Saturday, June 20, 2009

Backyard Fun

We enjoyed a beautiful day today, working/playing outside. Jaime got some work done in our garden, cleaned up the weeds around the swing set, and did some other misc. things. Joshua and Megan enjoyed the pool, sprinkler, and spraying each other with the hose. Sofia even had fun playing in her pack and play in the backyard.

Our tomato plants are huge and needed to get cages around them. We finally got that done today.

Clearing the swing set of weeds.

This is one way to stay hydrated on a hot summer day!

Fun times!

What a sweetie!

This boy loves the water.

Sofia enjoyed being outside with the rest of us.

Pure exhaustion after a long day of playing.

Our trip to North Carolina

Lori with her two boys, Caleb (4) and Titus (2), and Baby Ruth #3 (due July 20th).

Titus was always playing in this mud puddle. He loves to get dirty!

Megan and Caleb became instant friends.

We couldn't get Sofia off this rocking horse. She loved it!

We were given some free zoo passes and decided to make the trip to Columbia, SC with all the kids. They had a great time. Joshua is still telling his daddy, multiple times a day, that he saw elephants and lions and monkeys at the zoo.

The kids looking at some fish.

Our best attempt to get a group shot of the kids.

Our two two-year-olds. The temper tantrums were frequent!

Our meals together.

Another attempt at a group shot.

Joshua got a summer buzz cut courtesy of Lori.
The before shot.

After. What a cutie!

Thanks Lori, for letting us come visit. We had a wonderful time. Can't wait to see you in the fall!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hello from NC

Some of you may have been wondering why it seems as though I have fallen off the face of the Earth; why I haven't been answering my phone, why I haven't been returning e-mails, etc. Well... last week, somewhat on the spur of the moment, I decided it would be fun to throw the kiddos in the car and drive almost 1000 miles across the country to Waxhaw, NC. Why Waxhaw, NC? Let me tell you! My dear friend Lori is here. Her and her husband are missionaries in Southeast Asia and are back on furlow. Her husband had to leave for a 10 day training, so I called and asked if I could come over and play! She said "Sure!" and here we are. It has been great to catch up with her and see our kids interact together. I will post pictures of our week together when we get back home... that is, if we make it home. I told her I might need to stay a few more weeks because I'm not looking forward to doing that drive again, so we'll see!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

11 Months Old

Today Sofia (and Bekah too!) turns 11 months old. It's so hard to imagine that she has been with us for 11 months already. It feels so fast but also like she has been around forever. It truely is hard to remember what our family was like before she came along. While she has been the most difficult baby of my three, she is little by little out growing most of those difficulties. She definately has a sweet personality which melts my heart and I adore that about her.

Some stats about Sofia:

She has 7 teeth and #8 is just about to break through.

She loves to lay her head on my shoulder while I hold her for a minute before falling asleep.

She still isn't crawling.

She loves to walk, if someone will hold her hands to help her.

She just learned to wave and clap her hands. (See video below)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Family Camp 2009

Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Family Camp with our church out at New Life Ranch. The kids had a lot of fun and were completely exhausted by the end of the weekend. Megan says her favorite things were the craft, swimming, and canoeing. Joshua says "Camp! Camp!" whenever he sees any of the pictures.

Check out this video Jaime caught of Joshua. The poor boy was so exhausted by the end of the second day.

I didn't believe this could ever really happen until I saw it with my own eyes. The funniest part is what we didn't catch on camera. A few minutes after this video he briefly woke up and tried to take a bite of his breadstick (unsuccessfully, I might add), then fell right back asleep again. I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.