Baby Marion’s Blessing Dress

We put up pictures of Marion before on her blessing day, but we decided to take some nice portraits of her in her pretty dress. This one was our favorite picture of our happy girl. I had forgotten how complicated it is to try and take pictures of infants who can’t sit up yet, but…

Amy and Amanda Play Paintball

When my sister Lisa was visiting with her kids, Chris had to go work at a paintball field for the day. We asked Amy and Amanda if they wanted to go play paintball, and they said that would be Awesome!Here they are making their move!I can’t believe how grown up they are! We used to…

Working at the Carwash

Now that we own a car, it needs to be washed occasionally. Chris decided to pull out the hose and buckets and wash everyone’s cars, not just ours. The kids thought this looked like great fun, so we had them help out.Oliver liked spraying the hose.At everything… Chris had to show him where to spray…

San Diego Space Museum

Grandma and Grandpa took us to the San Diego Space Museum. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, but I remember it being really fun and it is pretty close to their house. We had lunch outside when we first got there. Oliver took off his shoes first thing and ran off to…

Big Cousin Birthday Party!

While visiting Grandma and Grandpa, we had a big birthday bash for Elora and Oliver and their cousins Amy and Amanda, whose birthdays are all within a month of each other. It was fun to have the cousins together and to eat a lot of cake.The cousin crew: Left to right — Jessie, Marion, Amanda,…

Amy’s Wedding

So this random girl we met many years ago turned out to be my (Chris’) long lost cousin. Who knew we had family on the east coast? Not me! Well, now she was getting married and we were thrilled to attend the rehearsal and wedding. Amy, the bride is my cousin. This is one of…

Elora’s Early Birthday Party

Just before we left Arizona, Nana wanted to give Elora a little party for her birthday, even though she isn’t technically five yet…So we made some cupcakes (which Oliver enjoyed eating the batter more than helping make the batter…)Elora also enjoyed lots of batter…Elora was SO excited to decorated the cupcakes all by herself.Oliver decorated…

Teddy Parties!

Elora likes celebrating Dirty Teddy’s birthday. We celebrate at least twice a month. She got a new book called Fancy Nancy Tea Parties which had all sorts of cute ideas for having a fancy tea party and Elora was so excited to try them all out for Teddy’s birthday.Elora made little name placards for everyone’s…

A Day at Canyon Lake

My brother David has a boat, so he took us all out to Canyon Lake here in Arizona. When we were kids, we had a boat and we would go waterskiing all summer long. Funny fact of the day – Arizona is land locked but has the highest number of boats per capita in the…

Pup is Up

The kids’ birthdays are only a month apart, so their big birthday present this year was a puppy! Chris and I went shopping at Walmart one night and saw some people in a truck selling puppies. We went to check it out and saw all these cute black lab puppies (which is the only type…

Phoenix Zoo

We went to the zoo with Nana while we were in Arizona. The kids had such a great time, and the weather was perfect. When we walked into the zoo the kids grabbed a map – and on the cover was a koala bear. We asked what they wanted to see first, and Oliver pointed…

Oliver’s Birthday Party!

Oliver turned 3 on February 14th, Valentine’s Day! Because Chris has fond memories of the R2-D2 cake that his mother made for him as a child, Chris volunteered me to make one for Oliver… hmmm… I am not really a great cake decorator, but I figured I would give it a try. Here we are…