We’ve gone to the Rooster Days Parade every year since Biggest Brother was 2 months old. It makes me feel like I live in a really small town…which I like.

…waiting patiently for us to get all our gear together so we could leave for the parade…

I find myself taking the majority of my pictures close up of the boys (like this one of Littlest Brother waiting in his stroller),

so I challenged myself to do more wide angles while at the parade…

The older boys broke it down when the band started coming their way. Big Brother really does have other shirts, he just prefers to wear this one every other day.

I gave up a long time ago trying to convince him otherwise…or trying to hide it.

Littlest Brother was mezmorized by the parade

“Look there’s Papa!” Chris’ dad tried to convince the boys to ride with him, but they were afraid of missing out on the ice cream BlueBell passes out.

BlueBell IceCream…the real reason we go to the parade every year. So much better than candy.

It started raining towards the end, so the boys hid under our blanket…they came out quickly when they realized they were missing out on candy being passed out.

We then walked home…which I am beginning to feel like is our own version of a parade for our neighbors.

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  • kelly - How fun!! Such cute pics as always. Love his Star Wars shirt!

  • melanie - We love your family! You make me smile:)

  • Lesley - Love them all! Your boys are so handsome.

  • meg duerksen - LOVE the feeling in these…everyone has good memories of parades!

    one thing i did for annie and her favorite shirt “ice cream queen” that had to worn every day…..i bought another one.
    it made it so much easier.

While many of my photographer friends are currently upgrading their cameras from the version I have, I got a more perfect upgrade for this phase of my life. Chris got me a waterproof case for my point & shoot for Mother’s Day! It’s my version of an upgrade as I focus less on a business and more on my family. I never thought I would say I can’t wait to get in a pool when I am this pregnant, but who cares about maternity swimsuits when you can take your camera underwater! I can’t wait! I have about a billion ideas of pictures I want to try to capture of the boys! It can go up to 130ft below water….not that my current bouyant body could.

I also got a gift certificate to Lowe’s for Mother’s Day – so very me! And yes, I have already spent it.

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  • melanie - :)

  • Lauren - That is so cool! I can’t wait to see pics from underwater!

  • christina larsen - Awesome. Can’t wait to see the pics you take with that.

  • bopha - very fun, can’t wait to see your new pictures.

  • Serena - How fun! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Charissa - So who got to wear the yellow rubber boots and spray the water hose?

  • AshleyAnn - Charissa, the boots are just sitting there and I actually am pouring water with an old watering can. I set up the picture first, then turned on the timer so I could step back and pour the water. I’m pretty sure I entertain my neighbors :)

  • Sarah - Ashley, you make me smile… only you would be thrilled about a Lowe’s gift card for mother’s day! :) You’re going to have to take that camera to Hawaii one of these days. I can’t wait to see all your water pictures this summer.

I was cooking dinner and heard laughter in the background. I rounded the corner to discover his big brothers found baby sister’s headband…

And then one of the big brothers decided to try it on too. He has the hair to make it look really cute – almost too cute.

…I hope our daughter has great hair like this!:)

My friend Jenn said this pic reminds her of a character off of Goonies…I can’t remember the name, but if you’ve seen it you know who I am talking about. Isn’t that a great way to start off your Monday? You have to be smiling now:)

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  • Jeannette Swan - Awesome!!

  • melanie - He does have great hair! So cute!!

  • Cindy Scorsone - That is so funny! You are right he does have great hair. I love the headband. Where did you get it?

  • bopha - I’m thinking it’s Chunk (had to consult the husband on that one). Now all he needs to learn is the Truffle Shuffle!! Your little girl is going to be so cute.

  • amanda - That is SOOOO funny! He does look like Chunk…”Hey you guuuuyyyysss!”

  • Jamie - “Chunk,” totally!!! LOL Very cute :)

  • sheridan - oh that is too funny! we’ve put a bow on our youngest and it looked so funny. His hair is awesome and I love goonies.

  • liz winsby - So cute! He really does look like Chunk! I bet they are getting really excited for their little sister to arrive. I have three brothers although I am the oldest. It was so fun growing up with all those boys!

  • carrie - Now you know, your little girl is going to be sooo cute!! See you Saturday! I am so excited.

  • meg duerksen - he totally does look like chunk on goonies.
    “hey mikey!”
    that movie is a favorite of mine!
    they look darling in those headbands. :)

  • Emily Beaty - lol.. so funny! i can’t wait to see their baby sis wear that. :)

  • Carol - How much is he going to love that picture when he is 16 and his big brothers shows his girlfriend that picture??? Love it!!

  • AshleyAnn - The bow is from Lou & Lee on etsy…

  • Jenn G. - This is one of my favorite pictures ever of Hudson!!! He is so stinkin’ cute…. even as a chubby girl. And yes, saying that he looks like Chunk in this is a compliment because Goonies is one of the best movies of all time and Chunk is my favorite character. Like Hudson, he makes me laugh. Oh, and Bopha and Amanda, your comments made me laugh out loud.