Updated Header Picture

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 Under Photographs

We updated the header picture at the top of our blog today. Just to let you know how crazy it can be to be the child of photographers, here is a little behind the scenes shot. We took our front door off the hinges in order to let enough light in (it has been a very dreary October). If you want to see our previous header pictures you can always click the About link on the top of the page.

And for those not reading this on our official blog, here is the picture that we are talking about. Kenny was Happy Dwarf and Emma was Snow White.


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Emma the Banana

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs

Emma had her first preschool program this last Thursday. Everyone dressed as a fruit or vegatable. They sang songs about how God made the fruits and vegatables. It was very cute.

I think they were singing about branches of a tree at this point.

Here is the whole class.

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A Tale of Two Parties–Party 2

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 Under Birthdays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

Kenny’s party with his family was on his official date of birth. Just about all of the family was able to attend, though we did miss Aunt and Uncle Hermerding and Cousin Norah, who live in Louisiana. We start with a little black and white to show his excitement for the day.

Mama Kathy Swanstrom is the cake maker for the kids here in Eau Claire. This lion cake tasted as good as it looked.

Cousin Landry was over for the festivities. This was just moments before singing and officially blowing out the candle.

His hand really isn’t that close, but he definitely was intrigued by the fire. His big sister helped again to blow out the candle.

This smaller cake was all Kenny’s to enjoy. It took him a while, but he eventually made a big mess as you can see in the next two pictures.

Kenny got plenty of presents. His big sister was probably more excited than Kenny was, though Kenny has really had fun over the last few days with some of his new stuff.

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A Tale of Two Parties–Party 1

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 Under Birthdays, Kenny's Health, Photographs, Special Events

Kenny had two birthday parties. The first one was with his friends on the night before his actual birthday. We got the house all decorated in the African Animal theme as you can see in this first picture.

Kenny just loved looking up at his big lion ballon.

For this party, we just had cupcakes. Emma helped Kenny blow out his one candle.

As you can see in the background, about 3 inches of snow is on the ground. Hope that doesn’t happen to often on Kenny’s birthday.

We tried to get a perfect picture of all the friends, but sometimes you take what you can get. This actually was the best one that we took.

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A Big Pumpkin

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Oct 30, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs

On Kenny’s Birthday (pictures from the parties will be coming soon) we went to a place called Fanny Hill. They always have lots of pumpkins carved and they also had this pretty big pumkin.

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Kenny’s First Birthday

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Oct 24, 2009 Under Birthdays, Photographs, Special Events

We’ll have more pictures after the festivities, but Kenny is ONE today. Here is a version of the invitation that we sent out for his African Safari themed party.

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Carson Park Photo Shoot

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Oct 18, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs

So the main goal was to get Kenny’s One Year photo (see previous post), but we also had some other objectives. Of those additional objectives, the first was to get a good picture of the both of them. With the third click of the shutter we got this one.

With the fourth click we got this one and the pictures of the two of them was over.

We did get Kenny to stop crying and got his official one year picture taken. Here was another one that we liked, but decided his long curly hair needed to be in the official picture.

Our other objective was to get a picture of Emma by a the pumpkin. Every year we have taken a picture of Emma by a pumpkin at a local park. We try to go to the same patch of leaves each year. So here is Emma on October 8, 2006. This was her 9 month picture.

On September 26, 2007 we took this picture, but it was so early that year, we couldn’t use the normal patch of leaves, but these where close to our usual location.


This was last year on October 8, 2008.

An finally we got this one this year. She definitely is getting older. We love her so much.

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Kenny Turn’s One on Saturday

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Oct 18, 2009 Under Kenny's Health, Kid Pictures, Photographs

In less than a week Kenny turns 1. This year has certainly been hard at times with the uncertainty of Kenny’s  health issues, but it has been a good year.  We have hope and peace in God’s faithfulness, and celebrate at the miracles that have already happened!  Psalm  139: 13-14 “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mothers womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

On a lighter note, since we are anticipating that there won’t be any more sunny and 60 degree days before next Saturday, we went out and took his official one year photo today. His first year frame is now complete.

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Wisconsin Dells

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Oct 13, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

Every October we also make a trip down to the Wisconsin Dells. This year was Emma’s fourth trip and Kenny’s first. The cousins also make the trip with their parents. Here is Emma and Landry taking a little rest.

Since we always go to the same place, we always get pictures of the kids in the same swing.

This was Emma back in 2006.

We didn’t take a picture in 2007, so here is Emma’s 2008 picture.

And finally Emma this year.

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Visiting the Pumpkin Patch in Elk Mound

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Oct 13, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs

One of our annual traditions is to head to a pumpkin patch over in Elk Mound. Here is a few from our afternoon.

This is Emma’s friend Ava. Ava, her brother, and her mom were able to meet us at the pumpkin patch. We had lots of fun together.

We usually end up in the woods were they have a haunted nature walk. We try to focus more on the nature part in order to avoid any nightmares that could result from the scary parts.

And finally, there is a little growth chart that the kids stand by every year. The ground underneath it isn’t very predictable, so it isn’t an exact measurement. We start off with Kenny age 11.5 months.

Here is Emma in 2007. Age 1.5.

2008. Age 2.5.

And finally this year.

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Our Forest Fairy

Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Oct 13, 2009 Under Kid Pictures, Photographs

Tammy’s has been dreaming of taking pictures of Emma in her flower girl dress (bought used at a garage sale) in our woods behind our house. In a moment where all the stars aligned just right, we had a cooperative daughter, nice weather (these were taken a few weeks ago), and good light filtering through the trees, and some nice pictures were the result.

This next one is of our beautiful forest fairy using a stick to hold up a deer skull that she found. That’s a whole other story about explaining how that got there. Death is a tough one for the little ones to understand.

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Posted by danaandtammy on Tuesday Oct 13, 2009 Under Photographs

This is what we woke up to this morning. Actually most of it came yesterday, but I didn’t take the picture until this morning. I did see in the paper today though that we only got 1.6 inches and the record for October 12th is 1.7 inches.

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