I have been a slacker, not posting every day. I am going to start posting every day again, and attempt to go back and catch us up ! Thanks for sharing in my miracles every day!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome fall!

To celebrate the coming of fall, we went to a friends house for dinner. The boy's bestest buddy these day's is their daughter, Little E. The two of them have so much fun together. We made caramel apples, covered with all kinds of candy, nuts, and fruit. We couldn't wait for them to fully set so we ate them when they were still all gooey and sticky. It was great!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book worm

The kiddos have inherited a love of reading from Momma. The boy will sit and read for hours at a time, and he loves to be read to. Baby girl got this "Baby Faces" book from the doctor at her 6 month appointment, and she just loves it. She will stare and stare at it. I love that they are like me in lots of little ways.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Some edited photos of our trip

1. Boats and dock, Ketchikan
2. Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
3. Sunrise over Alaska, inside passage between Ketchikan and Juneau
4. Bear in Juneau
5. The northern lights over Skagway

I took and edited all of these! We loved Alaska, and I love that we got such beautiful pictures!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby toupee

So today I realized that baby girls hair is ridiculous. She rubbed off the back and sides, and where it is growing back it is very very light blonde, like brothers, but where it is long on top is still significantly darker. So it looks like she is wearing a toupee. It is quite funny to Daddy and I.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What the boy brought home from Alaska...

Poor kid. He spent about 4 hours over the whole week in the ship's kid area, and managed to pick up pink eye. He has a really bad case, which has spread to both eyes. The worst part is that he can't open it in the morning until we wash out the yuckies, and it freaks him out. Poor buddy is feeling cruddy. It is really swollen and hard for him to see and light sensitive. He is not a happy camper right now.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Home again!

Here we are back on the ferry, headed home. You can see our ship in the background. It was a WONDERFUL trip, and we are so lucky to have been able to share it with each other.

Friday, September 24, 2010

At sea

The last full day of the cruise, we were at sea all day. It was VERY windy and choppy, and the kids had to keep each other entertained, because they wouldn't let us go outside on the deck or in the pools. Baby girl thinks brother is hilarious, so it was not very difficult for them to have fun together!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last port, Prince Rupert BC, Canada

Our last stop was in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada. It was cold, windy, and rainy. We didn't spend much time there. But, we did get to see some real life mounties, which was exciting for us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Third Port, Skagway

Our third (and favorite!) stop was in Skagway. It is a gorgeous LITTLE down ( it is 8 blocks long and 2 blocks wide.) We took a tour up the White Pass into BC. We learned a lot about the gold rush, and the history of the town. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and we got some beautiful pictures.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Second Port, Juneau

We visited the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. It was really pretty and interesting. We even got to eat glacial ice. There was a neat beach and waterfall, we didn't try to make it down the path with a stroller and 2 kidlets though. We got some pretty pictures!

Monday, September 20, 2010

First port, Ketchikan

Ketchikan was really neat. All the buildings are up on stilts, a lot of the streets are wooden steps going up the hill, it has a rich and colorful history and a lot of really nice people.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Splish splash

The boy's favorite part of the whole trip was the waterslides and the kid area. We had a lot of fun splishin and splashin, and he spent a couple hours at the kid area doing projects, playing, watching movies, etc.... I am so glad he had such a good time.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cruisin' along!

Our first family of 4 vacation. To celebrate Daddy and Mommy's 10 year anniversary and 30th birthdays, we took a family vacation. Our first cruise... our first time to Alaska!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Best buds

The boy and Little E are best buds. They have a lot of fun together. He told me she is his favorite, but he does NOT want to marry her.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Baby girl thinks her big brother is the funniest, coolest, and bestest guy around. She loves to watch him goof around, and lately has been playing with him instead of just watching him.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First day of Preschool!

The boy was so excited for his first day at preschool! He got up early, and came into the kitchen wearing his backpack (with his pajamas.) Daddy went to work super early so that he could take his lunch at 8:45 and meet us there. The boy had a great first day. He got to paint, play on the sand table (which is actually filled with cornmeal... GENIUS!) and make new friends. There are 2 kids from church in the class with him, so he was happy about that. He is also doing a home based co-op preschool program called Joy School with some other kids from church, so total he goes to school 3 days a week. He was very disappointed to learn that he had to leave his school supplies at school, and couldn't carry them back and forth in his backpack, so we had to go buy a second set for his backpack. (He needs them for Joy School anyway.) It was a big day for him!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hey Lady!

We were at the marina, standing on a balcony looking down at the dock. We saw a lady get out of her little boat and tie it to the dock. She was about 100 yards away when the wind caught it, and knocked it completely over! The boy thought this was this coolest thing he'd ever seen. He was very excited, yelling down at the dock; "Hey Lady! Hey Lady! Your boat falled over Lady!" She just grabbed it and pulled it back up, but the boy thought it was pretty awesome.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Say uncle!

The boy was wrestling this GIANT bear and yelling at it "Say Uncle! Just say Uncle!" I am not exactly sure who won.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Daddy's birthday was today, so we had a nice breakfast, opened presents, then went to church. After church, we had fried chicken and mashed potatoes (Daddy's choice!) for dinner, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. (Or, as the boy calls it..."up down pine cone cake!") We love Daddy very much and we are happy to celebrate with him.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day of Service

We participated in the National Day of Service by teaming up with the church and the United Way and doing projects around town. I will post those pictures when I get them...but this is a picture the boy took of Daddy's shirt. It was a busy day, after the service projects we went to a community gathering for lunch, a baptism, a scout activity, and finally Nana and Great Grandma (visiting from San Diego) came over to visit! Fun, productive, and spiritual. Could a day be any better?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fishies in the ocean

The boy decided he'd like to paint, so we sat down to paint and he told me I had to "imaginate" that his picture was fishies in the ocean. He painted a blue line at the top to be the water, then made all sorts of colorful swirls and dots. It did look like fishies in the ocean...in a way. I love his abilities to "imaginate" and create. He was so proud of his picture. We decided to send it to Grandma for her birthday. The boy is a joy to have around.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So excited for spookin'

I LOVE Halloween. Last year, I taught a class on making these cute Christmas countdowns on a cookie sheet. This year, I had to try a Halloween countdown! I love love LOVE it. I think it turned out so much cuter than the Christmas ones. Don't get me wrong, they were cute, but this one is WAY more adorable. I put a few little clothespins to hold candy (it IS a Halloween countdown after all!) and the boy is so excited for it to be October. I have to admit, I can't wait to put this up either!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Baby's new stylist...Gary Busey?

Baby girl's hair after her bath cracked me up!! A friend of mine pointed out that brother's hair looked a lot like this at this age!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Baby,you got no teeth."

Sweet baby girl still sucks her thumb, and tries to put EVERYTHING in her mouth. At dinner tonight, she kept trying to snatch Daddy's sweet potato fries. Jorel told her to stop, saying "Baby you got no teeth!" She passed out after dinner. Trying to eat is hard work!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Toe-tally yummy!

Baby girl loves to chew/suck on her toes. I know most babies do but lately she has her toes in her mouth more than her thumb.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Reason 8,463....

There are so many reasons why I love where we live. The most recent? When Daddy decides what he'd really like for his special birthday meal is crab cakes eggs benedict from James Bay Tea House in Victoria,BC....we just hop on a ferry and go!

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

I took this from my front yard. I love living in such a gorgeous place. My kids can play outside with no smog, no gangs, no drive bys. It is worth every bad day I've ever had to be outside under a gorgeous blue sky, holding my baby girl, watching my son play. I wouldn't trade my life for any of yours. My kids are the best thing(s) that have ever happened.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A snack and a snooze

It's amazing what a fully belly and a clear conscience can do for you. This baby girl was passed out moments after finishing her dinner. She loves the rice cereal now. I literally cannot feed it to her fast enough. She is growing up every minute!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pretty in pigtails

Baby girl's hair is getting long enough to go into her eyes. I decided to try some pigtails. They are not very even, but they were very cute! She did a very good job being still and letting me do her hair. I think we will have to do this a lot more often!