Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sound of Music (Anna's turn) and Dutch family visiting

Our family life has been very busy lately, which explains why I've barely even gotten around to posting photos. Busy is really an understatement. My Outlook calendar is running on overtime and if it weren't for Outlook, I don't think I'd remember half the places I need to be.

This past month, John Michael has had an explosion in speech and communication.  I've compiled a list of words and word approximations, and will post an update in the next few days. For now, here are some family photos.  Above, big sis, Anna, with John Michael. This is his "show me your teeth" smile.
John Michael and Granny (great-grandmother) from Holland after Mass. I was pregnant with John Michael the last time she came to visit, so it's nice for her to see how wonderful this little guy is in person.

Proud great-grandmother moment -- her eldest great-grandson, Nicolas, as altar server.

Big sis, Greta, and John Michael give the best hugs!

John Michael taking time out to smell the flowers with his great-uncle Piet from Holland.

Granny and John Michael at one of Nic's volleyball games.

And finally, some photos of Anna as Louisa in various scenes from The Sound of Music last week.

The Goatherd song

The von Trapp children singing "So Long, Farewell" to the party-goers.

The children singing for "Uncle" Max before Maria returns...

Nicolas as Rolf at the Festival

Festival scene where the von Trapp children, Maria and the Captain sing their farewells and ultimately make their escape over the hills to Switzerland via the Abbey.

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  1. Monica, you have such a beautiful family. I love seeing how much John Michael and his brother and sisters connect with each other. Absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to see pictures with John Michael as the "big brother"!!

  2. Yay John Michael! Sam has had one of those "word explosions" too lately - it is so exciting!
    I love the sound of music! what great pictures and how blessed you are that your family from Holland can come and visit. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all :)

    I have been thinking about you, wondering how you are feeling.. hope all is well.

  3. your family is just beautiful:) thanks for posting the pictures john michael is getting so big and doing so much!!!

  4. I love looking at pictures of your family you can just see the love you all have for each other! The sound of music play looked wonderful! That was one of my favorite movies as a kid!

  5. I LOVE all of the pictures. Sounds like life is very busy - but with such fun and memorable events!

  6. So glad you all had a great family visit... and if it weren't for my iCal I wouldn't even know which was up. So I totally understand :)

  7. wow your schedule sounds like mine. Go JM

  8. Happy Mother's Day Monica. Kick up your feet and enjoy your weekend to just look around and be blessed.

  9. what great photos of the kids in their musical! I bet it was awesome!

    Can't wait to read about all of JM's cool new words! He's getting to be such a big guy!

  10. So funny to see Granny and Piet in the pictures! Have a good time together.

    Love Maud

  11. I loved all your pictures...can't wait to read about John Michael's speech update! Hope you are feeling well!!! Thinking of you!