Archive for August, 2011

Shout out to Nana

My sweet mom (i.e., Nana) came to visit/watch the kids last weekend so I could attend the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) conference. I had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and decided that I am going to homeschool our children. I am really excited about it. I’ll post more on that later. Anyway, the kids had a GREAT time with Nana; I had a GREAT time at the conference – everybody’s happy!

That can’t be comfortable…

Over the space of an hour, I snapped this series of shots of Abby sleeping. How can she sleep like this?

There’s a bonus picture of Abby and her friend, flying like butterflies.

California Trip

We took a family vacation to California to visit family, and enjoy the beautifully cool weather. We had, with a few exceptions (the ones that come to mind involve traffic and sleepless nights), a fabulous time! We swam in the pool; went to the beach in La Jolla with friends; spent a day in San Diego, mostly at the science museum in Balboa Park; enjoyed downtown Temecula; saw a wonderful ballet production of Cinderella that our cousins were in (way to go Sam and Randi!); went to Descanso Gardens with “the girls”; spent another day in San Diego, in Old Town; and spent lots of time with Grandma. A couple of great moments: (1) After the ballet, Abby wanted to meet Cinderella. We had to wait in a long line, because lots of other little girls wanted to meet Cinderella, too. When it was Abby’s turn, she looked up at Cinderella lovingly and asked, “Can I give you a hug?” Cinderella was tickled with the request, and obliged. When she put Abby down again, after a photo or two, Abby just stood and stared, open mouthed, in awe. She had to be dragged away. (she now wants to be Cinderella in a ballet). (2) I took the kids to Old Town San Diego, because I we needed an outing, and I like to shop. =) And we ran into a long-time friend and his family who were also visiting California – from Japan, where he is stationed with the military. It was so fun to catch up, and to see his darling family. A completely unexpected encounter. If you look closely, you can see him, and a few of his kids, in the background of the picture of Abby and James with the cannon.

Utah Visit

I took the kids up to Utah for a couple weeks back in June. We had a GREAT time visiting family. We also went to the Discovery Children’s museum in downtown Salt Lake; visited Ben and Jess in Provo, and walked around BYU; took an unexpectedly snowy hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon; went to the Tracy Aviary with Kate and Nana at Liberty Park; saw Grandma and Grandpa; went to the park near Grandpa and Nana’s house; and generally had a marvelous time. Miss you all!

A First

We celebrated James’ birthday at the local public swimming pool. The water was cold, but the kids loved it. We ate chocolate cupcakes by the car, out in the parking lot, after swimming. You can tell James enjoyed his. =)

Self Portrait

Abby got ahold of my camera a while back, and enjoyed taking pictures of everyone and everything she found interesting. These were my favorites. Some of them are not bad.


I know it has been forever (ok, two months, but in blog-time, that’s nearly forever) since I updated the blog. Sorry. We have been mostly out of town, and completely very busy.

Anyway, in the past two months, we have been to Utah and California for extended visits; had friends and family visit us in Arizona; and accomplished the usual daily doings.

James has really grown the past couple of months. He graduated out of his helmet. the surgeon is very pleased with his progress and says he will not need any more treatment. We are so grateful! James is walking now, almost on his own (he lightly holds onto one of my fingers as he walks; he just needs a little more confidence, then he’ll really be off). He has two shiny, new molars (making his total tooth count 10). He loves his sister, and giggles endlessly at her antics. And everyone who meets him comments on his cheerful attitude. He is a joyful spirit, and a blessing to our family.

Abby loves to read books. She can sound out all her letters, and can write her letters – upper and lower case. She is really interested in princesses right now, especially Rapunzel, and is excited to celebrate her birthday next week with a Princess party. I can hardly believe she is almost 4 years old. She is active, stubborn, and funny. She adds life to any situation, and makes us laugh at least once a day.

Jake has been working really hard on lots of projects at work and at home (there is always something to do in the yard). And I have been working hard at getting the house in order – real order, not just surface order. I feel really good about my progress, especially over this past week.

That about sums up us, lately. Here are some (ok, a ton) of pictures for you to enjoy.

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