Monday, June 29, 2009


It’s all I seem to do around this blog.  Sorry.

Ryan, hopefully, had a fun Father’s day.  I’m so not as good as he is at celebrating events.   Gabe carried this tray up the stairs, to our room, for a breakfast in bed surprise.  Picture 042

(He probably didn’t realize that for his Keep-Things-Pristine Father, the fact that he didn’t drop the tray was the biggest present of all). 

It’s so nice when he doesn’t have meetings, so besides that and the dinner of grilled sandwiches, chips, and banana pudding dessert, it wasn’t much of a day. Picture 043

We sure do feel lucky that he’s the Dad around here, despite our laid-back efforts.

Jessica, takes pictures of the food on her dates with Ryan.  Look at how pretty it was:Dinnerdate

We’ve had a few fun evenings out:  to Shock games with the Nebekers, to dinner at a local French cafe, to SYTYCD get-togethers (wasn’t last week’s kind of lame?). 

I also got to hang out with blog friend, Andrea, for a day and a half.

 Picture 063(Jessica A., also blogs with Andrea and wanted to get in on the fun.  Why do I look so shiny and tired?) 

It was so fun.  I dream of that kind of visit with all of you blogger friends—SO fun to ask all the questions that I always wonder about and get lots of back story.  She was a champ—mostly because she let Seth crawl ALL over her during the entirety of Sacrament meeting.  And ate my 4000 strawberry dishes (post about strawberry picking to come).

Emma and Gabe, had the THRILL of setting up this fort (see “shanty town” in the background):


and having a Late Night of games, treats and keeping up the neighbors in the Hunter’s backyard.  Who officially win as Funnest Neighbors Ever.

Remember last year’s photo at Silverwood?

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The sad faces were a result of me (pregnant) and Jane (too short) being left off the Big Rollercoasters at our local amusement park.

Well…replace it this one:silverwoodI was happily un-pregnant and Jane was more the 42 inches tall, so we took this picture on our first Big Kid ride.  She was truly scared out of her mind, but determinedly went on a few more…even ones Emma was a little too chicken for.  When asked later what her favorite part of the day was, she replied:  “Riding the Big Rollercoasters with Emma and Gabe”. 

Seth, who a friend dubbed Perma-Grin yesterday:

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seemed to have a great time hugging people at Silverwood.  Here with Odie:

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and Jane (who wanted no part of the Little Kid ride situation, but was cajoled into accompanying him on the helicopters):


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Faith, was a trooper at Silverwood, despite her refusal to nap in her stroller.  (Side note:  isn’t that so the problem with sleep-trained, Babywise kids?  They sleep like crazy at home, but have such a hard time doing it in your arms, carseat, stroller, etc.)  She loved the water at the wave pool:Picture 061

Today, she apparently sat herself up (as opposed to being plopped down), in her crib today, because this is how we found her after her nap:

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Okay, now we’re caught up.  I promise some deep essays, hilarious personal foibles, and recommendations sometime soon.  Especially if some of these kids that seem to require parenting 15 hours a day would disappear.


Linsey said...

I like your summaries...maybe I should start doing those, instead of nothing? I hear you on the sleeping thing, my kids just do not sleep on the go, bummer we always are.

rubberbandgirl said...

My kids dream of meeting Garfield...

Tristan said...

You and Andrea match! Was that planned? Andrea is awesome, and so are you!

Rochelleht said...

Oh, a bloggy meeting! I get to meet Martha tomorrow. I'm so excited!!

You look FABULOUS. Seriously.

Oh, and Father's Day?! What was that? My dh wasn't even in the same state as us and his birthday was the next day. He got ripped off. He flies in tomorrow night, so I suppose I'm going to have to make it up...

queenieweenie said...

I think you look gorgeous-as always.

I can't imagine why you don't have more time to blog!

G and G Nut said...

Tell Gabe that I want some of those green waffles with strawberries - very festive!!

Laurie said...

I love your summaries--what a way to get every odd and end together.

I'm sure Jessica enjoyed being left out of the outfit planning.

Lauren in GA said...

I adore your summaries.

Glad Gabe didn't drop the tray. That made Father's Day all the sweeter.

I love it when Mike doesn't have meetings, too. I'll take whatever I can get in terms of time with the guy.

I am so excited for you that you got to see ANDREA!!!! I love your matching shirts. All 3 of you look beautiful. (I laughed at Laurie saying, "I am sure Jessica enjoyed being left out of the outfit planning."

I also laughed at you calling the fort a, "shanty town."

I agree...having Babywise kids is so wonderful but I remember thinking that it was such a drag that Brian wouldn't fall asleep in my arms during afternoon church. It is going to take me a long time to straighten Little John out once I get him home. He is used to around the clock interaction.

Faith. is. so. beautiful. Look at those eyes...Gorgeous.

Christie said...

I am feeling like everyone gets to see bloggers all the time and I don't. You people need to come visit Missouri!

Lindsey said...

So so so soooooooo the problem with sleep trained kids.

Ilene said...

Seth looks way too grown up. That last picture of Faith IS especially adorable.

I haven't blogged for all of June. And I feel both guilty and liberated.

the wrath of khandrea said...

thanks for suggesting we wear matchy matchies for the picture. it really makes the shot.

i can't get over how easy you are to talk to. that was my most favorite part of our visit. and your kids are beyond lovable. and don't even get me started on the strawberries.

is it weird that i'm excited for my vacation to be over so i can go home and blog about it? maybe that's more pathetic than weird. oh well.

Tammy said...

adorable pictures. Jess you are gorgeous and glowing. The kids are too cute.....and I love the food documentation during the date. :)