Thursday, December 10, 2009
First the biggest thanks I have to give is to my wonderful husband who finished our new kitchen the week before Thanksgiving. What a big treat that was for me to get to cook Thanksgiving dinner in a brand new, beautiful kitchen, plus a new dinning room and entry way. It makes our home much more comfortable and enjoyable.
We were thrilled to have Russell and Erin and their cute kids join us. They had a road trip that was extended way too long because of Holiday traffic and we're so grateful they were willing to drive all that way especially Erin who was expecting. We had a great time with them and our kids had a ball.
We also enjoyed the company of Pat and Colleen and Will. There's always a good time when they're around. Our kids couldn't love Will more. We played some games after dinner. This is a lousy picture because our flash on our camera had gone out and it just dawned on me that I hadn't taken any pictures of our Thanksgiving so I hurried and snapped a few. Also, and I know I've mentioned this before - my photography skills are very limited.
When we moved into the new kitchen our old kitchen became "the box room" temporarily since we had all these huge boxes from the cabinets and since empty boxes are the best toys ever we let our kids go wild with them. They really wore them out. Logan, James, Melissa and Melanie had some game going where they were running around taking pictures of each other. I don't know exactly what it was, but they were having a great time.Russ and Erin's daughter Emma is a doll. We all just love her.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
First I'd better start by finishing with some pictures from the weekend of Rebekah's blessing. We really had such a nice time with my parents and Russell and Erin and their family.
Next Melissa had her 1st grade play. She was wonderful! Here's a couple of exerpts.
Here's a couple of pictures of Melissa and James climbing one of our trees in the backyard. They thought that was really fun. David wanted to get up there too, but once I helped him up he shot right up the tree like a monkey, with no fear - scared me, and luckily I caught him when he fell - and well, I won't be helping him get started tree climbing again until he's got a little bit of fear in him!
Next came the sad news that our sweet little neice Andi had passed on. We went over to Boston to be with Russell and Erin and attend her funeral, which was lovely.
Here's a tender picture of Emma with Rebekah. Emma was so sweet with her.
We took the kids into the city of Boston to do a little sight seeing so that Erin and Russell could do a few last minute things to prepare for the funeral. We had lots of fun. The kids were all great. This was a little crab shack place right off the water.
Here are some pictures from Andi's burial. It was a special time for our family. The Lord blessed us with comfort and peace. I think especially Russell and Erin. They are amazing and wonderful people.
I'll stop here for now before this gets too long. Update 2 coming soon (I hope! :o) ).
Friday, June 12, 2009
Rebekah wore a very special dress and looked beautiful in it. It was the dress I was blessed in as well as both of her older sisters. We love her so much and are so thankful to have her in our family.
It was a special occasion for our family. We were glad to have my parents come up to be here as well as my brother Russell and his wife Erin and their children. We were also very grateful to have our wonderful Nana, Rebekah's great grandmother there along with Aunt Sophia, Aunt Kathy, Aunt Mary and Allison and Kaliegh, Aunt Carla and Uncle Phil and Aunt Delores. We really appreciate all the love and support we receive from our families!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
His birthday was last Monday the 11th and of course he didn't know the difference, but was thrilled to wake up with a new tricycle - actually the balloons I'd blown up and set around it were just as exciting if not more. One of these days that will sink in and I'll forget about buying toys and just give the little ones balloons and the beloved cardboard box!
I was planning on making him a cake, but the day got too hectic (can you imagine?) and so I just bought one. It was kind of great because he picked out a cute one with a tractor on it.
He liked having us sing to him.
Melanie is in her softball uniform. He had a ball at her game because there was a swing set and a sandbox and other kids to play with. She did really well and is enjoying it. Melissa is playing Tball. I'll try and get some pictures of them playing on here soon.
This next little video is for Grandma Diane and Grandpa Rex. Your gift was a big hit. A toy to play with sand and water - what could be better?! Thankfully Melanie helped me put it together and show him what to do - although she was horrified when the first thing David did was throw sand in the water part!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This one is just before church on Sunday. This dress my mom passed down to me, its one I guess I used to wear.
Aren't sleeping babie's so precious! I don't normally lay her on her stomach to sleep, she just wore herself out having some tummy time. She's really growing and she's just so sweet.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Because everything is about multi-tasking, part of our trip included stopping at the tile store to get the rest of the tile for our -in progress- master bathroom, which by the way, we found a fabulous deal on that we're totally excited about (I'll show pictures of the project when it is completed). Also we stopped by the Bishop's Storehouse for an update on food storage - again a mormon thing - but com'on people we're in a bad recession - better safe than sorry! Get prepared! And, the most important reason for going to Palmyra is . . . the temple. (I wish I had taken a picture of our family there to insert here, but I didn't sorry!) Eric and I planned to go to the temple. He had a wonderful experience, but as I dug in my wallet for my recommend I was horrified to realize it wasn't there. I was heartbroken. Apparently one of the many times my wallet has been ransacked by my beloved children the recommend did not get replaced (and I still haven't found it, ugh!) The good part is that while I was at the temple Eric and the kids were going to go across the street where one of our church buildings has a lovely pavillion and baseball field in back and play baseball (the girls are playing t-ball and softball now, so good practice time). Since I didn't get to go to the temple I got to play too and took the following pictures of our fun.
And this is always how David holds the bat - I think its because if he holds it the right way, its too heavy and he can't pick it up. Its just so cute though, I love it!
I guess this could go under another post, but I'm just going to add it at the end of this since it's part of the trip. We found a great little old playground in Palmyra - it really is a cute little town. I have great memories of playing on playgrounds as a kid and my favorite things to play on were the merry-go-round, the see-saw or teeter-totter and those old metal slides. They don't make these anymore and I guess I know why, but it was so fun to find them all at this playground. Our kids had a great time. Here's a video Eric took of them on the merry-go-round while I was nursing Rebekah. When she was done I went and took a spin myself! Our kids always think its so funny when I play on the playground equipment with them!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well, David drinks the milk - in fact, he drinks it before he eats the cereal. I'm lucky if I can get him to eat a few bites of the cereal. The milk is his favorite part. So your thinking, just give the guy a glass of milk and skip the cereal, well I've tried that. He won't drink a regular glass of milk - but with a bowl of cereal, oh, yeah! Yum! I filled this bowl up three times! And yes, there was cereal left at the end. Darn.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
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