Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tonight, on Gabby's actual birthday, we went to Chuck's, ate pizza and played games. Chuck E. even stopped by our table and gave Gabby a special birthday ice cream sandwich.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
...it is amazing to see her one year ago!
Opting to go 'hands free'!
Checking out her new fun, chair from Grammie and Poppy!
We celebrated Evie's birthday today with a yummy, cake. Ian and Gabby decorated the house beautifully and Evie enjoyed opening her presents. It was simple and low-key, and very enjoyable :) We are planning to celebrate her birthday again, along with Gabby's, in December.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Evangeline!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Jeff and I, along with family and friends, dedicated Evie to the Lord today. It is a public commitment to raise her in a Godly home to know Jesus and the love He showed to us by dying on the cross in our place.
She was very curious with all of the goings on around her, but did very well through the whole service. (about 20 minutes long)
It is still so amazing to me that I get to be her mother.
I am so in awe and so grateful.
Monday, November 5, 2007
ian, dad, gabby, evie and my sister, christianna...last Christmas.
...Vanna (Danna?) White!
...a super, fabulous dad who deserves much better than a 'just-after-midnight-(because-Arizona-is-dumb-and-does-not-do-daylight-savings-time)-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-I-almost-forgot-your-birthday-call' call from his eldest daughter!
I love you, Dad!!!
admiring their handi-work in carving the pumpkins
me and my mom. the mechanic and the hippie.
After we visit with the Loughs and get pictures of the kiddos in their cute costumes, we head to mom's house. Her neighborhood is always full of activity, and this year was really busy! We walked around the block a bit, but as usual, the kids really weren't that interested in going very far and just wanted to head back in to gramma's to eat their treats and drink yummy cocoa. Gabby has become quite the candy distributor, with Ian pitching in to help her once in a while...and Evie, well...she only escaped completely out the door and had to be caught by kind parents waiting on the sidewalk and returned to us...twice. She is so, so fast.
hey! speak of the little ones...Evie and Owen as Tinkerbell and a frog.
Ever since Gabby and her friend, Hannah were tiny, we have met them each Halloween to photograph them, and, of course, all of the siblings that have been added since!
As Hannah's mommy, Heather said, trying to get a group photo of all 6 was exactly like "herding cats"!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
As previously reported, Shell was asked to the Homecoming Dance. What was not made clear was that she did, indeed, say "yes!" Here are some fun pictures from the evening.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Finally, pretend to be asleep when anyone notices you are dumping your food all over and making a mess. You look cute and might get in less trouble.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
So, I am a bit behind in getting this post up, but last week, Gabby's HomeChoice classes began.
She is taking Chess, Spanish, Adventures in Music, and World Crafts this year, along with the PE and swim lessons she is continuing through the YMCA and her ballet with On Your Toes Studios.
Her favorite class, so far is Chess. She wants to play all the time. Mommy does not know how to play, but plans to learn soon. Gabby has volunteered to teach me. Oh, to have the confidence of a six-year-old. Only 2 classes under her belt and she is already offering her expertise :)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Ian prepares to extinguish the "volcano"on his Jurassic cake.
Ian's 4th birthday party was this evening. We invited a few prehistoric guests as well as some of his friend's and we all had a wonderful time...digging for dinosaurs, hunting down a dino nest filled with eggs, making dinosaur magnets and especially, eating volcanic cake! ...and after all that, when we asked Ian what his favorite part of the party was, he said "jumping on the trampoline"...aaaahhh now that's why mommy and daddy stayed up all night planning activities and burying dinosaurs and eggs. :)
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
me and romadin.
me, in the pool.
Jeff had a conference in Colorado Springs this past week, and, with the help of Shell (the super sister, and wonderful daughter who did both mornings and evenings with the kiddos!-wow! what a wonderful treat for us--we love you!), Gramma Lee (who sacrificed her birthday retreat for the sake of helping with the grandkids--much love!!), and 2 dear friends (I love you Heather and Vanessa!)...I, Annaliese went with him! We stayed at the Broadmoor Resort, a five-star (oh my) hotel and spa.
Oh! It was lovely! Five days (ok, so two of those had some travel in them, but almost 5 days) of he and me time :) I have to admit here that it was mainly me time, since Jeff was actually working most of the trip. I was able to spend time at the gym, to walk around the beautiful grounds of the resort looking at the ducks, swans, squirrels and various birds. I also went horse-back riding one morning. It was really amazing; riding trails around Pike's Peak.
In the evenings, my hubby and I were able to relax together. We even went two nights in a row to an old-fashioned bar called the Golden Bee where a rag-time piano man played songs and everyone in the bar sang with him. It was such fun...and yes, Jeff did sing along.
We were also able to spend an evening with my step-sister, Kelsey. She works for a home builder in Colorado Springs, and she took us around to many of the beautiful models in the area. A dinner at the Elephant Bar, a really unique restaurant, topped off the evening. It was great seeing her again, and we agreed that it cannot be this long between visits next time!
Our final day at the Broadmoor was spent relaxing at the pool. It has two water slides to the side and the main part is a "zero-entry" pool, which means it is like walking into the ocean...no steps, just a gradual slope. The pool looks like it flows right into the lake behind, it is just gorgeous. I am actually jealous of us now...ah...back to reality this week!