Monday, November 17, 2014

Lori Anne

We didn't know on November 17th, 1969 at Holloman AFB Hospital that the beautiful little creature that we were blessed with would be the start of such a dynasty.  She was, without a doubt, the most beautiful baby every born.  Our joy was beyond measure.

And she has been a blessing since that wonderful day back in '69.  Here is Lori, our firstborn, through the years.

The pictures show how she's changed over the years but they don't tell you enough about what a wonderful person she is and always has been.  Here's a glimpse at the real Lori.

We should have know how helpful she'd be when she got bigger and that she'd always be the expert at doing everybody's hair.

And we should have known what a family girl she would grow up to be because she always loved all four of her grandparents SO much!

 So it was no surprise when she welcomed her little sister, Amy, the moment she laid eyes on her.
 And that she has stayed close with all three of her sisters.
And her brothers (no matter how silly they were all acting when I was trying to get this picture).
She has always been very social and enjoyed get-togethers with both sides of her family.
She was born on the same day as her cousin, Marianne, only 1500 miles away from her.
 She was the captain of the Peanut Gang bowling team that won the league championship.
 An important squaw in this indian tribe.
 And captain of her high school cheerleading squad.

And there was never a time when she wasn't a fashionista

 But the most important parts of Lori's life are shown below.

 And as much as she's always loved her littles, her life was never quite right until she met this guy. 
That was
when we met really happy Lori.

 Lori is a very, very important part of this very, very large family.
And the MOST important part of this smaller family. 
 And there so much more about Lori that no pictures show.  She's intuitive, kind, helpful, smart, and has a beautiful, loving personality.  She was a great kid, teenager, young mom, and has become a wonderful all-around person.  We're inordinately proud of her and wishing her her best birthday yet and a year that surpasses all other.

Happy Birthday, Lori!  We love you so much!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sometimes The Side Effect Is The Best Effect

For years Dan was the family photographer.  His eye and his creativity along with his self-taught expertise made for some pretty phenomenal pictures.  And he didn't just take the family photo, he was also the roving reporter and got amazing candid shots as well as tons of fun groupings and cameos.

Here are a few examples:


He even captured Beth making order of the chaos for the family picture.  Who knew then that she would be the amazing professional that she is today.
And here's the finished product where he got himself in, looking as if he'd been sitting there the whole time.
And if Dan hadn't been there taking pictures I wouldn't be laughing today at how hard we were laughing that day.

And when I say the side effect is often the best it's because only Dan could have seen that the most important parts of the following pictures would be what was going on in the back ground.
The perspective in the following pictures blows me away.  I mean I can't get over how cute little Ethan was in his pink glasses.  I really can't.  But what I love the most is how all those people watching him couldn't get over how cute he was either.  There's so much love and happiness in the background of these pictures it's overwhelming.  And I would have just captured the obvious.

Now that's creativity and a magic eye.  Beth has it.  And Dan has it.  We're lucky to have Beth take our family pictures.  But we need Dan too.  He fell out of the habit when he was deployed for so many Christmases.  This year I'm hoping we'll have Dan AND his awesome camera and his amazing perspectives back in their rightful roving reporter roles.