Hi! It’s early, and the house is quiet, and the windows are open, and the streets are wet. I’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes uploading pictures, and I didn’t Fbomb it once. What a great time of day to write blog posts! Also: I need coffee.

So, here’s the teacher gifts that we made for Kate and Joan’s preschool teachers. I got the idea from Midwest Mom (this post is her project). Since my girls are a little older than Harper, I let them hand paint each card. We made three sets (two for teachers, one for my grandma), so I had them do three cards of each color flower. Then I added some envelopes and some cute ribbon, and we were done.

These are a sample of Joan’s cards. Also, fun fact! Did you know that her name is pronounced JoAnne? Joan is actually her real middle name in real life, and she is named after my grandma, who uses the same spelling.

Kate is obsessed with painting so she did more cards than Joan (JoAnne!). I’m so glad I took pictures of these, since we gave them all away!

Here’s the finished product, before we put it in a nice gift bag.

Also, I included these two pictures for their teachers. This one is their first day of preschool in September 2006.

This is them on their last day of preschool (May 2008). I think it’s fun to see how much they’ve changed during their 2 years at preschool. They were such babies when they started!

Finally, here’s some recent shots of our family enjoying the newly summerish weather:

I love seeing them so happy.

I like to call this one “Daddy’s helpers”.

We take pictures with our blooming crab apple tree every year.

She’s crouching down, copying Daddy, who was crouching down to take her picture.

I love how green everything is this time of year.

Marin and Daddy, at the lake a few blocks from our house.

We walk to the lake almost every day. The girls love to throw rocks.


13 thoughts on “Photos

  1. Those cards came out GREAT! What a good idea.We used to have a blooming crabapple tress at our house in MN. I miss it. They are so pretty.

  2. I LOVE the cards. What a wonderful idea!Your daughters are gorgeous. I too take a photo on the first day and last day of school each year. But I never thought to give it to the teacher. Great idea for Drew when he FINALLY finishes preschool in 2 more years (darn winter babies).

  3. I just compared my oldest with the same pictures. I can’t believe how much she grew in just two short school years. I can’t believe they will be in Kindergarten. I have a horrible feeling there will be tears on the first day and I don’t believe they will come from my child!

  4. What a great idea!! As a former teacher I’m sure they’ll love them! And I can’t believe how big your girls are getting. So cute.

  5. I love Kelsey’s card idea! And I love how your kids’ cards came out! SO PRETTY. It would be difficult to give them away!I loved all those photos, too.

  6. Semi-desperate housewife- yes, all of us go by our middle names on my blog, except Marin, who’s middle name is also Marie. That would be confusing! So I use Marin, because that was SUPPOSED to be her name my entire pregnancy- until David talked me out of it the day she was born. But! I like the name she has, and I like that I get to use Marin on my blog.

  7. Oh land of ten thousand lakes! I miss it sometimes.Your girls are positively beautiful. Seeing photos of your twins makes me want identical twin girls so bad. Which is laughable because I’m pretty sure I’d never survive that. But they are captivating.

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