it took some time! Sonya will start preschool after Labor Day.

My tall Paul. He had his 7th grade physical a couple weeks ago and found out he's in the 97th percentile for height for boys his age.

Miranda didn't fuss about me taking this picture! Amazing!

Olivia said that her teacher talked all morning :) But she was pretty bubbly about the whole day, so I guess she got over the fact that in first grade there's no snack, no rest/video time, and no centers. She'll survive.

Ready to go! On another note, even though I didn't take a picture of him, Aaron started his 14th year of teaching, and I started my 15th (although I took a couple yrs. off when Paul and Miranda were little). Time flies!

County Fair '10

Miranda is covering her face, not because she's scared, but because she noticed me with my camera.

Stinky cow!


All of the Behrends grandkids in front of the big haybale cake.

Camping

Aaron's parents, sister, and her kids came last week for a few days. We spent some time at the lake, and even camped overnight. I kinda got back into taking pictures, so I have quite a few from this trip....hope I don't bore you to death, but I'm having trouble narrowing them down!



Most of you know how hard it is for me to get a decent picture of Miranda....


So, I finally gave up and took one of Paul...sleeping or something.
The only way to get one of Miranda, I guess, is to take it while she's driving a boat.


Showing Grandma the big catch of the day.