Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Picture Tag

How lucky that Becca tagged me so you could all see this adorable picture of Hailey!  She was all smiles while eating this popsicle, until this huge chunk came off of the stick--That changed her expression a little bit!

Picture Tag Rules...
Go to documents/pictures
Open your 5th folder
Open you 5th picture
Blog about it
Tag 5 people

Tagged: Shelly P., Sara D., Tiffany T., Amy S. and Amber C.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Yes, it's all my 30 years, I have never changed a tire...until last Friday!
We were on the way to Seattle when WHOOSH- Blow out!! Seriously, the tire was shredded! Thank goodness my mom was with me! She has changed more than her fair share of tires in her life...including once when she was pregnant! Anyway, the changing actually went pretty smoothly, so mom and I hoped in the car feeling pretty proud of ourselves--until we turned the key and learned the battery had died! Why the double whammy?? So I stood on the side of I-90 waving my little arm, looking as pathetic as possible until someone stopped and gave us a jump-- Thank you nice person whoever you are!

For months now I have blamed every snotty-nose, grumpy-mood, and constant drooling on the idea that Hailey must be teething...and well, that's all it is, an idea! Hailey still has 0 teeth! I guess this is weird to me because Addison got his first two at 5 months, and Laynie had almost all of hers by 7 months, Hailey will be 10 months next week and is still sporting her shiny gums! But she is the cutest tooth-less wonder you have ever met- and silly!

I've been contemplating what I could write in the category of 'firsts' for Laynie. She can be my best helper and the sweetest sister, it just depends on what kind of mood she's in! Yesterday she and Addison were doing a puzzle and out of the blue she said " I love you Addy." Melt your heart moment! Some of her other funny quotes lately are when she's mad: "I'm so MEAN at you!" (I think that's- "because you're being so mean, I'm mad at you" all wrapped up in one) and my favorite of late "I'm just so wiggly, oh, I have to use the potty!" We love this girl!

Kelly took these pics on the beach in Seattle- the lighting was so cool!...Kelly is really getting good at this whole photography thing!

Speaking of Kelly, he took the scouts to Mt Spokane for an over night camping trip. His 'first' can be that he slept in an igloo! Actually it was a blessing that they found the igloo because there were 3 leaders, and one 2-man tent...the igloo was bigger than the tent, so it made for a more comfortable situation for everyone! They took a bunch of crazy pictures in their snow shoes... you can tell from this picture what a serious scoutmaster he is!

Addison had his 100th day of school last week! They counted A LOT of different piles of things up to 100, they wrote out all of their numbers up to 100, and they made a fruit-loop necklace with 100 fruit-loops! He loves school. His 'first' is that he received his first report card last week. Seriously? We give report cards to kindergartners? The wording makes me laugh too- You get a '4' if you are above grade level, a '3' if you are at grade level, a '2' is you are "approaching grade level", and a '1' if you are "beginning to approach grade level." Aren't they positive at Addy's school? NO hint of any negative words whatsoever! But really, we all know what a '1' would mean don't we?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Last week Kelly and I went with 8 of our favorite people (most of his family) on the cruise that has been in the works for over 3 years!! Really, we started planning Christmas '05 for our "feelin' fine in 2009" cruise...and FINALLY it happened! It was the first time cruising for all of us, and despite a little rough waters making for queasy stomachs...we had a FABULOUS time!

Our ship sailed from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas- SO Beautiful!!! The first picture in the post was taken in front of the famous arch in the Sea of Cortez, and here Kelly and Birch are going to try snorkeling! The beaches were gorgeous and the water was amazing...I felt like we could be in a movie! especially considering how handsome Kelly is, I mean he has MOVIE STAR written all over him!!

Blayre and I also tried snorkeling...even as I post this picture I am still wondering why in the world I'm putting a swim suit shot on the internet....

Kelly and Birch also did a little cliff diving...I took these shots with the long lens (like my camera lingo?) from FAR away! so you can imagine my delight that you can even tell what's happening here! not to mention that Kelly was so proud of me (mostly that I captured an awesome shot of HIM)

I only wish we could see their expressions in this picture...I think even these two brave boys were a little nervous!! Like the matching shorts? I found those swimsuits on sale for $1.25!!! So I bought one for each of Kelly's brothers and he had them embroidered to say "Feeling fine in 2009" with a cruise ship...don't worry, the girls got T-shirts with the same logo.

Okay, here come the mushy 'engagement photos,' as Julia called them! But just to our credit, the beach is named 'Lover's Beach' so we HAD to be lovie...right?

This one is in front of a cave on the beach- so piraty!! I just know there must be treasure in there somewhere!!

So every night we had the same waiters...a married couple from Indonesia. They were adorable!! Kelly and I both felt that the food was super good for the first couple days, and then everything started to kind of taste the same. But dinner was still fun- we always had a dinner topic, really deep subject matter i.e. "If your spouse was an animal, what would they be?" We laughed a lot and REALLY enjoyed the company!

The next stop was Ensenada...the weather wasn't quite as warm here, so the boys thought it'd be fun to rent ATVs. I think it was a dream come true for Kelly and his brothers. They built jumps and rode in the dunes and on the beach for (what seemed like) hours!

Kelly flying off a jump!

Birch used his awesome Spanish to find us a great authentic (and cheap!) restaurant. We had men come sing to us and LOTS of yummy food!

I was so fun to get away for a few days! THANK YOU mom for watching the kids! I was surprised how much I missed them! I had to make myself think about other things so I wouldn't miss them too much! But it was SO nice to be with Kelly and get to focus a little on us. I always tell my married couples in therapy "There is NOTHING more important you can do than work on your marriage!" A little get-away is a great way to give marriage some time and attention!! (how's that for a little preachin' from the counselor?)
Kelly really is a budding photographer, so if you want to see even MORE pics (more of the scenery mostly), click this link!